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Wichita police seize multiple gambling machines

2 hours 52 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department executed 10 search warrants today across the area regarding illegal gambling machines. The department said multiple illegal gambling machines were seized.

The multi-agency investigation included the Wichita Police Department, Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, and the 18th Judicial District Office of the District Attorney.

More information will be provided on Tuesday, August 1, at the 10 a.m. police briefing.

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Four Kansas lakes under public health warning for blue-green algae

3 hours 14 min ago

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), has issued a public health warning for four lakes and a watch for four lakes due to harmful algal blooms.

Zones B of Milford Reservoir is under a warning for blue-green algae. Zone C is in watch status. Please see the attached news release for a map of the lake’s zones.

If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, skiing and swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. The lakes currently under a watch or warning status are:

  • Warning: Marion County Lake, Marion County
  • Warning: Marion Reservoir, Marion County
  • Warning: Milford Reservoir (Zone B), Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties
  • Warning: Webster Lake, Rooks County
  • Watch: Milford Reservoir (Zone C), Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties
  • Watch: Overbrook City Lake, Osage County
  • Watch: Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County
  • Watch: South Lake, Johnson County

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.

Kansans should be aware that blooms are unpredictable. They can develop rapidly and may float around the lake, requiring visitors to exercise their best judgment. If there is scum, a paint-like surface or the water is bright green, avoid contact and keep pets away. These are indications that a harmful bloom may be present. Pet owners should be aware that animals that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill or die.

When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Lake water is not safe to drink for pets or livestock.
  • Lake water, regardless of blue-green algae status, should never be consumed by humans.
  • Water contact should be avoided.
  • Fish may be eaten as long as they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded.
  • Do not allow pets to eat dried algae.
  • If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible.
  • Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.

KDHE samples publicly accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions.

For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, please visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm.

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Hesston police chief to receive Presidential Medal of Valor

3 hours 42 min ago

HESSTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Hesston Police Department Chief Doug Schroeder will receive the Presidential Medal of Valor.

The White House made the announcement today. The date of the ceremony is not yet known.

Chief Schroeder received the nomination for his actions in the Excel Industries shooting. Schroeder is the one who shot and killed the gunman suspected of killing three people and wounding 14 more on Feb. 26, 2016. Investigators say about 300 people were in the factory at the time.

After the shooting, Schroeder said that any police officer would have acted as he did in those circumstances. He said God had prepared him throughout his life and career to deal with that situation.

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Brownback discusses Trump nomination for ambassador

5 hours 5 min ago

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback discussed his nomination by President Donald Trump for Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at a Thursday afternoon press conference.

Brownback said he hasn’t set a time to step down from governor, saying it will depend on when a confirmation on the new position happens.

Brownback has been governor of Kansas since 2011, winning re-election in 2014. He previously served as a U.S. Senator from 1996 to 2011 and a U.S. Representative from 1995 to 1996.

In 2016, a survey listed Brownback as the least popular governor in the United States.

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FBI: Utah man says he killed wife because she laughed at him

6 hours 35 min ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise and told an acquaintance who later walked into the couple’s blood-splattered room that he did it because she laughed at him, the FBI said in documents released Thursday.

Kenneth Manzanares was charged with murder after he was found with blood on his hands and clothes and blood spread throughout the cabin on the Princess Cruises ship Tuesday night, according to a criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Michael L. Watson.

Kristy Manzanares, 39, had a severe head wound, but authorities have declined to release other details in the case, including how many people were traveling with the couple on the 3,400-passenger Emerald Princess that left Sunday from Seattle.

A man and others went into the room before medical workers and security officers had arrived and saw the woman on the floor covered in blood, according to court documents. The man asked Manzanares what happened, and the suspect said, “She would not stop laughing at me.”

Manzanares then grabbed his wife’s body and tried to drag her to the balcony, but the man stopped him, Watson wrote. A ship security officer handcuffed Manzanares in a nearby cabin.

While the FBI searched him, he spontaneously said, “My life is over.”

Manzanares, 39, was scheduled to appear in federal court by videoconference from Alaska’s capital city of Juneau later Thursday. He has no criminal history, according to online Utah court records.

“We conducted approximately 200 interviews of passengers and crew members,” Marlin Ritzman, FBI special agent in charge of the Alaska bureau, told reporters.

The ship was diverted to Juneau because of the investigation, which the FBI is leading because the death occurred in U.S. waters. The ship docked Wednesday morning, and passengers were kept on board for hours before the cruise departed late that night for the southeast Alaska town of Skagway.

Princess Cruises said in a statement Thursday that passengers will receive $150 onboard credit because of the effect on their vacations.

“You feel sorry for the family, but a lot of people had to wait,” said Lloyd Barrows, a passenger from Alberta, Canada.


Bohrer reported from Juneau, Alaska.

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Dold Foods in Wichita is expanding and adding over 350 jobs

7 hours 44 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Dold Foods in Wichita is expanding. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell announced the company is adding over 350 jobs to our community Thursday morning.

The company is planning a new 156,000 square-foot expansion on its existing campus at 2929 N. Ohio. The cost of the expansion is $132 million.

Dold Foods joined the Hormel Foods family in 1984. They produce a variety of retail bacon and food service layout bacon items and are a large contributor to the overall bacon production for Hormel Foods.  The company currently employs 275 workers. After the expansion, the company will have more than 650 employees.

Job applications can be obtained from either of the following:

Dold Foods Security Building
2929 N Ohio St.
Wichita, KS 67219

Wichita Workforce Center
2021 N. Amidon St., Suite 1100
Wichita, KS 67203
Tel: (316) 771-6800, toll-free (877) 509-6757

More information can be found here.

Today I'm announcing that Dold Foods will be adding over 350 jobs to our community with an expansion.

— Mayor Jeff Longwell (@jefflongwellict) July 27, 2017

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No serious injuries after Amtrak train hits cattle truck

8 hours 22 min ago

READING, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say no one was seriously injured when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a cattle truck in eastern Kansas.

The livestock trailer was split in half in the Thursday morning collision near the small town of Reading, northeast of Emporia.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told The Associated Press that at least two of the three crew members in the cab of the Southwest Chief sustained minor cuts and bruises. He says none of the 211 passengers were hurt. The train left Los Angeles on Tuesday and will resume its trip to Chicago after a replacement crew arrives and the damaged lead locomotive is disconnected.


An Amtrak train crashed into a cattle truck in Lyon County Thursday morning. Several cattle were killed. (Courtesy: KVOE)

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Health department offers back-to-school vaccinations

8 hours 46 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County wants to help students get ready for the new school year by ensuring they have the required vaccinations for attendance.

Required vaccinations for the 2017-2018 school year:
DTAP – 5 doses
Polio – 4 doses
MMR – 2 doses
Hepatitis B – 3 doses
Varicella – 2 doses
HIB – 4 doses for children younger than age 5
Pneumococcal – 4 doses for children younger than age 5
Hepatitis A – 2 doses for children younger than age 5
Tdap – 1 dose for grades 7-12

The Sedgwick County Division of Health (SCDoH) will provide childhood immunizations at the Convoy of Hope Wichita Event on Saturday, August 5 (immunization record is required).

Parking gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and the event begins at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Life Center at 3777 S. Meridian. Immunizations will be offered at a second Convoy of Hope location at McAdams Park, 1329 E. 13th St. beginning at 10 a.m.

Back-to-school immunizations are also offered at 2716 W. Central Ave. The cost for vaccinations for uninsured children age 18 and younger are based on a sliding fee scale and proof of income is required. Most insurance is accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. Please bring your child’s shot record to the clinic. For more information about vaccinations, please contact your primary care physician or the health department at 316-660-7300.

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Airport receives perfect FAA inspection

10 hours 12 sec ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport has received its fifth consecutive discrepancy-free Certification and Safety inspection from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The inspection, which the FAA performs annually, covers such areas as airport emergency response capability, airport self-inspection program, airfield maintenance, notice to airmen procedures, fueler training, wildlife management, and personnel training programs. The FAA Central Region inspector was highly complementary of the airport, staff and procedures.

“This is a testament of the dedication and commitment of airport staff, “ said Victor White, the Director of Airports. “Our airports are operated efficiently, safely and in accordance with federal requirements.”

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Toddler airlifted to hospital after pig attack

10 hours 30 min ago

ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – A 3-year-old Alabama girl is recovering after a massive pig bit off a chunk of her arm.

Bella White of Rogersville was airlifted to a hospital after the attack.

“When I came out, the pig had her arm in its mouth and was on top of her,” said her mother, Amber White.

The family said at the time, Bella and her two older brothers were playing in the yard when the neighbor’s pet pig named Booger came over.

“I was telling 911 dispatchers that a 400-pound pig was on my daughter,” White said.

A bandage now covers the large wound.

“It was horrific. I didn’t have time to think or anything until after she was in the air and then it hit me what all had happened,” White said.

Bella now has multiple layers of stitches, more than 26 in all. She will see an orthopedic surgeon to make sure she doesn’t have any nerve damage.

“The chunk that he took out was massive, down to the bone and then on the back of her arm he took out another piece,” said White.

The health department has ordered the pig to be euthanized. The pig’s head will be tested for any diseases.

Other neighbors said the pig has gotten out before and bitten other people. Florence Animal Control also said they’ve had several calls over the last few years to come out and ask the owner to get the pig back in its pen.

“I wish it would have come out differently for the pig, but at least it can’t hurt anybody else,” White said.

Bella is also now scared to go play outside.

Booger’s owner didn’t want to comment about the mauling. She did say Booger the pet pig was a gift for Valentine’s Day two years ago from her fiancé.

White could pursue charges against the pig’s owner, such as permitting livestock or animals to run at large, which is a misdemeanor.

Bella’s mother said she is still in a lot of pain and has to get more surgery after the infection spread. She said they will place drainage tubes in the wound and let it heal from the inside.

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Kansas political leaders debate Brownback’s legacy

11 hours 3 min ago

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Five years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas an economic laboratory for the nation by aggressively cutting taxes. He’s expected to leave office with his Kansas reputation in tatters and his home state an example of trickle-down economics that didn’t work.

The White House on Wednesday announced that President Donald Trump plans to nominate Brownback to serve as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. If confirmed by the Senate, he’ll run the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom.

Kansas officials expect Brownback to step down as governor when he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, but his office wouldn’t discuss his plans Wednesday evening. Brownback’s fellow Republicans called the job a good fit for him, and some conservative religious groups had pushed for the appointment.

“Sam has always been called to fight for those of all faiths, and I am glad he has been given an opportunity to answer this call,” said Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a fellow Republican.

Brownback’s departure would automatically elevate fellow conservative Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to governor.

Brownback, 60, served in the U.S. Senate before his election as governor in 2010 and was an early advocate of U.S. action to stop genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region, and visited Congo and Rwanda to decry humanitarian crises and call for better coordination in foreign aid programs.

In a tweet Brownback called religious freedom “the first freedom” and said he was honored “to serve such an important cause.”

But Tom Witt, executive director of the LGBT-rights group Equality Kansas, decried Brownback’s nomination because of his conservative views on issues such as same-sex marriage.

“He has caused enough damage here in Kansas,” Witt said in a statement. “We do not wish him upon the world.”

Brownback also would leave a Kansas legacy of far tougher restrictions on abortion and fewer limits on gun owners than when he won the first of his two terms in 2010.

He rejected expanding the Medicaid health program for the poor in line with former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law even as several other Republican governors went ahead.

But Brownback will be most remembered for championing cuts in Kansas personal income taxes starting in 2012. The state was supposed to get a “shot of adrenaline to the heart” of its economy.

He described it as a state-level experiment that would demonstrate the benefits of tax-cutting theory that dates back to Ronald Reagan’s administration, with Kansas even hiring Reagan economist Arthur Laffer to provide advice and promote the results. Cutting taxes — in particular for business owners — would spur hiring, creating wealth that would trickle down to everyone.

It’s still GOP orthodoxy, and Trump has set similar tax cutting goals. But in Kansas, the cuts failed to deliver the economic growth the governor had promised, and persistent and sometimes severe budget problems followed.

“His policies have bankrupted our state and led to destroying nearly every agency of state government as well as his own political career,” said Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat and a vocal critic.

With the state’s economy struggling, Brownback won re-election with less than 50 percent of the vote in 2014 by suggesting the state could have it all. Kansas could keep his core income tax cuts without sacrificing spending on schools or social services. Instead, the state muddled along with temporary budget patches, raiding highway funds, shorting public pensions and then boosting sales and cigarette taxes.

Fellow Republicans across the nation watched the Kansas experiment closely and were not impressed. GOP lawmakers in Missouri enacted tax cuts but went slower and tied them to growth in tax revenues. In South Carolina, an unsuccessful pitch for tax cuts prompted then-Gov. Nikki Haley to say, “We are not doing what Kansas did.”

Trump carried Kansas easily in 2016, but voters turned on Brownback and his allies, ousting two dozen of his conservative allies from the Legislature and giving Democrats and GOP moderates more power.

The Kansas Legislature repudiated Brownback’s program in June, rolling back most of those past tax cuts, raising rates and ending an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners to raise $1.2 billion over two years. Brownback vetoed their bill, and they overrode his action.

Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold said Brownback will be remembered as a governor who advanced conservative ideas.

As for his tax cuts, Arnold said, “I guess we’ll never really know what the long-term impact” would have been.

The reversal of Brownback’s tax cuts was a far cry from the promise of his first term.

He won the governor’s office in 2010 as a U.S. senator on a wave of voter frustration in ruby red Kansas with Obama and other Democrats in Washington, aided by the rise of the tea party movement. Brownback won 63 percent of the vote and Republicans swept all statewide and congressional races on the ballot.

Brownback grew up on a family farm in eastern Kansas, trained as lawyer and was the state’s agriculture secretary from 1986 to 1993, taking a year off to serve as a White House fellow. He was elected to the U.S. House in 1994, part of the so-called Republican revolution that gave the GOP control of both the House and the Senate for the first time in 40 years.

Two years later, he won election to the Senate, capturing the seat held by Bob Dole, who’d resigned to run for president. Brownback won a full six-year term in 1998 and another in 2004.

Brownback has long been a favorite of Christian conservatives for his strong stances as a U.S. senator against abortion and same-sex marriage. He also gained some attention as a vocal critic of the entertainment industry.

He started running in 2007 for the Republican presidential nomination but dropped out before primaries and caucuses began in 2008.

Brownback converted to Catholicism in 2002 after having been a Methodist, and his religious devotion and commitment to helping the poor in other nations has led him in the past to break the mold of classic conservatives.


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Flooding reported after heavy rains in Kansas City area

11 hours 25 min ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Heavy rains across the Kansas City area have closed roads and led to numerous water rescues.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Bowman says widespread flooding was reported after 4 to 7 inches fell over just a few hours starting late Wednesday in east-central Kansas and west-central Missouri.

Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi urged motorists in a tweet not to drive into high water. He says his department is responding to numerous high water calls.

In Kansas, a stretch of Interstate 35 was closed early Thursday. The Missouri Department of Transportation says that road closures in the state include stretches of Missouri 2 and 23 in Johnson County and Missouri 79 in Pike County.

Several flood warnings also have been issued for rivers and streams downstream from the deluge.

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New information to be released about Kansas serial rapist

11 hours 29 min ago

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Authorities have new information about a serial rapist who is believed to have attacked 13 women from 2000 to 2008 in the college towns of Manhattan and Lawrence.

A news conference is planned for Thursday morning in Manhattan to discuss an ongoing investigation into the rapes that terrorized the Kansas State and University of Kansas campuses.

The Kansas attorney general’s office announced in 2009 that it was investigating the link between the attacks after the two communities sought help from the agency. Most of the attacks happened between 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. during school breaks. All were in off-campus housing where students commonly live.

Officials have said the suspect is usually armed and covers his face. He’s also believed to have conducted some sort of surveillance before the attacks.

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Hillary Clinton calling new book ‘What Happened’

11 hours 46 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton is calling her new book “What Happened” and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump.

“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,” Clinton writes in the introduction, according to publisher Simon & Schuster. “Now I’m letting my guard down.”

Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Thursday that Clinton’s book will be a highly personal work that also is a “cautionary tale” about Russian interference in last year’s election and its threat to democracy.

In public remarks since last fall, the Democrat has cited Russia as a factor in her defeat to her Republican opponent, along with a letter sent by then-FBI Director James Comey less than two weeks before the election.

Comey’s letter, sent to Congress on Oct. 28, said the FBI “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into the private email server that Clinton used as secretary of state. Days later, Comey wrote that the FBI did not find anything new.

“Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules,” according to Simon & Schuster. “In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterwards.”

“What Happened” is scheduled to come out Sept. 12.

Clinton’s previous works include the 2003 memoir “Living History,” published while she was a U.S. senator from New York, and a book about her years as secretary of state, “Hard Choices,” which came out in 2014 as she prepared to launch her presidential candidacy. She also wrote “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us” when she was first lady

Clinton’s upcoming memoir isn’t the first political book to be called “What Happened.” Scott McClellan, a former White House press secretary during the George W. Bush administration, released a book with the same title in 2008. McClellan’s memoir was an unexpectedly critical take on his former boss that became a best-seller.

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Prince William on his final shift as air ambulance pilot

11 hours 47 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Prince William is completing his final shift in his job as an air ambulance pilot as he gets ready to take on more extensive royal duties.

The heir to the British throne is working the night shift Thursday at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, where he has been flying medical crews to emergencies such as traffic accidents for about two years.

As the older generation of royals slows down, the younger members of the family are stepping in to do take on more official roles, such as foreign visits. William says he’s been “so proud to serve” and has “profound respect” for the emergency services staff.

William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, will also be spending more time in London, where their son, George, is due to start school.

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Ohio State Fair opens but rides closed after deadly accident

11 hours 52 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air.

Video captured by a bystander at the fair Wednesday evening shows the Fire Ball ride swinging above its bottom platform when a crashing sound is heard. The footage then shows one section holding four riders come apart as it begins to swing upward and at least two people tumbling in the air.

Screams are heard as passengers are thrown to the ground.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered that all the rides be closed until they can be inspected and deemed safe. He planned to tour the fair Thursday.

“The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Kasich said.

Officials said the man who was killed was one of several people who were thrown to the ground when the ride malfunctioned. His name has not been released. Ohio State Medical Center said three of the injured were being treated there. Two of them were in critical condition, the hospital said Thursday.

Officials were investigating what caused the ride to break apart and did not speculate on the possible causes.

“Of course we want to get to the bottom of this,” Kasich said, noting that there could be things to be learned that could help other fairs and amusement parks. “Make no mistake about it, it’s a very, very sad night for all of us.”

The man who was killed was 18 and the seven people injured ranged in age from 13 to 41, a Columbus fire official told WKRC-TV.

Kaylie Bellomy was in the next group waiting to board the Fire Ball.

“It was going for a minute and it was at its highest point and I saw somebody fall on the ride, and then a minute later the whole like row of seats fell off and hit the ground,” Bellomy told WCMH-TV.

It was chaos afterward, she said. “Everybody was running. I got ran over trying to get out of the way.”

The Fire Ball ride swings 24 riders back and forth like a pendulum while they sit facing each other in four-seat carriages that also spin and are attached to the main arm.

Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the Ohio State Fair, describes the Fire Ball as an “aggressive thrill ride.” On its website, it says the Fire Ball — manufactured by KMG — debuted in 2002 and is one of its most popular rides on the midway. It says it can swing passengers 40 feet (12 meters) above the ground, while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute.

Amusements of America did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

The accident prompted California State Fair officials to shut down the Fire Ball ride there. Barry Schaible, an inspector with a company hired by the fair, told KCRA-TV in Sacramento, “We shut down the ride immediately, unloaded it and it’s closed right now.”

Ride inspectors did not notice anything out of the ordinary when they conducted their inspections and cleared the Fire Ball for passengers, said Director of Agriculture David Daniels. All of the rides at the fair are checked several times when they are being set up to ensure they are set up the way the manufacturer intended, he said.

Michael Vartorella, the state’s chief inspector of amusement ride safety, said the Fire Ball was inspected three or four times before the fair opened.

“We take this job very serious, and when we have an accident like this … it hits us really hard,” Vartorella said. “My children, my grandchildren ride this equipment. Our guys do not rush through this stuff. We look at it, we take care of it, and we pretend it’s our own.”

Officials said none of the rides would be open until they are all fully inspected.

“Our hearts are heavy for the families of those involved in last night’s tragic accident,” the fair said early Thursday morning in a statement posted on its Twitter page. “We have shut down all rides until the state has inspected each and every ride again and deemed them to be safe.”

The Ohio State Fair, which is one of the largest state fairs in the U.S., runs through Aug. 6.

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Public input meetings for Naftzger Park begin today

12 hours 45 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The public can weigh in on the preferred park design elements for Naftzger Park starting today.

The public input meeting will be tonight from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Friday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Both meetings will be held at the office of Wichita Downtown Development, located at 507 East Douglas.

The city is looking to do some serious renovations to the park. Naftzger Park was created as a Victorian Park, back in the 1970’s. City officials said they want to turn the park into a more urban, 21st century park.

This means an open, more usable and accessible park for everyone.

With the park being located just north of Intrust Bank Arena, city officials hope to turn it into an event space.

“This is going to be the park for the public. This is a park that’s downtown,” said Mark Elder, a developmental analyst for the City of Wichita. “It’s accessible not only as users of downtown, but it’s going to be a space where people go into Intrust Bank Arena or going to pass through, or maybe utilize before and after events.”

According to Elder, the park will have infrastructure beneath it — such as gas lines and electrical hookups. He believes it will help bring more people and events to use the park.

“It’s an exciting time. It’s just another aspect of revitalization of downtown and creating more activity,” Elder said.

The renovation is part of a $1.5 million plan to fix the park, just in time for the NCAA basketball tournament at Intrust Bank Arena in March.

According to city officials, they plan to pay for the improvements through a special tax district. A hearing for the finance plan is set for August 15.

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Wanted: Amber Nicole Fessenden

15 hours 32 min ago

Fessenden, Amber N is wanted by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office for a PROBATION VIOLATION FOR FELONY THEFT. This person was last known to be living in the Wichita, Kansas area.

Anyone with information on the location of this person or any other wanted person or about ANY CRIME is urged to contact the Sedgwick County Sheriffs Office at 1.800.874.6449 Wichita-Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers at 316.267.2111 or 911 or texting at CRIMES(274637) and enter TIP217 plus your message.

Name: Amber Nicole Fessenden
Born: 1989
Ht/Wt: 5′ 4″ – 200 lbs.
White Female
Brown hair / Brown eyes

To see more felons, or submit an anonymous tip, visit the
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County website

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An emotional day five of the NBC World Series

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 23:49

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – On the fifth day of the NBC World Series, two teams punched their ticket to the first week semifinals, while several other teams played their final game of the NBC World Series.

The Mulvane Patriots and Austin (TX) Shockers both wrapped up pool play with perfect 3-0 records. Unfortunately for teams like 316 Elite and the Valley Center Mud Daubers, their time at this year’s NBC World Series has come to an end. But a big congratulations to all the teams participating this week and next!

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Hays lifeguard recognized for saving young girl

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 23:19

HAYS, Kan. (KSNW) – A Hays lifeguard was recognized tonight for saving a young girl from drowning.

On July 19 Morgan Mathews pulled the unconscious girl from the pool and started CPR. He was able revive her and she lived.

Wednesday night, Mathews was honored by the city and the young girl and her family were there to thank him.

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