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.


Student participates in concrete canoe team

The choppy waters and stiff breeze that persist at Lone Star Lake, 10 miles southwest of the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, aren’t a typical laboratory setting. But for this year’s concrete canoe team at the School of Engineering, there’s no better place for research.
The team, which includes Bruno Soria, Kansas City, Kan., has spent hours on the water in a concrete canoe – honing their paddling and steering skills in hopes of perfecting their technique as they prepare for this year’s American Society of Civil Engineers Mid-Continent Conference Regional Concrete Canoe Competition April 24-26, in Stillwater, Okla., held by Oklahoma State University. The competition requires students to design and build a canoe using concrete as the primary material, then provide detailed presentation materials about the project as well as race against other teams in the canoe.
After narrowly missing a trip to the national competition last year (KU placed second; only the first place team advances), confidence is high for a stronger performance this year.
With a first place finish at regionals, the KU team would advance to the Concrete Canoe nationals, set for June 19-21, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, in Johnstown, Pa.