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Headlines for Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Leavenworth Man Pleads Guilty in Death of Pedestrian

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A 37-year-old Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a man who was hit by a motorcycle.  Justen Michael McCarter also pleaded guilty Friday to possession of stolen property. Prosecutors say McCarter was driving a stolen motorcycle and speeding in March 2020 when he hit Adam Wheeler, who was crossing a Leavenworth street. Sentencing is scheduled for January 19th.


Wichita Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Critically Injured

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are investigating after a shooting left one person dead and two others critically injured. Police say the shooting occurred Friday afternoon at an apartment complex in east Wichita. Officers found one man dead at the complex. Police say a second victim who was critically injured was found at a nearby Burger King. A third victim, who was also in critical condition, went to a Wichita hospital. No further information as immediately released.


Medicine Lodge Man Gets Life Sentence for First-Degree Murder

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) — A 35-year-old Medicine Lodge man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a woman last summer. Clinton Wayne Rogers was sentenced Friday in Barber County District Court after he pleaded guilty October 1st to first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Rogers killed 61-year-old Joyce Foulkrod in July 2020. A family member found Foulkrod dead in her home. Rogers fled and was arrested in Montana in August 2020 on a warrant for theft in Kingman County. Authorities said he stole a truck in Kingman County while fleeing to Montana.


KC Mayor Files Complaint after Alleged Unauthorized Police Inquiry

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has filed a complaint against a city police officer who allegedly conducted an unauthorized search for information about the mayor in a criminal justice database. The Kansas City Star reports Lucas filed the complaint Friday with the Office of Community Complaints.  He said a Jackson County assistant prosecuting attorney advised him in September that an officer conducted an unauthorized search of his name in the Criminal Justice Information Center in May.  Police department policy prohibits using the information system for personal use.  A police spokesman said last week that the department had investigated the officer's actions but did not specify whether the officer was disciplined.


Frustrated Ranchers Look to Build Slaughterhouses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Frustrated with persistently low prices, ranchers and others in the beef industry are moving to reverse a long trend of consolidation and planning to open new slaughterhouses. The new plants typically cost more than $300 million, but they still will be much smaller than those owned by the four meat company giants that slaughter over 80% of the nation’s cattle. That has led to some skepticism about whether the new independent plants can succeed. David Briggs is the CEO of a proposed plant in western Iowa. He says acknowledges the tough odds but says cattle people are risk takers.


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