Archives for February 2017

Campus High Principal Calls Threat Rumors “Not Credible”

Lots of rumors have been going around Haysville the past few days. The Campus High School principal says it really needs to stop. Myron Regier wrote a letter to parents this week, saying threats against the high school are not credible and are simply rumors being spread. Haysville Police were called in to investigate as a precaution. They found no credible threat to students or staff.

Town of Sedgwick EMS Shutting Down

The town of Sedgwick is getting rid of its EMS service. Sedgwick City COuncil President Tim Noone simply said that the town just cannot sustain the service. Therefore, they’ve made the decision to surrender their ambulancd certification back to the state. Noone also added that the town has had a hard time retaining certified EMT-trained personnel. The town will now have to rely on ambulances from Sedgwick County and Harvey County.

South Hutch Contemplates Eliminating Fire Dept.

The town of South Hutchinson is contemplating eliminating its fire department. The next city council meeting is scheduled for March 6th. At that meeting, the council will discuss the possibility of eliminating the fire department to save money. If the town does eliminate the fire department, it would rely on the city of Hutchinson to take care of its fire needs.

Mulvane Receives Less Revenue From Casino

It appears revenue at the Kansas Star Casino at Mulvane was down in 2016. We’re able to tell this not because of the casino’s earnings report, but through the city of Mulvane’s budget. City Manager Kent Hixson’s budget was made public Monday. The budget report shows that Mulvane received just shy of 1.8 million dollars in “gaming revenue.” That’s just under 2 percent lower than what the city received in 2015. The Mulvane Police Department also reports a lower number of arrests at the casino in 2016 compared with 2015.

Fatal Fire In Hutchinson

Hutchinson firefighters are investigating a fatal fire in the 100 block of North Poplar. The flames broke out at about 2am on Saturday at the small apartment unit. 44 year-old Jason Conrad, of Tucson, Arizona, was found inside the unit. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Nobody else was inside and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Newton Woman Held Hostage For Short Time During Chase

A Newton woman was held hostage for a few minutes on Saturday by a man running from police. Whitney Ward told KWCH that the man yelled at police that he was holding a knife to the woman’s throat. It started with what police said was a disturbance at a car delaership. It ended with the short standoff at the outlet mall in Newton. Ward says 53 year-old Ronnie Hill actually never did have a knife at he rthroat. She says she felt like it was a movie.

Missing Man Found Drowned In Cowley County

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office says the search is over for a man missing since last week. 32 year-old Cole Hartung’s body was found in the water of a pond on private property Thursday. Hartung had been missing since January 18th. Sheriff Dave Faletti says an autopsy confirmed the man died of drowning. The sheriff also says no foul play is suspected.

Shawnee County Lake Stocked With Fresh Trout

Anglers, take not. Trout fishing suddenly has gotten better at a Kansas lake. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that workers from Crystal Lake Fisheries of Ava, Missouri, on Saturday released about 7,000 pounds of trout into Lake Shawnee near Topeka. McLaughlin says fishing at the lake will resume at 6 a.m. March 4 to give the trout a chance to acclimate to the water and disperse through the lake.

Protesters Line Sidewalks Against Controversial Speaker

Protesters filled the sidewqalk in front of Wichita’s Crown Uptown Dinner Theater yesterday. Some signs read “no hate in our state” as an event featured a man named John Guandolo. Guandolo is a controversial speaker that many say spreads an dnati-Muslim message. Several dozen people had gathered outside the dinner theater by about 6:30 last night. Several years ago, Guandolo was being brought to Wichita by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department to host a training event, but the department later cancelled the event due to a backlash from some in the community.

School Bus Crash Caused By Distracted Driver

Valley Center Police say a school bus crash yesterday was caused by a distracted driver. The bus was letting off a student near 93rd North and Broadway when a driver rear ended the school bus. The bus was reportedly at a complete stop with its red flashers operating. There were 15 students on the bus, but thankfully nobody was injured. Parents came and picked up all the students from the scene.