Sep 10, 2019 6:00 PM

New York Giants player testifies at Kan. murder suspect's hearing

Posted Sep 10, 2019 6:00 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine has testified at a preliminary hearing about the fatal shooting of his best friend and former Washburn University teammate.


Ballentine testified Monday, a day after making his NFL debut. He was wounded April 27 in Topeka in the shooting that killed 23-year-old Dwane Simmons, just hours after the Giants drafted Ballentine. Ballentine testified in a preliminary hearing for 18-year-old Alejandro Mendez, of Topeka, who is charged with first-degree murder and 11 other counts.


He recounted how he, Simmons and others were standing outside a house when a car stopped nearby and began firing at the group. Simmons, a defensive back who would have been a senior this fall, was killed. Ballentine was shot in the buttocks. After the hearing, Mendez was bound over for trial.

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Unwed teacher fired from KC Catholic school after becoming pregnant testifies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A teacher who lost her job at a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, after becoming pregnant has testified that she believed administrators decided not to renew her contract because she wasn't married but created a paper trail of evidence to justify their decision.


Michelle Bolen testified Monday in her lawsuit against the former principal of St. Therese Catholic elementary school and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Bolen had worked for the school for nearly 15 years when she lost her job in July 2015.


Bolen now works at another school. Her attorney said the former principal had never failed to renew a teacher's contract after having overseen 330 performance reviews over nearly a decade.

A lawyer representing the diocese has said the case wasn't about her pregnancy, and that Bolen was intent on getting "revenge."