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Headlines for Saturday, September 5, 2015

Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing Near Fort Riley

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) — No injuries were reported after a Black Hawk helicopter made an emergency landing south of Fort Riley. The Manhattan Mercury reports the crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk made the landing in a field about 5 miles south of Fort Riley on Wednesday night. Fort Riley says in a release the four crew members from the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade were uninjured. The cause of the emergency landing is under investigation.


Jurors to Decide Fate of Man Who Killed 3 at Jewish Sites

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — An expert says the Missouri man convicted of killing three people at Jewish sites in Kansas will live only a few more years. Jurors heard testimony yesterday (FRI) in the sentencing phase of 74-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller's trial. The 74-year-old anti-Semite, who is representing himself, called Doctor James Lineback to the stand. The pulmonologist says Miller, who suffers from emphysema, likely will live another five to six years. Miller killed 69-year-old William Corporon and Corporon's 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, then shot 53-year-old Terri LaManno at the nearby Village Shalom retirement center in April 2014. None of the victims was Jewish. Miller, who founded a Ku Klux Klan chapter in his native North Carolina, is facing death or life in prison. Jurors will hear closing arguments Tuesday.


Kansas Case Highlights Paradox in Immigration Cases

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Mexican man who was deported while on bail awaiting trial in Wichita for unlawful re-entry is not getting another chance for freedom during his latest legal troubles. The defense attorney for Juan Lopez-Morales waived his rights Friday to a detention hearing, saying his client is now serving an 18-month sentence in a Texas illegal re-entry case. His attorney says even without that, it would have been difficult to get him bond again. Prosecutors contend their case against Lopez-Morales highlights problems that arise when immigrants who are illegally living in the U.S. are granted bail in criminal cases. After posting bond, Lopez-Morales was transferred into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and removed because of an outstanding deportation order. The 41-year-old was indicted in Kansas on illegal re-entry.


KC Police Investigating After 2 Bodies Found

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say two bodies have been found in a home, and an infant at the home has been taken to a hospital. KMBC-TV reports police were called to the home yesterday (FRI) after a baby was heard crying. Officers found two people dead inside the home. Police said the baby appears to be all right, but has been taken to the hospital. Detectives at the scene said the deaths appear to be suspicious.


Bond Lowered for Woman Charged in Arkansas City Infant's Death

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The bond has been lowered for a woman charged in the death of her 16-month-old child. The Arkansas City Traveler reports that 29-year-old Lindsey Abegg and 27-year-old Jacob Brickey, both of Arkansas City, are each charged with first-degree murder during the commission of child abuse, and an alternative count of first-degree murder in the commission of aggravated endangerment of a child. Police say 16-month-old Astra Abegg was found dead last month at an Arkansas City apartment. The cause of death has not been announced. Abegg has been in custody since August 19th on $250,000 bond. She's now being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. Her next appearance in court is set for September 28th.


Lawrence Woman Sentenced to 50 Years for Killing Roommate

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 21-year-old Lawrence woman convicted of killing her roommate has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Sarah Gonzales McLinn was found guilty in March of the premeditated, first-degree murder of 52-year-old pizza shop owner Harold "Hal" Sasko in January 2014. Sasko was McLinn's roommate and former employer. Authorities said he was nearly decapitated. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Douglas County District Court judge Paula Martin on Friday gave McLinn the 50-year prison sentence recommended by the jury. Under the sentence, McLinn would be first eligible for parole after serving 50 years. During her trial, McLinn's attorneys acknowledged McLinn killed Sasko, but they sought acquittal by claiming she had mental disease or defect at the time of the slaying. Defense witnesses also testified that McLinn had multiple personalities.


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