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Regional Headlines for Saturday, April 21, 2012



Fort Riley Officer Dies in Afghanistan

Army officials say a Fort Riley officer has died while on deployment with the 1st Infantry Division in Afghanistan.  A release from Fort Riley says 31-year-old Captain Michael Braden was pronounced dead at a medical facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.  Braden was from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.  Braden was found unresponsive in his living quarters Wednesday morning.


Sporting KC on Verge of Tieing Soccer Record

Sporting Kansas City is on the verge of Major League Soccer history.  If they win tonight (SAT) against the Portland Timbers, the franchise will match the Los Angeles Gallaxy of 1996 as the only teams to win its first eight games in regulation play.  Sellout crowds have been packing Livestrong Sporting Park.


Storm Victims Get Tax Help

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Residents of Kansas counties hit hard by last weekend's violent storms are getting guidance on replacing lost documents and filing their income taxes. Governor Sam Brownback said yesterday the state is waiving the fees to replace birth and marriage certificates, driver's licenses, non-driver ID cards and the titles for vehicle or mobile home.


4th Escaped Inmate Apprehended

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The last of four inmates who escaped from a north-central Kansas county jail this week is back in custody. The state Department of Corrections says 22-year-old Eric James was apprehended around 5:30 p.m. yesterday in Nebraska and is now in the custody of Omaha police. Details on how he was captured were not immediately released.


Sedgwick County Hit-and-Run Victim Identified

KECHI, Kan. (AP) — A jogger who was killed in an apparent hit-and-run accident during an evening run has been identified as a 65-year-old pediatrician in the Wichita area. The Sedgwick County sheriff's department says a man contacted authorities yesterday morning, saying he might have been the motorist who struck Dr. William Whiteside. Deputies are continuing the investigation.


Sex Offender Sentenced in Overland Park Rape

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A registered sex offender will serve more than 51 years in prison without parole for the rape of a northeast Kansas girl. Forty-three-year-old Kevin Shives of Overland Park, was an acquaintance of the 13-year-old victim. Shives lured the girl to his apartment in April 2010 by telling her he had a web cam that she wanted to use. Judge Peter Ruddick sentenced him Thursday to concurrent life sentences.

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