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April 9, 2003

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Topeka: Guard unit departs for duty overseas

The Kansas Army National Guard's fixed-wing flight unit has left for overseas duty, the Guard announced Monday.

Six of the eight members of Detachment 37, Operation Support-Aviation, left Sunday for their mobilization station at Fort Benning, Ga. They are en route to an overseas duty station in the Central Command area of responsibility in the Middle East, the Guard said.

All but one of the soldiers are pilots who fly C-12 aircraft. The unit's mission is to provide high-priority, short-notice air transport of passengers and cargo.

Topeka: Federal prison awaits child pornographer

An Overland Park man was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on a child pornography conviction, authorities said.

Vincent Gish, 20, was sentenced Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren said.

Gish pleaded guilty in September 2002 to receiving and distributing child pornography, Melgren said. Gish also was sentenced to two years of supervised release.

Melgren said Gish admitted that from Sept. 27 to Oct. 10, 2001, he received and distributed by computer child pornography that had been shipped in interstate commerce.

Kansas City, Mo.: KCI worker admits falsifying resume

A man who worked for a contractor at Kansas City International Airport pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying about his criminal history when he applied for a job.

Phillip Nelson Suddarth, 41, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to one count of making a materially false and fraudulent statement when he signed a records check for the airport last May.

Suddarth had applied for an identification badge that would have given him unescorted access to secure parts of the airport. Prosecutors said he failed to report a 1994 felony conviction for possession of cocaine in Platte County.

Leavenworth: Farm accident kills 86-year-old resident

A Leavenworth County man has died from injuries suffered when he was trampled by calves.

Eugene W. Zule, 86, was moving calves from a pen to be loaded onto a trailer Saturday, said Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Andy Dedeke. Zule was holding a gate when several calves weighing about 300 to 400 pounds knocked down the gate, which landed on top of Zule.

The calves then walked over the gate as Zule lay underneath. Zule was taken to a hospital, where he died Sunday.

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