Feb 11, 2020 9:30 PM

Contractor injured on conveyor belt system in Kansas City

Posted Feb 11, 2020 9:30 PM

First responders on the scene Monday - image courtesy KSHB TV

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A contractor has been seriously injured at a U.S. Service facility in Kansas City while working on a conveyor belt system.

Fire Department Deputy Chief Jimmy Walker said crews responded around 6 p.m. Monday to the facility, extricated the worker from the conveyor belt system and took him to a hospital.

Walker said Tuesday that it appears that the contractor was without oxygen for more than 10 minutes. He said crews were able to regain a pulse but that the contractor's prognosis is ”poor."

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Feb 11, 2020 9:30 PM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.