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Man jailed over grass fire near Kansas governor's mansion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 36-year-old man remained jailed without bond Tuesday after authorities said he intentionally set a grass fire near the Kansas governor's mansion that burned 6 acres (2.4 hectares). Police arrested the man, a Topeka resident,...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    February 5, 2023 

New Oklahoma AG takes over prosecution of lawmaker, wife

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond is taking over the prosecution of a Republican leader in the Oklahoma House accused of several felonies alleging he used his power to change state law so his wife could become a tag...

 
 By JIM SALTER    Regional    February 5, 2023 

Spiritual advisers offering final comfort in execution rooms

ST. LOUIS (AP) — For decades, Missouri executions played out in similar fashion: An inmate was strapped to a gurney in a drab room, alone except for the eyes of witnesses staring through thick, soundproof glass as unidentified executioners...

 

Five Topeka police officers cleared in fatal shooting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Five Topeka police officers will not face charges after shooting and killing a man who rushed them with a knife last year, Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay. Kagay said on Tuesday that Kansas Bureau of Investigation of...

 

Kansas patrol superintendent and adjutant general resigning

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent Herman Jones, who has been sued for sexual harassment and retaliation, will retire in July, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. The governor also said Adjutant General David Weishar, who le...

 
 By RIO YAMAT    Regional    February 3, 2023

'Dances With Wolves' actor remains jailed in sex abuse case

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A former "Dances With Wolves" actor accused of sexually abusing Indigenous girls and leading a cult must remain held without bail until his next court hearing, a judge ordered Thursday morning. Nathan Chasing Horse,...

 

Police: Monkey thief charged with other crimes at Dallas Zoo

DALLAS (AP) — The man charged in the taking of two emperor tamarin monkeys from the Dallas Zoo has also been charged in two other recent incidents there involving holes that were cut in animal enclosure fences, authorities said Friday. Davion Irvin...

 

Manslaughter charge for Alec Baldwin in 'Rust' set shooting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin and a weapons specialist have been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a New Mexico movie set, according to court documents filed by prosecutors...

 

Oklahoma investigators identify body as missing 4-year-old

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The body of a child found in Oklahoma earlier this month was positively identified as 4-year-old Athena Brownfield, who investigators said was beaten to death by a caregiver on Christmas. The Oklahoma State Bureau of...

 

Arkansas officers charged in violent arrest caught on video

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two former Arkansas law enforcement officers are charged with civil rights violations in the violent arrest of a man outside a convenience store that was caught on video and widely shared on social media, the Justice...

 

Oklahoma appeals court agrees to slow pace of executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday agreed to slow the pace of the state's upcoming executions at the request of the new attorney general, spacing them at least 60 days apart. The court issued an order setting...

 

Alec Baldwin to be charged with manslaughter in set shooting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin and a weapons specialist will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a New Mexico movie set, prosecutors announced Thursday, citing a "criminal disregard for...

 

Man charged in death of Oklahoma girl, 4, returned to state

ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — A man charged in the Christmas Day beating death of a 4-year-old Oklahoma girl has been returned to the state. Ivon Adams III, 36, was booked into the county jail Thursday night, the Caddo County Sheriff's Office said on its...

 

Oklahoma court says Kickapoo Reservation was disestablished

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday ruled the historic Kickapoo Reservation in the central part of the state was disestablished more than a century ago and no longer exists. The court's decision involves a case...

 

Kansas man convicted of threatening to kill congressman

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal court jury convicted a Kansas man who insisted that a death threat he made against U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner was a message from God, amid what authorities have said is a sharp rise in threats against members of Congress...

 

Prosecutors seek justice in Baldwin case, regardless of fame

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Alec Baldwin faces two types of manslaughter charges in a reckoning on gun safety and the film industry, with two potential standards for proof and possible sanctions of up to five years in prison. Prosecutors have vowed to...

 

Colorado officials plead not guilty in Elijah McClain case

DENVER (AP) — A group of police officers and paramedics pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from the role they are accused of playing in the death of a 23-year-old Black man who was forcibly restrained and injected with a powerful...

 

Searchers for missing Oklahoma girl find remains of child

Authorities searching for the body of a missing 4-year-old Oklahoma girl have found the remains of a child, but have not yet identified them as Athena Brownfield, who authorities say was beaten to death Christmas night, the Oklahoma State Bureau of...

 

Death penalty not sought for alleged El Paso Walmart shooter

Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting nearly two dozen people in a racist attack at a West Texas Walmart in 2019. The U.S. Department of Justice disclosed the decision not to pursue capital...

 

Man faces murder charge in case of missing Oklahoma girl, 4

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man jailed in Arizona is facing a murder charge in connection with the disappearance of a 4-year-old Oklahoma girl he had been caring for, authorities said Friday, adding that the search for the child was ongoing. Ivon...

 

Search for Oklahoma girl, 4, turns to looking for her body

CYRIL, Oklahoma (AP) — An effort to locate a missing 4-year-old Oklahoma girl who authorities believe was killed by a caretaker has become a search for her remains, officials said Monday. The search for Athena Brownfield, missing since last week,...

 

Arizona dad seeking answers after son dies in state care

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Richard Blodgett, a single father, was jailed on a drug charge when a worker from Arizona's child welfare agency delivered the news: His son was brain dead and on life support — just days after being taken into state...

 

Texas executes ex-officer who hired 2 people to kill wife

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former suburban Houston police officer was executed Tuesday for hiring two people to kill his estranged wife nearly 30 years ago amid a contentious divorce and custody battle. Robert Fratta, 65, received a lethal...

 

Authorities search for missing 4-year-old Oklahoma girl

CYRIL, Oklahoma (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday continued searching for a missing 4-year-old Oklahoma girl. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is leading the search for Athena Brownfield. She was first reported missing on Tuesday afternoon...

 

Oklahoma prisons chief: Minister OK'd inside death chamber

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials said Wednesday that they will allow an anti-death penalty minister with a history of protest-related arrests inside the execution chamber for Thursday's lethal injection of death row inmate Scott...

 

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