Butler County Woman Killed In Crash On SE Bluestem Rd.

Butler County investigators say a woman was killed Monday morning when her vehicle went off SE Bluestem Road and landed in a creekbed. Sheriff Kelly Herzet says the woman had reportedly dropped off her daughter at a school in Leon. She struck a concrete bridge and went into the creek. The vehicle landed in about three feet of water and the 47 year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not yet been released.

Wichita Man On ATV Killed Along Local Bike Path

A WIchita man has been killed along a bike path. Wichita Police say 44 year-old Milo Bell was riding an ATV on the bike path near 17th and I-135 when he struck a tree branch. That caused the ATV to flip over and throw him off. The machine landed on top of Bell, killing him. Police noted that it is illegal to ride ATV’s on city bike paths.

KS Democrats Fight Over Allegations Of Conflict Of Interest

Kansas Democrats are locked in a heated battle over a top party official in a fight that is expected to come to a head when they gather in Wichita next week for an annual convention. The Wichita Eagle reports the rift is exposing divisions among Democrats as they prepare for elections next year. At issue is a recall petition for party secretary Casey Yingling over allegations of conflict of interest.

KS Prison Transfers Spike

Data from the Kansas Department of Corrections shows that the state has seen several spikes this year in the number of inmates transferred among its prisons. Officials are debating how much the movement of prisoners is fueling inmate unrest. The department attributes the increase in transfers to factors including staffing problems and an effort to even out the number of maximum-security inmates in the three largest prisons.

16 year-old Boy Arrested For Slew Of Robberies

A 16 year-old boy has been arrested for a string of robberies in West Wichita that included a Dollar General, Gordmans, Dollar Tree and Famous Footwear. At one of the robberies, the teen suspect fired shots at the employees and then fled on a BMX bike. Authorities are not releasing the name of the boy.

Shooting Near Lincoln & Oliver

Breaking news overnight in Southeast Wichita, where one person was critically injured in a shooting near Lincoln and Oliver. Police responded at about 1:00 this morning on East Bayley Street and found one person with a gunshot wound. There is no information on a possible suspect or arrest.

Man Charged With Arson For Setting Fire To House With 7 People Inside

A 38-year-old Wichita man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting fire to a house last year while seven people were inside. District Attorney Marc Bennett says Christopher Clark was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted last month of aggravated arson and arson. He says a security video showed Clark setting fire to a storage shed and window of a neighbor’s home in August 2016. The people inside the house escaped.

Wirths Charged With Shooting Tax Agent In Wichita

man accused of shooting a Kansas Department of Revenue agent has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. Ricky Wirths made his first appearance in court Thursday. He’s charged in Tuesday’s shooting of tax agent Cortney Holloway at a Wichita office. Revenue officials say Wirths owes almost $400,000 in taxes and the department was at Wirths’ home seizing several assets hours before the shooting. Holloway was involved in the investigation of Wirths.

Motorcycle Rider Injured In Riverside Crash

Wichita Police are investigating a serious motorcycle crash in the Riverside area. It happened just after 3pm Wednesday near McLean Boulevard and Minisa, just south of 13th Street. Officers believe the motorcycle rider was going north when he rear ended a pickup truck that was stopped to make a turn. The victim’s name was not released.

BCC Hit With Cyber Attack

First, Butler County government… and now Butler Community College. School officials in El Dorado say the school has been hit with a cyber attack. In a Facebook post Wednesday that the “distributed denial of service” attack brought down its system on Tuesday by overloading it with information. The school had been having off and on internet connectivity issues for several days. The social media post said that IT professionals were working round the clock to fix the issue. No sensitive information was compromised, the school says.