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Headlines for Saturday, September 18, 2021

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Judge: Election Official Violated Law in Voter Form Case

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a former high-ranking election official violated federal law in 2016 when he granted requests by Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama to modify the national voter registration form to require documentary proof of citizenship in those states. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon threw out the contested decisions made by Brian Newby, who was then executive director of the Election Assistance Commission. The judge found Thursday that Newby failed to determine whether the proposed requirement was necessary in order to register to vote. The long-delayed ruling has little practical effect since a federal appeals court earlier granted a preliminary injunction in the case.  

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KC Man Sentenced in Police Chase Fatality

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A 31-year-old Kansas City man has been sentenced to almost 50 years in prison for a fatal accident that occurred when he was fleeing from law enforcement officers. Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said in a news release yesterday (FRI) that Anthony Jay Dorsey was sentenced for second-degree murder after a deadly crash near Bonner Springs in September 2019. Prosecutors said a highway patrol trooper tried to stop Dorsey on Interstate 70 for an expired tag. Dorsey fled and eventually drove the wrong way on the interstate. His vehicle collided with a car driven by 19-year-old Nathan Pena, of Brookfield, Illinois, who died at the scene.

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KCK Police Investigate Suspicious Death

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have made an arrest in a suspicious death in Kansas City, Kansas. Police said officers responded around 4 a.m. today (SAT) to a residence and found a man dead there. Officers then took a person of interest into custody. No other details were immediately released, including the name of the man who died. Police are urging anyone with information to call a tips hotline.

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Topeka Students Protest School's Handling of Rape Accusation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More than 100 students at Topeka West High School held a protest over the school administration's handling of a male student who has been accused of raping a female student last summer. The students also said during yesterday's (FRI) protest that the same student has harassed girls at the school. A district official said administrators had just become aware of the alleged rape, and administrators are not aware of any incidents involving the male student on campus. Police spokeswoman Gretchen Spiker said the 17-year-old was placed into juvenile detention Friday on an alleged probation violation. She said the rape report from the summer is being investigated.

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KU Frat Assault Claim Prompts Student Sit-in

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of University of Kansas students have staged a sit-in in front of the chancellor’s office to protest the handling of allegations that a fraternity member sexually assaulted another student. The sit-in yesterday (FRI) follows protests Monday and Tuesday outside the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. The Kansas City Star reports that protesters are demanding that university officials take action against the fraternity as well as the alleged perpetrator. They changed a placard at the entrance of the office of the chancellor, renaming it “Office of the Complicit,” and taped other signs with messages to the glass windows at Chancellor Doug Girod’s office.

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Texas Woman Convicted in Deaths of 2 Kansas Carnival Vendors

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Texas woman has been convicted of capital murder for her role in the slayings of a Wichita couple who were killed after a carnival worker ordered their deaths as part of a fictitious carnival mafia. Prosecutors said a jury found 57-year-old Kimberley Stacey Younger of Aransas Pass, Texas, guilty yesterday (FRI) on charges of capital murder, conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, solicitation to commit murder in the first degree and theft. She is one of several people convicted in the July 2018 deaths of Alfred and Pauline Carpenter, who were working as vendors at the Barton County fair in Kansas.  Prosecutors have said the Carpenters were killed at the fair and their bodies were buried in a national forest in Arkansas. Sentencing is November 29th.

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Toddler Killed in Apparent Accidental Shooting in Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 2-year-old was killed yesterday (FRI) in what police say appears to be an accidental shooting in Lawrence, Kansas. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that police responding to a shooting found the toddler critically injured.  The child was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police say officers and detectives are speaking with the parties involved and the preliminary information suggests the shooting was accidental. The child's name and other details were not were not immediately available.

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