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Multiple fatalities in Sherman Co crash…and other headlines: June 30, 2016

andy lambertJune 30, 2016

Five people are dead after a crash on I-70 in Sherman County. The KHP says a semi truck rear-ended an SUV 11 miles east of Goodland, pushing that vehicle into a ditch where it rolled and landed on the roof. Several people are hurt in addition to the five killed. The driver of the big rig wasn’t seriously hurt.

A Kansas man gets 25 years in prison without parole for taking part in a four-state meth trafficking ring. He was sentenced yesterday after being found guilty in December on drug and money laundering charges. Prosecutors claim that ring, which was based in St. Joseph, distributed more than 33 pounds of meth from 2009 to 2013 in parts of Kansas, as well as Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.

The woman accused of giving her former boyfriend the guns he used in that mass shooting at the Excel Industries plant in Hesston reportedly plans to use a battered women’s defense when the case goes to trial. That’s set to begin in August. That woman’s attorney filed documents with the court indiciating he plans to introduce expert evidence on her mental state.

A judge says people in Kansas as well as Georgia and Alabama will have to prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote for federal elections using a national form. The judge in the case sided with a U.S. elections official who changed the proof-of-citizenship requirements on the form at the request of the three states without public notice.

Shawnee County is the target of a federal lawsuit, claiming sheriff’s deputies arrested a deaf woman after having trouble communicating with her, then not providing a hearing-impaired phone in the jail. The suit also contends the sheriff’s office refused to allow her to file a police report using an accessibility service, instead telling her she needed to hire an interpreter. That woman is seeking $75-thousand in damages.

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