Archives for October 2017

Brownback Declares October As Zombie Preparedness Month

Governor Sam Brownback has again declared the month of October as Zombie Preparedness month in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Emergency Management is reminding rewsidents to be prepared for disasters, include the potential for zombie attacks. Brownback signed the proclamation at the statehouse Thursday, saying it’s just a fun way to remind people to be prepared. He says if you’re prepared for a zombie attack, you’ll also be prepared for things like tornadoes, floods, blizzards, and other real-world emergencies.

Inmate Death At Cowley County Jail

The KBI has been called in to investigate an inmate death at the Cowley County Jail. A statement from the KBI confirms that investigation, but not much else. On Thursday, the sheriff says he will not release any information, including the name of the inmate or where he was from.

One Injured In Shooting Near Lincoln & Rock

Breaking news on the east side this morning, where police have been investigating a shooting at an apartment complex near Lincoln and Rock Road. Not much is known, but we can confirm one person was rushed to a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Police have not released any possible suspect information.

Sedgwick County Said To Be Finalist For Tyson Plant

Sedgwick County is reportedly a finalist in the running to get a Tyson chicken processing plant. Tyson recently scrapped plans to build a new plant in Northeast Kansas, citing pushback from local residents who didn’t want the facility in their neighborhood. Arkansas-based Tyson says the facility would employ about 1600 people. Cloud County, in northern Kansas, is also a finalist. The state says the facility would boost the local economy by 150-million dollars annually.

Rose McGowan Cancels Wichita Appearance

Hollywood star Rose McGowan has cancelled her Wichita appearance at the Tallgrass Film Festival. Citing the Harvey Weinstein controversy, McGowan issued a statement yesterday saying she is cancelling all public appearances due to compounding factors surrounding the recent revelations in the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse and harrassment case. McGowan was named the winner of Tallgrass Film Festival’s “Ad Astra Award” The festival says it will instead have a panel discussion and “frank conversation” about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

Cracking Down On Illegal School Bus Passers

Wichita Police have begun a week long campaign to stop people from passing school buses illegally. This week is National School Bus Safety Week. Officers will be out on the streets through Friday monitoring bus stops and stopping violators. If you get a ticket, be prepared for the $171 fine. First Student says it conducted a crackdown on illegal bus passers last year and caught 7,000 violators in a 6-week span right here in Wichita.

Newton Police Badges Go Pink

New ton residents will likely notice something just a little bit different on the uniforms of local police officers. In an effort to raise awarenss about breast cancer, Newton Police Officers will be wearing pink badges for the rest of this month. Each individual officer purchased their pink badge, with money donated to breast cancer research.

Elderly Wichita Woman Gets Probation For Theft

An elderly Wichita woman has been sentenced to probation for stealing more than $57,000 from an 89-year-old acquaintance. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennet said Monday that 80-year-old Shirley Morgan was had durable power of attorney for the acquaintance, who he didn’t name. Bennett says Morgan used the victim’s money and assets for gambling trips and other expenses, rather than paying nursing home bills.

Wichita Landscaper Ordered To Prison For Fraud

A Wichita landscaper has been ordered to spend 10 months in prison after he failed to make restitution to two customers he defrauded. The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office says 31-year-old Ricky Moyer was previously sentenced to five years of probation after pleading no contest to felony theft. The district attorney’s office says Moyer, owner of Rick’s Tree and Landscape, didn’t make payments to his victims and committed multiple violations of his probation.

City Manager Defends Wichita Police Chief

Wichita’s police chief has come under fire this month after allegations of a cover up. In fact, the city manager, Robert Layton, yesterday went before reportes to defend the chief and the department. During yesterday’s daily police briefing, Layton announced that he was fully supporting Chief Gordon Ramsay and the department as a whole. Last week, the Wichita Eagle reported that an off duty Wichita Police Officer was involved in a drunk driving crash and that her name had been redacted from reports. Officer Tiffany Dahlquist left the scene of the crash, but filed a report the next day that said “she was told” that she had struck a vehicle, but there was no damage. The Eagle editorial board yesterday said that WPD’s statement aren’t trustworthy. But Layton fired back, saying that calling into question Chief Ramsay’s integrity is inappropriate and that he has brought a fresh vision to this community in realigning the police department and building trust.