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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: Monday, October 22, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 22, 2018

Two college basketball players are facing charges after a robbery at a Kansas hotel.  McPherson police arrested 19-year-old Brian Ard Junior and 18-year-old Rodric Artmore early Friday for aggravated robbery, kidnapping and criminal damage to property.  Authorities say the men robbed a Holiday Inn Express at gunpoint early Friday morning.  Police say the two Central Christian College basketball players got away with $170. No one was injured in the robbery.

The Geary County Sheriff’s Department is attempting to locate a man who they say might be armed. The agency is looking for 29-year-old Ryan Lee Squires. He is described as being 5′ 11” weighing 180 pounds with red hair and goatee. He also has full sleeve tattoos on both arms. Officers say Squires is wanted for a parole violation and questioning in reference to theft of two motor vehicles.

An inmate is facing new charges after she allegedly attacked two detention deputies at the Sedgwick County Jail.  Authorities say 34-year-old Stephanie Beltz became combative when deputies prepared to move her from booking to housing.  One deputy suffered minor injuries in the altercation, and the second deputy was treated at a hospital and could return to full duty in a couple of weeks.  Beltz, who was originally booked for misdemeanor criminal trespassing, is facing new charges which include aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

A Wichita volleyball coach is accused of child sex crimes.  Wichita police arrested Jeffrey Sanders on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.  Details about the new charges have not been revealed.  Sanders was arrested earlier this year following an investigation by the Exploited and Missing Child Unit where the alleged victim was a 16-year-old girl.

28 first responders from around the state gathered in Garden City for a Critical Incident/Peer Support debriefing course presented by Doctor Jennifer Prohaska, Clinician, Pat Hinkle, and KBI Special Agent, Angie Jones. This course is designed to promote a healthy response in Officers as they encounter critical, life-altering, incidents.

America’s two largest lotteries are expecting a combined jackpot of more than two-billion dollars.  There was no winner in Saturday’s Powerball drawing.  That means Wednesday’s drawing is expected to reach at least 620-million dollars.  And that will be a day after Mega Millions is offering a world-record jackpot of one-point-six billion dollars.  Powerball had the previous world record at just under one-point-six billion for a 2016 drawing.  These are two of the top five biggest jackpots in U.S. lottery history.

They’re not as likely to make the news, but marching band participants are at risk of many of the same injuries as athletes, says Assistant Professor Dawn Emerson. She is conducting research  on how to help schools recognize and prevent heat-related illnesses among their dedicated student musicians.

Wichita Home School won the BEST Award and the Game Award at the 19th annual Kansas BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) event at Wichita State University Saturday. BEST is designed to inspire and motivate students toward careers in engineering, science and technology. By winning the competition, Wichita Home School qualifies for a regional competition in Arkansas. Also qualifying for the regional competition are Garden City High School, Philadelphia Christian Academy and Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School for finishing second, third and fourth in the BEST Award, and Washburn Rural High School and Salina South High School for finishing second and third in the Game Award.

Network science may be the answer to understanding how mosquitoes are able to transmit diseases and unveil a framework for biological control of the insect. A Kansas State University associate professor in the Division of Biology, is the principal investigator for a recently awarded $2.87 million National Institutes of Health grant that will use genetics, biochemistry and network science to understand mosquito immune response.

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