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Regional Headlines for Saturday, January 4, 2014


Lawrence Man Found Dead at State Park

Lawrence, Kan. (AP) - A Lawrence disc jockey whose friends reported him missing has been found dead on the grounds of a northeast Kansas park. The manager of Clinton State Park near Lawrence says a body found yesterday morning has been identified as that of 26-year-old Michael Packard. No information was released about the cause of death, but foul play is not suspected. 


Charges Upgraded in Death of Adoptive Parents

Wichita, Kan. (AP) - Four suspects in the deaths of a suburban Wichita couple are now charged with capital murder. The Sedgwick County district attorney upgraded the charges Friday. Forty-eight-year-old Roger Bluml and 53-year-old Melissa Bluml were both shot November 15th at their home near Valley Center. Charged in the case are the couple's 18-year-old adopted son, Anthony Bluml; his 35-year-old biological mother, and two of his former classmates.


Appeals Court Rules Kansas Man Liable For Escape

Wichita, Kan. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that a Kansas man was legally in custody while under house confinement and can be prosecuted for escape for leaving his home. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court's dismissal of the indictment charging Michael Ko with escape for failing to return for his Leavenworth home. Ko was arrested in October 2012, seven days after his electronic monitoring bracelet alerted authorities that he was not home.

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