Newton Man Dead in Central Kansas After a Police Chase
MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy as 24-year-old William Matthew Holmes of Newton. Newton police say Holmes died Monday night after he was shot by a McPherson County Sheriff's deputy. Newton Police Lieutenant Bryan Hall says the shooting followed a chase that started in Newton when police responded to a burglary call. He says the driver exceeded 100 mph during the chase and then refused to get out of the vehicle when it stopped near Moundridge. Hall says officers used non-lethal means to try and subdue Holmes, who was combative. He says Holmes was shot when he tried to take a Newton officer's gun during the struggle. A passenger in Holmes' vehicle was arrested on charges of burglary, theft and felony obstruction.
Kansas Red Cross Responds to Call for Texas Flood Recovery Aid
WICHITA, Kan. _ As slow-moving tropical storm Harvey continues to dump heavy rain on southeast Texas, the American Red Cross is providing shelter, meals and comfort to people impacted by the catastrophic flooding in Texas. Dozens of disaster relief volunteers from Kansas are helping with the recovery efforts. Jennifer Sanders with the Southeast Kansas Red Cross chapter says more than 30 shelters are open now in the Houston area and volunteers are needed to staff them. Sanders says the Red Cross will offer expedited training for volunteers so they’ll be ready to help in Texas as soon as possible. The Kansas City Red Cross chapter has dispatched two emergency vehicles to Houston and the chapter that covers western Kansas, Nebraska and southwest Iowa says it has sent five vehicles and more than 40 volunteers. Westar Energy in Topeka says eight line crews are on the way to Texas and they expect to be there for at least two weeks.
KBI Investigates Jail Inmate's Death After Fight
MEADE, Kan. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities are investigating the death of a Sedgwick County jail inmate at the Meade County Jail. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department says preliminary reports indicate the inmate died just before 7:30 p.m. Monday after fighting with another inmate. Paramedics unsuccessfully tried lifesaving measures on the inmate but he died at the scene. The sheriff's department says the 30-year-old man from Wichita was being held on misdemeanor charges and had been in custody for almost a month. His family has asked that the inmate's name be withheld. The KBI is leading the death investigation.
Kansas Pulls Police Officer's Certification After Complaint
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has revoked the certification of a former police officer after a government watchdog's complaint about his 1995 California misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence. State regulators finalized on Tuesday the order against former Marion police officer Michael A. Stone.He did not immediately respond to a Facebook message seeking comment.A complaint filed by blogger Lee White with the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training alleged the conviction disqualifies Stone from serving as a police officer. The commission said its decision was based on Stone's domestic abuse conviction.Stone's ex-wife filed a protection from abuse petition in 2006 in Kansas that was dismissed. Stone previously worked as a corrections officer at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, as a Butler County Sheriff's Department deputy and as police chief in Florence.
Wichita Toddler's Bag of Special Medical Equipment Stolen
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita mother is hoping someone will return a bag with medical equipment designed especially for her toddler daughter.Rachel Butler says someone broke into her car this weekend while it was parked near Old Towne and took the vital equipment. Butler's 2-year-old daughter, Ava, has Moebius Syndrome, which causes her facial muscles to freeze. KAKE-TV reports that requires her to eat special food, usually with a tube. She also has a deformed foot, which requires a special shoe for her to walk.All that equipment was in the bag stolen from Butler's car.Butler says there were no signs of the bag in the area and surveillance cameras weren't aimed at her vehicle. She's working with insurance companies to determine how to replace the equipment.
TV Station Sued over Report About Women Duped into Sex
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri couple is suing a television station over its coverage of a man charged with duping dozens of women into having sex with him on camera by telling them they were rehearsing for roles in pornographic movies. The Kansas City Star reports that the lawsuit filed Monday says KSHB-TV used archive footage of Chyleina and Cory Herron when Mario Ambrose Antoine was charged last year in the porn fraud case. They had been interviewed in 2012 about a financial fraud case involving Antoine. The suit says the old footage falsely made it appear they were involved in the porn fraud case, which culminated in Antoine pleading guilty to wire fraud. David Giles, an attorney for KSHB-TV parent company E.W. Scripps, says the company doesn't comment on ongoing litigation.
Royals Pitcher Danny Duffy Cited for DUI in Kansas
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has been cited for driving under the influence. The Kansas City Star reports that the infraction happened Sunday night in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. Police spokesman Brian Payne said he could not release further details until the police report is completed, probably sometime Tuesday afternoon. Payne didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press. The Royals did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. The Royals' No. 1 starter, Duffy has been on the disabled list since Saturday because of a sore left elbow. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage and the Royals hope to have him back this season.
Military Vehicle from Missouri Heads to Texas to Help with Rescues
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Rescuing people from flooding is becoming routine for two men at a Missouri landscaping business. The Kansas City Star reports that Spencer Sherf and Cyrus Dawson took off Monday for the Gulf Coast in a military surplus Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck. They plan to coordinate their efforts with authorities in Texas. They got their first taste at rescue work last week when they drove the 20-ton vehicle to Overland Park, Kansas, with the intent of saving a family of seven trapped on the roof of their flooded home. But by the time they got there, the family had climbed down. When the military vehicle isn't rescuing people, it's used by Dawson's Stonehenge Landscape & Exteriors in Blue Springs to deliver materials for new swimming pools, landscaping and masonry jobs.
Kansas Community Mural Project Launches
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Artists in southeast Kansas are preparing to turn the walls of participating businesses into murals as part of a community art project. The Joplin Globe reports that the Southeast Kansas Art Fest 2017 grant program covers half the cost of the project in Pittsburg, Kansas. The other half will be paid by businesses and patrons. SEK Art Fest is a nonprofit that funds community art projects to promote the arts in the region. Organization spokeswoman Jenna Spencer says the items in the project get auctioned off, with the money used to help fund the grants. She says the cost of each mural depends on the detail and size, and will range from $750 to $3,000. The group hopes to help fund 10 to 15 murals. Application deadline is September 17.
Suspect Charged in 2 Kansas City Deaths; Suspected in 3 More
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County (Missouri) officials charged a 22-year-old man in the shooting deaths of two men and say he is suspected in three other killings along south Kansas City trails. Fredrick Demond Scott was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action in the deaths of 57-year-old Steven Gibbons and 54-year-old John Palmer. Prosecutors said DNA evidence connected him to the victims. Gibbons was shot and killed August. Prosecutors say police found surveillance video showing Scott follow Gibbons off a Kansas City trail. Palmer was found dead August 19, 2016 in a wooded area near the Indian Creek Trail. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Scott is also a suspect in three other killings along the Indian Creek and Blue River trail systems.
Police Identify Girl Who Drowned at Wichita Church Party
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Wichita police say an 11-year-old girl's drowning during a church party for middle-schoolers was an accident. Police Lieutenant Jason Stephens identified the girl Monday as Shelby Cramb. She was with about 100 children and several adults Sunday attending a Pathway Church function at a private home. When the girl's parents arrived to pick her up, she couldn't be found. Her body was discovered in a nearby lake nearly three hours later. Shelby was a 6th-grade student at Maize Middle School.
Suspect in Kansas Man's Murder Arrested in California
TESCOTT, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a suspect in the shooting death of a Kansas man was arrested in California after he reportedly stabbed a person on an Amtrak train. The KBI said in a news release Monday that 34-year-old Robert Colson, of Bucksport, Maine, was arrested Saturday in Martinez, California. He was being sought in the Aug. 12 shooting death of Matthew Schoshke in Tescott, about 25 miles northwest of Salina. The KBI said Kansas authorities went to California last week after Schoshke's missing pickup was found in Los Angeles. A first-degree murder warrant was issued Friday for Colson. Colson was injured while trying to escape from an Amtrak train after a person was stabbed. The Ottawa County Attorney will pursue extradition once Colson is released from the hospital.
Mental Competency Issue for Alleged Killer of Kansas Officer
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a Kansas City, Kansas, police captain will undergo a third evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Defense attorneys for 21-year-old Jamaal Lewis sought the evaluation by a defense expert. Lewis already has been evaluated locally and at Larned State Hospital. The Kansas City Star reports District Judge Wes Griffin granted the defense request Monday. A status hearing is scheduled for October 5. Lewis is charged with capital murder in the July 2016 shooting death of Police Captain Robert David Melton in Kansas City, Kansas. Melton was investigating a shooting when a man fired shots into Melton's patrol car, killing him.
Man Killed, Suspect Arrested in South Wichita Stabbing
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a 26-year-old man is in custody after a fatal stabbing. Lieutenant Jason Stephens says police were called to a home on the city's south side Sunday night. He says a 35-year-old man suffered several stab wounds and later died at a Wichita hospital. Witnesses told investigators the victim and suspect had a physical confrontation and at some point the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the man. The suspect was booked into jail on a possible second-degree murder charge. Stephens says the victim and the suspect did not know each other. The death was the 23rd homicide in Wichita this year.
Olathe HOA Threatens Family with Sick Relative over Parking Violations
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas homeowner association says a couple caring for an ailing parent must stop parking a third car in their driveway overnight because its parking policy requires vehicles to be kept in garages. The Avignon Villa Homes Community Association says it has a responsibility to maintain "the integrity" of the Olathe neighborhood where Stuart and Marsha Holland live with her parents. Her father 83-year-old father is battling cancer. The issue has pit neighbor against neighbor in an HOA already embroiled in a lawsuit with another homeowner over a landscaping project it deemed was "over the top." Legal fees in that case are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Stuart Holland says "there appears to be no sense of compassion, no sense of empathy."
KU Jayhawks Lose Top Football Recruit to Career-Ending Injury
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas will be without one of its prized recruits after junior college running back Octavius Matthews was found to have an undisclosed, career-ending medical condition. KU coach David Beaty declined to specify the ailment, but he did say the nation's top-ranked JUCO running back would remain a part of the program. Matthews worked out with the team over the summer but was held out of fall camp while awaiting the results of medical tests. Matthews picked the Jayhawks in February over Purdue and Tennessee. Beaty also announced that tight end Kenyon Tabor, offensive lineman Cam Durley and running back Denzell Evans would miss the season because of various injuries. KU plays its opener against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night.
Royals Extend Record Scoreless Run in Shut-Out Loss to Tampa Bay
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals extended their scoreless streak to a franchise-record 43 innings, getting shut out for a fourth straight game in a 12-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The Royals haven't scored since the second inning of a 3-2 loss to Colorado last Thursday. Kansas City was blanked three times over the weekend by Cleveland. The 1968 Chicago Cubs and 1906 Philadelphia Athletics hold the major league record at 48 scoreless innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The 1992 Cubs were the last team to be blanked in four straight games, and it hasn't happened in the AL since the 1964 Washington Senators — nine years before the adoption of the designated hitter. No team has been shut out in five straight games since at least 1913, according to information gathered from baseball-reference.com. The Royals were two games out of first place on July 28 after a nine-game winning streak. Since then, they have lost 19 of 29 and are 10 games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland and three games behind Minnesota in the race for the final AL wild card spot.