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Headlines for Saturday, October 16, 2021

Weather Service Confirms Seven Tornadoes in SW Kansas

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — The National Weather Service in Dodge City says seven tornadoes touched down in southwest Kansas during storms on Tuesday night. The weather service rated the tornadoes at EF-0 or EF-1 strength. The tornadoes touched down in mostly rural areas, and the damage was generally contained to irrigation systems and outbuildings. No injuries were reported. The tornadoes were reported near Sublette, Howell, Spearville, Fellsburg, Truesdale and two near Greensburg.

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KBI: 122 Clergy Sex Abuse Cases Opened

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation told state lawmakers this week that it has received 215 tips about Catholic clergy sexual abuse and opened 122 cases. KBI Executive Director Robert Jacobs told lawmakers a task force set up to investigate clergy abuse has reviewed almost 40,000 records since its work began in 2019. He says Catholic church leaders have cooperated with the effort. KBI’s Catholic Clergy Taskforce was established at the request of Attorney General’s Office Derek Schmidt. Investigators are not only interested in looking at the allegation itself, Jacobs said, but are investigating what follow-through occurred after a claim was reported.

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Wichita Police Make Arrest in Shooting of 11-year-old Girl

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita say they've made an arrest in a drive-by shooting earlier this week that injured an 11-year-old girl. Police say 25-year-old Byron Monroe Purcell was arrested Thursday and booked on counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and weapons, drug and parole violation charges. He's accused of being the gunman in a shooting that happened early Tuesday in the city's Ken-Mar neighborhood in which bullets hit a house. Police say the 11-year-old girl was in the house and asleep in her bed when she was hit by the gunfire. She was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police say four other people in the home at the time of the shooting were not injured.

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Ex-KCK Detective Faces Federal Investigation

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a former Kansas City, Kansas, police detective who has been accused of sexually abusing minority and poor women for decades and framing Lamonte McIntyre, who was wrongfully imprisoned for a 1994 double murder. The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department acknowledged Thursday that since 2019 it's been responding to subpoenas from the FBI involving allegations against Roger Golubski. CNN reported Thursday that federal authorities have convened a grand jury for the investigation. Former Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler told the network he and more than a half-dozen officers have or will testify before the grand jury.

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Trial Set for Man Accused of KC Trail Killings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with killing six people on or near trails in south Kansas City, Missouri, in 2016 and 2017 is now set to stand trial next year. A judge on Thursday set Fredrick Scott's first-degree murder trial date for Sept. 6, 2022. Earlier this year, Scott had been found not mentally competent to stand in the separate shooting deaths of 57-year-old Steven Gibbons; 54-year-old John Palmer; 67-year-old David Lenox; 57-year-old Timothy Rice; 61-year-old Michael Darby; and 64-year-old Karen Harmeyer. The killings terrorized those who used and lived near the popular trials in south Kansas City.

 

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