Severe storms in Sunday’s forecast; some rain possible Saturday

Severe storms possible Sunday. (National Weather Service graphic)

Showers and thunderstorms are possible before noon Saturday.

Some may produce small hail, according to the National Weather Service. The storms Saturday morning are not expected to be severe.

Tonight and Sunday, a powerful storm system will move into the area.
Two or three rounds of thunderstorms are possible, beginning as early as sunrise Sunday and lasting into Sunday evening.

The potential exists for strong to severe thunderstorms through the day Sunday with large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes.

Significant severe weather, including large hail and strong tornadoes, is possible, but this is still uncertain, the weather service said.

Man charged with first-degree murder

Christopher B. Stewart, 28, waived a preliminary hearing Friday and was bound over for trial on charges of first-degree murder, eluding a police officer and interference with a law enforcement officer.

He is charged in the Feb. 17, 2014, death of Graciela E. Olivas, which occurred when Stewart wrecked into the victim’s vehicle while he was fleeing from police at the intersection of 34th Street and Shawnee Drive in Kansas City, Kan.

A pretrial conference is scheduled May 16.



Man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter

Daniel Barlett, 30, of Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty Friday in Wyandotte County District Court to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the Sept. 24, 2012, shooting death of Chad Ford.

The shooting occurred in the 1300 block of North 47th Street in Kansas City, Kan.

On March 17, 2014, a jury convicted Barlett of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, and the jury hung on a first-degree murder charge.

Sentencing in the case is set for 1 p.m. May 30, 2014, in Division 4 of the district court.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Sheryl Lidtke is prosecuting the case on behalf of the state of Kansas.