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Body of Missing Osage County Man Found

KSAL StaffJuly 26, 2013

The body of a Lyndon man who had not been seen since July 15 has been found. The Osage County Sheriff says in a news release that the body of 67-year-old Raleigh Heskett was found Thursday inside his van. The vehicle was parked in Marion County, about 90 miles southwest of Lyndon. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of his death. ...

Thieves Siphon Diesel Fuel

KSAL StaffJuly 26, 2013

Over 300 gallons of fuel is siphoned from two area trucks. The Saline County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of 360 gallons of diesel fuel from two semi trucks that were parked on a lot at 1265 W. Diamond Drive. Gary Johnson Trucking, told deputies that 260-gallons of fuel worth $1006 was siphoned off an '85 Peterbilt truck sometime between 5:30pm on July 23rd and 6:30am July 24th. ...

Power Tools Stolen

KSAL StaffJuly 26, 2013

Five chainsaws are stolen from a work truck. Police are investigating a theft case, after being contacted by a Salina man who had multiple chain saws removed from his pickup. Police say sometime between 6am and 7:30am Thursday, someone unlocked a cargo storage box on a truck owned by Cody Steele, and stole 5 chainsaws. The vehicle was parked in the 1600 block of W. Crawford at the time. The inv...

KU Journalism School Gets $1.36 Million Bequest

KSAL StaffJuly 26, 2013

The University of Kansas journalism school has received a $1.36 million bequest from the estate of a Kansas couple. The university's Endowment Association announced Thursday that the bequest from John and Mary Kaiser will be added to a scholarship fund for journalism students that the couple started in 2005. The Lawrence Journal World reports Mary Kaiser died in January at age 84. Her husband di...

Abandoned Dogs Ready for Adoption

KSAL StaffJuly 26, 2013

Some of the 11 dogs that were left abandoned in a Salina home are ready for adoption at the Salina Animal Shelter. The shelter has been caring for the four puppies and seven adult dogs since they were found in north Salina on Monday. Animal shelter coordinator Rose Base said renters left the dogs in the house, in the garage and in cages outside when they moved out at least a week ago. No food or...

Confusion Exists in Kansas Over Delinquent Taxes

KSAL StaffJuly 26, 2013

Some county officials are asking Kansas lawmakers to clarify whether back taxes on personal property follow the property, or should be assessed to its owner. The confusion arises when someone buys property, such as a boat or trailer, and then discovers the previous owner had not paid all the taxes. The state says the unpaid taxes follow the property. But some counties say the original owner shoul...

Kansas Vehicle Dealers Coping With Hail Damage

KSAL StaffJuly 25, 2013

The hailstorm that pounded south-central Kansas earlier this week has left automotive dealers with big headaches, but it's also giving prospective buyers a chance at big bargains. The Hutchinson News reports dealerships in the city were scrambling to get insurance appraisals after the fast-moving storm hit the area Tuesday night. Large hailstones dinged hundreds of vehicles parked in dealers' lo...

Kansas Attorneys Skeptical of AG’s ‘Hard 50’ Push

KSAL StaffJuly 25, 2013

A Wichita defense attorney says he doesn't see the need for a special session of the Kansas Legislature to consider rewriting the state's "Hard 50" sentencing law. Richard Ney was skeptical Thursday of Attorney General Derek Schmidt's request that Gov. Sam Brownback call such a special session. The law allows judges to sentence convicted murderers to serve at least 50 years of a life sentence be...

Judge Not Lifting Contempt Ruling Against Kansas Doctor

KSAL StaffJuly 25, 2013

A federal judge has refused to lift a criminal contempt finding against a Kansas doctor who repeatedly interrupted her during a recent appearance on charges related to a $7 million Army fraud and bribery indictment. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Thursday rejected a defense request to reconsider the judgment against 50-year-old Heidi Lynn Webster, of Manhattan. Robinson sentenced Webster t...

Kansas Special Session Would Cost $35K-$40K Per Day

KSAL StaffJuly 25, 2013

A special session of the Kansas Legislature would cost from $35,000 to $40,000 a day, with lawmakers' pay making up the bulk of the expense. Legislative Administrative Services Jeff Russell provided the estimate Thursday following a request from Attorney General Derek Schmidt to Gov. Sam Brownback to call a special session by mid-September. Schmidt wants lawmakers to quickly rewrite a state law ...

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