LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Relatives of a woman who died in a Douglas County jail cell have lost their federal wrongful death lawsuit against the county and the sheriff. Joseph Harvey, the father of 32-year-old Rachel Hammers, sued on behalf of Hammers' three children after she died in the county jail in May 2012. The lawsuit alleged Hammers died because of the defendants' disregard for her medical conditions and faulty medical practices.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A man already imprisoned in Kansas for child sexual abuse has been convicted of sexually assaulting two victims in Missouri, including a 5-year-old who was assaulted at Fort Leonard Wood. A federal jury found 39-year-old Craig Ralston, of Emporia, Kansas, guilty on Friday of aggravated sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 and of crossing state lines with intent to commit rape. Ralston is currently jailed in Kansas in a 2009 child sex abuse case.
MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. (AP) - A man from Maine will be sentenced in August after being found guilty of killing a Kansas man. The Salina Journal reports 35-year-old Robert Colson, of Bucksport, Maine, was convicted Friday of killing Matthew Schoshke of Tescott in August 2017 during a burglary at Schoshke's home. Prosecutors said Colson shot Schoshke and stole his pickup, several other items and his dog. Colson drove to California, where he was arrested while trying to escape from an Amtrak train.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The Lawrence City Commission this week will again consider an ordinance creating a community police review board. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the commission will meet Tuesday after multiple revisions aimed at ensuring the board would have sufficient access to police files and recordings. The proposal calls for the board to review racial and other bias complaints made against police when the person filing the complaint disagrees with the findings by police.
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