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Headlines for Saturday, July 11, 2015

Earthquake Reported in Sedgwick County

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) —No damage is reported from an earthquake that hit Sedgwick County this week.  The earthquake measured 2.8 on the Richter Scale.  The Wichita Eagle reports the quake struck about midnight Thursday, less than a mile southeast of Cheney, which is about 30 miles west of Wichita. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake's epicenter was about three miles deep.

Guilty Plea in Topeka Police Murder

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of a Topeka police officer. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Ross Preston Lane pleaded guilty yesterday (FRI) in the September 2014 death of police Cpl. Jason Harwood. Harwood was shot three times during a routine traffic stop. Harwood was wearing a bulletproof vest but was hit in the neck and abdomen. During a hearing yesterday (FRI) in Shawnee County District Court, Lane also pleaded guilty to felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. His sentencing is set for July 24th. Another defendant, Randy Ridens, is accused of giving Lane a ride out of Topeka after the shooting. He's charged with obstructing apprehension of Lane and possession of a stolen motorcycle.


Hearing Delayed for Teen Linked to Fatal Fire

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A pretrial date has been delayed for a 15-year-old central Kansas boy ordered to stand trial as an adult in the fire-related deaths of his mother and sister. Samuel Vonachen has pleaded not guilty to two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder of his father and aggravated arson. Authorities allege Vonachen used gasoline to ignite his family's two-story Hutchinson home in September 2013, killing 11-year-old sister Audrey Vonachen and their mother, 47-year-old Karla Jo Vonachen. His father escaped the burning residence. The Hutchinson News reports that a pretrial hearing was scheduled for yesterday (FRI), but was pushed back to August 14th because Vonachen is getting a new lawyer. Vonachen is scheduled to stand trial September 21st.


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