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October 18, 2000


Kansas City, Mo.

Nelson's attorneys want statements suppressed

Attorneys representing Keith D. Nelson are trying to keep statements he allegedly made to authorities after his arrest from being offered as evidence at his murder trial.

Nelson, 25, faces capital kidnapping and sexual abuse charges in federal court in the killing last year of 10-year-old Pamela Butler.

The girl was abducted in October 1999 while in-line skating near her Kansas City, Kan., home. Her body was found later near a church in Grain Valley, Mo.

Defense lawyers also asked the federal court to consider a recent Federal Bureau of Investigation report from an interview with a railroad worker.

The report contradicts a Kansas City, Kan., police officer's testimony about Nelson's arrest on the banks of the Kansas River last year.

The defense attorneys also want all statements made by Nelson after his arrest suppressed.


29-year-old arrested for sex with Wichita boy

Investigators have arrested a North Carolina woman who they said came to Kansas during the weekend to have sex with a 15-year-old Wichita boy she met on the Internet.

Victoria Kratky, 29, of Cary, N.C., met the boy on the Internet five months ago, and the two carried on a relationship through chat rooms and e-mail, said Sedgwick County Sheriff's Sgt. Jay McLaurian.

Detectives say they think the woman arranged to meet the boy this weekend.

Authorities tracked the two by looking at e-mail exchanges on the boy's home computer.

Kratky was booked early Sunday on two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of criminal sodomy.

Kansas City, Mo.

Trial starts for mother accused of killing sons

Lawyers for a mother accused of starving and burning two of her triplet sons until they died told jurors she is insane, and sometimes taken over by a personality named "Sharon."

Mary Bass suffers from multiple personalities, defense lawyers said during statements Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court. Bass, 32, is charged with second-degree murder in the deaths last October.

Defense lawyers didn't dispute she burned Larry and Gary Bass' legs and feet, and then left the wounds untreated. Larry died five days later and Gary two days after that.

Kansas City, Mo.

Deputy superintendent of schools resigns

After less than six months as second-in-command of the Kansas City, Mo., School District, Deputy Supt. Joseph Hines is resigning.

District officials confirmed Monday that Hines told Supt. Benjamin Demps of his plans last Friday.

Neither they nor Hines would say why.

Three members of the Board of Education recently rated Hines, an educator, more favorably than Demps, a lawyer and accountant who spent most of his career as a federal administrator.

Hines, who had not yet submitted the resignation in writing, repeatedly declined to answer questions about it, citing advice from his attorney. He said he does not have another job lined up.

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