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Man held in stabbing before Nixon arrives

Man held in stabbing before Nixon arrives

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KANSAS CITY • A 22-year-old Kansas City area man is charged with stabbing a community college dean in a building where Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was to hold a news conference.

Albert Dimmitt, dean of instruction at Penn Valley Community College, was slashed in the neck Tuesday morning. He was in stable condition following surgery. Later Tuesday, the Jackson County prosecutor charged Casey Brezik of Raytown with two counts each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

One of the charges alleges that Brezik also injured Mark James, chancellor of the Metropolitan Community Colleges system, as James came to Dimmitt's aid. Witnesses said a mumbling man entered the room where the news conference was to be held, bolted back out and stabbed Dimmitt in a hallway. Witnesses subdued the attacker, who police said was wearing a bulletproof vest.

Nixon's news conference at the college was canceled.

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