Johnson County Deputy Killed During Traffic Stop
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Authorities say a Johnson County Sheriff's deputy died after his patrol car was hit by another vehicle during a traffic stop. The sheriff's department says Master Deputy Brandon Collins was killed in the accident early Sunday on U.S. 69. Overland Park police, who are investigating the accident, say minutes after the traffic stop, another vehicle hit Collins' patrol car from behind, killing him. The investigation into the accident is continuing.
Westport Shooting Injures Six
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City police say one person was critically injured and five others were wounded after a shooting at the city's Westport entertainment district. Police spokeswoman Captain Stacey Graves says officers saw a man shooting into a crowd early Sunday. The gunman fled and then drove his vehicle toward responding officers, causing one officer to fire at the vehicle. The driver eventually crashed his car and police arrested two people. Police say no one was struck by police gunfire. An investigation is continuing. No information on a possible motive for the shooting has been released.
University of Kansas Seeks Dismissal of Sexual Assault Lawsuit
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former student who claims the school didn't do enough to protect students from sexual assault. Former Kansas rower Sarah McClure filed the lawsuit after she reported being raped by a former football player. Another former rower, Daisy Tackett, later filed a similar lawsuit, claiming she was raped by the same person. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the university filed a motion Friday arguing McClure's lawsuit should be dismissed. The university has filed a similar motion in Tackett's lawsuit. Spokeswoman Erinn Barcom- Paterson said the university believes it met its obligations to both women. The university investigated the reports and the suspected assailant was expelled. He has not been charged with any crimes.
Life Sentence Handed Down in Salina Murder Case
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - One of five men convicted in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Salina girl will spend at least 25 years in prison. The Salina Journal reports 19-year-old Andrew Woodring was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. Woodring was 17 in May 2015 when Allie Saum was shot as she rode in a pickup truck. He was prosecuted as an adult and pleaded no contest to felony murder. Prosecutors say Woodring drove the shooter, Macio D. Palacio Jr., to and from the site where Saum was shot. Woodring and the other men were seeking revenge against two men Woodring had fought with earlier. Saum was shot because she was riding in a pickup similar to one the men were seeking.
Backlash Leads to Cancelation of Speech at Wichita's Newman University
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Catholic university in Wichita canceled a scheduled talk by Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier because of concerns about a backlash from people who oppose abortion. Beier was scheduled to speak Friday as part of Newman University's Constitution Day. She was to discuss the role of the judiciary and how to get into law school. The Wichita Eagle reports Newman vice president and provost Kimberly Long became concerned about the tone of opposition expressed on social media. Long says she was worried that Beier would not be treated well and for the safety of those who attended the speech. She declined to reveal specific content of the messages. Long said most of the unsettling messages came from people not affiliated with Newman students or faculty.
Manning Begins Hunger Strike Protest at Fort Leavenworth
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - A transgender soldier imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth for leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks website says she is on a hunger strike until her treatment improves.Chelsea Manning says she began the hunger strike Friday because her pleas for better treatment have been ignored. She says she will not voluntarily consume anything except water and prescription medication. In the statement supplied by her ACLU attorney, Manning says the hunger strike will continue until she receives the "minimum standards of dignity, respect and humanity" and she is prepared for the possibility of dying. Manning, arrested as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 in military court of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents.Army spokesman Wayne Hall said Friday he was looking into the situation.
Planned Parenthood Great Plains to Absorb Three Clinics
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Planned Parenthood Great Plains says it will absorb three clinics in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.The organization said Friday it will take over the clinics October 20.In July, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri took over Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma and created Planned Parenthood Great Plains. With the new merger, the organization will oversee 12 health centers in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.The Wichita Eagle reports that the latest expansion involves clinics in Fayetteville and Little Rock, Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, said its headquarters will remain in Overland Park. She says no layoffs are expected and more staff might be hired in the Kansas City office.
Former Lawrence Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement Charge
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A former Lawrence mayor has pleaded not guilty to a federal embezzlement charge, but his attorney says his client might reconsider.The Lawrence Journal-World reports Jeremy Farmer is accused of stealing money from Just Food, a Lawrence food bank, and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say Farmer, who was hired as executive director of Just Food in 2011, embezzled money from the nonprofit food agency beginning in 2013 and ending in 2015. He is accused of taking more than $55,000 in funds.Farmer appeared in federal court in Topeka on Thursday to face one charge of interstate travel of embezzled funds. Farmer was released on $5,000 bond.
Kansas City, Kansas Man Charged in Shooting Death
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas City, Kansas man has been charged with fatally shooting another man. Thirty-year-old Daryl Bagby was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm in the death of Steven Sykes. The Wyandotte County prosecutor's office said in a news release that Sykes was killed Sept. 3 in Kansas City, Kansas. Bagby is jailed in Wyandotte County on $750,000 bond. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.