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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A local animal rescue is asking the public for help in finding the individuals responsible for gluing a dog’s eyes and mouth shut with superglue and abandoning the animal.
According to Beauties and Beasts, Inc., a young dog was found in the Oaklawn area near Wichita on Monday along the side of the road. The animal’s eyes and mouth were glued shut and the dog had bruising to her abdomen.
The dog was rushed to the emergency vet and is now recovering. The rescue group is asking the public to contact Sedgwick County Animal Control at 316-660-7070 or email email@example.com with any information.
An official investigation has been launched.
SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter announced Thursday that Sedgwick County is no longer being considered a “sanctuary county.”
In a tweet posted to social media Thursday, Sheriff Easter said the Center of Immigration Studies informed the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office of the change.
A letter from the Center of Immigration Studies stated the following:
I am writing to let you know that we are removing Sedgwick County from our map and list of sanctuary jurisdictions. According to the documents you provided last year, and according to ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division, the county is cooperating with immigration enforcement authorities and is complying with federal law.
It’s been a beautiful day across Kansas, and we’ll keep this cool and quiet weather through the evening, so get out and enjoy it!
Then, after a cold morning, we have even milder temperatures on the way for tomorrow as we climb into the 60s with continued sunny skies. Unfortunately, though, the winds return tomorrow…
Because of this return to gusty south winds, plus the continued dry conditions, *Fire Weather Watches and Warnings* are in place across central and western Kansas, so please be cautious!
Thankfully we do have a rain chance on the way for Sunday evening, but this will generally just be for the eastern half of the state, so western Kansas will miss out again.
A front will then cool us down slightly into the 50s throughout next week, but overall we’re keeping with temperatures at or above normal for the next 7 days.
I’ll have more on our fire danger and upcoming rain chances on KSN News at 5, 6, and 10!
~Katie the Weather Lady
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed an earthquake happened near Hutchinson on Thursday.
The reported time of the quake was just before 2:30 p.m. The earthquake had a magnitude of 3.1.
To learn more about this particular earthquake, click here.
PEABODY, Kan. (KSNW) – A Peabody-Burns Jr-Sr High School teacher was charged with eight felony counts of child sex crimes.
Christopher R. Young faces five counts counts of unlawful sexual relations and three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
The Peabody Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office filed the complaint in Marion County District Court.
Ron Traxson, USD 398 Superintendent, said Young is still on paid administrative leave as of right now.
Authorities said the investigation remains ongoing.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The FBI is now offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a bank robbery last month.
On February 13, an unknown subject walked into the Capitol Federal bank located at 4000 E. Harry Street in Wichita. The suspect made an oral demand for cash and displayed a firearm. He left a black bag with a yellow smiley face on the bag at the bank, claiming the bag contained a bomb. The suspect fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas agency says it inadvertently sent health-related personal information of about 11,000 people to its business partners.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services announced Thursday that it became aware on Feb. 23 that an employee sent an unauthorized e-mail with the information.
The department says it has no evidence the information was misused or disclosed publicly. It says agreements prevent the partners from disseminating the information.
The e-mail included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates, gender, Medicaid identification numbers and participation in in-home services.
Agency spokeswoman Angela de Rocha says all consumers whose information was released will receive a letter of explanation.
The release has been reported to federal regulators. De Rocha says the agency will review its procedures to prevent a similar situation from occurring.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas is reporting that it collected nearly $27 million more in taxes than anticipated in February.
The report Thursday from the state Department of Revenue was more good news for legislators as they face a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to increase spending on public schools. It was the ninth consecutive month that tax collections have exceeded expectations.
Revenue Secretary Sam Williams said the state’s ongoing monthly revenue surpluses could be an indication of economic optimism.
The state reported collecting $373 million in taxes last month when its official projections predicted collections of $346 million. The monthly surplus was 7.7 percent.
Since the fiscal year began in July, the state has collected $4.3 billion in taxes. That’s $275 million more than expected and a surplus of 6.8 percent.
NEWFOUNDLAND, Pa. (AP) — Crown-wearing worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles drank holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday, prompting a nearby school to cancel classes.
With state police and a smattering of protesters standing watch outside the church, brides clad in white and grooms in dark suits brought dozens of unloaded AR-15s into World Peace and Unification Sanctuary for a religious event that doubled as an advertisement for the Second Amendment.
The church, which has a worldwide following, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” in the book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons. An AR-15 was used in the Florida high school massacre on Feb. 14.PHOTOS: Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles hold commitment ceremony A woman wears a crown and holds an unloaded weapon as she bows her head during services at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018, in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church.The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day.The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) Men wear crowns and hold unloaded weapons at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church. The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) A woman recites the national anthem as she holds an unloaded weapon during services at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church. The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) A woman wears a crown and holds an unloaded weapon as she cheers at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018, in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church. The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) A woman wearing a crown and veil and carrying a man's photo prepared to take part in services at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018, in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church. The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) Protesters gather in front of the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church. The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) A standing woman closes her eyes as she holds an unloaded weapon during services at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018, in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church. The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) A man and woman wear crowns made of ammunition during services at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018, in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church. The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) A man wears a crown and holds an unloaded weapon at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church. The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
The Rev. Sean Moon, who leads the church, prayed for “a kingdom of peace police and peace militia where the citizens, through the right given to them by almighty God to keep and bear arms, will be able to protect one another and protect human flourishing.”
Moon is the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church, which critics regard as a cult. The younger Moon’s congregation is a breakaway faction of the Unification Church, which had distanced itself from Wednesday’s event.
An attendant checked each weapon at the door to make sure it was unloaded and secured with a zip tie, and the elaborate commitment ceremony went off without a hitch. Some worshippers wore crowns made out of bullets.
Tim Elder, Unification Sanctuary’s director of world missions, said the ceremony was meant to be a blessing of couples, not “inanimate objects,” calling the AR-15 a “religious accoutrement.”
But Wednesday’s event, coming on the heels of the high school massacre in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17, rubbed emotions raw.
“It’s scaring people in the community,” one protester told a church member. “Are you aware of that?”
The ceremony prompted Wallenpaupack Area School District to move students at an elementary school down the street to other campuses.
Lisa Desiena, from Scranton, protested outside the church with a sign that called the group an “armed religious cult.”
She said she owns a gun, but “I don’t need a freaking assault weapon to defend myself. Only thing they’re good for is killing. Period. That’s all that weapon is good for, mass killing. And you want to bless it? Shame on you.”
But Sreymom Ouk, 41, who attended the ceremony with her husband, Sort Ouk, and came with their AR-15, said the weapon is useful for defending her family against “sickos and evil psychopaths.”
“People have the right to bear arms, and in God’s kingdom, you have to protect that,” she said. “You have to protect against evil.”
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has tested an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can’t be intercepted, President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday, marking a technological breakthrough that could dramatically increase Russia’s military capability, boost the Kremlin’s global position and also raise Western concerns about a potential renewed arms race in the 21st century.
Speaking in a state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said the weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and new hypersonic missile that have no equivalent elsewhere in the world. He said the creation of the new weapons has made NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense “useless,” and means an effective end to what he described as Western efforts to stymie Russia’s development.
“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: all what you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened,” he said. “You have failed to contain Russia.”
The announcement comes as Putin is set to easily win another six-year presidential term in the March 18 election.
He said that the nuclear-powered cruise missile tested last fall has a “practically unlimited” range and high speed and maneuverability allowing it to pierce any missile defense.
The Russian leader said the high-speed underwater drone also has an “intercontinental” range and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could target both aircraft carriers and coastal facilities. He said its operational depth and high speed would make it immune to enemy intercept.
Putin noted that the tests of the compact nuclear reactor to power the new drone were completed last fall.
He added, to applause, that names for the nuclear-powered cruise missile and the drone haven’t yet been chosen, and suggested that the Defense Ministry run a nationwide contest for the best names.
Putin accompanied his statement to an audience of hundreds of senior officials and lawmakers with videos and computer images of new weapons, which were shown on giant screens at a conference hall near the Kremlin.
“No one in the world has anything like that,” he said. “It may appear someday, but by that time we will develop something new.”
The Russian leader said that another new weapon called Avangard is an intercontinental hypersonic missile that would fly to targets at a speed 20 times the speed of sound and strike “like a meteorite, like a fireball.”
Putin said that Russia also tested a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, called Sarmat, with a range and number of warheads exceeding its Soviet-era predecessor, known in the West as Satan.
He said that another weapons system, called Kinzhal, already has been deployed in Russia’s Southern Military District. He added that it’s a hypersonic missile carried by an aircraft that can strike targets 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) away.
The Russian leader emphasized that the development of new weapons that have no equivalent in the West came in response to the U.S. withdrawal from a Cold war-era treaty banning missile defenses and U.S. efforts to develop a missile defense system.
He said that the U.S. has ignored Russian complaints.
“No one has listened to us,” he said. “You listen to us now.”
He said that Russian military experts and diplomats would be ready to discuss new weapons systems with their U.S. counterparts.
“We aren’t threatening anyone, we aren’t going to attack anyone, we aren’t going to take anything from anyone,” he said. “The growing Russian military might will guarantee global peace.”
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person is in critical condition after an early morning shooting outside of a laundromat near Harry and George Washington Blvd.
Police say the shooting happened inside a car outside of a laundromat.
The victim is in serious condition but is expected to live. Police say the victim is not cooperating with police so additional details are unavailable.
Wind swept warmth leads to concern for fire danger this weekend.
You’ll notice the cooler changes first thing Thursday morning. To add insult to injury, the winds are making it feel much colder.4AM Wind Chill
Winds relax through the day. Under sun drenched skies temperatures climb into the 50s.Thursday Day Planner
The warmer temperatures tomorrow will be a nice treat. The wind on the other hand won’t be too friendly. Winds in excess of 40MPH can be expected. With the stronger winds, Fire Weather Watches have been issued ahead of Friday’s high fire danger threat. This will be a big concern all weekend.Fire Weather Watch
The dry spell will be broken up with a chance of showers and storms this Sunday. Not everyone will get in on the action. Most of the moisture looks to hug central and eastern Kansas.Sunday 2PM
If you have outdoor plans this weekend you’ll want to check in with us on Kansas Today. We’ll talk about the warming temperatures as well as Sundays’ rain chance. That’s from 4:30-7 a.m. on Kansas Today. – Laura Bannon
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Five-year-old Lucas Hernandez’s has been missing for 11 days and Wichita police have stopped their searches until new credible information comes to light.
That hasn’t stopped community members from keeping Lucas’ name in the spotlight.
“He’s out there, he’s missing, nobody knows where he’s at you know,” said Melissa Ortiz. “Again, he’s everybody’s child right now.”
Ortiz, a Haysville resident, is having difficulty sleeping at night since hearing of Lucas’ disappearance.
As a mother of two, his story continues to tug at her heartstrings.
“My little boy just brights up my life,” said Ortiz. “He makes me so happy and I just couldn’t imagine him being gone.”
To help find Lucas, Ortiz and her family have painted rocks to remind people how important it is to bring him home safe.
“On this specific rock, the batman rock, I got that from one of Lucas’ pictures. He was wearing a Batman backpack.”
Each unique rock shares a message about Lucas, as well as the tip line to contact police.
“It’s not just a rock,” said Ortiz. “It’s it’s just like a missing person’s flyer, except for you’re going to leave these in parks, grocery stores, gas stations.”
Wednesday, Ortiz and her sister placed rocks around Boston Park.
“It just keeps the light out for him, you know, keep shining that light on him,” said Ortiz. “So, that’s the way I see it is a positive. We’re not going to let this die out. We’re not going to give up on Lucas.”
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – What can two cops and two former drug addicts possibly have in common?
It’s a conversation has been 18 years in the making after two officers, now sergeants, arrested David Gilkey and his wife Lynn.
“I have remembered it all these years,” says Lynn Gilkey.
“You were my obligations,” says Jess Hancock.
The night started with a bang.
“We are grateful that the door came down,” says David Gilkey. “With that much cocaine we had, we don’t know if that could have been our last night on earth.”
That changed their lives for the better.
“God spoke to me in my sleep and told me I had a job to do,” says Gilkey.
The Gilkey’s now run a youth program, having helped hundreds of kids graduate high school.
“That is what it does when you leave a clean life you live a long healthy life,” says Sgt. Ed Browen.
It’s a life that started with Sgt. Browen and Sgt. Hancock.
Instead of having their door beat down on Wednesday, they opened it to police.
“I know for me I just wanted to say thank you,” says Gilkey. “We wanted to let you guys know through the grace of God allowing you guys to do your job it saved our life.”
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Perhaps the only thing scarier than your child having a rare form of cancer is not being able to get the treatment they need.
That’s what a family from Jamaica faced when their 2-year-old daughter, Azalea, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma.
“When we knew what she had, the only thing in our mind was we wanted to get her to St. Jude because we knew that would provide hope for us,” said her mother, Simone.
Her wish was granted just hours after doctors found Azalea’s soft tissue tumor.
They traveled from Jamaica to Memphis, where they lived on the St. Jude campus for a year.
“They (Tri Delta Place) has a big sign when you go in that says, ‘Welcome Home,’ and that’s what it feels like,” said Simone. “It’s a home away from home.”
Azalea first went through chemotherapy to shrink her tumor before an operation to remove it.
“The surgery that was actually done to correct her cancer was the first ever done in the United States,” said Simone.
It’s a breakthrough in research that Azalea’s oncologist will share with doctors everywhere.
“Azalea, for me, holds a special place in my heart,” said oncologist, Beth Stewart. “I see this really excited 3-year-old. I see the future.”
“I’m so happy because it goes way beyond her, and what was done with her is going to help so many others kids, not just in the United States, but all across the world,” said Simone.
Azalea is now healthy and full of energy again, but she’s still flown back to St Jude every 3 months for a checkup; in fact, doctors will continue follow-ups until she’s 21 years old.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita firefighters are on the scene of a large house fire in south Wichita.
The first call came out around 8:15 p.m. reporting the fire on Broadway in the area of Gilbert.
The fire is very intense and crews have already been pulled out of the house. It is unclear if anyone is in the home.
Stay with KSN for updates as they will be provided once we learn more information.
TOPEKA (CAPITOL BUREAU) — Legislation at the Capitol would allow microbreweries to expand the reach of their product without having to expand their actual brewery.
At Norsemen Brewing Company in north Topeka, co-owner Jared Rudy explained how the craft brewing businesses are growing.
“You have to be able to entice new people to craft beer and we get them without lagers typically,” Rudy said.
With 13 beers on tap, Norsemen has added more equipment to keep up with their growth.
“We did buy some more Brite Tanks to help with some long-term aging so we could produce some more unique beers, Oktoberfest that needed to age longer,” explained Rudy.
There are more than 40 microbreweries throughout the state, but according to some, state laws haven’t kept up with the rapidly growing industry.
“It’s new enough in Kansas, we’re trying to adapt the laws,” explained Philip Bradley, with the KS Craft Brewers Guild.
On Thursday, Bradley testified in front of the Senate Federal and State Affairs committee in favor of two bills.
One bill would allow microbreweries to contract with other breweries to brew their beers and even package the beer.
“They could contract with someone that had one of those lines brew and can the beer, and put it in the wholesale system and send it out to the stores for consumers to get it,” said Bradley.
The other bill allows breweries to fill and re-fill growlers.
“There was not enough specific language about growlers, crowlers, squealers, howlers, whatever you want to call them,” he said.
Lawmakers at Wednesday’s hearing seemed supportive of the legislation, asking few questions.
“It doesn’t really change anything as far as legal control of alcohol,” said State Sen. Bud Estes, R-Dodge City. “So it just makes the independent business guys, it makes it a little smoother and a little better for them.”
Back at Norsemen Brewing Company, Rudy said the legislation could help the entire industry continue to grow.
“It’s just good to have more options and helps us be more collaborative as an industry.”
The bills have already passed the House and need to pass the Senate before landing on Governor Colyer’s desk.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s been more than five months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and the island is still trying to recover. It’s difficult when almost 200,000 people still don’t have power.
One Kansas company, in Ellsworth, is helping out by making power poles.
For about three months, Maico employees in Ellsworth, Kansas have been busy at work.
“The shop’s been running basically 18 hours a day almost everyday,” said Jeff Landon, Pole Division Project Manager.
But the team says they don’t mind the long days or getting their hands dirty. They know their efforts are helping put the lights on in a place needing it most.
“There’s still like a third of Puerto Rico that still doesn’t have power from September and these guys have been have been knocking it out for three months now and take a lot of pride in what they do,” said Landon.
They are part of a FEMA project and will make a little more than 2,500 poles to help the electrical infrastructure there.
But why Maico? Well, it’s what makes the company unique.
“We have one of the largest press breaks in the United States,” said Landon.
Landon says most of their work is actually sent out of Kansas, like their steel beams that are now part of the New York Giants practice facility.
They’re a hard-working group that Landon says like to get the job done.
“Had guys building them and kicking them out the other end just as fast as the material was coming through the door,” added Landon.