Congressman Watkins Pays Account after Foreclosure Lawsuit
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kansas Representative Steve Watkins has paid what he owed to a homeowners association in Alaska that was seeking to foreclose on his condominium. A lawsuit alleges the first-term congressman owed the Loch Ness Manor Condominium Association $1,535 as of October 1st. Watkins did not respond Thursday when contacted by The Associated Press, but an email sent the next day by his property manager shows he called them that day to discuss the situation. The email, provided to the AP by Watkins' office, says his account is now in good standing. The lawsuit sought foreclosure of his condominium in Eagle River, outside of Anchorage. Records show the condo assessed at $166,500. The financial disclosure Watkins filed in May indicate he received between $5,000 and $15,000 in rental income from it in 2018.
Fleeing Motorist Blamed for Deadly Topeka Crash
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man driving a car linked to a bad-check cashing case has caused a deadly Topeka crash while trying to get away from a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. Patrol Lt. Adam Winters says the chase lasted only a couple seconds Thursday before the fleeing driver ran a stop sign and crashed into a sport utility vehicle in the western part of the city. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the SUV's driver was rushed to a hospital and later died. The driver's name wasn't immediately released. The patrol says the driver of the fleeing car will be booked into jail when he is released from the hospital. A passenger in the fleeing motorist's car also was injured. Neither of their injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
Deputies Injured in Wichita Detention Fights
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say three detention deputies have been injured in a pair of recent fights at the Sedgwick County Jail. The Wichita Eagle reports that the most recent attack happened Monday in the mental health pod. Col. Brian White, of the sheriff's office, says the fight sent two deputies to a hospital with broken bones. The inmate, who had been jailed on assault and criminal trespass charges, hasn't yet been charged in the attack. A deputy also sustained minor injuries in an October 31st attack in which two other inmates also were assaulted. Twenty-three-year-old William Farmer Jr. has been charged with two counts of battery and one count of battery of a law enforcement officer. Farmer was jailed at the time on misdemeanor contempt of court and traffic charges.
Fatal Kansas Plane Crash Investigation Inconclusive
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Investigators say loss of control resulted in the 2017 crash that killed a Topeka physician. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the National Transportation Safety Board posted on its website that investigators had found "no mechanical anomalies." Topeka pulmonary physician William M. Leeds and his flight instructor, James K. Bergman, were killed in July 2017 at Topeka's Philip Billard Municipal Airport. The NTSB determined the accident's probable cause to be "the failure of the pilot and flight instructor to maintain aircraft control while maneuvering in the traffic pattern." It reached no conclusions as to why control of the 1965 Piper PA-30 fixed wing, multi-engine was lost.
Fire Victims Include Former Kansas State Education Board Member
DEERFIELD, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified the victims of a western Kansas fire as a former Kansas State Board of Education member and her rancher husband. The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office says the fire started early Tuesday in the garage of a home near the small Kearny County town of Lakin. It killed Jim and Reta Dale, who were both 84 years old. Two others escaped without serious injuries. The cause of the fire was classified as undetermined. Damages were estimated at $150,000. Reta Dale's obituary says she served on the Deerfield School Board, as well as the state board. Her husband's obituary says that besides farming and ranching, he also owned and operated J&R Ready Mix and Garden City Mack Truck during his career. They had been married for 58 years.
Kansas Man Arrested in Social Media Dispute Killing of Teen
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old in the deadly shooting of a 15-year-old at a Wichita park during an ongoing social media dispute. The Wichita Eagle reports that police said Thursday night that 18-year-old Malick Garrett was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Marion Wheaton, as well as outstanding warrants. Police Capt. Brent Allred says Wheaton was shot Wednesday night as he and two other teenagers walked to the park to a fight. Allred said the dispute was between them and another 15-year-old boy. Allred says that when that boy arrived at the park with others in a car, one person from the car fired several shots, hitting Wheaton. He died later at a hospital. Allred says some of those involved in the dispute were documented gang members.