Heat stress is responsible for the death of 2,000 cattle in Kansas
BEAUTIFUL PLAIN, Kan. (AP) – Industry officials say thousands of cattle at feedlots in southwestern Kansas have died of heat stress due to soaring temperatures, high humidity and low wind for the past few days. The final toll remains uncertain, but as of Thursday, at least 2,000 heat-related deaths had been reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the state agency that assists with carcass disposal. This number could increase as more losses from this week’s heat wave are reported. The livestock deaths sparked unsubstantiated rumors on social media that something other than the weather was at play, but Kansas agriculture officials said no other cause was evident.
A train derails north of Lawrence
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) – A train derailment spilled large amounts of coal and damaged tracks north of Lawrence on Friday. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that emergency crews were called to the derailment where approximately 20 train cars separated from the engine, causing extensive damage to the tracks and the level crossing near the US Highway intersection 24-59 and North 1900 Road. The cause of the derailment is being investigated by Union Pacific. No injuries or fires were reported in connection with the derailment.
Cowley County deputies cleared in fatal Winfield shooting
WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) – The Cowley County prosecutor said three sheriff’s deputies who fatally shot a woman near Winfield in April were justified in their actions. KAKE-TV reports that County Attorney Larry Schwartz said in a report that Andrea Barrow’s murder was “lawful and justified.” He says the woman refused repeated orders to get out of her vehicle and eventually pulled out a handgun and shot the deputies. The three deputies were injured. Two deputies returned fire, killing Barrow.
Western Kansas mom and daughter found dead
SPEARVILLE, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a western Kansas mother and her 4-year-old daughter were found dead and the woman’s boyfriend is in custody. The man reported that Kayla Vasquez, 31, and Aalilyah Vasquez, 4, of Spearville, were missing on Wednesday. The KBI says Ford County sheriff’s deputies and Spearville police saw evidence a crime had been committed and held the man for questioning. The body of Kayla Vasquez was found early Thursday in rural Ford County. About 90 minutes later, her daughter’s body was found in Kinsley, about 20 miles northeast of Spearville in Edwards County. Autopsies are scheduled. The boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of capital murder.
Bowyer, former NASCAR driver, involved in crash that killed pedestrian
LAKE OZARK, Mo. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian in southwest Missouri earlier this month. According to police, Bowyer’s vehicle struck a woman walking on an off-ramp on June 5 near Osage Beach. Bowyer pulled over immediately and called 911. Police say Mary Jane Simmons, 47, of Camdenton, Missouri, died at the scene. The accident report says Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kansas, provided a roadside blood sample that did not register any alcohol. Bowyer, a Fox Sports racing analyst, retired from NASCAR in 2020 after winning 10 Cup Series races in 15 years.
Teenager sentenced to life in prison for death of 12-year-old boy
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy in a botched gun deal. WDAF-TV reports that a jury convicted Jaylen LaRon Johnson, 18, of Kansas City, Kansas, of first-degree murder last month. Sentencing was Friday. Prosecutors say Johnson and two other men drove to Leavenworth to buy a gun on April 14, 2021. The sellers allegedly sold a BB gun to one of Johnson’s friends. Authorities say Johnson started shooting when he realized it wasn’t the gun they wanted. Eleven bullets hit the seller’s car. Brian Henderson Jr., 12, was seated in the back seat and died in the shooting.
Missouri man convicted of manslaughter in Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for the shooting death of his friend in Wichita three years ago. Brandon Craig, 25, of Independence, Missouri, was sentenced in Sedgwick County District Court on Wednesday to 74 months in prison, KSN television reports. Craig pleaded guilty in April to intentional homicide and aggravated assault in the shooting death of Justin Lane, 21, of Grain Valley, Missouri. Police called a Wichita home on the night of April 12, 2019, found Lane dead with a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators said Lane and Craig were visiting another friend at home when they started fighting, and Craig shot Lane. Craig said the shooting was accidental.