Sunday State News briefs: Wisconsin man pilots plane crash in KansasA Wisconsin man was reportedly flying a small plane when it crashed in southeast Kansas Friday afternoon, killing four of the five people on board.
CHANUTE, Kan. - A Wisconsin man was reportedly flying a small plane when it crashed in southeast Kansas Friday afternoon, killing four of the five people on board.
Twenty-three year old Luke Sheets of Ephraim was flying the group to Council Bluffs, Iowa, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, when the plane went down near Chanute. The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Three recent graduates of Oral Roberts University were killed, along with a former business instructor at the Tulsa school. Another ORU graduate in the plane was seriously injured in the crash. The pilot apparently lost contact with air traffic control shortly after being given permission to descend to a lower altitude. The Kansas Highway Patrol found the wreckage. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating.
The mother of a dead three year old girl is being charged with felony child neglect resulting in death. Leann Leszynski’s boyfriend, Justin Streicher, faces the same charges in connection with the death nearly two weeks ago. Investigators say the little girl died of a massive streptococcus infection throughout her body because her mother failed to seek medical treatment. Leszynski apparently feared she would be accused of child abuse if she took the girl to get help. The infection had spread from a cut on little Haley’s finger, to an arm and her face, as well as her brain, lung, spleen and blood. The girl also had other injuries indicating abuse. Even when the two adults found the girl dead May 1st, they didn’t call 911. When Leszynski called a doctor to get a prescription, she told him the girl was dead. The doctor informed police.
Bayfield’s mayor says his community needs all the beds for tourists it can get. Despite that, he cast the decididng vote for an ordinance which limits the option to run bed-and-breakfast inns to the address on their drivers license. And, they must vote in Bayfield. A lawsuit suggests there are seven B-and-Bs in Bayfield, a community on the shores of Lake Superior, near the Apostle Islands, which has a year-round population of about 500. Two couples sued the city in federal court contending the ordinance violates the constitution, from the commerce clause to voting rights. The city council is expected to repeal the ordinance when it meets tomorrow.