Archives for July 2017

Kellogg & I-235 Construction Update

As if the Kellogg and I-235 construction mess wasn’t a big enough headache already… you can expect more changes today. A statement from KDOT Spokesman Tom Hein says, beginning today, the eastbound Kellogg ramp to northbound I-235 will close for more than two months. AGain, that’s the eastbound kellogg ramp to northbound I-235. Also, the northbound and southbound lanes of I-235 will be reduced to one over Kellogg beginning today. Then tomorrow, the westbound Kellogg exit ramp to West Street will be closed during the daytime hours.

Sedgwick Man Nabs 80 Lb. Catfish At Marion Reservoir

A fish story for the ages… and for this one, there’s proof. Charlue Henning, from the town of Sedgwick, nabbed an 80 pound monster catfish from Marion Reservoir. Hennnig said his bait was a piece of shad. He also says it took him 15 minutes to reel that badboy in. Henning kept the fish and cleaned it. He says he plans to have a big catfish fry with friends in the next few weeks. While quite large, the 80 pounder is not a state record. That was a 123 pounder caught at Independence’s Elk City Reservoir. But it IS believed to be the largest catch ever at Marion Reservoir.

One Killed; Three Injured In Butler County Crash

And tragic news out of Butler County overnight, where one person has been killed and three others injured in a serious crash near El Dorado. The Butler COunty Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened along Hopkins Switch near Southwest 50th Street. The driver of the car lost control and struck a utility pole. Undersheriff Tony Wilhite says they are not yet releasing the identities of the victims involved due to notification of next of kin.

Inmate Stabbed At El Dorado Prison

New problems at the prison in El Dorado. KDOC confirms that an inmate was stabbed inside the facility late last night. An ambulance was called to the El Dorado prison at about 7:00 last night. One person was rushed to a Wichita hospital with a critical injury, according to scanner traffic. Paramedics told dispatchers that the victim had been stabbed multiple times in the chest and back. KDOC says an investigation is underway. This comes about three week after a major riot at the prison.

WPD Officer Cleared Of Rape Charges

A WIchita Police Officer is now working to clear his name after he was cleared of all charges in a rape case. Police Officer Marlon Woolcock spoke to reporters this week, maintaining his innocence after a woman went to a Wichita hospital earlier this year and accused Woolcock of raping her. “I am completely inncocent,” Woolcock says. “I did not rape this woman.” But Woolcock wonders if his career will ever recover after Wichita Police named one of their own as being accused of rape. The police department, as it does with every case, publicized Woolcock’s mugshot after he was charged. Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has not made a statement since the charges were dismissed. Woolcock remains on administrative duty pending an internal investigationg within WPD. Ramsay says he will hold a news conference tomorrow.

Paul McCartney To Perform In Wichita Tonight

Tonight is the night. Paul McCartney will take the stage at Intrust Bank Arena tonight for his first concert ever in Wichita. On Monday, Intrust Bank Arena officials said that the concert was NOT sold out. But still a big deal, obviously, as the former Beatle performs in Wichita. The city has extended the hours of the Q Line trolley tonight. That’s the free services that shuttles people between Lawrence Dumont Stadium to the arena. Many people will also park in Old Town and walk to the arena. The city also has temprarily remaned streets near Intrust Bank Arena to Penny Lane and Abbey Road.

KS Justices Hear Arguments On School Finance

The Kansas Supreme Court is weighing whether state legislators boosted spending on public schools enough this year to provide a suitable education to all children, as the high court had ordered. The justices heard arguments Tuesday from attorneys about a new school finance law but appeared skeptical that the funding plan offers enough money for education.

KS Sen Moran Announces He Will Not Support Current Health Care Bill

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran issued a surprising statement last night, announcing that he would not support the current healrth care bill efforts in Washington DC. In a prepared statement to reporters, Moran said last night that he knows there are serious problems with Obamacare. He says his goal remains to repeal and replace it. But he faulted a closed-door process spearheaded by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell as a huge problem. He says the current McConnell plan does not repeal Obamacare or address health care’s rising costs. Moran became the fourth senator to announce his non-support of the bill, which means there are now jnot enough votes to get the bill out of committee and onto the Senate floor.

KDHE Raises Concern About Potential Measles Case Spreading

The health department is reporting a confirmed case of measles in Sedgwick County. According to a statement from KDHE in Topeka, the patient infected is a contact of the person in Butler County who also has a confirmed case of measles, which was reported earlier this month.

The statement says there is concern that a number of people in the general population may have potentially been exposed to the person with measles in Sedgwick County while contagious. To prevent further spread of the disease, KDHE is asking anyone that visited the following locations to please call us at the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317 for further evaluation:

· Monday, July 10, 2017, between 6:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Lamar’s Donuts located at 10051 West 21st Street
· Monday, July 10, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pathway Church located at 2001 North Maize Road
· Tuesday, July 11, 2017, between 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Walmart located at 21st and Maize
· Tuesday, July 11, 2017, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Kwik Shop located at 37th and Maize
· Tuesday, July 11, 2017, between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Jason’s Deli located at 21st and Ridge
· Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube located at 21st and Ridge
· Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Academy Sports located at 2710 North Maize Road
· Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Michael’s located at 2441 North Maize Road
· Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Family Video located at 29th and Tyler
· Thursday July 13, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Moxley and Wagle Periodontics located at 825 South Hillside
· Thursday July 13, 2017, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Vermillion Elementary located at 501 South James Avenue

If you visited one or more of these locations during the times listed above, please call the hotline. We will ask you about the time that you spent in each of the locations listed above. If we determine that you were potentially exposed to measles, we will ask about immunization status, any signs or symptoms of measles, and will ask questions to assess whether you are at high risk for developing severe measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines individuals at high risk as infants aged less than 12 months, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

To report visiting any of the locations of interest during the date and times listed above, please call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317. Healthcare providers that have questions should call the Epidemiology Hotline.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. The signs and symptoms of measles typically begin one to two weeks after someone is exposed to an infected person. Symptoms include:

· Fever
· Blotchy rash on the skin, which spreads from the head to the trunk then to the lower extremities (measles can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears)
· Cough
· Runny nose
· Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
· Feeling run down, achy
· Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik spots)

KDHE and the Sedgwick County Division of Health recommend that contacts stay home if they have a fever, except to see a healthcare provider. Before visiting a healthcare provider, call ahead so that the provider can take measures to protect other patients and staff.

WPD Focusing On Hotel/Motel Crime Along Kellogg

The Wichita Police Department is starting a new initiative focusing on crime at hotels and motels along Kellogg in Wichita. A new task force called the Hotel Motel Interdiction Team is doing everything they can to clean up the city and make it safer for visitors, said Lieutenant Ron Hunt. In the past year since the task force was organized, Hunt says officers have made 215 arrests and recovered 44 stolen cars and 25 stolen license tags at hotels and motels along Kellogg.