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 By ROXANA HEGEMAN    Regional    April 19, 2018 

Kansas militia members convicted of Somali refugee bomb plot

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three Kansas militia members were convicted Wednesday of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees, an attack thwarted by another member of the group who tipped off federal authorities about escala...

 

Former pharmacist convicted of murder denied early release

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma pharmacist convicted of murder in the shooting death of an unarmed robber has been denied early release. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to deny the commutation request by Jerome...

 

New charge brought against Oklahoma bomb plot defendant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man accused of trying to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma City bank last year has been indicted on a new charge. The Oklahoman reports that that a federal grand jury on Tuesday...

 

Police: More than 6 people at home when man shot

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say more than six people were in a home when a 40-year-old man was shot and killed. Police say Emmitt Lee Olson died in the shooting Tuesday afternoon in the city's Planeview neighborhood. Lt. Todd Ojile says a...

 

Former Kansas sheriff's detective pleads guilty to theft

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — A former Pawnee County Sheriff's detective has admitted to stealing from the department, where his brother is sheriff. The Hays Post reports 43-year-old Jeffrey Allen King of Larned pleaded guilty Monday to three felonies for...

 

Jury has case of 3 men accused of plotting to bomb Somalis

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Jurors began deliberating Tuesday afternoon in the case against three Kansas militia members accused of scheming to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somalis. During closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony...

 

Judge faults Oklahoma for slow release of execution records

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has ruled that the governor's office and a public safety agency violated the state Open Records Act when they didn't respond to a newspaper's request for records in a timely manner. The case involves requests...

 

Investigation launched after death of Oklahoma County inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma County have launched an investigation into the death of an inmate. The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that 63-year-old Richard Holt died at an Oklahoma City hospital on Saturday....

 

US Supreme Court rejects Oklahoma death row inmate's appeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the final appeal of an Oklahoma death row inmate convicted in the 2004 death of a security guard. The Oklahoman reports that justices declined to review Wade Lay's case on Monday. The...

 

Kansas man to face additional murder charge in shooting case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder in a 5-year-old child's shooting death now faces an additional murder count in a separate shooting. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 21-year-old Jessie Hughes was charged in...

 

Man accused of hiding boy's body in concrete to face trial

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man charged in the killing of a 3-year-old Kansas boy and hiding the body in concrete will be tried on six criminal counts. Stephen Bodine was bound over for trial Tuesday on two counts of first-degree felony murder, two...

 

14-year-old boy arrested in shooting of 13-year-old brother

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 14-year-old Kansas boy accused of shooting his 13-year-old brother in the chest while they played video games at home. Officer Charley Davidson says the younger brother was taken to a Wichita...

 

Former IRS employee sentenced for filing false tax returns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former IRS employee has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for filing false tax returns for her family, friends and herself. Federal prosecutors say 49-year-old Carla Lachelle Mitchell, of Kansas...

 
 By TIM TALLEY    Regional    April 15, 2018

Pharmacist who claimed self-defense seeks sentence reduction

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma pharmacist is seeking a reduction of the life prison sentence he received for shooting a teenage would-be robber to death nine years ago, but legal experts say actions that many consider vigilantism leave...

 

Ex-Wyandotte County sheriff gets probation in theft case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A former Wyandotte County Sheriff's deputy accused of stealing nearly $7,000 from the agency has been sentenced to a year of probation. The Kansas City Star reports that Jay Pennington was sentence on a felony theft count...

 

Kansas bomb plot trial drawing to a close as testimony ends

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The trial of three men accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex housing Somali refugees in western Kansas is drawing to a close after weeks of testimony. All sides have rested in the federal case against Patrick Stein,...

 

Police chief who killed active shooter speaks publicly

HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — When Hesston police chief Doug Schroeder sat down at his desk to take an exam on workplace violence, he didn't know he'd need that knowledge that day. Nine miles away, Cedric Larry Ford was in his trailer taking a video on his...

 

DA: No charges against Regents member in domestic situation

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office says it will not file charges against a member of the Kansas Board of Regents who was arrested in a domestic battery case. A spokesman for District Attorney Mark Dupree says...

 

Report: Officers saw different things before swatting death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Kansas man while responding to a hoax 911 call thought the victim was reaching for a gun, although a dozen other law enforcement officers held their fire because they couldn't...

 

Police: Oldest of 9 children reports rape and abuse

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a man was arrested on suspicion of rape and child abuse after the oldest of nine children went to a police station to report the alleged abuse. Officer Charley Davidson said Monday a 37-year-old man was...

 

Missouri woman sentenced for embezzling from employer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A North Kansas City woman was sentenced to eight years in prison without parole for embezzling more than $290,000 from her employer. Federal prosecutors say 40-year-old Tonya Topel was sentenced Monday and ordered to pay...

 

Mother testifies that boyfriend killed 3-year-old Kansas boy

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 3-year-old Kansas boy whose body was found encased in concrete last year sometimes was forced to stand naked in the basement of his home with his hands behind his back and a belt around his neck, and he was taunted and...

 

Trial begins for Oklahoma accused of killing family members

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for the younger of two brothers accused of fatally stabbing their parents and three siblings inside their Oklahoma home. Prospective jurors filed into a Tulsa courtroom for the trial of Michael...

 

Ex-official at American Legion charged with embezzlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former official at a veterans nonprofit in Oklahoma faces embezzlement charges almost five years after coming under investigation. David Kellerman, 47, is accused of engaging in schemes to embezzle about $60,000 from the...

 

Trial begins in case of slain, dismembered Boulder woman

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The murder trial has begun for a man accused of killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend. The Daily Camera reports that attorneys made their opening statements Thursday morning to a jury of 16 people in the case of...

 

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