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Kansas City man sentenced in Overland Park nightclub death

A Kansas City man was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 50 years for a man’s death outside an Overland Park nightclub. James Willis was sentenced Wednesday for first-degree murder in the September 2015 death of 24-year-old Jurl Carter of Olathe. Willis’ brother, Dale Willis, was previously …

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Kansas woman sentenced for fleeing country with daughters

A Lawrence woman has been sentenced to three years of probation for forging her ex-husband’s signature on official documents and fleeing to Europe with her two daughters. Thirty-four-year-old Samantha Elmer was ordered Tuesday to serve six months home confinement as part of her sentence for aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say …

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Ex-volunteer firefighter admits to role in tribal fire fraud

A former volunteer firefighter for an American Indian reservation has admitted to covering up for the department’s former leader who is charged with arranging for fires to be set that the tribe was paid to fight. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas says 35-year-old Arlene Negonsott, of Horton, pleaded guilty …

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The Latest: Mika family says he suffered multiple gun shots

The Latest on the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (all times local): 5:28 p.m. Family members of Matt Mika says he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition after surgery. Mika was wounded Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a …

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Kansas man faces hate crime indictment in bar shooting

A Kansas man charged with fatally shooting an Indian national at a suburban Kansas City bar has been indicted on federal hate crime and firearms charges. The Justice Department announced Friday that Adam Purinton, of Olathe, Kansas, was indicted by a federal grand jury. The man allegedly killed and another …

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Body of kidnapped Topeka woman found; husband missing

Authorities say the body of a Topeka woman has been found after a hunt that began when her estranged husband was accused of kidnapping her. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the body of 33-year-old Viviana Vazquez was discovered around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a tree line as a person was mowing. …

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Armed robbery investigation continues

Officers have three suspects in custody believed to be in connection with the three incidents involving firearms Wednesday evening. El Moses Blackwell, Joshua Gardner, and Chrystal White were booked in to the Douglas County jail on one count of aggravated robbery. Those individuals are also suspects in the armed robbery …

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UPDATE: Wednesday Evening Incidents Involving Firearms

On Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, from 5:37 p.m. to approximately 5:42 p.m., three incidents were reported to the Lawrence Police Department involving victims being threatened with firearms. After a brief vehicle pursuit, followed by a brief foot pursuit, three suspects were taken into custody near the 1500 block of Hanscom …

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