Friday, September 19, 2014

Fort Hays State University tour to stop in Bonner Springs

BONNER SPRINGS, KAN. ----- Staff from the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University will make nine trips in a second series of informational and recruitment tours fall.

One trip will be to the Bonner Springs Public Library on Nov. 5.

A postcard from KAMS recently went out to Kansas high school students inviting them to attend one of the informational sessions. KAMS students stay enrolled in their high school but live on the FHSU campus and take college courses to complete their last two years of high school.

KAMS provides a unique residential learning experience for select high school juniors and seniors. Prospective students must have completed at least two years of high school with distinction in mathematics or science. However, outstanding academic achievement is not the only criterion for acceptance. KAMS selects students based on drive, interest, maturity, stability, and personal and family commitment.

Tuition, fees and textbooks are provided by KAMS for up to 18 credit hours per semester for students currently attending a public school in Kansas. This is provided through state funding and state appropriations.

Full time and date for the local visit:

Bonner Springs, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.
Bonner Springs Public Library
201 N. Nettleton

Thursday, September 18, 2014

No. 5 KCKCC VB sweeps; hosts No. 4 JCCC Wed., Sept. 24


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas City Kansas Community College’s No. 5 ranked volleyball team continued on its collision course with No. 4 Johnson County with a 3-0 sweep over Allen County at Iola Wednesday night.

The Lady Blue Devils and JCCC will meet next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in a matchup of two powers who are both unbeaten in Jayhawk Conference play. Both are 4-0 in regional play while KCKCC is 2-0 and JCCC 3-0 in the conference.

KCKCC ran its current winning streak to six in a row and overall record to a conference best 15-2 in winning at Allen County 25-22, 25-16, 25-14.

The Blue Devils final tune-up before the showdown with JCCC will come Monday when KCKCC plays Missouri State at West Plains.

KCK teen convicted of first degree murder


A Wyandotte County jury has convicted 17-year-old Deaarion Potts of first degree murder.

Potts, of Kansas City, Kan., was also convicted of one count of criminal discharge of a firearm and one count of burglary of an automobile.

Potts was tried as an adult after the Wyandotte County District Attorney's office requested he be tried as an adult.

He was convicted of shooting 17-year-old Ramon Bradley on Oct. 21. The shooting happened at 3rd and Washington in downtown KCK.

Sentencing for Potts is scheduled to take place on October 24, 2014. Wyandotte County Assistant District Attorney Shawn Boyd prosecuted the case.

Wyandotte County Democrats to meet September 20

News release:
KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet this Saturday, September 20th, in the Eisenhower Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue.

Our speaker will be former State Senator Jean Schodorf, Democratic candidate for Kansas Secretary of State.

There will be campaign yard signs available at the Breakfast.

The breakfast buffet is available at 8:15 am and the forum begins at 9:15.

The cost for the Breakfast buffet, which includes tax, service and tip, is ten dollars; seven dollars for students and those on limited income. All Democrats are invited to attend.

Reservations are requested by Friday, September 19th. Reservations help us plan for our attendance, but are not necessary to attend. To RSVP, email

Please ask at the Breakfast registration desk how you can help spread the Democratic word.

Candidates are reminded to bring campaign signs and literature to distribute at this month's Breakfast.
We had 71 Democrats attend the August Breakfast to hear Kansas Insurance Commissioner candidate Dennis Anderson, Kansas Treasurer candidate Carmen Alldritt, and Kansas Attorney General candidate AJ Kotich speak.

Again, please RSVP if you are attending the Breakfast.

Kansas highway system ranked 5th in national report

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Kansas state highway system is ranked the nation’s fifth best in overall highway performance and efficiency in a report released today by the Reason Foundation.

The 21st Annual Highway Report, which is based on 2012 data, ranked Kansas number one in the category of rural interstate pavement condition, third in urban interstate congestion and fifth in rural arterial pavement condition.

The state-controlled highway system, which is the 27th largest system in the country, has consistently placed in the top tier of Reason reports. Kansas’ overall rankings in recent reports are third in 2011, second in 2009, third in both 2008 and 2007, fifth in 2006, and third in 2005. There is no report for 2010.

“Kansans and their leaders should be proud of the highway system they have supported through long-term funding programs since 1989,” said Transportation Secretary Mike King.

“We’ve built a system that effectively and efficiently serves Kansas families and businesses. And we continue to make improvements that strengthen the state’s freight networks, boosting the Kansas economy.”

The Kansas Department of Transportation is currently in the fourth year of the 10-year T-WORKS transportation program. In 2010, Kansas highways were ranked the nation’s best in a report published in Reader’s Digest magazine.

Reason Foundation’s most recent top 10 rankings based on overall performance and cost- effectiveness:

1.    Wyoming

2.    Nebraska

3.    South Dakota

4.    South Carolina

5.    Kansas

6.    North Dakota

7.    New Mexico

8.    Mississippi

9.    Montana

10. Kentucky

Texas Woman Pleads Guilty In Federal Adoption Fraud Case in Kansas

U.S. Department of Justice

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Texas woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding four families that wanted to adopt children, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom

Chrystal Marie Rippey, 34, Marshall, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. In her plea, she admitted she devised a scheme in which she pretended to be pregnant. She contacted adoption agencies and individuals who wanted to adopt and said she was willing to give up her unborn children for adoption. She asked adoption agencies and individuals for money for rent, utilities, food and living expenses.

Couple No. 1: A Delaware couple moved Rippey into their home for a month. They took her on a two-week vacation on the beach and paid for her living expenses, new clothes, cell phone and food. She gave them a sonogram that she claimed showed her pregnancy with twins. In fact, she got the image from the Internet. Then she broke off contact with them.

Couple No. 2: A couple from Shawnee, Kan., put more than $22,000 in an escrow account to pay for Rippey’s living expenses. She told them false stories about her troubles with Child Protective Services and a fire that burned down the home of the birth father in order to get the couple to give her more money. Then she broke off contact with them.

Couple 3: Working with an adoption agency in Overland Park, Kan., Rippey contacted another couple that began providing support for her. They were shocked when they went to California to meet her and saw that she didn’t look pregnant.

Couple 4: Another couple ran up expenses for fees to an adoption agency in Texas as well as travel expenses in hopes of adopting twins from Rippey. Rippey claimed she had a son in the hospital and that she had not eaten in days in order to get money from the couple. But the couple refused her request because the adoption agency told them not to give her any money until she completed adoption paperwork.

Sentencing will be set for a later date. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 31 months followed by three years supervised release.

Grissom commended the Overland Park Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.

STATE NEWS: Soldier at Ft. Riley Sentenced For False Statements to Social Security Administration

 KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A soldier at Ft. Riley was sentenced Wednesday for making false material statements to the Social Security Administration, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

James Scott Nickerson, 38, Ft. Riley, Kan., was sentenced to six months in prison followed by six months home confinement and three years of supervised release.

He also was ordered to pay $71,734 in restitution to the SSA and an additional $250 to the United States Treasury for a stimulus payment he was not entitled to receive.

Nickerson pleaded guilty to one count of making a false official statement to a federal agency. In his plea, he admitted he was paid a total of $71,734 in disability benefits by the Social Security Administration that he was not eligible to receive.

Beginning in October 2009, Nickerson applied for disability benefits under the Wounded Warrior Program. He claimed he was unable to work because of “organic mental disorders” he developed while serving a deployment in Iraq.
While receiving disability benefits, he worked full time for the Army doing various duties, including serving as a platoon sergeant while he claimed to be disabled. He also supervised other soldiers during this period. Nickerson attempted to conceal his actual work activity from SSA by claiming he worked no more than 20 hours a week.

On three separate occasions, the defendant completed Work Activity Reports, documents used by SSA to determine if a beneficiary is eligible for disability benefits. On each of these occasions he was asked to identify his supervisors so that SSA could verify his work activity. On all three occasions, he identified persons other than his supervisors.

In the plea agreement, the defendant admitted that on a Work Activity Report he completed on Sept. 6, 2010, he falsely reported to SSA that one of his subordinates was his supervisor. He admitted that this was a false material statement to a federal agency.

Grissom commended the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford for their work on the case.