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Adam Purinton – Austin’s Bar & Grill Shooter

Austin’s Bar and Grill has been my Cheer’s Bar since 2001. It’s a place myself, my friends, my family all enjoy to visit. On Wednesday February 22, 2017 this man, Adam Purinton targeted two Garmin engineers of Indian decent. He made statements that the men were in the country illegally. They weren’t. He continued to cause a disruption until he was removed by the manager. Shortly after, Purinton returned with a handgun and shot 3 people, killing one.

32-year-old Alok Madasani was shot, 24-year-old Ian Grillot attempted to intervene and was shot along with Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old who was killed. Purinton yelled “Get out of my country!” as he unloaded his weapon on the patio of the Olathe, Kansas bar. Inside confusion unfolded as patrons scrambled to exit out the back. Hearing the repeated popping, a couple seated at the bar stumbled and fell as they ran out the rear exit. “A noise you can’t get out of your head.” They said.

The FBI is involved to determine if this qualifies as a hate crime, meanwhile Adam Purinton, 51 sits in Johnson County Detention on $2,000,000 bond with his first court appearance set for Monday, February 27, 2017.

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Tamika Pledger – Unified Gov’t Commissioner Candidate

Tamika Pledger Twitter

Are there ever times that you experience deja vu? Maybe times you look back and recognize foresight? Well, this clip from Tamika Pledger’s Twitter account @TamikaPledger could fit right into either of those categories. Whichever you may choose, the overall outcome is devastating, because just a few weeks later on January 30, 2015 Ms. Pledger, 38, candidate for Unified Government Commissioner would find herself in custody for four felony counts of reckless aggravated battery. She is accused of hitting four teens with her vehicle. Since the incident, one teen, 17 year-old Tierra Smith, has died to change one charge to involuntary manslaughter.

Court documents released on February 12, 2015 state that Pledger was speeding her Mercedes, 54 in a 20 MPH at 13th and Troup.

Tamika PledgerFox 4 reports:

Some witnesses told police it appeared the driver swerved toward the pedestrians. Then, according to the document, they saw bodies flying.
Police and firefighters responded to the scene and found people “hurt, crying, screaming and attempting to flee the scene.”
Police say witnesses told them that when Pledger got out of her car, she said, “I am sorry. I am so sorry everyone, but I’m just protecting my family, too.”

Tamika Pledger reported exited her car stating that she couldn’t stop… we are still talking about a Mercedes remember… Sidenote: She couldn’t stop because she was over-driving the road design traveling 54 in a 20.

Her story continues…

While Pledger was incarcerated, she was recorded on the phone saying to the other party;

“What I really want to do is, if I don’t get out of here, I need you guys to go on the Plan B, Plan C. My Plan B and C is to get with the family and the media… all you guys together and say, ‘We will not press charges on her. We know it was an accident. We don’t know why she’s still in there. We’re asking for them to drop the charges and let her go.’”

Ultimately, once released on $50,000 bond, she went to Facebook to tell the tale of how the Devil made her do it. Oh, and she’s still on the ballot for Commissioner. If she gets voted in, I’m leaving…

Tamika Pledger Facebook Post

 

 

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Teen apprehended in murder of OP man

DeMario Thompson

DeMario D. Thompson, 19, arrested on a JoCo warrant for Murder One. He is the suspect in the murder of Steven Sawyer, 49, in Overland Park on New Year’s Eve morning. Sawyer was warming his car and believed to have interrupted the auto theft in progress. Thompson’s bond is set at $1,000,000.

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