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Headlines for Saturday, August 15, 2015

Heskett Rejects Plea Offer in Moulton Case

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A 48-year-old northeast Kansas man accused of killing a disabled 65-year-old in his care,has rejected a plea offer from prosecutors. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Ronald Eugene Heskett claims the Sept. 12, 2014, death of Vance Moulton was the result of an assisted suicide, not murder.  Prosecutors say the health aide from Eudora killed Moulton, who had cerebral palsy and limited mobility, for financial reasons.  


Fort Leavenworth Under Consideration for Guantanamo Detainees

 WASHINGTON (AP) Defense Department personnel are taking another look at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in a renewed effort to evaluate a number of potential U.S. facilities where detainees from Guantanamo Bay could be transferred. The Pentagon says a team was surveying the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth on Friday.  Officials say the latest surveys come a week after a draft Pentagon plan to provide potential locations for the detainees was stymied when  the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois was taken off the table. That draft plan had focused largely on Thomson and the Navy Brig in Charleston, South Carolina.


Home Owner's Sword Thwarts Burglary Suspect

 OAKLAWN, Kan. (AP) _ A 17-year-old suspected of breaking into a suburban Wichita home early Friday morning was being treated for cuts after the homeowner confronted him with a sword.  The Wichita Eagle reports that an Oaklawn man called 911 shortly before 4:30 a.m. to report that ``he was arming himself'' because someone was breaking into his house.  The intruder was gone when a sheriff's deputy arrived,but a few minutes later someone called 911 from a house a few blocks away reporting someone was bleeding.  Sedgwick County sheriff's spokesman Lieutenant Lin Dehning says the teen was taken to a hospital and would be booked into jail after he was released.  Dehning says the teen was detained on outstanding warrants and could face an attempted burglary charge. The homeowner isn't likely to face charges.  


Kansas City Man Convicted in 2011 Murder Case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas City, Kansas man has been convicted of killing his girlfriend's friend when she tried to intervene in the couple's fight. The Wyandotte County prosecutor's office announced Friday that 30-year-old Donald Haygood was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Demetria Mill.  



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