A central Kansas sheriff says an initial investigation has found evidence of a sexual assault during a bus ride last month involving members of a high school swim team. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Wednesday that there is evidence of criminal sodomy, battery and criminal restraint connected to an incident that happened on a bus ride last month and that the case has been referred to the county attorney. The 15-year-old victim and 17-year-old suspect are on the Great Bend High School swim team.
Agricultural officials are working at estimating losses from a wildfire that burned hundreds of square miles of sparsely populated land in Kansas and Oklahoma. Kansas Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Heather Lansdowne says damage to livestock, fencing, water systems and stockpiled hay will be in the millions. The fire was mostly contained Wednesday, with crews monitoring for hot spots.
The Kansas Prisoner Review Board will consider parole for a 58-year-old man serving a life sentence for killing a man in 1993. Gregory L. Walls received the sentence for killing 18-year-old Timothy Orr in 1993 in Topeka. The review board will hear public comments about the possible parole of any of 28 eligible inmates, including Walls, on April 22.
One man is dead after a domestic dispute and house fire in Lawrence. After the early Wednesday fire was extinguished, fire officials said one man was dead inside the home. A police spokesman says the victim’s name hasn’t been released. The cause of death also was not released.
Three former Kickapoo Tribe leaders have been charged in tribal court with misusing federal dollars. Former tribal council Chairman Steve Cadue, tribal Treasurer Bobbi Darnell and Secretary Adolph Cadue Jr. are charged with fraudulent handling of recordable instruments and tampering with records. They’re accused of using federal burial funds to subsidize payroll and other tribal expenses. Cadue said he and the others deny the allegations.