A southeast Missouri man is charged with stabbing a city water department bookkeeper because his water had been shut off.
KFVS-TV reports that 50-year-old Richard Jaworski was arrested while sitting on his front porch shortly after the stabbing around 11:15 a.m. Thursday. The bookkeeper, Elizabeth Hardesty, was out of surgery by early evening at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Jaworski was held without bond on multiple charges including assault and armed criminal action. He did not yet have a lawyer and does not have a listed phone number.
Witnesses said Jaworski carried a large knife into the water department office, stabbed Hardesty repeatedly, then left the building.
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Police Chief Tony Jones made the arrest. He says Jaworski told him he stabbed Hardesty because his water was turned off.