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The Maize High Eagles are coming off a 7-3 season in 2017. The defense will be experienced this fall, but the offense is young. The eagles only return two starters on offense.
Specifically on offense, the offensive line is a big question mark. Always tough for the Eagles to compete in the same league as Derby and Hutchinson. Watch the video above for more on Maize.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas has joined 13 other states in an interstate communications network that allows public safety agencies to communicate across jurisdictions during emergencies.
Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that the state has joined the First Responder Network Authority(FirstNet ) and AT&T, which will build the statewide broadband network.
Brownback said FirstNet would help in emergencies and natural disasters such as the tornadoes and ice storms.
He also pinpointed how this kind of technology would have helped while fighting the wildfires in Hutchinson, Clark County and Comanche County last spring.
“We had 400 thousand acres burn this year at one time in different places and we had firefighters from all over the state in there and lacked some of this ability to critically communicate,” said Gov. Brownback.
He said opting into the program allows the state to have the network without incurring any of the costs.
AT&T president Mike Scott said the company would build another 26 towers across the state and add capacity to its existing network towers.
FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said the federal government would contribute $7 billion to the project.
SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy goes far beyond the call of duty by helping a family in need.
Deputy Ben Romero was on another call when a couple of kids approached him and struck up a conversation. Romero continued in conversation with the kids’ parents and learned they recently lost their family home in a fire.
The family is searching for a new place to live.
Deputy Romero asked what he could do to help them out and he enlisted resources with His Helping Hands and the school the children are attending for supplies.
“He said hey get them there on Saturday and they’ll each get two bags of clothing and whatever school supplies we can get them and also set them up for future assistance, food,” said Deputy Romero. “And then also when they get their other place, furniture and hopefully some appliances.”
The family was thankful to have met Romero and said they appreciate all of his kindness.
“He’s a, like I said, an angel to us,” said Talisa Walker. “Basically to me because he came to us and he’s helping us the best way he can.”
Deputy Romero went to the store tonight to buy more school supplies for the kids. He plans on giving them to them tomorrow.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Kansas nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young girls needs more volunteers.
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls. The Kansas chapter, Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas, has helped educate and inspire thousands of children in Sedgwick County and Reno County since its founding in 2011.
“It’s geared for girls 3rd through 5th grade and they are just working for a life-long appreciation of being physically fit and emotionally fit,” said Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas Program Manager Kari Scheer.
Scheer, a former teacher and mom of four, said she immediately noticed a difference in her youngest girl, Olivia, when she participated in Girls on the Run in 2016.
“It was just a proud moment for me because I saw her confidence growing. I saw things changing within herself and that’s what this is all about, just becoming the best you can be,” Scheer said.
KSN asked Sheer’s daughter Olivia, 9, what she learned during Girls on the Run.
“Just how to be encouraging and kind to others and to stand up for yourself,” said Olivia.
Scheer said about 700 girls are expected to participate in the Girls on the Run 2017 fall season. However, Scheer said all of the girls may not get the opportunity to participate in the program because of a lack of coaches.
“If we don’t fill the sites with coaches, then we are unable to have a site for that season,” Scheer said.
Right now, Girls on the Run still needs between 10 to 15 coaches to make sure each of the program’s sites, most of them elementary schools, has an adequate number of coaches to girls ratio.
“It is hard to say because we really want these programs. A lot of these schools need this program and want them to be able to succeed,” Scheer said.
Scheer said coaches meet with the girls twice a week for about 90 minutes. She added coaches do not have to be expert runners.
“You don’t have to be out there running every single morning to be a coach. We just need people that want to make a positive impact in the lives of these girls,” she said.
At the end of the 10-week program, the girls participate in a 5K run. Scheer said watching the girls cross the finish line is extremely rewarding.
“The proudest, most amazing experience you could ever imagine,” Scheer said. “I don’t think I have ever made it through a race without crying.”
Click here for more information about becoming a coach or email Scheer at email@example.com.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNT) – A former mayor of Lawrence was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in federal prison for embezzling thousands of dollars from a food bank in Douglas County.
According to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall Jeremy James Farmer, 33, of Lawrence, was ordered to pay $81,446 in restitution.
Farmer pleaded guilty in September 2016 to one count of interstate transportation of stolen funds. He admitted the crimes took place while he was executive director of Just Food, a food bank in Douglas County. Just Food serves more than 40 partner agencies with frozen meat and fresh produce as well as bread and food donated from community drives. The organization and its partners play a key role in fighting hunger in Douglas County.
From 2013 until Farmer resigned from Just Food and from his position as mayor of Lawrence in August 2015 he used his access to Just Foods’ bank accounts and accounting systems to steal more than $5,000 from the organization.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department is looking for a suspect who robbed a Family Dollar store in Wichita Saturday.
The robbery happened at the Family Dollar store in the 900 block of S Woodlawn.
According to authorities, the suspect threw a liquid in the clerk’s face, brandished a knife, and took money before fleeing.
If you have any information on the individual in the photographs please call Crime Stoppers at 316-237-2111. The case number for this case is 17C055302.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A woman who lives in a town outside Wichita struck and killed a deer on Sunday east of Augusta, then wound up driving with it on the hood of her car into Wichita.
Wichita firefighter Scott Lassley was driving home after his shift in far east Wichita about 7:15 a.m. said he first encountered the woman on I-135 highway where she was driving about 45 mph with her flashers on. He said when he pulled around the woman to pass her he noticed she had a deer on her hood and that her windshield was shattered.
Lassley said he followed the woman on a circuitous route to I-235 and tried several times to get her to pull over. It wasn’t until she finally exited I-235 and drove into a neighborhood near 31st Street North and Amidon that he was able to talk with her.
The woman, who Lassley said was 67 years old, told him she was on her cell phone most of the time talking to a family member who was giving her directions to that person’s home. The woman told Lassley she was unfamiliar with the Wichita area.
He said it appeared the woman was more concerned with getting a family member to help her and give her directions and did not know why she did not call 911.
Lassley said he called 911 to ask officers to assist in the matter, and they showed up about 20 minutes after the woman finally stopped.
The woman did not appear to have been injured in the incident.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s the event of the century ,and you won’t want to miss it.
But it looks like many may miss the solar eclipse on August 21 because safe solar glasses are nearly out of stock in Wichita.
“I sold out of those this morning. I sold out about 30 in two minutes,” says Travis Hettenbach, owner of Kays-This-N-That.
He says it’s been crazy. Customers have been calling to see if they have any glasses left. They have even called and showed up in person.
“Well, I had seen them weeks ago, and I should have gotten them and then this week thought I could just go out and get them and then realized I had messed up by not getting them earlier,” says Helen Stitt.
KSN decided to see which stores were selling the glasses.
Remember they need to be safety certified ISO glasses. They are the only safe way to look at the eclipse
We could not find any stores in Wichita that had them in stock on Tuesday.
The Science and Education Store has sold 4,500 pairs. 300 alone on Monday morning. Now, all they have are empty boxes.
But what about buying online?
“I am fearful of the safety of them so I did not do that,” says Stitt.
But Hill Harrington took the risk.
“We ordered solar eclipse glasses form Amazon about a month ago, trying to be ahead of the game, and we just got notified a couple of days ago that the glasses they sold us are not certified for safe use with the eclipse,” says Harrington.
He says he at least got his money back. But he, and many others, have been scrambling ever since to get their hands on these elusive glasses.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, once every 99 years, doing anything I can for my wife, and my kids and my grandkids to experience this,” says Harrington.
If you go to the KSN Facebook page we have a post for people to add stores that do have the glasses in stock in Wichita. If you know of any places add the store name and share the post so others can still get the glasses.
Too late to get your hands on some eclipse glasses? NASA might have your solution!
EL DORADO, Kan. (KSNW) – The recent news from El Dorado correctional facility has raised some eye brows. The lockdown that resulted in a stabbing last month gave those on the outside an idea of the things that can happen in a prison.
Now, while it’s understood that it is prison and it’s not supposed to be pretty, the inmates in the facility say the recent unrest has been caused by a transfer from the Lansing prison.
KSN spoke to two inmates that were present at the lockdown and are still currently in the El Dorado Correctional Facility. This is the first time that any inmate has spoken about the state of the prison.
“When they closed Lansing down and moved their inmates up here, the staff wasn’t ready for a move like that,” said Elmer Hildabrandt, an inmate at the facility. “The inmates that were at Lansing controlled that prison; they basically ran the prison the way that they saw fit so when they got here it caused a lot of problems.”
Hildabrandt said the current inmates are now on high alert adding that many of them are in fear for their lives.
“You really just have to watch what you do around here,” said Hildabrandt. “Change like this is never good.”
Words like this have been unsettling for loved ones, some who say they would rather their loved one be transferred to a different facility.
“I worry about the violence that’s going on and the under-staffing – it’s not fair to the inmates or the staff,” said an inmate visitor. “El Dorado is just totally out of control.”
KSN spoke with a representative from the Kansas Department of Corrections who says staffing issues are not new for them, adding that the El Dorado Correctional Facility has a 46 percent turnover rate. This means they lose nearly half of the staff hired, every year.
“When you’re moving inmates around there’s different security procedures that they followed at El Dorado that they didn’t follow at other facilities and that break in the routine contributed to some of the unrest,” explained Samir Arif, a KDOC representative.
This Thursday the governor will be in El Dorado to make an announcement regarding the KDOC. KSN will be there to ask questions about the conditions inside, staffing concerns from corrections officers and how the state is responding.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Over the weekend, the Kansas Department for Children and Families put on its Facebook site that anyone with a report of child abuse or neglect would have to call the agency because some computer systems with the State of Kansas were down for maintenance.
Concerned citizens are asking if that could cause a case backlog.
“That’s my concern,” says Robert Choromanski, Director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees. “As the executive director in charge of representing state employees, I do have some concerns about the fact that some of these reports regarding child abuse and child neglect may not be handled expeditiously or on time as they normally would be if the computers were up and running.”
Theresa Freed, a spokeswoman for the Department for Children and Families, says there will be no issues.
“First of all, if there is an emergency, then people need to contact 911. The Kansas Protection Report Center is not a first-responder service,” says Freed. “The outage that happened yesterday is not a DCF issue, it was an issue for the State of Kansas office of information technology services. They were doing some regular maintenance on systems and it affected more than just DCF. But that outage was resolved last night so all of our systems are back online.”
Freed says the cases will not create a backlog.
Choromanski says his agency, KOSE, will be watching the switch DCF makes from an older system to a newer one, later in the month.
“Keep in mind, there will be more computer changes,” says Choromanski, “I’m more afraid that what happens is that when it goes down again August 21st for up to a week, it can take up to three weeks, possibly. The administration says it’s going to take one week for all this migrating (data) to happen.”
Freed confirms it will be one week for the next transition to occur. And, she says, the issue with some computer systems being down over the weekend was anticipated.
“We still had full staff here during the outage so we were able to process cases, so the only thing they couldn’t do was actually input data into the computer 246 which is something that is a very quick process,” says Freed. “So they were still able to review applications and verify income and family composition and that sort of stuff, which is the bulk of the work.”
NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – A KDOT worker is in critical condition after being struck by a van in Harvey County Tuesday morning.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before noon along southbound I-135 in Newton just south of Broadway.
Nathan Talcott, 42, of Halstead, was outside of his legally parked working vehicle when he was struck by the van. Talcott was taken to St. Francis Hospital with critical injuries.
The crash is still under investigation.
DODGE CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The program protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation and allows them to work and study in the United States.
Instead of celebrating, many of DACA’s recipients rallied outside the White House today, asking President Trump to keep the Obama-era program alive.
The Texas Attorney General has sent the White House a letter, asking the president to end the program by September 5 or face a court battle. The letter is signed by nine states, it argues that the program is too burdensome because it requires states to issue driver’s licenses to DACA recipients.
One of the mayors speaking out in support of DACA is from Kansas.
Dodge City Mayor Rick Sowers joined more than 100 local officials across the country and signed a letter to the president urging him to continue DACA. In the letter, Sowers stressed the positive impact immigrants have on the local economy and pushed for a permanent solution for young immigrants.
Ernestor De La Rosa is a DACA recipient who is keeping a close eye on the president’s decision.
“I’m hopeful,” said De La Rosa. “Obviously I don’t like my fears to take over.”
De La Rosa’s parents brought him to the United States as a child.
“To me, you didn’t really think about being undocumented or as a DREAMer during school,” explained De La Rosa.
That mindset changed when he graduated from Fort Hays State University and wanted to go to law school.
“When you are confronted with not being able to seek financial aid, grants or any other financial support, that’s when it hits you,” added De La Rosa.
De La Rosa received some community scholarships and also had to pay out-of-pocket. Now, he has a master’s degree from Wichita State University and gives back to his community – working for the city manager in Dodge City.
The 2012 DACA program gave him hope and helped further his career.
“It was more of a blessing than it was some sort of fear of coming out,” he explained.
Whatever happens, De La Rosa remains optimistic.
“Whether I’m deported or not, obviously there are options.” said De La Rosa. “I can take my education someplace else.”
NEW YORK (AP) — A combative President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them.
The president’s comments effectively wiped away the more conventional statement he delivered at the White House one day earlier when he branded members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as “criminals and thugs.” Trump’s advisers had hoped those remarks might quell a crush of criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.
The president’s retorts Tuesday suggested he had been a reluctant participant in that cleanup effort. During an impromptu press conference in the lobby of his Manhattan skyscraper, he praised his original response to Charlottesville and angrily blamed liberal groups in addition to white supremacist for the violence. Some of those protesting the rally to save a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee were “also very violent,” he said.
“There are two sides to a story,” he said. He added that some facts about the violence still aren’t known.
His remarks were welcomed by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who tweeted: “Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth.”
Democrats were aghast at Trump’s comments. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, said on Twitter that he no longer views Trump as his president.
“As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment,” Schatz said. “This is not my president.”
As Trump talked, his aides on the sidelines of the lobby stood in silence. Chief of staff John Kelly crossed his arms and stared down at his shoes, barely glancing at the president. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders looked around the room trying to make eye contact with other senior aides. One young staffer stood with her mouth agape.
When asked to explain his Saturday comments about Charlottesville, Trump looked down at his notes and again read a section of his initial statement that denounced bigotry but did not single out white supremacists. He then tucked the paper back into his jacket pocket.
Violence broke out Saturday in Charlottesville, a picturesque college town, after a loosely connected mix of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists assembled for the largest gathering of its kind in a decade. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a man plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Trump, who has quickly deemed other deadly incidents in the U.S. and around the world acts of terrorism, waffled when asked whether the car death was a terrorist attack.
“There is a question. Is it murder? Is it terrorism?” Trump said. “And then you get into legal semantics. The driver of the car is a murderer and what he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing.”
Trump said he had yet to call Heyer’s mother, said that he would soon “reach out.” He praised her for what he said was a nice statement about him on social media.
As Trump finally walked away from his lectern, he stopped to answer one more shouted question: Would be plan to visit Charlottesville? The president’s response was to note that he owned property there and to say it was one of the largest wineries in the United States.
Pace reported from Washington.
STAFFORD COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – A Stafford County commissioner was found dead underneath a mower.
According to the sheriff’s office, Stafford County Fire and EMS were dispatched to 341 NW 50th Ave around 10:47 a.m. Monday.
When they arrived, they located a mower upside down in the pond. They found 42-year-old Shane L. Stimatze underneath. He was transported to Minnis Chapel in St. John. The death is under investigation by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
Stimatze had just started his second term as county commissioner.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita State University will hold several solar eclipse parties.
Ablah Library invites students, faculty and staff to come to the foyer between 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, to watch a live streaming eclipse megacast hosted by NASA. “Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA”. It will follow the eclipse as it travels across the United States coast-to-coast from 12 ground locations, airplanes, telescopes, high-altitude balloons, spacecraft and social media. The library will provide free solar eclipse viewing glasses for the first 100 people. There will also be materials for you to make your own pinhole eclipse viewer. The maximum darkness in Wichita will occur at 1:04 p.m.
The College of Education invites students, faculty and staff to a solar eclipse watch party from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, on the Corbin patio. Don’t miss this historical event! Special viewing glasses will be available while supplies last. Enjoy ice cream sundaes, live music and prizes.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Prominent Democrat and former state lawmaker Paul Davis has kicked off his campaign for the 2nd District of eastern Kansas.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Davis told a rally in Topeka on Tuesday morning that the political system is “fundamentally broken.” He blamed “unprecedented, unchecked, obscene amounts of money” in government and elections.
Davis was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2014, giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a tougher-than-expected re-election challenge. Davis is a Lawrence attorney and former Kansas House minority leader.
The 2nd District seat will be open because Republican incumbent Lynn Jenkins does not plan to seek re-election.
He’s expected to face Neosho County resident Kelly Standley in the Democratic primary. State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, of Leavenworth, and Basehor City Councilman Vernon Fields are seeking the GOP nomination.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Mulvane police and agents from the Kansas Department of Revenue executed tax warrants and seized the assets of Choatic Customs LLC in Mulvane at 246 Industrial Dr. for nonpayment of Kansas Retail Sales Tax and Kansas Withholding Tax totaling $105,848.05.
The warrants were filed in Sumner County District Court and Sedgwick County District Court early Tuesday. The assets of Chris Carlson and Karma Carlson were seized.
The types of assets seized include all known bank accounts, on-site cash, business inventory, as well as personal property belonging to the owner. The business was sealed closed 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 revenue department’s policy and practice is to work with taxpayers in delinquent status to voluntarily enter into repayment agreements. It is only after these efforts and multiple failed collection attempts that the department is forced to execute a tax warrant, utilizing such actions as bank levies, till taps, and ultimately asset seizure to ensure compliance with the law.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawsuit claims a suburban Philadelphia woman got an extra topping on her Chick-fil-A sandwich: a dead rodent.
Ellen Manfalouti sued in Bucks County Court over the tiny rodent she claims was baked into the bottom bun of her chicken sandwich.
A co-worker picked up the sandwich for her at a Langhorne restaurant in November, and the two started to eat in a conference room at the insurance agency where they work.
“I felt something funny on the bottom of the bun,” Manfalouti told The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2vDnJvu) on Monday. “I turned it over. I said to (my co-worker), ‘They burned my roll really bad.'”
Her co-worker, Cara Phelan, said that as soon as Manfalouti threw the sandwich on the table, “I realized it was a small rodent of some sort. I could see the whiskers and the tail.”
Manfalouti’s lawyer Bill Davis told the newspaper that he filed the lawsuit last week against Chick-fil-A franchise owner Dave Heffernan and the store after they weren’t responsive to complaints.
Heffernan and the Atlanta-based fast-food chain said they can’t comment on litigation.
Manfalouti is seeking more than $50,000 for physical and psychological damages.
She told the newspaper she was treated at a hospital for nausea, had to see a therapist for anxiety and could hardly eat for weeks.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A huge oak tree crashed down on a popular religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira Tuesday, killing 13 people and injuring 49 others, officials said.
The tree fell while a large crowd was gathered near the island’s capital of Funchal as part of the Nossa Senhora do Monte festival. It’s Madeira’s biggest annual festivity and was being held Monday and Tuesday, drawing large crowds to a church on Funchal’s outskirts.
The tree was a towering oak, which local media reports said was more than 200 years old. Regional authorities say they are investigating what caused it to come down.
Regional health chief Pedro Ramos said seven people had serious injuries. Of the fatalities, 10 people died at the site of the accident. A child died en route to a local hospital, where a woman later died. It was not clear where the last victim died.
RTP public television showed images of emergency workers gathered under a group of tall trees on the Atlantic island. Ambulances were shown pulling away from the site while workers wielding chain saws cut away limbs from an enormous tree on the ground.
More televised images showed some people attending to the injured. Others appeared visibly shaken.
Miguel Albuquerque, the head of the regional government of Madeira, declared three days of mourning for the victims.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa shared his condolences on his Twitter account.
“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims,” he said.
Costa said the central government made contact with local authorities on the island to offer support.
“The government has provided medical support given the high number of victims,” he said.
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa traveled to the island and visited the site of the accident.
Before arriving, he said in a statement that he wanted “to learn more about what has happened, and, of course, to bring words of encouragement and comfort to those who have lost their loved ones.”
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Police said a 52-year-old Wichita man has died after being struck by a vehicle on westbound Kellogg. It happened around 9 p.m. Saturday near the Meridian Street exit.
The man, identified as Timothy Shank, was transported to the hospital in critical condition. On Tuesday, officer Charley Davidson said Shank died as the result of his injuries.
Westbound Kellogg was shut down for several hours Saturday night as crews investigated.