It’s now confirmed that the man accused of shooting at a KHP trooper in Sherman County this month is the same man suspected in more than a half-dozen bank robberies in four states. Sherman County Sheriff Burton Pinalto. That man dubbed the AK-47 bandit was caught last week in Nebraska. He’s still being held there.
Senator Jerry Moran is no longer on the fence. After yesterday’s decision in the Senate to push back the health care reform bill the junior senator from Kansas issued a statement saying the bill doesn’t do enough for the people of the state and so he’s voting no. Senator Pat Roberts had already indicated he’d vote for the bill, but was not very happy about it.
A federal prosecutor in Kansas who said in court last year that she never listened to attorney-client phone calls at the Leavenworth Detention Center has left the U.S. Attorney’s Office after admitting to her supervisor that she actually did listen to the calls. Court documents show that Erin Tomasic told her supervisor she listened to the recorded phone conversations of two inmates and their attorneys.
The state investigates allegations of physical abuse against toddlers at the South YMCA Early Learning Center in Wichita. A spokeswoman for the Y says they’re cooperating with the state and doing an investigation of their own.
The Kansas Commerce Secretary leaves for the private sector. The move comes just days before the governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff leaves for a job with a conservative think tank, and also reignites rumors from the spring that the governor may be off to Rome to be the U.S. ambassador for three food and ag organizations.