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The week that was

February 12, 2012
Minot Daily News

COURTHOUSE SECURITY The conviction last week of a man accused of trying to fire a gun inside a courtroom is a strong reminder of the value of increased security in the state's courthouses. Vicente Chacano was convicted of two counts of attempted murder. He tried to fire a semi-automatic handgun after he was convicted of child molestation, but the gun never fired. In his defense, Chacano testified that he forgot the pistol was in his pants when he went to court for sentencing on the child molestation charges.?He said he panicked when he realized he had the gun with him, and then blacked out. Jurors convicted Chacano, and rightfully so. But the point is that if the Adams County Courthouse in Hettinger had more security measures in place, the entire incident could have been avoided. We realize smaller courthouses don't always have the need for metal detectors and other security equipment, but it's a reminder that we're glad the Ward County Courthouse put tougher security measures in place years ago. We'd rather spend a couple of minutes going through security than be confronted with someone armed with a weapon inside the courthouse.



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