Lenexa’s former technology director charged with wire fraud, thefts

The former technology director for the city of Lenexa appeared in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., on Monday on charges of wire fraud and theft, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Andrew L. Davey, 44, Overland Park, Kan., is charged with five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government funds. Davey allegedly used city funds to buy electronic devices that he then sold on e-Bay, according to the charges. According to the charges, Davey allegedly was responsible for stealing more than $98,800 worth of merchandise from the city including digital cameras and Apple MacBook computers.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each wire fraud count, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the theft charge. The Lenexa Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

KCK man indicted for running into barrier at ammunition plant

A Kansas City, Kan., man was indicted today for ramming a stolen car into the checkpoint barrier at the Lake City Army Ammunition plant, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Eric Keith Mendoza, 41, of Kansas City, Kan., was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Mendoza on Aug. 7, 2014.

Today’s indictment alleges that Mendoza damaged the barrier when he accelerated through the checkpoint at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant on Aug. 7, 2014. Mendoza is also charged with entering the plant without authorization and with transporting a stolen vehicle across the state line from Kansas to Missouri.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Mendoza was driving a stolen 1997 Cadillac Deville when he arrived at the Lake City installation’s primary entry gate.

His identification was requested, the affidavit says, but Mendoza accelerated at a high rate of speed through the checkpoint onto the installation. According to standard operating procedure, security personnel activated the final denial barrier, which consists of an in-ground steel plate barrier which is activated in an emergency situation. The barrier rises out of the ground in order to stop an oncoming vehicle from gaining access to the installation. In front of the barrier are two speed mitigation “humps” in the roadway to slow approaching vehicles. The barrier is equipped with signage and red lights which illuminate upon activation, allowing vehicles the opportunity to stop before impacting it.

Mendoza’s vehicle struck the barrier, rendering the vehicle inoperable and causing moderate damage to the barrier. Damage to the barrier is estimated up to $20,000.
Mendoza fled the accident scene on foot, the affidavit says, travelling southbound on the installation. The Independence, Mo., Police Department K-9 unit provided assistance and located Mendoza adjacent to an inner fence where he was apprehended without further incident.

KU students safe after small fire at Sigma Chi house

University of Kansas students at the Sigma Chi fraternity house evacuated safely late Tuesday morning after firefighters responded to smoke at the house, 1439 Tennessee St., Lawrence, Kan.

Following reports of smoke, fire crews were on scene at 11:36 a.m. and declared all clear at 12:30 p.m. The fire appears to have been contained to the third floor in an area that houses a bedroom and bathroom.

University of Kansas students who live at the Sigma Chi fraternity house were able to return to their home Tuesday evening, according to a university spokesman.
Of the house’s 74 residents, only four of the men will have to relocate to other rooms at Sigma Chi.

The chapter house is home to 74 men and is located east of the campus. Sigma Chi has been at the University of Kansas since 1884. It moved into the house at 1439 Tennessee St. in 1922, when the oldest portion of the house was completed.