Kevin Harvick’s dominant march from the rear met an early — and surprising — end Sunday night during the Coca-Cola 600. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford appeared to blow a front tire on Lap 83 while running fourth, which sent him careening into the outside wall and sending sparks flying into the evening air.Harvick’s car did not pass pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday night, forcing him to start last in the field Sunday in the longest race of the year. It took fewer than 70 laps for him to work his way into the top five. He was running fifth at the time of the incident, which relegated his car to the garage and out of the race.PHOTOS: Military honored at Charlotte “This was going to be fun,” Harvick radioed dejectedly to his team.Harvick will finish 40th in the 40-car field, stunningly the first time in 623 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts that he’ll finish last.The incident may have been the first thing to go wrong for Harvick all year. The No. 4 team won five of the first 12 races to start the year, and was considered a favorite to win Sunday night on Memorial Day weekend despite starting from the rear.Harvick entered the event on a two-race win streak, and he already had won three consecutive races earlier this year.“It never gave any warning,” Harvick told FOX Sports. ” … We had a lot of issues this weekend and to come back and have the fastest car there basically, it was just an honor to drive. One of those deals. You have to take the good with the bad, and this weekend was part of the bad.”
This incident has been sighted as one of the worst in the history of the national park, where over 170 rangers have died protecting animals over the last 20 years. Image courtesy: NatGeoSuspected rebels have ambushed and killed five rangers and their driver at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesman told media.A sixth ranger was reportedly injured in the attack that took place in the central section of the reserve.This incident has been sighted as one of the worst in the history of the national park, where over 170 rangers have died protecting animals over the last 20 years.Despite boasting Africa’s most diverse wildlife habitat, the park has earned a reputation for being one of the most dangerous conservation projects in the world.Armed groups are known to be based in the park, and they are suspected of frequent poaching of the animals.Virunga is home to about a quarter of the world’s remaining 880 mountain gorillas, as well as lions, elephants and hippos – source: BBC.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••The state of Kansas v. Monty Banister — Case No: 20 CR 70.Date of birth: 1997. Address: Wellington.Date of the alleged crime: March 29, 2019.Charges:Count 1: Burglary of non-dwelling, level 7 felony.Count 2: Theft, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Banister is accused of stealing copper pipe and copper wire from within the Wellington Humane Society building during the April 1 weekend. According to the complaint, a Wellington officer responded to a burglary report from the construction site at the Wellington Humane Society at 203 W. Hillside when it was erected and enclosed but still under construction. Allegedly, Banister pried off the plywood on the west entry door, and stole around $300 worth of armored Romex copper pipe and wiring from the facility. ———The state of Kansas v. Shelly Elaine Tinney — Case No: 20 CR 71.Date of birth: 1955. Address: Wichita.Date of the alleged crime: February 23, 2020.Charges:Count 1: Theft or lost or mislaid property (value greater than $1,000), level 9 felony. Case description: Tinney is accused of picking up someone else’s wallet that was lost at the Kansas Star Casino and taking $3,000 cash from it while she was leaving. She allegedly left the wallet in a mailbox in front of an Ace Hardware Store. ———The state of Kansas v. Donna Joann Miller — Case No: 20 CR 72.Date of birth: 1990. Address: Wellington.Date of the alleged crime: November 19-22, 2019.Charges:Count 1: Driving while suspended, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2: Criminal deprivation of motor vehicle, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Miller is accused of driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s license. She also is accused of stealing a 1993 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup without the owner’s permission and then falling asleep in it on the side of the road.———The state of Kansas v. Virgil Clayton Huckabey — Case No: 20 CR 76.Date of birth: 1995. Address: Winfield.Date of the alleged crime: March 5, 2020.Charges:Count 1A: Aggravated burglary of a non-dwelling, level 5 person felony. Count 1B: Burglary of a non-dwelling, level 7 felony.Count 2: Criminal damage to property, Class B misdemeanor. Count 3: Theft, Class A misdemeanor. Count 4: Attempted theft of a motor vehicle, level 10 felony.Count 5: Theft of motor vehicle, level 9 felony. Count 6: Possession of drug paraphernalia, Class B misdemeanor. Case description: Huckabey is accused of entering a Morton style building with the intent of committing a theft. Allegedly, they damaged the steering column on a 1999 Suburban and struck a screwdriver in the ignition. He and his alleged counterpart removed five gallons of hydraulic fluid and a red colored Ward air compressor from inside the building and put them in a White stolen pickup that they had parked inside a round top barn on the property. They then allegedly hid when four individuals entered the Morton-style building until they were taken into custody. Huckabey also allegedly possessed a pipe in his pocket that smelled of marijuana with the intent fo smoke it. ———The state of Kansas v. Joshua Jay Rathburn — Case No: 20 CR 77.Date of birth: 1983. Address: Peck.Date of the alleged crime: 2017 to 2019. Charges:Count 1: Sexual exploitation of a child, level 3 felony. Count 2: Aggravated incest, level 3 felony.Count 3: Aggravated incest, level 3 felony. Count 4: Aggravated incest by sodomy, level 3 felony. Count 5: Aggravated indecent liberties with a child, level 3 felony. Count 6: Aggravated intimidation of a witness, level 6 felony.Count 7: Battery, Class B misdemeanor.Count 8: Furnishing alcoholic beverage to minor for illicit purpose, level 9 felony. Count 9: Indecent solicitation of a child, level 6 felony. Count 10: Battery, Class B misdemeanor.Case description: Rathburn is accused in either November or December 2017 by telephone unlawfully persuading a child 16 or 17 years old to engage in sexually, explicit conduct. He then allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with two underage females on multiple occasions during a time period of late 2017 to February 2019.He then is accused of grabbing a girl under age 18 by slamming her head into the dash of a vehicle as an inducement not to tell anyone about his alleged misconduct. He also allegedly furnished alcohol to a minor, induced a minor into his vehicle for sexual misconduct. On Sept. 4, 2019, he also is accused of grabbing a 17-year-old boy around the neck after the boy heard an argument about Rathburn’s alleged misconduct from other household members. ———The state of Kansas v. Ronnie Reynolds — Case No: 20 CR 79.Date of birth: 1989. Address: Wichita.Date of the alleged crime: March 29, 2020. Charges:Count 1: Theft of a motor vehicle, level 9 felony. Count 2: Driving while habitual violator, Class A misdemeanor. Count 3: Driving while suspended, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Reynolds is accused of stealing a 2002 Toyota Camry while not having a valid driver’s license. ———The state of Kansas v. Tyler Jimenez — Case No: 20 CR 81.Date of birth: 2000. Address: Wellington.Date of the alleged crime: March 7, 2020.Charges:Count 1: Minor in possession of alcoholic beverage, Class C misdemeanor. Count 2: Transportation of open beverage, unclassified misdemeanor. Case description: Jimenez is accused of driving and sole occupant of a vehicle parked in the ditch on 90th Ave. near Belle Plaine and there was an open can of Coors Light Beer in the cup holder and full cans still in a case on the floorboard. ———The state of Kansas v. Rickie Dean Wells — Case No: 20 CR 81.Date of birth: 1969. Address: Neodesha.Date of the alleged crime: June 1, 1998 – July 31, 1998; May 5, 2000 – May 5, 2001, September of 2002; October of 2007 and October 1-7, 2008. Charges:Count 1: Rape, off-grid person felony. Count 2: Rape, off-grid person felony. Count 3: Aggravated indecent liberties with a child, level 3 felony. Count 4: Criminal sodomy, level 3 person felony. Count 5: Aggravated Incest, level 3 felony. Case description: Wells is accused of engaging in sexual acts including intercourse and oral sex acts of underage females in the household from the ages of 5 to the age of 16 during a period of July 1998 to October 2008.