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Regional Headlines for Saturday, December 21, 2013


Search Underway for Woman on KS Turnpike

MATFIELD GREEN, Kan. (AP) — A search is underway along the Kansas Turnpike for a woman who was spotted walking away from her car earlier this week. KAKE-TV reports a state trooper saw the woman Wednesday evening in Chase County, walking away from her parked car and carrying a red duffel bag. The trooper turned around to see if the woman needed help, but she was gone. Officers from several agencies were searching the rugged terrain yesterday (FRI) in the rural area of east-central Kansas. The woman is described as white, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. Relatives said she has a history of medical issues.


Wichita Bomb Suspect to Stay in Jail Pending Trial

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal magistrate judge says an avionics technician charged with plotting to bomb a commercial aircraft terminal in Kansas poses a public danger and should not be released pending trial. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys also ruled at yesterday's (FRI) hearing that Terry Lee Loewen is a flight risk. She entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. The 58-year-old man is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of an explosive device to damage property and attempted material support to al-Qaida.


KS Panel Finds Lawyer's Tweets Violated Rules 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A disciplinary panel says a former Kansas courts research attorney violated the rules of lawyer conduct when she used foul language in tweets about former Attorney General Phill Kline. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the three-judge panel ruled yesterday (FRI) in the case of Sarah Peterson Herr, who was fired from her Kansas Court of Appeals job over her Twitter comments in November 2012. Herr posted the tweets during an appearance by Kline before the Kansas Supreme Court as part of an ethics case about his investigation of abortion clinics. Herr told the disciplinary panel she wrote "dumb things" and didn't mean for the tweets to go public. Herr's lawyer says her client has been penalized enough. She's asking that Herr receive the minimum sanction of an informal reprimand.


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