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Headlines for Friday, October 12, 2018

Kansas Man Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Johnson County prosecutors have charged a 45-year-old Olathe man with leaving the scene of a crash that killed two young men in Overland Park. Bradley Woodworth is charged with leaving the scene of a fatality accident. His bond is set at $100,000. Woodworth is accused of driving away from a wreck Saturday that killed 18-year-old Matthew Bloskey, of Overland Park, and 20-year-old Samuel Siebuhr, of Kansas City, Kansas. Investigators say a vehicle apparently hit Siebuhr's car and pushed it into a head-on collision with Bloskey's vehicle. The Kansas City Star reports a decade ago Woodworth, the father of twin boys, was the subject of a community fund-raising campaign after losing his job as a senior software support specialist at Garmin Ltd. while he was undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.


2 Men Sentenced for Fatal Shooting at Lawrence Motel

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Two friends who were convicted of a fatal shooting at a Lawrence motel will serve different sentences.  Twenty-year-old Tyrone Carvin was sentenced Wednesday to more than 23 years in prison, while 23-year-old Ramone Singleton was given about 10 years. Both men, from Kansas City, Kansas, were convicted of voluntary manslaughter and other charges in the September 2017 shooting of 23-year-old Cameron Hooks, of Lenexa, and the wounding of two other men.  The Lawrence Journal-World reports Carvin received the longer sentence because he had several prior felony convictions and was on probation when Hooks was killed at a Motel 6.  Singleton had no prior criminal history before the shooting.  Nineteen-year-old Shawn Smith, of Kansas City, Missouri, is facing a second trial in the case after his first trial ended in a mistrial.


Lawsuit: Man Convicted After Mother Rejected "Dirty Cop"

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he didn't commit was targeted because his mother rebuffed a homicide detective's sexual advances and was convicted after a bogus police investigation, according to a lawsuit.  Lamonte McIntyre, 42, and his 64-year-old mother Rose Lee McIntyre filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court.  McIntyre was 17 in 1994 when he was arrested in Kansas City in the deaths of 21-year-old Doniel Quinn and 34-year-old Donald Ewing. They were shot in broad daylight in a drug-infested neighborhood. McIntyre was sentenced to two life sentences in their deaths, but he was freed last year after the district attorney found he had been subject to a "manifest injustice" in the case.  No physical evidence linked McIntyre to the crime and he didn't know the victims. The suit blames his arrest on a "dirty cop " identified as Roger Golubski, who "used the power of his badge to exploit vulnerable black women."  (Read more about this story.)


"Dazzling Fast" Election Results Promised for Johnson County

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The head election official for Kansas' most populous county is pledging to have "dazzlingly fast" results after fixing a problem that left the rest of the state waiting more than 12 hours for primary election results.  The Kansas City Star reports that Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker said Thursday that software that was blamed for the Aug. 7 delays has been updated and "exhaustively tested." Johnson County rolled out new machines for the primary election. After the last polling location closed shortly before 8 p.m., it took until 8 the next morning to get final unofficial results, including in the high-profile Republican gubernatorial primary that was being watched by a national audience.  Those results revealed a razor-thin margin between Gov. Jeff Colyer and challenger Kris Kobach, who eventually won.


Longtime City Clerk in Southeast Kansas Charged with Embezzlement

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A retired city clerk has been charged with embezzling more than $36,500 from the Kansas town where she worked for nearly 40 years.  U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced an indictment Thursday that accused 69-year-old Carole Sue Coker of stealing the money from the southeast Kansas town of Caney. She is charged with mail fraud and bank fraud.  Coker, who now lives in Oronogo, Missouri, allegedly kept some cash paid to the city and didn't record all the checks written to the city to cover the thefts. She then made it appear as if the books balanced.  Coker could face up to 20 years in prison for mail fraud and up to 30 years for bank fraud. She could also be fined up to $1.25 million.  Caney is about 120 miles southeast of Wichita.


Kansas Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Bank Customer

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Coffeyville woman was sentenced to 60 days in federal prison for stealing $150,000 from a customer at a bank where she worked.  Federal prosecutors say 61-year-old Phyllis Lanning was sentenced Wednesday for mail fraud. She also was ordered to pay full restitution.  Prosecutors say Lanning admitted that while she worked for Condon National Bank in Coffeyville she created and mailed falsified documents to conceal her theft of $150,000 from a customer's account.  Lanning sent the customer's monthly statements to an address in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, that she controlled. She then mailed false statements to the customer.  The theft was discovered after the victim died and family members took control of the account.  Lanning will serve three years of supervised release after she serves her sentence.


Former Kansas Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced for Lying About Gun

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for lying to investigators about a missing machine gun. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release that 60-year-old Robert Doty, of Guymon, Oklahoma, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to lying to a federal investigator. In his plea, Doty admitted that in March 2018 he lied to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who was investigating a report that an Uzi machine gun was missing from the sheriff's office. Doty told the agent he took the gun to a range to shoot and returned it. Doty actually took the gun to a third party's house and left it there. Doty's certification as a law enforcement officer has been revoked.


Authorities ID Man Who Exchanged Shots with Topeka Police

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 23-year-old man who authorities say twice exchanged gunfire with Topeka police before being shot by officers is expected to recover. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Trevon Brown, of Topeka, was shot several times during a gun battle with three officers Thursday. No officers were injured. Police first encountered Brown about 3 a.m. Thursday while patrolling a neighborhood. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the suspect shot at officers as he fled and two officers returned fire. No one was injured. The man returned to the scene later in the day. The KBI says when officers tried to arrest him, the man ran again and exchanged gunfire with three officers, who shot him several times. The five officers who fired their weapons in the two shooting incidents have been placed on administrative leave.


Johnson County DA Sues Repair Shop Owner After Complaints

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Johnson County's district attorney is suing a repair shop owner after multiple consumer complaints alleging that their cars were stripped rather than fixed. The Kansas City Star reports that Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe has filed a lawsuit against Fred Goebel and his business, Showroom Carstar LLC. The county's case comes after two similar lawsuits against Goebel and related complaints on social media. The county's lawsuit says Goebel is believed to be living in Florida and has left behind more than $111,000 in paid-for but unfinished work, as well as vehicles missing parts. The lawsuit says Goebel still hasn't returned a customer's car. Goebel says he's unaware of the county's lawsuit. Records show that Goebel and his business faced financial issues, including tax liens exceeding $17,000 in 2015 and 2016.


Kansas Woman Found Dead in Car After Floodwaters Recede

PAOLA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas woman who was reported missing has been found dead in her car after floodwaters receded. The Miami County Sheriff's office says deputies found the body of 78-year-old Hazel Phillips Friday inside her car near Osawatomie. The sheriff's office said her car was in an area that flooded after heavy rains this week but the waters receded enough Friday to expose the car's roof. Her cause of death is still under investigation. Investigators say Phillips told her family Tuesday evening that she planned to drive to Drexel, Missouri, Wednesday. A Silver Alert was issued after she didn't reach her destination.


2 Charged in Robberies that Led to Manhunt in Kansas City Area

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Two men have been charged in a string of suburban Kansas City robberies that led to one of the suspects exchanging gunfire with an officer.  The Kansas City Star reports that 23-year-old Pedro Antonio Torres and 18-year-old Mario Jimenez were charged Wednesday with five counts of aggravated robbery. Jimenez also was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Torres had an additional felony theft charge. Their attorneys didn't immediately return phone messages.  Olathe, Kansas, police say officers stopped a vehicle after four convenience stores were held up early Monday.  Police say Torres was arrested after a short chase. But Jimenez is accused of firing at an officer before he was arrested hours later after a manhunt that caused some schools to be locked down. No one was hurt.


The Latest: NASA Exploring Flying Space Station Without Crew

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — NASA says it's dusting off its plans for flying the International Space Station without a crew after the aborted launch of a Russian rocket taking two astronauts toward the station.  Kenny Todd, a space station manager, said from Houston several hours after Thursday's aborted launch that the station's three current residents can remain on board until January.  That's just a month beyond their expected mid-December return. Their Soyuz capsule is good for about 200 days in orbit, period.  If the rocket that failed remains grounded until it's time for the astronauts to come home, Todd says flight controllers could operate the orbiting lab without anyone on board.  But he says the $100 billion asset would need to be staffed before SpaceX or Boeing launches new crew capsules next year. Todd says someone has to be on board for the arrival of the commercial demo missions, for safety reasons.


Man Accused of Robbing Wichita Bank He Robbed 7 Years Ago

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man suspected of robbing a Wichita bank earlier this week spent time in federal prison after pleading guilty to robbing the same bank seven years ago. Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Brent Allen Drees, of Wichita, is charged with one count of bank robbery. They allege Drees walked into the Conway Bank Tuesday, gave the teller a note saying, "Give me $3,000 and you won't get hurt." The Wichita Eagle reports Drees was released from federal prison in July 2017 after serving a 46-month sentence for bank robbery. Federal court records show Drees previously pleaded guilty to two Wichita bank robberies, including the Conway Bank in September 2011 and the Emprise Bank later that month. Similar notes were used in all three bank robberies.


School Warns of Students Crawling Under Stalled Trains

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials for a Wichita school are raising concerns that trains are stalled for so long on nearby tracks that students are crawling under boxcars and across the couplings to get home.  The Wichita Eagle reports that Hamilton Middle School principal Justin Kasel says trains traveling just north of the school sometimes are stopped for up to an hour, tying up traffic. More than two-thirds of Hamilton's 600 students don't qualify for a bus, so they either walk or get rides.  A school employee posted a video to Facebook after witnessing students taking dangerous risks Tuesday when a train stalled. The video was later taken down but prompted the school to issue a warning.  A Kansas law barring railroads from blocking a crossing for more than 10 minutes is being challenged.


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