Schlitterbahn

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Bill Grady
April 24, 2019 - 7:03 am
Executives at Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts have not said whether their Kansas City, Kansas location will open this summer, but despite the tragic death of a patron there, some local people want it to return. The future of the water park has been in doubt since the fatal August...
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KMBZ News Staff
February 22, 2019 - 12:06 pm
Kansas City, KS - A Wyandotte County judge has dismissed charges against the defendants in the death of Caleb Schwab at the Schlitterbahn water park in 2016. The judge ruling that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt abused the grand jury process. The park's owner, Jeff Henry, along with Verruckt...
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Marc LaVoie
October 26, 2018 - 9:30 am
A tall crane was spotted Friday morning at Schlitterbahn water park. The heavy machine is set up next to Verruckt, the world's tallest water slide, which is slated to be torn down soon. Caleb Schwab, 10, was killed while riding Verruckt in August of 2016. Crane spotted near Verruckt at...
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KMBZ News Staff
October 18, 2018 - 1:54 pm
Kansas City, KS - Two Schlitterbahn maintenance workers were acquitted of lying during the investigation into the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab in August 2016. Prosecutors claimed David Hughes and John Zalsman failed to replace a brake mat that fell off a raft two weeks before it went airborne...
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KMBZ News Staff
August 29, 2018 - 4:48 pm
Kansas City, KS - A Kansas judge says workers can begin tearing down the 17-story Verruckt waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated when his raft went airborne. Wyandotte County District Court Judge Robert Burns said Wednesday that the preservation of the Verruckt slide "traumatizes...
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John Zalsman and David Hughes mugshots after they were indicted by the Kansas Attorney General
Kara Marxer
May 30, 2018 - 12:22 pm
Two more men have been indicted in the case against Schlitterbahn. David Hughes and John Zalsman were maintenance workers at the waterpark. They made their first appearance in Wyandotte County Court on Wednesday when the indictment was unsealed. The two men are accused of interfering with the...
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KMBC
Bill Grady
May 23, 2018 - 6:59 am
Kansas City, KS - Schlitterbahn is pushing back against state inspectors, saying in an email that the Kansas Department of Labor improperly released “false and misleading” information following an audit of the park where state inspectors found regulation violations on 11 rides. In part, the audit...
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KMBC Channel 9 News
April 25, 2018 - 5:24 am
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Five defendants charged in the death of a 10-year-boy at a Kansas waterpark are seeking separate trials. The Kansas City Star reports motions filed Tuesday in Wyandotte County say Jeff Henry, John Schooley and Henry & Sons Construction want to be tried separately from...
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Wyandotte County Jail
Bill Grady
April 10, 2018 - 5:18 am
John Schooley, designer of the Verruckt water slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas, plead not guilty to a charge of second degree murder in a hearing Monday in Wyandotte County. Judge Robert Burns denied Schooley's request to reduce his $500,000 bond to $250,000, and ordered him to hand...
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Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office
Kara Marxer
April 05, 2018 - 6:44 am
Jeffrey Henry, the co-owner of Schlitterbahn, is due in a Wyandotte County courtroom Thursday afternoon, where his attorney will argue against requiring a GPS ankle bracelet. Henry is charged with reckless second-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated child endangerment. An investigation...
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