Hays sexual assault suspect arrested in Colorado…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: February 13, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiFebruary 13, 2019

A man wanted for a sexual assault in Hays is under arrest in Colorado.  Authorities apprehended 23-year-old Tre Carrasco this week in Aurora, Colorado.  Carrasco is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman near the Fort Hays State University Campus on February 3rd, just two days after he was released from jail.  He faces two counts of rape and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A Garden City man with a state prison record was sentenced this week to a little after 7 years in federal prison for carrying a gun. A Garden City police officer arrested 49-year-old Darnell Wilks in March 2017. The officer saw Wilks walking down the middle of west Kansas Ave. and stopped to talk to him. Seeing the officer, Wilks ran away. During the chase, Wilks threw down a .45 caliber handgun. He was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he was convicted in 2014 in Finney County District Court on a charge of making a criminal threat.

A University of Kansas geologist’s work in the remote High Arctic of Norway has exposed the startling global spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes including multidrug-resistant “superbugs”  that could have dire implications for human health worldwide. The researchers say the antibiotic-resistant genes could have taken only a few pathways to the Arctic.

Police say an incident this week in Central Kansas highlights what is no longer just a problem on the east and west coast. Heroin. An Abilene man was arrested after allegedly administering a near-lethal dose of heroin to a Salina woman. They say the use of injectable heroin is on the rise in middle America.

The Phillips County Sheriff’s Office arrested a a Romanian national in connection with an alleged quick-change scam. According to the agency, security cameras captured the crime as it occurred as a restaurant and the suspect can be seen exchanging large bills for smaller ones with an employee. The quick-change scam works by quickly and repeatedly exchanging bills between parties until the victim is confused and loses track of what has been exchanged. It is a favorite scam of gypsies. The woman was arrested for theft by deception. A companion of hers posted a $1500 cash bond and they left the area.

Officials warn of the dangers of heating related fires. The Barton County Sheriff’s Office has responded to assist several fire departments in the last several days with structure fires. All were heating related. The most serious of these fires occurred at a rural home near Claflin, which was totally destroyed.  A couple of other fires caused substantial damage to the homes.

Riley County Police this week in coordination with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and the Wichita Police Department, captured in Manhattan a man wanted for an attempted murder.  25-year-old Jeffrey Vermont Porter, Jr, of Wilsey, KS, was wanted on a $250,000 Sedgwick County warrant for attempted homicide and a no bond Harvey County warrant.

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