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Active shooter incident in Phillips County…and more headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: November 6, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiNovember 6, 2018

A domestic disturbance in Logan turned into an active shooter incident early Monday morning. Phillips County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call at approximately 3:50 a.m. of an active shooter incident at a home in Logan. Upon arrival, deputies determined the incident began as a domestic dispute and that the victim was able to exit the residence without injury. Shots were fired inside and outside the residence prior to officers arriving on the scene. A perimeter was established, and assistance was requested from the Kansas Highway Patrol Emergency Services Unit. USD 326 was notified of the incident at approximately 5:30 a.m. so that they could implement their security protocols. There was no immediate danger to schools or the community. The suspect, Troy Kitzke, 45, Logan was taken into custody without incident at approximately 8:30 a.m. He has been booked into the Phillips County Jail with pending charges of domestic battery, aggravated assault, criminal threat and unlawful discharge of a firearm. He is being held on $70,000 bond.

Today is Election Day in Kansas, and voters will decide several key races.  Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Democratic State Senator Laura Kelly and Independent Greg Orman face each other in the governor’s race.  All four of the state’s U.S. House seats will be decided, including the Fourth District where incumbent Republican Congressman Ron Estes will take on Democratic challenger James Thompson in a rematch of last year’s special election.  Kansas polling places will be open until 7:00 p.m.

Candidates are making sure their message is resonating with residents in south-central Kansas.  Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach spent yesterday touring communities in south-central Kansas and meeting with voters.  Democratic nominee for governor Laura Kelly made stops in Wichita and three other cities on the final day before the election.   Kobach, Kelly and Independent Greg Orman are seeking to replace outgoing Governor Jeff Colyer.

U.S. Attorney for Kansas Stephen McAllister is sending staff to observe voting in Dodge City on Election Day.  McAllister’s office says they will have at least one attorney in Dodge City with the hope that the voting process next Tuesday goes smoothly.

A Kansas man who admitted selling a pound of methamphetamine a week was sentenced this week to 13 years in federal prison. When investigators served a search warrant at his Kansas City area home they found methamphetamine, almost $2,000 in cash and nine firearms including handguns and rifles. He told investigators he had been selling about a pound of methamphetamine a week and sometimes he traded meth for guns.

A Mexican citizen pleaded guilty to unlawfully driving himself and 10 other illegal aliens from Arizona to Kansas. The 37-year-old citizen of Mexico admitted he was driving a 2002 GMC Yukon when a Ford County deputy stopped him. The driver and 10 other occupants of the vehicle were Mexican citizens who were in the United States illegally. They were traveling from Arizona to Kansas through Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A task force formed to study and recommend ways to reduce the incidence of youth suicide will meet Friday in Dodge City. The group will survey and report on efforts already underway in Kansas to counter youth suicide and recommend further steps to address the situation. All persons with information about youth suicide-prevention efforts in Kansas are encouraged to testify.

Students from Wichita State’s media arts program and the School of Performing Arts are coming together to produce a feature film called “A Long Story Short,” which has a mystery and suspense story line. The cast and crew includes theater majors from the School of Performing Arts and filmmaking majors from WSU’s new Bachelor of Applied Arts program.

The Kansas City Health Department is defending its actions after inspectors poured bleach on food intended to be given to homeless residents.  Director of Health Dr. Rex Archer says the group “Free Hot Soup Kansas City” was told in September that they needed a permit to serve the homeless.  The group says officers and health inspectors met with them on Sunday and demanded they destroy their food because of health code violations.  The department says the group never got a permit and that bleach was poured on the food because it was not being handled correctly and could put others at risk.

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