Prison sentences handed down to would-be bombing convicts in Garden City…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 28, 2019

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 28, 2019

Three men who were convicted of planning to bomb a community of Somali immigrants in Garden City are headed to prison.  Gavin Wright received 26 years, Patrick Stein got 30 years and Curtis Allen received 25 years during a sentencing hearing in federal court on Friday.  Prosecutors say the three suspects had planned to detonate explosives at a mosque and apartment complex in Garden City in November 2016.  The men were convicted last year of one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy to violate the housing rights of their intended victim.


Police presence at a Kansas high school was increased Monday. Derby High School  received an anonymous tip through the Kansas School Safety Hotline regarding a potential threat. The school says it has been working with the Derby Police Department. The threat was unsubstantiated.


A Kansas community is remembering a fallen police officer on the anniversary of her death. The Overland Park Police Department marked the 34th anniversary of the death of Officer Deanna Rose with a customary remembrance that was read by dispatch. Rose died on January 26th, 1985, two days after she was assaulted and run over by a drunk driving suspect. Rose is the only Overland Park police officer killed in the line of duty, and the city-owned Deanna Rose Farmstead was renamed in her memory in 1985.


New evidence is released in a Kansas animal cruelty case. The Wichita Animal Action League released a video showing a woman and her nephew trying to give away a pit bull outside a QuikTrip. The dog named Camber would be found nine days later shot to death. Camber also had apparent dog fighting wounds, and the animal action league and Crime Stoppers are asking anyone with information about the case to contact them.


Charges will not be filed against Kansas police officers who shot and killed a suspect who killed a police department K-9.  As officers had responded to a disturbance in a Wichita mobile home park a suspect shot and killed police K-9 “Rooster”. Two officers then shot and killed the suspect. “Rooster” was the first Wichita police dog to be killed in the line of duty.


Two earthquakes within 24 hours shook central Kansas over the weekend. A quake measuring 2.8 on the Richter Scale was recorded north of Salinae early Saturday morning. About 23 hours later a 2.7 quake was centered south of Salina. Both earthquakes were felt throughout Central Kansas. There were no reports of damage or injury with either quake. Earthquakes of this magnitude, ranging between 2.5 and 5.4, are often felt but only cause minor damage.


A Kansas High School senior earned free college tuition thanks to her basketball skills. Herington High Schools’s Mckenzie Shippy entered a contest. When her name was drawn she hit a free throw, then a three pointer and last, she sunk a half court shot. Shippy will start school at Friends University in August. She plans to major in Business Administration, and oh by the way…she will play for the women’s basketball team.


It’s getting a little more expensive to send things via mail. The U.S. Post Office is hiking the price of stamps, from 50-cents to 55-cents. Flat-rate boxes, envelopes and some other  shipping services are also going up in price. Forever stamps are also jumping to 55 cents.  The nickel increase is the largest percentage hike since 1991, when postage increased from 25 to 29 cents. Priority mail prices will also jump 5.9 percent, making a small box that previously cost $7.20 to rise to $7.90.





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