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Kansas judges back off effort to keep jurors’ names secret

Kansas judges are backing off an effort to shield jurors’ names in a compromise with transparency advocates who hope to avoid court secrecy. The Kansas District Judges Association will still seek to keep jurors’ addresses secret under its compromise with the Kansas Press Association, District Judge James Fleetwood and state …

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Kansas day care worker accused of killing infant

An arrest affidavit shows that a Kansas day care worker was the only person with access to the infant she’s accused of killing. 42-year-old Carrody Buchhorn was arrested April 14 and faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 9-month-old Oliver Ortiz. Buchhorn has pleaded not guilty. She released …

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Tonganoxie School District’s superintendent had his second court appearance

Chris Kleidosty — the superintendent of the Tonganoxie School District had his second court appearance earlier today. Kleidosty was arrested in February–after allegedly failing to report sexual abuse in a school he was previously superintendent at. His attorney, Alan Fogleman, requested the judge waive a jury trial and set a …

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Woman accused in Kansas triple killing facing gun charges

A woman already charged in connection with a triple killing in central Kansas now is accused in a federal indictment of providing a gun to a co-defendant. The indictment returned Tuesday in Wichita accuses Myrta Rangel of four drug-related weapons counts and single counts of unlawful possession of a firearm …

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KBI investigating Atchison death

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Atchison Police Department are conducting an investigation into a death which occurred in Atchison Monday evening. On Monday, April 24, a male was found deceased at his residence at 1145 Parallel St. in Atchison. The Atchison Police Department began investigating at approximately …

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Woman killed, firefighter hurt during Lawrence house blaze

UPDATE as of 4/26 7:51 A.M. The cause of the fire that occurred on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 810 Wellington Rd. was classified as accidental due to combustible materials too close to a heating source. Damages are estimated at $150,000. The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical department would like to …

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Armed robbery reported at 1717 W. 6th Street

Lawrence Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Cash 2 Go, 1717 West 6th Street, earlier today. At approximately 12:33 p.m., officers responded to a reported armed robbery at the Cash 2 Go. A female victim reported two males, one armed with a weapon, entered the business and …

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Man in custody after being charged with the rape of a minor

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Pedro Islas Martinez who had a bench warrant out for his arrest for crimes dating back to 2011. The 44 year old from Wichita is charged with 4 counts of criminal sodomy involving a minor, count of rape, and 1 count of aggravated indecent …

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Lawrence agrees to settle hotel lawsuit that alleged fraud

Lawrence will slash incentives to developers of an upscale hotel to settle a lawsuit that alleged fraud and racketeering. Commissioners agreed Tuesday to the settlement in the city’s lawsuit against The Oread hotel near the University of Kansas campus. The city’s attorney says the settlement makes financial sense. As part …

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