Man sentenced for stealing ring off dying woman

A 20-year-old man was sentenced Monday to nearly eight years in prison for stealing the wedding ring off the hand of a dying woman.

Keith Byron Hickles Jr. was given a 94-month sentence by Sedgwick County District Judge Christopher Magana. Hickles was one of three men convicted of stealing items from 43-year-old Danielle Zimmerman after she suffered a fatal brain aneurysm on Dec. 29, 2013, in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell.

Zimmerman had gone to Taco Bell to get dinner for family when she became ill. Her truck crashed into the drive-thru.

She died the next day. Police recovered her purse Dec. 30. The ring remains missing.

Quanique Thomas-Hameen, 20, was sentenced in October to 19 months in prison for theft in that case and 27 months in prison plus one year in jail on two probation violations.

The third defendant, Daquantrius S. Johnson, was convicted earlier this month of aggravated burglary, robbery and misdemeanor theft.


LaGuardia jet’s wingtip clips tail of other jet on taxiway

Two Boeing 737 jets got a little too close for comfort Tuesday morning at LaGuardia Airport, the wingtip of one airplane clipping the tail of the other on a taxiway, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

No passengers were injured in the incident, the FAA said.

The FAA said that just before 11 a.m., the wingtip of Southwest Airlines Flight 449, an aircraft preparing to depart LaGuardia for Denver, “made contact” with the tail of American Airlines Flight 1104, a flight from Dallas that was in the process of taxiing to its gate.

The Associated Press said the left winglet was ripped off the Southwest plane, though the FAA did not immediately confirm the report. The FAA said it would investigate the incident.


Fast-growing capital gains 10,000 people in a year

New Census estimates show the District of Columbia gained nearly 10,000 residents in the past year and now has a population of 658,000.

The District remains one of the fastest-growing places in the U.S. when compared to states. Only North Dakota, Nevada, Texas and Colorado grew at a faster rate over the past year.

The District’s rate of growth slowed a bit when compared to 2012 and 2013, when it gained 1,000 new residents a month. Still, the nation’s capital has 57,000 more people than it did during the 2010 Census. The District’s population remains greater than two states – Vermont and Wyoming.

—From news service reports

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