Man faces federal charges after Thomas Co drug bust…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 31, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiJanuary 31, 2019

A California man is facing federal charges that include possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute heroin. He was arrested during a traffic stop on January 5th in Thomas County.  If convicted, he faces up to 55 years in prison and a fine of over $15 million.

A man sought by U.S. Marshals was taken into custody after police found him hiding naked in a Salina motel room. 33-year-old Dustin Dale Kraft was wanted on a federal Marshal’s warrant for felony probation violation regarding a weapons charge. While searching a motel room police found Kraft hiding naked between the mattress and box spring. He had broken out some wooden supports to fit inside of the box spring. Kraft was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia.

A woman from Memphis, Tennessee, is facing federal charges for allegedly possessing approximately 18 kilograms (almost 40 pounds) of a mixture of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Seward County. If convicted, she faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $4 million.

A woman is under arrest after she allegedly left her two small children alone in a vehicle in sub-freezing temperatures in Lawrence.  Police were called to a bar this week after a woman was removed from the business and tried to get back inside.  The woman allegedly left her two children, ages two and three, in the car while she was in the bar.  Police later arrested the woman for child endangerment and operating a vehicle while under the influence.

A 31-year-old Dodge City man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in a 2015 shooting death. Julio Fraire was convicted this week in connection with the shooting death of 32-year-old Ramiro Nicolas Bernal. The shooting happened back in  July of 2015 in the parking lot of the Dodge City Daily Globe, which, was being used as overflow parking for a concert.   Fraire shot Bernal six times before fleeing the scene.

A woman who was injured during a robbery at a Derby business is seeking a longer sentence for the man who shot her.  Julie Dombo was shot by James Phillips during a 2015 robbery.  Three weeks prior to the Derby robbery, Phillips allegedly robbed an AT&T store in Tulsa and tied up a store clerk.  Phillips was sentenced to 31-years in prison for shooting Dombo, and she is requesting that an Oklahoma judge to make Phillips’ new sentence start at the end of his current prison term.

EMS services could be changing in a Sedgwick County community.  Clearwater city officials are considering new ways to staff the EMS department.  The city’s EMS director resigned last fall, and the department also lost several employees.  Clearwater officials are considering several options including hiring new full-time EMS staff or asking Sedgwick County to take over ambulance services.

Sprint and T-Mobile are planning to open a customer experience center in Kansas.  The two wireless carriers are planning to build five centers across the country, including one that would serve as an addition to Sprint’s headquarters in Overland Park.  Federal regulators are continuing to review the proposed merger between Overland Park-based Sprint and the Bellevue, Washington-based T-Mobile.  T-Mobile officials say the five new customer experience centers will employ more than five-thousand people.

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