Arrest made in Garden City murder case…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 18, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiSeptember 18, 2019

A suspect is under arrest in connection with the murder of a Garden City restaurant owner.  Marcus William Roady was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree murder.  The victim, 69-year-old Ernest Ortiz, was shot and killed last week in the parking lot of  the El Conquistador restaurant. The deadly shooting remains under investigation.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Department of Corrections are investigating the death of Kansas prison inmate.  Officials say 46-year-old Jeremy J. Palmer died this week. Palmer was a Norton Correctional Facility Central Unit offender. Palmer was serving a 97-month sentence for previous convictions in Barton, Ford and Thomas counties. In 2013, he was found guilty in Thomas County of possession of heroin and methamphetamine, with intent to distribute. In Barton and Ford counties in 2016, he was found guilty of distribution of opiates, fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer and was charged with interference of law enforcement.  The cause of death is pending an autopsy. The Norton Correctional Facility houses low-medium and minimum-custody male offenders, and has a population of 970.

Two Kansas men have pleaded guilty to a federal carjacking charge. According to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister’s Office, 20-year-old Chauncey Elliott Lyles and 23-year-old Mathdaniel Squirrel  admitted that on Jan. 30, 2019, in Topeka, they threatened the driver of a 2007 Cadillac SUV and stole the vehicle. Sentencing is set for Nov. 26. The parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of not less than 60 months and not more than 87 months.

A large amount of methamphetamine was seized during a traffic stop along Interstate 135 in Central Kansas. Police found  6 pounds of methamphetamine in a backpack in the vehicle. The estimated street value of the meth is nearly $20,000.3 0-year-old Torrean Hughley wasa arrested. He could face multiple felony drug charges.  He was also wanted on outstanding warrants in both Saline and Harvey counties.

TFI Family Services has been selected for the Family Preservation Grant in the West region, awarded by the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Intensive in-home services will be provided through this grant with an emphasis on home-based, intensive, therapeutic and/or case management services to families in crisis when children are at high risk of out-of-home placement. The grant is a  $13.5 million contract over 4 ½ years. The West region covers 65 of 105 counties in Kansas. Major cities include; Emporia, Garden City, Hutchinson, Hays and Manhattan. TFI will serve approximately 2,250 families as part of this contract.

A shortage of registered nurses in Kansas and the nation is expected to increase in the next decade, and the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of Registered Nurses (RNs) obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) by 2020. In response to these concerns, Wichita State University and Kansas State University have combined resources and started the planning phase of a program that will give students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Health and Human Sciences at K-State, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) from the College of Health Professions (CHP) at WSU. Both degree programs will be based in Manhattan.

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