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Another winter storm to impact the majority of the state…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: February 22, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiFebruary 22, 2019

It’s the calm before the storm. This from weather experts, who say most of Kansas will enjoy another day of mild weather before a winter storm rolls in on Saturday. Forecasters predict blizzard conditions starting in the western half of the state on Saturday. What begins with rain will transitional to blowing snow as the day progresses Saturday.  The highest confidence on the heaviest snowfall is expected across north central Kansas where accumulations could exceed 5 inches. Strong winds will combine with the snow to produce very low visibility with near-blizzard conditions possible. If the storm tracks a bit further south, the heavier snow band could affect portions of south central Kansas.  Very hazardous travel conditions are possible from the combination of snow, strong winds and reduced visibility.

A Kansas man is in a Saginaw County jail cell on charges he drove to Michigan and then kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl he met online.  County officials say 33-year-old Scott Janner is facing kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment, as well as first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.  He allegedly posed as a 17 year old on Snapchat to meet the girl, whose mother apparently tracked him to a local motel and called authorities.  Janner, who is reportedly married with children, is being held without bond.

A 22-year-old man is pleading guilty to the attempted murder of a fellow inmate at Larned State Mental Health Facility  Authorities say the case stems from two attacks by Anthony Ruiz-Hernandez in late October, one of which left the victim with severe head trauma.  Officials say Ruiz-Hernandez could face more than 50 years in prison on the charge, adding that he did the deeds as a way of boosting his standing in a prison gang.

A Kansas man who allegedly told a university professor that he had a bomb strapped to his back and a bag of grenades is back in jail.  Police say 66-year-old Richard A. Ellis was arrested and booked on Wednesday, this after he reportedly skipped several scheduled court appearances.  Ellis was arrested in late January 2018 after he allegedly disrupted an evening class in a KU Edwards Campus lecture hall.  He remains charged with a single count of aggravated criminal threat and remains in custody on a 75-thousand-dollar bond.

Authorities are once again warning Kansas  residents about scammers who are roaming the internet after a women’s computer was taken over by a criminal. Law enforcement says the woman’s computer was experiencing technical issues in early February and she went on the internet to find help and called the number of a company she thought would solve her problem. A person told her they could help for $100. She paid the money and was then locked out of her computer. When she contacted the scammer, they apologized for the inconvenience and told her they would rebate her $500 if she bought iTune cards and sent them the codes. The woman became suspicious and contacted authorities. Police say she is out her payment and still has no access to her computer.

A longtime Cargill executive and Kansas State University alumnus will receive the university’s highest honor, an honorary doctorate, in May. James “Jim” Haymaker will receive the honor at the Graduate School commencement ceremony. He also will serve as the commencement speaker.

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