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Headlines for Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Reveals BTK's Plans for 11th Victim

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new book says the BTK serial killer planned to kill an 11th victim by hanging her upside down in her Wichita home. It's a story police heard from Dennis Rader himself in 2005, but decided at the time to suppress to protect the woman. The story was made public in "Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer," which has a scheduled release date of September 6th. The book was written by professor of forensic psychology Katherine Ramsland.The author says lust and a desire for fame and power drove Rader to kill 10 people in Wichita from 1974 to 1991.Rader's daughter, Kerri Rawson, told the Wichita Eagle her father cooperated on the book because he's proud of his murders.


Kansas Police Chief Gets Probation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas police chief has been sentenced to probation for his role in a scheme to buy discounted firearms. The office of the U.S. Attorney for Kansas said in a release that former Bel Aire Chief John Daily was sentenced Friday to six months' probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of theft of public funds. Daily also has to pay a $1,000 fine.The prosecutor's office says Daily admitted that he filed paperwork that falsely represented that certain firearms were bought only for the police department. As a result, no sales tax was collected on the sale of the firearms.The office says Daily knew the weapons would be owned
by individuals and not the department.Bel Aire is a suburban community outside Wichita.


Kansas Man Charged with Rape

HOLTON, Kan. (AP) — A 21-year-old northeast Kansas man faces charges accusing him of rape and attempted rape.A Jackson County prosecutor says Jacob C. Ewing is charged with four counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, five counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and several counts of battery.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports four women testified at his preliminary hearing on Thursday in Jackson County court. His arraignment is scheduled for September 21.His lawyer asked that the charges be thrown out. But the judge removed only a charge of aggravated kidnapping.


Kansas Police Chief Pleads Not Guilty to Charge

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas police chief has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of disseminating or requesting criminal history information without a legitimate need. Bronson Campbell was the Enterprise police chief from May 2013 until May 2014, when his appointment wasn't renewed. He's currently the Valley Falls police chief.The complaint alleges that in 2014 Campbell disseminated criminal history information, or requested such information from the central repository of another criminal justice agency, without a legitimate need. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports he pleaded not guilty Thursday to the misdemeanor during a preliminary hearing in Dickinson County.Campbell recently sought the Republican nomination for Jefferson County sheriff but lost the August 2 primary. A Dickinson County judge has denied requests to disclose the affidavit in Campbell's criminal case.


Wichita Man Pleads No Contest in Wife's Death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 63-year-old Wichita man will be sentenced in October after pleading no contest in the stabbing death of his wife. Larry Andres pleaded no contest to first-degree premeditated murder in the death of Marilyn Andres last month.The Wichita Eagle reports that a plea agreement calls for prosecutors to recommend Andres receive parole eligibility on a life sentence after 25 rather than 50 years. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said in court the agreement was made because Larry Andres called 911 not long after stabbing his wife with a kitchen knife at their home and cooperated with police.Andres entered the plea Thursday and will be sentenced October 4.


Kansas Starts $215 Million Overhaul of Medicaid Computer System

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is spending more than $215 million to overhaul a computer system that tracks information about the Medicaid health care program that covers the poor. The Wichita Eagle reports that the spending will be spread over four years and put the system in line with new federal standards. The federal government will pick up most of the tab, with about 21.3 percent coming from the state's general fund this fiscal year. The system should go live in early 2019.Heading up the project is Hewlett Packard, which announced the contract last week. The state made no announcement. Angela de Rocha is a spokeswoman for the state agencies that oversee the state's Medicaid system. She says the project would give the state the ability to analyze health progress and outcomes.


Hays Officer Kills Suspect after Traffic Stop

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a Hays police officer shot and killed a suspect. The Ellis County attorney said in a news release that the shooting happened Thursday afternoon after an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction in Hays. The release said the white driver refused to obey the officer's commands and sped off as backup officers responded. The release said that after being stopped again, the driver got out of the car and again ignored the commands of police. Police said that the "incident escalated" until an officer fired one shot, striking and killing the driver. The driver was identified only as a 36-year-old man. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Ellis County Sheriff's Office are investigating. No other details were immediately available.


Hiring Healthy in Many Swing States, Not in Kansas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring has been strong in the past year in many presidential campaign swing states, a possible hurdle for GOP candidate Donald Trump, who has sought to capitalize on economic distress. The Labor Department says employers have added jobs in the past 12 months at a faster pace than the national average in Colorado, Florida, Michigan and North Carolina.Job gains have been solid but slightly below the national rate in other battleground states, such as Ohio and Virginia. Hiring rose significantly in 15 states in July compared with the previous month, the government said. The biggest percentage gains were in North Dakota, Vermont and Maine. The only state to lose a large number of jobs in July was Kansas, which shed 5,600 jobs.


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