Archives for August 2015

Wichitans Can Talk With Police Chief Candidates Tonight

If you’re interested in who gets the pick for Wichita’s new police chief, you should attend a public hearing tonight. The city is giving residents a chance to talk with the final two candidates to replace retired police chief Norman Williams. The first candidate is former deputy chief Terry Moses, who spent more than 30 years on the force before resigning to accept a job leading the Wichita Public Schools Safety Department. The second finalist is Allentown, PA, Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald. The meeting tonight is at Century II beginning at 6:30.

Blood Drive For Victim Of Derby Shooting

The Haysville Community Library hosted a blood drive Saturday to support for the woman who was shot during a robbery at a Derby phone store. Julie Dombo is still recovering from her injuries at a local hospital. Another blood drive is planned for Monday, Labor Day at the Haysville Middle School from 1-to-5 pm.

Would-Be Airport Bomber To Be Sentenced Today

A Kansas man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at the Wichita airport will soon face his sentencing. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot is scheduled to sentence Terry Loewen on Monday. The 60-year-old man pleaded guilty in June to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Wyatt Earp Reenactor Has Equipment Stolen

A Wyatt Earp re-enactor is missing guns and ammunition after a thief broke into his car. The theft happened Saturday night after the re-enactor spent the day portraying the frontier lawman at a Wichita history museum. The Wichita Eagle reports that while he was inside a restaurant, the back window of his car was smashed.

KU Reaches Settlement Over Release Of Documents Involving Kochs

The University of Kansas says it’s reached a settlement agreement over the release of documents to a student group looking for ties between an economic research center and Charles and David Koch. Art Hall, a lecturer and executive director of the Center for Applied Economics in the University of Kansas School of Business, sued the university to prevent the release of emails, correspondence and notes to Students for a Sustainable Future.

Child Welfare Law Might Conflict With Federal Law

A child advocacy group’s leader says parts of a new Kansas welfare law appear to conflict with federal child care policies, potentially jeopardizing more than $40 million a year in federal funds. Kansas Action for Children CEO Shannon Cotsoradis raised additional issues Thursday about the welfare law approved by legislators this year.

Airport Auction Could Net City $83K

Wichita officials say an auction of items from the city’s old Mid-Continent Airport terminal is expected to net about $83,000. The Wichita Eagle reports people bid on everything from bathroom signs to the lobby bar during the auction Tuesday.

Police Chase In Pratt County Overnight

Comotion in Pratt County overnight, as a 22 year-old man is arrested after a police chase. Sheriff Vernon Chinn says a deputy tried to stop a car on Lake Road west of SE 25th Avenue at about 1 this morning. The man didn’t stop, but he was eventually captured near SE 50th and SE 70th Avenue.

KS Aviation Museum To Host 25th Anniversary

The Kansas Aviation Museum is set to host an open house to celebrate its 25th anniversary in Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports the museum, which is housed in the former terminal for the Wichita Municipal Airport, will have an open house Thursday. There will be a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at the event, which is open to the public.

Lawsuit Against Kobach Will COntinue

A Kansas judge is allowing two voters to continue pursuing a lawsuit challenging how Secretary of State Kris Kobach is enforcing a proof of citizenship requirement for registering. Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis (Tice) also suggested in an order that Kobach exceeded his authority in declaring that voters who use a federal form to register can cast ballots only in federal races. The federal form does not require proof of citizenship.