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Headlines for Saturday, October 5, 2019

Wichita Mother Sentenced in Death of Son After He Refused to Eat Hot Dog

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison in the death of her 2-year-old son after he refused to eat a hot dog. Elizabeth Woolheater of Wichita was sentenced Friday for the May 2018 death of Anthony Bunn. The Wichita Eagle reports that the 24-year-old Woolheater pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder and two counts of child abuse. She was sentenced to 19 years and five months. The boy died two days after he was beaten unconscious. Woolheater said she hit the boy for not eating the hot dog and then heard her boyfriend, Lucas Diel, hitting him more. Diel, who denied hitting the boy, is serving a 49-year sentence for second-degree murder.


Investigation into Western Kansas Murder is Closed

PLAINVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say their investigation into the shooting death of a western Kansas man is closed after they determined a man who later committed suicide was responsible. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Rooks County authorities announced Friday that evidence indicated 47-year-old Jon Flowers, of Inman, killed 56-year-old Mark Reif, who was shot to death September 9th at his home in rural Plainville. The KBI said no evidence suggested anyone else was involved in Flowers' death. Flowers was found dead in his home September 14th. His death was ruled a suicide. Authorities said he left a note claiming responsibility for Rief's death. The KBI said a fired cartridge found at the murder scene and a bullet taken from Reif came from a pistol belonging to Flowers. Authorities have not released information on a possible motive.


Jury Deadlocks in Lawrence Murder Trial

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial after a jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a Lawrence woman in 2014. A jury deliberated for three days before the mistrial was declared Friday in the trial of 23-year-old Rontarius Washington Jr. He is charged in the death of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso, who was found bludgeoned and stabbed to death in a Lawrence apartment in November 2014. Washington lived in an apartment near Mosso. He is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery, and an alternative of first-degree felony murder. The jury could not reach a verdict on all three charges. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Washington has been in custody since early 2015 while his trial was repeatedly delayed . Washington told detectives he entered Ruiz's apartment to steal money and Mosso dead.


Kansas Governor, Attorney General at Odds on DACA Case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has joined a legal battle to save a federal program that shields young immigrants from deportation. Kelly's move Friday puts the Democratic governor and Republican Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on opposite sides of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Kelly signed onto written legal arguments opposing President Donald Trump's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Kelly joined Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and the Democratic attorneys general of Michigan and Nevada. Schmidt has joined 11 other GOP state attorneys general and Mississippi's Republican Gov. Phil Bryant in a court filing arguing that the DACA program wasn't lawful. The program established by President Barack Obama grants temporary legal status to immigrants without proper documents who came to the U.S. as children.


Wichita Officer Fired after 100 mph Speeding without Sirens

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police officer who crashed his vehicle while speeding without lights or sirens has been fired. The Wichita Eagle reports Officer Samuel Dugo is charged with aggravated battery-recklessly causing bodily harm after the March 2018 wreck critically injured a 71-year-old. He has pleaded not guilty. Police spokesman Officer Kevin Wheeler said Dugo's employment ended August 30th. He was with the department since July 2016. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Donald Clark, of Bel Aire, was thrown through the windshield of his truck when it collided with Dugo's vehicle at a Wichita intersection. The patrol determined Dugo was driving 79 mph in a 30 mph zone before the collision, while responding to a burglary call. He was not using his emergency lights or sirens. Before the collision, Dugo was clocked at 100 mph.


Spirit Continues to Produce Fuselages Despite 737 Grounding

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems has seen its stock price decline by 20 percent since the Boeing 737 Max jet was grounded but continues to churn out fuselages in anticipation of a rebound when the plane flies again. Spirit’s president and CEO Tom Gentile says the Wichita-based company is building 52 fuselages a month, although Boeing reduced its production to 42 completed planes per month after two deadly crashes. The Wichita Eagle reports that he says it would take “a very long time to come back” if production was reduced. For now the extra fuselages are wrapped in plastic and Styrofoam, with a thick orange blanket used to cover them. Gentile says, “They look a little bit like goldfish.” Gentile says he is hopeful because there has been “an incredible surge in orders” for aircraft with more than 150 seats.


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