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KU football player arrested for alleged aggravated sexual assault

LAWRENCE, Kan. – A University of Kansas football player is facing charges after a woman claimed he sexually assaulted her during the early morning hours.

Early Sunday morning police arrested a KU football player after a 19-year-old woman reported she was with the suspect and several other people when he sexually assaulted her. Between the hours of 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. the victim claims she was with the suspect inside a vehicle and was passed out due to intoxication when she said he forcibly fondled her without her consent.

The 21-year-old KU player was arrested near 15th and Crestline Drive, and then booked on a charge of Aggravated Sexual Battery.

The Associate Athletics Director for the University of Kansas confirmed Monday, that 21-year-old Mark A. Thomas, of Brooklyn, New York, has been suspended indefinitely, from KU’s football team in connection to this investigation.

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Joe’s Weather Blog: Royals And Storms

Today is Opening Day (essentially) in MLB and after 91.7″ of snow this season in Detroit…you’d think we’d have crazy weather issues there…but actually today will be great with game-time temps in the 50s up there!

KC’s 36 Hour Forecast:

Today: Clouds give way to sunshine…windy again (maybe not to the extreme as yesterday) Southwest winds gusting to 30 MPH switching towards the west and gusting to 20-30 MPH during the afternoon. Warm again with highs in the middle 70s to almost 80°. There is a marginal chance of some thunderstorms with the cold front coming in later today (<20%)

Tonight: NW winds will bring in colder air…skies should be partly to mostly clear with lows by daybreak near 32°

Tallgrass Creek to Open New Continuing Care Neighborhood on April 3

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- A Thursday, April 3, ceremony will mark Tallgrass Creek retirement community’s opening of memory care and post-acute rehabilitation units at its new continuing care neighborhood in Overland Park, KS. The continuing care neighborhood, which opened its first phase late last year with assisted living, now has a total of 104 apartments and suites and brings unprecedented holistic Person-Centered Care assessment to Kansas.

The addition of this continuing care neighborhood fulfills Tallgrass Creek’s commitment to residents and their families in providing all levels of health care at one site.  With baby boomers turning 65 at a rate of 8,000 per day, the new neighborhood also meets the demands of a growing senior population.


Thursday, April 3, from 4 – 6 p.m., at Tallgrass Creek, 13800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park. Tours of the new neighborhood will be held from 4 – 5: 30 p.m.

One killed after semi crashes into Kansas Turnpike toll booth

TONGANOXIE, Kan. — A semi crashed into a toll booth along Interstate 70 in the early hours of Saturday morning. Thirty-year-old Sergiy Angelchev died in the crash and 25-year-old Roman Ilyaich is alive, but in critical condition. Both men are from Aurora, Colorado.

“I’ve worked on the turnpike for five years and I’ve never seen a crash like this at the toll plaza,” said Master Trooper Mike Gruber of the Kansas Highway Patrol Turnpike Authority.

Investigators spent Saturday picking through a field of debris in an effort to discover why the driver of this semi blasted through the I-70 toll booth near Tonganoxie about 3 a.m. on Saturday.

“According to some witnesses that were traveling behind the semi, it was running at highway speed and didn’t appear to break. It basically just ran into the toll plaza,” said Trooper Gruber.

Area physician Mary Vernon convicted on charges for federal tax evasion

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored a book with the late Dr. Robert Atkins has been convicted of evading federal income taxes.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says that 61-year-old Dr. Mary C. Vernon, of Lawrence, was found guilty of five counts of tax evasion Friday by a federal jury in Kansas City, Kan.

Vernon practiced medicine in Lawrence and Shawnee. Prosecutors said she earned nearly $800,000 for services to Atkins’ nutrition and weight-loss companies from 2003 to 2008.

She and Atkins co-wrote “Atkins Diabetes Revolution,” which was published in 2004. She also served as a medical director for nursing homes.

Prosecutors said Vernon avoided paying income taxes from 2004 through 2008. The conviction carries maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

Embiid, Self deny Yahoo Sports report of NBA Draft declaration

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas fans woke up Thursday to the news that Joel Embiid was headed for the NBA Draft. A report by Yahoo Sports citing anonymous sources said the freshman center was in the process of selecting an agent, and a formal announcement will be made soon.

By mid-morning, Embiid and his advisor Luc Richard Mbah a Moute shot down the Yahoo! report on Twitter. They both tweeted that Embiid hasn’t made a decision yet. Then around noon, the Lawrence Journal-World reached Bill Self by phone at his office.

“I have Jo in my office right now,” Self told the Journal World. “He didn’t know where that came from. No decision has been made on what he’s going to do next year at all. I think he’s still a little ways away from that. That information that was reported did not come from Jo.”



Jayhawks pull away from upset-minded Eastern Kentucky in 80-69 win

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis had double-doubles and second-seeded Kansas pulled away down the stretch to beat pesky Eastern Kentucky 80-69 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Traylor finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Ellis had 14 points and 13 boards for the Jayhawks (25-9), who trailed 56-53 with 9 minutes to go before their game-ending charge.

They advanced to play No. 10 seed Stanford, a 58-53 winner over seventh-seeded New Mexico, on Sunday in the third round of the South Regional.

Glenn Cosey hit five 3-pointers and had 17 points for the 15th-seeded Colonels (24-10), the Ohio Valley Conference champions. Tarius Johnson and Eric Stutz finished with 15 points apiece.