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Headlines for Friday, July 14, 2017

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Newspaper: Log Offers Different Account of Kansas Prison Disturbance 

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) _ A newspaper says an emergency log book suggests the Kansas Department of Corrections may have downplayed an inmate disturbance last month at he El Dorado Correctional Facility.  Kansas prison officials had reported that no violence occurred and no weapons were accessed by inmates during the June 29 incident at the prison. But the Kansas City Star reports a log book shows there were two fights involving separate groups of inmates, at least one inmate had a weapon and at least one fire broke out. The head of the union representing prison workers has said inmates  refused to return to their cells and controlled parts of the prison during the incident. Department of Corrections spokesman Todd Fertig says he hasn't seen the log but, he says, no department weapons ever were possessed by the inmates.


Driver in Deadly Kansas Wreck Fined Earlier for Brake Issues 

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — Records show that a tractor-trailer driver who caused a multi-vehicle crash that killed five people in eastern Kansas was fined three years ago in Missouri for operating a commercial vehicle without proper brakes. The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas Highway Patrol Lieutenant Dan Smith says the agency is preparing a report for prosecutors, who will determine whether to file charges. The fiery Tuesday pileup temporarily closed a stretch of Interstate 70 near Bonner Springs on the western edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The crash happened when the driver crested a slight hill and failed to slow in time for stalled traffic. The man's rig rammed a sport utility vehicle and then two cars before crashing into a stopped tractor-trailer, which then rear-ended a pickup truck.


Jurors Deadlock in Trial of Man Charged in Kansas Killing

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - The second trial of a man charged with fatally shooting a 22-year-old woman in Kansas City, Kansas, has ended in another hung jury. Wyandotte County jurors deadlocked Thursday after hearing the case against 29-year-old Antoine Fielder. He is charged with murder in the June 2015 shooting death of Kelsey Ewonus. The single mother of a 1-year-old son was found in a car parked a few blocks north of the University of Kansas Hospital. Kansas Department of Corrections records show Fielder was paroled from prison in 2014 after serving time on drug sale charges. No decision has been made on whether to retry Fielder a third time.


Topeka Settles Lawsuit with Owners of Padlocked Home

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The city of Topeka has settled a lawsuit with the owners of a home that was considered a nuisance and was padlocked last month. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the city officials announced Thursday that the settlement was reached after the owners paid a $10,000 fine, cleaned up the property and sold it. The city took action after police were involved in 84 incidents in six years at the home. The city said authorities have recovered stolen vehicles at the home, and collected numerous drugs there. The owners, Randy and Peggy Patton, didn't live in the house. Peggy Patton said in the news release that selling the home was "in the best interest of the neighborhood." She added that the sale would "allow us and others to move past this unfortunate time."


Former Kansas City​ Honeywell Worker Sentenced for $50,000 Fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Honeywell employee has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for a fraud scheme that cost the company more than $50,000. Thirty-seven-year-old Trent Christie of Olathe, Kansas, was sentenced Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri. Authorities say Christie pleaded guilty in December to four counts of wire fraud and already has repaid $50,480 to Honeywell. Prosecutors say Christie worked for the Kansas City branch of Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, a contractor for the National Nuclear Security Administration. Christie admitted that from mid-2010 through August 2014, he secretly submitted purchase orders for roughly 129 pieces of equipment, then sold the items on eBay.


Kansas City Kansas Community College Leader Placed on Leave 

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The president of Kansas City Kansas Community College has been placed on administrative leave. The Kansas City Star reports that the college provided no information about led to the action being taken against Doris Givens in a closed executive board meeting Friday. The board of trustees named the Dean of Math, Sciences and Computer Technology as the acting president. Givens didn't attend the meeting, and the campus was informed of the action via email. Givens, the first woman and first African-American president of the college, was hired in 2011. She had been vice chancellor for educational services for the Kern Community College District in Bakersfield, California.


4 Die in Crash in Which Good Samaritan's Vehicle Was Taken 

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say the death toll has grown to four from a stolen vehicle crash in Kansas City, Kansas, that ended with a survivor taking a vehicle from a good Samaritan. Police identified the fourth victim in a new release Thursday as 18-year-old Cory Thornburgh, of Shawnee. Also killed in Sunday's crash was 20-year-old Cameron Shafer, of Kansas City, Kansas, 20-year-old Hayden Gottman, of Lenexa, and 18-year-old Joshua Lindsey, of Overland Park. Thornburgh and Shafer died at a hospital, while the other two died at the crash scene. Police said that when a motorist stopped to help, a surviving passenger in the stolen pickup fled in the woman's vehicle. Police say the man isn't in custody.


Man Charged in Theft of University of Kansas Lab Equipment 

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence man has been charged with stealing $13,000 worth of items from a lab at the University of Kansas. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 37-year-old Matthew Reynard was charged Tuesday in Douglas County District Court with one count of burglary and two counts of theft, all felonies. He is jailed on $30,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. Reynard is accused of taking a veterinary camera, a camera control unit, syringes and hypodermic needles from Malott Hall. Charges indicate he is also accused of stealing a checkbook and earbuds from a man listed in the university directory as a technician in the Animal Care Unit. It's not clear how the suspect accessed the lab or how he was caught.


Missouri Man Gets 3 Years in Prison for Marriage Fraud Plot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Kansas City, Missouri, man who played a leading role in a plot that helped African nationals evade immigration laws by arranging fraudulent marriages has been ordered to spend three years in federal prison. Forty-nine-year-old Delmar Dixon was sentenced Thursday in Kansas City. He pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy and falsely swearing in an immigration matter. Dixon admitted he arranged 30 to 40 fraudulent marriages, including his own. He charged the African nationals $1,000 upfront and another $1,000 after the wedding was complete. Five co-defendants also have pleaded guilty. Two of them have also have been sentenced to prison.


Missouri Man Charged with Crashing, Injuring Boy While Fleeing Police

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A suburban Kansas City man has been charged with crashing into another vehicle while fleeing from police and seriously injuring a 9-year-old boy. Nineteen-year-old Kaveon Cottonham, of Grandview, was charged Thursday with four counts of second-degree assault and one count of leaving the scene of an accident. Court records say Cottonham fled when a Kansas City police vehicle attempted to pass him while responding to a call. The call had nothing to do with Cottonham, but a witness told police that Cottonham panicked because he thought the officer was trying to pull him over. Records say Cottonham sped and ignored traffic signals before crashing. He then is accused of running away before his arrest. Cottonham denied involvement in the accident.


Accused Gymnastics Coach Arrested in Kansas 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A gymnastics coach accused of producing child pornography in Nebraska has been arrested in Kansas. Omaha police say 27-year-old James Bryce Fogg was arrested Thursday in Emporia, Kansas, where he'd moved for another coaching job that he's since quit. A Nebraska arrest warrant lists a felony charge of manufacturing child pornography. Lyon County Jail records show he remained in custody Friday. Nebraska court records don't list the name of a lawyer who could comment for Fogg. Police say a woman who'd had a relationship with Fogg reported that he'd photographed and videotaped females without their knowledge at Premier Gymnastics in Omaha. Police reports say he'd recorded images of a 14-year-old girl and 22-year-old woman in "private compromising positions" without their consent. Premier says Fogg hasn't been an employee since April.


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