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Overland Park woman charged with rape of a minor

OLATHE, Kan. — A 21-year-old Overland Park woman appeared in Johnson County court via a video conference on Wednesday to face charges of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a minor.

Julissa Estrada was arrested at her home Wednesday at 9 a.m. and later charged. She made her first appearance at the Johnson County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon. The arrest and court appearance came unexpectedly according to her attorney.

“I don’t think, based upon what this family told me today, that they thought this was coming,” said Estrada’s attorney Carl Cornwell.

According to court documents, Estrada assaulted the alleged victim between August 2013 and November 2013. Estrada was 20 years old at the time.

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Insurance coverage to be provided for families of children with autism

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Some Kansas parents who have children with autism will soon receive insurance coverage for their kids, thanks to a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Kansas becomes the 34th state in the nation to require that insurance companies provide coverage for autism. The new law is expected to affect 250 children next year. And another 750 kids in 2016.

Jill Robinson, of Lenexa, says the law means help is on the way for her four-year-old son, Oliver, who was diagnosed with autism more than two years ago.

Without the coverage, Robinson says therapies for her child cost more than $60,000 a year. She says that’s not affordable, even for upper middle class households like hers.

Joe’s Weather Blog: One Storm Fades…Another Lurks

Spring, as we all know is a time for change. Plants/trees come out of dormancy and folks come out of their homes after, in some cases, a long cold winter. The weather changes as well with the longer days and higher sun angle allowing for more warmth. With moisture increasing comes the rain. Sometimes better than other times.

Forecast:

Today: Windy and milder. Yesterday we were in the mid 50s and today we should be in the 65-70° range. Winds today will be out of the south at 20-35 MPH or so. We should see a lot of sunshine this morning then more clouds/sun during the afternoon. Wind advisories and Fire weather dangers are posted.

Kansas City community invited to interfaith service at Jewish Comm. Ctr. to honor victims

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — People of all faiths are invited to come together to mourn and honor the victims of Sunday’s deadly shootings outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom.

serviceThe Interfaith Service of Unity and Hope is at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 West 115th Street, inside the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre.

The service is expected to last 45 minutes. All are invited. In the public invitation, the service was described as a time for clergy to lead us in prayers of solace, healing and hope.

Accused gunman held on $10 mil. bond, charged with capital, 1st degree murder

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The man accused of murdering three people outside two separate Jewish centers in Overland Park on Sunday, April 13, faces a charge of capital murder and a charge of first degree premeditated murder, Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney, announced Tuesday morning. (Watch video in the player below.)

If convicted, the punishment for capital murder is either life without parole, or the death penalty. The penalty for premeditated first-degree murder is life with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

“Life without parole, or if we choose we file a notice of requesting the death penalty,” Howe said. “I don’t take that decision lightly. That decision will be made after we get all the facts and evidence of the case because we want to make an informed decision before that is done.”

KC Forum: American Heritage Girls, Summer Camp and Charity Gala

In this week’s KC Forum we learn all about the American Heritage Girls, a program similar to the boy scouts. What do you do with your kids this summer?
For years the Camellot Academy has offered drama, singing and dancing for kids. A young woman aspiring to become Miss Kansas is holding a gala to raise money for charity.

Friends mourn woman killed by gunman outside Village Shalom

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. —  Friends of the third victim of Sunday’s shooting outside Village Shalom and the Jewish Community Center, expressed their grief and sympathy Monday to the woman’s family.

Police identified Terri LaManno, 53, as the third victim of the gunman. Police  arrested Frazier Cross Jr. and planned to press formal charges, including hate crime charges, against him in the coming hours.

The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired said on their facebook page that they are mourning the death of LaManno, occupational therapist at CCVI for eight years.

Terri was said to be visiting her mother at Village Shalom; something she did every Sunday.

CCVI says LaManno is married and has three adult children.