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Headlines for Saturday, October 12, 2019

Two Men Charged in KCK Bar Shooting Roamed Free, Despite Recent Arrests

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A review of court records by The Associated Press indicates that two convicted felons facing criminal charges over a Kansas bar shooting that killed four people and wounded five others had previous brushes with the law that could have had them behind bars had judges and other officials made different decisions. 29-year-old Fugitive Hugo Villanueva-Morales and 23-year-old Javier Alatorre are charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the early Sunday shooting at the Tequila KC bar in a close knit Kansas City, Kansas, neighborhood. Police continue searching for Villanueva-Morales; Alatorre was arrested Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri. Villanueva-Morales spent two nights in a local jail within two weeks of the shooting. And Alatorre also had been released from jail in September across the state line in Jackson County, Missouri, where he still faces charges of fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle.


Police Chase Through KCK, KCMO, Ends in Crash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A chase that took police from Kansas City, Missouri to Kansas and then back again has ended in a car crash. The Kansas City Star reports that the suspect crashed an SUV Friday in downtown Kansas City. Police say the chase started in Kansas City. The Kansas Highway Patrol then stopped the man when he crossed into Kansas. Police say the man fled again after Drug Enforcement Agents arrived. Authorities say he crashed into police cars and almost hit a DEA agent as he sped away. A DEA agent fired at the man as he drove off, but it's unclear if the suspect was hit. The man crossed state lines again before crashing on the Missouri side of the border. He was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.


Wichita Lawyer Set to Change Cyberattack Plea

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita lawyer accused of plotting a cyberattack on websites with information criticizing his work has told a federal court he intends to change his plea. A docket notation Friday shows attorney Bradley Pistotnik has a change-of-plea hearing Tuesday. The move comes two days after his co-defendant , VIRAL Artificial Intelligence co-founder David Dorsett, notified the court of his plea change. Dorsett's hearing is October 21st. Both men pleaded not guilty last year to computer fraud and conspiracy. Pistotnik is also charged with making false statements to the FBI. The indictment alleges they are responsible for cyberattacks on, and in 2014 and 2015. The indictment accuses Dorsett of filling website inboxes with threats. An email purportedly demanded that a webpage be removed or the hackers will target advertisers.


Third Republican Enters Kansas Congressional Race to Challenge Davids

ROELAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A former suburban Kansas City mayor has become the third Republican to kick off a campaign to challenge freshman Democratic Representative Sharice Davids. The Kansas City Star reports that Adrienne Foster announced her campaign this week for the GOP nomination in the 3rd Congressional District. Foster served one term as the mayor of Roeland Park, a community of about 6,800, before becoming executive director of the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission under Republican Governors Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer. During her tenure with the commission, she faced calls for her resignation over comments she made in support of then-candidate Donald Trump. Also running in the Republican primary is former National Down Syndrome Society CEO Sarah Hart Weir and Amanda Adkins, a Cerner Corp. executive with political ties to Brownback.


Missouri River Will Remain High into December

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The lower Missouri River will remain high into December because of the large amount of water being released from dams into the river. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will remain at a level more than twice what is typical for this time of year — 80,000 cubic feet per second — into mid-December. Officials do not expect significant new flooding along the river because of the high releases. But many levees remain damaged from severe flooding in the spring, allowing the floodwaters to flow into many farm fields and rural areas. The amount of rain and melting snow flowing into the river has remained exceptionally high this fall, and wet weather is expected to continue through the end of the year.


ESU Receives $2 Million for Deaf, Autism Programs

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Emporia State University is receiving more than $2 million in grants to help professionals seeking to bolster employment opportunities for people with hearing problems and autism spectrum disorders. The university says in a news release that it has one of three programs nationwide that concentrates in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Its education department will use the grants to support students with tuition, training and professional development through 2024. Vocational rehabilitation personnel will receive online instruction leading to a master's degree or certification. The university says the funds aim to address shortages in rehabilitation services in the region.


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