WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A south-central Kansas man who demolished a historic building in Harper is due in court for a plea hearing on charges of failing to notify regulators.
Hugh Allen Barker, of Harper, had a change-of-plea hearing scheduled Monday in U.S. District Court. He’s accused of destroying the Buckeye Building in 2008 without informing federal or state environmental regulators.
The 1885 structure was owned by The Balmer Fund, a nonprofit group that restores historic Kansas buildings
Barker, the owner of Barker Sand and Gravel, contracted with the city to demolish the building after authorities condemned it.