Kansas Man Spared Prison In Harper Demolition

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A south-central Kansas man who demolished a
historic building containing asbestos floor tiles has been sentenced to probation for failing to notify environmental regulators.

The U.S. attorney's office says Hugh Allen Barker, of Harper, must also pay a $1,000 fine under the sentence he received Monday
in federal court in Wichita.

Barker pleaded guilty in January to one felony count, admitting he failed to file required notifications before he began demolishing the Buckeye Building in 2008. The 1885 building was owned by The Balmer Fund, a nonprofit group that restores historic Kansas buildings.

Barker owns Barker Sand and Gravel.

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