HORSE-HIT AND RUN
Wichita man sentenced for car-horse crash
A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for fleeing a hit-and-run accident that killed a man on horseback.
The rider, 51-year-old Lloyd Ferguson, died after his horse was hit by a car the night of July 5, 2013. A 6-year-old boy riding with Ferguson was seriously injured, and the horse had to be euthanized.
A Sedgwick County judge on Tuesday sentenced 26-year-old George Childers to 28 months in prison, followed by 12 months of probation. Childers pleaded guilty earlier to leaving an accident scene and interfering with law enforcement.
A storm had cut power to streetlights in the area. KWCH-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1kZ4Gkt) Childers apologized Tuesday to the victims and said the lack of streetlights had made it difficult to see the horse and riders.
GRASS FIRE-INTERSTATE ACCIDENTS
Grass fire blamed for accidents on I-70
(Information in the following story is from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com )
GLENDALE, Kan. (AP) - Officials have extended a burn ban in a north-central Kansas county where smoke from a large grass fire was blamed for two multi-vehicle accidents on Interstate 70.
No serious injuries were reported in the accidents Monday afternoon in Saline County. The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1mvG82d ) authorities believe a passing train sparked the fire, which started near Glendale and spread along a five-mile stretch of the highway.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says visibility was near zero when five vehicles were involved in a chain- reaction collision around 3:20 p.m. About 30 minutes later, an eastbound semi carrying hay bales ran into the back of another tractor-trailer.
The interstate was closed for about an hour as crews fought the flames.
Saline County commissioners on Tuesday extended a burn ban until April 29.
Man seeks to hide 'murder' tattoo before trial
(Information in the following story is from: Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, http://www.gbtribune.com )
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word "murder" across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up.
Prosecutors say they aren't opposed to Jeffrey Chapman covering his tattoo, but Barton County's sheriff says he's against transporting Chapman to a licensed tattoo facility - the only places tattoo artists are allowed to practice under Kansas law.
The Great Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/1hdCklp ) reports Chapman's trial is scheduled to start Monday in the November 2011 killing of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters in a roadside ditch southwest of Great Bend.
Chapman's attorney says in a motion the tattoo would be extremely prejudicial if seen by a jury.
State workers' pay an issue for Kansas lawmakers
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators are considering proposals to give state workers a modest pay increase but end their guaranteed longevity bonuses.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee touched on pay issues Tuesday as it reviewed budget issues facing lawmakers when they return to the Statehouse next week to wrap up their work for the year. The committee took no action.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback proposed a 1.5 percent pay raise for employees in the civil service. It would be the first across-the-board pay raise since 2009.
But the Senate committee and its House counterpart have alternative proposals for more modest pay raises that would end a requirement for state agencies to pay longevity bonuses.
The Kansas Organization for State Employees opposes ending longevity bonuses.
Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Kansas killings
(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com )
OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) - A prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against a 28-year-old man accused in the fatal shooting of four people at a rural eastern Kansas farm.
The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1lBIEXZ ) reports Kyle Flack stood silent during his arraignment Tuesday as District Judge Eric Godderz entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Flack is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 30-year-old Andrew Stout and 31-year-old Steven White at the property in Ottawa. He is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey and her 18-month-old daughter, Lana-Leigh Bailey.
Franklin County prosecutor Stephen Hunting filed a motion seeking the death penalty in connection with the deaths of Bailey and her daughter.
All four were fatally shot in late April or early May last year.
Topeka councilman charged with 2 felonies
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Shawnee County district attorney is seeking the ouster of a Topeka city councilman who faces two felony charges.
Court records indicate John Campos II was charged Monday with one count of false writing and one count of Interference with law enforcement. Campos is accused of presenting a fake insurance card to the city's legal department while seeking to have a ticket from a traffic stop dismissed.
The petition from Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor says Campos' alleged actions violate state law and require him to give up his council seat.
WIBW NewsNow reports (http://bit.ly/1icCYLy ) Campos declined to comment on the charges. The city referred all questions to Taylor, whose office said he would have no comment.
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