Feb 13, 2020 10:30 AM

SW Kansas woman dies after crash with a semi

Posted Feb 13, 2020 10:30 AM
At the scene of Wednesday fatal crash -photo courtesy KWCH
At the scene of Wednesday fatal crash -photo courtesy KWCH

SEDGWICK COUNTY— One person died in an accident just after 1p.m. Wednesday in Sedgwick County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2000 Ford Escape driven by  Diell, Stephanie Y. Diell, 45, Dodge City, was southbound on 119th Street one half mile west of West MacArthur Road.

The driver ran a stop sign at Kansas 42. An eastbound 2010 Kenworth semi driven by Gerald Morgan, 72, Tulsa, OK., struck the Ford.

EMS transported Diell to St. Francis where she died. Morgan was not injured. Both drivers were properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.

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Feb 13, 2020 10:30 AM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.