3 members of alleged “carnival mafia” charged with capital murder…and more headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: December 10, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiDecember 10, 2018

Three carnival workers are charged with capital murder in the deaths of a Wichita couple.  Fifty-two-year-old Kimberly Younger, 54-year-old  Michael Fowler Junior, and 35-year-old Rusty Frasier were charged Thursday in connection with the deaths of Alfred “Sonny” Carpenter and Pauline Carpenter.  Prosecutors say the suspects killed the victims at the Barton County Fair in July as part of a carnival mafia initiation.  The victims’ bodies were later found in Arkansas.

Winfield police are investigating a shooting.  One person was shot Friday afternoon at an apartment complex near 12th Avenue and St. James Court and was taken to a Wichita hospital in serious condition.  Winfield schools were placed on lockdown for about two hours while police searched for two suspects.  The suspects are described as an African-American male wearing a white hoodie and red sweatpants with a gold backpack, and an African American male wearing a gray hoodie and gray sweatpants with a large fuzzy hat.

An Ingalls man was killed in a single vehicle crash when drove off a road into frozen water. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 34-year-old Nichola Davidson was driving a pickup truck on a county road just north of U.S. 56 Highway. He went off the road, overcorrected,  lost control and drove off the road into the frozen water.

A man from Lewis was killed in a single-vehicle crash in rural Edwards County. According to the Highway Patrol, 51-year-old Kenneth Wilder was driving a pickup truck headed east on U.S. 50 Highway. He left the road and drove into a ditch. After travelling a short distance in the ditch he returned to the highway and skidded across the road. The truck rolled, coming to rest on its top.

A new gunfire detection system is coming to a Kansas community. Wichita City officials say the system will be installed this week and it will alert law enforcement within seconds after a gun is fired.  The first of its kind system will also determine the location of the gunfire and the type of gun that was used in the incident.   The one-year pilot program is being funded through the Community Safety Grant.

A man is under arrest after crashing his car into a Wichita liquor store.  Thirty-one-year-old Marvell Correia is accused of crashing into ABC Liquor on North Woodlawn, taking an item from the store and fleeing early yesterday morning.  Correia was later arrested after being found unresponsive in the stolen vehicle near Douglas and Oliver.  Correia is facing several charges including burglary, destruction of property, possession of methamphetamine and auto theft.

The ACLU of Kansas is saying a lawsuit against the Ford County Clerk should not be thrown out. The ACLU sued the Ford County Clerk seeking to open a second polling location in Dodge City.  The suit came after Dodge City’s lone polling place was moved to the Expo Center weeks before last month’s midterm election.  ACLU lawyers say the Ford County Clerk has declined to open more polling locations in time for the 2019 municipal elections, and only pledged to open another site for the 2020 election.

The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national champions by winning both the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest and the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest. K-State teams have now won the collegiate crops contest championship in 16 of the past 20 years. Iowa State University was in second place at both events, and the University of Minnesota-Crookston took third.

Jake LaTurner wants to reunite Kansas residents with cash that’s owed them.  Officials say the Kansas State Treasurer is responsible for 350-million dollars of unclaimed property in the Sunflower State.  Those funds reportedly include uncollected paychecks, old utility deposits and unclaimed insurance payouts.  If you think you might be owed some money, check it out online at “kansascash.ks.gov“.

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