Crash kills Wellsville police officer

DOUGLAS COUNTY — Thirty-year-old Bryon Virtue, a police officer for the city of Wellsville in Franklin County, was killed Saturday morning in a traffic crash in Douglas County, Wellsville Police Chief John Blair announced on that department’s Facebook page.

“Please keep his family in your prayers,” Blair said on that site.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday wasn’t releasing the name or age of a female driver who was also killed in the two-vehicle crash, which was reported about 5:30 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of N. 1800 Road, also known as the Farmers’ Turnpike, between Lawrence and Lecompton.

Further details were unavailable.

Woman wants new trial

LEAVENWORTH — A woman who was convicted of murder in 2018 in Leavenworth claims she received ineffective assistance from her attorneys during her trial.

Barbara M. Frantz raised the issue Friday as her attorney, Stacey Schlimmer, was arguing for a new trial for her client.

Frantz, 53, was convicted in 2018 of first-degree murder. She has not yet been sentenced. She was charged after her estranged husband, Gary, was shot Jan. 27, 2017, in a parking lot in downtown Leavenworth.

Frantz was represented during her trial by Schlimmer and attorney Angela Keck. Keck was allowed to withdraw from the case last week.

Frantz and Schlimmer appeared Friday in Leavenworth County District Court for a hearing on a motion for a new trial.

District Judge Michael Gibbens scheduled another hearing for April 3