by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – A sick juror and a request for a mistrial summed up a strange third day at the Bradley Aue murder trial at the Sumner County Courthouse.District Judge William Mott excused the jury early this afternoon after one juror got sick. The trial will resume on Monday at 9 a.m.Aue is accused of second-degree murder in the May 24, 2018 death of Sierra Craft at his home at 1002 N. F Street in Wellington.Mott had a dilemma late Friday afternoon. Both the prosecution and defense had not quite finished questioning expert witness Eric Moore, forensic scientist with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Moore’s testimony is considered by many to be the crux of this trial as he dealt with the blood evidence surrounding the location of the alleged murder.However, one of the jurors turned out to be sick during the late afternoon. Mott could have easily dismissed the jurors for the weekend, but Moore could not return on Monday, because he is to attend a conference in Nevada.Mott, therefore, had to make a decision on whether to excuse the sick juror and go with the alternate and continue with the testimony for the rest of the afternoon or have Moore’s testimony end prematurely. Mott, ultimately decided, to excuse the jurors for the weekend instead of excusing the one juror and elevating the alternate.This came after a debate between County Attorney Kerwin Spencer and Defense Attorney Chrystal Krier while the jury was excused. Spencer said that Moore’s testimony needed to be completed. But Krier said she didn’t think dismissing the juror was the right thing to do, as the alternate may not have been diligently paying attention because he was not one of the 12 original jurors. She also felt that the defense had not properly vetted the alternative juror.———Most of today’s fireworks came with the jurors out of the courtroom. Earlier in the day, Krier called for a mistrial on the basis that one of the witnesses, Arianna Chromy, the neighbor who called 911 after the incident, was caught on a video introduced in the trial yesterday muttering that she had a PFA — a Protection From Abuse order — against Aue.Krier’s contention was that she made this statement on a body camera video by Wellington Police Department Officer Bryan Stewart that was shown to the jurors on Thursday. She said this fact was not revealed to her, nor the court, before the trial. Therefore, the trial is tainted and a mistrial should be granted.Spencer said he was blindsided by the accusation, as he had no idea of the PFA complaint. Krier had asked for the mistrial before lunch. Mott ruled that the video needs to be reviewed during the lunch hour break and the jury was granted an extended lunch break.Upon return, Mott ruled that it appeared to be more of a misunderstanding and the PFA was from a previous incident involving Aue and Chromy’s husband, not her. The jurors were to receive a redacted video during deliberation.As far as the testimony is concerned, Moore took the stand and provided a detailed report of the various blood samples he accumulated at the scene. He detailed how various blood samples were found in the living room, the hallway, the southwest bedroom and the northern window. The prosecution introduced various pictures during the trial, including the jagged window that was almost covered in blood.The prosecution contends the right arm abrasions which cut an artery on the jagged window led to Craft’s death. Moore said through his analysis the way the blood was sprayed and how it splattered on various household items and walls, that it was consistent with the theory she was either thrown or pushed into the window.Krier, though, spent time questioning whether the blood splattering was consistent with that theory. During her opening statement on Wednesday, she contends that a brick was thrown through the window and that Craft cut her hand trying to get back into the house by trying to get into the window.At one point she had a picture of a brick that was lying nearby outside the window which appeared to have blood on it. She asked Moore whether or not there was blood on the brick, and he responded there could be. She then asked whether blood samples were taken on the brick and he said he did not.
Friday night scores:Class 4ABuhler 19 Wellington 7Mulvane 47 Independence 14Winfield 37 El Dorado 0Augusta 39 Coffeyville 36Goddard 32 Rose Hill 14Class 3A Andale 68 Clay Center 7Cheney 51 Rock Creek 18Collegiate 35 Halstead 14Clearwater 35 Hesston 28.Class 2ABelle Plaine 17 Chaparral 14Conway Springs 42 Cherryvale 13Eureka 31 Hutchinson Trinity 6Garden Plain 61 Fredonia 7.
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Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Commissioner meeting minutes for March 9 and March 10, 2020March 9, 2020, 9 a.m.The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission Room of the Sumner County Courthouse. Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner, and Commissioner Jim Newell. Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris, County Treasurer Dannetta Cook.At 9:25 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 5 minutes with County Counselor Jack Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter. At 9:27 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session. Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of March 2 and 3. Jan Grace, Campus Operations Officer (COO) for the Cowley College – Sumner County Campus provided a campus update to the Commission.At 10:05 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 60 minutes with Economic Development Director Stacy Davis to discuss data relating to the financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorships. Also present, by speakerphone were Garrison Hullinger, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design and Barry Decker. At 11:01 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session. Chairman Cooney advised no binding action as a result of the executive session.Counselor Potucek provided general review and updates.The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved current year abatement orders in the amount of $2,260.36There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 11:47 a.m.March 10, 2020 9 a.m.The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission room of the Sumner County Courthouse. Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell. Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris.Health Department Director Laura Rettig provided departmental updates with the Commission, including procedures concerning coronavirus risks. Continued discussion included policy updates, for Sumner County employees. Various issues concerning a policy were discussed and reviewed, including liability. County Counselor Jack Potucek will review all issues presented.Appraiser Cindy Magill discussed the valuations and procedures with the Commission. Appraiser Magill advised information provided by the State drives the value increases and decreases on properties. Mass appraisal takes approximately 8 to 10 weeks to value over 18,000 properties. All comparable sales used for valuations are sales within Sumner County. Typically, 5-6 % of parcels are requested for hearing by the property owners. An invitation was extended to the Commission to sit and work within the office to see how the office works, to help with the understanding of the process and procedures.Security officer Mike Yoder discussed the needs for first aid supplies in the Courthouse. A review of the necessary supplies was discussed. After the discussion, the Commission authorized Officer Yoder to research the cost of supplies and training necessary.Granite Telecom representatives Al Alfieri and Robert Wager spoke to the Commission on cost savings program for phone services, by speakerphone. Also present was Information Technology (IT) Director Joe Buresh. Director Buresh will review the information provided and propose a plan at a later date to the Commission.At 11:19 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 20 minutes with County Counselor Jack Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter. Clerk Norris and Director Buresh were also present. At 11:33 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session. No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.The Commission spoke by speakerphone with Road and Bridge Director Melvin Matlock with departmental issues.Counselor Potucek provided general review and updates.The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved current year abatement orders in the amount of $103.68.The Commission reviewed and approved mid-month payables in the amount of $354,907.82.There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 12:08 p.m.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down mary porter · 21 weeks ago bye the way why has nothing been written about where the drs.in town will send us if a citizen comes down with the coronous 19 virus are drs. going to test for it here in town or will they send that person to Wicthita? its stinks that we no longer have a hospital. . Report Reply 1 reply · active 21 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down justme67152 · 21 weeks ago On FB, there have been posts showing that SCFFC has a plan in place. 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Bruce SchwyhartLarry Theurer, president of Theurer Auction/Realty, is pleased to announce Bruce Schwyhart has joined the firm as a field representative and business consultant. Schwyhart, a retired community banker and financial planner, has more than 40 years of experience working with customers in the development and valuation of business and agricultural enterprises.In his position at Theurer Auction/Realty, Schwyhart will work with businesses and individuals to liquidate real estate, inventory, equipment, and other assets within 30 to 60 days. Theurer Auction/Realty uses online auctions, live auctions and traditional listings to sell items to buyers across the country. For more information about these services, contact Bruce Schwyhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-326-7315. Theurer Auction/Realty, LLC, a MarkNet Alliance member, has been in the auction and real estate industry for more than 40 years. Larry Theurer, broker for the firm, and his daughter, Cammy Theurer McComb, chief operating officer, provide an effective and professional approach for clients seeking state-of-the-art and nationwide exposure to liquidate holdings such as commercial equipment, agricultural equipment, real estate and other assets.MarkNet Alliance, founded in 2007, is a national franchise of auction companies that conduct over 6,000 auctions and sell more than $1 billion in assets annually.
Woody Allen’s late period has been defined by a quality you wouldn’t have expected from the man who produced the inspired chaos of “Bananas” or the Fellini-esque carnival of “Stardust Memories”: tidiness.For years now, Allen’s films have been light farces (“Midnight in Paris,” ”Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) or neatly structured parables (“Match Point,” ”Blue Jasmine”). They breeze in innocuously in the summer, promising pleasant entertainment and not much more.“Like drinking lemonade” is how Allen has described his escapist aims for his movies. His “Magic in the Moonlight,” a romantic comedy bathed in the sunset glow of the French Riviera and starring two of the more effervescent faces in movies — Colin Firth and Emma Stone — is, no doubt, sweetly sugary — if ultimately flat — stuff.The film begins in 1928 Berlin with the chaotic backstage life of a haughty, grouchy Chinese illusionist, Wei Ling Soo, played by the magician Stanley Crawford (Firth). It’s a promising start: Here is Firth, in regal, oriental garb and long mustache, disparaging autographs as “for mental defectives.”More of this, and “Magic in the Moonlight” could have been a very funny movie. But Wei Ling Soo doesn’t again perform, and instead the rest of the film feels oddly missing the jokes it seems built to convey. Crawford — a self-described “rational man” who believes in his art, not in actual magic — sets off to the South of France to unmask a medium, Sophie Baker (Stone), gaining renown for her prescient “mental impressions.”They meet at the sumptuous Cote d’Azur home of the Catledge family, whose rich bachelor Brice (Hamish Linklater) swoons unapologetically for Sophie. A dance of distrust begins between the cocksure Crawford and the lithe, charming Sophie across a vivid, widescreen backdrop of cars, clothes and coastline.Crawford, whose fiancee hasn’t joined him on the trip, is both supremely confident in his realistic worldview (Nietzsche, he says, resolved “the God problem rather convincingly”) and abundantly unhappy. Audiences will surely see where the film is going as it sets up a quite rigidly explored dichotomy between blithe believing and scientific certainty.It’s an argument for illusion in our lives, no matter how fraudulent; for love, no matter how illogical. “Magic in the Moonlight” is a disbeliever’s earnest plea to believe.These are, of course, ideas Allen has long explored, and “Magic in the Moonlight” often feels like the kind of tidy New Yorker humor story the filmmaker might pen. Even with bright performances and lively chemistry between Stone and Firth, the movie is stale with the fixed rhythm of the written word, not alive to its images, despite the rich setting. (A quick aside: Is it possible to not have good on-screen chemistry with Stone? From Ryan Gosling to Spider-Man, she bewitches everyone.)Allen is in complete control of the film, both its comic pacing and its philosophical quandary. But perhaps that’s the problem: Like Crawford, “Magic in the Moonlight” needs to be less in control of itself. The film doesn’t believe in magic enough.“Magic in the Moonlight,” a Sony Pictures Classics release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “a brief suggestive comment, and smoking throughout.” Running time: 100 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.MPAA definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jake_coyle
WASHINGTON | For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help.In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Evanston, Ill., Northwestern University freshman Halle Lukasiewicz, poses for a portrait in a campus classroom. Fall for many high school seniors means deciding where to apply for college and maybe a trip to a guidance counselor. Lukasiewicz, 18, remembers vividly the day Northwestern University began emailing acceptance letters. A chatroom devoted to Northwestern hopefuls on a site called College Confidential was buzzing. The popularity of social media sites and advancements in analyzing lots of data we put online mean todays high school seniors have more tools than ever to help them find the right college, though its still an inexact science. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online give members of the class of 2015 more tools than ever to help chart their next step, even if finding the right college is an inexact science.The professional networking site LinkedIn has just come out with its “University Finder,” which identifies which colleges are popular with which companies. Parchment.com pools student data to predict an individual’s college admission prospects. There’s even a dating service-like site for higher education: Admitted.ly pairs students with colleges based on such as factors as body piercings and whether applicants go to church.These sites are joining the game of college rankings, which has some education experts excited and other rolling their eyes.“For many families and students, the admissions process is very opaque,” said Matthew Pittinsky, co-founder of the education technology giant Blackboard and chief executive officer of Parchment. “And what’s happing now is that they (students) are beginning to share data with each other … to bring transparency” to the process.Lloyd Thacker, head of the Education Conservancy and a critic of college rankings, has another take: These sites are one more way to profit from senior-year angst and encourage group-think.“Technology has no inner logic,” he said. “Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean we should use it.”Picking a college is nothing like it once was. In 1980, there were 3,150 colleges and universities, according to the Department of Education, and a primary factor for many students was location.Now, there are close to 4,700 schools, many of which go out of their way to attract out-of-state students because of the money they bring. Many schools might seem more selective than they really are, and students worried about getting turned down apply to lots of schools as a way to hedge their bets.Halle Lukasiewicz, 18, said she remembers the day Northwestern University, a private research university in Illinois and her top choice, began emailing acceptance letters. A chatroom devoted to Northwestern hopefuls on a site called “College Confidential” was buzzing. Kids were posting their grades and test scores and whether they had gotten in.Lukasiewicz, an occasional lurker on the site, found she could not look away even though her mom begged her to stop.“My heart was racing,” she said.Finally, an email slid across her phone: accepted. Now a Northwestern freshman studying radio, television and film, Lukasiewicz said she’s not sure the site added much value other than to stress her out. She credits her parents, a good guidance counselor and a company called “AcceptU” with helping her find the appropriate school and prepare an attractive application.“You can’t assess whether someone’s going to get in based on numbers,” she said. “It’s not just luck, but everyone’s different. There are very, very capable students who don’t get into top colleges, and no one really knows why. It just happens … But I think it’s extremely important for students not to get fazed by other people on the Internet telling them they’re not going to get in.”Among the new sites is LinkedIn’s “University Finder,” which pulls data from its 313 million profiles to find out which schools and degrees translate into jobs at certain companies. For example, if you want to study computer science and work at a company like IBM someday, LinkedIn says the majority of its members who fit that criteria went to North Carolina State or the University of Texas at Austin, Both are near IBM research facilities.Parchment, a company that handles electronic student transcripts, uses a technique called “crowdsourcing.” Students finalizing the college selection process agree to share with the site such information as their grades, which schools accepted them and where they chose to go. That information helps to predict another student’s chances of getting in to a certain school. The site can suggest other schools and say whether most students preferred one college over another.Other sites, such as StatFuse, predict admission chances based entirely on data released by 1,200 popular universities. Factors include average grades and test scores of student accepted.The College Board, the same outfit that runs the SAT exam, says it runs nearly 2 million unique searches a month on its site, which takes into account grades and test scores but also can consider desired location, size, diversity and financial aid needs.While popular, these online search tools have their limitations.LinkedIn’s University Finder is limited to professionals who bother to set up an account with the networking site and who complete a profile. It also works on the honor system because LinkedIn doesn’t verify a person’s credentials.Parchment, StatFuse and other predictor sites can’t take into account a great application essay or interview, which can matter more at some schools than others. Parchment includes a confidence rating with its predictions to indicate schools that more heavily weigh these factors in the application process.Sean Logan, director of college counseling at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, says he understands the attraction of a search engine or online chat room, especially at high schools where there might be one guidance counselor for as many as 1,000 students. But in the end, he said, getting into college can be a frustrating process that isn’t always predictable, even for the best students.“It’s part science,” he said. “And part art.”Follow Anne Flaherty on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AnneKFlaherty
DETROIT | A Detroit roadway has been renamed for Motown legend Stevie Wonder.Motown legend Stevie Wonder walks down Milwaukee Street, a portion of which will soon be renamed Stevie Wonder Avenue, with Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, far left, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, far right, during a ceremony in Detroit on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (The Detroit News/ Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)The award-winning singer and songwriter attended a Wednesday ceremony to honor him, alongside hundreds of people including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Applause broke out when the sign for “Stevie Wonder Ave” was unveiled along Milwaukee Avenue, two blocks from the site of Wonder’s first home in the city.Wonder moved to Detroit as a child and signed with Motown Records as a boy. He said many wonderful things happened in his life because of Motown.The artist has been awarded more than two dozen Grammy Awards during his career.
The cast of “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” discus womanhood and the all important quiche.In all of life, is there anything more precious than a quiche? That’s the question posed by the ridiculously wonderful “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” which premiered last week at the Theater Company of Lafayette. The long one-act play puts audiences into an important meeting in 1956 of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein: the annual quiche-making contest. For the members of the sisterhood, there is nothing more sacred than an egg, and nothing more wondrous than a batch of eggs made into the most delectable, and very overtly sexual, quiche. The play is a passively interactive experience, with every member of the audience being inducted into the sisterhood with a nametag (I was Bernice) and some very polite conversation with the sisters in charge of the meeting. Bibles are handed out, snapshots taken for the scrapbook, and gossip is whispered before the show hits the road. As the name suggests, there is something very special about the group and the relationship between the sisters. But in 1956, being true to oneself wasn’t easy. And it takes a nuclear bomb, the destruction of the entire world and a future without eggs to make the “widows” of the sisterhood admit their widowhood is just hiding their true identity: they’re all lesbians and so is everyone in the audience. The 75-minute play is packed with innuendo-soaked dialogue, jokes about the awfulness of men and the empowerment of being true to oneself. For a ridiculous show that has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, it’s more than just some good laughs. There’s something wonderful about seeing a group of people finally stop lying to themselves and be who they truly are. Even if it takes the end of the world for them to be able to do it. The cast of five embraces the absurdity of the show and plays every joke for the maximum amount of guffaws. The cast, however, doesn’t stray too far from their character’s motivations. Yes, everything is played for humor, but the humor doesn’t come at the cost of the story or character development. For those who aren’t acquainted with the little company in Lafayette, the tiny theater is set in a turn-of-the-century church that has been converted into a theater that seats less than 80. Unlike some black boxes in the metro area, the Lafayette theater is one of those theaters that doesn’t have a bad seat in the house and allows for enough space between the audience and the cast for an enjoyable experience. Given the show’s short run time and the distance from the metro area, many will have to drive to make it to curtain call, it might not make sense to trek all the way up to Lafayette to catch the run. But if one has the time, or if one happens to be up north anyway, it is worth making a stop into the theater for the love of quiche. Four out of five stars“5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” by the Theater Company of Lafayette.Playing now through June 2 at the Mary Miller Theater. For tickets and more information, visit tclstage.org.
SAN FRANCISCO | President Donald Trump’s next tweet might come with a warning label.Starting Thursday, tweets that Twitter deems to involve matters of public interest, but which violate the service’s rules, will be obscured by a warning explaining the violation and Twitter’s reasons for publishing it anyway. Users will have to tap through the warning to see the underlying message.President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed is photographed on an Apple iPad in New York, Thursday, June 27, 2019. Trump’s next tweet might come with a warning label. Starting Thursday tweets that Twitter deems in the public interest, but which violate the service’s rules, will be obscured by a warning explaining the violation. Users will have to tap through the warning to see the underlying message. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)Twitter said the new policy applies to all government officials, candidates, and similar public figures with more than 100,000 followers.The new stance could fuel additional Trumpian ire toward social media. The president routinely complains, without evidence, that social media sites are biased against him and other conservatives.Twitter’s rules prohibit threatening violence against a person or group, engaging in “targeted harassment of someone,” or inciting others to do so, such as wishing a person is harmed. It prohibits hate speech against a group based on race, ethnicity, gender or other categories, and disallows the threatening or promoting of terrorism.The company has long exempted public figures from many of its usual rules, contending that publishing controversial tweets from politicians encourages discussion and helps hold leaders accountable.But there have been longstanding calls to remove Trump from the service for what activists and others have said is abusive and threatening behavior. This week, for example, the president posted that an attack by Iran “will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.”Trump has used Twitter to attack his enemies, issuing many tweets that may violate these policies, including calling a former staffer a “lowlife” and “dog,” tweeting a video of himself beating up a man with a CNN logo replacing his head, and retweeting seemingly faked, inflammatory anti-Muslim videos.Twitter’s new policy doesn’t apply to past tweets.Twitter said it is still possible for a government official or other figure to tweet something so egregious that it warrants removal. A direct threat of violence against an individual, for instance, would qualify.The company said warning-label decisions will be made by a group that includes members of its trust and safety, legal and public policy teams, as well as employees in the regions where particular tweets originate.When a tweet gets such a notice placed on it, Twitter said it will not appear in the site’s “safe search” mode, notifications tab, the explore section and other places Twitter promotes or highlights tweets.