FRONTENAC — The city council for a small southeast Kansas community has fired its administrator, attorney and clerk without any discussion, prompting the mayor to threaten to resign and then walk out of the meeting.
The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that the mass firings happened during Monday night’s meeting in Frontenac, a town of about 3,400 located just to the north of Pittsburg. The reasons for the surprise terminations remain unclear. The Morning Sun has filed a records request.
After the firings, Mayor Linda Grilz said she would veto the vote or the council also could have her resignation. She then walked out with the three fired employees.
A city council member who voted in favor of the firings is now serving as interim mayor. But questions remain about whether Grilz had officially resigned.
Man found guilty of holding woman captive, raping her
OLATHE — A man has been convicted of holding a woman against her will in her suburban Kansas City apartment for several weeks and sexually assaulting her.
The Kansas City Star reports that jurors found 38-year-old Anthony Darryl Allen guilty Wednesday of one count aggravated kidnapping and two counts of rape.
Police arrested Allen in August 2015 after officers were dispatched to the woman’s apartment in Lenexa, Kansas, for a welfare check. Allen initially refused to come out of the apartment but eventually surrendered to police.
Charges were filed after the woman told police Allen wasn’t allowing her to leave the apartment and had raped her.
His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 7.
Barton County civil process server charged with rape
TOPEKA — A civilian employee for the Barton County Sheriff’s office has been charged with rape.
Barton County Attorney Levi Morris says 64-year-old Jimmy Hapes, of Great Bend, was charged Wednesday after he turned himself in to county officials. Hapes is a civil process server for the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office asked the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to help with the investigation after the rape was reported on June 24. The KBI said in a news release Wednesday the alleged rape occurred June 7.
The KBI said Hapes was placed on administrative leave after the accusations were made.
Woman arrested after 145 pounds
found in car
TOPEKA — Shawnee County authorities say officers arrested a 30-year-old woman after finding marijuana worth an estimated $500,000 in her car.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer says the woman was stopped Tuesday on Interstate 70 in Topeka. Officers found about 145 pounds of marijuana in her car. He says the marijuana was destined for the Topeka area.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Janae Williams, of Topeka was booked into the Shawnee County jail facing possible charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Williams is being held without bond.