Feb 13, 2020 3:30 PM

Ambulance driver crashes on slushy Kansas highway

Posted Feb 13, 2020 3:30 PM

EL DORADO —An ambulance crashed on a slushy  stretch of Interstate 35 near El Dorado Wednesday.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported the ambulance driver identified as Lacy Anette Volz, 37, Wichita, lost control around 10:30 a.m. as the area was under a winter weather advisory.

She then overcorrected and struck the barrier wall and the guard rail.

A personal vehicle transported Volz to a hospital with a suspected minor injury.

No mention was made in the report of a patient in the ambulance.

A 2016 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Nicole Dawn Huttegger, 30, DeSoto, Mo. also was involved in the crash. She was not injured.

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Feb 13, 2020 3:30 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.