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Trooper pleads in handcuffed drowning case
The Missouri state trooper charged with involuntary manslaughter in the drowning death of a handcuffed Iowa man pleaded guilty to lesser charges, Laura Bauer reports. Anthony Piercy avoided a jury trial in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson, who drowned while handcuffed on the Lake of the Ozarks. Piercy handcuffed the young man, who was ejected from the boat when Piercy traveled at speeds up to 46 mph.
Sprint’s future in KC
News that Sprint is now negotiating with Comcast and Charter Communications provides a sunnier outlook for the company in Kansas City, Mark Davis and Steve Vockrodt report. “Sprint isn’t as desperate as many thought, and T-Mobile didn’t have the leverage that most seemed to assume,” analyst Jonathan Chaplin said.
Butera attempts to catch softball player’s rise ball
Royals catcher Drew Butera may be able to catch 95-mph fastballs, but when he tried to catch Oklahoma junior ace Paige Parker’s rise ball, he dropped it and nearly tumbled backward, Tod Palmer reports. Watch the video here.
Jail guards accused of beating inmate
A former inmate of the Jackson County jail alleges guards beat him, Mike Hendricks reports. Davonta Sweate said in a lawsuit that three guards ripped out his stitches from oral surgery and damaged two of his teeth in an altercation.
Public funding of new airport?
The Star’s editorial board writes that Kansas City Councilwoman Katheryn Shields’ proposal to authorize issuance of $990 million in public airport bonds is straightforward. “The key word here is ‘public,’ ” the board writes. “Shields wants the city to borrow money for the terminal, the way virtually every other public project in America is financed.”