Kansas Man Sentenced in Robbery, Rape case
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to 61 years in prison for robbing and raping a 76-year-old woman. On Friday, the Sedgwick County prosecutor announced that 18-year-old Marquatesz Redmon had been sentenced Thursday. More than 51 years of the sentence is for the rape conviction. He also will serve time for aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated intimidation of a witness. Redmon was a minor in June 2013 when the crimes were committed but was tried as an adult. Co-defendant John Thompson Junior was sentenced last month to 10 years and nine months in prison for aggravated robbery, attempted kidnapping and aggravated burglary convictions. Police say that after the teens broke into the woman's home, she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint. Authorities used DNA samples to help prosecute the men.
Demand for Quake Insurance Grows in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — People have been flooding insurance agencies with calls about adding earthquake coverage after a 4.8 magnitude temblor rocked part of Kansas on Wednesday. The Wichita Eagle reported that because Kansas doesn't have a history of earthquake losses, the price and deductibles are low compared to more quake-prone places like California. Traditionally, earthquakes have been relatively infrequent in Kansas. But after dozens of them rocked the state this year, more equipment is being brought in to explore what is happening. Studies have shown earthquakes can be caused when fluid, which is byproduct of various methods of oil and gas production, is injected into disposal wells. But a panel commissioned by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has found there isn't enough evidence to link the Kansas quakes to oil and gas exploration.
Vehicle Tied to Drive-By Death of KCK Girl Found
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas police say officers have recovered a vehicle that they think was involved in a drive-by shooting that killed a 10-year-old girl. Major Vince Davenport says police are "making progress" investigating last month's killing of Machole J. Stewart. The Star reported that detectives investigating Machole's death are being aided by agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Davenport says the outside agencies are providing "technical services."Machole was inside her family's home when the occupants of a passing vehicle fired shots into the dwelling. Her death came a little more than a week after a 6-year-old Angel Marie Hooper was shot to death at a convenience store in Kansas City, Missouri. Two men have been charged in Angel's killing.
State Plans More Reclamation Projects in SE Kansas
CHEROKEE, Kan. (AP) — Some southeast Kansas residents are concerned with plans by the state for three reclamation projects on formerly mined land. But officials with Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism say the projects will improve safety, recreation and habitat. Three reclamation projects are scheduled to begin in the spring are at Mined Land Wildlife Area in Cherokee and Crawford counties. Residents who attended a meeting about the projects Wednesday criticized state officials for not seeking public input for the land, which is 14,500 acres open to the public that was once mined for coal. The Joplin Globe reports KDHE mining section chief Murray Balk said the $1.6 million in planned improvements were ranked based on the hazards they presented.