Criminal law

Dreamstime
March 24, 2018 - 1:30 am
The person accused of killing Iviona Lewis had his first court appearance on Friday. 25-year old Chaz Stephens of Hoisington, was arrested and booked earlier this week into Barton County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. Stephens is the boyfriend of Iviona's mother according to authorities...
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March 10, 2018 - 12:53 am
The City of Wichita, in response to a lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of the family of Andrew Finch, insists that he was shot because he did not follow officer instructions. Finch was killed as the result of a swatting prank, after a caller told police someone inside the home where he...
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March 08, 2018 - 8:05 am
Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) released the following statement following the release of the Preventing Swatting and Protecting Our Communities Act, also known as the Finch Memorial Act: "The swatting incident here in Wichita and others across the country highlight the need for a federal law that...
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February 22, 2018 - 3:05 pm
A judge has ruled that a 35-year-old woman is competent to stand trial in the death of a Wichita woman and the kidnapping of the woman's newborn child. A judge on Thursday ordered that 35-year-old Yesenia Sesmas stand trial March 26 on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated...
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February 16, 2018 - 12:21 am
One of the two former Pittsburg State University associate professors arrested for stalking and breach of privacy last year has been arrested again. Pittsburg police say 47-year-old Peter Rosen was arrested Wednesday on charges of stalking and violations of a protection from stalking order. He was...
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February 15, 2018 - 3:43 pm
The Kansas Department of Corrections has reassigned the superintendent of the state's juvenile corrections complex after he allegedly grabbed and shoved a female worker. The agency announced Thursday that Kyle Rohr is reassigned to the central office until his criminal case is resolved. The Topeka...
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January 30, 2018 - 2:13 pm
Kansas Representatives John Whitmer and Patty Markley along with principal sponsor John Carmichael on Tuesday jointly introduced House Bill 2581, a bill to address swatting; the bill was introduced in Topeka in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would create new law which would make life-...
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January 20, 2018 - 5:08 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for tougher penalties after a death in Kansas that resulted from a prank call to police. Republican Rep. Bill Kidd of Independence has filed legislation to hold pranksters civilly and criminally liable if they make a call resulting in an...
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January 18, 2018 - 3:43 pm
Federal prosecutors are accusing three former Wichita police officers of obstruction of justice for their roles in identifying a suspected undercover officer who was investigating illegal gambling. An indictment unsealed Thursday charges Brock Wedman, Michael Zajkowski and Bruce Mackey with...
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January 14, 2018 - 2:55 am
The attorney representing the family of Andy Finch says the family blames the Wichita police officer who shot him, not the prank caller, for his death. Civil Rights Attorney Andrew M. Stroth, who is representing the Finch family, said that "The Wichita Police Department bears responsibility for the...
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