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Crews search rushing water for Wichita boy


WICHITA, Kan. - Emergency crews are searching for a boy feared to have fallen into swift moving water in south Wichita. Sedgwick County dispatchers tell us the call came in at 7:24 p.m. from the Lord's Diner near 2800 block of S Hillside. That's

Dismissal of lawsuit in Salina girl's death reversed


SALINA, Kan. - The Kansas Court of Appeals has reversed a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the city of Salina by a family whose 12-year-old daughter died several months after being shocked while playing in a rainstorm. The Salina Journal

Man rescues toddler who wanders into Wichita roadway


WICHITA, Kan. - Nick Shafer's morning drive to work came to a halt today when he says he saw a little boy standing in the road. "I was normal routine just heading to work, and as I'm going sure enough there's a toddler just standing out

Kansas Supreme Court rejects some education funding changes


TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court is threatening again to close the state's public schools and has rejected some education funding changes enacted by legislators earlier this year. The court ruled Friday on a law that revised parts of the

Police: Man accused of Kansas theft of Blue Man Group items


WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita police say a man is charged with stealing props and costumes of the Blue Man Group while the performance artists were in that south-central Kansas city last week. Thirty-three-year-old Freddy Gonzalez-Gonzalez of Wichita was

Cab driver faces rape charges


OLATHE, Kan. - A 70-year-old cab driver faces charges accusing him of raping a female passenger in Johnson County. The Kansas City Star reports (http://j.mp/1Uap3sS ) Abdul S. Sayed, of Olathe, is charged in Johnson County District Court with rape and ag

UPDATE: Missing Missouri boys found in Howard, Kan


TANEY COUNTY, Mo. - Jacob Oliver, 9, and Jason Oliver, 8, were taken from their custodial parent’s residence in Ridgedale, Missouri. The 8 and 9-year-old boys were found in Howard, KS according to Howard police, who would not yet confirm if the boys

Arkansas City commissioner resigns


ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. - Commissioner Chad Giles resigned Wednesday from the City Commission of Arkansas City in a letter emailed to city Manager Nick Hernandez. Giles, who just completed his second consecutive term as mayor and has served on the City 

Kansas launches new campaign finance website amid criticism


TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has launched a new campaign finance website that officials say might not address the public's needs. The website aimed to give people easier access to information about which political 

More severe weather and tornadoes in Kansas


CHAPMAN, Kan. - Severe weather spawning numerous tornadoes roiled large stretches of Kansas for a second day Thursday, prompting residents to anxiously watch the skies but causing only scattered damage in rural areas and no injuries or deaths.  A 

Kansas indictment accuses 13 in $3.5M ID theft scheme


WICHITA, Kan. - A federal indictment in southern Kansas accuses 13 people of roles in an identity-theft ring involving more than $3.5 million of thievery. The 50-count indictment unsealed Thursday in Wichita alleges the conspirators divided up the work

Man found guilty in fatal shooting of Dodge City woman


DODGE CITY, Kan. - A man charged in the 2014 fatal shooting of a Dodge City woman has been found guilty of second-degree murder. Victor Gutierrez Jr. was found guilty Wednesday in the death of 30-year-old Natasha Pruitt. Authorities say Pruitt was found

Kansan pleads guilty in girl's chase-related shooting death


KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A man faces life in prison now that he's admitted in federal court that he kidnapped his Kansas girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter and killed her during a police chase. Thirty-two-year-old Marcas McGowan pleaded guilty Thursday

GOP leader seeks Kansas Senate vote against federal order


TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle wants the chamber to vote next week on a resolution condemning a recent federal directive on accommodating transgender students in public schools. Wagle's office disclosed Thursday that she is

Royals place Moustakas on DL with torn ACL


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Such injuries usually sideline a player for a long period. Moustakas

One dead after fiery crash in Cowley County


ARKANSAS CITY, Kan.  - Authorities are working to positively identify a person killed in a fiery crash on U.S. 77 highway south of Arkansas City. The two-vehicle accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Wednesday just north of 322nd Road, according to Sg

Top Kansas lawmaker leads protest on federal LGBT directive


TOPEKA, Kan. - A top Kansas legislator is drafting a letter to federal officials promising resistance to a recent directive on accommodating transgender students in public schools. House Speaker Ray Merrick circulated a copy of the letter Wednesday to 

Judge gives Kansas a bit more time to register voters


WICHITA - A federal judge has denied a request to put on hold pending appeal an order requiring Kansas to add to voting rolls for federal elections thousands of eligible voters who did not provide proof of citizenship when registering at motor vehicle 

Tornadoes damage homes in north-central Kansas


WICHITA - A tornado damaged homes and flipped over a car in Dickinson County Wednesday night, as severe storms threatened parts of Kansas. A storm tracker reported at least 20 homes were damaged in a rural area north of I-70, a bit north of Chapman.

Wichita sex offender receives eight life terms


WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita man convicted of nine child sex crimes was sentenced Wednesday to eight consecutive life sentences, plus 100 months. Charles Satchell, 25, was convicted in March of charges ranging from aggravated criminal sodomy to

More bad weather, maybe twisters, due in Kansas


DODGE CITY, Kan. — The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says more bad weather is headed for the central U.S. for the remainder of the week, including possible tornadoes. Forecasters say unstable air could allow tornadoes to form in sout

Suspended Kansas sheriff's detective charged with perjury


TOPEKA, Kan. — A suspended Kansas sheriff's detective has been charged with three counts of felony perjury after an investigation into inconsistencies on investigative reports. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas Attorney General

Kansas man re-sentenced for killing his wife


SALINA, Kan. — A man convicted of killing his wife has been resentenced after the Kansas Supreme Court vacated his sentence. The Salina Journal reports that Davin Sprague, 41, will be eligible for parole after 25 years under the sentence imposed Tu

Kansas woman accused of huffing, charged in fatal wreck


OLATHE, Kan. — A Kansas woman has been charged with huffing gas before a fatal wreck. The Kansas City Star reports that Angeline Shelor, 25, of Olathe, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, reckless driving and abusing toxic vapors. She is

Wichita Eagle editor leaving for Charlotte Observer post


WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita Eagle editor Sherry Chisenhall is taking a job as managing editor of the Charlotte Observer. The Wichita newspaper announced the move Wednesday. Chisenhall will leave the newsroom she has spent the last 16 years running on

Twins stave off another sweep with 7-5 win over Royals


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Miguel Sano hit the go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning after Minnesota lost an early lead, and the Twins staved off another series sweep Wednesday by beating the Kansas City Royals 7-5. Eduardo Nunez and Brian Dozier

Youngsters Rescued from NE Wichita Creek


WICHITA - The Fire Department says two children have been rescued from a creek on the city's northeast side. Crews were called around 1:00 p.m. to the creek in the area of 27th Street North & Hillside. Rescuers arrived on scene and found the two ...

Merger: Planned Parenthood Great Plains


TOPEKA - Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri plans to merge with the abortion provider's central Oklahoma affiliate in July. The Kansas and Mid-Missouri affiliate announced the merger Wednesday. President and CEO Laura McQuade has been the ...

Wichita Teachers: Longer Days, Shorter Year


WICHITA - Members of the United Teachers of Wichita have approved a schedule change that will lengthen the school day and shorten the school year; KAKE News reports 68.9% of those who voted approved the change. "The pro-rep assembly of UTW had a ver...

Convicted killer resentenced


SALINA, Kan. — A man convicted of killing his wife has been resentenced after the Kansas Supreme Court vacated his sentence. The Salina Journal (http://bit.ly/1WOsPhO ) reports that 41-year-old Davin Sprague will be eligible for parole after 25 yea

Anniversary of a Kansas weather tragedy


WICHITA - In 1955, two violent F-5 tornadoes struck North Central Oklahoma and extreme South Central Kansas. The first tornado  tore through Blackwell where 20 were killed, 280 were injured and $8 million damage resulted.  The tragic Udall torna

AAA advisory for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month


TOPEKA, Kan. - Motorcyclists can face a rough road. More than 4,500 motorcyclists died and 92,000 were injured in crashes in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of the 960 motorcycle accidents in Kansas in 2014, 743 of

Parsons ends youth tackle football program after concerns


PARSONS, Kan. - A Kansas town is doing away with a youth tackle football program, due to concerns about concussions. Several Kansas youth athletic programs start tackle football in elementary school. But thanks to one NFL quarterback, Parsons is calling 

Damage and injuries reported in Kansas storms


WICHITA - Tornadoes damaged parts of western Kansas Tuesday night and injured at least two people, as much of the state dealt with severe weather. Tornadoes were reported in several Kansas counties. A meteorologist in the Dodge City office of the 

Perez, surging Royals take down Twins 7-4


MINNEAPOLIS, Min. - Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer, Lorenzo Cain had four hits and two RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals picked up where their bats left off the night before while beating the tumbling Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Tuesday. Wade Davis worked

Mesa Air flight forced back to Wichita


WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Mesa Air flight was forced to return to the Wichita airport Tuesday night, reportedly due to an electrical outage. Flight tracking websites indicated Flight 5807 left Eisenhower National Airport around 7:00 p.m. heading for

Hillsboro man indicted in oil and gas scheme


WICHITA, Kan. - A Hillsboro man was indicted Tuesday on charges of carrying out a $7.9 million oil and gas fraud scheme.   David K. Lawson, 70, is charged with one count of wire fraud. The indictment alleges the crime occurred while Lawson was the ow

Overland Park woman sentenced for embezzlement


KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A former credit union employee in Overland Park was sentenced today to three years supervised release for embezzling from the credit union where she worked.  In addition, she was ordered to pay $34,035 in restitution.

Sedgwick County Judge Roth, retiring


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Sedgwick County District Court Judge Douglas Roth announced Tuesday he will retire June 30.   A statement from the state noted Roth has spent 38 years in legal service. His career begin as a private attorney, he then moved

Arkansas City voters say yes to sales tax


ARK CITY, Kan.  -  Arkansas City residents have approved a sales tax to help the local hospital. The special tax election passed Tuesday by a vote of 1885 to 467. Voters approved a 1% local sales tax that will be in place for ten years. The mo

New charges in McConnell child sex case


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Two new charges were added Tuesday to a case claiming teenage girls were abused at McConnell Air Force Base. Prosecutors said Random Smith, 36, now faces five counts. The latest charges are that he possessed child pornography

Topeka man sentenced in double homicide


TOPEKA, Kan. — A Topeka man has been ordered to spend more than two decades in prison in the shooting deaths of a man and woman at a Topeka, Kansas, apartment. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Nicholas Storm Phillips, 22, pleaded guilty in March

Another suit accuses Kansas VA physician assistant of sexual abuse


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A veteran who served in Iraq is the latest person to file a lawsuit accusing a former physician assistant at a Veteran's Administration hospital in Kansas of sexual abuse. The Kansas City Star reports that the suit filed Mon

US House rejects cellphone tracking measure


TOPEKA, Kan.  — The U.S. House has voted down legislation that would require cellphone carriers to provide call location information to law enforcement in dire situations without a search warrant. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the me

Police: Kansas man run over, killed by own car


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police in Kansas City, Kansas, say a man is dead after being run over by his own car outside his home. Authorities say the man was getting to leave for work shortly after 6:00 a.m. Tuesday when he tried to adjust something with

Probation for Kansas woman who aided convicted rapist


TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas woman has been placed on three years of intensive supervised probation for aiding a man convicted of abducting, drugging and raping a girl, 8. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Michelle Lee Harris, 24, of Topeka, was s

New Law Enforcement Training Center at WSU


WICHITA - Wichita State University, the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County have officially announced plans for a new Law Enforcement Training Center on WSU's Innovation Campus. Last week Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita unanimously appro

Cargill Protein HQ Staying in Wichita


WICHITA - Cargill's protein business headquarters and its approximately 800 jobs will remain in Wichita, relocating from its 10-story building at 1st & Main downtown to a new office building, which will be built at a yet-to-be-determined site with ...

No new contract for K.U. educator


LAWRENCE, Kan. — A white University of Kansas assistant professor who used a racial slur during a class discussion on race will not have her contract renewed after the next academic year. Andrea Quenette, an assistant professor of communication stu

Rural mainstreet economy remains weak for May


Omaha, Neb. - The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index for May increased from April’s very weak reading, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy.  Bankers

Kansas gas prices jump, Wichita up to $2.19/gallon


WICHITA - The average price for unleaded gasoline in Kansas spiked by almost eight cents in the last week. Despite the price rise, motorists are still paying an average of 16% less than a year ago. Only 5 towns in Kansas remain under two dollars. The low

Haysville area man dies after hit-and-run


HAYSVILLE, Kan. - A Haysville area man who was critically hurt earlier this month in a hit and run crash near 87th Street S and Broadway has died. It happened Thursday May 12th, 31-year-old Grant Burris was visiting family and while crossing the road 

Party affiliation deadline for primary election is June 1


WICHITA - June 1 is an important day for political candidates, voters and for the people at the Sedgwick County Election Commissioner's Office. It's the last day for candidates to file for office before the primary. And it's the last day for 

Man injured in south Wichita shooting


WICHITA - Police are searching for two suspects after a man was shot in south Wichita. At about 4:15 p.m. Monday, officers were called to a home in the area near Market and Harry.  They found a 36-year-old man in an upstairs bedroom suffering from a

Perez has 5 hits as Royals beat Twins 10-4


MINNEAPOLIS - Salvador Perez had a career-high five hits, including a double, a triple and an RBI, to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 10-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Paulo Orlando added three hits and two RBIs in the rain-delayed

Kansas City man sentenced in Overland Park bank robbery


KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A Kansas City man who threatened employees with a gun and dragged a woman by her hair during a bank robbery was sentenced Monday to 17 years in federal prison.   Clifton B. Cloyd, 54, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty t

Kansas woman pleads guilty to embezzlement


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  An Ottawa County woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling from a real estate company in Salina where she worked.   Janetta Marie Buttery, 42, Bennington, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of s

Father of missing Wichita baby pleads guilty in separate case


WICHITA, Kan.  -  The father of a missing Wichita baby on Monday changed his plea to guilty to charges of tampering with electronic monitoring equipment. Gary Moore's trial was scheduled to start today Sedgwick County court. This case is no

Suspects identified in Wichita bank robberies


WICHITA, Kan.  -  The names of two of the three suspects arrested after a bank robbery and chase ending in south Wichita last Thursday have been released through jail records. The records show two adults, Jorge Santana, 18, and Coddy Williams,

Sedgwick Co. Zoo chimp 'Tammy' dies at 44


WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Sedgwick County Zoo announced the passing of an animal that had called the zoo home for more more than 17 years. Tammy, a chimpanzee, died Monday, at the age of 44. The chimpanzee arrived at the zoo for the first time in t

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