Kansan convicted of animal cruelty

LEAVENWORTH — A Leavenworth man who had been facing a felony animal cruelty charge has been convicted of a misdemeanor.

The trial of Lemuel D. Hunter Jr. took place Thursday before a judge in Leavenworth County District Court.

Hunter was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty for singing a dog’s whiskers with a propane torch. The incident was reported Feb. 19, 2018, at an apartment in downtown Leavenworth.

In a body camera video, Hunter's wife, Terrie, told an officer about previous incidents in which she claims her husband mistreated the dog after it urinated in the apartment. She also said her husband had punched the dog in the head earlier that day and had tormented the dog by banging on its cage.

Leavenworth Animal Control housed the dog for about two months. He said Terrie Hunter eventually relinquished her rights to the dog. A rescue organization was able to place the dog in a home.


Burrton to form neighborhood watch

BURRTON — It was a particularly scary situation that led Burrton resident AJ Barnes to spearhead efforts to form a neighborhood watch in her town.

"Recently, my husband and I had an intruder come to our home in the evening when we were home with our children," Barnes said.

Though she and her husband were able to keep the would-be intruder from entering, Barnes said the event motivated her into taking action.

Barnes noted Burrton's location along a major highway — and the extra traffic local businesses are drawing in from outside city limits — could make it a target for criminals.

By forming a neighborhood watch, Barnes hopes to get Burrton residents to report details of suspicious activity, persons and vehicles to law enforcement. Barnes also praised the work of the police in Burrton, but also noted they could not be everywhere at once.

Barnes will share materials from the National Neighborhood Watch organization at a meeting at 6 p.m. June 27 at the Burrton City Building, 203 N. Burrton Ave.