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KSN Threat Tracker for Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:49

7:30 a.m. Treat mom to a day by the pool, a cookout, or just some relaxing family time outdoors today! We’ll be even warmer this Sunday with temperatures climbing into the 80s, plenty of sunshine, but unfortunately with gusty south winds. Check out my latest video here for your full week’s forecast!

6 a.m. Happy Mother’s Day, Kansas! A few spotty showers have popped up in central Kansas this morning, so don’t be surprised if you feel a few sprinkles, but these won’t amount to much or last long. I’ll have your full Sunday forecast all morning on KSN!

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Vehicle submerged in Arkansas River near 1st and Waco

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 21:07

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita dispatchers reported a vehicle was submerged in the Arkansas River just before 6:00 p.m. Saturday. The incident occurred near 1st Street and Waco.

Sergeant Michael O’Brien said only the vehicle was submerged, nothing else.

“It was an unfortunate accident for somebody on a nearby parking lot that thought they got (the vehicle) in gear,” said O’Brien. “But, they didn’t.”

No one was inside the vehicle at the time of submersion.

O’Brien said there were a lot of witnesses who saw the vehicle enter the river. Therefore, authorities were able to determine fairly quickly that nobody was in danger.

O’Brien said at this time, due to higher river waters, the 1990s model pickup truck will remain in the river. He reminded drivers to be sure vehicles are in park to avoid an incident like this in the future.

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Armed inmate killed, hostage rescued at Illinois hospital

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 20:35

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — Officers fatally shot an armed jail inmate who took two nurses hostage at a hospital in northern Illinois on Saturday, several hours after the inmate stole a gun from the correction’s officer guarding him, authorities said.

A SWAT team quickly moved in to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva after negotiations broke down with the inmate Saturday afternoon, Kane County Sheriff’s Off6ice spokesman Patrick Gengler said. Gengler said one officer shot and killed the inmate, whom he identified as 21-year-old Tywon Salters.

The inmate initially took one female nurse hostage, but she was released at some point during the standoff. Salters then took another female nurse hostage, and she was with him when he was shot around 5 p.m., Gengler said.

The second nurse was “extremely emotional and upset” following the shooting, but appeared to be physically OK, Gengler said. She was quickly taken to another room in the hospital.

The standoff began around 12:30 p.m., when the inmate snatched a gun from a correctional officer at the hospital about 40 miles west of Chicago. The weapon was recovered at the scene.

Salters, who was being held on charges related to a stolen vehicle, had been in the Kane County Jail’s custody since April 11, and in the hospital since Monday, Gengler said. Gengler said he couldn’t release details about why Salter was hospitalized, citing federal privacy laws.

The standoff had been contained to one section of the emergency room as of late afternoon, when SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were called to the scene. Gengler said the hospital’s emergency room was quickly cleared, but patients elsewhere in the hospital weren’t evacuated.

The hospital went on lockdown, meaning no one was allowed on to the hospital’s campus.

“We were able to move patients out of the ER. Those that needed medical care were transferred to other hospitals,” hospital spokeswoman Kimberly Waterman said.

The hospital asked people to avoid coming to the area and to not come to visit patients during the standoff. Ambulances were on standby for anyone who arrived at the hospital in need urgent care, city spokesman Kevin Stahr said.

Kane County Sheriff officials have asked the State Police to investigate. An autopsy is pending.

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Trump considering numerous candidates for FBI director

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 19:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering more than a dozen candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, choosing from a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

White House officials said Friday the president was moving expeditiously to find an interim FBI director along with a permanent replacement for Comey, who was fired Tuesday.

Eight candidates had interviews Saturday: Texas Sen. John Cornyn; acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; attorney Alice Fisher; New York Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia; Adam Lee, head of the bureau’s office in Richmond, Virginia; federal judge Henry E. Hudson of Virginia; former homeland security adviser Frances Townsend; and former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers.

The overall list includes South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, according to two White House officials briefed on the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning.

The candidates under consideration as a permanent replacement for Comey:

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SEN. JOHN CORNYN

Cornyn is the No. 2 Senate Republican and a former Texas attorney general and state Supreme Court justice. He has been a member of the Senate GOP leadership team for a decade and serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the aftermath of Comey’s dismissal, Cornyn said Trump was “within his authority” to fire him and said it would not affect the investigation of possible Russian ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

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REP. TREY GOWDY

The South Carolina Republican is best known for leading the congressional inquiry into the deadly attacks on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, a panel that oversaw a lengthy grilling of Hillary Clinton in 2015. A former federal prosecutor and state attorney, Gowdy was elected to Congress in the 2010 tea party wave and has focused on law enforcement issues. He originally endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president before backing Trump in May 2016.

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FORMER REP. MIKE ROGERS

Rogers is the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He served Michigan in Congress for more than a decade before stepping down in 2015. Rogers worked for the FBI as a special agent based in Chicago in the 1990s and briefly advised Trump’s transition team on national security issues. His name was floated as a possible replacement for then-FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2013, and he received support from an association of FBI agents before President Barack Obama chose Comey.

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RAY KELLY

Kelly was commissioner of the New York City Police Department for more than a decade, serving two mayors. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, he created the first counterterrorism bureau of any municipal police department and oversaw a drastic reduction in crime. But Kelly also came under fire for his use of aggressive police tactics, including a program that spied on Muslims and a dramatic spike in the use of stop-and-frisk, which disproportionately affected nonwhite New Yorkers.

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J. MICHAEL LUTTIG

Luttig, the general counsel for Boeing Corp., is viewed as a conservative legal powerhouse from his tenure as a judge on the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and his time as a Justice Department lawyer. He was considered for two U.S. Supreme Court vacancies that went to Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. Luttig clashed with the George W. Bush White House on a prominent terror case, rebuking the administration for its actions in the case involving “enemy combatant” Jose Padilla.

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LARRY THOMPSON

A deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush, Thompson served as the department’s No. 2 from 2001 to 2003. Among his most high-profile actions was allowing Syrian-born Canadian citizen Maher Arar to be deported to Syria, where he was tortured, after being falsely named as a terrorist. Thompson also served as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia and held several high-level positions at PepsiCo.

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PAUL ABBATE

Abbate is a senior official at the FBI, currently responsible for the bureau’s criminal and cyber branch. He previously led FBI field offices in Washington, one of the agency’s largest, and in Detroit. He’s been deeply involved for years in FBI efforts to fight terrorism, serving in supervisory roles in Iraq and Afghanistan and later overseeing FBI international terrorism investigations as a section chief. He’s been with the FBI for more than 20 years, and is one of the FBI officials who interviewed this week for the role of interim director.

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ALICE FISHER

Currently a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins specializing in white-collar criminal and internal investigations, Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. Fisher faced resistance from Democrats during her confirmation over her alleged participation in discussions about policies at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She also served as deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee that investigated President Bill Clinton’s Whitewater scandal. If selected, she would be the bureau’s first female director.

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ANDREW MCCABE

A Duke-educated lawyer, McCabe was named last year as the FBI’s deputy director, the No. 2 position in the bureau, overseeing significant investigations and operations. Since joining the FBI more than 20 years ago, he’s held multiple leadership positions, including overseeing the FBI’s national security branch and its Washington field office. McCabe became acting director after Comey was fired, but has shown a repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of the ouster and its characterizations of the Russia investigation.

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MICHAEL GARCIA

A former New York prosecutor, Garcia has served as an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals — the state’s highest court — since early 2016. He served as the U.S. attorney in Manhattan from 2005 to 2008, and previously held high-level positions in the Commerce Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

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JOHN SUTHERS

A former U.S. attorney and Colorado attorney general, Suthers was elected mayor of Colorado Springs in 2015. He is widely respected among state law enforcement and many Colorado Democrats. Suthers was inspired to become a prosecutor after he spent part of an internship in the Colorado Springs district attorney’s office watching the trial of a gang of soldiers convicted of killing various citizens, including actor Kelsey Grammer’s sister, during a crime spree in the 1970s.

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ADAM LEE

Lee, a longtime agent, is special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond office. He worked in a variety of positions within the bureau. Before Comey tapped him to lead the Richmond office in 2014, he was section chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, investigating some of the highest profile cases against government officials and civil rights violations in recent years. He also led the FBI’s global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Antitrust Programs.

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HENRY E. HUDSON

Hudson is a federal judge in Richmond who earned praise from conservatives when he struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s health care law in 2010. He is a George W. Bush appointee who earned the nickname “Hang ‘Em High Henry” for his tough-on-crime stand as a federal prosecutor and on the bench. He became a hero to animal rights activists when he sentenced NFL star Michael Vick to nearly two years in prison in 2007 for running a dogfighting ring.

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FRANCES TOWNSEND

Townsend was homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush after a series of high-profile Justice Department jobs.

Among other roles, Townsend is a national security analyst for CBS News. She worked as a federal prosecutor in New York under then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani, focusing on white-collar and organized crime. At the Justice Department, she worked in a variety of jobs including leading the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, which helped oversee intelligence-gathering activities related to the nation’s top secret surveillance court.

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Associated Press writers Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker in Washington and Nick Riccardi in Denver contributed to this report.

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UN agency announces 2 more suspected Ebola cases in Congo

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 18:47

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) – The World Health Organization has identified two more suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus a day after declaring an outbreak in Congo.

The U.N. agency said Saturday there are now 11 suspected cases, including three reported deaths, in Likati in Congo’s northern Bas-Uele Province. WHO said one death has tested positive for an Ebola strain seen in the country before.

The U.N. agency says the first case occurred April 22 in a male some 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) from the capital, Kinshasa.

WHO is working with the government to coordinate a response.

Congo has had seven known Ebola outbreaks in the past, including one in 2014 with several dozen cases. That outbreak was not connected to the massive epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that left thousands dead.

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SKorea: Rival N.Korea launches possible ballistic missile

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 18:29

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea says rival North Korea has launched a projectile believed to be a ballistic missile. It comes days after the election of a new South Korean president.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff had few other details, including whether the launch was successful or what kind of projectile was fired Sunday.

It’s the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang as it pursues a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach the U.S. mainland. The Trump administration has called the tests unacceptable and has swung between threats of military action and offers to talk.

The launch also comes as troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations gather on remote U.S. islands in the Pacific for drills that are partly a message to North Korea.

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No injuries reported after airplane lands on Oklahoma road

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 18:23

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) – No injuries were reported after a small aircraft made an emergency landing on a highway in eastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the aircraft landed on a small stretch of U.S. Highway 64 near Muskogee at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses say the Piper PA-28-140 came over some trees and nosed down on the highway, coming to rest just off the highway.

Lt. Kera Philippi says two people on board the aircraft were not injured. They were not immediately identified.

It was not immediately clear what forced the aircraft to land on the roadway. The aircraft’s origin and destination were also unknown.

Philippi says the incident is under investigation.

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Frozen burritos recalled for possible listeria contamination

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 18:14

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — More than 252,000 pounds of frozen burritos are being recalled because of possible listeria contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday announced the Green Chile Food Company recall for various frozen burritos containing meat and poultry, after a routine sample of a beef and potato burrito found a problem.

The Las Cruces, New Mexico-based company made and packaged the ready-to-eat foods between March 8 and May 10, and the products have the establishment number listed as EST. 21740.

The burritos were sent to sellers in California, Illinois, Oregon and South Dakota.

Though there aren’t any confirmed reports of people getting sick eating the burritos, the USDA cautions that listeria can cause serious illness, particularly among those who are elderly, pregnant, newborn or suffering from weak immune systems.

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‘Happy ending’ to search for missing 3-year-old in Andover

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 16:57

ANDOVER, Kan. (KSNW) – A 3-year-old girl was reported missing in Andover just before 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

Andover Police Chief Mike Keller said officers searched the home and neighborhood for Sloan Riki. The officers called in backup from the fire department and the sheriff’s office and sent out an “Alert Andover”, which is a message to Andover residents via email, text, cell, and landline. Nearly 100 volunteers joined in the search for Riki.

“That’s what our community does,” said Keller. “We had a tremendous amount of support from our community.”

Keller said after nearly an hour of searching, Riki was found inside the home, under a pile of pillow, sleeping.

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15-month-old girl in critical condition after possible electric shock

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 16:37

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A 15-month-old girl is in critical condition after possibly being shocked at a local carnival this weekend.

Wichita police officer Charlie Davidson said two off-duty police officers with the Wichita Police Department were flagged down by a parent this weekend at a carnival outside the Towne West Square mall.

The officers were told there was a medical emergency after the girl grabbed a metal guard railing that surrounded one of the rides.

“The little girl grabbed some metal bars off a guard rail around the rides and went unconscious,” said Davidson. “She was in critical condition and was also taken to the hospital in critical condition.”

Davidson said they are investigating to conclude what caused the girl to lose consciousness.

“There is the possibility of some type of electric shock, but we have not confirmed what that may have been at this time,” noted Davidson.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Experts: Conditions behind cyberattack may be hard to mimic

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 16:24

NEW YORK (AP) — The cyberextortion attack hitting dozens of countries spread quickly and widely thanks to an unusual confluence of factors: a known and highly dangerous security hole in Microsoft Windows, tardy users who didn’t apply Microsoft’s March software fix, and a software design that allowed the malware to spread quickly once inside university, business and government networks.

Not to mention the fact that those responsible were able to borrow weaponized software code apparently created by the U.S. National Security Agency to launch the attack in the first place.

Other criminals may be tempted to mimic the success of Friday’s “ransomware ” attack, which locks up computers and hold people’s files for ransom. Experts say it will be difficult for them to replicate the conditions that allowed the so-called WannaCry ransomware to proliferate across the globe.

But we’re still likely to be living with less virulent variants of WannaCry for some time. And that’s for a simple reason: Individuals and organizations alike are fundamentally terrible about keeping their computers up-to-date with security fixes.

THE WORM TURNS … AND TURNS

One of the first “attacks” on the internet came in 1988, when a graduate student named Robert Morris Jr. released a self-replicating and self-propagating program known as a “worm” onto the then-nascent internet. That program spread much more quickly than expected, soon choking and crashing machines across the internet.

The Morris worm wasn’t malicious, but other nastier variants followed — at first for annoyance, later for criminal purposes, such as stealing passwords. But these worm attacks became harder to pull off as computer owners and software makers shored up their defenses.

So criminals turned to targeted attacks instead to stay below the radar. With ransomware, criminals typically trick individuals into opening an email attachment containing malicious software. Once installed, the malware just locks up that computer without spreading to other machines.

The hackers behind WannaCry took things a step further by creating a ransomware worm, allowing them to demand ransom payments not just from individual but from entire organizations — maybe even thousands of organizations.

THE PERFECT STORM

Once inside an organization, WannaCry uses a Windows vulnerability purportedly identified by the NSA and later leaked to the internet. Although Microsoft released fixes in March, the attackers counted on many organizations not getting around to applying those fixes. Sure enough, WannaCry found plenty of targets.

Since security professionals typically focus on building walls to block hackers from entering, security tends to be less rigorous inside the network. WannaCry exploited common techniques employees use to share files via a central server.

“Malware that penetrates the perimeter and then spreads inside the network tends to be quite successful,” said Johannes Ullrich, director of the Internet Storm Center at the SANS Institute.

PERSISTENT INFECTIONS

“When any technique is shown to be effective, there are almost always copycats,” said Steve Grobman, chief technology officer of McAfee, a security company in Santa Clara, California. But that’s complicated, because hackers need to find security flaws that are unknown, widespread and relatively easy to exploit.

In this case, he said, the NSA apparently handed the WannaCry makers a blueprint — pre-written code for exploiting the flaw, allowing the attackers to essentially cut and paste that code into their own malware.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cybersecurity company F-Secure, said ransomware attacks like WannaCry are “not going to be the norm.” But they could still linger as low-grade infections that flare up from time to time.

For instance, the Conficker virus, which first appeared in 2008 and can disable system security features, also spreads through vulnerabilities in internal file sharing. As makers of anti-virus software release updates to block it, hackers deploy new variants to evade detection.

Conficker was more of a pest and didn’t do major damage. WannaCry, on the other hand, threatens to permanently lock away user files if the computer owner doesn’t pay a ransom, which starts at $300 but goes up after two hours.

The damage might have been temporarily contained. An unidentified young cybersecurity researcher claimed to help halt WannaCry’s spread by activating a so-called “kill switch.” Other experts found his claim credible. But attackers can, and probably will, simply develop a variant to bypass this countermeasure.

FIGHTING BACK

The attack is likely to prompt more organizations to apply the security fixes that would prevent the malware from spreading automatically. “Talk about a wake-up call,” Hypponen said.

Companies are often slow to apply these fixes, called patches, because of worries that any software change could break some other program, possibly shutting down critical operations.

“Whenever there is a new patch, there is a risk in applying the patch and a risk in not applying the patch,” Grobman said. “Part of what an organization needs to understand and assess is what those two risks are.”

Friday’s attack might prompt companies to reassess the balance. And while other attackers might use the same flaw, such attacks will be steadily less successful as organizations patch it.

Microsoft took the unusual step late Friday of making free patches available for older Windows systems, such as Windows XP from 2001. Before, Microsoft had made such fixes available only to mostly larger organizations that pay extra for extended support, yet millions of individuals and smaller businesses still had such systems. 

But there will be other vulnerabilities to come, and not all of them will have fixes for older systems. And those fixes will do nothing for newer systems if they aren’t installed.

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Adam Jones urges race dialogue to combat ugliness and hate

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 16:19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones says the widely condemned racial insult hurled at him at Fenway Park illustrates the need for dialogue about race and for fans to police each other.

He says he is trying to grapple with the reality that “people aren’t afraid to show ugliness and hate right now.”

Jones spoke Saturday at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City while his team plays a series with the Royals.

He describes what happened to him in Boston on Monday night as “very unfortunate.” A bag of peanuts also was thrown in his direction. He says this should serve as a reminder that players are trying to do their job and should be respected.

Jones adds that he doesn’t mind if fans “yell at us a little bit,” provided the catcalls do not degenerate into obscenities.

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‘Sting’ operation leads to recovery of stolen bees

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 16:06

GREAT FALLS, Montana (AP) – A Montana beekeeper has recovered hives that were stolen from him in California, thanks to an agricultural sting operation.

Lloyd Cunniff of Choteau reported 488 hives stolen in January, after he had transported them to California for the almond pollination season.

A tip led Fresno County authorities to find stolen hives worth $170,000 in a rented bee nursery space, a cow pasture and hidden in a drainage along a freeway.

Fresno County Detective Anders Solis, member of the county’s agriculture crimes task force, says there were 10 victims in seven California counties in all.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/2pvUzhM ) Cunniff got most of his bees back last Sunday. He says he is keeping the recovered hives in a separate field in case they are infected with disease or mites.

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Boil water advisory lifted for Park City, Bel Aire

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 13:43

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded the boil water advisory for Park City and Bel Aire Saturday.

The advisory was issued because of an electrical failure that led to a loss of chlorine.

Laboratory tested samples collected from the two towns indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

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Butler County authorities investigating body found in Augusta

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 13:04
Scene where Butler County authorities and state troopers are investigating the death of an individual on May 13, 2017. KSN File Photo

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities say a body of a male was found in Butler County Saturday.

The body was found just after 4:00 a.m. by two Wichita Eagle employees who were delivering newspapers near Augusta. However, Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said it appears the body was hit near the intersection of Yorktown and US 54, then dumped near the intersection of south 140th Street and southwest Tawakoni Road in Augusta.

Authorities said shoes and socks of the the victim were found where the victim was allegedly struck by a vehicle.

Authorities said to be on the lookout for a vehicle with heavy passenger side and hood damage.

The identity of the man has not yet been released.

KSN has a crew at the scene. We will update this story as it develops.

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Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is being held today

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 12:34

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita area letter carriers are holding their annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive today. They are collecting non-perishable food items in bags left by mailboxes before mail delivery on May 13. The food will then be distributed among community food banks and pantries.

This year marks the 25th year for the food drive. The drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food since its inception. The USPS said last year alone, 80 million pounds of non-perishable food was donated nationwide – 582,951 pounds in Kansas.

Examples of non-perishable items include:

  • peanut butter
  • canned soup
  • canned meats
  • canned vegetables
  • fruits and juices
  • boxed goods
  • pasta and rice

The USPS asks that participants not donate anything that has been expired or comes in a glass container.

Some of the many Kansas letter carriers collecting food on their routes include: Chanute, Coffeyville, Colby, Columbus, Ellinwood, Emporia, Iola, Garden City, Great Bend, Hays, Hutchinson, Horton, Independence, Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan, Mankato, McPherson, Ottawa, Parsons, Pittsburg, Pratt, Salina, Shawnee Mission, Topeka, Wichita and several other locations.

The USPS said food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation with more than 10,000 cities and towns across America participating.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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Shooting leaves 1 seriously injured at IHOP

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 10:44

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department is investigating after one person was seriously injured in a shooting early Saturday.

Police say it happened at the IHOP located on north Rock Road at 4:45 a.m.

Officers say when they arrived, they found a 34-year-old man in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

“Officers are currently working to positively identify a suspect,” said Officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department. “This was not a random event.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.

 

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KSN Threat Tracker for Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 06:31

10:45 a.m. Warm and sunny, but a little windy today… Have a WONDERFUL holiday weekend, folks! http://ksn.com/category/weather/

9 a.m. Making Mother’s Day plans? Watch my latest forecast video here for everything you need to know about your weekend weather.

7:15 a.m. Feel free to hit the golf course or do anything outdoors today! Plenty of sunshine, just a few clouds by the afternoon, warm temperatures in the 70s and 80s, but with breezy winds for central Kansas that will turn gusty out west. Get more details on your forecast right here!

5:30 a.m. Temperatures are a little chilly this morning, but we’ll warm up even more today! I’ll have your full weekend forecast all morning on KSN.

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Mother’s Day cards, mail stolen from Wichita resident mailbox

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 00:15

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW)  It’s the time of year when many people mail cards off to their mothers, or to someone celebrating a graduation.

However, one Wichita man is warning people to be on the lookout, after his cards and mail were found laying on the street.

Mark Bogner says he was simply trying to do something nice for his mother for Mother’s Day.

“We got our Moms some nice, pretty Mother’s Day cards and wrote some sweet messages in them and put them in our mailbox, put the flag up, never thinking anything more about it,” said Bogner.

Bogner says the next day, him and his family got a knock on the door from the Wichita Police Department.

“A Wichita Police officer knocks on the door and says that she found them over on Socora Street, in a pile with other opened cards, she says she figured they were probably looking for cash, the police officer was talking when she described it as if this was a fairly routine thing this time of the year,” said Bogner.

Law enforcement officials say it is important to safeguard your mail.

They say only use a secure mailbox, either a post office box, or one that takes a key to unlock.

They say traditional mailboxes leave your bills and letters open to thieves.

“Sometimes people are applying for credit cards that way, sometimes they’re paying bills with checks that way that’s a lot of information right there, you’ve got a routing number, you’ve got an account number,” said Sgt. Santiago Hungria, Wichita Police Department Financial Crimes Commander.

As for Bogner, he’s giving more thought to changing from the mailbox he currently has.

“It makes me wonder should we get a locking mailbox where we can only get mail out of it and then if we ever want to mail something we have to drive and drop it in a mailbox somewhere,” said Bogner.

As well as, trying to make others aware.

“I’ve definitely told all my family, friends and neighbors don’t stick anything of value in the mailbox and leave it, expecting that it’ll still be there when the mailman gets there,” said Bogner.

The United States Postal Service urges people to not send cash in the mail and to pick up mail promptly after it is delivered.

If you want to switch from the traditional mailbox that does come at a cost.

For lockable boxes, they range from 20-dollars to up to 700-dollars.

To get a P.O. box for one year, the price ranges from 64-dollars to 594-dollars.

The price depends on where you live and size of the box.

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Wichita Force outlast Salina 36-17

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 23:47

It took a little for the Wichita Force to get going against Salina. But once they did, there was no looking back.

The Force turned a 7-7 halftime game into a comfortable 36-17 win on a night where former Shockers men’s basketball players Zach Bush and John Robert Simon were in the house. They, alongside head coach Gregg Marshall, signed autographs for fans and took pictures with them. And both Bush and Simon were once again impressed with the passion Wichitans have for their sports teams.

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