Michael O'Donnell

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 12 counts of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell is scheduled to be in federal court Wednesday afternoon to be formally charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

It will be his first court appearance since a grand jury indictment was unsealed Friday.

O’Donnell is accused of taking money from his campaign accounts and using it to pay himself and his friends. He's also accused of falsely reporting the expenditures to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

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Updated Wednesday, 4:58 p.m.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's phone calls with Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell were among those intercepted by federal officials in 2015.

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Sedgwick County commissioners elected their 2017 leaders at a meeting Wednesday morning.

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Sedgwick County will be holding a reception for outgoing Commissioner Karl Peterjohn Wednesday morning.

He’s one of two commissioners who lost re-elections in 2016.

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Legislators from south-central Kansas will hold a public forum Wednesday, less than a week before lawmakers convene for the 2017 session.

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Two seats on the Sedgwick County Commission are up for election this year.

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A man involved in a racist incident at a rural Kansas college has been trying to gain a foothold in state politics.

The chalk outlines of bodies and messages including, “Make Lindsborg White Again,” that were scrawled on Bethany College sidewalks earlier this month rattled the campus and surrounding community.

A police report of the chalkings from Sept. 3 names Gabriel James Wilson as a suspect.


Republican Kansas Sen. Michael O’Donnell is running for a seat on the Sedgwick County commission instead of seeking re-election in the state Legislature.

O’Donnell announced Tuesday that he will seek the county's District 2 seat, which is currently held by Democrat Tim Norton. Norton says he intends to file for re-election.

O’Donnell has served in the Kansas Senate since 2013. Before that, he was on the Wichita City Council.