Pest Control Worker Slain at Apartment

LEONARDVILLE, Kan. (AP) _ A pest control worker was killed after being called to an apartment building and a resident was arrested.

Thomas James, 48, of Clay Center, was found dead Thursday after a man living at the apartment building called police and said he had hurt someone, said Capt. Tim Hegarty, of the Riley County Police Department.

Hegarty said James died of either "blunt or sharp trauma or a combination of the two.''

A 49-year-old man who lives at the apartment was arrested and was being held in the Riley County jail on $50,000 bond.

Hegarty said James had often done routine pest control at the apartment building. He said it is likely James had previous contact with the suspect but there was no previous indication of a problem between the two men.

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