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Headlines for Sunday, February 5, 2017

Former Worker Convicted of Misconduct with Girl at Leavenworth Youth Center

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A former worker at a youth center at Fort Leavenworth faces sentencing next month after being convicted of sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl. A Leavenworth County jury on Friday found 24-year-old Nicholas Clark guilty of two counts each of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated indecent solicitation with a child. Authorities said Clark solicited the child at the center in August 2014, and that the girl's mother reported it the matter to police after finding cell phone conversations between Clark and the girl.


Kansas Man Charged in Deadly Apartment Shooting

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Prairie Village man is accused of fatally shooting a man and wounding a woman in an apartment. KMBC-TV reports that Johnson County prosecutors charged 47-year-old Michael Collins Smith with first-degree murder, attempted murder and child endangerment. Authorities say officers responding to a reported armed disturbance Thursday in Overland Park found 28-year-old Anthony Shuster shot to death in an apartment. Investigators say an unidentified woman sustained injuries not considered life-threatening during the alleged attack. Court records don't show whether Smith has an attorney.


Topekan Seeks New Mental Testing in Deadly Scooter Wreck

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for a Kansas man accused of causing the death of an 8-year-old passenger on his motorized scooter is seeking another examination to determine his competency to stand trial. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 36-year-old Marvin Tibbs III of Topeka said during a court hearing Friday that he'll seek funding for a specialist to examine his client. Tibbs is charged with alternate counts of reckless second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter in the death of Trenton Feliciano. Tibbs also is charged with aggravated child endangerment, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to wear protective gear. Authorities say Tibbs was giving Feliciano a ride on his motorized scooter in October 2014 when it crashed, fatally injuring the boy.


Kansas Woman Sentenced in Sex Trafficking Plot

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a Kansas woman to spend two years and 10 months in prison for her role in sex trafficking. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 23-year-old Tiara Newman also was sentenced Friday to five years of post-prison probation. Newman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Authorities allege she introduced a 17-year-old girl to prostitution in 2015. Newman's husband, 31-year-old Reginald Newman, will be sentenced March 13 after having pleaded guilty in December 2015 to the same conspiracy count. Tiara Newman has apologized in court to the victim and her own family, saying she was ashamed by her conduct. She said she no longer uses drugs, has reconnected with her family and has a relationship with God.


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