16-Year-Old Running for Kansas Governor Seat
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teenager who won't even be old enough to vote is running for governor. Jack Bergerson has officially filed to run as a Democrat for governor of Kansas in the 2018 election. The Wichita teen says he wants to give Kansas voters a chance to try something that's never been tried before. The Kansas City Star reports that Bryan Caskey, director of elections for the secretary of state's office, says Kansas doesn't set any qualifications to run for governor such as age, residency or experience. One of Bergerson's 17-year-old classmates, Alexander Cline, will run to be his lieutenant governor. Cline will be old enough to vote by the election, unlike his running mate. Bergerson's announcement Monday brought national attention, including an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Kansas to Air-Condition Next Prison as Heat Becomes Concern
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas corrections officials expect the next prison built by the state to be fully air-conditioned, including the cells for inmates. They view climate control as a way to lessen problems with inmates and to help combat high employee turnover. Some lawmakers who don't want to coddle criminals also see a need to make corrections officers less miserable in the summer heat. Plans to air-condition the new prison in Lansing in the Kansas City area also come as a federal judge is forcing Texas to move hundreds of inmates sensitive to the heat to cooler areas. The union representing Kansas corrections officers considers the lack of air conditioning in parts of a maximum-security prison in El Dorado, east of Wichita, a contributing factor in inmate unrest there.
KBI Seeks Public Help in Locating Vehicle Connected to Suspicious Death
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office are asking the public for help in locating a vehicle connected to a suspicious death. Last (SAT) night, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting a deceased individual at a home near Tescott, Kansas. Matthew Schoshke, a resident of the home, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are now looking for a silver 2006 Ford F-150 extended cab pickup in connection with the investigation. The pickup, bearing Kansas license tag 892DZO, has a chrome push guard on the front and a black plastic tool box in the back. The truck is also displaying a front tag that reads “EATBEEF.” Anyone who sees this vehicle is asked to immediately call the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at (785) 392-2157.
Appeals Court Upholds Nebraska Funeral Picketing Law
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal appeals court has agreed with a lower court's ruling upholding Nebraska's law requiring picketers to stay at least 500 feet from funerals. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday said that all speakers, including members of Westboro Baptist Church, have a constitutionally-protected right to express their beliefs at funerals. But the appeals court also said that those rights "are not absolute and some time, place, and/or manner restrictions are allowed." Shirley Phelps-Roper, a prominent member of the Topeka-Kansas based church, sued in 2009, arguing, among other things, that the Nebraska law is selectively enforced. The church protests at funerals throughout the country using anti-gay chants and signs because it believes God is punishing U.S. military members and others for defending a nation that tolerates homosexuality.
Kansas Man Gets 13 Years in Attacks on 2 Women
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been ordered to spend more than 13 years in prison for raping one woman and trying to sexually attack another after taking them to his apartment. Forty-two-year-old Jimmie Trosclair pleaded guilty in April to charges of rape, attempted rape and breach of privacy. Authorities say that on February 18, Trosclair met two women at a tavern and took them to his apartment, where they were intoxicated and fell unconscious. Prosecutors say Trosclair filmed and photographed his sexual attack of one woman and was disrobing the other victim when she regained consciousness, fled and flagged down a motorist for help. The Sedgwick County judge who sentenced Tosclair ordered him to register as a sex offender after his release from prison.
Loved Ones Remember Wichita Marine Killed in Plane Crash
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps has confirmed that a Wichita man was one of three Marines lost when their aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia. The Wichita Eagle reports that 21-year-old Cpl. Nathan Ordway was the crew chief of the MV-22 Osprey that crashed while trying to land during a training exercise on August 5. Ordway and two other Marines have been declared dead. A recovery mission is underway. More than 20 other passengers on the aircraft were rescued after the crash. Ordway's mother said Thursday that if there's one thing she knows for sure, it's that her son died helping others. She says her son loved being a Marine, but always looked forward to calling home and spending time with family.
Cabrera's 2-Run Homer Lifts Royals over White Sox 5-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Melky Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run homer against his former team in the eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Saturday night to stop a five-game losing streak. Cabrera, acquired from Kansas City on July 30, homered with one out off Aaron Bummer (1-3) and drove in Lorenzo Cain, who led off the inning with a walk and Chris Beck. Cabrera has an eight-game hitting streak. Scott Alexander (3-3) won after allowing a two-run, two-out single in the seventh to Leury Garcia that put Chicago ahead 4-3.