Crash casualties in Kansas…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: March 19, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiMarch 19, 2019

A man from Jetmore was killed in a two vehicle crash on Monday in SW Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 27-year-old Aaron Shelton was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala headed west on K-156 Highway. He went left of center and struck an oncoming truck. Shelton’s car spun into a  ditch and flipped onto its top. He was killed in the crash. The driver of the truck was not hurt. The crash happened in Hodgeman County, six miles east of Jetmore.

A man was killed in a crash in Southeast Kansas on Monday. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 74-year-old Marilyn Millikan was driving a 2015 GMC Acadia headed east on on U.S. 400 Highway. She rear-ended a semi which was slowing to make a turn. Millikan was seriously injured in the crash, and a passenger in her SUV was killed. He is identified as 76-year-old Jackie Millikan. Both are from Buffalo, Kansas. The driver of the semi was not hurt. The crash happened in Wilson, County, five miles west of Fredonia.

One person is injured following an explosion in Reno County.  Authorities say a pressure tank exploded yesterday near Langdon on Highway 61.  The victim was taken to a hospital for the treatment of serious injuries.  Officials say there were no flames at the scene of the explosion.

Kansas Communities along the Missouri River are dealing with flooding.  City officials in Leavenworth say they have placed one-thousand sandbags at the community center and another one-thousand sandbags at the wastewater treatment plant.  The city of Leavenworth closed the Second Street bridge, and the Sherman Army Airfield at Fort Leavenworth was also closed due to flooding.  In Atchison, volunteers spent the last three days filling more than six-thousand sandbags in an effort to prevent flood damage.

The majority owner of a Triple-A baseball team is committed to moving to Kansas. New Orleans Baby Cakes owner Lou Schwechheimer tells KWCH a delay in a city council vote to sell four acres of land near a new downtown Wichita stadium to a developer will not affect the team’s upcoming move to Kansas.  Schwechheimer says he will attend a Wichita City Council meeting where residents are expected to share their concerns over the deal, which involves the sale of land for one-dollar-per-acre.  The Baby Cakes are expected to move to Wichita in time for the 2020 season.

A man is accused of trying to steal copper at a Kansas mall. Police say an off-duty officer was working security at Wichita’s Towne West Square when a witness spotted 43-year-old Rodnee Cain allegedly cutting wires from a pole.  Cain fled, but was later arrested after trying to flee. Authorities say six light poles in the mall  parking lot were damaged, and Cain faces six counts of criminal damage to property.

Officials are confirming the source of a gas leak at a Kansas high school. Classes at Andover High School were dismissed yesterday because of the leak, which gas company crews traced to an oven in the cafeteria.  The gas to the oven was capped off, and classes at the school will resume today.

Wichita State University President John Bardo is laid to rest.  Funeral services for Bardo took place yesterday, and students and faculty paid their respects as Bardo’s funeral procession traveled through campus. Bardo served as Wichita State’s president for six-and-a-half-years before passing away earlier this month from complications from a chronic lung infection.  University officials say a public celebration of life for Bardo will take place later this spring.

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