Archives for April 2016

Lots of Rain

Wichita officials are saying that heavy rains are to blame for temporarily overwhelming the city’s storm drainage system. It looks like some parts of the Wichita area received more than four inches of rain in a short amount of time on Tuesday night. High water caused problems at the normal trouble spots including 31st Street South and Pawnee, Pawnee and Meridian and First and Bleckley. Local officials hope that heavy rains will cause less problems once a project to improve storm water drainage along South Meridian is finished this summer.

Deadly shooting

Salina police are investigating a deadly shooting. It’s being reported that one person was found shot to death about Tuesday at the Starlite Motel on East Pacific. After the shooting, a possible gunman was seen leaving the area and nearly schools were locked down as a precaution. Police later took two men into custody, including the alleged suspect, after he fled the scene.

Kansas withdrawing from program

Kansas is withdrawing from the federal government’s refugee relocation program. Governor Sam Brownback announced that he made the move to pull the state out the program because of safety concerns. Kansas is the first state to withdraw from the program and a spokesperson for the governor says that Brownback made several attempts since last November to work with the federal government about security concerns, but he could not get adequate assurances about the refugee vetting process.

Liberty Sculpture returns

After nearly a three-year restoration in Missouri, the 19-foot sculpture has returned to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial on the south side of the Historic County Courthouse lawn. She returned much the same way she left – on her back, in a trailer. Liberty was hoisted in place yesterday afternoon by a crane.
The 103-year-old sculpture was restored for $32,880. Liberty had some structural issues and was coming apart at the seams near her feet. The restoration work was done by Russell-Marti Conservation Services Inc. in California, Mo.

Sugarcane

They’re tiny. They’re destructive. And they could be on the way to the Sunflower State again. Farmers are trying to get ready for the sugarcane aphid and the damage it can cause. It’s a pest that, as you’d expect from the name, plagued sugarcane farmers for years, mainly in the South. Recently, the aphids have developed a liking for grain sorghum. Kansas is the nation’s biggest grain sorghum producer. Kansas State Entomologist Brian McCornack says grain sorghum producers need to work together to slow the potential spread of sugarcane aphids this growing season.

OSHA

A federal safety agency has cited the employer of a southeast Kansas man killed in a workplace accident with multiple violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking $59,000 in fines from Viking Blast & Wash Systems. The industrial cleaning equipment manufacturer is located in Rose Hill. OSHA said in a news release that safety guards may have prevented a metal bar from striking and killing a lathe operator in January. OSHA regional director Judy Freeman says the man’s life “might have been saved if the lathe had been equipped with required safety mechanisms.”

Pullman charged in murder

A Wichita man has been charged in connection to last week’s homicide in west Wichita. Jacob Pulliam, 22, was charged yesterday with second-degree murder and possession of marijuana or paraphernalia. His bond was set at $100,000. On the morning of Friday, April 22, officers were called to a shooting at Glenn and McCormick where Mekko Stumblingbear, 19, was found dead.

Rope Tornado

The National Weather Service says a small rope tornado touched down yesterday. No injuries were reported. The tornado was seen about 4 miles southwest of Mayfield in Sumner County. Hail ranging from quarter-sized to golf-ball sized was reported across the region and in several areas around Wichita.

Flooding

A flood warning was issued for Sedgwick County last night. Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain persist across the warned area. Nearly three inches of rain has already been measured in southwest Wichita. There were many rescues taking place in south wichita as mutliple vehicles were getting stuck in high waters near South Meridian and Esthner Streets. Please turn around, don’t drown.

Infant death due to co sleeping

Wichita police are investigating after an infant died due to co-sleeping. Authorities say that a 20-year-old woman was sleeping with her five-month-old son on Saturday afternoon when the infant died. Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network officials tell KAKE that the practice of co-sleeping is unsafe and in most deadly cases, an adult rolls onto the baby and suffocates them. Police say that there were seven co-sleeping deaths in the city in 2015.