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Severy man wins Powerball prize

A Wichita aerospace worker from Severy won $200,000 in the Kansas Lottery over the weekend.

Lottery officials said Monday that Roy Higbee purchased the winning ticket Saturday at the Tripco Enterprises convenience store at U.S. 400 and K-99 in Severy.

Higbee told the lottery he bought the ticket while he and his wife, Tamara, were headed deer hunting.

Higbee matched the first five Powerball numbers in Saturday's drawing to win the prize.

Higbee works for Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita and said he couldn't wait to go to work and share his good news.

—Eagle staff

Tip on slayings leads to $1,000 reward

The person who provided an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers that led to the arrest and charges against a third suspect in the murder of two people in late November has been awarded $1,000 by the nonprofit organization's board of directors.

Three people — one adult and two juveniles — have been charged in the killing of two people found in their home in the 600 block of North Chautauqua on Nov. 25.

Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for tips that lead to an arrest in a crime. Crime Stoppers never asks for a person's name when they provide a tip about a crime or criminal activity.

—Stan Finger

Immigrants sentenced for tax refund thefts

The U.S. Attorney's Office says three illegal immigrants will go to prison for their roles in a scheme to steal tax refund checks from Texas workers and use phony IDs to cash them in Kansas.

Prosecutors said Monday the convictions count as aggravated felonies. That means that upon their release, the three will be deported and will not be eligible to return to the United States.

Jose Francisco Mariadiaga-Guadiola, of Honduras, was sentenced to three years and one month after pleading guilty earlier to illegal entry after deportation, passing forged U.S. Treasury checks and identity theft.

Nery Sandoval-Montes, of Honduras, was sentenced to two years on a count of possession of fraudulent documents.

Alma Gabriela Lozano-Leos, of Mexico, got one year and a day on a conspiracy count for fraud.

—Associated Press

Concert to aid day care center in Brazil

The Winter Break kickoff concert, which will benefit a Brazilian daycare, is set for Friday at Ascension Lutheran Church's Maple Campus, 12885 W. Maple.

The Gallery, a band from Westlink Christian Church, will open the show at 8 p.m. It will be followed by the Side Projekt, a Christian alternative rock band. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $3 and concessions will be sold. All proceeds will benefit the Abrasse Lutheran Daycare, which serves impoverished children in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

—Eagle staff

Ex-church official pleads guilty to arson

KANSAS CITY, Kan. —A former church music director has pleaded guilty in federal court to setting fire to a Leavenworth church where he worked in order to collect kickbacks from contractors.

Carva Lee White admitted Monday that he set fire to the Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church on Oct. 31, 2008.

White is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

—Associated Press

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