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Regional Headlines for Sunday, July 15, 2012



Searchers Find Missing Missouri Women's Truck

EDGERTON, Mo. (AP) -- A truck linked to two missing Missouri women has been found parked along a gravel road. The Kansas City star reports that authorities are looking for 19-year-old Britny Haarup and 22-year-old Ashley Key. The women disappeared Friday from a home in the western Missouri town of Edgerton, leaving Haarup's two young children home alone. After the truck was found around 11 a.m. Saturday, authorities spent several hours searching the surrounding fields. Captain Jospeh King of the Platte County Sheriff's Office says the truck has been taken tot he Kansas City crime laboratory. King says authorities still don't know if foul play is involved. But he adds that it is hard to fathom that the women would have left the truck on a dusty country road and walked away. 


Police Identify Man Shot, Killed in Topeka Home Invasion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Authorities have released the name of a man killed while barging into a Topeka home. Captain Jerry Stanley said Friday that the victim of Thursday night's shooting was 31-year-old Cyril Smith. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that he was one of at least two men who entered a Topeka house with several people inside. Gunfire erupted, and Smith was killed. Police say one person believed to be linked to the case has been arrested, and several other people have been interviewed. Stanley said the motive for the intrusion is being determined. But he stressed that there isn't an indication that it was a random act or that the public is in danger. 


Kansas Candidate Reports Theft of 250 Yard Signs

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Shawnee County Commission candidate is offering a reward for the return of 250 campaign signs. Bob Archer says the signs were stolen from people's yards last week. The current Topeka City Council member said in a statement released yesterday (SAT) morning that the signs had been located at residences throughout the city. The signa were stolen between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. both Thursday and Friday. He estimated the signs to be worth about $1,000. Archer says he has ordered new signs and hopes to have them out in the next week. Archer noted that in many yards where his signs were stolen, signs for candidates in other races remained in place. He encouraged anyone with information to call police. 


Wichita Teen Reports Being Handcuffed to Bathroom Towel Bar

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Wichita authorities have placed a 14-year-old boy in protective custody after police were told he'd been handcuffed to a bathroom towel bar for several hours. The Department of Children and Families received a call Thursday to report the boy being handcuffed. Lieutenant Jeff Weible says that when two detectives arrived at the home, the boy was not handcuffed. But the boy told police he had been handcuffed to the towel bar in the bathroom for several hours. Weible said the teen was not injured, and no arrests have been made. The boy was, however, placed in protective custody. Weible says the investigation is continuing. 

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