UPDATE: Latest on Arrest of Three Men Accused of Plotting to Attack Somali Immigrants in Garden City:
Suspect Appear in Court, Get Lawyers
Three men accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in western Kansas have appeared in court and been appointed lawyers. Magistrate Judge Gwynne Birzer on Monday ordered Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright to remain in custody after federal prosecutor Anthony Mattivi said they pose a danger to the community. Birzer scheduled detention hearings for Stein and Wright for Friday and for Allen next Monday. Prosecutors allege that the men are members of a small militia group calling itself "the Crusaders," whose members espouse sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs. They allege the men planned to detonate truck bombs around a small Garden City apartment complex where about 120 Somalis live and that they had discussed attacking area churches that helped settle the refugees and get them jobs. The trio is charged in a criminal complaint that was unsealed Friday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Their attorneys declined to comment after the brief hearing in Wichita.
Three men accused of plotting to target Somali immigrants in a diverse western Kansas community remain in custody for now following their first federal court appearances. Federal prosecutor Anthony Mattivi told a magistrate judge that the three men pose a danger to the community. Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright are charged in a complaint unsealed Friday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Defense attorneys declined comment. Magistrate Judge Gwynne Birzer scheduled detention hearings for Stein and Wright on Friday. Allen's detention hearing is next Monday. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 28, although lawyers told the court they anticipate that hearing will not be needed because a grand jury will likely hand down an indictment before then. The complaint says the men are members of a small militia group calling itself "the Crusaders," and that its members espouse sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs. Prosecutors allege the men planned to detonate truck bombs around a small Garden City apartment complex where about 120 Somali residents live. Authorities say the men talked of attacking area churches that helped settle refugees and get them jobs.
3 Suspects in Western Kansas Bomb Plot to Make First Court Appearance
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Three men accused of plotting to target Somali immigrants in western Kansas are to make their first federal court appearances in Wichita this (MON) morning. Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright are charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. The complaint says the men are members of a small militia group calling itself "the Crusaders," and that its members espouse sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs. Prosecutors allege the men planned to detonate truck bombs around a Garden City apartment complex where about 120 Somali residents live. Investigators say the men also plotted to attack area churches that help settle refugees and get them jobs.
Brownback Critics Push Kansas Toward Debate on Taxes
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats and moderate Republicans are boosting their campaigns for the Kansas Legislature by attacking Governor Sam Brownback's fiscal policies and they're setting up a debate over a tax increase in the upcoming legislative session The goals they're discussing include increased funding for public schools and restoring money that was cut from higher education and highway construction funds. Following through would force lawmakers to consider undoing key parts of Brownback's tax-cutting legacy and raising taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Ongoing budget problems have fueled, what some observers say, is a backlash against Brownback's allies ahead of the November 8 general election. Democrats hope to shrink GOP supermajorities in both chambers so they can form governing coalitions with moderate Republicans.
Kansas Voters to Decide Hunting, Fishing Rights Amendment
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas voters next month will decide the fate of a proposed amendment to the state constitution declaring that Kansas residents have the right to hunt, fish and trap wildlife. Constitutional Amendment 1 would add a section to the state's Bill of Rights to preserve hunting and fishing as a preferred way to manage wildlife. The measure adds that future limits would need proof that an animal could become endangered. If approved, the amendment would make Kansas one of roughly 20 states where hunting and fishing is a constitutional right. Supporters call it a pre-emptive safeguard against possible restrictions. Critics counter the amendment could make it more difficult to ban hunting practices deemed cruel. The Humane Society of the United States questions the need for such protection of a recreational pastime.
Kansas City Mayor Angry About Country Club Plaza Shooting
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, says he's angry about a weekend shooting that wounded two people in the city's popular Country Club Plaza shopping and dining area. Police say a man and woman sustained injuries not considered life-threatening during the Saturday night shooting. Witnesses say a fight involving teenagers outside a candy store spilled into that business shortly before the gunfire.
AP: Emails Show Ex-JOCO Official Behaved Badly
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Emails obtained by The Associated Press in a lawsuit against Johnson County show that former elections commissioner Brian Newby berated employees and carried on a romantic liaison with a subordinate. A local prosecutor has opened an investigation. Newby has since been named head of a federal election agency where he has enraged voting rights activists by his efforts to tighten rules on a federal voter registration form.
Road Rage Fueled Fatal Shooting in Independence, Missouri
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - Police in the Kansas City suburb of Independence suspect that road rage contributed to the weekend shooting death of a 22-year-old woman. Police say Whitney Gray was driving a minivan with three children inside when she was fatally shot shortly after 7:30 Sunday night. Authorities say the other passengers were a teenager, a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old. They were not injured.
Students Get Access to Free Condoms at 2 Lawrence High Schools
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Students at two high schools in Lawrence are being given access to free condoms at their school's health offices. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that that the condom dispensers will be installed in the bathrooms of each school's health office. Students at Lawrence High School and Free State High School will be able to get the condoms without parental permission as part of a partnership between the school district and the county health department. Students at the city's only two public high schools will also receive instruction on how to safely and effectively use the condoms in the schools' sex education classes.
Nature Conservancy Buys Kansas Land with "Unique" Rock Formations
OAKLEY, Kan. (AP) — Visitors will eventually be able to walk through a natural wonder in western Kansas that has been privately owned for decades. The Nature Conservancy of Kansas has purchased a 330-acre tract that holds very unusual rising rock formations, some that reach up to 100 feet high. The formations between Scott City and Oakley are known as Little Jerusalem. The Wichita Eagle reports that Jim McGuire, whose family has owned the land for at least five generations, says he wanted it to be opened so the public could enjoy a unique place in Kansas. Nature Conservancy officials say they have no timeline for opening the area to the public.
Charlie Rose Named University of Kansas Journalism Award Winner
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Television journalist Charlie Rose has been named winner of a University of Kansas journalism award. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the University of Kansas School of Journalism has named Rose winner of its 2017 William Allen White Foundation National Citation. Rose is anchor and executive editor of "Charlie Rose," a nightly one-hour program and "Charlie Rose: The Week." He also co-hosts "CBS This Morning" and is a contributing correspondent to "60 Minutes." Rose is scheduled to visit campus to accept the award on April 20.
Dodge City Hits 100-Degrees in October!
Dodge City broke 100 degrees today (MON) - in the middle of October. The last time the mercury hit 100-degrees in October in Dodge City was 1874! The official temp in Dodge actually reached 101 this (MON) afternoon.
Kansas City-Area Brewers Say Hops Shortage May Be Easing
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City-area brewers are raising a toast, believing the nation's shortage of hops may be nearing an end. The demand for hops is high partly because of America's obsession with India pale ales, which use large amounts of hops. Craft brewers increasingly are infusing more of the soft cone flower from the hops plant into beers in what Bryce Schaffter of Cinder Block Brewery in North Kansas City calls a "hops race." The Kansas City Star reports that shortages of hops should be easing as the Pacific Northwest is expected to produce a record crop. Hops are the most expensive element in a beer recipe and are used to add bitterness and aroma to beer.
Chiefs Defeat Oakland Raiders, 26-10
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Spencer Ware ran for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown and Chiefs' QB Alex Smith picked apart Oakland's struggling defense in the Kansas City Chiefs' 26-10 win over the Raiders Sunday. The Chiefs (3-2) efficiently handled a Raiders team that had overcome some of its defensive shortcomings. Smith completed 19 of 22 passes for 224 yards, Jamaal Charles and defensive lineman Dontari Poe each ran for scores and the Chiefs forced two turnovers to dampen a fast start to the season by the Raiders (4-2), who are trying to end a 13-year playoff drought. Marcus Peters set up Ware's TD run with an interception and Dee Ford forced a fumble in the fourth quarter to end any hopes of a late comeback. After allowing a touchdown on the opening drive, the Chiefs held the Raiders to one field goal for the rest of the game.
Kevin Harvick Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Kansas Speedway
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, going to the front on a late restart and outrunning Carl Edwards to lock up his spot in the next round of "The Chase". Harvick was among the fastest in the final qualifying session, and hung around the front all day while other Chase contenders faltered. He was still at the front when Regan Smith brought out the final caution, and was able to keep Edwards at bay over the final 30 laps. He joined Jimmie Johnson, the winner last weekend at Charlotte, in the round of eight of NASCAR's playoffs, while the pressure is on the rest of the contenders heading to Talladega. Joey Logano was third, followed by Johnson, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon.