Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 15, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiJanuary 15, 2019

Laura Kelly is the new governor of Kansas.  The Democrat was sworn into office at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka yesterday morning.  During her inaugural speech, Kelly called on lawmakers to put the collective good ahead of individual ambitions or agendas.  Kelly defeated Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the November general election, and she replaces Republican Jeff Colyer in the governor’s office.

The man convicted of running over a Wichita police officer is headed to prison.  A Sedgwick County judge sentenced Justin Terrazas yesterday to more than 28 years behind bars for the incident.  He will also serve more than 11 years in prison for bringing contraband into the Ellsworth Correctional Facility, which brings his sentence to nearly 40 years.  Terrazas was driving a stolen vehicle and trying to flee from authorities when he ran over and severely injured Officer Brian Arterburn in February 2017.

Additional details are being released in a deadly officer-involved shooting in Wichita.  Twenty-nine-year-old Geoffrey Morris was shot by police after he nearly struck an officer with a vehicle Thursday afternoon in the 900 block of North Main Street.  He died Saturday, two days after authorities were attempting to arrest him on warrants for robbery, battery and assault.  The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is helping with the case.

The family of a teenager shot and killed by Overland Park police during a suicidal person call is settling a civil lawsuit.  Seventeen-year-old John Albers was shot and killed by police last January when he backed a minivan out of the garage of his home in the direction of officers.   Albers’ family filed a civil suit against the city of Overland Park, and the suit has been settled for two-point-three-million-dollars.  The officer who shot Albers was not criminally charged, but they were named in the civil lawsuit.

A Wichita man is convicted in the death of his girlfriend.  Thirty-four-year-old Aaron Suiter was found guilty last week of second-degree murder.  Prosecutors say Suiter strangled and killed 25-year-old Bryena McQuitty during an argument at her home in the 800 block of North Litchfield in November 2017.  Suiter will be sentenced next month.

Police are investigating allegations that a teacher at Liberal High School had unlawful sexual relations with an 18-year-old student. The request for the investigation was made by administration. Police said a 25-year-old teacher at the school was arrested. The teacher has resigned her position. Her name was not released.

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