Archives for August 2016

New Child Advocacy Center Opens In Wichita

The new Child Advocacy Center is open in Wichita. Tuesday’s ribbon cutting culminated in about a decade of work. CAC helps thousands of children every year who have been abused or are otherwise having rough times. A spokesperson says about 70 percent of the center’s cases involve child sexual abuse.

Flooding Problems Reported In S. Central Kansas

New flooding problems in Butler Countyo n Tuesday, as storms pound the region with heavy rain again. Just under two inches of rain fell in El Dorado in a little under two hours, causing flooding at the dorms at Butler Community College. The campus gymnasium was also flooded. In Greenwood County, a section of K-99 was closed because of flooding east of Eureka.

State Reports New Zika Virus Cases

Kansas health officials are confirming new cases of Zika virus in the Sunflower State. The Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment says the total number of Zika cases statewide is now 16. All of these cases are travel-related. None of the patients were infected locally. In South Central Kansas, there have been three cases reported.

Derby Cops Go Undercover To Catch Drivers Texting

Derby Police are trying a new tactic to stop people from texting while driving. Police CHief Robert Lee says car crashes in Derby are up 20 percent so far this year, compared to this time last year. Lee says he’s fairly certain that the cause of the increase is drivers texting. Derby Police are now using plain clothed officers at busy intersections. When they spot a driver texting, the undercover officer radios to a marked unit. If you get caught, the fine is 138 dollars.

Fmr. K-State Quarterback Implicated In Louisiana Murder Case

A former Kansas State football quarterback is now in jail, arrested in a murder case. 23 year-old Daniel Sams was arrested after a home invasion on August 12th in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Jail records indicate Sams is not the actual killer, but he is charged with being an accessory after the fact, attempted first degree murder, second degree murder and armed robbery. Sams was a quarterback at K-State in 2013 and led the Wildcats with 11 rushing touchdowns, while throwing for four more. Coach Bill SNyder moved him to wide receiver in 2014, but then Sams asked to be transferred to McNeese State.

Wichita Parade Honors Olympian Nico Hernandez

Hundreds of people turned out in Wichita to honor native son Nico Hernandez for winning a bronze medal in the summer Olympics. The city threw a parade and several speakers praised his character and work ethic at an event at North High School. Then, he received a key to the city and a surprise offer of a full-ride scholarship to Wichita State University.

KS Launches Offender Tracking Database

Kansas is launching a centralized computer system that will give victims of crime the ability to track offenders being held in county correctional facilities. The Kansas Victim Information and Notification Everyday, or VINE, system, is a telephone and web-based system that is a free and anonymous way for people to track the status of their offenders. People can register to receive automatic notifications about their offender’s status, including in which facilities they’re being held and their scheduled date of release.

Illegal Gambling Machines Seized

Wichita Police say they’ve seized dozens of illegal gambling machines from local businesses. Local police, along with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission conducted search warrants at three different business this week. The sites were at Pawnee and Seneca, 800 West Maple, and 800 South Oliver. No arrests had been made, but police ask anyone that knows of a business being operated as a front for illegal gambling to call CrimeStoppers at 267-2111.

Wichita Man Charged With Kidnapping Girl In St. Louis

A Kansas man has been charged with kidnapping a teenage girl from St. Louis after meeting her on Facebook. The U.S. attorney’s office says 49-year-old Johnny Angel Vallejo, of Wichita, was charged Wednesday with kidnapping a minor and transporting a minor across state lines to engage in sexual activities. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

K-State Proposes Allowing Concealed Guns

Kansas State University would allow concealed firearms in all building under guidelines it is developing for complying with a state law. The Manhattan Mercury reports that a university work group is planning a Sept. 15 forum before submitting the guidelines to the Kansas Board of Regents for approval. Beginning in July 2017, the state’s public universities must allow concealed weapons on campus in buildings that don’t have security measures.