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Headlines for Sunday, September 19, 2021

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First Afghan Refugees Arrive in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first family of Afghanistan refugees has arrived in Kansas City as resettlement agencies in the area prepare for hundreds more. Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted that he was “proud” of the city for “welcoming all people” in announcing the family’s arrival. He said they represented the first of 550 Afghan refugees who will arrive in Kansas City. More than 100,000 people were airlifted out of Kabul in a chaotic exodus late last month after President Joe Biden announced that U.S. troops would withdraw, and the Taliban seized control of strife-torn Afghanistan in just a few weeks. Thousands more Afghans want to leave.


Wichita State Students Protest over Reported Dorm Rape

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 200 people have marched to the Wichita State University police station to protest the handling of a reported rape in a dormitory. The Wichita Eagle reports that students gathered Friday at Shocker Hall, where the sexual assault is alleged to have occurred September 12th. They then marched to the campus police station. Some carried signs reading “We deserve a rape-free campus” and “WSU, do better.” WSU Dean of Students Andrew Austin said it would be inappropriate to comment on the case that brought the students out, but that the university supported their right to peacefully protest.  This comes on the heels of recent protests at the University of Kansas over how the school has handled an alleged sexual assault at a fraternity.


Jailed Murder Suspect Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man jailed in a deadly Topeka shooting has died of what officials are describing as an apparent heart attack. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Marshall Stewart IV was 38. He pronounced dead at 5:35 p.m. Thursday after he was taken from the Shawnee County Jail to a Topeka Hospital. Major Tim Phelps of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections said the county corrections department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were investigating. Stewart was arrested in June on charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a gun in connection with the killing of 51-year-old Bradley Bellinder.


Atchison Nurse Pleads Guilty to Over-drugging Dementia Patient

UNDATED (AP) - An Atchison nurse who texted a co-worker a picture of a dementia patient slumped over in a wheelchair and then suggested she was responsible and deserved thanks has pleaded guilty to intentionally administering the wrong medication. The Kansas City Star reports that 37-year-old Jennifer Lynn Reavis is free on bond as she awaits sentencing on charges of endangerment, unlawful administration of a controlled substance and battery. She pleaded guilty to the charges Friday in Leavenworth County District Court.


Police investigate Suspicious Death in KCK

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. Saturday 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.


Missouri Celebrates Bicentennial with Parade

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A crowd gathered yesterday (SAT) in Jefferson City to celebrate the state’s bicentennial, with a World War II nurse leading the parade. KTVO reports that 98-year-old Edith Harrington waved to the crowd from a military jeep, followed by about 100 entries that highlighted the history of the Show-Me state. The festivities also marked the election of state officeholders in 2020, whose traditional inauguration events were delayed because of the coronavirus.


Suspect Arrested in Fatal Lawrence Shooting of Wichita Man

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence police have arrested one suspect in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Wichita man near the University of Kansas campus and are looking for a second suspect. Police spokesman Patrick Compton said in an email that 18-year-old Javier Isidro Romero was arrested on Friday night in connection with the September 8th shooting death of Christian Talib Willis. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that records show that Romero was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and was being held on $1 million bond.


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