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Video Released: 98-Year-Old Newspaper Owner Dies a Day After Police Force Raids Home

The recent release of footage by the Marion County Record has raised serious questions about the conduct of a five-officer police force, along with two sheriff’s deputies, during an operation that resulted in the tragic death of 98-year-old newspaper owner Joan Meyer.

Eric Meyer, who owns and publishes The Marion County Record, alongside his mother Joan Meyer, has described the incident as an attack on press freedom.

12 News reported:

The in-home surveillance video shows Joan, obviously upset by the officers wearing blue gloves and using flashlights to search through items in the home.

“Don’t you touch any of that stuff,” Joan can be heard saying to the officers. “This is my house.”

Joan, shown wearing a house coat and using a walker, then approaches an officer and tells him to order the officers out of her house. When he doesn’t move, she tells him to get out of the house and stand outside while the search is being conducted.

“I want to see what they’re doing,” says Joan as she makes her way around the couch where officers continue to search what she calls “personal papers.”

This portion of the video is about one-and-a-half hours into the police presence. Eric Meyer said it’s one of 82 captured on his mother’s home security cameras.

At the start, you can hear her asking her smart speaker to call her son who had left to go to the newspaper office and deal with the continuing situation there.

Meyer said the video ends when police pull the plug on her internet connection.


Marion County Record recently reported on a raid of the local restaurant owned by Kari Newell, stemming from an ongoing feud between her and the newspaper.

Allegations included that documents had been leaked which could lead to the revocation of her liquor license due to evidence of drunk driving convictions and operating a vehicle without a license.

The newspaper decided not to report on these documents but did notify police of their existence, believing that they were leaked by someone close to Newell’s ex-husband.

Daily Mail has reported that Pam Maag was the one who tipped off Marion County Recorder reporter Phyllis Zorn about Newell’s DUI.

Maag claimed that she got the files from Kari’s ex-husband, Ryan Newell.

Source: Kari Newell and her ex-husband Ryan Newell/FacebookThe Record recently published a story that raised questions about the legality of obtaining and disseminating the information of Kari Newell.

In response, Newell publicly accused the paper of acting unlawfully.

The newspaper then issued a statement to clarify its stance, but this was soon followed by a shocking raid on Friday.

A search warrant was issued that allowed police to take computers, internet routers, hard drives and other digital equipment from Eric Meyer’s home.

Joan Meyer, waiting for her Meals on Wheels delivery at the time reportedly witnessed the distressing event with tears in her eyes.

She was so distressed that she found it difficult to eat or sleep, ultimately contributing to her death according to reports.

The recent death of Joan Meyer and injury of one of the newspaper’s reporters in Marion Kansas has sparked controversy and outcry.

Despite this, the Marion Kansas Police Department is standing firm on its decision to take action against the journalists, citing that federal protections did not extend to them due to suspected criminal activity.

In a statement per New York Post, the department emphasized its commitment to ensuring justice, stating, “The victim [Newell] asks that we do all the law allows to ensure justice is served. The Marion Kansas Police Department will [do] nothing less.”

Daily Mail reported:

Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody wrote in an affidavit that Marion County Record reporter Phyllis Zorn either impersonated Newell or lied about her reasoning to retrieve the records.

But Zorn, publisher and editor Eric Meyer and the newspaper’s attorney said on Sunday that no laws were broken when she accessed a public state website for information on the restaurant owner.

Publisher and editor Meyer said Zorn actually contacted the Department of Revenue before her online search and was instructed how to search records.

The reporter, asked to respond to the allegations that she used Newell’s name to obtain Newell’s personal information, said, ‘My response is I went to a Kansas Department of Revenue website and that’s where I got the information.’

She added: ‘Not to my knowledge was anything illegal or wrong.’

The Marion Kansas Police Department has come under scrutiny after the death of Joan Meyer and the injury of one of their reporters.

Despite this, they have defended their actions, claiming that federal protections did not extend to the journalists due to suspicion of criminal activity.

“Our first priority is to be able to publish next week,” Meyer said during the incident, “but we also want to make sure no other news organization is ever exposed to the Gestapo tactics we witnessed today. We will be seeking the maximum sanctions possible under law.”

Rhodes, the attorney representing the newspaper, argued that Zorn’s actions were entirely within the bounds of both state and federal laws.

“Using the subject’s name ‘is not identity theft,’” Rhodes said. “That’s just the way of accessing that person’s record.”

Meyer, the newspaper’s owner, revealed that the paper had acquired Newell’s driver’s license number and date of birth from an external source.

Initially, they opted not to publish a story regarding Newell’s record.

Nevertheless, after Newell confirmed at a City Council meeting that she drove while her license was suspended, the newspaper felt it was in the public’s best interest to make this information known.

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4 Responses

  1. Well you know your Rights and Free Speech ends in the Joe Biden and Obama Administration Period

    1. Two of Satan’s own!
      Yes this is proof that hell unequivocally exists and it’s for the likes of them to spend eternity there!

  2. I can’t think of anything in the 1st amendment that allow’s the suspension of it for “criminal activity” alleged or otherwise. I hope the police and sheriff’s involved are sued for “Civil Right’s” violation’s and untimely death of Joan Meyer (obviously hastened by the mental trauma). Too many time’s citizen’s are left dead due to some form of involvement with authorities.

    1. inyoface; I agree, what a sin and crime to do this to that good old fragile woman who lived a fine upstanding decent life and then to have these “Gestapo Nazis” mentality types spawned from the evil Biden regime mindset; crash and crush her sanctuary that she worked hard all of her life to create! She is in heaven but so many are going to end up in hell for such injustices and evil!

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