- - Sunday, October 30, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Sex-offender parolees face Halloween ‘roundup’

SACRAMENTO | About 2,000 paroled California sex offenders have no permanent home. This Halloween, however, many will spend the night together under supervision from authorities who want to make sure they have no contact with children out trick-or-treating.

It’s the first time California parole agents are targeting offenders who live on the streets or in nomadic campsites.

Their ranks have spiked since voters approved Jessica’s Law, which bans offenders from living near schools and parks. The number of transient paroled sex offenders has since grown from 88 in August 2007 to about 2,000 now that the law has been fully implemented.

Parole agents who cover Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are setting up the “transient sex-offender roundup centers,” mostly at parole offices and community centers. Offenders have been ordered to stay there from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

KANSAS

Search for missing put off after grain-elevator blast

ATCHISON | Crews have suspended rescue efforts for three people missing since an explosion at a Kansas grain elevator that killed three workers and injured two.

Atchison City Manager Trey Cocking says the search was suspended Sunday while crews waited for more specialized equipment to help in the search at the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator.

Mr. Cocking said earlier that the company had been weighing whether it was safe to send rescue teams into the facility, which sustained significant damage in the Saturday night explosion.

The family of one of the men who is unaccounted for waited Sunday at the site for news. Gary Keil, of Salina, Kan., said his son, 34-year-old Travis Keil is a state grain inspector missing since the explosion. He said the family is praying for his safe return.

MISSOURI

Lawyer leaves missing-baby case

KANSAS CITY | The Kansas City attorney for the family of a baby reported missing more than three weeks ago announced Friday she has stopped representing the family, leaving them with one New York-based lawyer.

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