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WICHITA, Kan. – A man accused of plotting to bomb a western Kansas apartment complex where 120 Somali immigrants live told The Associated Press on Monday that federal prosecutors waited until 10 minutes before his detention hearing to share their evidence with his defense attorney.
Patrick Stein called the AP from jail in response to a letter seeking comment. Stein declined to talk about the charges against him until he talked with his attorney, but he derided the Oct. 21 proceeding as "a half trial/detention hearing," laughing about it and calling it "ridiculous."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Mattivi presented during that hearing a thick packet of text messages, photographs and other material, reading some of the text exchanges in the courtroom.
"We didn't have any of that information that he laid out until 10 minutes before we went before the judge," Stein told the AP. "That is how they are playing the game."
Jim Cross, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said in an email that prosecutors "worked to compile information as quickly as possible. It was provided to the defendants' attorneys as soon as it was available."
Prosecutors allege that Stein, 47, Gavin Wright, 51, and Curtis Allen, 49, planned to attack the apartment complex, which contained a mosque in one of the units, the day after the November election. All three men have pleaded not guilty.
Stein said that while he would like to give his side of the story he needs to discuss with his attorney whether doing so would hinder his defense.
"I can't afford that — not when my life is on the line," he said.
Stein was the only one of the three defendants who tried to get released pending trial, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Gwynne Birzer denied his request following a detention hearing in which she told him that he posed a "grave danger" to the community.
Mattivi read during that hearing Stein's text messages with an undercover FBI agent in which Stein, using the screen name Orkin Man, referred to Somali immigrants as "cockroaches" and expressed his belief that the government is run by a terrorist organization.
Prosecutors contend Stein was the leader of a militia group called The Crusaders, though his attorney, Ed Robinson, denied during the hearing that his client even knows of such a group.
Robinson provided a glimpse into the unfolding defense strategy when he told the magistrate judge that the three men accused were only preparing to defend themselves in the event of "massive social upheaval" as they accumulated firearms and ammunition.
Stein said he was "hanging in there" but expressed concern about his family.
"They don't deserve anything of what they have been getting," he said.
A massive manhunt for a suspect in a string of violent crimes, including the killing of two relatives, the shooting of two police officers and multiple carjackings, ended Sunday night in a police chase and shootout that left the man dead in Oklahoma.MALL SHOOTING SUSPECT: 'CREEPY,' MULTIPLE ARRESTS, DISPUTES
Michael Dale Vance, Jr., 38, was shot and killed by an Oklahoma state trooper near Leedey in the western part of the state, authorities said. Vance had shot and wounded a Dewey County officer and escaped in a car earlier in the day, according to U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Dave Turk.
Somebody who lived in the area spotted Vance's Mitsubishi Eclipse "partially concealed by tumbleweeds" near the western Oklahoma town of Hammon, Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said. Investigators said Vance apparently had been living at a makeshift campsite near Hammon, about 100 miles of Oklahoma City.
The Dewey officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to The Oklahoman
Officers pursued Vance for about half an hour when he an Oklahoma state trooper approached him. "There was an exchange of gunfire between the state trooper and the subject, and the subject was killed," Turk said.
Vance was wanted on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder. A search for Vance began after he shot and wounded two police officers with an AK-47 on Oct. 23 in Wellston, 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, authorities said.
Vance was suspected of shooting a woman and stealing her vehicle at a mobile home park near Wellston, then driving about 8 miles to his relatives' mobile home in Luther and killing them.
Ronald Everett Wilkson, 55, had been shot and had stab wounds to his neck "consistent with an attempt to sever his head," an arrest affidavit said. Valerie Kay Wilkson, 54, had similar neck wounds along with defensive wounds on her arms, the affidavit stated.
Vance had HIV/AIDS and may have intended to spread the disease, KWTV reported
. Vance also apparently recorded two Facebook Live videos documenting his run from police before going to the Wilksons' mobile home, investigators said.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
. - A federal prosecutor will be on duty during election day to respond to complaints of possible election fraud and voting rights violations in Kansas, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton will be available to the public at 913-551-6730 while the polls are open on Nov. 8.
“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud,” Beall said. “We will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”
Beall said he does not expect any problems during the voting. He noted, however, that there are penalties under federal law for any efforts to fraudulently influence the outcome of the election or to improperly prevent another person from exercising the right to vote.
Patton will join other federal prosecutors nationwide as part of the Justice Department’s election-day monitoring program. They will work in consultation with Justice Department headquarters.
The FBI’s Kansas City Field Office will also have Special Agents available to receive allegations of election fraud, intimidation, suppression, and other election abuses. The public can provide information regarding possible election crimes to the FBI’s Kansas City Field Office’s toll-free hotline, 1-855-527-2847, or email email@example.com
Citizen complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767, by fax at 202-307-3961, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by complaint form at http://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php
Any questions involving state or local issues may be referred to the Elections Division of the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-262-8683, or to the pertinent county election office.
By SEAN MURPHY
Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma man who's been wanted since Sunday in a string of violent crimes, including the killings of two relatives, had a hit list purporting to target several more people, authorities said Tuesday.
The Liberal City Commission Met last night and approved the following.
Ballistic Protection to stop high power rifle rounds, and new headsets (last headsets bought in 2000)
this was approved for a total of 19,499 to be split over the 2016-2017 budget.
South Purdue addition approved for self help housing.
Code enforcement trade car in for a 1/2 ton pickup in the amound of 19,552 with Chrysler Corner winning the bid.
Also an update on 15th and Kansas construction cement should be poured next week.
TAMPA, Florida (AP) — With the race for the White House speeding to an end, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are campaigning Tuesday in swing state Florida, where tens of thousands of voters are already flocking to the polls.
Trump, on the final day of a three-day Florida swing, has been denouncing the “disgusting” media that promotes “phony polls” showing him trailing Clinton in this and other battleground states.
“The media isn’t just against me. They’re against all of you,” Trump told cheering supporters Monday in St. Augustine. He added, “I believe we’re actually winning.”
Trump, who must win Florida to have any chance at the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, is scheduled to attend three Florida campaign events. Clinton, who can win the presidency with or without Florida, is making just one appearance, in the southern part of the state.
Her confidence surging, Clinton is also eyeing a new Democratic majority in the Senate. Her campaign has been attacking Republican Senate candidates in Florida and New Hampshire.
On Monday, the Democratic nominee campaigned alongside New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is locked in a tight Senate race against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte. They got an assist from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was merciless as she seized on recent revelations of Trump’s predatory sexual language and several allegations of sexual assault.
“He thinks that because he has a mouth full of Tic Tacs, he can force himself on any woman within groping distance,” Warren charged. “I’ve got news for you Donald: Women have had it with guys like you.”
Trump, in an interview with WGIR radio in New Hampshire, called the accusations “total fiction.” He lashed out at his latest accuser, former adult film performer Jessica Drake, who said Saturday that he had grabbed and kissed her without permission and offered her money to visit his hotel room a decade ago.
“One said, ‘He grabbed me on the arm.’ And she’s a porn star,” Trump said. He added, “Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before.”
As the war of words plays out, hundreds of thousands of Floridians are voting. Tuesday marks the second day of early in-person voting. Early voting by mail began two weeks ago.
Nearly 300,000 Florida voters showed up for the first day of in-person early voting on Monday, new totals from state election officials showed. Altogether, more than 1.6 million Floridians have voted so far.
Traditionally, Republicans have run up a large advantage in mail-in-ballots, while Democrats rely on early voting to boost their turnout numbers. But this year the Democrats and Republicans are running early even. So far, slightly more than 665,000 Republican voters have cast ballots in the state, compared to slightly more than 658,000 Democrats. Another 300,000 voters with no party affiliation have also voted.
At the same time, a new national poll shows young voters turning to Clinton now that the race has settled down to two main candidates. Clinton now leads among likely voters 18 to 30 years in age by 60 percent to 19 percent, according to a new GenForward survey.
Young black voters already were solidly in her corner, and now young whites are moving her way, according to the survey by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
With Election Day two weeks away, Trump’s electoral map looks bleak.
Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway outlined a path to 270 electoral votes over the weekend that banks on victories in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina along with New Hampshire and Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Assuming Trump wins all of those — and he currently trails in many — he would earn the exact number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency and no more.
Meanwhile, Trump and his party got fresh political ammunition with news that premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.
Peoples reported from Washington. AP writer Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Florida contributed to this report.
Curtis Allen Pictured Far Right.
Curtis Allen waived his detention hearing Monday and entered a not guilty plea, the only plea a federal magistrate judge can accept at this stage of the court proceedings.
Allen and co-defendants Patrick Stein and Gavin Wright are charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the meatpacking town of Garden City.
Prosecutors allege they are part of a militia group that calls itself “The Crusaders.” The government contends they planned to attack the apartment complex, which contains a mosque in one of the units, the day after the November election.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas man will stay behind bars until trial for his role in an alleged conspiracy by a militia group to detonate truck bombs at an apartment complex where 120 Somali immigrants live.
After battling a fire at National Beef Packing In Liberal.
Firefighters in Liberal had a call around 8am Sunday Morning for a Blaze at 208 S New York.
On arrival the Firefighters observed a shed totally engulfed with flames with pets inside. The nearby mobile home was vacated upon fire department arrival. No injures to humans was reported however the pets inside the shed perished. The cause of the fire is believed to be a heat lamp used to keep the pets warm caught on fire.
At about 11:45 pm 10/21/2015 National Beef Reported a fire on the east rendering building roof.
The arriving First Responders reported heavy fire and smoke on the vent stack and fire inside the building and the structure itself. Using Steam from inside the plant and Firefighters from the City , County , and Turpin Fire Departments the fire was under control by 12:55 am. Units stayed at the Scene until approximately 3:30 to make sure all fire and smoldering was finished.
The Liberal Police & Seward County Sheriff dept cleared all the people. No injures have been reported at this time.
National Beef Liberal Kansas catches fire. Fire Crews are working now please stay clear of the area. This fire has City, County and Turpin Fire Dept all on scene. We will get more details as we find out more. More Breaking Local News at http://www.ktwi.org