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Archive for Friday, July 20, 2001

State briefs

July 20, 2001

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RUSSELL

Ketamine seizure is record haul in U.S.

Three men charged in the largest Ketamine seizure in U.S. history made their first court appearance Thursday in Russell County.

Phillip D. Esposito, 22, of Philadelphia; Al-Muntasser Hbaiu, 23, of Hershey, Pa.; and Kevan A. Keneuker, 20, of Ferndale, Mich., are each charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and having no Kansas Drug Tax Stamp, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Each is being held on $100,000 bond.

The men were arrested Monday after a trooper became suspicious while checking on the welfare of the motorists about 14 miles east of Russell.

A subsequent search of their vehicle and a rented trailer netted 21,600 vials of the narcotic Ketamine Hydrochloride, authorities said. Ketamine Hydrochloride is a veterinary and medical anesthetic that has mind-altering effects when used in low doses.

KANSAS CITY, Kan.

Nude pedestrian killed along interstate

A woman walking naked along Interstate 435 was killed when she was hit by a tractor-trailer, authorities said.

The accident happened Thursday morning while the occupants of another vehicle tried to help the woman, identified as Cindy Deleon, 50, of Kansas City, Kan. One person tried to talk to the woman while another person got out of the vehicle and tried to slow down the northbound traffic, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

When the driver of the tractor-trailer saw the woman, he attempted to change lanes but struck the woman with the right side of the tractor, the patrol said. Deleon was thrown about 300 feet and died instantly.

It was unclear why the woman was naked and why she was walking along the highway.

WELLINGTON

Probation ordered in toll booth accident

A Minnesota man who drove his truck into a toll booth and instantly killed the woman inside was sentenced Thursday to three years probation.

Neal Johnson, of St. Peter, Minn., pleaded guilty in June to involuntary manslaughter in the Oct. 16 death of Eva Pat Wood, 58, of Belle Plaine.

Johnson also has to complete the 60-day jail term and community service he started last month, along with paying restitution to Wood's family.

When he entered his plea in June, Johnson said he fell asleep at the wheel and that caused him to hit the toll booth on the Kansas Turnpike at nearly full speed, killing Wood and injuring four other people.

Wood had been with the Turnpike Authority for 16 years. She died when Johnson's truck barreled through her lane, striking a pickup in front of it and shearing Wood's toll booth off its reinforced foundation.

KANSAS CITY, Kan.

Two juveniles arrested in triple homicide case

Two Kansas City, Kan., juveniles were arrested in a triple homicide case, police said Thursday.

The two, whose names were not released, are suspects in the fatal shootings of Marcus Bryant, 18; Arthur Wyatt, 49; and William Bates, 32, all of Kansas City, Kan.

Police said a weapon that may have been used in the shootings was recovered.

Bryant was found dead early Wednesday inside a home. Wyatt was found seriously wounded and died later at a hospital. The body of Bates was found in a vacant lot about 150 feet from the house.

Robbery was the motive for the shootings, police said.

Illegal drug paraphernalia was found inside the house, police said.

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