Woman dies after exiting vehicle on interstate

A woman died after she left a moving vehicle as it was on a ramp going from I-635 southbound to I-70 eastbound today.

According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority trooper’s report, the woman, Deborah Lynn Kloster, 52, of Kansas City, Kan., intentionally exited the moving vehicle and was run over by the rear tire of the vehicle.

The driver of the 1997 Chevrolet pickup was listed as a Kansas City, Kan., resident. The accident happened at 12:20 p.m. April 16, according to the report.

Grand jury returns indictments

A federal grand jury returned indictments here today, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Three California residents were indicted on drug charges in Kansas City, Kan.

Luis Angel Sanchez-Cruz, 32, Baldwin Park, Calif.; Daniel Flores, 34, Perris, Calif.; and Evelyn Rose Cardenas, 23, Perris, Calif., are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred from April 1 to April 5, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan.   If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

In another case, Chester Bragg, 36, is charged with failure to register as required by the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The crime is alleged to have occurred starting in December 2013 in Wyandotte County, Kan.   If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshal Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.

In another case, Javier Zambrano-Sanchez, 39, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, nine counts of distributing various amounts of methamphetamine and five counts of distributing various amounts of cocaine.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2012 and 2013 in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.   If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on the conspiracy charge. Sentences on the other counts vary: Not more than 20 years, not less than five years, not less than 10 years, depending on the count.

The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

Revenues climb at Hollywood Casino

Revenues at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway climbed from $10.9 million in February to $11.8 million in March, according to the Kansas Lottery Commission.

Keith Kocher, director of program assurance and integrity for the Lottery, said that revenues for all three state casinos were up in March, as compared to February, with a gain of $3 million statewide.

The Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan., reported $16.4 million in March revenues, while Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City, Kan., had revenues of $3.85 million.

The state of Kansas receives 22 percent of the net gaming revenues. Three percent of the revenues at Hollywood Casino go to the Unified Government as a gaming tax.

In a written report to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, Bob Sheldon, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino stated that the total gaming revenue in March 2014 was $83,000 less than March of 2013, a seven-tenths percentage difference.

Slots revenues were up slightly, while table game percentages were down. A winter storm may have affected the first weekend of March.

Several promotions were held at Hollywood Casino, including the $25,000 Hidden Treasures Giveaway sweepstakes promotion, which started in March and ends April 18.

Kocher reported that there was nothing new yet on hotel plans for the Hollywood Casino, that the extension of the deadline was still in place.

In other action, Kocher reported the Lottery is gearing up to work on the selection process for a new casino in Cherokee or Crawford counties in southeast Kansas, if a bill that was passed is signed into law.  The bill made it easier for a developer to open a casino there by lowering the application fee to $5.5 million and lowering the investment infrastructure to a minimum of $50 million.