Derby firefighters were busy last night after a fire in the 1300 block of Blue Spruce Road. Nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Four more teenagers accused of conspiring to carry out a shooting at Hutchinson High School have been sentenced to probation. The teens were sentenced after each pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony criminal threat. The judge also ordered the four to write a letter of apology to Hutchinson High School.
We’re following breaking news this morning out of New York City. Former Wichita State basketball star and current New York Knicks guard Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg overnight shortly after leaving a Queens strip club. TMZ is reporting that Early had left the strip club in an Uber car when the incident happened. The robbers made off with a gold necklace and two gold caps from Early’s teeth. Early is in his second season with the Knicks.
Wichita city officials are putting out a warning about shooting off fireworks for New Year’s Eve. The city says it is illegal to shoot fireworks outside of the 10 days surrounding the Fourth of July.
Wichita Police are still looking for as many as two suspects after several robberies were reported at local apartment complexes. The first happened at Sundance Apartment south of 21st and Rock as a woman was getting out of her car. Another woman reported she was held up at the Claremont Apartments in the 9100 block of East Harry. In that case, the suspects got into the woman’s vehicle and ordered her to drive to an ATM to withdraw money. She was able to escape and hit her panic button, which scared the robbers away.
Authorities have recovered the body of a missing Kansas man from the Spring River in southwest Missouri. Thirty-year-old Christopher Foreman of Erie is counted among the 13 people who’ve died in Missouri flooding since the weekend. Nearly all of them were in vehicles that drove into water covering roads.
Wichita businessman Henry Helgerson will return to the statehouse in Topeka. Helgerson was elected last night by the Democrat committe to replace Carolyn Bridges, who resigned last week. Bridges, a former school principal, said she was fed up with nothing important getting done in Topeka regarding school funding. Meanwhile, Helgerson defeated Chris Pumpelly by a vote of 4-to-2 in the committee.
Wichita firefighters have been on scene in the 1700 block of East Park Street after a fire this morning. A 59 year-old man was rescued by firefighters from inside the burning home after a neighbor called 911 saying he could see smoke pouring out of the house. Flames were stopped in the living room. Firefighters say the home did have a smoke detector, but it was not working properly.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s not second-guessing a new state law that would require the state’s college campuses to allow concealed weapons. The Republican says the law is in accordance with the Constitution’s Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. In 2013, Kansas lawmakers passed and Brownback signed a bill mandating that concealed weapons be allowed in nearly all public buildings unless adequate security is in place to prevent anyone from bringing in a weapon. Public colleges and universities were given until 2017 to come into compliance with that law.
The police chief in Derby says his department will outfit its four school resource officers with body cameras as part of a pilot project. Derby Police Chief Robert Lee says the department will spend about $7,400 on the cameras, and he anticipates the school resource officers will be equipped by March. The pilot project is expected to last a year.