Game wardens mourn the loss of a K-9 colleague…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: March 20, 2019

Jackson SchneiderMarch 20, 2019

Kansas game wardens are mourning the loss of a former colleague who was credited for helping in multiple arrests and saving a child. According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, former agency K-9 Meg passed away this week just 14 months following her retirement.  Meg is credited with making a multitude of poaching cases, apprehension of many fugitives, and providing critical evidence recovery in murder investigations. She has also been credited for saving lives including a three-year-old girl in Jackson County in 2016 who went missing from her home during an extremely hot day.

An Ellinwood man was killed in a rollover crash in rural Barton County. According to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, a Chevrolet Tahoe was eastbound on a rural highway went it went off the road, overcorrected, and rolled. The driver, identified as 58-year-old Michael T. Kern, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

Authorities are investigating after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the area of the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. According to the school, the Kansas State University Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian accident in a crosswalk at Denison Ave. and Todd Road at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. One person was transported to Ascension Via Christi in Manhattan and later flown to a Topeka hospital. The name of the victim was not immediately released.

A man who told police officers he was robbed at knife point as he worked at a Kansas restaurant recanted his story and was taken into custody. The 26-year-old manager of a Long John Silver’s in Salina has reported he was robbed while headed to his vehicle with a bank deposit. Police recovered $2,400 in suspected stolen funds.

Old social media postings by a judge prompt his nomination to Kansas’ second-highest court be withdrawn  According to the governor Laura Kelly’s office, in light of the information that has surfaced regarding Judge Jeffry Jack’s social media presence, she is withdrawing his name from consideration for a Kansas Court of Appeals vacancy. On his personal twitter account Jack criticized President Donald Trump and expressed support for gun control and abortion rights.

A former president of a Kansas credit union admits to embezzlement. 52-year-old  Connie Marie Kent admitted the crime occurred while she was an officer and employee of 1st Kansas Credit Union in Topeka, formerly the Post Office Credit Union. Membership in the credit union is limited to government employees. Kent agreed to a restitution amount of approximately $39,895. She faces a penalty of up to 30 years and a fine up to $1 million at sentencing.

Marijuana possession fines could soon be hundreds of times smaller in Lawrence.  The Lawrence City Commission is considering a measure lowering the penalties for first and second-time marijuana possession to one dollar.  If the city commission gives final approval to the measure, the one-dollar fine would apply to people at least 18-years-old who are arrested with less than 32 grams of marijuana on their first or second offense.  The city commission voted yesterday to change the ordinance, but a second reading and a final vote are needed for the measure to take effect.

More than a dozen Rudd Scholarship winners are heading to Wichita State University. Twenty-five high school seniors from across the state received scholarships, which are worth a combined one-point-four-million-dollars over four years. Scholarship recipients were selected on several criteria including grades, test scores, recommendations and interviews. Fifteen of the winners will enroll at Wichita State University and five each will attend Emporia State or Fort Hays State next year.

A student is recovering after being injured by a javelin at a Kansas high school. The incident took place at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. The injured student was transported to a hospital and is expected to survive.







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