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Woman Taps Into 1887 Law to Seek Justice in Alleged Rape

Madison Smith convened own grand jury in Kansas after prosecutors wouldn't bring rape charges

(Newser) - A Kansas woman who alleges consensual sex with a friend in his college dorm room turned into assault took matters into her own hands when prosecutors declined to bring rape charges: She called a citizen grand jury, relying on a 134-year-old state law. Madison Smith, 22, collected hundreds of signatures...

Cops: Arrested GOP Leader Called Kansas Cop 'Donut Boy'

Kansas Senate leader was driving the wrong way on I-470, police say

(Newser) - In an affidavit, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Austin Shepley describes his interactions March 16 with what he says was a rude and uncooperative alleged drunk driver who had been going the wrong way on I-470 in Topeka in the early hours of March 16—and who turned out to be...

New Autopsy in 2004 Death Leads to Murder Investigation

Exhumed body of Alonzo Brooks shows evidence of injury

(Newser) - When Unsolved Mysteries was revived last year , show producers said they hoped to solve the April 2004 death of a 23-year-old Black and Hispanic man found in a creek following a party in Kansas. And though Alonzo Brooks' death is not yet solved, authorities are now confident in calling it...

'Rumor Mill's Going Nuts' After State GOP Leader Arrested

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop accused of DUI, trying to flee cops

(Newser) - Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was not present when the state Senate convened Tuesday afternoon—which was not surprising after the events of that morning. Police say the 69-year-old Republican was arrested in Topeka at 3:55am on Tuesday and booked into jail on suspicion of driving under the...

Threats Arrived for Years, Until Tormentor Was Revealed

Story at Medium recounts the 4-year ordeal of Ruth Finley in Kansas

(Newser) - The threatening letters baffled Wichita police for four years, from 1977 to 1981. As Corey Mead explains in an almost impossible-to-believe account at Medium , a letter writer who came to be dubbed "The Poet" sent regular letters to a woman named Ruth Finley threatening to kill her. Worse, his...

Booby Trap Injures Officers Checking on Vacant Home

It happened in Wichita, Kansas

(Newser) - A blast from a “modified, loaded shotgun” injured three Kansas police officers Saturday afternoon as they checked out a vacant home, the AP reports. One of the officers was treated and released from the hospital, per KWCH . The two others remained hospitalized Sunday, according to reports, one with minor...

Cops: Girl Was Dragged for Miles Behind Stolen SUV

Wichita suspect faces felony murder charge

(Newser) - Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsey says it's one of the saddest cases he's dealt with in his 28-year career. A 13-year-old girl died Saturday after being dragged for several miles by her family's stolen SUV, the Wichita Eagle reports. Police spokesman Charley Davidson says the girl was...

Man's Obit a 'Scathing Critique' of Anti-Maskers
An Elderly Man Died of COVID.
His Obit Pulls No Punches
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An Elderly Man Died of COVID. His Obit Pulls No Punches

'He died in a world where many of his fellow Americans refuse to wear a piece of cloth'

(Newser) - An 81-year-old man died this week at his Scott City, Kan., nursing home, and he "was not surrounded by friends and family." That's not because Marvin James Farr wasn't loved: The farmer and veterinarian died after being infected by COVID-19, and his obituary is now serving...

CDC: Kansas Shows Masks Are Effective

Counties that followed mandate had decline in virus cases

(Newser) - Kansas enacted a mandate on July 3 that masks had to be worn while in public places. There was opposition , and, as allowed by state law, 81 counties chose to not participate. The other 24 counties, comprising most of the population, opted in. Since the rollout, the Centers for Disease...

Motorbike Crash Turns Into Much, Much More

Man in Kansas City suffers three accidents at once

(Newser) - There's crashing your motorbike, and then there's this. Police say a man racing his bike in Kansas City on Thursday managed to crash, shoot himself, and get hit by another vehicle at roughly the same time, KCTV5 reports. According to police, "a weapon in his waistband discharged"...

3 Teens Shot in Dispute Over Trump Signs

Topeka police say no arrests made yet

(Newser) - Police in Topeka, Kansas say three teenagers were shot Saturday in a dispute over Trump campaign signs allegedly stolen from a man's yard—but no arrests have been made yet. Police say the teens were shot after being confronted by the man, who believed they had stolen his signs...

Outbreak Spares No Resident at Kansas Nursing Home

10 have died; one person is in the hospital

(Newser) - Coronavirus has infected every resident of a Kansas nursing home, with deadly results. Ten of the 62 residents of Andbe Home in Norton have died and one is in hospital, reports NBC News . The Norton County Health Department announced the outbreak at the privately owned facility on Monday, saying an...

Mayor Has Had Threats Before. 'This One Seemed Different'

Retired firefighter arrested after alleged plot to kidnap, murder Brandon Whipple of Wichita, Kan.

(Newser) - First Michigan's governor , then Virginia's , and now, the mayor of Kansas' largest city. The link between the three politicians: They've all been alleged targets of kidnapping and murder plots, apparently prompted by their respective lockdown orders and other health protocols during the pandemic. In the case of...

DA Said Cop Was Justified in Killing Teen. FBI Isn't So Sure

John Albers' mother hopes for 'accountability' in 2018 shooting in Kansas

(Newser) - The FBI and US Attorney's Office for the District of Kansas have launched a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old, who was said to be suicidal. John Albers was backing out of his family's driveway in a Kansas City suburb in January 2018 when...

Teen Candidate Is Out of Race After Admitting Revenge Porn

Aaron Coleman, 19, says he will withdraw

(Newser) - One of the teenagers running for office in Kansas is exiting the race amid a scandal. Aaron Coleman, 19, had previously admitted to abusing girls online, including via online bullying, blackmail, and revenge porn, the AP reports. He initially insisted he had changed, the Wyandotte Daily reports; he was 14...

Missing Mom Found Dead in Car in Shipping Container

Foul play not suspected in death of Marilane Carter

(Newser) - Authorities in Arkansas believe they've found the body of a missing Kansas mother of three who disappeared two weeks ago while traveling to Alabama. The body was found Tuesday in Marilane Carter's vehicle alongside a credit card with her name on it, reports WDAF , adding foul play isn'...

This State Needs to Put Its Credit Cards in the Freezer

Alaska has the most credit card debt in America

(Newser) - Many people are struggling with money as the pandemic continues, and resorting to plastic has become even more of a crutch. WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, using TransUnion credit data to review each state's median credit-card balance and monthly credit-card payment, assuming a...

Dog Turns Up on His Old Front Porch, 50 Miles Away

'It's the most bizarre story,' says Cleo's owner

(Newser) - A dog named Cleo who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri, about 50 miles away, the AP reports. Colton Michael told television station KMBC that the 4-year-old Labrador retriever-border collie mix showed up on the...

GOP Rep Charged With Voter Fraud
GOP Rep Charged
With Voter Fraud

GOP Rep Charged With Voter Fraud

Steve Watkins allegedly listed UPS postal box as his residence

(Newser) - A freshman Kansas congressman who had listed a UPS postal box as his residence on a state voter registration form was charged Tuesday with three felonies, including illegal voting, the AP reports. The charges against GOP Rep. Steve Watkins came three weeks before the state's Aug. 4 primary election...

Newspaper Equates Mask Mandate With Holocaust

Publisher of Kansas weekly goes after governor's 'overreach' with controversial cartoon

(Newser) - A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The cartoon on the Anderson County Review's Facebook page...

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