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South-central Kansas man sentenced to life for child sex crime
February 28, 2014

EDICINE LODGE, Kan. – Robert Pruitt, 22, a south-central Kansas man, was sentenced to life in jail without the possibility of parole for a minimum of twenty five years for sex crimes involving a child. On Wednesday, a Barber County judge sentenced Pruitt under the state’s Jessica Law, under which longer sentences for sex crimes involving children are given. Other than that he was ordered to wear electronic monitoring for life and lifetime registration as a sex offender. In October 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child below the age of 14, according to the… Read More →

Thousands awarded annually for anonymous tips by Crime Stoppers
February 24, 2014

WICHITA, Kansas – Every year, thousands of dollars are paid as rewards by the crime stoppers to individuals who give information of offenders that leads to the arrests and conviction of crimes. In 2 recent cases, the tipsters were not given their reward and the reason is surprising that they were never identified and were not summoned to testify in court. The executive director of the Wichita Crime Commission, who administers the Crime Stoppers program, Gordon Bassham, said, “If we pay a reward to people who have provided information to Crime Stoppers and then become witnesses in the case, and… Read More →

Kansas violent crime victims awarded $296,245
February 17, 2014

A total of 233 victims of violent crimes in Kansas were awarded a sum of $296,246 from the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board on Thursday. According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, this was its February meeting. According to the release, financial support was issued to 114 new cases and 119 previously submitted cases.Payments were issued for funeral expenses, outpatient mental health counseling, inpatient mental health treatment and in grief counseling for families of homicide victims. Payments were limited to $25,000 total, with up to $5,000 issued for funeral expenses and outpatient mental health counseling each, $10,000 for inpatient mental… Read More →

Kansas Senate committee’s chairwoman pushing to make surrogacy for pay a crime
February 10, 2014

TOPEKA – A Kansas Senate committee’s chairwoman is forcing a proposal that will make it illegal to pay women to be surrogate mothers and will end existing surrogacy contracts. On Monday afternoon, the Public Health and Welfare Committee met to start 2 days of hearings on the proposal from Shawnee Republican Mary Pilcher-Cook. The bill is created after a law in the District of Columbia. According to Pilcher-Cook, she has an issue that Kansas has no laws related to surrogacy contracts and she also said that she worries about women being exploited. All types of surrogacy contracts, oral and written,… Read More →

Kansas bill being pushed that would make it illegal to pay surrogate mothers
February 6, 2014

TOPEKA – A Kansas Senate committee’s chairwoman has given a proposal that will make it illegal to pay women to be surrogate mothers. The proposal will also make existing surrogacy contracts void. The bill will cover both oral and written surrogacy contracts. On Monday afternoon, the Public Health and Welfare Committee was meeting started 2 days of hearings on the proposal from Shawnee Republican Mary Pilcher-Cook. According to Pilcher-Cook, she is concerned that Kansas has no laws related to order lasix surrogacy contracts and she worries about women being exploited. Any person who arranges a contract for pay or other… Read More →

Kansas City Crime-Reduction Program shows promise
January 13, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Leaders of a program focusing on decreasing crime in Kansas City are hopeful that groundwork laid and lessons learned in 2013 will mean less violence in 2014. The Kansas City No Violence Alliance uses a “focused deterrence” crime prevention strategy that has been successful in other cities, according to the Kansas City Star reports. The plan is that police officers and prosecutors focus on a few individuals who are a reason for the majority of violent crimes. Those types of individuals are a part of dangerous gangs or they have loosely organized criminal groups. They and… Read More →

Bill to look at timely notification for crime victims and families
January 7, 2014

After the state decided to release the man from jail into a work release program, who killed her son, Avis Crosby had only one business day to protest the decision. A Wichita schoolteacher, Crosby said, “I (got) this letter the Thursday before Labor Day (saying that) he was supposed to be released the day after Labor Day. That just really wasn’t enough time to do anything. I started calling the number that was listed, and people were gone, out of town for the holiday weekend, so I was just really frustrated”. The man convicted of killing her son and a… Read More →

22-year-old Kansas man charged with murder, rape, in deaths of mother and 3 children
December 31, 2013

On Tuesday, a 22-year-old man was charged with capital murder in the deaths of a southeast Kansas mother and her 3 children. In a court filing, the state attorney general’s office said that authorities have proof of domestic violence. David Cornell Bennett Jr. was also charged with rape and criminal threat by the Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office. strattera comments Four counts of first-degree murder in Labette County District Court were filed by the Schmidt’s office as an alternative to the capital murder charge. Bennett is summoned to court on Wednesday afternoon in Oswego. He is in jail and is… Read More →

Compensation Award to be shared by victims of violent crimes in Kansas
December 20, 2013

More than a hundred victims of violent crimes will be awarded money from the $300,000 compensation by the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board. The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded 106 victims a total of almost $283,000, announced by the Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. The program is created to assist victims of violent crimes pay for expenses such as medical treatment, counseling, loss wages, funerals and dependent support related to a violent crime. In the board’s meeting which was held in December, the decisions were made. Awards were given to 46 new cases and 60 cases that were submitted… Read More →

Kansas Supreme Court to hear ‘Hard 50’ cases
December 17, 2013

TOPEKA – This week, lawyers will go before the Kansas Supreme Court to discuss cases linked with the state’s “Hard 50” prison sentence and whether alteration to the law which was made in September by legislators can be applied retroactively. During a two-day special session, the law was rewritten by legislators in response to a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling in which imposing of mandatory minimum sentences in criminal cases is also involved. The justices said that juries must pay attention to the aggravating and mitigating situations when the sentences are being determined. Prior to the alteration made in the… Read More →

Kansas attorney general’s office to handle Parsons quadruple homicide case
December 11, 2013

PARSONS, Kan. – The criminal prosecution of a man suspected of killing a young mother and her 3 children will be handled by the Kansas attorney general’s office. On Tuesday, 22-year-old David Cornell Bennett Jr. was taken into custody in the southeast Kansas City of Independence. He is being held on $5 million bail. According to the AG’s office, the Labette County attorney requested the agency to handle the case. Bennett has not been formally charged in the killings of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her children. One was 9-year-old Hollie Betts; the other two were 6-year-old Jaxon Betts and 4-year-old… Read More →

Construction begins on new KCPD crime lab in east Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO – On Tuesday, shovels were put in the ground by the Kansas City officials for the constructing of a new crime lab and patrol station. At 10 a.m. on the East Campus construction site on Wabash Avenue, between 26th and 27th streets, a groundbreaking ceremony was held by the City leaders. The place where old homes were several years back is now a place for a new East Patrol Police Station and Crime Lab Campus. According to the police officers, their old station and crime lab was not so big and it was old but by the… Read More →

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