UG Commission approves $12.5 million settlement with McIntyre

Lamonte McIntyre, who was exonerated after serving 23 years in prison, posed for a photo in 2018 after a bill was approved by the Kansas Legislature to award funding to those who are wrongfully incarcerated. The UG Commission voted June 30 to approve a $12.5 million settlement with the McIntyres. (2018 file photo by Mary Rupert)

The Unified Government Commission on Thursday night approved a $12.5 million settlement with Lamonte and Rose McIntyre.

As part of the agreement terms, the McIntyres would dismiss the lawsuit against the Unified Government.

The UG Commission also voted to approve issuance of general obligation bonds that would provide funding for the settlement.

The state of Kansas in 2020 approved a $1.5 million award to Lamonte McIntyre for wrongful incarceration for 23 years. McIntyre said he did not commit a murder that he had been convicted of. His case was supported by the Innocence Project.

When he was awarded the funding by the state, a provision of that case was that if he won a case with a separate monetary award against the state or a government in a civil action, he would have to pay the state back for the amount it awarded him.

At the 7 p.m. UG Commission meeting, David Cooper, an outside counsel for the UG, said each party would be responsible for its own attorney costs.

He said the resolution authorizes the UG to issue general obligation bonds, but it does not require the UG to do so.

Commissioner Gayle Townsend, who voted with the rest of the commission to approve the resolutions, said it does not mean the UG is admitting to any wrongdoing in the case.

It’s an expensive choice in the matter and “will be a reminder to all of us as staff goes about day-to-day decisions,” she said.

A former Kansas City, Kansas, police detective was alleged to have railroaded McIntyre and allegedly coerced witnesses to give false testimony.

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Brother and sister recount ‘very traumatizing’ Amtrak derailment in Missouri

by Lily O’Shea Becker, Kansas Reflector

A mother aboard a train derailment in Mendon, Missouri, on Monday climbed on top of the wreckage and went from train car to train car, yelling into each window while searching for her three children, according to her son, Dax McDonald.

The Amtrak train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it struck a dump truck approximately 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri. Seven cars derailed with hundreds of passengers inside. Four passengers were killed and 150 others were injured, with some in critical condition, according to a news briefing Wednesday from the University of Kansas Health System.

McDonald said he first heard a bang.

“I honestly thought at first it would just be a large delay,” McDonald said during the briefing. “I’ve heard of trains hitting cars before, but then when I started to feel the train start to tip, I saw the car in front of us start to turn, or fall over. That’s when I kind of knew that this went from a delay to a life-or-death situation.”

McDonald, from Phoenix, Arizona, was traveling with his mother and two sisters from Arizona to Iowa to visit family for the Fourth of July, KMBC-TV reported. While McDonald was sitting on the right side of the train and emerged from the derailment virtually unscathed, his sister, Samantha McDonald, was sitting on the left side of the train.

“When the crash happened,” she said, “I was on the left side of the train car that we were in, and I was thrown to the other side of the train car, hitting my head and scraping my face and hitting the right side of my body against the train car. … So because of that, I was bleeding from the right side of my face.”

She was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, Missouri, for a CT scan and X-rays for her knee.

“Everything cleared up. I’m OK, obviously — just a little banged up,” Samantha McDonald said.

Dax McDonald recalled the person in front of him having a seizure and people immediately calling for help with broken limbs or unable to move.
Dax McDonald said he was looking for a way to get out.

“We kind of realized that both exits on the front and back of the train weren’t usable anymore,” he said. “The only real exits, we realized after a while, were straight up from us.”

Survivors who were able to get out of the train stood on top of the derailed cars and helped pull others out through windows.

“I just remember the man that was able to help me climb my way up out of the train was actually, his entire face was scratched up, kind of like the side of my face,” Samantha McDonald said. “It was very, very traumatizing to see that in person and see that actually happening in real life.”

Matt Daugherty, director of business development for Life Flight, said because Mendon is rural, many of the first responders were nearby volunteer firefighters who left their day jobs to help assist.

Daugherty said 11 helicopters responded to the derailment, with the first one arriving within 20 minutes to help assist those who were most injured.

According to Daugherty, most injuries included head wounds, broken bones and cuts from debris.

Dan Manley, assistant fire chief for Lee’s Summit, Missouri, helped coordinate resources and response to the derailment. He said several agencies in the region are equipped to respond to derailments because they have received special passenger rail rescue training.

“I’m so thankful for the entire community of Mendon who came out,” Dax McDonald said. “We went to the high school — they already had drinks and food and water. They had the whole gymnasium set up. The whole town basically came out.”

Dax McDonald said he saw farmers drive a tractor through a field toward the train to help people. He said the community brought crowbars and ladders to help people out of the train.

Samantha McDonald, who is a pre-med student at the University of Arizona, was asked whether this event has changed her mind on joining the medical field.

“I think if anything, this kind of reignites the fire for being a part of the teams that are able to come out there and were on scene and were absolutely outstanding,” she said.

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Cleburne rolls over Monarchs, 12-9

Kevin Santa of the Kansas City Monarchs fielded a ground ball Wednesday night, June 29, at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas, in the Monarchs 12-9 loss to the Cleburne Railroaders. (Photo by John Ellis, Kansas City Monarchs)

by Caleb Grizzle, Monarchs

The Kansas City Monarchs (27-15) could not generate enough offense against the Cleburne Railroaders (13-29) Wednesday night, losing 12-9.

The Railroaders started off hot and rolled the Monarchs with their early offense and timely pitching.

In the top of the first, Monarchs’ starter Akeem Bostick recorded two strikeouts before surrendering a solo home run to Zach Nehrir. Nehrir’s home run provided the Railroaders with an early 1-0 lead.

In the home half of the first, the Monarchs answered quickly and gained their only lead of the night. Darnell Sweeney’s patience at the plate earned him a walk against the association’s leader in walks, Garrett Alexander. Kevin Santa singled to set up runners at first and second with no outs for Jan Hernandez. Hernandez managed a fly out to right field to aid the baserunners in tagging up.

Santa and Sweeney both advanced after an error from Hill Alexander. All-Star Matt Adams stepped up to the plate and smashed a double to the wall in deep center to bring home two runs. The Monarchs went quietly the rest of the frame and led 2-1 after one inning played.

The game began to go off the rails for the Monarchs in the second inning, as Bostick loaded the bases with only one out, following a walk, and two singles allowed. Nick Shumpert, who was batting ninth for Cleburne on the night, stepped up to the plate and blasted a grand slam over the bullpen in left center to take the lead back at 6-2.

The Railroaders never looked back and did not trail after the second inning. In the bottom of the second, the Monarchs offense cooled quickly and was not able to respond, being retired in quick, one, two, three fashion by Garrett Alexander.

In the third inning, Bostick picked up two more strikeouts with the bases loaded but surrendered another run by walking in Hill Alexander. The Monarchs were again retired in order, striking out three times in the third inning. The Railroaders led 6-2 after three innings played.

In the fourth, Cleburne forced a Kansas City call to the bullpen. Following two, two-out singles from Chase Simpson and Hill Alexander, Kacy Clemens smashed a three-run home run. With Cleburne’s lead pushed to 9-2, Brock Gilliam replaced Akeem Bostick, his first appearance pitching for the Monarchs at home since May 30 after a short time on the injured list.

The Monarchs and Railroaders remained scoreless in the fifth inning before both putting runs on the board in the sixth. With two outs, the Railroaders generated some more offense following an error from the Monarchs’ third basemen, Chad De La Guerra, and a single from Kacy Clemens to set up Jacob Bockelie for an RBI double. With two more runs, the Railroaders extended their commanding lead to 11-2. The Monarchs chiseled away at the deficit with a two-out, solo blast to left field from Matt Adams in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, brand new signee Cam Hill, former Cleveland Guardian, took the mound for the Monarchs. In his one inning of work, he allowed one earned run and two hits for the Railroaders. The Monarchs trailed 12-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Kansas City again cut into the lead with a one-out single from De La Guerra that set up J.C. Escarra for a two-run blast to right field. Darnell Sweeney kept the Monarchs’ bats hot for a moment with a deep, ground rule double to right center. Sweeney’s double brought Garrett Alexander’s time on the mound to a close.

Kevin Santa brought Sweeney home with a single off fresh from the bullpen, Brendan Bell, before the inning came to a close to leave the Monarchs trailing 12-6.

Brandon Koch replaced Cam Hill in the top of the eighth and retired three of the four batters he faced to hold the Railroaders scoreless. In the bottom of the eighth, the Monarchs continued on the comeback train with a two-out, RBI single from Pete Kozma to drive in Matt Adams. The Monarchs threatened to score more with a blooping single to shallow left field from De La Guerra. J.C. Escarra drove a deep fly ball to the right field warning track that was caught by Hill Alexander to retire the side and dash the hopes of an eighth inning comeback.

In the final frame, Frank Rubio replaced Brandon Koch on the mound. Rubio retired the first two batters he faced before surrendering back to back singles. Rubio settled back into his early inning groove and struck out the final batter he faced in the inning, Chase Simpson. Kansas City faced a large deficit in the final inning for the second time in two nights.

Cleburne relied upon Kevin McCarthy, who entered with one out remaining in the eighth, to slam the door on the Monarchs’ comeback hopes. McCarthy retired Darnell Sweeney with a lineout to first before surrendering a single to Kevin Santa. Santa reached second via a wild pitch before Casey Gillaspie, who replaced Jan Hernandez in the seventh, smashed a towering shot to right field to cut the lead to 12-9.

Matt Adams reached first against the shift with a single to put the tying run on deck. Gaby Guerrero popped out to second base to leave the Monarchs’ faithful at home and at Legends field on the edge of their seats. Willie Abreu stepped up to the plate with a chance to keep the Monarchs’ magic alive with two outs. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Abreu hit an infield chopper to McCarthy for a close call at first that resulted in the Monarchs’ final out.
The final game of the four-game series against the Cleburne Railroaders is at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Legends Field. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on

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Kevin Santa of the Kansas City Monarchs fielded a ground ball Wednesday night, June 29, at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas in the Monarchs 12-9 loss to the Cleburne Railroaders. (Photo by John Ellis, Kansas City Monarchs)