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The Historic Dunbar Schoolground Honor Roll Athletes, led by team members Bill Robinson and Errol Robinson, will be featured in song and testimony at the Dunbar-Faith Connection Gospel Fest gathering at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Faith Lutheran Church, 530 Quindaro, Kansas City, Kan.

Former students in Dunbar’s chorus, families and former Dunbar musicians or their representatives are asked to participate in a memorial photo signature ceremony for musicians Evelyn Caruthers, former Dunbar teacher and chorus leader, and Ruby Robinson, former Dunbar student and choir musician.

Dunbar closed in 1972; the Dunbar-Faith Connection is a volunteer group committed to preserving the memory and educational mission of Dunbar School.

The Historic Schoolground Athletes list was unveiled in 2008; their pictures and other Dunbar history are exhibited on two dedicated walls in Faith’s Fellowship Hall.

There is no charge for admission, an offering and patron donations will be accepted.

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Oct. 2
Burglary, criminal damage, 8200 block of Kansas Avenue, door, copper, $900 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 4700 block of Shawnee Drive, door frame, washing machine, dryer, $450 value.

Oct. 1

Aggravated burglary, 2500 block of North 61st Terrace, medications, lockbox, $54.55 value.
Attempted burglary, criminal damage, 700 block of Lyons, knife, screen, $30 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 6600 block of Nogard, doors, frame, walls, plumbing, $8,200 value.

Sept. 12
Forgery, theft, 1800 block of Village West Parkway, store, $19 value.

Sept. 5

Forgery, theft, 1800 block of Village West Parkway, store, currency, $57 value.

Aug. 18
Forgery, theft, 1800 block of Village West Parkway, store, currency, $111 value.

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Today the Kansas Supreme Court upheld a murder conviction and vacated the hard-50 sentence of Scott Roeder, who was convicted of killing George Tiller, an abortion doctor.

The case was sent back to the Sedgwick County District Court for resentencing.

Roeder appealed his conviction of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the 2009 case. Roeder, who was from Merriam, Kan., drove to Wichita with a plan to kill Dr. Tiller, and shot him from point-blank range while Tiller was attending church in the Wichita area, according to court documents. Roeder had purchased a semi-automatic weapon in Lawrence, Kan., before the shooting, court documents stated.

While Roeder admitted killing the doctor and having a premeditated plan to do so — and had been planning to do so for more than a decade — he appealed his conviction and sentence on a number of technical points including due process and a change of venue request due to pretrial publicity.

Today the Kansas Supreme Court also agreed with the district court that Roeder could not present a “necessity” defense and that the facts of the case did not support that defense.

“Once the choice of evils is clarified to be the premeditated intentional murder of a human being versus the violation of administrative procedures governing an otherwise legal abortion, the answer is crystal clear,” the Supreme Court stated today. “By analogy, no one would find it necessary to kill an over-the-road trucker for failing to maintain an up-to-date log book. Roeder cannot clear the first hurdle of the necessity defense because he did not choose the lesser evil when he killed Dr. Tiller in cold blood.”

While the Kansas Supreme Court today affirmed the convictions, it sent back the case for resentencing because since the original sentence was handed down, the high courts have changed the way they handle hard-50 sentences.

The high court has stated that “a hard-50 sentence based upon a judge’s own preponderance-of-the-evidence determination that an aggravating factor existed is unconstitutional, and must be vacated,” the opinion stated. The older method violated the defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial, according to the opinion.

To see today’s court decision, visit http://www.kscourts.org/Cases-and-Opinions/opinions/SupCt/2014/20141024/104520.pdf.

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