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Governor orders flags to half staff…and more headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 29, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 29, 2018

Kansas officials are reacting to Saturday’s deadly mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.  Governor Jeff Colyer has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on October 31st.  Colyer calls the shooting in Pennsylvania a terrible act of violence.  Eleven people died when a gunman opened fire at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

A man is dead following a shooting in Haysville.  Police responded to the report of gunfire iand found a large crowd leaving following a fight at a party and a man suffering from gunshot wounds.  The victim died at the scene, and the shooting is under investigation.

The Rooks County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who absconded from parole. 36-year-oldDerek Fritz was out on parole for distribution of meth, felon with a firearm, aggravated robbery, and other felony charges. He was seen in Plainville on Thursday afternoon. He is known to hang out in Rooks County, Ellis County, and Graham County, as well as other surrounding counties. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Rooks County Sheriff’s Department or 911.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation  advises parents to perform a check for registered offenders in their neighborhoods, and areas their children plan to trick-or-treat, prior to Halloween festivities. Parents and guardians can search online at www.kbi.ks.gov/registeredoffender to determine where registered offenders reside.

Kansas State University is mourning the death of a student athlete. Samantha Scott, a member of the Wildcat rowing team, passed away from a sudden illness on Saturday. The 23-year-old was a four-year member of the rowing team and the squad’s top coxswain this season. An architectural engineering major and a native of Fort Morgan, Colo., she was also an Academic All-Big 12 selection last season while leading the team’s 1v8 and 1v4 boats.

A Salina woman was killed in crash along Interstate 70 in Geary County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Heather Hurley was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer headed east.  She lost control, over corrected, and overturned. Hurley, who was not buckled up, was killed in the crash. The crash happened Friday evening at around 5:45, a mile east of Grandview Plaza on I 70.

A former Wichita police officer was sentenced to a year on supervised probation for failing to report what he knew about illegal poker games. 46-year-old Bruce Mackey of Goddard admitted that while he was a police officer he knew and did not report individuals who were conducting a gambling business. During an illegal poker game in February 2014, Mackey confirmed for organizers of the game that one of the gamblers was a Wichita police officer, after organizers of the game attempted to identify that person.

For a second time, the university earned a top five ranking in the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 rankings. They factor in the results of the publication’s annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.

Kansas teachers are trying to get people to vote.  The United Teachers of America held a rally in Wichita on Saturday, and teachers went to area homes to encourage residents to head to the polls on Election Day.  Teachers who took part in the rally called for people to choose candidates who focus on public education.

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