Archive for Wednesday, August 1, 2001

State Briefs

August 1, 2001


TOPEKA: Husband-wife deaths possible murder-suicide

Detectives were investigating what they believe to be a case of a woman killed Tuesday by her husband, who then shot himself.

According to police, Risa Schnegelsipen, 39, of Topeka, was shot in front of her apartment. Officers were told by two of her children that their father, Vaughn Schnegelsipen, 50, had shot her.

Police said they were married and in the process of getting a divorce.

About two hours after the shooting, the man's older son called police and said his father shot himself. Shawnee County deputies found he had died of a gunshot wound.

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. : Fatal mobile home fire linked to cigarette

Police say a fire that killed an Independence man may have been caused by a cigarette.

The fire early Monday destroyed the mobile home where the man lived.

Independence Police Detective Tim Leakey said authorities believe the victim was Daniel L. Mitchell, 47.

The victim was burned beyond recognition, so Leakey said a positive identification will be made after an autopsy is finished.

TROY: Prosecutor finds shootings were justified

Two Kansas Highway Patrol troopers who shot and killed a rural Wathena man in May were justified, acting in self-defense after being fired upon, Doniphan County Atty. Robyn Johnson says.

Ronald Klein, 46, was shot and killed by the troopers after a standoff at his home May 28.

Johnson said Friday that she made her determination after reviewing reports from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and receiving an opinion from the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

Deputy Atty. Gen. Robert Claus said the Attorney General's Office agreed that the shooting was a justifiable use of deadly force.

Klein had an AK-47 assault rifle loaded with armor-piercing ammunition.

KANSAS CITY, Kan.: EPA building evacuated by can of pepper spray

The federal Environmental Protection Agency's regional headquarters here was evacuated Tuesday after a can of pepper spray was accidentally set off, said an EPA spokesman.

Employees complained of eye and nose irritation, and a small can of pepper spray was found, said EPA spokesman Dale Armstrong.

A woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital, treated for exposure to the pepper spray and released, said a spokeswoman for Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

The incident is being treated as an accident, he said.

COOLIDGE: Wreck claims lives of Colorado couple

A Colorado couple was killed Monday night in a three-car accident on U.S. Highway 50 near the Kansas-Colorado state line.

The Kansas Highway Patrol identified the victims as Holly, Colo., residents Vernon Nichols, 86, and his wife, Hattie, whose age was unavailable.

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