On Monday, November 28, 2016 at approximately 3:34 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of 15th Street and Western Avenue for a report of an injury accident.  Two vehicles were involved.

Investigating officers found that a 2008 Kia Rio, driven by a 64 year old male, was stopped in traffic to turn left into a private drive.  A 2006 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by an 18 year old female, rear ended the Kia.

The driver of the Kia and his 61 year old female passenger were transported to Southwest Medical Center by Seward County EMS.  Their injuries were not life threatening.

The driver of the Volkswagen was issued a citation for inattentive driving.
On Sunday, November 20, 2016 at approximately 4:41 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of South New York for a report of gun shots.  Responding officers located a 22 year old male with multiple stab wounds.  

Investigators learned that several people were at the residence for a party when an altercation broke out.  Several witnesses reported hearing a gun shot, however no persons were injured as a result of the reported shooting.  During the altercation, the male victim was stabbed by an unknown person.  A second victim, a 23 year old male, received a superficial wound during the altercation.

The 22 year old male was taken to Southwest Medical Center by Seward County EMS.  He was treated at the hospital and was released later that day.

Investigators have identified Luis Holguin-Rios, 19, as a person of interest in this incident.  His whereabouts are currently unknown.  Holguin-Rios is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.  He has the tattoo “VLB” on his right hand and both his ears are pierced.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Liberal Police Department at 626-0150 or the Crime Hotline at 624-4000.  Persons providing information leading to the arrest of those responsible are eligible for a reward.

Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.

International customers and users of prepaid phones are the people most affected by the software. But the scope is unclear. The Chinese company that wrote the software, Shanghai Adups Technology Company, says its code runs on more than 700 million phones, cars and other smart devices. One American phone manufacturer, BLU Products, said that 120,000 of its phones had been affected and that it had updated the software to eliminate the feature.

Kryptowire, the security firm that discovered the vulnerability, said the Adups software transmitted the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call logs, location information and other data to a Chinese server. The code comes preinstalled on phones and the surveillance is not disclosed to users, said Tom Karygiannis, a vice president of Kryptowire, which is based in Fairfax, Va. “Even if you wanted to, you wouldn’t have known about it,” he said.

Security experts frequently discover vulnerabilities in consumer electronics, but this case is exceptional. It was not a bug. Rather, Adups intentionally designed the software to help a Chinese phone manufacturer monitor user behavior, according to a document that Adups provided to explain the problem to BLU executives. That version of the software was not intended for American phones, the company said.

“This is a private company that made a mistake,” said Lily Lim, a lawyer in Palo Alto, Calif., who represents Adups.

The episode shows how companies throughout the technology supply chain can compromise privacy, with or without the knowledge of manufacturers or customers. It also offers a look at one way that Chinese companies — and by extension the government — can monitor cellphone behavior. For many years, the Chinese government has used a variety of methods to filter and track internet use and monitor online conversations. It requires technology companies that operate in China to follow strict rules. Ms. Lim said Adups was not affiliated with the Chinese government.

At the heart of the issue is a special type of software, known as firmware, that tells phones how to operate. Adups provides the code that lets companies remotely update their firmware, an important function that is largely unseen by users. Normally, when a phone manufacturer updates its firmware, it tells customers what it is doing and whether it will use any personal information. Even if that is disclosed in long legal disclosures that customers routinely ignore, it is at least disclosed. That did not happen with the Adups software, Kryptowire said.

According to its website, Adups provides software to two of the largest cellphone manufacturers in the world, ZTE and Huawei. Both are based in China.

The chief executive of the Florida-based BLU Products, said: “It was obviously something that we were not aware of. We moved very quickly to correct it.”

He added that Adups had assured him that all of the information taken from BLU customers had been destroyed.

The software was written at the request of an unidentified Chinese manufacturer that wanted the ability to store call logs, text messages and other data, according to the Adups document. Adups said the Chinese company used the data for customer support.

Ms. Lim said the software was intended to help the Chinese client identify junk text messages and calls. She did not identify the company that requested it and said she did not know how many phones were affected. She said phone companies, not Adups, were responsible for disclosing privacy policies to users. “Adups was just there to provide functionality that the phone distributor asked for,” she said.

Android phones run software that is developed by Google and distributed free for phone manufacturers to customize. A Google official said the company had told Adups to remove the surveillance ability from phones that run services like the Google Play store. That would not include devices in China, where hundreds of millions of people use Android phones but where Google does not operate because of censorship concerns.

Because Adups has not published a list of affected phones, it is not clear how users can determine whether their phones are vulnerable. “People who have some technical skills could,” Mr. Karygiannis, the Kryptowire vice president, said. “But the average consumer? No.”

Ms. Lim said she did not know how customers could determine whether they were affected.

Adups also provides what it calls “big data” services to help companies study their customers, “to know better about them, about what they like and what they use and there they come from and what they prefer to provide better service,” according to its website.

Kryptowire discovered the problem through a combination of happenstance and curiosity. A researcher there bought an inexpensive phone, the BLU R1 HD, for a trip overseas. While setting up the phone, he noticed unusual network activity, Mr. Karygiannis said. Over the next week, analysts noticed that the phone was transmitting text messages to a server in Shanghai and was registered to Adups, according to a Kryptowire report.

Kryptowire took its findings to the United States government. It made its report public on Tuesday.

Marsha Catron, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, said the agency “was recently made aware of the concerns discovered by Kryptowire and is working with our public and private sector partners to identify appropriate mitigation strategies.”

Kryptowire is a Homeland Security contractor but analyzed the BLU phone independent of that contract.

The BLU chief executive, said he was confident that the problem had been resolved for his customers. “Today there is no BLU device that is collecting that information,” he said.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused in a bomb plot targeting Somali immigrants in western Kansas tried to use another inmate to sneak a letter out of jail that identified the confidential informant in his case, law enforcement authorities testified Tuesday.

Searches of Patrick Stein’s cell at the Butler County Detention Facility also turned up papers that referenced plans for “a small man team” overtaking the jail and cutting power to the facility, said Deputy U.S. Marshall Troy Oberly. Authorities also found detailed maps of the jail along with a list of correction officers that included their work schedules and a ranking for each, Oberly said.

Authorities contend Stein is an escape risk. The details emerged in a hastily called hearing amid defense attorney Ed Robinson’s concerns that the searches may have scooped up confidential attorney-client communications.

The government says Stein is one of three men who conspired to detonate truck bombs at an apartment complex where 120 Somali immigrants live in the meatpacking town of Garden City. The plot was never carried out. Stein and the other men have pleaded not guilty.

Among the items authorities said they found were love letters written to guards at the jail.

“What concerns me is when you have an inmate trying to write letters to guards, they are trying to gain influence,” Oberly testified.

Some maps were so detailed that the streets were labeled and showed how many streetlights there are from the jail to the outskirts of El Dorado, said Chris Roubideaux, a Kansas Highway Patrol officer serving on the FBI task force investigating the alleged plot.

Roubideaux said he went to the jail to examine the papers, including one that had the name of another member of the task force and the name of an FBI special agent with his hometown listed. The list included the names of jailers, the confidential informant and a federal prosecutor handling the case. Some names had email addresses or partial phone numbers.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren said the real issue raised at Tuesday’s hearing was the protection of confidential attorney-client communications, which he called “of paramount concern in our constitutional system of litigating cases.”

He ordered agents who had reviewed material that might have contained confidential attorney-client communications to disassociate themselves from the case, but declined to step into the management of the jail. The two sides agreed to have a team look over the seized material and return any privileged items to the defense.

Prosecutors say Stein, 47, Gavin Wright, 51, and Curtis Allen, 49, were part of a militia group called The Crusaders. They allegedly planned the attack on the apartment building, which also contained a mosque, for the day after the election.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – A Southwest Airlines employee was fatally shot at Oklahoma City’s main airport on Tuesday, prompting authorities to halt flights and impose a shelter in place order to allow police to search for a suspect.

No information was available about the motive for the shooting in a parking lot at Will Rogers World Airport, Oklahoma City Police Captain Paco Balderrama told reporters.

The man killed was identified by police as Michael Winchester, 52, who was transported from the scene and died in hospital.

Police said that there was no active shooter but police planned to evacuate the airport as part of their investigation.

“We have potential leads to a possible suspect. We have not positively identified the suspect,” Balderrama told reporters.

ESPN reported that Winchester was the father of NFL player James Winchester, who is a long snapper for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ken Sarnoff, the agent for James Winchester, on Twitter said that the player lost his father.

Police armed with rifles swept through the parking lot in their search and Balderrama said he expected the airport to be fully operational by Wednesday.

The airport said that all arrivals and departures had been suspended until further notice. Southwest said it canceled all inbound and outbound flights for the remainder of the day.

The airport is the main commercial air hub for Oklahoma City and services an average of 150 flights a day, the airport said.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies and support to his family and Southwest co-workers at this time,” Southwest <LUV.N> said in a statement.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Additional reporting by Heide Brandes in Oklahoma City; Editing by Dan Grebler, Peter Cooney and Grant McCool)

(Reuters) – One person was shot at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Tuesday and the airport has been closed, police said, without providing further information on the shooting.

TV station News 9 said the shooting took place outside a parking garage and one person was transported from the scene in “emergency condition” to a nearby hospital.

“We have confirmed one victim shot at Will Rogers Airport. Please avoid going to the airport at this time. We will keep you posted.” Oklahoma City Police said on their Twitter feed.

“If you are inside of the airport, shelter in place until advised otherwise,” police said. The airport said on Twitter that all arrivals and departures are suspended until further notice.

The airport is the main commercial air hub for Oklahoma City and provides an average of 150 flights a day, the airport said.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; editing by Grant McCool)

Throughout the last couple of days, the Liberal Police Department has received several reports of counterfeit $50 and $100 bills being passed in various locations around Liberal.  These bills appeared to be “washed” $10 bills.  The counterfeit money will not feel normal because of the washing process and also the water mark will not match the currency denomination.  

If you come in contact with suspected counterfeit money, please notify the Liberal Police Department as soon as possible.  If possible keep the money to give to the Liberal Police Department.  If you have any information please contact the Liberal Police Department at 620-626-0151 or the call the crime hotline at 620-624-4000.  Tips can also be left via social media and the MYPD App.   

The investigation of this incident is ongoing.

Death Investigation

On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at approximately 6:30 a.m., 911 operators received a call from a 19 year old male who was in route to Southwest Medical Center with his infant son, Zaiden Spencer. The male told the operators that his son wasn’t breathing. Despite vigorous life-saving efforts by emergency room personnel, Zaiden did not survive.

As is standard practice for child deaths, investigating officers responded to begin investigating the circumstances. An autopsy was performed by District 26 Coroner, Dr. Hubert Peterson, later that day. Preliminary investigation and autopsy results indicated the death was suspicious.

On Wednesday, November 2nd, the 19 year old male was arrested pursuant to the ongoing investigation. An affidavit will be submitted to the Seward County Attorney seeking charges of murder in the 1st degree and child abuse.

The investigation of this incident is ongoing.

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