WICHITA, KAN. – A 55-count federal indictment with 24 defendants unsealed here today alleges that an inmate ran a drug ring in Wichita from a prison cell in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. McAllister said federal agents began investigating in April 2019 and reviewed thousands of intercepted messages among the...
TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas is unmatched in its tracking of ex-convicts, resulting in more than 21,000 people convicted of sex, drug or violent crimes being registered on a public database. One of them is Marc Schultz, who was convicted of manslaughter for hitting and killing a cyclist while driving drunk in 2010. "I will forever live with the burden o...
TOPEKA – (February 17, 2020) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has notified the City of Frontenac that it violated the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) when it requested a $3,500 fee in order to furnish copies of public records to a reporter. In October 2019, a representative of the media filed a KORA complaint with the attorney general’s offic...
TOPEKA, KAN. - Jarrett William Smith, 24, Ft. Riley, Kan., pleaded guilty today to unlawfully distributing instructions for making explosive devices over social media while he was a member of the U.S. Army, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing information related to explosives, destructive device...
FORD COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is assisting the Ford County Sheriff's Office in locating a missing 18-year-old female from Dodge City, Kan.  The whereabouts of Dolores Perez are unknown, and the public's assistance is requested to help locate her.  Perez, 18, is a Hispanic female, 5 ft. 3 in. tall, weighing ap...
MARYSVILLE – (January 27, 2020) – The former Marshall County Clerk has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for felony misuse of public funds, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. Sonya L. Stohs, 44, of Marysville, pleaded guilty in November in Marshall County District Court to one count of felony misuse of public funds. Dis...
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Feng "Franklin" Tao, 47, of Lawrence, Kan., was charged in a superseding indictment with two counts of wire fraud and one count of program fraud. The indictment alleges Tao concealed from University of Kansas officials work he was doing for China while employed full time as an associate professor at KU's Center for Environm...
TOPEKA – (July 15, 2019) – Three appeals involving Kansas will be on the U.S. Supreme Court docket when the court reconvenes for its October term, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. Last week, the Court completed setting oral argument dates for the cases in October and November. It is the first time in modern Kansas history that the st...
A Wyandotte County judge has thrown out all five remaining criminal indictments stemming from the death three years ago of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn waterpark, finding that they were tainted by grand jury abuse. Judge Robert P. Burns ruled that improper evidence and testimony were presented to the gra...
The Kansas Highway Patrol issued 1000 speeding tickets over the Christmas Weekend. According to a news release, troopers also gave 104 seat belt tickets, 31 child restraint citations, and made 10 DUI arrests. The Highway Patrol also let 956 speeders off with a warning, made 838 motorist assists, and worked a fatality crash.  Number were up from 201...
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