A bit of a surprise revelation from one Sedgwick County Commissioner yesterday, who says he believes Sedgwick County should allow the use of e-cigarettes inside county buildings. Jim Howell says the county needs to specify in the smoking ordinance that e-cigs are ok. Right now, the smoking ban involves lit tobacco products. Howell says he has heard of legitimate studies that show no evidence that vaping mist is harmful to human health.
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A second person has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 66-year-old woman in Wichita. Twenty-two-year-old Brittany McDay is jailed on $250,000 bond on a charge of first-degree murder and several other crimes in the death of Jacquelyn Harvey. During a court appearance yesterday, McDay told a judge she’s unemployed. A second person, 21-year-old Jacob Strouse, was charged last week with several charges in Harvey’s death.
A crash near Belle Plaine injured two local teachers and a para educator. Deputies say two of the victims suffered critical injuries. It happened at about 4:00 p.m. on North Hoover Road at 90th Avenue, which is just west of Belle Plaine. A 2007 Chevy truck was westbound when the driver lost control and struck a concrete barrier. Superintendent Rose Kane says the school will have crisis counselors on hand today at the South Central Kansas Education Center in Clearwater.
A working group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts has issued guidance to state regulators for handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal of fracking wastewater. The StatesFirst initiative’s report was released today. It represents perhaps the most candid discussion on the topic since tremors across the mid-continent were first linked to fracking-related activity around 2009.
Wichita Police have arrested a 58 year-old man for torturing a teenager with a battery charger. The 15 year-old boy’s father called police yesterday after he heard the man tied up his son and pointed a gun at him. The boy also said Robert McDowell repeatedly shocked him with a battery charger after he encountered the man in the area near Douglas and Grove.
There’s a fight looming between Maize Schools and the city of Wichita and one of it’s developers. The developer wants to close two entrances on the Maize South campus for up to eight weeks. Superintendent Chad Higgins sent a letter to parents in the district notifying them that the district had filed a temporary restraining order against the city of Wichita to stop the closure. Construction was scheduled to begin this week.
Kansas State University officials are attributing the school’s first enrollment decline in nine years to tougher admission standards. The Kansas Board of Regents reports enrollment at Kansas State fell by 620 students, or 2.5 percent. Dean of students Pat Bosco says the school has weathered the transition from being a virtual open admissions school to one that intentionally prioritizes student success.
Kansas education officials say the state’s public school system might need a complete overhaul to meet the demands of the future workplace. Education Commissioner Randy Watson says that could include changes in school culture, new roles for counselors and getting students more real-life work experience. Watson spoke on Friday to a group of about 100 educators in Wichita.
An inmate has been airlifted to a Wichita hospital after being beaten by two other inmates. Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson says 30-year-old Darrell Beachy was beaten in his pod at the Reno County Correctional Facility on Saturday night. Henderson says brothers Antoine and William Alexander face charges of aggravated battery.
Wichita Police are trying to figure out why a young boy tried to rob a local Quiktrip early Sunday. The boy walked into the Quiktrip at Lincoln and Hydraulic and pulled a paint scraper out of his pocket and announced to the clerk that he was robbing the store. The clerk estimated the boy to be between 10 and 12 years-old and said he wanted cigarettes. The clerk asked him for his ID and the boy reportedly stated quote “I don’t need an ID because this is a robbery.” So the clerk then stared the boy down, and he turned around and left. The boy has not been caught.