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Headlines for Sunday, July 28, 2019

Ex-KC Officer Charged in Fatal Crash Outside Arrowhead Stadium

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Kansas City police officer has been charged months after he was involved in a fatal crash outside the stadium where the Kansas City Chiefs play. The Kansas City Star reports that 34-year-old Terrell Watkins has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault and a misdemeanor count of careless and imprudent driving. Court records say Watkins was off-duty and driving a Kansas City Police Department Ford E350 van on Interstate 435 when he slammed into the back of a car on October 21st. The driver of the car, 17-year-old Chandan Rajanna, was killed, and his father and sister, who were passengers, were seriously injured. Witnesses told police the van had been speeding and making numerous lane changes as it passed other vehicles. Investigators say at the time of the crash, Watkins was late for a moonlighting job as a security officer for Chiefs.

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Airman Killed, 3 Injured in Wichita Shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old McConnell Air Force Base airman has been killed and three others injured in an east Wichita shooting. The shooting occurred early Saturday morning at an apartment where a party was being held. Police say arriving officers found the wounded 20-year-old unresponsive and performed CPR, but he died at the scene. Two other men, ages 21 and 22, were taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. A 19-year-old woman had already been taken by a private vehicle to hospital with serious injuries. Police say she is expected to survive. Colonel Richard Tanner, commander of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, tells station KAKE that the base "is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our airmen." Air Force officials are withholding the man's name pending notification of his family. No arrests had been reported by midday Saturday.

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KC Native Watson Playing Final Senior British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — Kansas City champion golfer Tom Watson is making his final appearance at this weekend's Senior British Open tournament. After the third round, the 69-year-old American announced he wouldn't be playing at the event again. In his 18 appearances, he has never missed the cut. "I've thought quite long and hard about the decision I've made," Watson said. "It has to do with really a pretty sensible assessment of how I play the game now. I don't have the tools in the toolbox. I've mentioned that before, that sometimes you lose the tools in the toolbox. I just don't have enough tools in the toolbox to really compete successfully." Watson is one of only three golfers to have won both the Senior British Open and the British Open, where he triumphed five times. Watson also said he won't play the U.S. Senior Open again though he was not planning to retire completely. "I'm basically declaring now that this is my last Open Championship, Senior Open Championship," Watson said. "And I'm also going to hang up the spikes in the U.S. Senior Open." In June, Watson finished his 17th U.S. Senior Open at 2-under 278 by closing with a 68. It was the third time in that edition Watson had shot his age or better.

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Brothers who Sold Deadly Melons Now Face Kansas Hemp Charges

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Colorado brothers whose contaminated cantaloupe killed 33 people in 2011 are facing felony drug charges in Kansas related to industrial hemp production. Eric and Ryan Jensen grow industrial hemp — a non-intoxicating cannabis plant — at a farm in Holly, Colorado, where the crop is legal. But they are now accused of shipping marijuana through Kansas. The Jensens pleaded guilty in 2013 to causing a nationwide outbreak of listeria through infected cantaloupe grown at their farm. They were sentenced to home detention and ordered to pay thousands in restitution. The Wichita Eagle reports that in January 2017, industrial hemp from the Colorado farm went to a FedEx warehouse in Liberal, Kansas, for shipment to California. The Kansas Highway Patrol seized the shipment. In January, the brothers were charged with four drug offenses, including three felonies. It is unclear why it took two years to charge the brothers.

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