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LONDON (AP) — Ben Affleck says the storm of sexual harassment allegations engulfing Hollywood has led him to examine his own behavior.
In an interview Sunday with The Associated Press for the superhero film “Justice League,” Affleck said he’s “looking at my own behavior ad addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution.”
After condemning Harvey Weinstein’s actions last month, Affleck was forced to defend his own conduct. He apologized for groping the actress Hilarie Burton on camera in 2003 when she was a host on MTV’s “Total Request Live.” Another video from 2004 showed Affleck pulling Montreal TV host Anne-Marie Losique onto his lap.
Speaking Sunday, Affleck said two things need to happen, that “more women need to be pushed to power” and that sexual harassment has to also be “a men’s issue” where guys call out inappropriate behavior.
CELINA, Ohio (AP) — At least eight people have been injured after a possible tornado hit a small Ohio city.
Mercer County officials say six people were hurt when a restaurant in Celina was damaged during Sunday’s storms. One person was injured at another business, and one was hurt in a car crash after a utility pole fell. The injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.
WHIO-TV reports that fellow farmers helped a family rescue nearly 400 cows from a flattened barn near Padua.
The National Weather Service plans to review damage to confirm whether one or more twisters struck the area.
The storms swept northeast toward Akron and Cleveland. Cleveland.com reports some schools canceled classes Monday as utilities were still working to restore power for tens of thousands of customers in that region.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A gunman dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people in an attack that claimed tight-knit neighbors and multiple family members ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old.
Once the shooting started Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, there was likely “no way” for congregants to escape, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. Officials said about 20 others were wounded.
“He just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out,” said Tackitt, who said the gunman also carried a handgun but that he didn’t know if it was fired. Tackitt described the scene as “terrible.”
“It’s unbelievable to see children, men and women, laying there. Defenseless people,” he said.
Tackitt told CNN on Monday morning that the gunman’s former in-laws attended services at the church “from time to time” but weren’t in attendance Sunday.
Authorities didn’t identify the attacker during a news conference Sunday night. But two other officials — one a U.S. official and one in law enforcement — identified him as Devin Kelley. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation.
The U.S. official said Kelley lived in a San Antonio suburb and didn’t appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups. Investigators were looking at social media posts Kelley made in the days before the attack, including one that appeared to show an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.
Kelley received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force for assaulting his spouse and child, and was sentenced to 12 months’ confinement after a 2012 court-martial. Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his 2014 discharge, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.
At the news conference, the attacker was described only as a white man in his 20s who was wearing black tactical gear and a ballistic vest when he pulled into a gas station across from the church, about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio, around 11:20 a.m.
The gunman crossed the street and started firing the rifle at the church, said Freeman Martin, a regional director of the Texas Department of Safety, then continued firing after entering the white wood-frame building, where an 11 a.m. service was scheduled.
As he left, the shooter was confronted by an armed resident who “grabbed his rifle and engaged that suspect,” Martin said. A short time later, the suspect was found dead in his vehicle at the county line.
Federal agents, including ATF investigators and the FBI’s evidence collection team, swarmed the small rural community of just hundreds of residents.
Several weapons were found inside the vehicle and Martin said it was unclear if the attacker died of a self-inflicted wound or if he was shot by the resident who confronted him. He said investigators weren’t ready to discuss a possible motive.
Martin said 23 of the dead were found in the church, two were found outside and one died after being taken to a hospital.
The man who confronted Kelley had help from another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, who told KSAT TV that he was driving past the church as the shooting happened. He didn’t identify the armed resident but said the man exchanged gunfire with the gunman, then asked to get in Langendorff’s truck and the pair followed as the gunman drove away.
Langendorff said the gunman eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed. He said the other man walked up to the vehicle with his gun drawn and the suspect did not move. He stayed there for at least five minutes, until police arrived.
“I was strictly just acting on what’s the right thing to do,” Langendorff said.
Among those killed was the church pastor’s 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle Pomeroy. Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri, were both out of town when the attack occurred, Sherri Pomeroy wrote in a text message.
“We lost our 14-year-old daughter today and many friends,” she wrote. “Neither of us has made it back into town yet to personally see the devastation. I am at the charlotte airport trying to get home as soon as i can.”
Church member Nick Uhlig, 34, who wasn’t at Sunday’s service, told the AP that his cousin, who was 8 months pregnant, and her in-laws were among those killed. He later told the Houston Chronicle that three of his cousin’s children also were slain.
President Donald Trump, who was in Japan, called the shooting an “act of evil,” later calling the gunman “a very deranged individual.”
Sunday evening, two sheriff’s vans were parked outside the gate of a cattle fence surrounding the address listed for Kelley on the rural, western outskirts of New Braunfels, north of San Antonio.
Ryan Albers, 16, who lives across the road, said he heard intensifying gunfire coming from that direction in recent days.
“It was definitely not just a shotgun or someone hunting,” Albers said. “It was someone using automatic weapon fire.”
The church has posted videos of its Sunday services on a YouTube channel, raising the possibility that the shooting was captured on video.
In a video of its Oct. 8 service, a congregant who spoke and read Scripture pointed to the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting a week earlier as evidence of the “wicked nature” of man. That shooting left 58 dead and more than 500 injured.
Gov. Greg Abbott called Sunday’s attack the worst mass shooting in Texas history. It came on the eighth anniversary of a shooting at the Texas’ Fort Hood, where 13 people were killed and 31 others wounded by a former U.S. Army major.
The previous deadliest mass shooting in Texas had been a 1991 attack in Killeen, when a mentally disturbed man crashed his pickup truck through a restaurant window at lunchtime and started shooting people, killing 23 and injuring more than 20 others.
The University of Texas was the site of one of the most infamous mass shootings in modern American history, when U.S. Marine sniper Charles Whitman climbed the Austin campus’ clock tower in 1966 and began firing on stunned people below, killing 13 and wounding nearly three dozen others. He had killed his wife and mother before heading to the tower, one victim died a week later and medical examiners eventually attributed a 17th death to Whitman in 2001.
Associated Press writers Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker in Washington, Nomaan Merchant in Houston, Will Weissert in Austin, Diana Heidgerd in Dallas, Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles and Paul J. Weber in New Braunfels, Texas, contributed to this report.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – As we continue to see cold temperatures, the Salvation Army wants to do its part to keep Sedgwick County residents warm.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Salvation Army will give out winter items for free to all ages. However, the items will be available to those in need until November 20.
The items include coats, blankets, gloves and hats. All of the items were donated and professionally cleaned, in preparation for the event.
The Warm Hearts Coat Distribution will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army. Make sure to bring an ID for every person in the household, proof of income and proof of residency.
The giveaway event is a nationwide effort.
Locally, Major Joseph Wheeler said the organization usually hands out more than 4,000 coats to children and adults.
“If the body is cold, we’re putting them in harm’s way. They’re going to be more susceptible to illnesses and getting sick,” said Wheeler. “You have the potential of, not just colds, but pneumonia, and we’re extremely concerned for those who are young and those who are elderly who may not have a coat.”
Wheeler said he hopes to distribute more than 4,000 coats — however, this year, they didn’t receive as many donations as they did in past years.
“The need for them continues to increase but the resources doesn’t always become available,” said Wheeler.
The Salvation Army’s greatest need is for children and larger-sized adult coats.
The Salvation Army always accepts money and clothing donations. Those interested in helping can drop their donation off at 350 N Market Street.
Off to a Chilly start to a chilly week ahead!! Temps at this early hour of the morning, are at or below freezing!!
We are going to keep clouds around with chilly temperatures for the day. It’ll be much colder by morning with temperatures in the 30s. Some freezing fog is possible across far SW Kansas early in the morning so you will want to give yourself some extra time in the morning. It won’t warm up much as highs only tap into the 50s.
We do have a little light fog in SW KS this morning but fortunately temps are above freezing in those locations.
We are setting up for a chilly Fall week this week… I don’t think we will get much snowfall accumulation, but we certainly could see some flakes flying Tuesday night into Wednesday morning!!
Wichita, Kan. (KSNW) – Are you voting this week? Two candidates for the city council district #1 hope you get out and vote.
Mike Kinard is a business owner who hopes to make his way onto the city council. Brandon Johnson is the other candidate, who has spent time as Executive Director of Community Operations Recover Empowerment, or CORE, a non-profit that focuses on economic development, civic engagement and other community issues.
We asked about city money, and what they see as a priority.
“Listening to the city manager we have 21st century needs on a 20th century budget,” says Johnson. “We’ve got to look at ways in which we can increase revenues, whether that’s lobbying to our state to make sure our city can get our fair share of internet sales tax, because we are not doing that right now.”
“Everybody wants better streets and public safety is always important to people so far as where we spend our money as a city,” says Kinard. “But the thing I’d really like to focus on is trying to grow the budget through the development of small businesses because with small businesses. That is the backbone of creating jobs. If you create jobs you create tax base and with a bigger tax base we as a city have more money to spend.”
We also asked about streets, and their priorities for improving city roadways.
“First we must finish the innovation campus at WSU to make that drivable again,” says Kinard. “With the sale of the Hyatt (hotel) there were actually monies that were put aside just for streets. And we just have to get in and find the most needed areas, needed neighborhoods that need the improvement for their street because everyone has a pothole the want to get fixed.”
“Our whole campaign has been on highlighting certain neighborhoods,” says Johnson. “There’s vast areas in district one where there are not sidewalks. There are areas where one side has a sidewalk and the other side doesn’t. So one of our priorities should be getting with our neighborhood associations to build those priorities.”
Both say they will continue to get out the vote and continue talking to voters, through Tuesday.
The district #1 seat is open because current council member Lavonta Williams is leaving the council because of term limits.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history.
Officials didn’t identify the attacker during a news conference Sunday night, but two other officials — one a U.S. official and one in law enforcement — who were briefed on the investigation identified him as Devin Kelley. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation.
The U.S. official said Kelley lived in a San Antonio suburb and doesn’t appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups. The official said investigators are looking at social media posts Kelley may have made in the days before Sunday’s attack, including one that appeared to show an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.
At the news conference, Freeman Martin, the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the attacker was dressed all in black, wearing tactical gear and a ballistic vest, when he arrived at a gas station across from the First Baptist Church at around 11:20 a.m.
He crossed the street and started firing a Ruger AR rifle at the church, and continued after entering the building. As he left, he was confronted by an armed resident who chased him. A short time later, the suspect was found dead in his vehicle at the county line, Martin said. There were several weapons inside.
Martin said it’s unclear if the attacker died of a self-inflected wound or if he was shot by the resident who confronted him. He said investigators weren’t ready to discuss a possible motive for the attack. He said the dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old. Twenty-three were found dead in the church, two were found outside and one died after being taken to a hospital.Church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas Law enforcement officers work near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) Members of the FBI walk next to the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) Members of the FBI walk behind the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) Law enforcement officers man a barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) First responders work at the rear of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in response to a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
Federal law enforcement swarmed the small community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio after the attack to offer assistance, including ATF investigators and members of the FBI’s evidence collection team.
Among those killed was the 14-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, and his wife, Sherri. Sherri Pomeroy wrote in a text message to the AP that she and her husband were out of town in two different states when the attack occurred.
“We lost our 14 year old daughter today and many friends,” she wrote. “Neither of us have made it back into town yet to personally see the devastation. I am at the charlotte airport trying to get home as soon as i can.”
The wounded were taken to hospitals. Video on KSAT television showed first responders taking a stretcher from the church to a waiting AirLife helicopter. Eight victims were taken by medical helicopter to the Brooke Army Medical Center, the military hospital said.
Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center, which is in Floresville and about 10 miles from the church, said “multiple” victims were being treated for gunshot wounds. She declined to give a specific number but said it was less than a dozen.
Alena Berlanga, a Floresville resident who was monitoring the chaos on a police scanner and in Facebook community groups, said everyone knows everyone else in the sparsely populated county. Sutherland Springs has only a few hundred residents.
“This is horrific for our tiny little tight-knit town,” said Alena Berlanga. “Everybody’s going to be affected and everybody knows someone who’s affected,” she said.
Regina Rodriguez arrived at the church a couple of hours after the shooting and walked up to the police barricade. She hugged a person she was with. She had been at an amusement park with her children when she heard of the shooting.
She said her father, 51-year-old Richard Rodriguez, attends the church every Sunday, and she hadn’t been able to reach him. She said she feared the worst.
Nick Uhlig, 34, is a church member who didn’t go Sunday morning because he was out late Saturday night. He said his cousins were at the church and that his family was told at least one of them, a woman with three children and pregnant with another, is among the dead. He said he hadn’t heard specific news about the other.
“We just gathered to bury their grandfather on Thursday,” he said. “This is the only church here. We have Bible study, men’s Bible study, vacation Bible school.”
“Somebody went in and started shooting,” he said, shaking his head and taking a long drag of his cigarette.
President Donald Trump tweeted from Japan, where is his on an Asian trip, that he was monitoring the situation. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting an “evil act.”
Sutherland Springs is in a rural area where communities are small and tight-knit. The area is known for its annual peanut festival in Floresville, which was most recently held last month.
“We’re shocked. Shocked and dismayed,” said state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a Laredo Democrat whose district includes Sutherland Springs. “It’s especially shocking when it’s such a small, serene area. These rural areas, they are so beautiful and so loving.”
Zaffirini said she had called several county and local officials but not been able to get through and didn’t have any firm details.
The church is a white, wood-framed building with a double-door at the entrance and a Texas flag on a pole at the front area. A morning worship service was scheduled for 11 a.m. The first news reports of the shooting were between noon and 12:30 p.m.
The church has posted videos of its Sunday services on a YouTube channel, raising the possibility that the shooting was captured on video.
In the most recent service, posted Oct. 29, Frank Pomeroy parked a motorcycle in front of his lectern and used it as a metaphor in his sermon for having faith in forces that can’t be seen, whether it be gravity or God.
“I don’t look at the moment, I look at where I’m going and look at what’s out there ahead of me,” Pomeroy said. “I’m choosing to trust in the centripetal forces and the things of God he’s put around me.”
Associated Press writers Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker in Washington, Nomaan Merchant in Houston, Diana Heidgerd in Dallas and Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department is investigating after a shooting leaves one person critically injured in south Wichita Sunday.
According to officials, it happened just after 5:45 p.m. in the 2800 block of South Hydraulic.
KSN has a crew on the way to the scene and we will bring you the latest information both online and during our KSN @ 10 newscast.
Took some time but the clouds finally cleared out for the end of this grungy weekend.Wichita SkyView Camera
With the lack of clouds overnight tonight, temperatures will drop down into the 20s and 30s Monday morning.
Patchy freezing fog is possible in western Kansas, so heads up for drivers, please allow yourself extra time in the morning.Kansas Tonight
Staying chilly tomorrow with some sunshine and cooler than normal temperatures.Kansas Tomorrow
Wintry weather is possible in parts of Kansas come Tuesday and Wednesday, I’ll show you who will see what and where coming up on KSN News tonight! – Laura Bannon
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s assault at his home (all times local):
A senior adviser for Rand Paul says the U.S. senator is recovering from five broken ribs following an assault at his home.
Doug Stafford said it is unclear when Paul will return to work since he is in considerable pain and has difficulty getting around, including flying. Stafford said Sunday that the broken ribs include three displaced fractures, which can lead to life-threatening injuries. The severe pain can last for weeks or months.
Police arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher on Saturday and charged him with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury. Boucher is accused of attacking Paul on Friday, but officials have not released a motive.
Boucher lives next door to Paul and his wife, according to Warren County property records.
Boucher was released from jail on Saturday. He has not returned a call seeking comment.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he has received overwhelming support following an injury after an assault at his home.
Paul posted on his Twitter account Sunday that he and his wife were grateful for the support “after Friday’s unfortunate incident.” Kentucky State Police say Paul had minor injuries. Police arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher and charged him with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury.
Boucher was taken to the Warren County Jail, where records show he was released on Saturday on a $7,500 bond with a court date scheduled for Thursday. Boucher did not return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment. It is unclear if he has an attorney.
A spokeswoman for Paul said the senator was “blindsided” by the assault but did not provide more details.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – You may have noticed much of Broadway was shut down in Wichita Sunday. The shutdown happened because hundreds of motorcycle riders roared out of Lawrence Dumont Stadium to drop off Christmas items for Kansas kids.
It was all part of the 2017 Wichita Toy Run.
The group took their annual ride down Broadway Street, bringing toys and donations to the Hartman Arena.
One rider involved in the cause said the toy run is one event he looks forward to every year.
“I come back every year to raise toys and money for children that unfortunately…their parents can’t afford to get them stuff,” said Leslie Hitchcock, Kansas Modified Bike Association. “We try to do what we can to raise money for children in need.”
Proceeds from Sunday’s toy run will go to helping programs for the Salvation Army, USMC Toys for Tots and the Kansas Food Bank. According to the Wichita Toy Run Association, over 6,000 toys were collected during Sunday’s event.
COMANCHE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – One man has died after a single-vehicle crash in Comanche County.
The crash happened about one mile south of Protection, Kansas.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Joaquin Alonso Rivero-Venegas, 18, of Coldwater, was driving northbound on county road 5 when he lost control of the Ram pickup truck he was driving and rolled the vehicle.
Authorities say Rivero-Venegas was partially ejected from the truck.
LINDSBOR, Kan. (AP) – A 4-year-old dog who escaped at a Kansas rest stop while en route to his new adoptive home in Seattle has been found after three months.
The Salina Journal reports that Domino is a black-and-white Border Collie-Labrador mix who was saved from a high-kill shelter in Texas. Domino was eventually adopted by Katie Aretz, a Seattle resident who found him online.
But on his way to Aretz, Domino escaped from his crate Aug. 3 at a rest stop in Lindsborg and was missing for several months.
Though many volunteer groups’ searches turned up unsuccessful, one volunteer found Domino, who didn’t resist being taken.
Aretz flew to Kansas to finally meet her new companion last week and take him back to Seattle. He’s now microchipped for identification.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) – The Latest on a shooting at a church in Texas
A sheriff says a man walked into a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and started shooting, leaving multiple people dead.
The Wilson County News reports that Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said the shooter has been taken down. It wasn’t immediately known how many people were killed and wounded or who carried out the attack.
First responders converged on the church in the small town southeast of San Antonio and helicopters are taking victims to hospitals.
Sutherland Springs is a community of about 400 people 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio.
Local news outlets report that several people have been shot at a Baptist Church in South Texas.
Television stations KSAT and KENS report that there are multiple victims and that there is a large police presence at the church in Sutherland Springs, which is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio.
KSAT reports that two Airlife helicopters are also at the scene.
A sheriff’s department dispatcher says everyone is at the scene and unavailable to comment.
KSAT has video of several fire and police vehicles at the church and a photo of a helicopter that the station says was arriving to take victims to hospitals.
NEW YORK (AP) – “Thor: Ragnarok” thundered to one of the year’s best box-office debuts, opening with an estimated $121 million in North American theaters.
The robust debut for the third “Thor” movie was a welcome shot in the arm for Hollywood and theater owners who have just suffered through a terrible October at the box office.
“Thor: Ragnarok” also bucked the trend of diminishing returns for sequels. The 2011 “Thor” debuted with $65.7 million; 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World” opened with $85.7 million.
The big opening cements the unlikely breakthrough of New Zealand director Taika Waititi, who shepherded the $180 million production to Marvel’s best reviews since 2008’s “Iron Man.”
The weekend’s other new nationwide release was the holiday-themed comedy sequel “A Bad Mom’s Christmas.” It grossed $17 million over the weekend.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska man has been sentenced to four years in prison for sending prostitutes to strip on his neighbor’s front porch dozens of times over a three-year period.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that 45-year-old Douglas Goldsberry of Elkhorn was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court after pleading no contest in September to pandering.
Authorities say Goldsberry hired prostitutes to bare their breasts and strip on his neighbor’s porch while he watched from his house.
The family with two small children reported that women had shown up as many as 75 times since 2013, exposing themselves and sometimes kicking the door and yelling for payment.
Goldsberry also has been indicted in federal court for possession of child pornography and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
EUREKA, Kan. (KSNW) – A man is now behind bars after having an overnight standoff with authorities.
Greenwood County Sheriff Heath A. Samuels says that incident started at 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of South Mulberry Street.
The Sheriff says the standoff lasted until 4 a.m.
That’s when they say 24-year-old Loren Chavez was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Authorities say no one was injured during the investigation.
Though the cause of the standoff has not been made public, the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office says it is working with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations in this case.
WICHITA, Kan. (KNSS) – Authorities say a woman was struck and killed by a train in south Wichita near Mt. Vernon and K-15 around 9:30 Saturday evening.
Emergency crews arrived on the scene and found a 27-year-old woman lying on the tracks. She was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating the circumstances that led to the woman’s death. Besides the train engineer, there were no other witnesses.
Another morning with patchy dense fog and drizzle in Wichita, so take it easy if you’re headed out. But, this won’t last long, as a cold front is on its way and will sweep this moisture out of the region.
The front is about halfway across the state now, bringing some breezy north winds at 15-25 mph.
We’re also seeing colder temperatures behind the front, with 30s to the northwest, while some 50s still linger to the southeast.
So for the rest of the day, expect temperatures to hover in the 50s with breezy north winds, but at least with a little bit of sunshine breaking through.
Get a look ahead to our next chance for rain and even snow in my latest forecast right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/
Enjoy the remainder of your weekend, everybody!
~Katie the Weather Lady
Wichita, Kan. (KSNW) – In the past few weeks, Wichita police say they’ve seen a rise in the number of robberies and armed robberies.
“We do see an influx this time of year, I don’t know why that is. Usually it’s one person that contributes to (them) if we have an influx of robberies,” says Wichita Police Sergeant, Roderick Miller. “Like last weekend, we had ten over the weekend. One person was contributing to those ten, and we had 18 for the month of October.”
Sgt. Miller works the robbery division at police headquarters. Before his current job, he was a crime scene supervisor.
Now Miller works to collaborate, to solve the recent string of robberies. Miller also says his office continues to work with the Gang Task Force, community police officers and special tactical teams to identify trends and specific suspects.
“On our smaller-scale robberies that we investigate, it’s usually the detectives and the officers, our community policing officers, officers that are out there on the beat, having contact with the community members,” says Sgt. Miller. “On our larger-scale robberies we will use investigators here on the floor, along with officers that are assigned to investigations. And our federal partners as well.”
Sgt. Miller says a joint task force with Wichita Police and the FBI helps solve robberies when they see a rise in robbery numbers like they are seeing now.
But he says they also rely on the public.
“We count on the community and the officers out on the street, to do their part, sending us information,” says Sgt. Miller. “Calling in tips is vital to solving these crimes. It’s just part of our daily work.”
And Sgt. Miller says video surveillance is always a good investment for a business or a homeowner.
“Lighting, video, other businesses, watching each other’s back as a community all plays a big part,” says Sgt. Miller. “Being a victim of any crime, it’s going to take a lot of resources with the police department. Typically on robberies I will revert back to (what I said) last week, when we had ten over the weekend. It took everybody in investigations and robbery, which there’s six of us including myself, to investigate those crimes.”
Sgt. Miller says they have a suspect identified in many of the recent crimes. And while a team of investigators works to solve the recent string of burglaries with help from the community calling in tips, Miller says you should not try to stop a robber yourself.
“If you’re robbed at gunpoint or robbed, period, give it up,” says Sgt. Miller. “The money is not worth it. Property is not worth it. Just be a good witness. Do what they tell you to do and call 911 immediately.”
Finally, they have to locate the suspects they have identified. But the public’s help is also a valuable resource.
“Crime Stoppers is a wonderful tool,” says Sgt. Miller. “Use it. You never know when that next tip is going to be the one.”