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St. Louis, Missouri
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Sunday, May 23, 1982
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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Sun,, May 23, 1982 3C Inquiry On Madison County Board Member Is Dropped By Chgrles Bosworth Jr. 01 the Port-Dispatch Staff Madison County is dropping its investigation into the campaign fn4tic8 of County Board member Daniel t Partney of Granite City. StafctJ Attorney Don W. Weber said th$t tn investigation had produced sbnie ..information that could be puj-sijed but that any charges that njighOesult would be misdemeanors understate law and would not justify further" effort. He said he would forward the material to federal airtfiorjffes investigating the demise of Stuf fc Co. Inc., a brokerage house in St. Louis.Zjhat investigation includes the allegations against Partney, he said. Wfter's inquiry began in December after allegations had been made that Partney had received as much as $75,000 in campaign contributions from Thomas R. Brimberry of Granite City, who is reported to be a key participant in the looting of millions of dollars from Stix & Co. Brimberry told federal investigators that he had made several contributions to Partney when Partney was running unsuccessfully for mayor of Granite City in 1981, the Post-Dispatch reported in December. Partney denied the allegations and said he had properly reported the $500 contribution that Brimberry had made to his campaign. Partney also filed a $4 million slander suit against Brimberry in March, alleging that Brimberry had made false statements that had damaged Partney's reputation and business, and that this had contributed to Partney's decision not to seek reelection in November. Partney said he had expected Weber to drop the investigation. "That's kind of what I thought would happen," he said. "There was nothing there to be found, and I know they've examined everything very thoroughly." Weber would not respond to Partney's contention that there was nothing to be found. Weber said that he had discussed the case with the Tax Fraud Division of the Illinois attorney general's office and that he had then decided to refer the information from his investigation to federal prosecutors. "We discussed with the attorney general's office the possibility of getting Partney's tax returns," Weber said. "But we decided that the federal authorities were involved and the potential state penalties did not warrant pursuing it at the state level." Brimberry, a former senior vice president at Stix, has told federal investigators that he and four other men looted the brokerage of millions of dollars over several years, according to an affidavit filed in November in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. In return for his cooperation in the investigation, the affidavit said, Brimberry is to be allowed to plead guilty to one felony tax charge. The investigation is being conducted jointly by the U.S. attorneys in East St. Louis and St. Louis. Neither will comment about progress of the investigation or about when a grand jury might return indictments. Some sources have said that Brimberry, who disappeared when the brokerage closed and the investigation was first reported, is under federal protective custody. Others have said that he is receiving some assistance and protection from federal authorities, but that he is not in custody. Brimberry became something of a celebrity in Granite City after he rose from being a tavern owner to an officer at Stix in a few years. He built a home in Granite City costing about $1 million. It's now for sale, with an asking price of $800,000. After the Post-Dispatch reported that Brimberry had made allegations to federal authorities about Partney, Brimberry called the newspaper to repeat the allegations. He said he had given the money to Partney in several payments at. different locations between December 1980 and March 1981. Partney's former wife, Beverly, said she had seen Brimberry hand her husband a stack of money that she estimated to be at least $20,000. Partney has charged that Brimberry and Mrs. Partney were romantically involved. Both have denied those charges. Brimberry and his wife testified during Partney's divorce hearings, however, that they had lent Mrs. Partney about $25,000 and that they had given her husband more than that for his campaign. illinois Sunday Bite Mark On Body May Point To Killer By Charles Bosworth Jr. Of the Post-Dispatch Staff A bite mark on the collarbone of a woman strangled four years ago may be the evidence that will identify her killer, Madison County State's Attorney. Don W. Weber said. A forensic pathologist from New York who is a specialist in bite marks is to check the body of Karla Lou Brown, 22, of Wood River, after it is exhumed June l, Weber said Friday. He said that the analysis and use Of bite marks as evidence were not so well-developed four years ago as they are today and that the evidence was not deemed important then. The advances in this area of forensic pathology led to his decision to reopen the case, Weber said. Weber said that there was a suspect in the case and that he was optimistic that the bite mark would furnish enough evidence to charge the man with Miss Brown's killing. He said he would ask a county grand jury on Monday to appoint a special investigator to handle the case. He said he would proposed the appointment of Randy Rushing, an agent of the Illinois Division of Criminal. Investigation. Weber said he had hired Lowell Levine, president of the American Academy of Forensic Odontology, to conduct the tests. Levine testified on bite marks in the Theodore Bundy trial in Florida. Bundy was convicted in the killings of two female college students and a girl in 1978 and 1979. Weber has obtained videotapes of that trial to help him prepare for his case. Levine was reached at his office on Long Island in New York on Friday but refused to comment and referred questions to Weber. "Bite marks are as good as fingerprints," Weber said. "There definitely was a bite mark on Karla Brown. That's what we're going after. If it still can be used after four years, it will tell us who killed her. "Karla Brown will never rest in peace until this guy is caught, and neither will. I. This is a case of price is no object and time is no barrier. I have lived with this case for four years. We will get this guy." Madison County Coroner Dallas Burke said that the body was in a sealed casket and vault and that it should be in good condition, even after four years. Weber also has obtained a psychological profile of Miss Brown's killer from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Quantico, Va. One of Weber's assistants and several state and Wood River policemen went there last week for assistance. "This guy is not the vicious killer everyone might think," he said. "He is a pathetic, frustrated character who didn't go into her home with the intention of killing her. "He is probably very remorseful about this. He was acquainted with her, and sex was on his mind. But this was spontaneous. It was not planned, not premeditated. He is not dumb. According to the profile, he is at least of average intelligence. He is between 22 and 35, probably on the younger side." Weber said the profile fit the suspect in the case so well that it is "eerie." He said the profile suggested that the man had worn a beard but had shaved it off after the attack. 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He said the suspect's test was erratic and inconsistent. Miss Brown was a student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and was to have been married soon. Her partly clothed body was found in the basement of a home she had recently moved into in the 900 block of East Acton Street on the afternoon of June 21, 1978. The body was discovered by her boyfriend, who is not a suspect, Weber said. Woman Accused Of Throwing Arsenic-Laced Ice On Lawn Donna Newman, who lives near Belleville, has been charged with reckless conduct and criminal damage to property in warrants issued by the St. Clair County state's attorney's office. She is accused of throwing ice chunks laced with arsenic onto the lawn of a neighbor. Mrs. Newman, 46, of 52 Wood Haven Court, was released on $2,000 bond Friday. Coroner James Radden began an investigation last September after he learned of the incidents from another neighbor. 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