Archives for October 2017

Woman’s Body Found Near Peck

Sedgwick County investigators have been down in the Peck area over the last 24 hours, trying to find clues into the death of a woman. The woman’s body was found early Monday lying near the railroad tracks oin Meridian between 103rd and 111th Street South. Lieutenant Lin Denning says did find trauma on the woman’s body, so this is being considered a suspicious death until evidence proves otherwise. There is no word on the identity of the victim. However, anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 267-2111.

WSU Vice President On List Of Candidates For South Dakota Job

A Wichita State University senior vice president is among the four finalists to be the next president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. In a statement from the South Dakota State Board of Regents, Anthony J. Vizzini, is listed as a candidate for the job among three others. According to his bio on the Wichita State website, Vizzini has been at WSU since 2013. Vizzini is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs and has authored over 100 articles on design and manufacturing of composite materials for space applications and uninhabitated air vehicles.

Mt. Hope Man Found Dead Inside His Home

INvestigators have been in Mount Hope over the weekend, loooking into what they call a suspicious death. Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter confirms that a 37 year-old man named Travis Allen was found dead inside his home on South Daily Street at about 5:00 a.m. Saturday. He says thet’re still trying to figure out if Allen’s death was accidental or if foul play could have been involved. However, Easter says deputies are not actively looking for suspects in the case.

Man Shot Near Kellogg & Hydraulic

Wichita Police have been on the scene of a shooting in Central Wichita. It happened last night at about 6:30 near Hydraulic and Gilbert, just south of Kellogg. Police say a man reported he was walking down the street when he was approached by a stranger. There was a short argument and one shot was fired from a handgun. The victim was rushed to a local emergency room in critical condition. No suspect information has been given out and no other details are available.

Jodi Sanderholm Killer Claims He Is Developmentally Disabled

A Kansas man’s attorneys have asked the state Supreme Court to spare him from being executed for a college student’s murder over questions about whether he is developmentally disabled. The court heard arguments Friday in Justin Thurber’s appeal. He was sentenced to die for the 2007 rape and strangulation of 19-year-old student Jodi Sanderholm. The trial judge rejected a request for a hearing on whether Thurber is developmentally disabled.

Experts Say KS Economy Is Dependant On Immigrant Labor

Experts are saying the Kansas economy is heavily dependent on global free trade and immigrant labor at a time when both are considered charged political issues in the U.S. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the University of Kansas’ Institute for Policy and Social Research sponsored the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference on Thursday. A Garmin International official says the current political climate is hard on her business that’s dependent on access to an international workforce.

Newton Shooting Reward Increased

More reward money is being offered to help solve a shooting case in Newton. Crimestoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is chipping in the extra money to help in the case that took place in the 400 block of Normandy Road on October 15th. A homeowner there was the victim of a shooting at about 8:30 that night when he was confronted by a man armed with a handgun. That man was reportedly trying to steal a car. The suspect shot the resident more than once and then ran from the scene. The victim survived and is still recovering. If you have any information, you’re asked to call 316-267-2111.

Senate Narrowly Confirms Brownback Ambassadorship

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has narrowly approved the nomination of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. The panel recommended by an 11-10 vote that the full Senate consider Trump’s selection of Brownback for the post. The committee also approved several other Trump nominees for ambassadorships, including Richard Grenell to be U.S. envoy to Germany.

Wichita Crime Commission 2017 Awards

Wichita Police Officer Bryan Arterburn has been honored and recognized by the Wichita Crime Commission. Arterburn was criticall injured while executing a search warrant on a wanted man in South Wichita when he was run over by the man trying to flee in a car. Arterburn received the Hero Award on Tuesday for his uncommon valor. The Crime COmmission also honored Cheney Police Chief Ken Winter as Crime Prevention Officer of the Year. Wichita Police Officer Robert Bachman was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Police Chaplain Dave Henion recived the humanitarian award.

MO Men Jailed In Pratt County For Poaching Deer

Two 20-year-old Missouri hunters have been sentenced to 60 days in county jail and ordered to pay $18,200 in fines for poaching deer in Kansas. Pratt County Attorney Tracey Beverlin said in a news release that Hunter Bottcher, of Otterville, Missouri, and Samuel Hawieson, of Sedalia, also must pay $4,361 in restitution. The two pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven hunting violations including criminal hunting, hunting with an artificial light and illegally taking trophy big game deer