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Police: Kansas City officer fires at driver after nearly being ran over

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) – A KCMO Police say an officer shot at a driver who tried to run over the officer Sunday morning in Westport.

A police statement said a gold car was driving erratically about 2:20 a.m. near Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The driver attempted to hit the officer as the officer crossed the street at Westport and Mill streets.

The car missed the officer.

The officer fired at the car and the car drove off.

The driver and car have not been found.

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Kansas State Loses to TCU

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 00:09

MANHATTAN, Kan. – In a game that was delayed more than three hours due to lightning, spanning two separate delays, No. 6 TCU remained unbeaten behind the strength of 395 total yards on offense and topped K-State, 26-6, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday.

Following a three-hour delay prior to kickoff, the first two offensive possessions for the Wildcats resulted in punts, with the second possession setting TCU up in scoring position. The Horned Frogs took advantage of the field position, scoring on six rushing plays for 36 yards that was capped off by a Kenny Hill seven-yard touchdown scamper to put the first points on the board. The Horned Frogs added a field goal to end the first quarter with a 10-0 advantage.

K-State attempted an answer in the second quarter spurred by a forced fumble by the Wildcat defense. The fumble recovery by DJ Reed would be the team’s ended up as the lone takeaway of the game, but lead to a Matthew McCrane field goal. TCU would go into halftime with a 13-3 lead.


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Thunder win vs Fuel

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 23:47

This was the opening weekend for the Wichita Thunder, going up against the Indy Fuel. Last night in the opener, the Thunder produced the win. Night two saw some great action as well.

The Thunder got the 4-3 win in overtime. They are now 2-0 on the season. It was tied three to three in regulation, but the thunder got the win in extra time.

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Gallery: Severe weather hits east Kansas

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 22:46

(KSNW) – As storms moved through east Kansas, some of our viewers sent in pictures of the effects in their areas.

As these storms leave our area, KSN will continue to follow reports of damage.

Severe Weather October 14, 2017 Downed tree in El Dorado. (Courtesy Amanda Cook) Winds knock down another tree in Winfield (Courtesy Shelly Whitmore) Winds also caused damage to Dara Smythe's shed in Oxford. Nikole McMurray snapped this photo of tree blocking a few back roads in Winfield. Early morning storms brought a few rainbows to Kansas. (Courtesy Charles M. Carter, Wichita) Early morning storms brought a few rainbows to Kansas. (Courtesy Charles M. Carter, Wichita)
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‘Ready, set, ADAPT’ inspires kids

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 20:41

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Middle-schooler Grant Pierce is the only child at his school in a wheelchair. He was in good company on Saturday afternoon.

Wheelchair Sports, Inc. received a $25,000 grant from Amerigroup to put on a weekend clinic for low-income children with physical disabilities. Wichita State’s Heskett Center was alive on Saturday afternoon with the sound of bouncing basketballs and the whizz of hand-cycling wheels.

“When they come to these events, they may not have the same disability but they know what it’s like and can relate to one another and they just light up. They’re so happy. They see their friends and they know they’re not going to be judged, they know they’re going to be able to do it and not be left on the sidelines,” Kary Pierce, director of youth sports for Wheelchair Sports, Inc. said.

The clinic made different sports available to the youths who could choose between wheelchair basketball, hand-cyling and bocce ball in the morning.

“It’s good for everybody else I believe but it’s also fun for me, to have friends and you know other people that are like me and I’m not alone and it’s just kind of comforting,” Grant Pierce said.

Grant tore up the basketball court and admits, he has a competitive side.

For more on how to get involved, visit: http://wsi.wcsports.org/

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Inmates escape north Kansas jail

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 20:22

MARYSVILLE, Kan. (KSNT) – According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, inmates escaped the Marshall County Jail Saturday afternoon around 3:30.

The Sheriff’s Office told KSNT a fire was set at the jail and prisoners did escape. It is unclear whether the fire was set by prisoners.

They couldn’t confirm how many inmates escaped, but said all escapees have been captured.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into the jail break.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update as information becomes available.

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Man charged with murder in fatal burning

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 20:13

BAXTER SPRINGS (KSNW) –  A man has been charged with murder after being accused of killing one woman and injuring three officers last month.

49-year-old Harvey Raymond Ortberg has been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder, two Counts Of Attempted Capital Murder, Aggravated Arson, Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Battery and two counts of Felony Child Endangerment.

The charges stem from an incident at 1007 West 11th in Baxter Springs just before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017, where investigators believe Ortberg was attacking Horn and dousing her with fuel.  When Baxter Springs Police Officers Jimmy Hamilton and Justin Butler arrived on scene, Ortberg is suspected of throwing fuel on them, as well, and then lighting it.

Harvey Raymond Ortberg (Courtesy Cherokee County)

A third Baxter Springs Police Officer, Darryl Nadeau, arrived at the scene and attempted to extinguish the fire.

Officers Butler and Nadeau were treated and released from a Joplin hospital that morning.  Horn, Officer Hamilton and Ortberg were all transported to a Springfield Missouri hospital, where Horn died just before 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. Officer Hamilton remains hospitalized as a result of his injuries.

Ortberg also remained hospitalized and was placed under arrest on Friday, October 13th, by the Springfield Missouri Police Department.  He is being held on $1,000,000.00 bond, awaiting extradition back to Kansas.

The criminal investigation is being conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Emporia Police investigate stabbing, rape allegation early Saturday

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 18:33

Emporia, Kan. (KSNW) – Emporia police responded to the report of a stabbing Saturday morning just before eight. They arrested one man, and took a victim to the hospital.

Police tell KSN News officers arrived at the scene of a stabbing report, and found one victim.

They arrested 61-year-old Richard Patton on suspicion of rape, aggravated battery and drug charges.

Police did not elaborate on possible drug charges, but did say the county attorney is expected to file formal charges on Monday.

The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries, but a condition of that victim was not being released.



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Laura’s Look: Evening severe storms; Calm & cooler Sunday

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 17:59

Stay weather aware this evening, a Severe Storm Watch is in effect for central and eastern Kansas until 12AM CDT. This watch DOES include the Wichita Metro.


Storms will clear out late this evening. There will certainly be a chill in the air first thing Sunday with lows in the 30s and 40s.

Kansas Tonight

With the freezing temperatures early Sunday morning in far western Kansas, a freeze warning is in effect tonight into Sunday morning.

Freeze Warning

We’re trading out the short sleeves for jackets tomorrow! Loads of sunshine and highs only in the 60s with less wind by the afternoon.

Kansas Tomorrow

Make sure check in with us on KSN News at 6 and 10 – I’ll show you where the storms are on Storm Tracker Radar and tracker where they’re headed next. – Laura Bannon

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Man punched, robbed on KU campus

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 14:01

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNT) – The KU Public Safety Office is investigating an aggravated robbery and battery that happened early Saturday morning.

Officers said a man was walking down Jayhawk Boulevard near the KU Information Booth at Wescoe Hall around 1:45 a.m. He was then approached by four men who got out of a white Toyota Corolla. Officers said one man punched the victim and took his wallet and phone.

The men then got back into the car and left westbound on Jayhawk Boulevard. The victim sustained minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital.

The KU Public Safety Office asks anyone with information to contact their office at at 785-864-5900.

We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more information.

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Faculty: University of Kansas student hacked into computers

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:49

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A recent cybersecurity breach has a University of Kansas faculty group concerned that it could lead to other attacks, not just at the university, but across higher education.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that aerospace engineering professor Ron Barrett-Gonzalez says an apparently disgruntled engineering student carried out the hack during the 2016-17 academic year. Barrett-Gonzalez says details of the hack were shared publicly at a School of Engineering Senate meeting last week.

The student in question had allegedly used a keystroke logger to gain faculty members’ login information and passwords and changed his failing grades to As. Keystroke loggers are often used by cybercriminals to steal personal information from public computers and keyboards.

University officials confirmed that a security breach took place but said the attack “was minimal and caught quickly.”

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Dozens gravely wounded in Vegas face long road to recovery

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:48

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The bullets are still there.

For the dozens of people who remain hospitalized in Las Vegas from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the onslaught isn’t over. The pain lingers. They remain haunted by the uncertainty of their recovery.

“My fear is that I won’t progress, you know. I want to be able to walk again. I want to be able to function normally,” said Michael Caster, who was paralyzed in the shooting. “I’m happy to be alive, that I got out of there, but I want to have a good life going forward, too.”

The hospital worker from the Palm Springs, California, area is one of about 45 people still hospitalized in four Las Vegas hospitals after the shooting that left 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded, most with gunshots.

Loved ones linger at their bedside, offering comfort and a familiar face in an unfamiliar place. They, too, face challenges in caring for family members away from home.

The Oct. 1 shooting left the world grieving for those who died, in awe of the ordinary people and the first responders who took heroic life-saving actions, and mystified over why gunman Stephen Paddock perched himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower and unleashed more than 1,000 bullets on an outdoor country music festival concert site.

About a third of the wounded remain in critical condition nearly two weeks later. Grateful to have survived, they and their families must face the reality that the recovery will be difficult, and, for some, incomplete.

Dr. Sean Dort, a trauma surgeon and trauma center medical director at the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena campus, said many of his patients have life-changing injuries.

“The longer you are in critical condition, the higher chance of poor outcome,” Dort said. “But as long as they are continuing to get better and not worse, I don’t mind which day it is.”

Caster, 41, plans to leave Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center this week after being shot through his left side at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The bullet blew through his lung, near his heart, and either it or bone fragment ended up in his spine. He has lost all feeling and function from the waist down.

The fragment is still there, too risky to remove. Caster is eager to start a two-month program at a Colorado hospital specializing in spinal injuries.

He’s calm, even a bit reserved, yet smiles broadly and easily in lighter moments, like when talking about his lukewarm taste for country music. Caster attended the festival with his girlfriend and a group of friends.

He pauses with emotion when reflecting on the road ahead and the frightening prospect that he may never walk again. His demeanor turns from laid-back to grim.

“There’s no way of really telling, so we’ll just kind of take it day by day,” he said. “I got to stay positive, you know. Pray. Hope for the best. That’s what we’re going to do.”

Around the corner at Sunrise, which saw the most patients as the closest hospital to the shooting scene, Regina Fowler, 82, hopes her son will recover enough to return to his job as a firefighter.

Doctors told Kurt Fowler, 41, that it could take a year for him to walk again after losing 2 inches (51 millimeters) of bone from the bullet that shattered his lower right leg. The Lake Havasu, Arizona, man will likely have to return for treatment to Las Vegas – more than two hours from where he lives with his wife and three kids. His elderly mother hopes he’ll be able to get rides from his colleagues.

“All he wants is just to be able to walk, go back to work and take care of his family,” his mother said. “He wants to go home.”

For now, Regina Fowler, who lives in Las Vegas, said she’s just focused on being there for her youngest son, the baby of the family. His spirits lift when people visit, but he doesn’t want them to stay too long. And he doesn’t like sleeping alone in the hospital at night.

“He called me last night and just said, ‘Mommm,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll be there,’” she said with a sigh. “I try to stay really strong around him.”

As for Caster, he’s thankful his support network has also been well-cared-for. His girlfriend, sister, brother-in-law and parents who have come to Las Vegas to be with him have been aided by local businesses that provided them free hotel rooms and food while they focus on him.

The night of the shooting, Caster’s girlfriend found the help that got him to the hospital. As he floated in and out of consciousness, he remembers people fleeing the scene telling her to save herself. They told her someone would come back to find him.

She stayed.

Caster grows emotional again talking about her, before smirking and noting a lot of people are telling him it’s time to get married.

“She’s never left me,” Caster said.

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Gas leaking from Kansas wells amid dispute over who must fix

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:34

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Regulatory filings show natural gas is leaking through unplugged abandoned wells that have penetrated a massive underground storage field in Kansas. It is creating a public safety hazard amid a dispute over whose responsibility it is to fix the problem.

Northern Natural Gas Co. told federal regulators in a filing this week that the Kansas Corporation Commission “has sat on its hands with full knowledge of the risk.”

The Kansas agency filed a motion last month with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., seeking an order forcing Northern Natural to keep its storage gas from escaping through the wells.

But Northern contends Kansas law requires well owners to plug the abandoned wells.

Northern owns the Cunningham Storage Field spanning Pratt, Kingman and Reno counties.

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Arkansas City teacher arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual relations

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 09:38

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City High School teacher Friday after a report of an unlawful relationship with a juvenile.

Ethan Dane Huff, 27, was arrested on suspicion of alleged unlawful sexual relations. He was booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Officers were notified of a report of an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and a 17-year-old female at the high school, which is located at 1200 W. Radio Lane in northwest Arkansas City.

After investigation, police established probable cause, resulting in the teacher’s arrest.

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Laura’s Look: Stormy Saturday; Windy & Cooler Sunday

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 06:57

Good Saturday Morning! Tracking spotty showers and thunder this morning around the Metro. This is just round one of two today. I’m expecting rain amounts to remain light this morning, you may just be woken up by a clap of thunder.

StormCast 8 AM

While roads are damp in central Kansas, on the other side of the state drivers are dealing with fog. As of 5 AM, visibility has been reduced to a half mile or less in northwest Kansas. A Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for areas along and north of I-70 including cities like Great Bend, Hays, Hill City, Colby, and Goodland.

5AM Visibility Dense Fog Advisory


Once morning fog and rain/thunder lifts, we’ll see mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

Kansas Today

There is a potential for severe weather later this afternoon and early evening. The greatest threat for severe weather has shifted farther into eastern Kansas and right along the Kansas turnpike.

Threat Tracker

It appears the greatest threat will be for damaging winds of 70 MPH. Hail larger than golf balls are also possible. The tornado threat isn’t at a zero although this appears to be more of a wind event.

Threat Tracker


Storms will clear out late this evening. Behind this cold front, winds will be fierce. There will certainly be a chill in the air first thing Sunday with lows in the 30s and 40s.

Kansas Tonight

With the near freezing conditions early Sunday morning in far western Kansas, a freeze watch has been issued for Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Freeze Watch



Sharply cooler for Sunday! Loads of sunshine and highs only in the 60s. The rest of the week looks fantastic. Make sure check in with us through out the day on KSN News. I’ll be back later this evening for KSN News at 6 and 10. Have a great day everyone! – Laura Bannon


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Friday Football Fever: Week 7 Video

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:59

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The FFF Game of the Week was Bishop Carroll vs. Heights.

You can also help choose next week’s game by voting here. Be sure to check out the scores on our scores page

This week’s video highlights include:

  • Buhler vs. Andale
  • Chaparral vs. Cheney
  • Holcomb vs. Kingman
  • Augusta vs. Maize South
  • Dodge City vs. Garden City
  • Campus vs. Hutchinson
  • Eisenhower vs. Andover
  • Salina South vs. Derby
  • Southeast vs. West
  • East vs. South
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Vote for the Week 8 Game of the Week

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:00

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – KSN and Cowley College are asking you to help us pick the Friday Football Fever Game of the Week!

Each week, we will ask you to make your choice for the Game of the Week. Make your pick in the poll below then come back Wednesday afternoon to see the results.

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Strangers offer Wichita autistic teen free Chiefs tickets

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:41

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita autistic teen will get to see his favorite football team play thanks to a couple of strangers.

On Thursday, KSN shared the story of Chiefs super-fan Nate Younkman and his experience at his first high school dance. After the story aired, multiple people contacted KSN asking how they could help make Nate’s dream of going to a Kansas City Chiefs game become a reality.

“I saw the news article last night and just really thought this might be an opportunity for the Arc to show some love to this family and make Nate’s dreams come true,” said Arc of Sedgwick County Program Director Mike Kelly.

The Arc of Sedgwick county is a non-profit organization focused on the general welfare of people intellectual disabilities. Kelly said his group was already planning on taking some Arc members to the Chiefs vs. Broncos game on October 30. After he saw KSN’s news story, he reached out to Nate’s mom and asked if Nate could go to the game with them.

“I was like man let’s make this happen for Nate. It was just a thrill for us at the Arc to give them this opportunity,” Kelly said.

Soon after Kelly contacted Nate’s mom, KSN received an email from another person wanting to donate tickets to Nate and his family.

“I had purchased this at a fundraiser several weeks ago and I thought, you know, it’s always better to give back,” said the anonymous donor. “Hopefully it will make his day and make a big impact in his life that he will remember.”

On Friday afternoon the two donors met at Nate’s home to share the news with him.

“We are taking kids and adults to the Kansas City Chiefs game verse the Broncos on the 30th and we would love for you to come along with us,” Kelly said to Nate.

“We have got two tickets to the Kansas City Chiefs game on November 26,” the anonymous donor said to Nate.

Nate was shocked by the news.

“I love the Chiefs,” Nate said.

Nate’s mom was moved to tears.

“It’s just so heartwarming,” said Nate’s mom Jessica Neitzel. “I just couldn’t believe it really. People are so thoughtful. If they only knew how he is going to feel when he shows up there and sees them.”

Thanks to the two donors, Nate will get to go to the Chiefs vs. Broncos game and the Chiefs vs. Bills game. Neitzel said she has also invited Nate’s date to the homecoming dance to join the family at one of the games.

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Detox facilities overwhelmed

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:56

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s a growing problem all across the country… and right here in Kansas – drugs.

The increase in cases is overwhelming detox centers and even filling up other agencies in the community.

The jail is often where people in need of detox end up when they commit crimes, simply because there are not enough beds available at actual treatment facilities.

Many detox centers have closed since the early 80’s because of a lack of funding, and it’s having a ripple effect.

Angela Russell says before her relapse, she was two years clean. It was the same night the 37-year-old says she knew she needed detox.

“I would have been gone, it would have turned in from smoking, to shooting up, to selling, to robbing, and then where would I be, back in prison and my daughter wouldn’t have a mother,” said Angela Russell of Wichita.

She went to the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas. Although she was worried about being turned away for only using one time, she wasn’t. Others aren’t so lucky.

“They want help and we want to get them as quickly as we can it may take a few days or a few hours,” said Harold Casey, Substance Abuse Center of Kansas CEO.

Harold Casey, the CEO of the center, says they could double the number of beds, and they would still be full. He says they opened this detox unit about 18 months ago with COMCARE, but still turn people away. Alternatives are medical detox at a hospital, waiting, or for some…jail has become a place for people to sober up.

“We have 253 people out of county as of today and we have some individuals sleeping on cots in the gymnasium because we’re overcrowded,” said Sheriff Jeff Easter, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.

And he says a night in jail is no substitute for treatment, exactly what helped Russell get back on the right path.

“I’m really thankful for it,” said Russell.

The Substance Abuse Center of Kansas encourages people to call every hour to get into detox.

Casey hopes the state will also help them expand sometime in the future.

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One person dead in west Wichita vehicle crash

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:55

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person was killed in a one-vehicle crash in west Wichita Friday afternoon.  The crash occurred in the 600 block of N. Country Acres Avenue shortly after 5 p.m.

Wichita police investigators said a pickup truck was northbound on Country Acres when it crashed into a tree.  The vehicle kept going about a half mile and finally came to rest in front of a dentist’s office.

Police said a man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. It was not known whether the man died as a result of the crash, or whether a medical condition caused the truck to hit the tree.

Police closed Country Acres between Dunsworth and West Central following the accident.

Police have identified the victim but are not releasing his name until his family has been notified.

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