Man guilty of mistreating elderly

HAYS — A Hays man has been found guilty of mistreatment of an elder person, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Matthew A. Hayes, 43, on Wednesday pleaded no contest in Ellis County District Court to one felony count of mistreatment of an elder person.

The case stemmed from an investigation by the attorney general’s Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department, which discovered that between December 2016 and September 2018, Hayes served as his mother’s power of attorney and used her funds for his personal benefit rather than for her benefit.

As part of the plea, Hayes agreed to pay $39,396.17 in restitution to the victim’s estate.


Rossville man injured in motorcycle crash

WABAUNSEE COUNTY — A Rossville man was injured Thursday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding crashed on Interstate 70 in Wabaunsee County, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 3:50 p.m. Thursday at the I-70 and K-99 highway junction.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2018 Honda Goldwing motorcycle was northbound on K-99 making a right turn onto the eastbound I-70 on-ramp when the rider lost control of the bike, causing it to roll.

The rider, Jon Thederahn, 54, was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital with suspected minor injuries. The patrol said Thederahn was wearing a helmet.