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Kansas Man Gets Life in Prison in First-Degree Murder Case

MCPHERSON, Kan. — A McPherson man has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the November death of a former Oregon resident. The Salina Journal reports 32-year-old Clinton Bascue was sentenced Monday for the

Mitchell Appointed to Kansas' 18th Judicial District

TOPEKA, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a Wichita lawyer to serve as a district judge for Kansas' 18th District Court. Brownback's office said in a release Monday that Deborah Hernandez Mitchell of Wichita will replace Judge Joseph

Former Wichita Police Sergeant Guilty of Colorado Sex Charges

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Former Wichita police officer and USD 259 security official, Alex Robinson, has been found guilty of child sex crimes in Colorado. Robinson was found guilty on two counts of sexual assault of a child in a position of trust. T

Weather Blamed for Wichita House Fire

WICHITA, Kan. -  The weather being blamed for a house fire in east Wichita. Fire officials say lightning started the fire and destroying a home in the Tallgrass neighborhood. The house is near Webb and Foliage. Firefighters on scene say neighbors t

1 Person Injured by Vehicle in South Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. -  One person, 22 was reported in serious condition after being struck by a vehicle in south Wichita.   It happened around 9:15 p.m. Monday night at the bridge near I-235 and Seneca. Additional information was not available. &nb

Heavy Storms Hit Kansas City Area

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -  Heavy storms swept through the Kansas City area, spawning at least one tornado and yanking down power lines and trees. The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Monday evening for Clay and Jackson counties in Mis

Flooding Reported in Wichita, South Central Kansas

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Storms packing extremely heavy rainfall caused flooding across south central Kansas, including metro Wichita. Wichita and Sedgwick County emergency crews were called out in the Wichita area as cars became struck in high water.

Motorcycle Crash Injures Rider in Haysville

Motorcycle Crash Injures Rider in Haysville   HAYSVILLE, Kan. - A motorcyclist was reported to be in serious condition from an accident.   It happened just after 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon.  Officers and EMS responded to call of a motorcycl

Investigators Look for Cause of Kansas Inmate's Death

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  State and local authorities are investigating the death of an inmate, in his cell at the Shawnee County Adult Detention Center. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Christopher Alan Clark, 50, was arrested at 12:57 a.m. Sunday by

Co-Owner of Kansas Recycling Company Fined

WICHITA, Kan.  -  An owner of an El Dorado, Kansas, plastics recycling company has to pay the federal government $118,000 for storing hazardous air pollutants. Federal prosecutors in Wichita say Sean Riley, 39, of Andover, co-owner of Integrate

Businessman Sentenced to Prison over Pollution, Deception

TOPEKA, Kan.  - The owner of a Kansas metal finishing business has been sentenced to four months in prison followed by six months of home detention for discharging untreated wastewater into a city sewer. C&R Plating and its owner, Kevin Cline, 5

Straw Offers Second Paycheck to Some Kansas Growers

HALSTEAD, Kan.  -  A second harvest is now under way over the stubble left in some western Kansas fields after wheat is cut. That straw represents an added income source for farmers. The Hutchinson News reports that some farmers burn the stubbl

Wheat Harvest Nears Completion in Parts of Kansas

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The latest government update shows the 2015 winter wheat harvest is nearing completion in some parts of Kansas, and making good progress everywhere else. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that harves

Amtrak Will Stay in Kansas & Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Amtrak officials say a tentative agreement has been reached that would keep the passenger train running in Kansas and Missouri. Amtrak had threatened to shut down or reroute the Southwest Chief in Kansas and to stop the River Runn...

Fireworks to Blame for N. Wichita Business Fire

WICHITA - Investigators say a fire at a north Wichita business over the weekend was caused by discarded fireworks. The fire broke out on the evening of July 4th at Camelus Gold & Leather, north of 13th & Broadway. The operators of the store ...

Same-sex benefits nothing new in Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — State employees who are married to someone of the same sex can't yet put their spouses on their health insurance policies, but local government workers in Lawrence have been doing it for years. The Lawrence Journal-World (h

Disaster, Damage Numbers Rise in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. - Officials are declaring more disasters in Kansas in recent years. But it's unclear whether severe weather is more common, because weather watchers are doing a better job of documenting some events, such as small tornadoes. The Topeka

2 Injured After Car Explodes on Kansas Expressway

TOPEKA, Kan. - Authorities are investigating after a car explosion in Soldier Township in Topeka peeled back the roof of a car and sent two people to the hospital. State Fire Marshal's Office investigations chief Rose Rozmiarek says emergency crews a

Fire at Benton Air Field

BENTON, Kan.. - Several Butler County fire units battled a fire at a hangar at Stearman Air Field, one mile southwest of Benton. The first fire call came around 12:15 a.m. Monday. The extent of damage is not yet known, but crews were fighting the fire fo

Woman Arrested for Swinging Knife

WICHITA, Kan. - A woman was arrested for aggravated assault for swinging a knife at another woman during an argument. It happened in the 400 block of N. Emporia around 2:10 Sunday morning. A 32 year old female reported to police that she had been in an a

Police Search for Woman who Rammed Boyfriends Car

WICHITA, Kan. - Police are searching for a woman who rammed her boyfriend's car during an argument. It happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of North Waco. Police said the 24-year-old woman and her boyfriend were arguing when she r

Man Shot while Walking

WICHITA, Kan. - A man was shot in his hand while walking in south Wichita. The 22 year old man was walking east bound in the 5500 block of E. Lincoln when he heard several gun shots. Sgt. Brian Sigman says thats when he started running.

Purse and Cash Stolen Following Dispute

WICHITA, Kan. - Police are looking for two suspects after they followed and robbed a woman  near 13th and Grove. It happened at 10:50 a.m. Saturday morning in the 1300 block of N. Estelle. A 25 year old female was having a disturbance with her 26 ye

Family Rescued from Burning Home

WICHITA, Kan. - A Wichita family was rescued from the roof of their burning home overnight. Crews were called around 3:30 Sunday morning to the 100 block of South Chautauqua, near Douglas and Hillside. When they arrived on scene, they found three ad

Man Robbed after Declining to Buy Drugs

WICHITA, Kan. - A man was robbed and pistol whipped after declining to buy drugs.  At about 6:20 a.m. Sunday morning a male was approached by another male in the 2600 block of N. Grove. The male offered to sell him drugs. 

Teen shot at party in southeast Wichita

WICHITA - A teen is rushed to the hospital following a shooting at a house party in southeast Wichita. Investigators say the shooting occured around 3:15 a.m. near Lincoln and Oliver. An 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg. Initially, her wounds were t

Crews Tackle Overnight House Fire in Bel Aire

BEL AIRE, Kan. - Firefighters are investigating a house fire in Bel Aire overnight. Crews rushed to a home in the 5600th block of E. 48th. Cir. N. around 1 a.m. Sedgwick County dispatchers tell us that no people were seriously hurt as a result of this fi

KU Dorm's Demo Seperates Namesake Brother's Portraits

LAWRENCE, Kan. - After almost 50 years together, the portraits of two scientist-brothers have been removed from a soon-to-be razed University of Kansas residence hall that is named after them. The Lawrence Journal-World ( ) that Elme

Shawnee County Officials Warn of Jury Duty Scam

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office is warning about a scam in which would-be victims are told they must pay a fine for missing jury duty. Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer says the office has received numerous reports of a caller claiming to be w

Kansas Man Walks Trail in the Nude, Legally

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Topeka man who likes to walk a local trail without clothing isn't breaking any local laws. Steven Herrold says he enjoys being nude outside. He's been spotted several times walking naked on the Shunga Trail. The Topeka Capital-Jo

Escapee Captured

GREAT BEND, Kan. - Authorities have captured a man who escaped from a Kansas jail. The Hutchinson News ( ) reports that police received information Friday night that Rory Wright was at a Great Bend home.

Two People Seriously Hurt in Bar Fight

WICHITA, Kan. - Two people were seriously hurt in a bar fight in southeast Wichita. It happened around 2 a.m. at the 300 Discoteque Bar, at 1621 S Woodlawn Blvd. Police responded to a report of a large disturbance and found two people who were

Police Suspicious of Possibly Connected Robberies

WICHITA, Kan. - A string of robberies has police suspicious if they are connected. Two local businesses were robbed Friday afternoon. The first being Tillies flower shop at 715 N West St. around 11:15 a.m. The clerk reported that a black male in his

Longtime On-Campus Family Housing Unit at Kansas Closes

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The closing of a longtime apartment complex means the end of family housing on the University of Kansas campus. The final family moved out of the university's Stouffer Place apartments last week, bringing an end to the 58-year-old ho

UPDATE: Troopers Identify Victims in Fatal Harvey County Crash

NEWTON, Kan. - A man has died and two others were hurt in crash Friday afternoon in Harvey County. The crash was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday on K-196 at Oliver. That's southeast of Newton. The Kansas Highway Patrol said a car was travel

Man Arrested for Alleged Kidnapping Attempt at Salina Walmart

SALINA, Kan. - A man was arrested for allegedly pulling a knife on a woman and trying to force her into a Walmart bathroom in Salina. The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday at the Walmart at 2900 South 9th Street. Police tell KSAL a 42-year-old wo

Man arrested for murder of Wichita mother

WICHITA - Police have made an arrest in connection to the murder of a Wichita mother last week. Capt. Doug Nolte said officers arrested a 26-year-old man for the murder of Ciera Ray. Her body was found last Thursday in her home in the 2400 block of North

Former Shocker Called Up by the Royals

KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have selected the contract of infielder Dusty Coleman from Triple-A Omaha and added him to the 25-man Major League roster. In a corresponding roster move, the club has optioned infielder Chris

1 dead, 3 hurt in crash involving semi, car in Harvey County

NEWTON - One person is dead and three others have been hurt in a crash involving a semi truck in Harvey County. The crash was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday on K-196 at Oliver. That's southeast of Newton. An emergency dispatcher said the c

Fireworks complaint line opens for holiday weekend

WICHITA - For the fourth year, a non-emergency line for fireworks complaints will be staffed in Sedgwick County over the holiday weekend. The non-emergency phone line, (316) 290-1011, will be open from 6:30 p.m. on July 3 to 3 a.m. on July 4, then a

Semi, another truck involved in fiery crash on Kansas highway

WICHITA - At least one person has been hurt in a fiery traffic accident on a Kansas highway. The crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. on highway K-2 south of K-42, north of Danville. That's near the Kingman/Harper County line. The Kansas Highway Pat

Escaped Inmate Captured

LARNED, Kan. - The search is over for an inmate who escaped from a Kansas jail earlier this week. The Pawnee County Sheriff's Office reports that Rory Randall Wright has been captured, but added that additional information won't be released until next week.

Illegal Explosives Investigation

TOPEKA, Kan. - Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the manufacture of illegal explosives in the Topeka area. 

Fire in Mobile Home

WICHITA, Kan. - A fire broke out at a west Wichita mobile home park early Friday. Authorities say it's under investigation. Crews were called to 550 North Kessler around 2:00 a.m. One mobile home received extensive damage. 

Officials Issue Blue-Green Algae Warning for 6 Kansas Lakes

WICHITA, Kan. -The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a warning of high levels of toxic blue-green algae for six lakes. The agency said Thursday the lakes under warning status are in Brown, Sedgwick, Jewell, Marion, Barton and Rooks c

Kansas Investigates State's Role in Beating Death Case

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas officials are looking into the state's treatment of a mental health patient accused of killing a man in Kiowa County. The Kansas City Star ( ) reports superintendent of state hospitals Bill Rein told a menta

Kansas Appeals Court Declares City's 'Driveway Tax' Illegal

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Court of Appeals says a so-called "driveway tax" imposed by a Kansas City suburb is illegal under a state law limiting the taxing power of cities. A three-judge appeals panel ruled Thursday. It rejected arguments from

Lawsuits Involving Gay Marriage Cost Kansas Taxpayers $100K

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas attorney general's office says legal disputes involving the state's gay marriage ban have cost taxpayers nearly $100,000 over the past 18 months. The figures released Thursday cover expenses from three lawsuits but not s

Confederate Flag Temporarily Removed from Wichita Memorial

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Confederate flag has been temporarily removed from a Wichita park while the mayor considers its future for display in the city. Parks department employees removed the flag from Wichita's Veteran's Memorial Park nea

Man Arrested for Murder of Wichita Mother

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Police have made an arrest in connection to the murder of a Wichita mother last week. Capt. Doug Nolte said officers arrested a man, 27, for the murder of Ciera Ray. Her body was found last Thursday in her home in the 2400 blo

Kansas Regulators OK Kansas Crossing Casino

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas gambling regulators have given final approval for a business partnership to begin building a casino in southeast Kansas for the state lottery. Don Brownlee, executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission,

Kansas Governor Considers Religious Objections Legislation

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Gov. Sam Brownback says he's considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage across the nation. Brownback on Thursday also defended the

Kansas May Not Issue Pension Bonds

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas might not issue $1 billion in bonds to boost the long-term health of its public pension system even though state officials have given the final go-ahead. Gov. Sam Brownback and top GOP legislators signed off Thursday. It

Investigators Find Illegal Explosives near Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the manufacture of illegal explosives in the Topeka area. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with Topeka authorities and the Office

Wichita Man Sentenced for Raping Teen

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita man is going to prison for more than half a century for the rape of a 15-year-old girl.   Dequalyn Shaffer, 24, was sentenced Wednesday to 52 years in prison on one count of rape.   The crime happened in

OSHA Investigating Kansas Oil Field Death

GREAT BEND, Kan.  -  A federal agency is investigating the death of an oil field worker, 30, in central Kansas. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a release late Thursday the agency's Wi

Troublesome Zebra Mussels Found in Wellington Lake

WELLINGTON, Kan. - Wildlife officials say troublesome zebra mussels have been found in a lake in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said Wednesday that well-established populations of invasive zebra mussels have

Wesley Medical Center Seeing More Patients With K-2 Side Effects

WICHITA - Since Sunday, Wesley Medical Center has treated 13 patients with severe side effects from using synthetic marijuana or K-2. Seven patients were admitted on Sunday and six more in the last three days with side effects to using synthetic drugs.

Car Burglaries Spike in Wichita

WICHITA - Wichita police are urging Wichita drivers to keep a close eye on your car. During the spring months, the number of car burglaries has gone up. Wichita police say overall this year car break-ins are down from last year. However, as the weather

Kansas AG Plans to Appeal Ruling Blocking Anti-Abortion Law

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to appeal a state district court judge's ruling blocking the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester abortion procedure. Attorneys representing Schmidt fi

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