Thomas County Sheriff Rod Taylor denies claims of widespread wrongdoing. The undersheriff turned in an eight-page letter to a county commissioner, claiming the sheriff drives while drunk and smells of alcohol while on duty, sexually harrasses female staffers, and threatens inmates with a broom handle, a shotgun, duct tape and a noose. Taylor denies the allegations, and fired that undersheriff the day after he turned in that letter.
A Conway Springs teacher has been asked to resign over a controversial video he showed students. Social studies Tom Leahy was put on leave over the anti-bullying movie, which depicted a fictional world where homosexual children bully those who are heterosexual. He says he probably won’t return. Leahy says he showed the video as a lesson in tolerance and didn’t anticipate the level of outcry.
Authorities investigating the deaths of three people at a southeast Kansas home say they’re not actively looking for any suspects. Wilson County deputies found a married couple and another male relative dead Monday night outside a home in rural Fredonia. Another relative had asked deputies to check on the welfare of the people at the home.
A 44-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for taking a teenage girl on a spring break cruise and having sex with her. Prosecutors say Paul Grimm of Goddard flew the girl from Ohio to Texas last year before they embarked on a Caribbean cruise. He’s still facing child porn charges in Kansas.
Kansas has raised the rent by more than 25 percent for agencies housed in state office buildings. A spokesman for the Department of Administration says Docking State Office Building now has fewer tenants and that’s part of the reason for the increase. Rates had been reduced for two years.
The Kansas Sentencing Commission’s executive director worries that the state’s budget woes will threaten a program aimed at steering some drug offenders from prison. He’s told lawmakers that first- and second-time offenders who complete treatment programs are far less likely to be convicted again.