Kansas and Missouri Form Shaky Truce in Job Conflict
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has signed an executive order aimed at ending a long-standing "border war" with Missouri over existing jobs in the Kansas City area. But the order that Kelly issued Friday suggests the truce may be shaky. Kelly's order pledges that Kansas won't use economic development incentives to lure existing jobs across the border in the Kansas City area. Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a law in June pledging the same for his state. Kelly's order notes that local governments in Missouri still can offer more generous incentives than those in Kansas and says she might rescind her order if they don't stop. The nonprofit Hall Foundation estimates the states have used $335 million in incentives since 2011 to move more than 12,000 existing jobs in the area.
Wichita Man Gets Probation for Child Sex Solicitation
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 67-year-old Wichita man who tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to three years of probation. Sedgwick County records show Raymundo Arroyo Sanchez was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. The Wichita Eagle reports Sanchez could be sent to prison for 32 months if he violates his probation. He also must complete sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Prosecutors say he tried to have sex with the 13-year-old girl in September 2018. She was with three younger girls who went to Sanchez's apartment near a park after he offered them drinks and snacks. The girl knew Sanchez, who had previously given her drinks and snacks.
Body Found in Kansas Lake Believed to be Missing Kayaker
WILSON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a body from a Kansas lake while searching for a former college baseball player who went missing while kayaking with co-workers. The Russell County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the body found Friday morning in Lake Wilson is believed to be that of Engel Rosario. The post says positive identification is pending an autopsy. KWCH-TV reports that the 26-year-old became separated from a group of co-workers from Pfizer while kayaking Tuesday afternoon. The co-workers later found his kayak overturned with his cell phone, wallet and flip flops nearby. Rosario is from the Dominican Republic and played baseball at Bethany College in Lindsborg. His former assistant coach, Olan Ortiz, says several of Rosario's former teammates participated in the search.
Salina Pharmacist, Husband Sentenced in Opioid Diversion
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 29-year-old Salina pharmacist has been sentenced to three years of probation for diverting prescription drugs containing opioids. Kirsty Hartley was sentenced Thursday. The sentence includes 18 months of house arrest. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister says Hartley's husband, Dalton Hartley, was given the same sentence because he received the drugs from her. Kirsty Hartley pleaded guilty to distributing a prescription painkiller outside the usual course of professional practice. Dalton Hartley pleaded guilty acquiring controlled substances through fraud. Kirsty Hartley worked at a CVS pharmacy. She admitted she gave more than 21,000 tablets of hydrocodone with acetaminophen to her husband. He consumed or traded them for marijuana. As part of her plea, Kirsty Hartley surrendered her pharmacist's license.
2 Teens Surrender, Admit to Impersonating Police
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers have admitted impersonating police and pulling over unsuspecting motorists in eastern Kansas. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the 18-year-old and 17-year-old turned themselves in to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. The sheriff's office began investigating early Wednesday after receiving reports that the occupants of a silver passenger were using red and blue lights in the windshield area to pull over at least two vehicles on Kansas 99 between Emporia and the town of Olpe. After the vehicles pulled over, the driver of the car with the red and blue lights would drive around them and leave without contacting the occupants. Formal charges are pending. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Kansas Dad Arrested in 2017 Death of Toddler
HUGOTON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says an 18-year-old has been arrested in the 2017 death of his 13-month-old son. The teen was arrested Thursday at his home in Hugoton. The KBI says he has been booked into the Grant County Jail on suspicion of the juvenile offenses of first-degree murder and child abuse. His baby died from brain injuries at a Wichita hospital on October 6, 2017, four days after being found unresponsive in a home in the small southwest Kansas town of Ulysses. The father was 16 years old at the time.