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September 18, 2019 - 9:15 pm
A civilian employee for the Barton County Sheriff's office has been charged with rape. Barton County Attorney Levi Morris says Jimmy Hapes 64, of Great Bend, was charged Wednesday after he turned himself in to county officials. Hapes is a civil process server for the sheriff's office. The sheriff's...
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September 06, 2019 - 5:12 am
Residents in Great Bend voted down two school bond items this week. The bond vote focused on three items: safety/security, expanding early childhood education and renovations. The two question ballots were returned with Proposition No. 1 being rejected. 2,538 No votes to 1,993 Yes votes...
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July 08, 2019 - 8:10 pm
A Texas man has pleaded guilty in the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas fair after one suspect ordered the killings as part of a "carnival mafia" initiation. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office said in a news release that Rusty Lee Frasier, 36, of Aransas Pass, Texas pleaded...
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June 12, 2019 - 6:31 pm
Authorities have found the body of a Kansas parole absconder who fled from law enforcement and then waded into a river and shot himself to avoid being apprehended. Nicholas Lee Curtice, 36, fled Monday night when deputies attempted to stop his vehicle in Great Bend. Barton County Sheriff Brian...
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June 04, 2019 - 7:27 pm
A Kansas man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison over the death of his girlfriend's toddler daughter. Chaz Stephens, 26, of Hoisington pleaded guilty in April to a charge of intentional second-degree murder in the March 2018 death of Iviona Lewis, 2. He initially was charged with first-degree...
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May 15, 2019 - 8:42 pm
A Kansas community college has agreed to an independent investigation into the heatstroke death last year of a football player who collapsed after the first day of conditioning practice. Trustees for Garden City Community College voted Tuesday evening to authorize the outside probe into the death...
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May 15, 2019 - 8:36 pm
A Texas woman has admitted to her role in the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas fair after one suspect ordered the killings as part of a "carnival mafia" initiation. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Christine Tenney, 39, of La Marque, Texas, pleaded guilty Tuesday to...
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March 19, 2019 - 6:50 pm
Barton County is purchasing new voting equipment to replace its aging machines and move back to using paper ballots. The commissioners on Monday approved $183,000 to buy voting equipment from Election Systems and Software in Omaha, Nebraska. The county's current system is 12 years old and beginning...
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March 05, 2019 - 8:25 pm
One of several people charged in the deaths of a couple who disappeared from a Kansas county fair has pleaded guilty. The Great Bend Tribune reports that Michael Fowler Jr., 54, of Sarasota, Florida, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of theft. A capital murder...
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February 11, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Fire officials are working to determine the cause of a fatal fire in Rice County. Fire crews were called to a home about 25 miles east of Great Bend late Friday. Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans says Beverly Boatright, 66, died at the scene. His wift, 59, was taken to a hospital for treatment of...
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