LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - Leavenworth residents are working to return an old tombstone found recently during a spring cleaning project. A couple removing stones from an old fountain in their backyard found the tombstone, which dates to about 1900. Leavenworth County Geographic Information Systems Department director Jeff Culbertson says a database reveals the headstone had been stolen from a grave at Greenwood Cemetery.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole has returned to his home state of Kansas for 10 receptions and open houses over the next three days. The 90-year-old former presidential candidate's first event is a private reception today at the Republican Party headquarters in Overland Park. Dole also plans to visit Olathe, Paola and Ottawa today.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas fishing tournament honoring the memory of fallen National Guard soldiers is hitting the 10-year mark. The Kansas Veterans Memorial Bass Tournament has been held at Coffey County Lake near Burlington to honor two soldiers who were killed in combat in 2004. This year's event is Saturday and is sponsored by the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery Family Support Group.
EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) - A Butler County judge is expected to decide if a former Augusta police officer convicted of a sex crime will be subject to lifetime post-release supervision. Forty-five-year-old Jerry Ballinger was ordered to 59 days of house arrest, 60 months' probation and sex offender treatment when he was sentenced earlier this month. The judge is expected to rule today on whether Ballinger will also have to submit to post-release supervision for the rest of his life.
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