Human remains found in a field in Southeast Wichita may be that of a man missing since 2015. Wichita Police say they believe the body found in a field near the Spirit Aerosystems Plant is that of John Wilson, who was last seen in December of 2015. The 64 year-old man left a gas station in south Wichita. Police say he was seen on the station’s surveillance camera walking south on Oliver near George Washington Boulevard. Wilson’s family had said the man had a few medical issues which often caused confusion. An autopsy is scheduled for today to confirm the identity.
The Wichita Fire Department is still trying to figure out what caused a house fire that killed one person. 58 year-old Martin Ornelas died at a hospital yesterday of injuries sustained in the fire that was reported late Sunday night in the 2400 block of North Poplar.
Kansas lawmakers have voted to expand the state’s Medicaid health care program to more low-income individuals. The bill passed 25-13 in a first-round Senate vote Monday. It will see a final vote Tuesday. If approved, it would then go to conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
Breaking news overnight. Wichita Firefighters are in the area of 23rd Street North and Poplar, where a house caught fire late Sunday. 911 callers told dispatchers they thought a man may have been trapped inside. When firefighters arrived, the broke in and found a male victim in the front part of the home. That man was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown. There’s no word on the cause of the fire.
A Wichita man has died after a crash in East Wichita. 61 year-old Tom Freeman died Saturday after the crash near Central and Edgemoor. Family members say Freeman had been taking medication due to a shoulder injury that may have played a role in the crash. No other injuries were reported from the incident.
Truckers and farmers in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula plan to haul hay to help victims of a Kansas wildfire, which has burned more than 1,000 square miles (2,590 square kilometers). Marty Dehaan of Mass City tells The Daily Mining Gazette (http://bit.ly/2nNotNb ) that many ranchers in southern Kansas “have lost everything.” Round bales of hay weigh 900 pounds (408 kilograms) or more. The hay will be hauled more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) to Kansas next Friday.
The Wichita Police Department is now planning a memorial service for one of the department’s K9 units that was killed in the line of duty. Rooster, a Begian Malinois, was killed when a suspect shot him during a confrontation at a trailer park. WPD Sergeant Nikki Woodrow says there has been an overwhelming response from the public over Rooster’s death. A memorial service is now planned for this Friday, the 31st, at Century II Exhibition Hall. Police dog handlers from across the state are coming.
There’s lots of chatter across Wichita about the Shockers potentially leaving the Missouri Valley Conference. Many Shocker fans feel slighted again by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, feeling they deserved a higher bracket seeding for the last several years. Yesterday, ESPN’s Andy Katz reported that WSU administration IS contemplating a move to the American Athletic Conference. Katz didn’t name his source, only saying the source has “direct knowledge” or the situation. The AAC has 11 universities, including Connecticut, Central Florida, Cincinatti, the University of Houston, Tulane, and Tulsa.
Kansas legislators are moving closer to approving an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program to thousands of non-disabled adults even though the action could prove largely symbolic. A state Senate committee backed a bill Thursday that would expand Medicaid health insurance coverage to as many as 180,000 adults, most now without insurance. But Republican Gov. Sam Brownback opposes such an expansion and a GOP proposal in Congress would block it.
A Harvey County judge is barring the public from seeing details on why authorities arrested two people for a triple murder. Jereme Nelson and Myrta Rangel are being held for three counts of capital murder in the October killings of Angela Graves, Travis Street, and Richard Prouty. Judge Joe Dickinson ordered the probable cause affidavit sealed this week, but we do know that the Harvey County Attorney will seek the death penalty. Judge Dickinson mentioned that he sealed the documents because of concerns publicity could jeopardize trying the case in court, as well as the potential for endangering the lives of anyone involved in the case, including the victim’s families. Rangel is due in court April 6th. Nelson has a motions hearing on April 18th.