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POLITICAL FORUMS Basehor Community Library will host two local forums for residents to interact with candidates. Page 3.


The Sentinel







Basehor man gives guilty plea in scheme to murder wife



The Basehor Sentinel, a weekly newspaper, is published Thursday by The World Company, Tonganoxie office, 520 E. Fourth St., P.O. Box 920, Tonganoxie, KS 66086. Official newspaper for the city of Basehor. Second class postage paid at Basehor, Kansas 66007. Subscription rates For mail subscribers in Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson and Douglas counties, $37 (plus tax) for one year; $55 (plus tax) elsewhere in Kansas and $60 (includes tax) out of state. To subscribe, call (toll free) 800-578-8748 USPS 884-480. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P.O. Box 256, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. MEMBER OF THE KANSAS PRESS ASSOCIATION COPYRIGHT 2012

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BATTERIES IN SMOKE DETECTORS should be changed twice a year — when daylight saving time begins and ends — says Kansas State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen.

FIRE PREVENTION Tips on how to be safe at home

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BASEHOR AREA REPORT 9-25 9-26 9-27 9-28 9-29 9-30 10-1

High 82 74 75 72 73 76 77

Low 61 61 59 54 44 46 54

Precip. T .15 .02 .00 .00 .00 .00

Fire Prevention Week started in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, according to the National Fire Protection Association. This year’s observance starts Sunday. Kansas State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen answers a few questions about fire prevention. Q: How can folks help safeguard against residential fires? A: The big thing is to have working smoke alarms. We usually recommend the two different time changes (beginning and end of daylight saving time) to replace batteries. An evacuation plan with two ways out of each room in the house also is important. Q: What have you found to be the likeliest culprits in starting house fires? A: Inattentive smoking, kitchen fires, an electrical failure or short

and gas leaks. Q: Is there still a chance for grass fires this year? A: The recent rains we’ve had have been a little deceiving. That has helped in some parts of the state, but the majority still is dry. The other issues are dead vegetation and thatch. Q: Any other fire safety tips? A: Be careful when burning any trash. For farmers, it’s important to have fire extinguishers on their implements. A lot of fires are started by farm equipment getting hot and overheated. Q: How often do house fires occur? A: According to the most recent annual figures, from 2010, home fires were reported in the United States every 85 seconds, killing 2,640 people and injuring another 13,350.

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A 38-year-old Basehor man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to attempting to hire someone to kill his wife, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Lee D. Smith in May contacted, then agreed to pay, a man — identified in court documents as a confidential informant — $1,800 to murder Smith’s wife. The man Smith tried to hire for the murder then contacted Kansas City, Mo., police. At the instructions of police, the informant called Smith and informed him he had carried through with the murder and asked for the money, according to the news release. Smith cashed a check for $1,600 in preparation to pay the informant. But Smith was called to the Kansas City police, as Smith was told police had news about his wife. When Smith arrived at the police station, he was arrested. Smith could face a $250,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison for the crime. A sentencing date has yet to be set.

Basehor-Linwood seniors named KU Honor Scholars Kansas University honored nearly 100 Leavenworth County high school seniors as Kansas Honor Scholars — several of whom were from Basehor-Linwood High School — Sept. 26, in Leavenworth. During the ceremony, each student received a Webster’s New College Dictionary from the KU Alumni Association. Neeli Bendapudi, dean for the business school at KU, spoke at the event. There were 96 Leavenworth County Scholars, including 15 students from Basehor-Linwood High School: Rachel Cook, George Davis, Tanner Garver, Zach Hevel, Jared Kenton, Courtney Leive, Joseph Levinson, Austin Mecum, Cheyenne Morris, Paul Rehm, Elizabeth Schler, Haley Stallbaumer and Caleb Wilson, Basehor.

Year-to-date precipitation: 20.23” Information compiled by Gil Hoag, National Weather Service observer

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ON THE COVER BAASEHOR-LINWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL cheerleaders pep up the crowd during the Basehor-Linwood High School Homecoming parade Friday night. Local organizations, businesses, sports teams, teacher and students participated in the parade down 155th Street.

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Fire department plans open house for residents Fairmount Township Fire Department will play host to an open house Saturday at its station. Families can visit between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fire truck rides, a bounce house, food, games and more. Parents can also register their children for Ident-A-Kid and receive a car seat inspection and installation. During the open house, the department will raffle off a pedal fire truck for $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets.

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