Kansas couple arrested after fleeing police…twice…and other other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 30, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiSeptember 30, 2019

A couple of Kansans were arrested in Colorado after twice fleeing police. According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, two Ulysses, Kansas, residents were arrested in Baca County, Colo. after twice fleeing from police when authorities attempted to arrest them for outstanding warrants. The duo initially escaped from police during a pursuit on Highway 83 in the Liberal area. They were later located in Colorado. Following a 15 mile pursuit  where they were arrested following another pursuit the two surrendered near a ravine northwest of Springfield, Colorado. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says 40-year-old Nicholas D. Moody of Ulysses had three warrants issued for his arrest. The warrants were out of Grant County, Kansas, for two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, and one count of distribution of marijuana. Additionally, 38-year-old Brandy K. Shoemaker of Ulysses had a warrant out of Finney County for absconding from community corrections.

A Kansas school district is planning to sue an e-cigarette manufacturer.  The Olathe USD 233 school board voted Friday to authorize a lawsuit against Juul and its retailers and distributors on the argument that using the products poses a health risk to students.  District officials call vaping an epidemic and add that the district is taking the lead in protecting students and future leaders.  Olathe school officials say the lawsuit will have no financial cost to the school district.

A man is headed to prison for his role in a road rage shooting.  Tylin Atkinson was sentenced to nearly nine-years in prison. He pleaded guilty in August to aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm.  Authorities say Atkinson was a passenger in a car when he opened fire at an SUV in Wichita in October of 2018 and left a four-year-old boy injured.

A southeast Kansas man was sentenced to 27 years in Federal prison for producing child pornography. According to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister’s office, 41-year-old Michael Paul Murph of Pittsburg, Kansas, admitted using an iPhone to surreptitiously record minor victims in various stages of undress. He edited the recordings to focus on the victims’ genitals. He emailed the images to his workplace.

A runner is dead after being struck by lightning in southeastern Kansas.  Officials say 33-year-old Thomas Stanley of Andover was competing in the FlatRock 50k at Elk City State Park on Saturday when he was struck by lightning near the finish line.  Stanley died from his injuries.  A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Stanley’s family.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell is responding to allegations that he played favorites with plans for a new water treatment plant.  Longwell responded to a report posted yesterday in the “Wichita Eagle” and he argued on social media that the allegations are not true.  An “Eagle” report alleges that Longwell urged the City Council to award the plant contract to Wichita Water Partners, which includes several of his friends.   Longwell says he supported Wichita Water Partners because it was locally owned, would keep more dollars local and provide more jobs for Wichita residents.

This summer, in collaboration with the Kansas Livestock Association and the Kansas Beef Council, several Kansas State University veterinary medicine, and animal sciences and industry students traveled across the state to perform Beef Quality Assurance assessments at feedyards. Beef Quality Assurance is the cornerstone program of the beef industry to ensure safe, wholesome beef from cattle raised humanely. The BQA feedyard assessment program was established in the spring 2009 and focuses on animal welfare, records, protocols, facilities and equipment. Over three months, the group assessed 32 feedyards across Kansas. These feedyards represented 690,000 head on feed.

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