Kansas News

Man who made hoax call in deadly swatting seeks 20 year term

WICHITA, Kan. (AP)  — A California man has asked for 20 years in prison as his punishment for making a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online gamers over $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game. Tyler R. Barriss, 26, faces sentencing … Continue reading Man who made hoax call in deadly swatting seeks 20 year term

Kansas News: Mountain Lion Found Dead in Rooks County, Kansas

PRATT, KS (STL.News) – According to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Law Enforcement staff, a dead female mountain lion was discovered by upland bird hunters in Rooks County on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.  The hunters contacted the local KDWPT game warden, who investigated at the scene. Mountain lions are native to Kansas … Continue reading Kansas News: Mountain Lion Found Dead in Rooks County, Kansas

Kansas News: Riley County nurse, Kathleen M. Kleuskens, sentenced to 21 months for Medicaid fraud, drug crimes, related charges

Kathleen M. Kleuskens sentenced to 21 months in prison for Medicaid fraud and related charges TOPEKA, KS – Jan. 20, 2019 – A Riley County nurse has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after being found guilty of Medicaid fraud and related charges in three Kansas counties, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Kathleen M. … Continue reading Kansas News: Riley County nurse, Kathleen M. Kleuskens, sentenced to 21 months for Medicaid fraud, drug crimes, related charges

WICHITA, Kan. | Kansas deputy and suspect fatally shot during arrest

WICHITA, Kan. — A Kansas sheriff’s deputy and a suspect were killed after a fight broke out as the suspect was being arrested in a rural area of Wichita, authorities say. Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said Deputy Robert Kunze was shot Sunday afternoon after receiving a call about a black truck that had been … Continue reading WICHITA, Kan. | Kansas deputy and suspect fatally shot during arrest

TOPEKA, Kan | Immigration tricky issue in tight Kansas congressional race

TOPEKA, Kan — Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder and his Democratic challenger are having a hard time keeping their political footing on immigration issues, complicating their efforts to win a competitive swing House district in Kansas that President Donald Trump narrowly lost. Yoder is under pressure from the right despite an endorsement from Trump, and he … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan | Immigration tricky issue in tight Kansas congressional race

Kansas News: Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer Announces Kara Zeyer as Communications Director

TOPEKA, KS – Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer Tuesday named Kara Zeyer as Communications Director and announced the departure of current director Kendall Marr. Kara Zeyer (formerly Kara Fullmer) began working with Governor Colyer in August of 2017 as his Deputy Communications Director when he was serving as Lt. Governor of Kansas.  She was promoted to … Continue reading Kansas News: Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer Announces Kara Zeyer as Communications Director

Kansas News: TOPEKA, Homeless Man, Robert Charles Frazier Robbed Credit Union in Topeka

TOPEKA, KAN. – A homeless man was indicted today on a federal charge of robbing a credit union in Topeka, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Robert Charles Frazier, 63, is charged with one count of robbery. The indictment alleges that on Aug. 20, 2018, he robbed the Azura Credit Union at 1129 South Kansas Ave. … Continue reading Kansas News: TOPEKA, Homeless Man, Robert Charles Frazier Robbed Credit Union in Topeka

KANSAS News: KANSAS CITY, Post Office Supervisor, Stacey L. Kampfer Sentenced for Theft of Mail

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A woman who worked as a supervisor in the post office in Shawnee Mission was sentenced Monday for stealing mail, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Stacey L. Kampfer, 40, Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to a year on probation and ordered to pay about $785 in restitution. Kampfer pleaded guilty to … Continue reading KANSAS News: KANSAS CITY, Post Office Supervisor, Stacey L. Kampfer Sentenced for Theft of Mail

KANSAS News: Overland Park Man, Richard Armenta Sentenced For Bank Robbery

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – An Overland Park man was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison for bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Richard Armenta, 57, Overland Park, Kan., pleaded guilty to a Nov. 24, 2017, robbery at Capital Federal Savings Bank, 9001 E. Santa Fe in Overland Park. Armenta left the bank … Continue reading KANSAS News: Overland Park Man, Richard Armenta Sentenced For Bank Robbery

WITCHITA, Kan | Kansas GOP governor candidates dig in for long ballot fight

WITCHITA, Kan — Kansas election officials began reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Monday from the state’s tight GOP primary for governor as the two candidates appeared to dig in for a long and potentially nasty legal fight that could take weeks to play out. Secretary of State Kris Kobach led Gov. Jeff Colyer by a … Continue reading WITCHITA, Kan | Kansas GOP governor candidates dig in for long ballot fight

Kansas News: Wilson County man, DeJay Lynn Schlegel, sentenced to more than 19 years for murder

FREDONIA, KS – A Wilson County man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 19 years in prison for murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. DeJay Lynn Schlegel, 37, of Neodesha, pleaded no contest in May to one count of reckless murder in the second degree, one count of arson, one count of interference with … Continue reading Kansas News: Wilson County man, DeJay Lynn Schlegel, sentenced to more than 19 years for murder

TOPEKA, Kan | Kobach steps away from duties in contested Kansas vote count

TOPEKA, Kan — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach stepped aside from his duties as the state’s top elections official Friday until his hotly contested primary challenge to Gov. Jeff Colyer is resolved, but rejected Colyer’s accusations that the advice he has been giving local election officials on handling ballots violates state law. Kobach said … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan | Kobach steps away from duties in contested Kansas vote count

TOPEKA, Kan | Democrats pick gay, Native American nominee in Kansas 3rd

TOPEKA, Kan— Sharice Davids shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from ruby red Kansas on Wednesday, becoming the state’s first Native American and gay nominee for Congress. The 38-year-old attorney and activist prevailed in a close six-candidate Democratic primary Tuesday and will face four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. Democrats are targeting Yoder this … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan | Democrats pick gay, Native American nominee in Kansas 3rd

WASHINGTON News: Kansas Man, Adam W. Purinton Sentenced to Life For Racially Motivated Shooting

WASHINGTON – Adam W. Purinton, of Olathe, Kansas, was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the February 2017 killing of Indian national Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and shooting of two other men – Indian national Alok Madasani and Kansas resident Ian Grillot – at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, announced … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Kansas Man, Adam W. Purinton Sentenced to Life For Racially Motivated Shooting

KANSAS News: KANSAS CITY, Fernando Chavez-Rodriguez, Man Sentenced For Smuggling Liquid Methamphetamine to Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Mexican man was sentenced Monday to 12 years in federal prison for his role in smuggling more than 1,000 pounds of liquid methamphetamine into Kansas City, Kan., U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Fernando Chavez-Rodriguez, 43, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent … Continue reading KANSAS News: KANSAS CITY, Fernando Chavez-Rodriguez, Man Sentenced For Smuggling Liquid Methamphetamine to Kansas

Kansas News: Topeka Man, Ryan J. Singleton Sentenced For Possession of Child Porn

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Ryan J. Singleton, 36, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. In his plea, he admitted emailing child pornography to a user who … Continue reading Kansas News: Topeka Man, Ryan J. Singleton Sentenced For Possession of Child Porn

TOPEKA, Kan | Kansas Democrats try to end losing streak with rural appeal

TOPEKA, Kan — Kansas Democrats are riding an eight-year losing streak in statewide elections, and the pressure to break it has intensified a debate within the party over how to pull more votes from Republican-leaning rural areas to help win the governor’s race this year. Democrats nationally are hoping that dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan | Kansas Democrats try to end losing streak with rural appeal

Kansas News: WICHITA, Indictment, Samuel L. Vliet Defendant Left Fingerprint While Robbing a Quik Trip

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man was indicted Wednesday on charges of robbing a Quik Trip, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Samuel L. Vliet, 25, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of committing a robbery at a commercial establishment. In court documents, investigators allege that on July 18, 2018, Vliet was wearing a red … Continue reading Kansas News: WICHITA, Indictment, Samuel L. Vliet Defendant Left Fingerprint While Robbing a Quik Trip

KANSAS News: California Man, Craig M. Vincent Pleads Guilty To Copyright Infringement

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A California man pleaded guilty today to unlawfully selling copyrighted aviation data updates, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister. Craig M. Vincent, 51, Stockton, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of criminal infringement of a copyright. In his plea, Vincent admitted he used eBay to resell aviation navigational database updates in violation of … Continue reading KANSAS News: California Man, Craig M. Vincent Pleads Guilty To Copyright Infringement

WASHINGTON News: Kansas Man, Anthony Shultz Convicted of Producing Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – A Lindsborg, Kansas man who traveled to the Philippines and had sex with minor females there pleaded guilty to three counts of production of child pornography. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Stephen R. McAllister of the District of Kansas made the announcement. Anthony … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Kansas Man, Anthony Shultz Convicted of Producing Child Pornography

KANSAS CITY, Missouri | Police say third Kansas City, Missouri, officer shot during search for suspect, who is barricaded inside house

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say third Kansas City, Missouri, officer shot during search for suspect, who is barricaded inside house. By Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Missouri | Suspect in shooting of 3 Kansas City cops dies in standoff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police shot and killed a man Sunday suspected of shooting and wounding three Kansas City police officers, authorities said. The suspect died Sunday afternoon after barricading himself in a house in the southeast part of the city. He emerged from the home and was killed in an exchange of gunfire, police … Continue reading KANSAS CITY, Missouri | Suspect in shooting of 3 Kansas City cops dies in standoff

Kansas News: Jury Finds Wichita Man, Ashton B. Malone Guilty On Meth Trafficking Charges

WICHITA, KAN. – A federal jury on Thursday convicted a Wichita man on charges of distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Ashton B. Malone, 34, Wichita, Kan., was convicted on two counts of distributing methamphetamine.  During trial, the prosecutor presented evidence that in May and June 2017 Malone twice sold more than 41 grams … Continue reading Kansas News: Jury Finds Wichita Man, Ashton B. Malone Guilty On Meth Trafficking Charges

TOPEKA, Kansas | Kansas officials seek altered US flag’s removal from museum

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer and a top GOP rival called Thursday for the University of Kansas to remove an altered U.S. flag from its campus completely rather than showing it in an art museum after complaints prompted an end to its being displayed publicly outside. Colyer and other Republicans saw flying the … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kansas | Kansas officials seek altered US flag’s removal from museum

KANSAS News: Kansas Men, Brian Fuchs Charged With Distributing Child Porn

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Two Kansas men were indicted Wednesday in separate cases on charges of distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Brian Fuchs, 48, Lawrence, Kan., is charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.  The indictment alleges Fuchs used a peer-to-peer network to share … Continue reading KANSAS News: Kansas Men, Brian Fuchs Charged With Distributing Child Porn

Kansas News: Coffeyville Woman, Phyllis Lanning Pleads Guilty In $150,000 Mail Fraud

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Coffeyville woman pleaded guilty to stealing $150,000 from a customer at a bank where she worked, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Phyllis Lanning, 61, Coffeyville, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. She admitted that while she worked for Condon National Bank in Coffeyville, Kan., she created and … Continue reading Kansas News: Coffeyville Woman, Phyllis Lanning Pleads Guilty In $150,000 Mail Fraud

Kansas News: Coffeyville Woman, Phyllis Lanning Pleads Guilty In $150,000 Mail Fraud

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Coffeyville woman pleaded guilty to stealing $150,000 from a customer at a bank where she worked, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Phyllis Lanning, 61, Coffeyville, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.  She admitted that while she worked for Condon National Bank in Coffeyville, Kan., she created and … Continue reading Kansas News: Coffeyville Woman, Phyllis Lanning Pleads Guilty In $150,000 Mail Fraud

Kansas News: U.S. Attorney to Open Human Trafficking Conference in Manhattan

MANHATTAN, KAN. – U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister will open the 2018 Human Trafficking Conference July 10 in Manhattan, Kan. McAllister will speak at 8 a.m.  Tuesday at the Manhattan Conference Center, 410 S. 3rd Street in Manhattan, to begin the two-day event. About 200 victim service providers, prosecutors, healthcare professionals, educators and law enforcement officers … Continue reading Kansas News: U.S. Attorney to Open Human Trafficking Conference in Manhattan

TOPEKA, Kansas | Anti-abortion past haunts Kansas Democratic governor hopeful

TOPEKA, Kan.  — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy‘s retirement is giving the Kansas governor’s race an odd twist by complicating the bid of a major Democratic candidate who’s trying to rebuild his party’s brand with rural voters but is hindered by his anti-abortion past. Former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty argues that Democrats can’t … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kansas | Anti-abortion past haunts Kansas Democratic governor hopeful

Kansas News: La Cygne Reservoir Makes Top 100 Bass Lakes In U.S.

LA CYGNE, KS – Kansas bass fishing is on the national map.  La Cygne Reservoir, the 2,600-acre power plant cooling lake in Linn County, is listed as one of the country’s top 100 bass fishing lakes by Bassmaster Magazine.  In the publication’s July/August 2018 issue, the nation’s top 100 bass lakes are listed by region, … Continue reading Kansas News: La Cygne Reservoir Makes Top 100 Bass Lakes In U.S.