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New charges for “AK 47 Bandit”…and other headlines: August 24, 2017

andy lambertAugust 24, 2017
There are now bank robbery charges against the so-called “AK 47 bandit”, who has been in custody in Nebraska since June. He was arrested there after allegedly firing at a KHP trooper on I-70 in Sherman County, stealing a pickup truck and crossing the state line. He already faced weapons charges.
The grandmother of a woman suing over her 2013 firing from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office testified that her granddaughter’s failure to go to church factored into her dismissal. She also told jurors that Kobach’s chief deputy, Eric Rucker, whom she had known for a long time, asked her to deliver the bad news to her granddaughter even though she didn’t work for Kobach’s office.
In a town hall, Kansas GOP Congressman Kevin Yoder repeats his criticism of the president for not “clearly and directly” repudiating white nationalists & neo-Nazis in Virginia, while also praising his “strong leadership” on the economy and national security. He was roundly booed when responding to a question about the president’s propensity for lying by saying “I don’t know who lies in this country. But I will say the president — I believe — gets up every day with the best interests of this country at heart.”
A judge rules a man accused of raping and trying to kill a 7-year-old Wichita girl will go on trial. That man is charged with attempted capital murder, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated burglary. Prosecutors claim he broke into a woman’s condo in June and attacked the girl before putting her back into a bed and leaving.
Authorities exhume the body of a man who was mistakenly buried in Southern California after a body mix-up. The body will be cremated and his ashes sent to his mother in Kansas. That man was homeless and suffered from mental illness. He was found dead of an enlarged heart in May outside a store, but coroner’s officials misidentified the body as that of another homeless man.

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