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Police Investigate Shooting in Northeast Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita Police are investigating a shooting 13th and Terrace -- not far from 13th and Oliver. Sedgwick County Dispatchers said people started calling 911 a little before 1 a.m. about hearing shots fired in the area. Dispatchers tell KAKE

Deputies Search for a Suspect in Comanche County Shooting

COMANCHE COUNTY, Kan. - The Comanche County Sheriff's Offices tells KAKE News they are searching for a person for questioning after a deadly shooting Friday night at 11:17 p.m in Coldwater. Deputies are looking for 42-year-old Frank Asebedo Jr. as a

Kansas Family Plans to Appeal Judge's Ruling in Girl's Death

SALINA, Kan. - The parents of a 12-year-old Salina girl who died several months after being shocked while playing during a rainstorm say they will appeal a judge's dismissal of their lawsuit against the city. Jayden Hicks was 11 in May 2013 when she

Reno Co. Deputy Not Hurt After Being Run Off Road

RENO COUNTY, Kan. - Reno County Sheriff's officials tell KAKE News a deputy suffered minor injuries after being run off the road near Haven and South Rock Road. Officials say the incident happened around 7:30 Friday. The deputy was in route to a call

Kansas Man Dies in Accident Involving Railroad Pillar

GREAT BEND, Kan. - A Kansas man is dead after an accident involving a railroad crossing arm tower in Great Bend. Around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, emergency crews responded to the 1500 block of McKinley Street for the report of an injury accident. When they arr

Public Works Impostor Scams Wichita Resident

WICHITA, Kan. - Someone posing as a Public Works employee for the City of Wichita scammed one woman saying her water system needed serviced. This happened in the 400 block of North Indiana St., near Washington and Central in the mid-morning hours of Thur

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Vehicle Damaged by Pellet Gun

WICHITA -- Wichita police say a someone with a pellet gun shot out the window of a Sedgwick County Sheriff's vehicle. It happened around 4:30 Thursday afternoon near Waco and Central. WPD says a detective was driving by the Water's Edge

KAKE Television Sold to Lockwood Broadcast

WICHITA - The parent company of KAKE-TV has reached an agreement to sell the station to Lockwood Broadcast Group. Gray Television, KAKE's owner, reached an agreement to sell all of KAKE's assets in exchange for the assets of WBXX-TV in Knoxville

Kansas Tax Collections $31M Short of Expectations

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas collected $31 million less in taxes than anticipated last month, a shortfall that could tighten the state's budget picture. The state Department of Revenue reported Thursday that the state took in $534 million in taxes, when its

Kansas Officials to Begin Culling Incomplete Voter Forms

TOPEKA, Kan. - Election officials across Kansas are expected to begin removing the names of more than 31,000 prospective voters from their records in line with Kansas' tough voter identification law, which requires applicants to prove their 

Trial Set for Wichita Man Accused of Setting Woman on Fire

WICHITA -  A Wichita man accused of beating, raping and setting a woman on fire will stand trial for capital murder. Cornell McNeal, 26, appeared in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing. He's charged with capital murder in the death of

Man Arrested in Topeka Fire That Left 1 Injured

TOPEKA, Kan. - A man has been arrested in connection with a fire that left one person injured in Topeka. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the 49-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning and faces one count

Equus Beds Aquifer Recovering Due to Wichita Efforts

WICHITA - The U.S. Geological Survey says the Equus Beds aquifer is recovering thanks to Wichita's water conservation efforts. The agency said Thursday that groundwater levels in the central part of the aquifer where the city operates its water 

Gay Couple Takes Legal Action Over Son's Birth Certificate

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A same-sex couple is seeking to force the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to issue a birth certificate listing both women as the parents of their baby boy. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Jessica and Casey Smith of

Kansas Panel Consider State Response to EPA Carbon Rules

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas lawmakers are grappling with the state's possible response to new federal rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants. The Topeka Capital Journal reports lawmakers expressed frustration Thursday with the regulatio

Wichita Boy Scout Statue Recovered

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A statue of an eagle stolen from outside a local Boy Scout office has been recovered, Wichita Police said. The statue was recovered at a home in the 5000 block of West Newell. There is minor damage to the bronze statue. On Fa

Report: Kansas Economy Growing Far Slower Than US Economy

WICHITA - A Wichita State University business research center report says the Kansas economy is growing far slower than the rest of the nation. The report released Thursday by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research forecasts sluggish 

Police: Man Found Dead at Kansas Historical Society

TOPEKA, Kan. - Police say a man who had been reported as possibly missing has been found dead at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka. According to Kansas Capitol Police Lt. Adam Winters, officers were notified Tuesday night of a possible missing 

Departing Teacher Who Lacked 'Passion' Faces State Complaint

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Hutchinson school district wants the state to cancel the teaching certificate of a woman who resigned because she said she no longer had "any more passion" for the job. The Hutchinson News reports Amanda Brackett said in

Legislative Past Recorded in Kansas Oral History Project

TOPEKA, Kan. - An oral history archive of Republican and Democratic legislative leaders is in the works in Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that former Kansas Sen. Robert Storey is among 10 former Kansas legislators to participate in a pilot

Kansas Democrats Expected to Pick Veteran Activist as Leader

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Democrats expect to pick a longtime Wichita-area activist as their new state chairman this weekend after the resignation of a leader who suggested rebranding the party. Prominent Democrats say Derby attorney Lee Kinch emerged 

Voters Challenge Kansas Citizenship Rule

TOPEKA, Kan. - Two Kansas residents have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters and plans to remove people who haven't complied from voter registration rolls. The two residents of northeast

Three Injured when Car Hits Semi Near Peabody`

HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. - The Kansas Highway Patrol says 3 people, including 2 children, were injured when a car hit a semi on Highway 50 just west of Peabody. Troopers say just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Toyota heading west veered across the center line.

Kickstarter Campaign Raising Money to Get B-29 Doc in Air

WICHITA, Kan. - A "Kickstarter" campaign is underway to fund flight testing for the B-29 Doc as it nears the completion of its restoration. Doc's friends have a goal of raising $137,500 over the next 30 days through the crowdfunding platfor

Sedgwick High School Student Campaigns for Seat Belt Safety

SEDGWICK Kan. - It was August 19th when a school bus and an SUV collided just south of Sedgwick. The driver of that SUV was Lilli Ward, A 16 year-old Sedgwick High School student. 'I noticed there was a bus at 77th," said Ward. "I know ther

UPDATE: 3 School Employees Hurt in Sumner County Crash

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. - Three school employees were hurt, two critically, in a crash Tuesday afternoon in Sumner County. The accident happened around 4 p.m. in the 400 block East 90th North, just west of Belle Plaine in Sumner County. A 2007 Chevy Pick-up

Wichita Girl Died from Injuries to Skull, Liver, Spinal Cord

WICHITA, Kan. - A court document reveals a one-year-old Wichita girl died from "multiple blunt force injuries." The girl's father is under arrest. KAKE News obtained the probable cause affidavit in the case against Michael Williams. Willia

Judge's Order Puts Halt on Road Closure Near School

WICHITA, Kan. - A judge granted Maize USD 266's temporary restraining order, placing a stop to a planned road closure near Maize South Elementary. A developer wanted to close down a main entrance for six to eight weeks. USD 266 officials were concer

UPDATE: Police Make Arrests in South Broadway Standoff

WICHITA, Kan. - A standoff is over on South Broadway in Wichita, with the SWAT team making arrests. SWAT team members entered a building in the 3800 block of South Broadway shortly before 6:00 p.m. and made the arrests. They had been searching for a 33-y

Wichita Police in Standoff Related to Recent Shooting.

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita police officers are involved in a standoff in south Wichita, and officials say it is related to a shooting that left a man critically injured Tuesday night. The standoff began shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when pol

Pedestrian Hit By Bus in SE Wichita

WICHITA - A pedestrian was hit by a city bus in southeast Wichita, near Pawnee & Hillside; it happened before 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. The bus was stopped on Roosevelt, getting ready to make a left-hand turn on to Cessna Drive. There was a 75-year-old man ...

S. Wichita: Man Shot During Drug Dispute

WICHITA - A 42-year-old man was shot in south Wichita. It happened Tuesday evening; the victim and four other people were in a green Mitsubishi Montero Sport in the 3800 block of S. Broadway. There was a disturbance involving a 33-year-old suspect; polic...

One injured in apartment fire

WICHITA - One person suffered smoke inhalation in a four-plex fire this morning on Wichita's near-south side. Around 9 a-m firefighters were called to the 900 block of South Topeka. They found smoke in the structure. The blaze was called "under c

Appeals Court Refuses to Rehear Kansas Abortion Threat Case

WICHITA - A federal appeals court will not reconsider its decision that an abortion opponent must stand trial over a letter she sent to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under her car. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 

Kansas State to Use $1.5M Grant to Upgrade Reactor

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State University is upgrading its nuclear reactor control console with a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The upgrade involves replacing the entire reactor console, including cabling and neutron detectors

Rail Worker Killed by Train at Kansas Rail Yard

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Authorities are investigating after a Union Pacific Railroad employee was found dead under a rail car in Kansas City, Kansas. According to police, officers responded to reports of a person trapped under a train in a rail yard around 

Candidates for Kansas College Presidency to Visit Campus

EMPORIA, Kan. - Two candidates for the Emporia State University presidency are scheduled to visit its eastern Kansas campus next week. The presidential search committee announced the visits Tuesday but declined to name the finalists, saying they'll 

SE Wichita Residents Discuss Ways to Prevent Home Break-ins

WICHTIA, Kan. - Southeast Wichita residents met Tuesday night to discuss how they can help prevent crime from occurring in their neighborhoods. The discussion comes after several recent home break-ins, including the one on Chautauqua Street earlier this

Two Critically Injured in Accident in Sumner County

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. - Sumner County dispatch confirms 3 people were hurt in an accident Tuesday, with two passengers suffering critical injuries. The accident happened around 4 p.m. on North Hoover and 90th Avenue, just west of Belle Plaine in Sumner Coun

Police Searching for Location and Motive Behind Shooting

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita Police are investigating a shooting that left one person in critical condition. A shots fired call happening in the 3800 Block of South Broadway came out around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. But once police arrived on scene, they found no ev

Commissioner says E-Cigs Should be Allowed in County Buildings

WICHITA, Kan. - Should electronic cigarettes or vaping be allowed inside county buildings? At least one Sedgwick County Commissioner believes allowing that would help county employees and others quit smoking. Right now Sedgwick County policy bans fire l

Kansas Man Sentenced to 19 Years in Federal Prison

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - One of two northeast Kansas twin brothers convicted of roles in a multistate marijuana-trafficking operation has been sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison. Thirty-three-year-old Roosevelt Rico Dahda of Lawrence, Kansas, w

Wichita Man Charged in Alleged Kidnapping of 15-Year-Old Boy

WICHITA, Kan. - A man has been formally charged after he allegedly kidnapped a teenager over the weekend. The 15-year-old boy told his father that he was walking near Douglas and Grove just after midnight on Sunday when a man put a gun up to his back. P

Wichita Gang-Member Crime Spree

WICHITA - A 40-year-old man, a gang-member, went on a crime spree throughout Wichita. It began late Monday morning downtown, when the suspect stole a 2003 black Chevy truck and a gun north of Central & Emporia. About an hour later, he showed up at t...

Man Hit by Transit Bus in SE Wichita

WICHITA - A man has been rushed to the hospital after he was hit by a transit bus in southeast Wichita, near Pawnee & Hillside. KAKE News reports it happened shortly before 10 a.m. at S. Roosevelt & E. Cessna. Witnesses said a man in his 70s was ...

N. Wichita: Expensive Boy Scouts Statue Stolen

WICHITA - A sizable theft in north Wichita. Somebody on Monday evening stole an expensive bronze statue of an eagle near K-96 & Oliver; its value is estimated at $8,000. Police Investigators are trying to find out if there might be any video or ...

Smith named to head WIBA

WICHITA - Lon Smith, vice president of business development for Integrated Facilities Group, has been named president of the Wichita Independent Business Association. Smith's appointment comes after an early-morning WIBA board meeting. He replaces Tim

Maize School District Fighting City, Developer On Construction

MAIZE, Kan. - Maize USD 266 school officials are fighting against the City of Wichita and a developer who want to close down a main entrance to two of its schools for 6 to 8 weeks. According to the school district, it was notified of the closure a month

Wheat Planting, Corn Harvest Make Progress in Kansas

WICHITA - A new government report shows Kansas farmers have planted nearly a quarter of their 2016 winter wheat crop. The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday that the 24 percent planted as of Sunday is close to the 27 percent average for

Kansas to Designate October as 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

TOPEKA, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign a proclamation designating October as "Zombie Preparedness Month" in Kansas. The governor has scheduled a signing ceremony for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in his Statehouse office and workers from

US Drilling States Guided on Handling Quakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio  -  A working group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts has issued guidance to state regulators for handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal of fracking w

Nature Foundation Unveils Monarch Butterfly Grants

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -  A national wildlife group says it is doling out $3.3 million in grants as part of an initial push to stem the worrisome decline of monarch butterflies. The 22 grants announced Monday by the National Fish and Wildlife Founda

Wichita Public School Enrollment Tops 51,000

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Wichita Public Schools has taken its official headcount of students enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year. The district’s enrollment as of Sept. 21 is 51,133 students, which is a total decrease of 197 students, but a

Kansas Deputies Investigate Shooting, 2 Hurt

ARGONIA, Kan.  -  Sumner County Deputies report two people were taken to the hospital after they responded to gun shots heard in a disturbance at 300 S. Pine around 8:26 p.m. Sunday. &nb

Man Accused for Placing Camera in Wichita Hospital Bathroom

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A man is in custody, accused of placing a camera inside a women's bathroom at a Wichita hospital. According to Wesley Healthcare, security worked with the Wichita Police Department Sunday night to identify and arrest a man

Topeka Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

TOPEKA, Kan. -  A Topeka woman pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $400,000 from her employer.   Lisa M. Davenport, 42, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of embezzled funds.  In her plea, she

E. Wichita: Man Shocks Teen With Jumper Cables

WICHITA - A teenager says he was abducted and shocked in east Wichita; it happened late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. The 15-year-old boy was walking near Douglas & Grove, when the teenager says a man approached him from behind, putt...

Woman arrested in connection with Wichita homicide

WICHITA — A second person has been arrested in the shooting death of a Wichita woman in her home. 22-year-old Brittany Renee McDay of Wichita was arrested    Sunday in the 26-hundred block of South Fees. Her bond is set $250,000. Her arr

Wedding Expo for Same-Sex Couples Set for Topeka in November

TOPEKA, Kan. - Organizers of a wedding expo geared toward same-sex couples say the November event in Topeka will give businesses a chance to let the gay community know they want their business. The Kansas Equality Wedding Expo is scheduled for Nov. 22 at

Girl, 15, Dies After Leading Officers on Chase in Kansas

CUNNINGHAM, Kan. - A 15-year-old girl has died after authorities say she led police on a chase that began in Pratt County and ended in Kingman County. According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, 15-year-old Rebecca Vandermerwe was erratically

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