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A couple in south central Kansas was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of stealing more than $1.5 million from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a Wichita-based company, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

In Kansas, the company has facilities in Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Kan., Olathe, Lawrence, Emporia, Salina, Dodge City, Fort Scott, Parsons, Arkansas City, Newton, Sterling and Clay Center.

Brent A. Shryock, 43, Augusta, Kan., and his wife, Lori A. Shryock, 50, Augusta, Kan., are charged with four counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges the crimes occurred while Brent Shryock was employed as information systems director for the company. He was in charge of all computers, telephones, video information and electronic equipment, including the purchase of new or replacement equipment for PMMA, Presbyterian Manor, Aberdeen and Ashfield facilities.

The defendants are alleged to have created four fictitious companies: LGR Technology, Innovative Software Solutions, DT Solutions and Microtech Solutions. The indictment alleges the initials in LGR Technology stood for “Let’s Get Rich.” The defendants used the fictitious companies to submit fraudulent invoices to PMMA, Presbyterian Manor, Aberdeen and Ashfield, the indictment alleges.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

(Illustration from KDOT)


On Monday, Aug. 4, an expansion joint replacement project will begin on the westbound I-670 over 7th Street bridge in Kansas City, Kan.

Project work includes the replacement of the bridge expansion joints, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, westbound I-670 over the 7th Street bridge from the Kansas-Missouri state line west to just past the west end of the bridge will be reduced to one open lane while crews set traffic control for the project work zone.

Then sometime later that same day, westbound I-670 over the 7th Street bridge from the Kansas-Missouri state line west to just past the west end of the bridge will be reduced to two open lanes, 24/7 round the clock, throughout the project duration.

Traffic will be detoured through the project work zone via concrete barrier, signage and cones. The traffic control for this project will be directly adjacent to a Missouri Department of Transportation bridge repair project that has one lane of westbound I-670 over Genessee-Wyoming-Liberty-Beardsley roads closed in the West Bottoms area. KDOT and MoDOT plan to coordinate traffic control on both projects to minimize the overall traffic effect for the traveling public.

Advance message boards will alert traffic to the westbound I-670 lane closure. There will be an 11-foot lane width restriction through the project work zone throughout the duration of the project. Drivers should expect delays during peak commute times and may wish to use alternate routes if possible, a KDOT spokesman said.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and the entire Kansas City Metro Area can be viewed online: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and slow down when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

PCI, St. Michael, Minn., is the primary contractor on this bridge joint repair project with a total contract cost of $750,000. The scheduled completion date for the overall project is mid-October 2014, weather permitting.

This project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010. More about this and other T-WORKS projects is at: http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/.

by Lou Braswell

Christmas in July, on Saturday, sounds like fun and the Leavenworth Road Association will have a booth there, promoting our organization, selling our shirts and promoting and selling tickets to our fundraising dinner-dance.

The event is from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Wyandotte County Lake Park, Beach Shelter.

There are 32 pontoon boats signed up for a parade to start at 8 p.m. A food booth also will be available. The event has several sponsors, including the Unified Government, the Kansas City, Kan., Public Libraries and the Piper Optimist Club. For more information, call 913-573-8327.

We need volunteers; let me know if you want to help.

An update on Leavenworth Road Association’s summer youth program:

We were able to place every applicant, and the reports from the mentors are overwhelming. The youth are magnificent.

The program will come to an end July 30.

Lou Braswell is the executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.

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