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Archive for Friday, May 10, 2013

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12:28 a.m.
Search crews on horseback fan out Thursday evening on Osborne Road, about a half mile from a property in rural Ottawa where three bodies were found Monday and Tuesday. Police continue to search for a missing 18-month-old girl, Lana-Leigh Bailey, who police have said they believe is also a homicide victim. Multiple agencies are assisting the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in the search. Ottawa man charged; FBI joins search for missing toddler, now presumed dead
12:01 a.m., May 10, 2013 Updated 5:12 p.m.
A suspect in a quadruple homicide made his first appearance in court at 4 p.m. Friday and was charged with murder, rape and criminal possession of firearms. The search for a missing toddler, now presumed dead, continued earlier Friday on a rural Ottawa property where three bodies were discovered this week. The Federal Bureau of Investigation became involved and as many as 150 law enforcement officers in helicopters, planes and on horseback, are combing the area. By Ian Cummings & Shaun Hittle
6:28 p.m.
Kyle Flack makes his first appearance in court. He was charged in the Ottawa homicides. Photo by Bobby Burch/The Ottawa Herald Suspect in Ottawa killings charged with four counts of first-degree murder; could face death penalty
May 10, 2013
Kyle T. Flack was charged with four counts of first-degree murder Friday of a woman and two men whose bodies were found in rural Ottawa earlier this week, as well as a toddler whose is still missing but presumed dead. He could face the death penalty if convicted. Bond in the case was set at $10 million. The 27-year-old Ottawa man made his first court appearance at the Franklin County courthouse Friday afternoon to hear the charges, which also included a count of rape, a count of criminal possession of a firearm and two counts of capital murder, which opens up the possibility that Flack could face the death penalty if convicted.By Shaun Hittle

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Hundreds gather at candlelight vigil for Ottawa homicide victims
May 10, 2013
Many of those who gathered at Ottawa’s Forest Park Friday night were strangers to each other, but they were together in mourning the four young people killed in rural Ottawa this week. Ian Cummings
Lawrence barbecue competition fully fired up on Saturday
May 10, 2013
Hard-core barbecue competitions bring to mind smoked meat, secret sauces, grease-covered hands, but rarely parsley. However, an inside peek into the 15th Annual Sertoma 48 BBQ Cookoff, which will continue Saturday at Broken Arrow Park, 2800 Louisiana St., showed that it’s not all about taste, but presentation. By Adam Strunk
Drought relief expected in Douglas County
May 10, 2013
For the first time in years, Douglas County may soon be drought-free, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, whose latest forecast predicts a reduction of drought conditions in eastern Kansas during the next three months. By Adam Strunk
Bowersock officially opens $25 million power plant on the Kaw
May 10, 2013
There was much talk of rain dances Friday afternoon at the grand opening celebration for Lawrence-based Bowersock Mills and Power Co.’s $25 million hydroelectric power plant on the north bank of the Kansas River. The project, which is located at the north end of the Kansas River bridges in downtown, was lauded Friday by state and local officials as an example of how Kansas can further expand its renewable energy reputation. By Chad Lawhorn
Suspect in Ottawa killings charged with four counts of first-degree murder; could face death penalty
May 10, 2013
Kyle T. Flack was charged with four counts of first-degree murder Friday of a woman and two men whose bodies were found in rural Ottawa earlier this week, as well as a toddler whose is still missing but presumed dead. He could face the death penalty if convicted. Bond in the case was set at $10 million. The 27-year-old Ottawa man made his first court appearance at the Franklin County courthouse Friday afternoon to hear the charges, which also included a count of rape, a count of criminal possession of a firearm and two counts of capital murder, which opens up the possibility that Flack could face the death penalty if convicted.By Shaun Hittle
Haskell graduates ‘live it up’ at commencement ceremony
May 10, 2013
Tyler Levier told his classmates to “walk slow” during their Haskell Indian Nations University commencement ceremony Friday, saying they’d earned a chance to enjoy some recognition.
Regents waiting on budget negotiations before taking up tuition proposals
May 10, 2013
One of the major duties of the Kansas Board of Regents is to set tuition and fees at the state universities. But that process will be delayed if Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature don’t come to an agreement soon on the state budget. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas Action for Children files lawsuit against Attorney General Derek Schmidt over settlement records
May 10, 2013
A child advocacy group filed a lawsuit on Friday against Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, alleging Schmidt’s office has violated the state law that requires the disclosure of public records. The attorney general’s office issued a statement that said it was following proper procedure. By Scott Rothschild
Two KU students arrested in connection with break-in at Memorial Stadium
May 10, 2013
Two 19-year-old Kansas University students were arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of breaking into the university’s Memorial Stadium and attempting to steal a chair.
Prosecutors planning to move forward with allegations of animal cruelty at KU fraternity
May 10, 2013
A resolution make be coming soon in the case of a Dec. 14 allegation that a turkey had been abused and killed at a KU fraternity, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office said Friday. Prosecutors hope to move forward with the case in the next couple of weeks, but it was not clear Friday what actions might be taken. Ian Cummings
All 3 Kansas prison escapees recaptured
10:13 a.m., May 10, 2013 Updated 12:49 a.m.
Two of three inmates who walked away from a northeast Kansas prison are in custody in northwest Missouri.
LHS, FSHS pitchers shine in 10-inning showdown duel
May 10, 2013
Although a few clutch at-bats in extra innings turned out to be the difference during Thursday’s City Showdown won by Lawrence High, 2-1, in 10 innings, at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark, neither LHS or Free State would have reached that point had it not been for the four strong outings on the mound that came before it. By Matt Tait
LHS baseball edges FSHS on bases-loaded, 10th-inning walk
May 10, 2013
As combative as the previous couple of hours of City Showdown baseball had been, Free State High coach Mike Hill and his Lawrence High counterpart Brad Stoll proudly shook hands Thursday night at Hoglund Ballpark. Neither side could feel too bad following a 10-inning battle that Lawrence won, 2-1, on a bases-loaded, full-count, two-out, walk-off walk. By Benton Smith
Free State soccer wins, 1-0, at Hayden
May 10, 2013
Maddie Dieker scored a goal midway through the second half, and Free State High’s girls soccer team defeated Topeka Hayden, 1-0, on Thursday.
Lawrence High soccer captures first victory in 2OT
May 10, 2013
With less than 21⁄2 minutes left in the second overtime, Lawrence High’s Ella Magerl headed in a shot to give the Lions their first win of the season, Thursday against Leavenworth at LHS. By Jesse Newell
Opinion: Fantastic fielding keeps KU baseball in Big 12 hunt
May 10, 2013
The toughest players to impress with good glove work are slick fielders themselves. The Kansas University baseball team has an abundance of those, and even they drop a jaw at some of the web gems created by teammates. Column by Tom Keegan
Unheralded closer Piché becomes dominant force for KU
May 10, 2013
Nothing about the path Kansas University pitcher Jordan Piché took to get to KU stands out, but the first-year Jayhawk has set himself apart as one of the nation’s best closers. By Matt Tait
Ottawa man charged; FBI joins search for missing toddler, now presumed dead
12:01 a.m., May 10, 2013 Updated 05:12 p.m.
A suspect in a quadruple homicide made his first appearance in court at 4 p.m. Friday and was charged with murder, rape and criminal possession of firearms. The search for a missing toddler, now presumed dead, continued earlier Friday on a rural Ottawa property where three bodies were discovered this week. The Federal Bureau of Investigation became involved and as many as 150 law enforcement officers in helicopters, planes and on horseback, are combing the area. By Ian Cummings & Shaun Hittle
Franklin County Sheriff faces high-profile case just weeks into office
May 10, 2013
It’s been trial by fire for new Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards, as he works a potential quadruple homicide case, just weeks after taking over the office in April. By Shaun Hittle
Homicide suspect had mental health and drug problems, sources say
May 10, 2013
As Kyle T. Flack sits in a Franklin County Jail cell awaiting multiple charges of murder, relatives of a man Flack nearly killed eight years ago paint a picture of the suspect as a troubled young man prone to mental health and drug issues. Flack served four years in prison for the 2005 shooting of Ottawa resident Steven Dale Free, 47. By Shaun Hittle
100 years ago: Pool hall age violations lead to arrests
May 10, 2013
“Sneegas Brothers are charged with permitting minors to play in their hall, the ‘Smoke House,’ 738 Massachusetts street.”
Royals’ Guthrie beats former team
May 10, 2013
Jeremy Guthrie’s incentive to win had nothing to do with beating his former team.
25 years ago: School board members disagree on new high school buildings
May 10, 2013
Some expressed concerns that the plan wouldn’t address the problem of limited participation in extracurricular activities.
Kansas Forestry Service, USDA study finds the value of Douglas County trees
May 10, 2013
Douglas Country tree could be saving residents as much as $26.9 million a year.
Basketball calls
May 10, 2013
Coach should have the right to challenge official’s calls or lack of call/
Poor leadership
May 10, 2013
Poor leadership plagues both state and local goverments.
Letter: Pinckney pride
May 10, 2013
Thank you, Lawrence, for Pinckney mural.
Editorial: Parking plans
May 10, 2013
Parking is a big deal in Lawrence, as evidenced by a couple of negotiations recently resolved by the Lawrence City Commission.
Dandelions
May 10, 2013
Dandelions infest Lawrence yards.
Opinion: Russia on board with Syria peace plan
May 10, 2013 in print edition on A10
It shouldn’t have been this hard, but Secretary of State John Kerry has finally gotten Russia to back the peace plan on Syria that it endorsed in principle last June. This isn’t a breakthrough but at least it’s a beginning.
40 years ago: State offers pilot program on services for elderly
May 10, 2013
Douglas County was being considered for the pilot program if money could be found to match federal funding.
Horoscopes for May 10
May 10, 2013
For Friday, May 10: This year you often will steal the limelight, even unintentionally at times. You will continue to grow if you express the caring and stability that your sign is known for. If you are single, you will meet plenty of potential suitors, especially after June. If you are attached, your interactions will be enjoyable, as long as you allow your significant other to play an equal role in the relationship.