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KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The police chief of an Ohio village and two nursing home employees were killed Friday by a gunman who was later found dead inside the care facility, a sheriff said.
The slain police chief was identified as Steven Eric Disario, who headed the Kirkersville Police Department, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said.
Disario, 36, had only been on the job for about three weeks, Thorp said. He was a father of six children, with a seventh on the way, the sheriff said.
Thorp called it a hard day for all.
“We’ve lost a police officer. It’s just a tragic event. I guess the only peace of mind is that the threat is over,” he said.
By early afternoon, flowers and flags were appearing in an impromptu memorial outside the village police hall.
Disario was responding to a report of a man with a gun, and his last radio communication said he had the suspect in sight, Thorp said.
Responding officers found Disario on the street and then investigated a report of a gunman in the nearby Pine Kirk Care Center, Thorp said.
Two employees of the center and the suspected gunman were found dead inside the nursing home, the sheriff said. Some residents had barricaded themselves in various places, he said.
He said police weren’t immediately able to positively identify the gunman and were trying to determine what, if any, relationship he had with the nursing home.
The shooting closed down the main street in the village, which was flooded with police officers from several surrounding agencies and with ambulances. The village of about 500 residents is roughly 25 miles (39 kilometers) east of Columbus.
“This is a really small town and everybody knows everybody,” Kirkersville resident Debbie Messer told the Columbus Dispatch. “These things don’t happen here.”
Pine Kirk is licensed for 24 patients and had 23 as of May 3, according to Ohio Department of Health records. A message was left with the center.
The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading the probe into what happened.
Gov. John Kasich expressed his condolences in a tweet.
“Join me in praying for his family, friends and colleagues, and for the others injured in this tragedy,” the governor said.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are looking for two young men who robbed the Dollar General Store in the 200 block of West 47th Street South. The robbery happened May 2.
The suspects demanded money. Police said the first suspect was carrying a black handgun. He is described as about 15 years old. He was wearing a white shirt with black long sleeves and a dark-colored ski mask. The second suspect appeared to be about 12 years old. He was wearing a gray hoodie with dark gray sleeves, blue jeans and a green face mask. When they ran out of the store, they headed southwest.
If you have any information, you can call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,500, and Crime Stoppers will never ask your name.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Bel Aire public water supply located in Sedgwick County. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of an electrical failure that led to a loss of chlorine residual.
The advisory took effect on May 12, 2017, and will remain in effect until the conditions that place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved adequately.
Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
- Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
- Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
- Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
- Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
- If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure. KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department Patrol East Bureau will hold a grant-funded DUI saturation patrol tonight. Police did not disclose the location of the patrol.
Police said if you drink, you are urged to find a designated driver, call a taxi, or Uber.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Two male lowland gorillas – Shango, 28, and Barney, 23 – will be leaving the Sedgwick County Zoo on May 19 for their new home at Zoo Miami.
The move has been recommended by the Gorilla Species Survival Plan.
Shango and Barney will be out and about this weekend. On Wednesday, they will begin preparing for their trip to Miami and will remain behind-the-scenes until their departure.
Shango and Barney were the first gorillas to arrive at the zoo and call the Downing Gorilla Forest home. When they arrived, Shango was 15 and barely a silverback; Barney was 10.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s lawyers say a review of his last 10 years of tax returns do not reflect “any income of any type from Russian sources,” with some exceptions.
The lawyers did not release copies of Trump’s tax returns so The Associated Press cannot independently verify their conclusions.
The letter says there is no equity investment by Russians in entities controlled by Trump or debt owed by Trump to Russian lenders. It does reflect income from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant held in Moscow and a property sold to a Russian billionaire in 2008 for $95 million.
The White House says Trump asked his lawyers for a letter following a request from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who heads one of the congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in last year’s election.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t call me Caitlyn.
A year after Caitlyn Jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name Caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to Social Security’s annual list of the most popular baby names.
In fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn.
“It was inevitable,” said Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabynameWizard.com. “Caitlyn was already falling in popularity. Now it is suddenly controversial.”
The Social Security Administration released its annual list of the 1,000 most popular baby names for 2016 on Friday. The agency uses the announcement to drive traffic to its website, where workers can start tracking their benefits long before they retire.
Emma was the top baby name for girls for the third year in a row. It was followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia and Isabella.
Noah was the top baby name for boys for the fourth year in a row. It was followed by Liam, William, Mason and James.
The agency also lists the baby names that increase — and decrease — the most in popularity.
All four versions of Caitlyn fell out of the top 1,000.
In 2015, the former Bruce Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist, shocked the world when she announced that she is now a transgender woman. The iconic cover of Vanity Fair magazine was emblazoned with the quote, “Call me Caitlyn,” on top of a picture of a very feminine Jenner.
The issue sparked much debate and an outpouring of support for Jenner in a country that is still evolving in its views of gay marriage and equal rights for the LGBT community.
Wattenberg said it would be wrong to blame Caitlyn’s drop in popularity solely to the fact that Jenner is transgender. In general, she said, parents don’t want to give their children names that might attract controversy.
It’s one reason few parents name their children after politicians.
“Even parents who are huge Donald Trump supporters are unlikely to name their child Donald,” Wattenberg said. “In part, we just want to avoid controversy in picking names.”
For the record, Donald fell 45 spots last year, to No. 488. Hillary fell out of the top 1,000 names in 2009 and has not returned.
The Social Security Administration’s website provides lists of the top 1,000 baby names for each year, dating to 1880. The top baby names that year were John and Mary. John is now No. 28 and Mary has fallen to No. 127.
Sometimes old is new: Emma was the third most popular name in 1880.
The top 10 baby names for girls stayed the same in 2016, though the order shuffled a bit. For boys, Alexander dropped to No. 11 and Elijah cracked the top 10 for the first time ever, at No. 9.
Baby naming experts said parents have long used biblical names for their children. However, there has been a decided shift from the New Testament to the Old.
“Elijah to our grandparents would be unimaginable,” Wattenberg said.
Also, parents are getting more creative in naming the little ones. As a result, today’s top names aren’t nearly as popular as the top names from 50 years ago.
For example, a little more than 19,000 baby boys were named Noah last year. In 1966, about 80,000 babies were named Michael, the top name for baby boys that year.
“Once parents see that a name is super popular, they are going to start avoiding it,” said Jennifer Moss, founder of Babynames.com.
Pop culture often influences the names that increase and decrease in popularity, and it happened again 2016.
For boys, the named that skyrocketed in popularity was Kylo, as in Kylo Ren, a character in the 2015 movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” For girls, it was Kehlani, as in Kehlani Parrish, a singer and songwriter nominated for a Grammy in 2016.
Neither of these names is among the most popular, but they jumped more spots than any other names. Kylo jumped 2,368 spots to No. 901. Kehlani jumped 2,487 spots to No. 872.
After the “Star Wars” movie was released, Wattenberg said she asked a focus group of people who had seen the movie whether any of the character names would become popular.
The kids and the teenagers were big on Kylo. But the older participants would have none of it.
Wattenberg recalled one grandparent saying Kylo “sounds like a brand of laundry detergent or toothpaste.”
The name Kylo follows another trend: Villains are now more popular than heroes, Wattenberg said.
Toward the end of the movie, Kylo kills his father, Han Solo.
That wouldn’t make for a popular baby name a generation ago, Wattenberg said.
“Imagine naming your child after a character who kills his father!” she said.
Most popular baby names: https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/index.html
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas legislators are hoping to advance a proposal to increase spending on public schools even though some lawmakers question whether it would be adequate.
A special House committee planned to vote Friday on a bill that would phase in a $762 million increase in aid to the state’s 286 local school districts over five years.
The bill also creates a new per-student formula for distributing the money to see that enough goes to programs for at-risk students.
Kansas spends more than $4 billion a year on aid to its public schools. But the state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate.
Lawmakers must also close projected budget shortfalls totaling $887 million through June 2019. They expect to raise income taxes but haven’t settled on a plan.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – Police in Clearwater, Florida are investigating a road rage incident that left two vehicles damaged last Wednesday.
Investigators released surveillance video provided by Walmart, where the incident ended.
Detectives say David Blakenship slammed his truck into the other driver.
“These two individuals ended up in a parking lot. They never should have been there. It never should have escalated to that and you never ever use your motor vehicle as a weapon to hit somebody else,” said Rob Shaw, with the Clearwater Police Department.
Blakenship was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, but says it was a misunderstanding.
“I pulled the U-turn, coming around and there he was right in front of me. I don’t know if I hit the brakes or the gas, slipped off the foot, I can’t say,” said Blakenship.
Blakenship claims the issue started on Highlands Avenue, in the school zone. He says the other driver was driving erratically.
“All of a sudden he darted out passed the guy in front of him and he had to get back into the line of traffic,” said Blakenship.
The other driver in this case did not want to talk, but police say both drivers confronted each other in the Walmart parking lot.
Investigators say Blakenship accelerated his truck, causing a head on collision.
He said, “I had turned around and you can still see that I’m in the arc of turning around and there he was.”
In the video, the driver and Blakenship are seen fighting in the parking lot after the crash.
Blakenship claims he was not trying to hit anyone. Police disagree.
“The best thing to do is to call your local law enforcement agency if you see somebody driving in a way that you don’t think is appropriate,” said Shaw.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department is turning its focus to panhandlers around Wichita.
It posted a video on the department’s Facebook page asking you not give to homeless panhandlers because the money is usually spent on drugs, alcohol or tobacco, not on food or shelter.
Instead, police ask that you donate to area charities that help the homeless or you can hand out cards that explain where help is available. The card gives information on job, food, shelter, and health assistant services.
You can get the cards at Wichita Police Department substations.
It is a recovery that left his doctors and family in awe.
“There’s nothing that can quite medically justify it.”
Back in 2011, Bradley Reimer, of Lakin, woke up from a coma nearly a year after a crash claimed the life of his mother.
“I simply find it amazing that he’s come through this far.”
Monday night at 10 on KSN News, Stephanie Bergmann takes us through Bradley’s miraculous recovery and celebrates the high school milestones that once seemed impossible.
NORWICH, Kan. (KSNW) – One area that was hit pretty hard Thursday was Kingman County.
In Norwich, the storms caused some tree damage and flooding, even on K-42.
It was some of the worst flooding people in the town had ever seen.
But that wasn’t the only shocking sight the community saw, snapped tree branches and bent power lines also happened because of the storm.
Parts of K-42 was also submerged, and at point impassable. Additionally, creek beds were overflowing, and even Norwich High School’s parking lot was underwater.
KSN spoke with one longtime resident who said his family came home after his daughter’s track meet to find a sight they’ve never seen before.
“This is probably actually the worst I’ve seen since I’ve lived here. When I got home here across the street all of that green grass was underwater,” explained Curtis Kyle, Norwich resident.
Law enforcement was monitoring K-42 on Thursday until the water fully receded.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — When it comes to social media, most of us have watched videos online from those funny cute cats, to “how-to” tutorials, maybe an inspiring speech, or a news story.
But, if you ask kids, what they are watching, the answer may leave some parents asking questions. Such as, what is the fascination with the social media platform YouTube that millions of people are fascinated with watch other people’s lives.
One of the more famous YouTubers is 16-year-old Tanner Braungardt from Augusta, Kansas. The YouTube sensation is one of millions of people who shares his personal videos online.
On his YouTube channel, Tanner shows his trampoline tricks, his personal struggles, or just hanging out with his friends and family.
Tanner told me, after watching others on YouTube, he decided to video the things he’d like to watch. He calls this the future of media, maybe even a replacement for traditional TV. What he’s doing is very popular. Tanner, has 2.5 million followers and growing. Most of his viewers are young people who are glued to his channel, essentially watching him live his daily life.
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So, why are videos like this so popular with the younger generation? I went to psychologist Molly Allen to find out.
“It feels like an itch they can’t scratch. Well, I just have to keep looking at these, because there might be something. Because, the next one might be the real cool one, I haven’t seen yet,” said Allen.
At a recent event, almost a thousand kids turned out to meet Tanner in his hometown. KSN asked teens, Maya Franklin and Desmond Jones, why the fascination with someone else’s life online?
“Because, some of the stuff they see like, they probably want to do it like one day or something,” said Franklin.
“Probably things we’ve thought about doing, haven’t got around to doing it. So, just watching somebody else do it entertains us I guess,” said Jones.
Educators say this on-line fascination is part of a changing culture. Jen Hendricks with Wichita State Universities Strategic Communications Department says YouTube is right in the center of the changes.
“YouTube really has created a space for the younger generation to express themselves whether that’s through creating content or simply sharing,” said Hendericks.
Kevin Hager, with Wichita State’s Elliott School of Communication, believes these kind of videos are changing how we’re being informed and entertained.
“Well, I think if the traditional media wants to stay relevant, they’re going to have to pay attention to what these young people are doing. If its YouTube and other video outlets on the web as well where they’re going, well, that’s where I think they need to be as well,” said Hager.
Make no mistake this is big business. Tanner is one of the many online personalities who make money from advertisements and sponsorships. Some make thousands, others make several millions of dollars a year. Each click and view providing a window into someone else’s life.
Molly Allen explains it this way, “There’s nothing you can do that’s going to be as interesting as what is in that screen.”
But, she cautions parents to make sure kids understand, these online videos are only a snapshots of other people’s lives.
“You know if I was just like him then my whole life would be perfect, it’s like no. He’s got his own fair share of problems too. I imagine everybody does,” said Allen.
This is especially true when it has the potential to interfere with daily in-person relationships. I asked Maya Franklin if it’s become a problem in her home.
“They’re just like are you paying attention? Yeah, I’m paying attention. But, are you really paying attention? No, okay.”
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Tanner says he’s kept very busy coming up with new challenges and answering his fan mail.
Molly Allen says its okay for the young followers to keep watching, if they make it just one part of their lives.
“If you want to enjoy these videos fine. But, there’s much more to life than just watching this kid live his life, said Allen.
Tanner says he is branching out from YouTube into other business areas. Meanwhile, there are some psychologists who believe that YouTube has become too addictive, and parents and adults need to set limits for how much time they spend watching it.
BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Many county roads are being reported as impassible between Augusta and El Dorado due to flooding and heavy rainfall.
Butler County dispatchers reported that a vehicle was submerged at SW 80th and Hopkins Road near Augusta just before 9:00 p.m. They said the person driving the vehicle was able to get out of the car and did not need to be rescued.
The following flooding locations have also been reported:
- SW Haverhill Rd. and SW 50th Street
- SW Hopkins Rd. and SW 8th Street (near Augusta)
Drivers are advised to stay away from these areas.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – President Donald Trump has signed an executive order, creating a commission to investigate voter integrity and to provide data collected from all 50 states involving cases of voter fraud.
He’s tapped Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, as the Vice Chair of the commission.
It’s a new job, but nothing new for Kobach.
In the last several years, Kobach has tallied nine voter fraud convictions. Now he will do it on a national stage.
“So what this commission is going to do is gather data from all 50 states as well as from the federal government,” says Kobach.
Kobach says the commission will look at the voting system and identify issues such as double voting or improper registration.
It’s something the League of Women’s Voters Co-President Sharon Allsleigher says is concerning.
“I have registered voters since 1978 and in all that time we have not had a problem in Kansas,” she says.
Allsleigher says there are bigger issues to tackle.
“We already have concerns about the percentage of voters that turn out.”
But Kobach says voter fraud is enough of a problem to warrant a response.
Right now, Kobach says he’s looking into about 125 cases of non-citizens who registered or attempted to register to vote in Kansas.
He says it’s his belief there could be similar cases in other states.
“We are going to for the first time in history have a federal entity looking at the problem of voter fraud and the broader question of election integrity,” says Kobach.
Allsleigher adds,”As far as voter fraud goes, we don’t feel there is any. Our concern is that they are going to try to put more barriers for voting.”
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — Another Garden City High School student has been arrested, accused of making threats against classmates.
It’s the third arrest of a student in the district in the last week, and school officials have a warning.
“Making a threat does have consequences,” said Roy Cessna with Garden City Public Schools, “and parents need to get that and talk to their child about that.”
This comes after police say another criminal threat was made by a Garden City High School student.
“A teacher heard something,” said Cessna, “directed it to school administration, and then school administration brought that to the attention of the Garden City Police Department.”
It was a threat that authorities took seriously.
“One of the students making verbal threats towards a staff member and other students that they had a gun and were going to commit some acts of violence towards them,” said Captain Randy Ralston with the Garden City Police Department.
Ultimately the student did not have a gun, and police believe the 15-year-old was likely joking, but the case was sent to the county attorney.
This happened less than a week after two other students were arrested in relation to a criminal threat made over Snapchat, but police don’t believe there is a connection.
“This one was done verbally in someone’s presence,” said Ralston. “It wasn’t a social media chat or post.”
Investigators believe we aren’t seeing more threats. The community is simply becoming more active in reporting them.
“I hope that some of these incidents now are being reported,” said Ralston, “because you know we’ve started to really push out the see something, say something campaign.”
Meanwhile, schools are carrying on as normal.
“We’re trying to hold school as normal in a safe and positive learning environment for not only students but staff as well,” said Cessna.
LIBERAL, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Seward County Sheriff’s Office seized a large quantity of cocaine. They also seized a twin-engine aircraft at the airport in Liberal.
The KBI along with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations developed information which led them to be suspicious of an aircraft that would be landing at the Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport.
The KBI said the aircraft landed just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and it was detained by authorities. Over 65 kilograms of cocaine were discovered after contact was made with the plane’s occupants. The cocaine is estimated to be worth approximately $2 million.
The pilot and passenger of the aircraft were arrested after the KBI and the Seward County Sheriff’s Office seized the Beechcraft Queen Air along with the cocaine.
The identities of the the pilot and passenger have not been released. The KBI, DHS Investigations, and Seward County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident.
WILSON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Larry L. Burgess II was arrested in April in his Wilson County home for growing a cannabis plant, which he says he extracted the oil from so he could put it into pill form and stave off his debilitating seizures.
Burgess frequently has seizures, which he learned he could control with the cannabis plant. He and his wife Shannon were open with friends, family and community about Burgess’ use up until his arrest for possession in April.
This morning, the court heard Burgess’ attorney regarding a bond modification. The judge will give a written ruling next Thursday but said Burgess’s attorney can appear in his place. Larry had two seizures before the hearing began, one at home and one in the courthouse before entering the courtroom.
“It’s just hard taking the trip in the vehicle just to get into town. It means a lot that I don’t have to get out of the house. And try to keep your composure just for court so it shows the judge has compassion and that means a lot,” Burgess said after the motion hearing.
Burgess wants to be able to travel back and forth to Colorado and back to medicate between court dates, without being arrested for having THC in his system when he crosses the state line back into Kansas. He would likely be arrested and jailed again.
“We can’t have that,” Shannon Burgess said.
Larry suffered seizures while in Wilson County jail last month, raising concerns on his care while incarcerated.
“I just want to be able to move where I can get medicine and live a comfortable life,” Burgess said.
This is “a family decision” the couple said. Originally, they planned to wait until their youngest child graduated from Fredonia High School to move.
KSN has reached out several times to the Wilson County attorney’s office as well as the Sheriff’s office for statements, to no avail.
Today, Wilson County attorney Kenley Thompson provided the following statement: “He has a presumption of innocence but we all have a job to do.”
The written ruling comes out next Thursday and Burgess has an official court date in late July.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita Transit is launching an improved Q-Line service beginning Saturday, providing more routes, operating more hours and running more frequently in downtown and surrounding areas of the city.
The Q-Line trolleys are free. Beginning Saturday, the Q service will offer two evening and weekend routes and two weekday lunch-hour routes, connecting downtown and Old Town with Delano Douglas Design District and College Hill.
There will be an Old Town Route, a Douglas Route, a Delano/Old Town Route, and a Government Center Route. The Old Town Route will connect downtown hotels to Douglas Avenue and Old Town, a bar, restaurant and retail district. The Douglas Route will connect riders from the historic Delano district to Douglas and Hydraulic, Monday through Thursday, and to Clifton Square near Douglas and Hillside on Friday and Saturday. Both routes will serve residents and visitors wanting to park and ride to events in downtown.
The routes have been expanded to serve more than downtown. The weeknight and Saturday service will use two routes running every 10 minutes, one operating on Douglas from Delano to College Hill and the other connecting downtown hotels with Old Town. Weekday evening and Saturday hours are:
- 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday;
- 5 to 1 a.m. on Friday; and
- 8 to 1 a.m. Saturday (May through September) 12p.m. – 1a.m. (October through April).
The Q will add two lunch routes that will operate 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Government Center Route will connect riders from Main and Central to Old Town via Douglas, and the Delano/Old Town Route will connect riders from Delano to Old Town along Douglas. Trolleys will run every 10 minutes.
The new, expanded service is made possible through a public-private partnership between Wichita Transit, Wichita Downtown Development Corp., and other downtown businesses. The Q is an important asset to downtown providing easy-to-use frequent transportation for residents, visitors and eventgoers. Route and schedule information is available at www.wichitatransit.org/qline. Riders can also track their trolley real-time with Wichita Transit’s MyStop Mobile app, available in the App Store or Google Play Store.
MCPHERSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The McPherson Police Department said an 18-year-old high school student died in a motorcycle crash. The crash happened late Tuesday in the 900 block of East Avenue A.
The victim, Jon P. Oakes, was transported to a Wichita hospital. He died hours later.
Police said the investigation indicates excessive speed, inexperience with a motorcycle, and a lack of motorcycle endorsement as contributing factors in the crash.