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Kansas town razes motel where Oklahoma City bomber stayed

GRANDVIEW PLAZA — A small-town Kansas motel with an unlikely place in U.S. history is now becoming history itself.

Sixteen years to the day a rental truck laden with explosives blew up outside Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, crews began demolishing the Dreamland Motel, where Timothy McVeigh stayed in April 1995 while planning the bombing that killed 168 people and injured 800 others.

The City Council in Grandview Plaza, a small community just outside Junction City and Fort Riley, voted March 15 to have the abandoned motel torn down. The work began April 19.

McVeigh, a former Fort Riley soldier, and co-conspirator Terry Nichols were frequently on the move in Kansas and elsewhere in the months before the bombing.

McVeigh was convicted of the bombing and was executed June 11, 2001.

—Associated Press

Man accused of break-in, threats

A 32-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he forced himself through a front door and threatened four people, including a former girlfriend, with a gun, Wichita police said.

The break-in occurred about 6:30 Saturday morning in the 1500 block of North Pinecrest, police said.

The people in the house were able to wrestle the gun away from the man and leave safely, said Sgt. Steve Yarberry, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

The suspect was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he was treated for an injury and arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and felony possession of a firearm, Yarberry said.

—Beccy Tanner

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