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Regional Headlines for Sunday, June 17, 2012



Two Inmates Escape Winfield Correctional Facility

WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) -- Two inmates have escaped from the Winfield Correctional Facility in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Corrections said in a news release that 52-year-old Robert Cook and 48-year-old Frank Crutchfield were identified as missing Saturday afternoon. The 5-foot-10-inch, 225 pound Cook was last seen driving a white one ton box truck used to transport food from a kitchen to the inmate dining room. He has convictions for burglary and theft out of Harvey County, Cowley County and Butler County, aggravated indecent solicitation out of Pratt County and an aggravated escape conviction from 1983 out of Sedgwick Couty. The 5-foot-11-inch, 231 pound Crutchfield is serving time for multiple burglaries, thefts and criminal damage to property out of Sedgwick County and an aggravated escape from custody in 1983 from Shawnee County.


Suburban Kansas City Man Acquitted of Murder Charges

CALIFORNIA, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban Kansas City man has been acquitted of killing a woman whose body was found on a mid-Missouri farm a couple months after her 2002 disappearance. A Laclede County jury found 39-year-old Joseph Spencer not guity Thursday. He had been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of Leslie Gregory of California, Missouri. Gregory was reported missing on November 14, 2002 - two days after she was last seen driving her mother's car. The vehicle and Gregory's body were discovered on January 6, 2003, on a farm about seven miles east of California. At the time, the farm was owned by Spencer's relatives. Authorities said Spencer was the last person to see Gregory alive.


"Phantom" Cow Takes Up Residence at Kansas Golf Course

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) - A cow has taken up residence at a northeast Kansas golf course since escaping a cattle truck accident six weeks ago. Nicknamed Bessie, she spends her time hiding in the woods and drinking from the ponds on the Sunflower Hills Golf Course in Bonner Springs. And try as they might, no one has managed to catch her. Course golf professional Jeff Johnson told The Kansas City Star newspaper that she's "one happy cow." Bessie also is a survivor. She was one of dozens in a tractor-trailer that drove off an Interstate 70 bridge early one morning in late April. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the truck fell to the street below the bridge and burst into flames. The driver was injured and then died two weeks later. Several of the cows who were badly injured in the wreck were euthanized. 

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