The National Weather Service now says there were six tornadoes spawned by severe weather on Christmas Day. They had earlier said they believed there were four tornadoes on Sunday. It’s the first time in recorded weather history that a tornado has been confirmed in Kansas on Christmas Day. Five of the twisters were rated EF0. Those were in Ford, Seward, Osborne, and Kiowa Counties. The sixth tornado was reported in Rush County and it has not been surveyed.
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Breaking news overnight in Wichita. Two shootings reported. The latest one in South Wichitas near Harry and George Washington Boulevard. Police haven’t released any other details, including whether or not any suspects are in custody.
Earlier Thursday night, a shooting was reported at the Woodgate Apartment near 21st and Woodlawn. Polcie say an apartment resident shot a man who was trying to rob him. Several gunshots were fired. The man in his 30’s was taken to a local hospital with at least one gunshot wound to the chest. His current condition is not known.
In sports, Jesse Ertz threw for 195 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores in Kansas State’s 33-28 victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday night. Ertz had a 79-yard touchdown pass and scoring runs of 1 and 5 yards to help give Kansas State its fourth straight win and first bowl victory since the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
An unusual budget provision passed earlier this month by Congress means no one who qualifies for a government farm loan will be denied in the next four months. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is a Kansas Republican who chairs an agricultural appropriations panel. He says the budget patch gives the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency authority to meet the spike in loan demand by using future funding. It is a victory for farm groups who pressed Washington to avert a looming loan crisis.
Wichita Police are investigatring the discovery a body inside a trash dumpster on Christmas Day. The discovery was made behind a bakery store near Harry and Meridian at about 4pm Sunday. No other information is known.
Tornadoes on Christmas Day? Yep, it happened in Kansas. The National Weather Service confirms four tornadoes in Kansas on Sunday. A cattle building was destroyed about 6 miles outside of Bucklin, in Kiowa County at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Another possible tornado touched down near Greensburg just before 11am. A hose shed was damaged there. Three of the tornadoes that touched down have already been rated EF0, according to the National Weather Service.
A crash in Southwest Kansas has taken the life of a teenager from Haysville. A KHP crash log shows that the crash happened in Stafford County, about 12 miles northwest of the town of St. John. Troopers say 18 year-old Alexandra Wheeler struck a deer lying in the roadway. The deer had been struck by a previous motorist and was not removed from the highway. After running over the animal, Wheeler lost control, flipping her vehicle several times. Two other passengers, 17 year-old Allure Riley and 30 year-old Christopher Reed, are expected to recover from their injuries.
A developing story from overnight. Wichita Police are investigating a stabbing in the 3200 block of West 27th Street South. This was first reported as a shooting at about 9:30 last night, but after sorting everything out, police say no shots were fired, but one victim was stabbed with a knife. That unidentified victim is listed in critical condition at a local hospital. There is no word on any suspects.
Wichita Police are trying to hunt down a trio who reportedly stole a 34-thousand dollar watch from Randy’s Fine Jewelry near 21st and Rock Road. The watch is a gold Rolex Daytona. Detectives say the man and two women were able to somehow confuse the clerk into believing the watch was back in its box when it was not. You can see the pictures of all three suspects on the Wichita Police Facebook page. If you know them, call Crimestoppers anonymously at 267-211. You will be eligible for a cash reward up to $2500 if your tip leads to an arrest and conviction.
Two wind farms in central Kansas are now online and supplying electricity to Westar Energy. The Hutchinson News reports the wind farms have come online within the last two weeks, even though a civil suit seeking an in junction against one of them is still pending. The wind farms, owned and operated by NextEra Energy Resources, are supplying the state’s largest electric utility with about 400 megawatts of new power.