Crime & Courts

Gag order issued in Alicia DeBolt murder case

GREAT BEND — A judge has issued a gag order in the case of a Great Bend man accused of killing a 14-year-old girl whose burned body was found at an asphalt plant.

The order forbids attorneys, their employees and law enforcement personnel from making any out-of-court statements that would prejudice the case of Adam Longoria.

The 36-year-old suspect is accused in last month's killing of Great Bend teenager Alicia DeBolt. Longoria is charged with capital murder, criminal sodomy, vehicular theft and vehicular burglary.

The order by Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts was made public Monday.

—Associated Press

Lawyer set for trial in indecent liberties case

A Wichita lawyer has been set for trial, charged with molesting a 12-year-old girl.

Sean Shores pleaded not guilty to aggravated indecent liberties with a child following a preliminary hearing Monday.

Retired Judge Ronald Innes heard the case because Sedgwick County district judges have recused themselves, because of Shores' job, and tentatively set trial for Dec. 6.

The girl, now 13, testified that she knew Shores through her school.

If convicted, Shores could face 25 years to life in prison.

Shores is out of jail on his own recognizance while awaiting trial in lieu of $20,000 bond.

—Ron Sylvester

Search continues for bank robbery suspect

Authorities are still looking for a third suspect linked to the Friday morning robbery of Legacy Bank near 21st and Woodlawn.

Two men were arrested on Friday not long after three armed men wearing hooded sweatshirts went into the Legacy branch at 2055 N. Woodlawn at about 9:45 a.m.

Two jumped over the counter and threatened tellers with guns while demanding money. They left with an undisclosed amount.

Authorities have an identity for the third suspect and are looking for him, Wichita police said Monday.

Anyone with information about the suspect's location should call Crime Stoppers at 316-261-2111, the Patrol North bureau at 316-350-3400, the FBI at 316-262-0031 or the robbery section of the Wichita Police Department at 316-268-4177.

—Stan Finger

Isle of Iguana raises $500,000 for zoo

Zoobilee, the Sedgwick County Zoo's annual fundraiser, raised more than $500,000, zoo officials said today.

Nearly 5,000 people attended Saturday night's event at the zoo. It featured food and drink from area restaurants, live music, and silent and live auctions.

Proceeds from the event support daily zoo operations and help keep daily admission prices affordable. More than 1,000 volunteers helped put on the event.

The Zoobilee theme this year was Isle of Iguana. A portion of this year's funds will go to support the International Iguana Foundation Initiatives.

—Eagle staff

Couple charged with child endangerment

A Wichita couple has been charged with child endangerment, after prosecutors say they left their 7-month-old child home alone last month.

Christopher and Misti Heroux are set for a preliminary hearing Sept. 20. They were charged last week with felony aggravated child endangerment.

Wichita police said they responded to a call at about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 20, when they found the infant boy alone in his crib in a duplex near 29th Street North and Tyler.

The parents didn't arrive until just after midnight to their home in the 9000 block of West Meadow Park Court, police said.

The boy was taken into protective custody, police said.

—Ron Sylvester

Manhattan man dies in New York bus crash

MANHATTAN — A man from Kansas was among those killed when a double-decker bus crashed in New York.

Kevin Coffey, 19, a graduate of Manhattan High School who was attending Temple University, was one of four people killed in Saturday's accident.

Coffey and a high school student, Malaysian preacher and an information technology specialist from India were killed when the top of the bus hit a low bridge over a highway. Two dozen other passengers were injured on the bus, which was headed to Toronto.

—Associated Press

Police have lead on Dollar General robber

Another Dollar General store was robbed this weekend, but this time police have a solid lead on the man who may be responsible for a series of hold-ups at branches of the store around the city in recent weeks.

The Dollar General at 1206 W. Douglas was robbed at 8:40 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The male suspect had a blue bandanna covering his face, along with a white hooded sweatshirt that had the word "Adidas" in white on the front, an employee told police. He had a mustache and wore a black shirt.

Officers responding to the report of the robbery spotted a pickup matching the description of the getaway vehicle and pursued it in the area of Central and Nims, police said.

The pickup was able to elude officers, but authorities have a tag number and have since learned the identity of the suspected robber.

Dollar General stores on West 13th and West Pawnee were robbed the first week of September. The store on West 13th has been robbed twice in a three-week period.

—Stan Finger

Man arrested on drug, weapons charges

A Hutchinson man has been arrested on suspicion of weapons and drug-related offenses, Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said.

On Friday night, a sheriff's deputy was patrolling in an area where previous drug search warrants had been served when he detected a strong odor of anhydrous ammonia. That fuel is commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamines.

A search warrant was obtained and two meth labs were discovered in the area of 5300 East Fourth.

Additional search warrants for stolen goods uncovered seven truckloads of items, including 20 guns, tools, electronics and a stolen vehicle.

The suspect is being held on $200,000 bond.

—Stan Finger

Manhattan man dies in New York bus crash

MANHATTAN — A young man from Kansas was among those killed when a double-decker bus crashed in New York.

Kevin Coffey, 19, a graduate of Manhattan High School who was attending Temple University, was one of four people killed in Saturday's accident.

Coffey and a high school student, Malaysian preacher and an information technology specialist from India were killed when the top of the bus hit a low bridge over a highway. Two dozen other passengers were injured on the bus, which was headed to Toronto.

—Associated Press

KDHE updates blue-green algae alerts

TOPEKA — Kansas health officials are repeating warnings and advisories for four small lakes because of blue-green algae.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday advisories remain in effect for Anthony City Lake in Harper County and Centralia City Lake in Nemaha County.

Boating and fishing are allowed at the two lakes but all other contact with the water is discouraged.

Warnings are still in effect for Central Park Lake in Shawnee County and Veteran's Lake in Barton County. KDHE says algae concentrations remain too high at those lakes for any recreational use.

Toxins from blue-green algae can cause nausea, rashes and respiratory problems in humans. The algae have bloomed in Kansas lakes following hot, sunny days that created conditions for growth.

—Associated Press

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