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Soda, meth equally rot teeth, study finds

If you drink enough soda, your teeth could look like that of someone who uses methamphetamine, a new study published in the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry says.

The author says he’s not trying to scare soda drinkers, rather tell of the “striking similarities” between those who drink a lot of soda and those who have used meth or were crack addicts.

If you really want to be grossed out, you can check out photos here.

The study follows three different cases: a person who used meth for three years, someone who used crack cocaine for 18 years and a third person who said she drank two liters of diet soda for three to five years.

Careful how you wear your seat belt in Olathe

OLATHE, Kan. — Jayne Hills was pulled over and ticketed by Olathe police Wednesday for not wearing a seat belt, but she says she was buckled up.

That’s when she learned that in Olathe, it doesn’t only matter whether you’re wearing your seat belt, but also how you’re wearing it.

Because she’s nine months pregnant, Hills says she needs to adjust the bands to fit properly. She had the shoulder strap positioned under her arm to accommodate her belly.

Hills says the Olathe officer who cited her said it was improper seat belt use and that was enough to ticket her. However, she says even so, she doesn’t get why if she had a seat belt on her ticket says she didn’t.

“It should be a writable citation that you’re wearing your seat belt improperly, not that you’re not wearing one,” said Hills.

Olathe police say it’s all the same.

Spellers get set for semi-finals in national spelling bee

WASHINGTON D.C. — Local spellers survived the second and third rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Now, they prepare for semi-finals on Thursday.

Vanya Shivashankar, whose sister won the 2009 Bee spelled ‘intaglio’ correctly to move on. This is the third trip to the Bee for the 11-year-old sixth-grader at California Trail Middle School in Olathe.  She also spelled ‘horologium’ correctly in the third round.

Evan Filer, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at McEowen Elementary School in Harrisonville, Mo.  Evan, Speller No. 136, spelled ‘prevaricate’ right to advance.

After Evan came 12-year-old Meah Wilburn, of Lee’s Summit. The sixth-grader at Highland Park Elementary School advanced when she spelled ‘Bauhaus’ correctly.

In court: Woman accused of repeated sexual assaults on child

OLATHE, Kan. —  A 23-year-old Johnson County woman charged with the rape of a child less than 14 years of age was in Johnson County court on Wednesday, but her case was continued until July 8.

Maurine Mutindi Kimwele was arrested in August for the rape of a child. According to prosecutors, the alleged rape was not a one-time incident but rather a pattern of abuse that took place over a period of time.

Prosecutors did not say whether the alleged victim was a male or female, nor would they say the actual age of the alleged victim.

It appears that Kimwele is a foreign national, as one of the conditions of her bond was that she had to first surrender her passport.

Tree trimmer scam warning

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A warning about a tree trimmer who’s going door-to-door looking for work.

FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar talks to a woman who made the mistake of hiring him and is paying the price.

Man, 18, arrested for stalking grocery store shopper

EDITOR’S NOTE: FOX 4 originally reported no weapons were found inside the car. On Wednesday (May 29), a victim involved in the incident said he had a knife.

LEAWOOD, Kan. — A recent graduate of Blue Valley North High School was arrested early Tuesday morning after a woman accused him of stalking her after she left the Price Chopper at 133rd & Mission Road around 11:00 p.m. Monday.

The woman said the man — identified as Eric Kaplan, 18, of Leawood, Kan., — walked toward the front of the grocery store as she was walking out, but he never went inside. Instead, she said Kaplan got back into his car and started following her.

The woman said she turned onto her street and made a loop in a cul-de-sac. When she passed Kaplan, she said he was now wearing a ski mask.

Kanrocksas Music Festival canceled

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Officials announced Tuesday the 2013 Kanrocksas Music Festival has been canceled for low ticket sales.

The event was scheduled for June 28 and 29.

“It’s disappointing,” said Pat Warren with the Kansas Speedway. “We’re working with Midwest Music Festival, who is the promoter for the event, that it just didn’t appear that ticket sales were going to be sufficient to justify moving forward so the decision was made to cancel.”

There are no plans for the event to be rescheduled.

All tickets will be refunded electronically, the Kansas Speedway said. If you purchased a ticket, you should receive an email Tuesday about the cancellation of the event and when you can expect a refund.