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Tasered North Idaho man died from heart attack

A man who died after being shocked with a Taser by a sheriff’s deputy in North Idaho in May suffered a heart attack, officials announced today.

Daniel L. Mittelstadt, 56, of Mount Shasta, Calif., had a preexisting heart condition and a long history of mental health issues when Boundary County sheriff’s Cpl. Clint Randall responded to a report of a naked man blocking a road with his car about 1 a.m. on May 16.

Mittelstadt was wearing on a jacket and was described by Randall as “uncooperative and irrational.” Full story. Meghann Cuniff, SR

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.