Archives for May 2017

River Festival Adds New Security Enhancements

You might have already noticed the new concrete barricades that have gone up around Douglas and Waterman Streets downtown. The barricades are there for the upcoming River Festival. Also, WPD says it will shut down both roads completely this year for the entirety of the River Festival, which has never been done before. Wichita Festivals Spokeswoman Mary Beth Jarvis says the barricades will help with security and safety, and they will also allow for more food tents. The River Festival is also hiring a private security firm this year for the first time. You’ll also notice storage lockers for people to place items that are not allowed inside the barriers. River Festival opens Friday for 9 days.

Memorial Day Weekend Earthquakes Recorded Near Belle Plaine

The U.S. Geological Survey says two more earthquakes were recorded in Kansas during the Memorial Day weekend, bringing the total to nine earthquakes in May. The agency says an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.5 was recorded Monday about 10 miles west of Belle Plaine in Sumner County. That came a day after a 2.6-magnitude earthquake was recorded 8 miles west of Belle Plaine.

WPD Investigates Two Wichita Robberies

Wichita Police – investigating a couple of robberies over the holiday weekend. The first one at the Days Inn on East Kellogg at about 9am yesterday. An employee reported a man walked into the lobby, pointed a gun, and demanded money. Then a robbery at Taco Lopez just north of Central and West Street Sunday evening. A man entered carrying a handgun, taking cash from the register. If you have information on either heist, call crimestoppers at 267-2111.

Chipotle Warns That Wichita Stores Were Part Of Cyber Attack

Restaurant chain Chipotle is warning consumers that all five Wichita stores ARE part of a cyber hack that took place last month. That means if you’ve used a credit card at the Wichita Chipotle stores recently, keep a close eye on your bank statement. The corporate offices confirmed that the hack happened, but this is the first time that we’ve seen an exact list of stores affected. Chipotle says if you used a credit card between March 26th and April 18th, your personal information may have been compromised.

WPD Investigates Possible Murder-Suicide

Wichita Police are investigating what they described as a murder suicide. Relatives found the bodies at a home Sunday afternoon in the 900 block of North Glendale, near Central and Oliver. Officers say they believe the man shot the woman, then turned the gun on himself inside the home. Both victims are described as being in their 20’s. A neighbor told reporters that they knew the female had a restraining order on the man.

Woman Jailed For Fatal Butler County Hit & Run

In Butler COunty, a woman is now jailed for a deadly hit and run crash that took place last weekend. SHeriff Kelly Herzet confirms that 33 year-old Virginia Moore is charged with second degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Herzet says an anonymous tip led authorities to Moore. 38 year-old Jared Wright, of Augusta, was found dead Saturday near US 54 and Tawakoni Road. Last weekend, sheriff Herzet reported that he believed Wright was struck while walking along the side of the road near Yorktown and that the driver of the vehicle had picked up the man’s body and dumped it further down the road a few miles.

Lawmakers Work To Repeal Brownback Tax Cuts of 2012

Work in the Kansas Legislature has stalled on a plan that would fully repeal past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. House and Senate negotiators failed to agree Thursday evening on a plan to raise taxes to fix the state budget and boost spending on public schools. They were considering a plan to raise $1.4 billion over two years by undoing tax cuts Brownback has touted.

Kobach Preparing To Lead Federal Election Fraud Commission

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach prepares to help lead a new presidential commission on election fraud by touting what he says are significant problems he uncovered in Kansas. As its secretary of state, he’s the first state elections chief with a prosecutor’s powers. Kobach said he’s not pre-judging what might be happening in other states before the commission appointed by President Trump begins compiling hard data about election fraud. Voting rights advocates have criticized Kobach’s appointment.

NWS Reports 20 Tornadoes Thursday Night

Tornadoes touched down in three Plains states on Thursday during nasty spring storms featuring ominous cloud formations but there were no reports of major damage, serious injuries or deaths. The National Weather Service logged nearly 20 reports of tornadoes from the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and numerous reports of high winds and hail.

Democrats Propose School Spending Plan

The Kansas Legislature’s top Democrats are proposing that the state phase in a $600 million increase in spending on public schools over three years. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Minority Leader Jim Ward of Wichita made their proposal public Wednesday. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in March that the state’s education funding is inadequate.