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Headlines for Saturday, October 31, 2015

Patient Charged with Rape at State Hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A patient at a state hospital for the mentally ill has been charged with raping a staff member. Forty-two-year-old Aaron C. Goodman, of Hartford, was charged yesterday (FRI) in Miami County with rape. He is jailed on $250,000 bond. The prosecutor's office said Goodman doesn't yet have an attorney. Police said in a news release that a patient was arrested Tuesday night after police were sent to the Osawatomie State Hospital. Police said it was reported that a 21-year-old staff member was sexually assaulted and raped after she was summoned to the patient's room to assist him. Police said another patient heard the struggle and stopped the attack. The staff member was taken to a hospital and released later that night.


Kansas Supreme Court says Topeka Man Incorrectly Sentenced

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court says a Shawnee County court incorrectly sentenced a man for battery. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports in a ruling yesterday (FRI), the Kansas Supreme Court said the Shawnee County District Court improperly assessed a prior conviction of Topeka defendant Richard Allen Luarks and incorrectly sentenced him to 14 years in prison. Luarks was sentenced after being convicted of aggravated battery for stabbing a person in 2010. The state Supreme Court vacated Luarks' sentence and sent it back to the district court, saying Luarks' 1981 conviction for burglary was incorrectly assessed when his sentence was being determined. The court says without that conviction weighing into his sentencing calculation, Luarks would get a lower sentence.


Kansan Among Finalists for ASU Position

BEEBE, Ark. (AP) — Three finalists for chancellor of the Arkansas State University-Beebe campus have been invited to interview for the post. Karla Fisher is Vice President of Academics at Butler County Community College in El Dorado.  Other finalists include executive vice president and Provost Michael DeLong at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, and vice president of academics and Chief Academic Officer Ted Lewis of Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. The three will meet with the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee on separate dates in November. The committee is seeking a replacement for Chancellor Eugene McKay, who is retiring in January. ASU System President Charles Welch has said he hopes to have the new chancellor selected by January 1, 2016.


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