T-Bones sign Regas to another contract

The T-Bones have re-signed MVP pitcher Kris Regas.

Regas, who turned 35 in November, set the T-Bones single-season club record for saves with 22, which was tied for third in the American Association in 2014.

He led the T-Bones with a 2.70 ERA and tied for the most wins on the club (7). Regas was the lone T-Bones representative at the American Association All-Star Game in late July.

“It’s great to have Kris back for 2015,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli. “Besides being our MVP and most consistent pitcher last year, he gives us another great veteran presence in the clubhouse.”

Regas, who’s the eighth player signed to a 2015 contract with the T-Bones, is the first player re-signed from the 2014 club.

“I had a great time playing in Kansas City last season and can’t wait to be back in 2015,” Regas said. “Mazz has added some very strong players to the roster that I believe will put us in the top tier of the American Association.”

2015 will mark Regas’ 13th professional season. Most of his time has been spent in independent leagues, with the exception of 2004, when he was in the New York Mets farm system, and 2009, when he played in the Detroit system, including part of the season at triple-A Toledo.

The left-handed Regas has a career record of 36-31 with 76 saves and a 3.68 ERA in 409 appearances (610 2/3 innings). Regas has struck out 572 and walked 196.

– Story from T-Bones

Piper results

Zwart/Delaquila (4-1, 20) - 6th Place - Nick Delaquila qualified for State Competition. (Piper photo)
Zwart/Delaquila (4-1, 20) – 6th Place – Nick Delaquila qualified for State Competition. (Piper photo)

Piper High School – wrestling at Eudora

– M. King went 1-5 (12th place)

– Z. Zarazee went 4-4 (8th place)

– J. Lee went 1-6 (24th place)

– B. Smith went 6-2 (14th place)

– K. Fergus went 5-5 (8th place)

Piper High School – debate at Tonganoxie

– Open White Division

– Zwart/Delaquila (4-1, 20) – 6th Place – Nick Delaquila qualified for State Competition

– Gripp/Wenzl (4-1, 23) – 8th Place Nolan Gripp and Audrey Wenzl both qualified for State Competition

– Open Red Division

– Bruce/Hutchings (3-2) Jessica Hutchings qualified for State Competition.

– DeWitt/O’Mara (2-3) Taylor DeWitt and Cailin O’Mara both qualified for State Competition

– from Doug Key, Piper High School activities director

Gripp/Wenzl (4-1, 23)  - 8th Place,  Nolan Gripp and Audrey Wenzl both qualified for State Competition. (Piper photo)
Gripp/Wenzl (4-1, 23) – 8th Place, Nolan Gripp and Audrey Wenzl both qualified for State Competition. (Piper photo)

Two Olathe residents plead guilty in synthetic drug case

Two Kansans pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to operating a synthetic drug business that generated at least $16 million in sales in less than two years, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Tracy Picanso, 58, Olathe, Kan., and Roy Ehrett, 56, Olathe, Kan., each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, one count of producing and selling misbranded drugs, one count of producing and selling counterfeit drugs and one count of conspiracy to launder money.

An indictment unsealed in April alleged Picanso and Ehrett owned an Olathe-based business producing and selling dangerous controlled substances and controlled substance analogues of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) and methcathinones (stimulants).

They sold products under exotic names including Pump It, Head Trip, Black Arts, Grave Digger, Voodoo Doll and Lights Out. Some of the drugs were manufactured in buckets with drill-powered immersion mixers and tried out on “testers” who helped tweak the recipes by reporting on the drugs’ effects.

The operation stretched from Kansas to Missouri, California, Texas, Georgia and Colorado, involving more than 15 companies with more than 40 financial accounts at more than 10 financial institutions. Businesses owned and operated by the defendants included Retailing Specialists, Innovative Products 4U, The Outer Edge, Lakeridge Holdings, Monster Warehouse, Monster Distribution, Monster, 3P Distribution and Life Source.

Sentencing is set for April 13. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence between 7 and 15 years in federal prison.

Grissom commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, the FBI, the Overland Park Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Olathe Police Department, the St. Joseph Police Department and the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway for her work on the case.