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Arrests made in Ark City in connection to child sex abuse

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. – Two Arkansas City residents were arrested in connection to the sexual abuse of a child, according to a KAKE News report.  21-year-old Timothy Ray Matthews was arrested shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of agg

One dead from self-inflicted shooting at Field of Screams

MAIZE, Kan. – Sedgwick County dispatchers have confirmed one person shot themselves at the Field of Scream Halloween park near Maize Friday night and has died.  The incident occurred around 10:15 p.m. The Halloween Park is located on N. Tyler

Northern Oklahoma feels three quakes

Trio of earthquakes hit northern Oklahoma     FAIRVIEW, Okla.  -  The U.S. Geological Survey, (USGS), reported three earthquakes from northern Oklahoma Friday afternoon.  The U.S. Geological Survey reports three earthquakes occurr

Wichita State ranks among the safest college campuses

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita State University finds it is ranked among the top colleges in the country, for safety.  Of the top fifty, WSU is listed at number 16.   The list published by College Choice included factors such as general sa

New York Knicks sign Baker, re-sign Early

NEW YORK  — The New York Knicks have re-signed forward Cleanthony Early. The team announced the move Tuesday and didn't disclose terms of the deal. The 6',8" Early averaged 1.8 points in 17 games for New York during his second NB

67 seek medical care after Kansas chemical spill

ATCHISON, Kan. — More than 60 people sought medical attention after a chemical spill at a distilling plant that released a noxious cloud in northeast Kansas. The Kansas Department of Emergency Management says the cloud occurred Friday morning when

Kansas court upholds death sentence in 1996 slaying

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas' highest court has upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a college student twenty years ago. The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday let stand Gary Kleypas' death sentence in the 1996 rape and stabbing dea

Judge says Kansas man poses 'grave danger'

WICHITA, Kan. — The defense attorney for one of three men accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in western Kansas says his client was only preparing to defend himself against massive social upheaval. The comments came during a court heari

Lawrence cable, telecom and internet provider sold

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A company that provides cable, telecom and internet services in the Lawrence area has been sold. Officials with WOW announced Friday that the Lawrence system will be acquired by Midco, which provides cable, internet and other servi

Charge dropped against man who decapitated Wichita housekeeper

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court has dismissed an attempted rape charge against a truck driver who was sentenced to death in 2004 for killing and decapitating a Wichita housekeeper. The court ruled on Friday that Douglas Belt, 54, should not

Haskell says federal investigation of nepotism is ongoing

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Haskell Indian Nations University is now saying a federal investigation into alleged nepotism at the school is not completed. On Tuesday, Haskell administrators said the federal Office of Inspector General concluded the complaint w

Kansas man waives detention hearing in bomb case

WICHITA, Kan. — Regarding three men accused of conspiring to detonate truck bombs at an apartment complex where Somali immigrants live in western Kansas: A Kansas man has waived a detention hearing and pleaded not guilty in what prosecutors say was

Wichita State University: Safe Campus

WICHITA - Wichita State University has been ranked No. 16 in the top 50 Safest Large Colleges and Universities list. The list, published by College Choice, includes campuses all over the country. Wichita State is the highest-ranked Kansas Board of Regent...

KS Unemployment Rate Ticks Up Again

TOPEKA - Kansas lost more than 2,000 private-sector jobs in September as the state's unemployment rate ticked up for the fourth month in a row. The Kansas Department of Labor attributes the rise in the jobless rate to a combination of fewer people in ...

7,500 More Job Cuts for Bombardier

MONTREAL, Canada - Airplane maker Bombardier, the parent company of Wichita-based Learjet, says it is cutting 7,500 jobs around the world over the next two years. The Montreal-based plane and train maker said Friday that the reductions are designed to sa...

Wichita making changes to ease traffic around Southeast High

WICHITA - Wichita and Sedgwick County are making some changes in hopes of clearing up a problem traffic area near the new Southeast High School.  Planners have been studying the traffic counts since the opening of Southeast and some of their changes

Kansas granted federal disaster declaration for September flooding

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Governor requested a federal disaster declaration for severe storms that brought heavy rain and flooding to the state in September.  On Thursday the Kansas Adjutant's office announced that 11 counties have been granted the 

Second arrest made in Topeka road-rage shooting

TOPEKA, Kan. - A second suspect in a Topeka road-rage shooting has been arrested in West Virginia.  On Oct. 8th 28-year-old Michael Stadler was shot during what Topeka Police called a road-rage argument.  Stadler died at a Topeka Hospital. 

KS Governor comments on debates and elections

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback spoke on KNSS sister station KMBZ prior to Wednesday night's 3rd and final Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  During an in-studio interview

Nebraska woman killed, three injured in Goddard crash

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A woman, believed to be from Nebraska, died, and three others were injured in a crash west of Wichita.  It happened around 6:30 p.m. Thursday night, near 183rd Street West and MacArthur.   A spokesman with the Sedgwic

Man dies in Wichita motorcycle accident

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A motorcyclist died after crashing into a car near Sedgwick County Park.  It happened around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at 21st and North Shore Boulevard. A police spokesman says the motorcycle was traveling westbound o

Small earthquake impacts Sumner County

CALDWELL, Kan. -  A small earthquake was felt in Sumner county.  The 3.6 magnitude quake was reported just before 7:15 a.m. Thursday morning. The United States Geological Survey, (USGS), says the quake was centered around thirteen miles southwe

Wichita man injured with guitar, robbed

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A man, 31, was injured during a robbery in south Wichita.  It happened around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 100 block of East 58th Street South. The man reported to police that a man he knew hit him in the back of th

Kansas senator says he'll accept vote results

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran is saying that he'll accept this year's election results and will encourage all candidates for office to do the same. The Kansas Republican issued a statement Thursday in response to GOP presidential n

Woman charged in unsolved 1989 killing in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A woman has been charged in the death of an woman, whose body was found nearly thirty years ago in Kansas City, Kansas. The Wyandotte County District Attorney's office said in a release Thursday that Carolyn J. Heckert, 48,

Kansas elections chief backs Trump on election fraud claims

TOPEKA, Kan.  — The top elections official Kansas is defending Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee claims that election fraud could cost him the election. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a Trump supporter and a vocal a

Feds: Suspects in Kansas bomb plot pose 'substantial danger'

WICHITA, Kan. — Prosecutors say the three Kansas men accused of conspiring to attack Somali immigrants in Garden City pose a "substantial danger" to the community and should not be released pending trial. A filing Thursday makes public ne

Half of Salina homes with high lead levels, untested

SALINA, Kan. — Health officials say only about half of the 33 cases of elevated lead levels reported in Saline County children were investigated because some people were reluctant to allow officials into their homes. Saline County official Shawn Es

Octopus Case: Wichita Man Pleads Guilty

WICHITA - A man accused of feeding a two-year-old boy a small octopus has pled guilty.  37-year-old Matthew Gallagher of Wichita pled guilty to an amended charge of endangering a child, and additional charges of battery and interference with la...

Mentally Ill KS Man: Guilty Plea/Murder

GREENSBURG, Kan. - A mentally ill Kansas man has pleaded guilty to killing a man three days after he was released from a state psychiatric hospital in a case that prompted a state inquiry. Brandon Brown, of Haviland, pleaded guilty in Kiowa County to sec...

Police arrest 3rd suspect in Wichita gang shooting

WICHITA - A third person has been arrested in connection to a gang-related shooting outside a northeast Wichita apartment complex.  18-year-old Jamasia Dear was booked in the Sedgwick County Jail Monday on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Wichita Police investigating a dog fighting ring

WICHITA - Police are looking to stop a dog fighting ring after a maimed and wounded pit bull was found on the streets of Wichita.  Police say the dog had cuts all over its body and its teeth had been filed down or pulled.  KAKE News spoke with

One person killed in crash near Strong City

STRONG CITY, Kan - One person has died after a traffic accident in Chase County.  It happened at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday on US 50 just east of Strong City. A westbound pickup truck went left of center and struck a semi truck head-on.  The driver of

Florida man sentenced for Wichita bank robbery

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Florida man was sentenced Wednesday to 46 months in federal prison for robbing a Wichita bank, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.   Antonio Adam Smiley, 30, Zephyrhills, Fla., pleaded guilty to one count of bank robber

Grand jury indicts 3 Kansans in possible immigrant attack

TOPEKA, Kan. — A federal grand jury has indicted three Kansas men who are suspected of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in Garden City. Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall says the grand jury indictment returned Wednesday is based on the same facts

Kansas back peddles citing Dred Scott in abortion case

WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is withdrawing a court brief that cites the slavery-era Dred Scott decision to support the state's position that the Kansas Constitution does not guarantee a right to an abortion. Schmidt sa

Body exhumed in Abilene; possible victim of serial killer

ABILENE, Kan. — The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says investigators exhumed the remains of a person believed to be a possible victim of a serial killer. Sheriff Gareth Hoffman said in a news release the remains were exhumed Wednesday from

Lawrence teacher suspended over remarks in class

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Lawrence school district says a middle school teacher has been suspended with pay after allegedly making racist comments during class. The district announced the suspension Wednesday but did not provide the name of the South Mi

Police: Stranger chokes baby at Kansas City-area Walmart

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police say a man is in custody after he allegedly tried to choke a baby, 4-months, that he didn't know at a Kansas City-area Walmart. Overland Park police say the man walked up to a woman who was in a checkout lane early W

Kansas businesswoman sentenced for tax evasion

LEAWOOD, Kan. — A Leawood businesswoman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for tax evasion. U.S. Justice Department officials announced Wednesday that Kathleen Stegman, 58, diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars from her compan

1 hospitalized following Kansas house explosion

BEVERLY, Kan. — Authorities say a person has been flown to a hospital after a house explosion in a rural area of central Kansas. The Hays Post reports that the explosion happened Wednesday south of the Lincoln County town of Beverly. Beverly Fire

Man robbed in North Wichita Motel

WICHITA -  Police were called to the Mark 8 Motel in the 1100 block of North Broadway at about 1:30 this (Wednesday) morning. When they arrived, they met a 33 year old man who said he had been confronted in a hallway by 2 men, struck with a hammer, a

KS Regs Threaten to Halt Westar Merger

TOPEKA - Kansas regulators are threatening to halt the $12.2 billion sale of Topeka-based Westar Energy to Great Plains Energy if they don't get details on cost savings and other information. The Kansas Corporation Commission took no action at a Tues...

Boffo Tourism Totals for Kansas

TOPEKA - According to research done for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), travel and tourism in the Sunflower State continued a six-year growth trend with solid gains during calendar year 2015. Visitation moved upward to 35.4 m...

Dog dies in northeast Wichita house fire

WICHITA - Emergency crews spent more than 2 1/2 hours battling a house fire in East Wichita Tuesday afternoon.  Around 1:45 p.m. firefighters responded to a home in the 13-thousand 2-hundred block of East Crestwood, near 13th and 127th Street 

3 arrested after burglaries in Barton County

GREAT BEND, Kan. - Law enforcement in Barton County have arrested three people after stolen property from recent burglaries was located.  A tip from the public led officers to 2 locations in Great Bend where officers recovered stolen property 

Kansas man accused in failed Army base bomb plot sentenced

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for helping a would-be jihadist's unsuccessful plan to plant what they thought was a bomb at Fort Riley Army base. Alexander Blair, 29, also was sentenced to two years of 

Election form issues arise in Johnson County

OLATHE, Kan. - Election officials in Kansas' most populous county didn't offer the easiest option for registering to vote until the day before voter registration ended. The American Civil Liberties Union told The Associated Press it's trying

Wichita man facing sex trafficking charges

WICHITA - A Wichita man faces federal sex trafficking charges, accused of arranging to provide a 17-year-old girl for sexual services. Tuesday in Wichita, acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall charged 34-year-old John Dickerson with one count of the sex 

Trial begins for a man accused of shooting a Derby woman

WICHITA - The trial of a man accused of shooting a woman while robbing an AT&T store in Derby began on Tuesday.  27-year-old James Phillips is on trial for attempted capital murder, aggravated kidnapping, attempted aggravated robbery, and several

Smithsonian Kickstarter for Ruby Slippers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The ruby slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas in three clicks are looking a little down at the heels, prompting the Smithsonian to launch a $300,000 online campaign to conserve them. Museum officials have started a Kickstarter ...

Gov. Brownback Talks Exports with KNSS

WICHITA - Exports are still a strong segment of the Kansas economy. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback spoke with KNSS News about exporting: "We're a big export platform; agriculture has done very well in this state and is going to continue. Pric...

Kansas man awaits sentencing over plot to bomb Army post

TOPEKA, Kan. - A man is awaiting sentencing in federal court for helping a would-be jihadist's unsuccessful plot to bomb an Army post in northeast Kansas. Twenty-nine-year-old Alexander Blair of Topeka has a hearing scheduled Tuesday before 

Gas prices in Kansas still below the national average

TOPEKA, Kan. - Gas prices in Kansas are fifteen cents a gallon less than the national average.  WIBW News spoke with Triple A's Jim Hanni who says that Kansas has the eighth lowest average price in the U.S. “The lowest metro area that 

The City of Sedgwick announces they have no money

SEDGWICK, Kan. - At a city council meeting, the mayor of Sedgwick announced the town on the border of Harvey and Sedgwick counties is out of money.  At the previous city council meeting the Mayor of Sedgwick resigned.   KAKE News spoke with 

Former Kansas bank president pleads guilty

WICHITA - A former bank president has admitted he failed to report suspicious activity at a small southwest Kansas bank prosecutors say a Mexican cartel was using to launder drug money. Court documents show former Plains State Bank President James Kirk

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan.  -  If you're planning to vote in the November 8th election, the registration deadline is here. Tuesday, October 18th is the last day to register to vote in Kansas. Anyone who has recently changed their name or moved will have

Wichita man sentenced in gas station robberies

WICHITA, Kan. – A Wichita man was sentenced Monday to six years in federal for robbing two Wichita gas stations, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.   Demon L. Anderson, 27, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to two counts of robbing a commercial e

Former Leavenworth prison guard sentenced for taking bribes

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A former guard at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth was sentenced to two years on probation Monday for taking bribes, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. In addition, he was ordered to serve six months home confinement and pay $4,8

Amber Alert canceled; Missouri teen found safe

LIBERTY, Mo  -  An Amber Alert issued for Amiya Morris, 13, was canceled after the teen was found safe in Gladstone, Missouri. The suspect in her abduction, Nicholas Bejarano, was arrested.  Further details were not immediately available.

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