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Kan. inmate charged with rape and sexual battery »


Hutch Post HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A Hutchinson Correctional Facility inmate was formally charged on Thursday in connection with a July 2014 attack on a prison contract worker. Steven Stumpner, 28, was charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery. The state alleges he forced a contract worker for the prison into sex without consent. Stumpner is […]

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Think warm: Kansas state parks urge residents to plan for summer »

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PRATT — With winter weather here, it’s hard to picture planning spring and summer fun, but the secret about Kansas state parks is out and reservations are a must for busy holiday weekends. Consider making your 2015 camping and cabin reservations in advance and ensure your family and friends ample space at the lake for […]

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Salina health center sues city over demolition »


SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Salina Regional Health Center is suing the city of Salina in a dispute over whether to demolish a closed hospital and other buildings. The hospital filed the lawsuit Wednesday, saying the city is violating its property rights by denying a demolition permit for the former St. John’s Hospital. The Salina Journal […]

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Chrysler to recall about 257K Ram pickup trucks »


DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off. The recall covers Ram 1500 pickups from the 2005 model year. Chrysler says in documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators that the rear-axle pinion nut can come loose. That […]

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New trial date set in Kansas man’s slaying »


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old Lawrence woman charged with killing her 52-year-old roommate will go on trial in March. Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin on Thursday set the new trial date for Sarah Gonzales McLinn, charged with first-degree murder in the January death Harold M. Sasko. Her trial was scheduled for Jan. 5 […]

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Fire damages business in Hutchinson »


Hutch Post HUTCHINSON —  Fire caused heavy damage to a dry cleaning and commercial laundry business on Main Street in Hutchinson on Thursday evening. Doug Hannen of the Hutchinson Fire Department said crews arrived around 6:30 p.m. to find fire coming from the back of the building. “The fire was trapped between the roof and […]

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Man guilty in DUI accident that cost student his legs »


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Douglas County judge has found a Lawrence man guilty of drug and alcohol-related charges after an accident that caused an 18-year-old University of Kansas student to have both his legs amputated. After a bench trial last week, 24-year-old Julian M. Kuszmaul was found guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit […]

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Police: Naked Kansas woman kicks officer »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police have arrested a woman who they say kicked an officer after they found her naked in the snow. A witness called 911 shortly before midnight Wednesday to report an unclothed woman trying to break into her car. Temperatures were in the low 30s. Police say the 53-year-old suspect tried […]

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Police: Kansas man, 71, injured in hit-and-run »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a 71-year-old man is in critical condition after being struck by a distracted driver who left him on the side of the road. The Wichita Eagle reports the unidentified victim was being treated at the Wesley Medical Center on Thursday. Sgt. Stephen Patton says the man was walking […]

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Kansas teenager pleads guilty in infant attack »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Jackson County teenager has pleaded guilty to severely beating an infant. WIBW-TV reports 18-year-old Koylen McKinney pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery, abuse of a child and aggravated endangerment of a child. McKinney was arrested in April after medics found the 7-month-old boy unresponsive at a Holton apartment complex. The […]

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Judge sets February trial date in odd Kan. ID theft case »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date in the case of a Mexican man accused of legally changing a U.S. citizen’s name to his own. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Thursday scheduled the trial of Ramon Perez-Rivera and his wife, Antonia Vargas-Ortega, for Feb. 17. The husband’s attorney hasn’t commented, […]

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Kansas man pleads guilty in pharmacy robbery »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs during an armed robbery. Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Schmidt on Thursday admitted to commercial robbery and brandishing a firearm. He says he used a gun when he ordered a Gessler’s Drug Store employee to give him medication in September. Schmidt took seven bottles […]

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Report: Kansas banking greatly improved »


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A new report by the Kansas University Center for Banking Excellence has determined that the state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved and the industry positioned to thrive despite new regulatory standards. The Lawrence Journal-World  reports the research examines the current financial condition of commercial banks, trends over the past […]

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