Jan 07, 2020 1:00 AM

Herrington officer sorry for faked expletive on McDonald's cup

Posted Jan 07, 2020 1:00 AM

HERRINGTON, Kan. (AP) —A former Kansas police officer who made up a story that a McDonald's employee wrote an expletive and the word “pig” on a coffee cup has apologized.

Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday confirmed Monday that 23-year-old William Darling was the officer involved in the incident. Darling said in a statement to the Herington Times newspaper that was published Friday that he did not consider the “magnitude of the decision” and then “did not display the courage needed to end the situation before it got out of control.”

Darling was not identified when his resignation from the Herington police force was announced last week. 

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'Satanist' soldier in Fort Riley bomb case seeks to change plea
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Jarrett William Smith from a 2011 interview courtesy WPDE TV

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Attorneys for a Fort Riley infantry soldier who prosecutors describe as a Satanist who wanted to overthrow the U.S. government have notified a court that he intends to change his plea.

Jarrett William Smith pleaded not guilty in September to charges of distributing explosives information and making a threatening interstate communication. A court notice posted Monday shows a change of plea hearing is set for Feb. 10 in Topeka.

Smith was a private stationed at Fort Riley with the U.S. Army. He’s accused of providing information about explosives to an FBI undercover agent and threatening to burn down the house of an anti-fascist.