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Weekend Headlines for August 25-26, 2018

Found Pipe Bomb Prompts Ark City Evacuation

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police say a city hall in southeastern Kansas was evacuated after someone brought in a pipe bomb found on rental property. Police in Arkansas City say the person was cleaning a rental property when he discovered the bomb, made of a sealed metal pipe with a cap and fuse on one end. Police say he brought it in to the station, located next to City Hall, Friday afternoon, not knowing what else to do with it. Police then evacuated City Hall and closed parts of surrounding streets. Wichita Police's bomb squad and state police helped move the device to a sand-filled dump truck, which took it to an undisclosed location to be detonated. No one was hurt.

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KC Police say Teen Shot Dead, Man Arrested

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in Kansas City say a teen has been shot to death blocks from the Kansas City zoo, and another man has been arrested. Police say officers were patrolling the area west of the zoo, at the Foxtown East neighborhood, early Saturday morning when they heard gunfire and saw a vehicle speeding away. Officers chased the vehicle into Kansas, where it crashed at I-35 and 7th Street. Officers then arrested the driver. At the scene of the shooting, officers found 17-year-old Raphael Butler-Grimmett suffering from gunshot wounds and performed CPR. Medics who arrived on scene declared him dead. The man arrested had been released by late Saturday afternoon.

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Kansas GOP Centrists Warned against Endorsing Challengers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Moderate Republicans in Kansas find themselves in an awkward position of whether to stay silent on Kris Kobach's gubernatorial nomination or endorse one of his competitors and face potential GOP-led repercussions. The Kansas City Star reports that the conundrum came to light earlier this week when House Majority Leader Don Hineman wrote to more than two dozen of his fellow centrists to discourage them from taking a public stance on anyone who isn't Kobach, the GOP's lead candidate. Hineman's warning is the latest demonstration of the wide divide in the Kansas GOP, where moderates tend to side with Democrats on issues like Medicaid expansion and rolling back former Gov. Sam Brownback's 2012 tax cuts. Kobach has promised "full-throttled conservatism" if elected, and has rejected moderating his views for the general election. He faces independent candidate Greg Orman and Democratic nominee Senator Laura Kelly.

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Coach Bill Self Won't Go 'Over the Edge' for Charity

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas basketball fans hoping to see coach Bill Self rappel over a seven-story building this weekend will be disappointed. Self announced in May that he would go "Over the Edge" of a downtown Lawrence building to help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. Instead, staff members Kurtis Townsend and Jeremy Case will participate in Saturday's event in Self's place. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Self said in a statement Friday that he's been sidelined by a minor hernia repair. He says doctors told him to wait a few weeks before jumping off any buildings. Self says he plans to watch the event and will come through with his pledge to raise $10,000 for the charity. Former Kansas guard Jeff Hawkins also will participate in this weekend's event.

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Plans to Tear Down KC Water Slide on Hold

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Plans to demolish a water slide where a 10-year-old Kansas boy died might be delayed. In July, attorneys for KC Waterpark Management said they were ready to demolish the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas, shortly after Labor Day. The Kansas City Star reports the demolition might be delayed because of disagreements over which parts of the slide should be preserved as possible evidence in criminal cases filed after Caleb Schwab was decapitated on the ride in August 2016. The state has asked that experts be allowed to inspect the slide one more time. The water park's attorneys filed a response Wednesday, questioning the need for another inspection of the slide. A court hearing on the issue is scheduled for next week.

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KBI Joins Search for Missing Kansas Woman

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has joined the search for a southern Kansas woman who hasn't been seen since early July. Liberal police requested the KBI's help this week in the search for 24-year-old Shaila Schlenz. She was last seen in Liberal on July 3rd and her and mother received a text message on July 5. KAKE-TV reports her family says she left home with only $20 and the clothes she was wearing. Schlenz is white, 5-foot-2 inches and weighs 115 pounds. She has red hair and brown eyes. She also has a homemade tattoo that looks like a wing on the inside of her lower arm.

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Lawrence Repeals Old Law on Alcohol Sales

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence officials have repealed a restriction on alcohol sales that dates back to Prohibition. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the ordinance restricted alcohol sales within 400 feet of a school or church. The rules had rarely been enforced in recent years, but getting around them required city leaders to go through a time-consuming review process each time a request for a waiver was made. On Tuesday, the City Commission finally struck the provision. City Clerk Sherri Riedemann says the restriction's concept dates back to the end of alcohol prohibition in the U.S. When the ordinance was in effect, the commission had to hold public hearings before waiving the rules. Affected churches and schools rarely objected. Since 2013, the city has held 33 waiver hearings. In every case, the commission granted the waiver.

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Six Arrested in Wichita Child Sex Trafficking Case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police have arrested six people in an alleged child sex trafficking case. Police and federal officials executed a search warrant early Friday at an address in southwest Wichita. Officer Charley Davidson said a 15-year-old girl led them to the address. Davidson said two of the six people have been booked into jail and four were arrested at the home. All face possible child sex crime charges. The investigation is ongoing.

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Woman Charged in Kansas Triple Fatality

SABETHA, Kan. (AP) — A Nebraska woman has been arrested in a head-on crash that killed the mother, sister and uncle of two Kansas high school football players as the family returned home from watching the boys' team win a state football championship. KMBC-TV reports that the Jackson County, Kansas, Sheriff's Office says Maria Perez-Marquez is awaiting extradition to Kansas. She was arrested Thursday in Omaha, Nebraska, on an involuntary manslaughter warrant in the November 2017 deaths of 42-year-old Carmen Ukele, 11-year-old Marlee Ukele and 62-year-old Stephen Ukele. Coach Garrett Michael says brothers Tanner and Carson Ukele were pulled off the Sabetha High School football team bus after a celebratory dinner. A trooper later told them their father had been hurt and the others had died. Perez-Marquez was passing another vehicle before the crash.

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Kansas Convict Arrested on Suspicion of Raping Child

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man convicted in a woman's strangulation death has been arrested on suspicion of repeatedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl whom he had been baby-sitting. The Wichita Eagle reports that 56-year-old Clifford Eugene Cox was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on Monday on suspicion of child rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecencies with a child. Cox pleaded guilty in 1984 to strangling 23-year-old Cathryn Kessinger, of Winfield, with a rope. Kansas Department of Corrections records show he was sentenced to life but was let out of prison on parole in 2006. Police say the 8-year-old was only one of several children Cox baby-sat, including the girl's three siblings and Cox's children. The girl's father says the family wasn't aware of Cox's criminal record.

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Convicted Hutch Meth Dealer Granted Probation

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A 36-year-old woman who was facing nearly 13 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine was given probation by a judge who said she had made significant progress in dealing with her drug addiction. Sarah McHaley, of Hutchinson, was sentenced Friday to three years' of probation by District Judge Trish Rose. McHaley would face 12 years, 10 months in prison if she violates her parole. The Hutchinson News reports McHaley pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school. She was arrested in a drug raid in May 2017. A co-defendant, Kerry Potter, who earlier was sentenced to nearly six years in prison. Supporters noted McHaley has completed drug treatment, is a public speaker for Oxford House and has been employed for a year.

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Salina Couple Reunited with Lawmaker's Help

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Salina man has been reunited with his wife after a Kansas congressman helped her become a permanent U.S. resident. The Salina Journal reports that 71-year-old Carl Hardesty thanked Representative Roger Marshall Thursday for helping return 49-year-old Maria Hardesty to the United States. Maria Hardesty was born in Mexico. Marshall's office says Carl Hardesty spent more than $10,000 in legal fees over four years attempting to get legal status for his wife without success. Maria returned to Mexico in April to pursue legal status, but she wasn't allowed to return to the U.S. Carl Hardesty's daughter told Marshall's office about Maria's immigration status, and staff worked with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the State Department to resolve the case. Maria returned August 13th and hopes to eventually become a U.S. citizen.

 

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