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Headlines for Saturday, September 27, 2014


Mail Stolen from Lawrence Municipal Court

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Officials in Lawrence are investigating the theft of two days' worth of mail addressed to the Municipal Court. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the mail was taken Tuesday and Wednesday from a secure post office box in the downtown post office. Municipal Court administrator Vicki Stanwix urged anyone who had sent mail to the court to call and determine if their mailings were received. People who sent checks for parking tickets, speeding violations and other fines are also encouraged to watch their bank accounts. Lawrence police and the U.S. Postal Service are investigating how the mail was taken from the court's secure box. Stanwix said postal officials are taking additional steps to secure the court's mail.


Emporia Woman Sentenced for Elder Abuse

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — An Emporia woman convicted of using her elderly mother-in-law's money to make expensive purchases for herself has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison. The Kansas attorney general's office says 56-year-old Dalene Miller was sentenced Friday in Lyon County District Court. Miller was convicted in July of mistreating and conspiring to mistreat a dependent adult. The state began investigating in 2011 after a complaint to Adult Protective Services. Prosecutors said Miller was a trustee for her 93-year-old mother-in-law but failed to pay her expenses while buying herself a house, a farm, a truck and other items. Miller's husband is also charged in the case and is scheduled for trial in November.


Kansas Woman Awarded $1 Million from Radio Station

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $1 million to a suburban Kansas City woman falsely described by a radio station as a porn star. The Kansas City Star reports Ashley Patton of Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh), Kansas sued the owner of 96.5 The Buzz after a DJ identified her on an April 2012 show as a porn star. A weeklong federal trial ended Friday with jurors awarding Patton $250,000 in actual damages and $750,000 in punitive damages. The station issued a statement saying it was "very disappointed" in the outcome but will abide by the verdict. Patton had been added to a list of names the station posted on its website, which also had a link to the podcast of the show. Both sides agreed she was never involved in the pornography industry.

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