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Man charged with stabbing stepson

Bond was set at $1.5 million Thursday for a Wichita man charged with stabbing his stepson to death.

Charles E. Williams, 54, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Donald Carter, 27. He also was charged with aggravated battery in connection with non-fatal stab wounds on Carter's mother.

Wichita police said Carter was stabbed Monday night after he went to his mother and stepfather's home in the 1500 block of South Hydraulic.

The mother was stabbed when she tried to intervene in the dispute, police said.

Williams' preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 19.

—Hurst Laviana

WWII veterans invited to McConnell event

McConnell Air Force Base is inviting World War II veterans to participate in the opening ceremony at its open house on Sept. 25.

World War II veterans who register in advance will be introduced and recognized individually at the 11 a.m. event that opens the two-day open house. The event features the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's premier aerial demonstration team, and many other performers.

Veterans should register at www.mcconnell.af.mil. More details about the open house can be found there.

For more information or if you have questions, call 316-759-3141.

—Eagle staff

Wichita Transit halts south bus route

Due to lack of riders, Wichita Transit plans to discontinue one south bus route and return to using another one, effective today.

The South Side Connector route, which has been in service for about 18 months, will be dropped. In its place, the original South Main schedule will resume service.

The South Main route will have three buses running every 30 minutes. It will serve all stops previously served by the South Side Connector.

Revised South Main route schedules are available in the Transit Center lobby, 214 S. Topeka, or at www.wichita.gov.

—Rick Plumlee

Cemetery owner gets prison time for theft

HUTCHINSON — A Kansas judge has sentenced a 70-year-old cemetery owner to nearly five years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two cemetery trust funds.

Sharon McDonough owned Fairlawn Burial Park and Heritage Funeral Home in Hutchinson. She pleaded no contest in May to 16 criminal counts, under an agreement that called for three years of intensive probation.

But Reno County District Judge Richard Rome sentenced her to 58 months in prison Thursday.

She has agreed to pay $653,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors said McDonough's thefts victimized more than 10,000 people who had paid for cemetery plots and services.

—Associated Press

Eric Fisher Salon schedules fundraiser

Eric Fisher Salon stylists will be offering haircuts for a $10 donation to the Wichita YWCA Crisis Center from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday.

The event will be at the salon's west-side location in NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

All products will be 20 percent off during the event.

The YWCA Crisis Center is a safe house for victims of domestic violence.

—Bonnie Bing

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