Decatur County sheriff asking for public’s help in solving several burglaries…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 30, 2019

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 30, 2019

A northwest Kansas sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in solving several area burglaries. It hopes to catch a break in the cases with video of a burglary early Tuesday morning in Norcatur. “The names ‘Mike’ and ‘Sam’ may have been heard in the video. The video is still being dissected and analyzed at this time,” the Decatur County sheriff’s office says. Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in this case should call the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office at 785-475-8100 or send the sheriff’s office a message on its Facebook page.


Authorities are investigating thefts at Kansas nursing homes which they believe are connected. According to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, suspects from thefts in Oklahoma have made it into Kansas. The suspects have been seen in nursing facilities in Wilson and Russell. In Oklahoma the suspects stole a wallet from a nursing home and then charged over $7000 to cards in it. Anyone with any information is urged to contact their local authorities. The agency shared photos of the suspects on their Facebook Page.


Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has revived a plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas that was vetoed by a Republican predecessor. Kelly released proposed legislation Tuesday that would expand state health coverage for the needy to another 150,000 people starting in January 2020. Kelly’s plan is based on a Medicaid expansion bill passed by bipartisan legislative majorities in 2017. It was vetoed by then-Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and supporters were unable to override his action.


A man was in the hospital after the second deputy-involved shooting in two days in Sedgewick County. Authorities say the suspect was being pulled over for a minor infraction when he drove off. After a brief chase, he drove into a deputy’s vehicle and that’s when the deputy opened fire. The suspect is in critical condition. No law enforcement officers were injured.


The Kansas Bureau of Investigating is working with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on a case after covert video was recorded in a restroom area. According to the KBI, on January 16th their help was requested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to assist in an investigation involving an allegation that covert video was recorded in a restroom area at a girls basketball tournament in Lincoln. A juvenile suspect has been identified.  No arrests have been made at this time. The agency says “timely contact was made with the individuals believed affected by this incident”.


Riley County law enforcement is investigating a bank robbery. United Bank and Trust in Manhattan was robbed late Tuesday afternoon. Two suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of money after presenting a note to a teller.


No injuries are reported after an elderly man drove his car into a Kansas hair salon.  The crash took place at Salon Central in Wichita after the man’s foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas.  The driver is a man in his 90s who was taking his wife to a hair appointment. The same man also drove through a pillar in front of the same building last summer.


A missing Kansas teen has been found safe, in Colorado. The 14-year-old went missing for Topeka last week. She was found in Cortez, Colorado, at a hotel with a 47-year-old man with whom she had appeared with in a  Kansas community theater production of “Elf: The Musical.” That man is now facing several charges.


With Kansas’ 2019 legislative session underway some policymakers have sports betting on their minds. Since the Supreme Court struck down the failed federal ban in May 2018, seven new states created and implemented legal sports betting markets. In the coming months, Kansas could potentially join their ranks. According to the American Gaming Association a safe, legal sports gaming market would have a big economic impact in Kansas.  If sports betting was conveniently available in Kansas with a base tax rate, the Sunflower State could add 2,123 jobs and add $29.7 million to state and local tax revenue. Currently, there are two sports betting bills in Kansas: H 2032 and S 23.





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