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Pepper Spray Interrupts MUDECAS Tournament

By Gordon HopkinsFans and players alike were left with fits of uncontrolled coughing during the much anticipated annual MUDECAS basketball tournament Monday afternoon, January 9, 2023, when pepper spray was accidentally released into the Beatrice City Auditorium. Some spectators were forced to flee the building.The Beatrice Police Department was conducting a training exercise behind the auditorium involving OC (oleoresin capsicum or pepper spray). According to Beatrice Police Chief John Hickman, “Unfortunately, some of the airborne OC spray was picked up by the air handler on the building and introduced a small quantity into the area where t...


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