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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Authorities have arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting three people in a popular downtown area of a Kansas college town.
Lawrence police said in a news release that U.S. Marshals took the 20-year-old into custody Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri. Police say he’s awaiting extradition to Kansas, where he’s suspected of one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder. The Oct. 1 shooting happened in an area crowded with people from concerts, bars and events at the nearby University of Kansas. Police say it stemmed from an earlier altercation.
Two others were charged Tuesday. One suspect is accused of attempted second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon. The other is charged with aggravated assault and battery.
WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) — Today is the last day to turn in paperwork for required immunizations for USD 259 students.
The school district notified parents in May what immunizations their child needed to be in compliance. School officials said parents should be aware that their child shouldn’t attend school today if their immunizations are not up-to-date. However, in past years, there have been times where students still show up to school.
“The teachers should be aware that if they show up in the classroom, they would come down to the nurse’s office, or if it’s a larger school like maybe middle school or high school, that they would have a plan depending on the size of school, where they would go,” said Kimber Kasitz, health services coordinator.
For students that show up to school and have not received the proper immunizations, parents can use today, Friday and Monday to get the shots. Wichita schools resume Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Immunizations can be done by the child’s primary doctor, the county health department or a local clinic.
According to district officials, as of Wednesday afternoon, there were 1,200 students out of compliance — about 2-percent of the district’s students.
Kasitz said there are many students who come to school and already have the proper immunizations, but the updated record hasn’t been turned in. When students come to school this morning, they should bring in their updated immunization record or they will be asked to leave.
There are four required vaccinations that are spread out over several age groups, and there are four other recommended vaccinations. A list of these vaccinations can be found on the district website, or the child’s doctor can access a website to get information for the parent.
Kasitz said vaccinations are the most effective way of preventing serious communicable diseases.
“We have people in our communities that are immunosuppressed that cannot be vaccinated,” said Kasitz. “This can be spread very rapidly. So we want to protect others and we also want to prevent the spread of disease.”
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Medical Center serves 30,000 veterans living in 59 counties of the state.
The VA utilizes Sedgwick County’s EMS services when it needs to transport veterans from the VA to a nearby hospital.
However, that comes at a cost.
It’s something that Sedgwick County Commissioner David Dennis says has been adding up for the past four years.
“Once we have a transport from the Veterans Administration, than we will send a bill to the VA, the VA obviously isn’t paying timely,” said Dennis.
Dennis says the county is owed money from the VA for those services, dating back to 2014.
He says right now, the county is owed $97,000 from 2014, $365,000 from 2015 and $325,000 from 2016.
This year alone, Dennis says the county is owed $679,000. That amounts to a total of over $1.5 million.
“This is a considerable amount of money owed to Sedgwick County residents, first of all, if we had an extra $1.5 million in our EMS budget, we could remodel the EMS facility that is located in Commissioner Ranzau’s district, we’d have enough left over to build on in Commissioner Unruh’s district,” said Dennis.
Dennis says getting the money he says the county is owed back won’t be easy.
“Any time it gets over a year, if they had other ways of paying for it, we can’t go against their insurance or Medicare or Medicaid, we have to go after the veteran,” said Dennis.
The veterans are the biggest concern for Dennis, who is a retired Air Force Colonel himself.
He says his goal is to find out where the problem lies and work toward a solution.
“It’s not that i’m not happy with the VA by any means, it’s just I’m concerned that there is a problem some place,” said Dennis.
The VA did release a statement Wednesday afternoon saying:
“The VA is committed to paying its bills. the purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the bills in question and to clarify differences in understanding of what is actually due. the VA is a good corporate citizen and will honor its obligations.”
County leaders are slated to meet with VA officials Thursday afternoon.
KSN will cover that meeting for you and have what comes out of it on KSN News at five and six.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – According to Tyson, the company contracts with local farmers to raise their chickens. So KSN wanted to know if Kansas farmers are interested in working with the corporation.
We spoke with members of the Farm Bureau and Kansas Poultry Association to find out. They say there are farmers who are interested in what benefits the Tyson plant could bring.
They also say it’s expected that there will be some who have their concerns.
Raising crops is what farmer Max Tjaden has done for years. But working with a Tyson chicken plant would be a first for him, and many others.
“It would be an educational process for those who might be interested and I’m sure there are people who would be more than happy to do it,” said Max Tjaden, Sedgwick County Farm Bureau Agricultural Association President.
He says the plant would also provide an extra market for people who grow soybeans, corn, and milo for feed. There’s also of course, the opportunity to raise chickens.
“Tons of people, there are a lot of people angry that the last one didn’t go through, and unfortunately their voices aren’t being heard, but there are just people who look at it as opportunity,” said Scott Beyer, Extension State Specialist in Poultry Production.
Tjaden, who also works for the Sedgwick County Farm Bureau, says some residents may have environmental concerns, and those will need to be addressed where Tyson decides to go. He adds growers may have their own concerns about competing with the plant for water and land.
“Up in that Equus Beds you know the irrigators share the water source with the city of Wichita and so that’s kind of, there’s been some issues there over the past few years so, it might make the issues bigger I don’t know,” said Tjaden,
Tyson told KSN in a statement that “…since we’re still reviewing those communities as possibilities, we’re not sharing additional details about the project at this time.”
The company says it depends on more than 11,000 independent farmers, including 4,000 poultry farmers across the country. The company says it pays them more than $15 billion annually.
LINDSBORG, Kan. (KSNW) – A Kansas woman, who survived the Las Vegas shooting, said the healing process is just beginning.
“Whether I’m at work or outside, whatever, and I close my eyes and I see it, everything replays,” said Ryan Kyler.
Ryan Kyler, 32, was at the country musical festival the night a gunman opened fire. She and a friend took cover behind a food truck.
“I still have us laying there, holding onto each other and then just hearing the gunshots and everything. That’s still the only thing, if I close my eyes, that’s just what I see,” Kyler said.
Immediately following the Las Vegas massacre, Kyler said she felt OK. The single mom even talked with KSN when she landed at the Wichita airport a day after the shooting. However, Kyler now admits she is struggling.
“I’m still happy. I’m still going. I’m still trying to make the best of everything, but like I said, there are a few hiccups,” Kyler said.
Kyler said she’s having a hard time remembering things. She often feels scatterbrained and uncomfortable around a lot of people. On Saturday, Kyler said she was at a festival in Lindsborg when her anxiety hit.
“There was a lot of commotion, you know, a lot of things going on. Kids everywhere, people everywhere. and they were giving helicopter rides this year,” Kyler said. “When the helicopter flew over, I mean, I froze up. My mother-in-law was with me and she was like, ‘Are you OK?’ I couldn’t breathe. My anxiety spiked and just all of the noise and I looked at her and I said, ‘I need to leave.’ All I could think about was just getting home.”
Kyler said she has found some relief in speaking with other Las Vegas survivors in an online support group.
“I think it helps to have because you are talking to the people you were there with. even though you don’t know them, but they went through the same thing. They felt and seen the same thing, so I think it’s nice to have somebody to relate to, to talk to,” she said.
Kyler said she is also seeing a therapist, however it’s been difficult for her to make it to appointments regularly because of work.
“I’m still just trying to work and hopefully everything will just fall into place. Maybe, I will get a little bit of help so I can take a few days off to do the therapy sessions,” she said.
Kyler has created a gofundme page in hopes of being able to take off from work to make it to more therapy sessions.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Tom Jurich was loyal to the coaches he hired at Louisville almost to a fault, supporting them through good and bad times during 20 years as the Cardinals athletic director.
None more than men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino.
Jurich and Pitino faced many embarrassing transgressions during the coach’s 16-year tenure, but the negative attention generated by a federal investigation of college basketball was the last straw for Pitino — and ultimately Jurich.
Louisville trustees fired Jurich Wednesday in the wake of the school’s involvement in a national federal investigation of college basketball.
The Board of Trustees voted 10-3 to part ways with Jurich. The 61-year-old administrator had been placed on paid administrative Sept. 27 by interim university President Greg Postel, who placed Pitino on unpaid leave at the same time.
Louisville’s Athletic Association fired Pitino in a unanimous vote on Monday.
Two days later, Jurich was shown the door.
Postel did not take questions about Jurich’s firing with cause after more than three hours of meetings behind closed doors.
“We want to thank Tom for his years of service and many contributions to the university,” Postel said from a prepared statement.
“To our students, faculty, staff and Cards fans, this is our opportunity to demonstrate the unity and integrity that define being a Louisville Cardinal.”
Jurich’s legal team said in a statement afterward that it was “disheartened” by the trustees’ decision, and stressed his adherence to NCAA rules and the law.
“Their vote to terminate his contract was done in haste with inaccurate information that should have had no bearing on continuing his employment,” the statement said. “He has done nothing illegal, nor violated any NCAA rules.”
Jurich has played a major role in Louisville’s success on the field, and how the school has handled issues off the field.
He shepherded Louisville’s 2014 entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference. Jurich also was responsible for facility upgrades and saw numerous sports thrive under coaches he hired.
Vince Tyra was named acting AD on Oct. 3, a move the athletic association approved on Monday before firing Pitino. The former University of Louisville Foundation board member said he doesn’t have a timetable for how long he’ll have the job.
Louisville’s acknowledgment of being part of a federal probe into bribery of college recruits proved to be Jurich’s undoing. Postel’s Sept. 27 disciplinary letter to the AD called allegations in the complaint “disturbing and unprecedented.” His letter also called “unacceptable” the level of misconduct, alleged criminal activity and the negative attention it has brought to Louisville.
Postel also criticized Jurich for failing to update or consult the athletic board about his negotiation of the department’s sponsorship extension with Adidas.
Several Jurich supporters carrying signs urging trustees to retain the AD gathered Wednesday outside the Grawemeyer administration building and briefly inside the meeting room. Jurich’s lawyer, Alison M. Stemler, and members of Jurich’s legal team joined the meeting shortly after it began.
Trustee board secretary Brian Cromer was among those that opposed the motion to fire Jurich. Before the vote he said, “There are major issues in basketball, we all know that. …. What I would favor doing is trying to pursue discussions with Mr. Jurich to address concerns, maybe have a revamped arrangement.”
Trustees ultimately followed the same path as the ULAA, deciding to part ways with Jurich and move forward.
Jurich departs as construction continues on a $63 million expansion of the football stadium due for completion by next season. He had a long record of accomplishments that helped Louisville build one of the nation’s top athletic programs.
Jurich hired Pitino as coach in 2001 and celebrated Louisville’s third NCAA men’s basketball championship trophy 12 years later in perhaps the school’s most successful year in athletics.
The Cardinals’ women’s basketball team reached the NCAA championship game that same season and has remained a perennial NCAA Tournament contender. Both programs play in a 22,000-seat downtown arena that opened in 2010.
Lamar Jackson became Louisville’s first Heisman Trophy winner last year when the Cardinals flirted with a berth in the college football playoff. The Cardinals in 1998 began playing in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, which is undergoing its second expansion from its original 42,000-seat capacity.
The baseball team is coming off its third College World Series berth in five years and is also preparing to expand its stadium.
Jurich was scrutinized for his decision to re-hire football coach Bobby Petrino in January 2014, less than two years after Arkansas fired Petrino for misleading school officials about a motorcycle accident in which his passenger was later revealed to be his mistress.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita city leaders are responding to concerns regarding transparency in the Wichita Police Department.
Wichita Police Department spokesperson, Officer Charley Davidson first responded to allegations on October 13. The media report alleged that the department covered up an accident in 2016 involving an off-duty police officer, saying she had been drinking and driving, sideswiped a car and drove off without stopping.
“The traffic case involving a Wichita police officer referenced in a media report, was presented last year to the Office of the District Attorney, which declined prosecution, said Davidson on October 13, during a daily media briefing. “The allegations in the article are based on a false premise and are inaccurate. The issues raised are not consistent with Chief Ramsay’s visions and are contrary to the reforms and the changes he has initiated since arriving last year.”
City Manager Robert Layton was the first city official to come to publicly support Chief Ramsay and the department. He spoke at an October 16 media briefing with the WPD.
“The city of Wichita, including Chief Ramsey and the department have indeed made commitments to be transparent with our community. That does not override our obligation also to protect the privacy of our employees,” said Layton. “Rome was not built in a day but I think the Chief has a good running start.”
KSN reached out to city leaders, including Mayor Jeff Longwell, to get their responses. While each showed support for the chief, they gave a more measured response in regards to the initial allegations of an investigation in a specific officer.
“I have full confidence with Ramsay and his ability to put in place the procedures that will help build public confidence,” said Longwell in a statement. “No comment on any investigations as I have not been briefed on type or scope of any ongoing investigations.”
“It would not be responsible or appropriate to comment about ongoing investigations other than to say I know Chief Ramsay is taking these matters seriously. In the short time he has been our Chief of Police, Ramsay has operated with openness, communication and accountability,” said Bryan Frye, Wichita City Council. “He’s committed to transparency as is the department, the city manager and the council.”
“I don’t know the full details surrounding these issues; however I do believe these are isolated incidents and not a reflection of WPD as a whole,” said Jeff Blubaugh, Wichita City Council. “My experience with WPD is we are fortunate to have good police officers and our community is overall supportive of WPD. I have complete confidence in Chief Ramsey’s leadership and he has my support in ensuring these issues as well as future incidents will be handled fairly and with the utmost transparency.”
KSN did reach out to all city council members for a response. Pete Meitzer and James Clendenin did not respond to emails and calls to their offices. The offices of Janet Miller and Lavonta Williams said both are out of the country on a Sister Cities trip to China and were unavailable for immediate comment.
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — When a person is cremated, in some cases, their ashes are never claimed. They sit in a funeral home’s safe, sometimes for decades.
“It breaks my heart to know that some families have left the ashes here,” said funeral director Aaron Kucharik.
It’s a common problem nationwide, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.
Kucharik is holding on to a dozen sets of ashes, some of which were cremated before he was born.
“I have two sets from the 80s,” he said, “most of them in the 90s and early 2000s.”
The bags of ashes are mostly abandoned, forgotten by their families years ago.
“Things come up in their life,” explained Kucharik. “Life continues on after the funeral, and then they might have gotten sick, they might have had another death in the family, and then they forget.”
By law, Kansas funeral homes must wait 90 days before disposing of unclaimed ashes.
Kucharik says he is reaching out again to the next of kin.
Sometimes, the next of kin can be difficult to track down. While most of the ashes in Kucharik’s funeral home came with name tags, one urn from the 1980s was unidentified when he began running Price & Sons three years ago.
“Proper identification and ID tags weren’t used at that time,” Kucharik said about standard operating procedure in the 1980s.
He’s since identified the remains and is trying to lay them to rest.
“My goal as a funeral director is that every person that walks the face of the earth does deserve a proper burial.”
He is now giving all next of kin a year to claim the ashes before he buys a plot to bury them.
“It would be an expense for the funeral home and for me personally. However, it’s something I’m willing to do to give the burial that everybody deserves.”
The ashes can then be disinterred if family claims them afterwards.
Kucharik says even if a family has an outstanding bill with the funeral home, there is no financial obstacle to claiming ashes.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Tallgrass Film Festival is celebrating 15 years in Wichita.
The annual event kicks off Wednesday night.
The Scottish Rite Theater in downtown Wichita is one of several locations that will be showcasing special films over the next five days.
The festival goes beyond the regular movie experience with the attraction of the annual event.
“You can see a film in your living room, you can see a film on your computer, on your phone,” explained John Wildman, publicist for Tallgrass Film Festival. “But what you can’t do is actually meet the filmmakers in person and you can’t talk to them and ask them what they were thinking when they came up with a film, that’s what is really special about this.”
The opening night gala is at the Scottish Rite Theater Wednesday night at 7:00.
For more information about the festival, click here.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – An air show is coming to McConnell Air Force Base in 2018.
Col. Joshua Olson, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, announced at the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that McConnell will be hosting an open house and air show in 2018. The McConnell Open House and Air Show is coming September 8-9, 2018.
This will be the first air show at McConnell Air Force Base in six years.
“We’re calling it ‘Frontiers in Flight,’ paying homage to our past and our future,” said Olson. “We owe it to the city to open our doors and show you all of the great things we’ve been working on.”
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be the main guests and more details will be released at a later date as the installation prepares for Frontiers in Flight.
GRANT COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation along with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the Ulysses Police Department are investigating the death of a child from Ulysses.
The KBI was contacted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the Ulysses Police Department for assistance on October 15.
According to the KBI, just before noon on October 15, 12-month-old Mia Garay was taken to an area hospital in Ulysses by a family member. When the girl arrived she was not breathing and did not have a pulse and she was pronounced dead.
An autopsy was performed and the autopsy report is pending.
The investigation is ongoing and no other details have been released.
This is the second death investigation of a child in Ulysses this month.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – The rich are getting richer.
The Forbes list of 400 richest Americans shows Bill Gates tops the list for the 24th straight year with a net worth estimated at $89 billion.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, worth $81.5 billion, held on to the No. 2 spot he first claimed in 2016. Warren Buffett, remains No. 3 with a fortune worth $78 billion.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg saw the biggest dollar gain of anyone on the list with his net worth rising $15.5 billion to $71 billion, according to Forbes. But that left him in fourth place on the list once again.
Overall the richest 400 Americans now have a combined net worth of $2.7 trillion, another record according to the magazine’s ranking, up from $2.4 trillion in 2016. That comes out to an average net worth of $6.75 billion for those on the list.
The youngest billionaire on the list is once again 27-year-old Snapchat creator Evan Spiegel, worth an estimated $3.1 billion, enough to put him 248th on the list. The oldest is 94-year-old Alexander Spanos, one of the nation’s largest apartment developers and owner of the San Diego Chargers football team, who was worth an estimated $2.4 billion.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – A woman was recently reunited with her purse that was taken from her in the late 1940’s.
Elaine (Klatt) McKenna was shopping in the Hutchinson Sears in 1948 when her purse was taken. The purse was shoved in the ceiling above a bathroom.
During a recent demolition of that building, workers found the purse. They opened it up and found several contents and letters inside.
With the power of social media, Queen Bee Social Marketing was able to locate McKenna. She returned and opened her purse for the first time in decades. See more in the video below.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Kansas State University officials say they are developing a plan to cut $12 million because of a drop in enrollment.
Fall enrollment at the university fell by nearly 1,000 students – or 4.1 percent – compared to last fall. It was the first time in 15 years Kansas State enrollment fell below 23,000 students.
University officials said Wednesday the $12 million budget reduction would come from administrative and academic units.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Kansas State President Richard Myers said an enrollment management consultant will be hired to review current operations and make recommendations to increase enrollment.
Pat Bosco, the school’s dean of students, said aggressive recruiting of out-of-state students didn’t compensate this fall for fewer international students. And he said the in-state pool of potential students had declined.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department said a 32-year-old man was struck and killed by a pickup truck Wednesday morning. It happened around 9:30 a.m. near 83rd Street South and Hillside.
The sheriff said the man was walking across 83rd when he was struck by a westbound Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 55-year-old man from Wichita.
The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries and later died. His name hasn’t been released.
The sheriff’s office continues to investigate the fatality. No word on whether the man who hit the pedestrian will be cited.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police said they arrested a 26-year-old man after an attempted carjacking. It happened Tuesday evening around 7 p.m. in the 7100 block of West 21st Street North.
A 46-year-old woman told police she went to her GMC Yukon after purchasing some items at the QuikTrip. A suspect approached her and directed her to move over. She screamed and the suspect ran.
During that time, witnesses came to the woman’s aid and were able to capture the suspect after an altercation.
Police arrived and the 26-year-old man was arrested for attempted robbery, two counts of battery, assault on a law enforcement officer, criminal threats and a warrant. Police reported minor injuries to the witnesses and suspect.
Police said the suspect had a key in his hand and not a gun during the carjacking attempt.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – KSN News has confirmed Tyson has chosen Sedgwick and Cloud counties as two of three finalists for a new $320 million chicken-processing plant. The plant is expected to bring 1,600 jobs to whoever lands it. KSN’s John Asebes has confirmed it through sources in both counties.
“We are pleased that Tyson sees what we’ve always known: North Central Kansas is an ideal location for big agriculture projects,” said CloudCorp Executive Director Ashley Hutchinson said. “We will be working diligently with our community leaders, citizens and farmers to fully explore this project and find a way to make it work for us.”
Tyson President and CEO Tom Hayes said the new plant will help the company meet a growing demand for fresh chicken.
Tyson was planning to build the plant near Tonganoxie but put those plans on hold after fierce opposition from nearby residents. On Sept. 19, the Leavenworth County Commission rescinded an offer for $500 million in industrial bonds for the plant because of the opposition. Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration had pledged an undisclosed amount of tax breaks to persuade Tyson to locate south of Tonganoxie.
It’s yet another beautiful day across Kansas! Plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures, and dry conditions, but just with some gusty south winds as you head out to lunch.
For the rest of the day, we’ll see temperatures warm into the mid to upper 70s, similar to yesterday. We’ll also see a few high level clouds, but still with mainly sunny skies, and strong south winds at 10-25 mph.
The main story through the end of the week will just be increasing winds. Then on Saturday, we’ll be tracking a cold front across the state, bringing the risk for severe storms in southcentral Kansas, including Wichita, Saturday evening, so stay tuned!
I’ll talk more about the nice and quiet weather that’s coming to an end this week, then time out our weekend storms straight ahead on KSN News at Noon!
Have a great Wednesday, everybody!
~Katie the Weather Lady
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A construction crew hit a gas line near the intersection of Douglas and Hydraulic late Wednesday morning..
Wichita fire crews confirmed the line has been shut off. Right now, crews are going around to area businesses to make sure gas isn’t lingering around the buildings.
Hydraulic was blocked between Douglas and English as a precaution. It has since reopened.
Douglas now being closed at Hydraulic. Avoid the area. Gas main 4-6” in diameter has been ruptured. https://t.co/gGMxQ4vAcZ
— WichitaFireDept (@WichitaFireDept) October 18, 2017
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 1.3 million 2015-17 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty vehicles in North America because of potential door problems.
The company said Wednesday that in some vehicles a frozen door latch or bent or kinked actuation cable may cause a door to not open or close. If consumers are able to open and close such doors, the door may appear closed, but the latch may not fully engage, increasing the risk for a possible injury.
Ford said it’s not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.
The company’s dealers will install water shields over door latches and inspect and repair door latch actuation cables if necessary free of charge to customers.