Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2001

Regional Briefs

August 11, 2001

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Child porn suspect says he's glad he was caught

Kansas City, Mo. (ap) A North Kansas City man nabbed in a nationwide crackdown on online child pornography says he's glad he was caught.

"It made me face issues I'm having," Bruce Leroy Kerr said Thursday. "I'm getting counseling for them."

Kerr, 34, pleaded guilty in June to receiving child pornography. He has forfeited his computer and is awaiting sentencing.

Kerr and Jeffrey L. Redenbaugh, Shawnee, were among 100 people arrested in Operation Avalanche, an undercover investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and federal Internet Crimes Against Children task forces.

Redenbaugh, 47, was charged in April with one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He is awaiting trial and could not be reached for comment.

The two-year operation investigated Landslide Properties Inc., a Fort Worth, Texas, child pornography Web site.

More than 300,000 subscribers paid $30 monthly fees to access porn, generating $1.4 million each month for the owners.

Thomas Reedy, who founded Landslide in 1997, was sentenced Monday to 1,335 years in prison. His wife, Janice Reedy, was sentenced to 14 years.

Veterinarian accused of breaking probation

South Hutchinson (ap) A man who lost his veterinary medicine license after his conviction for illegal distribution of anabolic steroids is accused of violating his probation.

Mark Schwarm, 48, of South Hutchinson, was arrested Wednesday following what Reno County Dist. Atty. Keith Schroeder said was a six-month investigation of his activities.

Schwarm is accused of practicing veterinary medicine without a license, in violation of his probation terms.

Schroeder said that if the probation is revoked, he will ask that Schwarm be ordered to serve the 15-month prison sentence he got for providing the steroid to bodybuilder Jack Cooper, a former Hutchinson resident.

Mining company settles in employee's death

Pittsburg (ap) The family of a man killed in a dump truck accident at a quarry in southeast Kansas has agreed to a $70,000 settlement with the quarry's owner.

Jason Norris, 26, of Cherryvale, died July 10, 1999, at the Midwest Minerals quarry in Pittsburg. He was driving a dump truck loaded with rock up an incline when it turned over on him.

The settlement was approved in June by an administrative law judge with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

The company had originally faced fines totaling $230,000, but the settlement total was reduced because the judge could find no basis for negligence on the part of Midwest Minerals.

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