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It’s a mild and quiet start to our weekend with temperatures mainly in the 60s across the state, a few clouds, a slight breeze, and dry conditions.
For the rest of the day, it’ll be great to get out and enjoy your Saturday! Very much like yesterday with high temperatures in the upper 80s, plenty of sunshine, gusty south winds, but nice and low humidity.
Of course, the big weather story right now remains to be the hurricanes churning in the Atlantic. Katia has now made landfall in Mexico and is weakening. Jose is a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph sustained winds and will be skirting the Virgin Islands, but it is not expected to reach the United States. Then the biggest concern continues to be Hurricane Irma, which is currently a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, and is hammering Cuba this morning.
Irma’s track has shifted slightly westward, so the Florida Keys and the southern and western coasts of Florida are expected to be hardest hit by this hurricane. Nonetheless, ALL of Florida is under the gun for significant storm surge, damaging winds, and flooding rains as Irma makes landfall within the next 24 hours, pummeling the state all throughout the weekend and into early next week, before it finally weakens and moves over land into the southeastern U.S. Devastating damage is unfortunately likely for the coasts of Florida this weekend, so keep these folks in your thoughts.
Get more details on the forecast here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/
And I’ll have updates all morning on KSN!
~Katie the Weather Lady
HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Irma battered Cuba on Saturday with deafening winds and relentless rain, pushing seawater inland that flooded homes and knocked out power across a wide area. Elsewhere in the Caribbean, islands already reeling from Irma prepared for a second pounding – from Hurricane Jose.
The twin Category 4 storms had desperate residents seeking shelter across the region. In Cuba, high winds from Irma upended trees, toppled utility poles and scattered debris across streets. Roads were blocked, and witnesses said a provincial museum near the eye of the storm was in ruins after being buffeted by brutal squalls.
On the French overseas islands of St. Martin and St. Barts, Jose was expected to bring torrential rains and dangerous rip currents.
“The protection and shelter of people already harshly tested by Irma is the priority,” officials said in a statement. More than 1,100 police, military officials and others have been deployed to both islands to provide help. Crews were evacuating the sick and injured to nearby Guadeloupe.
The last airplane flew in to the battered Grande-Case de Saint Martin airport Friday carrying emergency workers to help with reconstruction as well as specialists who aim to re-establish the island’s cutoff water supply and electricity. Remaining mothers and children were flown out Friday in small 40-person capacity planes.
Irma claimed at least 20 lives as it leveled islands in the Caribbean and headed toward Florida, where a massive evacuation was in progress. The hurricane center said the storm slowed down after slamming into Cuba’s northern coast, but that wind speeds would likely regain momentum as it approached the Sunshine State. The center said it is looking more likely that the eye of powerful Irma will strike the Florida Keys, southwestern Florida and the Tampa Bay region on Sunday.
Early Saturday, the hurricane center said the storm was centered about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east-southeast of Varadero, Cuba, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph). Soldiers and government workers earlier had gone through coastal towns enforcing the evacuation, taking people to shelters at government buildings and schools — and even caves.
Many of Irma’s victims fled their islands on ferries and fishing boats as Jose approached, threatening destruction for anything Irma might have left untouched. Early Saturday, Jose was located about 120 miles (190 kilometers) east of the northern Leeward Islands. The storm was moving to the northwest at 13 mph (20 kph), with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane warnings were in effect for Dutch Sint Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, and tropical storm warnings were in effect for Barbuda and Anguilla, as well as Saba and St. Eustatius.
Some islands, though, received a last-minute reprieve as a hurricane warning for Barbuda and Anguilla was downgraded to a tropical storm. Both islands were devastated by Irma.
Many residents and tourists were left reeling after Irma ravaged some of the world’s most exclusive tropical playgrounds, known for their turquoise waters and lush green vegetation. Among them: St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla.
Irma smashed homes, shops, roads and schools; knocked out power, water and telephone service; trapped thousands of tourists; and stripped trees of their leaves, leaving an eerie, blasted-looking landscape littered with sheet metal and splintered lumber.
The dead included 11 on St. Martin and St. Barts, four in the U.S. Virgin Islands, four in the British Virgin Islands and one each on Anguilla and Barbuda.
Also, a 16-year-old junior professional surfer drowned Tuesday in Barbados while surfing large swells generated by an approaching Irma.
French authorities said Saturday that some 1,105 workers are now deployed St. Martin and St. Barts to help the islands’ recovery. By Saturday, damage estimated to have already reached the 1.2 billion euro ($1.44 billion) mark — pockmarking the islands that have become famous as lush playgrounds for the rich and famous.
It’s still not known US President Donald Trump’s luxury property on St. Martin has been damaged by the storm.
Jalon Shortte said riding out Irma in his top-floor apartment on Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, was the scariest thing he has ever been through.
The air pressure hurt his ears, trees fell on his roof, windows blew out and a door came off, he wrote on Facebook. The storm even took paint off the walls, he said.
His Facebook page was filled with images he took from around Tortola of sunken yachts, crushed vehicles and mounds of debris. He said looting was rampant.
Amid the devastation, Shortte worked to bring a water desalination plant online.
“We have to stick together and rebuild,” he said.
Associated Press writers Ben Fox in Miami, Ian Brown in St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands; Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report.
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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Tonight’s highlights include our Game of the Week, Derby vs. Goddard. Click above for video highlights of all of Friday’s games.
This week’s video highlights include:
- McPherson vs Maize South
- Heights vs Northwest
- Mulvane vs Rose Hill
- Andover vs Kapaun
- Andover Central vs Buhler
- Hutch vs Newton
- West vs South
- Eisenhower vs Maize
- Hoisington vs Collegiate
- Peabody vs Wakefield
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The City of Wichita is working to develop conceptual designs for downtown streets with the goal of making the area more driveable, walkable and liveable.
“It will really be taking the recommendations in the downtown master plan and taking it kind of to the next level, saying OK, if we lay out this street this way, what happens to the streets next to it? What happens to the traffic in this area and how can we really help to achieve the goals out of the downtown master plan?” explained City of Wichita Interim Director of Transit Scott Wadle.
The Wichita Metropolitan Area Planning Organization (WAMPO) recently awarded the City of Wichita $350,000 to begin working on the conceptual designs through its 2017 Planning Walkable Places Program.
Right now, city officials said they are at the very beginning stages of the project which includes research and recommendations.
“This is an opportunity to take the next step with the plan and pencil some things out and see what exactly works well for Wichita,” Wadle said.
Wadle said the public has voiced a need for change in the downtown area, specifically when it comes to traffic.
“In the downtown master plan there were recommendations for the one-way streets and some of them converting to two way, so we will be able to have a conversation about that and whether it’s appropriate,” Wadle said.
Wadle said there are pros and cons to both one-way streets and two-way streets. He said changes will depend on safety, overall function and traffic flow.
“There are trade offs to each of these. There’s not one that is going to provide all the best advantages. It’s really trade offs,” Wadle said.
For example, Wadle said one-way streets often help with traffic flow, but the streets can also become more dangerous due to speed. As for two-way streets, he said they help with mobility, but also have downsides.
“You can lose compacity because you’re changing lanes, the amount of lanes that go in a particular direction,” he said.
Wadle said overall the goal is to make downtown more of a connected core for future development.
The city will provide about 20 percent of the funding for the project. Public input meetings could begin in the next few months.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) As we continue to follow the investigation into the death of three-year-old Evan Brewer, we’re hearing from those who work to make sure abused and neglected children get the help they need in the court system.
A ribbon and a pinwheel, if you see one or the other you can thank Ashley Thorne.
“No child should suffer at the hands of those who are supposed to love them and protect them,” says Thorne.
As someone who represents abused and neglected children with CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. The story of Evan Brewer hits her at home and points out problem she sees in the child welfare system.
She says, “We have already protected them on the front end and brought them into the court and make sure that they stay protected, but what we forget to do is continue to protect them and make sure that they thrive and that abuse does not define them not cost them their life.”
Friday they were being creative and hanging blue ribbons in the neighborhood where Evan Brewer lived, hoping to spread the word about their cause of preventing child deaths.
They got some help from little Jordan Habermann. He didn’t know Brewer, but his mom is proud to see him stepping up to help spread awareness after Evan’s death.
Nichole Habermann, “My son is four years old and is only a year older than Evan was and I just couldn’t imagine losing my son, and I hope that no other little kids have to go through that and we can help prevent anything like this ever happening again.”
While Ashley didn’t work with the Evan Brewer case, the allegations she’s heard from the family lead her to believe not enough was done for the little boy.
“What we found was if we started trying in March and it is now September, sometime in that timeframe, the child’s needs went unmet and it led to his death,” she says.
At the end of the day, Evan Brewer’s yard was spotted everywhere in blue with the ribbons and pinwheels. But to Ashely and her team, they hope the end goal actually looks much different.
“We shouldn’t ever see another blue ribbon,” says Thorne.
We reached out earlier this week to DCF about the Evan Brewer’s case and are told it’s an active investigation and the agency would not speak to the case, also citing privacy issues.
However officials did walk KSN through their policy manual on their website.
You can find that link here.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Resources are stretched thin in disaster zones like Houston, but help is on the way in the form of mobile health clinics from local non-profit, Clinic in a Can.
Clinic in a Can provides a complete mobile health unit all within a shipping container. They have different uses too, like a trauma unit and an infectious disease unit. They’ve been deployed during the Ebola outbreak and after major earthquakes.
“These clinics will run off either solar power, or diesel generator, or if there is electricity it can be plugged into the grid as well,” Cory Simons, CFO of Clinic in a Can said Friday.
The organization sent two units today down to Houston, which will pair up with medical staff and other non-profits to provide care to people in shelters and refugee centers. Hospitals in the disaster zone suffered damage or may have employee shortages with the disaster, so Clinic in a Can is ready to help where hospitals are unable.
“We’re just doing everything we can. We always keep 10-12 units on hand in case catastrophes like this happen,” Simons said.
Three units have been deployed south since Labor Day.
For more information on Clinic in a Can, click here.
Quiet weather will carry us into the weekend. It looks like a great night for high school football! A breezy south wind will take us through the evening as well as warm temperatures in the 80s. Make sure to tune into KSN News at 10 for Friday Football Fever!
The weather pattern remains very quiet through the weekend. There is a small potential for a spotty shower or two, otherwise dry weather can expected.
While weather is calm in the Kansas, all eyes are on Hurricane Irma. As of this afternoon, the category 4 hurricane is 345 miles southeast of Miami, Florida with maximum sustained winds of 155 MPH moving west. It appears to take more of a northwest path Saturday night into Sunday morning. Conditions will deteriorate throughout the weekend in Florida with Irma making landfall early Sunday morning as a borderline Category 4 or 5 hurricane. Make sure to keep it with KSN throughout the weekend for the latest track and updates.4PM Irma Satellite Irma Track
NEW YORK (AP) — Rush Limbaugh, who has suggested that the “panic” caused by approaching hurricanes actually benefits retailers, the media and climate change activists, abandoned his south Florida studio ahead of Hurricane Irma.
On his show Thursday from his facility in Palm Beach, the conservative radio host said airing his show Friday would be “problematic” and “legally impossible.”
Limbaugh said his show would be back on the air next week “from parts unknown.” Mark Steyn filled in for Limbaugh on Friday.
The radio personality had been criticized for complaining about the hype attached to the storm and has questioned some of the forecasts.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTMJ) – Wisconsin authorities are investigating a shocking case of child abuse case.
A grandmother in the town of Norway is accused of locking her 9-year-old granddaughter in a dog kennel.
“It was one of the most disturbing things I have witnessed in law enforcement,” said Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling.
The sheriff said the child was allegedly locked up 12 hours a day for at least a week.
“She was put in there in the evening and then let out in the morning to get ready for school, and then during the course of the weekends would be housed back into that dog kennel while the caregivers had other things to do,” Schmaling said.
MIAMI (NBC News) – Hurricane Irma continues its deadly path toward Miami after tearing through the Carribean overnight.
The entire state of Florida is bracing for Irma, a strong Category 4 storm teetering close to Category 5 strength.
Officials say residents who haven’t evacuated and plan to need to get out now.
“Today is the day to do the right thing for your family and get inland for safety,” Governor Rick Scott said Friday morning. “We can rebuild your home, we cannot rebuild your life.”
Those who heeded the evacuation warning are facing trouble of their own. Bumper to bumper traffic and gas shortages are common along the evacuation routes.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A 16-year-old Northwest High student was tased after becoming defiant against school personnel.
At around 1:15 p.m., a student caused a disturbance and was punching walls and lockers. Officials said the student became defiant against school personnel and the School Resource Officer.
The student refused to follow the repeated directions of school administration and the SRO. After he became violent, as a last resort, the SRO’s taser was deployed.
The teen was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for minor injuries. He was booked into the juvenile detention facility for battery of a school official and resist arrest. No officers were injured.
WALLACE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Wallace County Attorney’s Office, the Greeley County Attorney’s Office and the Sherman County Attorney’s Office named those arrested and charged in a recent western Kansas narcotics operation.
The majority of the arrests occurred last week.
The operation represented a coordinated law enforcement response to combating drug violence and reducing the accessibility of illegal drugs impacting western Kansas and Eastern Colorado.
CHARGED IN WALLACE COUNTY COURT:
Name, Age, City of Residence, Charge (most serious)
- Miles Ackerman, 30 Colby, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Brandon Boutee, 38 Colby, Attempted Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 4
- Jonathan Louis Brandon, 37 Stratton, CO Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Dante Brown, 39 Colby, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Jacob Dabney, 41 Thornton, CO Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Adam Ford, 29 Goodland, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Crystal Garner, 39 Hays, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Doug Gibbs, 60 Goodland, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 3
- Megan Gibbs, 28 Goodland, Conspiracy to Distribute Methadone- Level 3
- Kristi Baxter Hartzell, 47 Goodland, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Tyler Heskett, 26 Goodland, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 3
- Matthew Hessler, 24 Colby, Distribution of Marijuana- Level 4
- Ashley Hildebrand, 30 Goodland, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Michael Hillis, 46 Colby, Distribution of Percocet- Level 4
- Tara Howard, 24 Colby, Distribution of Marijuana- Level 2
- Kody Huff, 30 Colby, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Christopher Hurd, 39 Levant, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 3
- Wendy Huthansel, 42 Goodland, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Autumn Johnson, 18 Goodland, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Terrin Keith, 19 Goodland, Attempted Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 3
- Joseph Kreger, 26 Weskan, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Alyssa Lamb, 25 Sharon Springs, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Bryan Lee, 28 Goodland, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Braden Lucas, 26 Sharon Springs, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Tyson Owings, 38 Goodland, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 3
- Andrew Shubert, 19 Colby, Attempted Distribution of Marijuana- Level 4
- Jennifer Traxel, 23 Goodland, Distribution of Marijuana- Level 3
- Rene Trevino, 46 Sharon Springs, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 3
- Angela Tubbs, 30 Colby, Attempted Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 4
- Charlene Valdez, 30 Burlington, CO Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Jose Vasquez, 45 Hays, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
- Ryan White, 29 Colby, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Kyllian Wright, 21 Colby, Distribution of Marijuana- Level 2
CHARGED IN GREELEY COUNTY COURT:
- Jessie Hess, 42 Tribune,Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Keenan Holmes, 20 Colorado Springs, CO Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Winter Womak, 25 Colorado Springs, CO Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 1
CHARGED IN SHERMAN COUNTY COURT:
- Shelly Feldt, 24 Colby, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Ladonna Moss, 30 Colby, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine- Level 2
- Kyllian Wright, 21 Colby, Distribution of Methamphetamine- Level 2
It happened around 1 p.m.
The duo was scheduled to perform at the Flying W Airport & Resort Friday night. The show was cancelled before news of Gentry’s death broke.
Details surrounding the crash were not immediately known.
According to the duo’s Twitter account, the 50-year-old’s family “acknowledges the kind thoughts and prayers.” They’re asking for privacy.
Montgomery Gentry is known for their hit songs “Our Town,” “Something to be Proud of,” and “Hell Yeah.”
— Montgomery Gentry (@mgunderground) September 8, 2017
TESCOTT, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas homicide victim’s Australian shepherd has been found in California where it had been adopted out by an animal shelter.
The Salina Journal reports that the dog, named Zeus, and a pickup truck were missing when a family member found Matthew Schoshke’s body at his rural home on Aug. 12.
Thirty-four-year-old Robert Colson, of Bucksport, Maine, is charged with second-degree intentional murder in the killing. He was arrested about two weeks after the killing in Martinez, California. He had been injured while trying to escape from an Amtrak train after a person was stabbed.
Meanwhile, Schoshke’s family took to social media to search for Zeus. They posted this week that Zeus had been located. The newspaper reports that the dog will be reunited soon with Schoshke’s family.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs safety Eric Berry ruptured his left Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s victory in New England and the three-time All-Pro will miss the remainder of the season.
Berry was hurt while covering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on a passing route. He hobbled at the end of the play and sat on the turf, and it took a cart to remove him from the field.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid suspected after the game that it was an Achilles injury, and he said Friday that an MRI exam confirmed the diagnosis.
Berry has overcome plenty of hurdles in his career. He missed most of the 2011 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee, then missed much of the 2014 season after he was diagnosed with lymphoma.
He signed a $78 million, six-year contract this past offseason.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Agents from the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department seized the assets of Star Motors in Wichita on Thursday for the nonpayment of retail sales tax. The tax totaled $233,776.20.
The warrants were filed in Sedgwick County District Court. The assets were seized at 400 North West Street.
Agents seized bank accounts, on-site cash, business inventory, as well as personal property belonging to the owner. The business was sealed with a public notice posted on the outside. All seized assets will be sold at public auction and the proceeds will pay for the delinquent taxes.
The Kansas Department of Revenue’s policy and practice is to work with taxpayers in delinquent status to voluntarily enter into repayment agreements. It is only after efforts fail that the department is forced to execute a tax warrant.
MIAMI (NBC News) – Hurricane Irma remains on a track to slam Miami this weekend after cutting a fatal and destructive swath through the Caribbean islands Thursday.
“Florida will have major storm impacts with deadly storm surge and life threatening winds, and we expect this along the entire East Coast,” Governor Rick Scott warned.
The race is on to get out of the storm’s path. At Miami International Airport, a flight out-of-town is hard to come by.
All major airlines are suspending service Friday night, and many passengers can do little but hope and wait.
Leaving by car is not much easier lines for gas are long and traffic is snarled.
There’s also one final push for supplies, especially generators and water.
WICHITA, Kans. (KSNW) — Greg Gamer, 85, retired News Anchor for KSN-TV, passed away Tuesday September 5.
Greg was born in Emporia but grew up in Wichita. He attended the University of Kansas with the intention of becoming a pharmacist, but later transferred to Wichita University (now Wichita State). While finishing an undergraduate degree in political science, he began working part-time at KFBI-AM (later to become KIRL, then KFDI). It was at KFBI that Greg became acquainted with Martin Umansky, who hired him to work at KAKE-TV, which had not yet signed on the air.
On October 19, 1954, as the station’s “booth announcer,” Greg spoke the first words heard on KAKE. While with KAKE, he would cover the Udall tornado on May 25, 1955, which claimed 77 lives and injured 270. He also interviewed newsmakers and celebrities, including John Kennedy in 1960, Lyndon Johnson in 1959 and Ronald Reagan in 1963. Gamer also interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt in 1956 and Ted Kennedy in 1960. Gamer was also the first journalist in Wichita to poll voters to predict election outcomes.
In 1966, he left KAKE to anchor evening newscasts at KARD-TV (which later became KSNW). At KARD/KSNW, he interviewed presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Greg spent 25 years at KARD/KSNW, retiring in 1991 after 37 years in Wichita news. He is a recipient of the Grover Cobb award from KU and was honored with a National Headliner award for a story on Special Education.
There will be a rosary at 10:30 A.M. and Memorial Service at 11 A.M. on Monday September 11, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection, 4910 N Woodlawn St, Bel Aire, KS 67226.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to The Lord’s Diner, 520 N Broadway St, Wichita, KS 67214.
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HASKELL COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – A 23-year-old Wichita man is dead after a crash Thursday afternoon in Haskell County. It happened around 3:30.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a truck driven by Austin Samuel Holteen of Wichita was southbound on Road OO two miles east of Highway 83. His truck struck the trailer of a Mack truck driven by a 37-year-old Orlando Mata-Orozco of Johnson.
Holteen was ejected and died due to his injuries.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A conservative Kansas legislator says he would give money to North Korea before he’d support Kansas Public Radio.
The Lawrence Journal-World reported that Republican Rep. J.R. Claeys of Salina expressed disdain for public radio Wednesday in a tweet responding to a fundraising tweet by KPR Statehouse reporter Stephen Koranda.
Claeys tweeted that he’d sooner give to “DPRK News” because its propaganda is “under duress.” DRPK is the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea.
Asked about the tweet, Claeys questioned in a message why anyone would be surprised that a Republican would balk at funding what he called a “democratic radio station.”
As for North Korea, Claeys retweeted a message suggesting that the U.S. has no reason not to launch a nuclear strike on that nation.