Kansas has ties with vintage WWII aircraft that crashed Wednesday…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 3, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 3, 2019

A vintage World War II aircraft which crashed on Wednesday in Connecticut is no stranger to Kansas. The B-17 Flying Fortress named “Nine-O-Nine”, has appeared in numerous events and air shows over the past 30 years, including several times in Topeka and Salina as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. Seven people were killed when “Nine-O-Nine” crashed at the Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is praising the work of Kansas law enforcement agencies.  Barr was in Wichita yesterday afternoon for a round table discussion with local law enforcement.  Barr says Kansas is a successful example of federal, state and local partnerships.  Barr also spoke about an increase in drug trafficking in rural areas and of his support for a new spending bill to pay for equipment for law enforcement and to fund substance abuse programs.

Two gang members are under arrest in connection with a Kansas drive-by shooting.  A 17-year-old boy was booked for possession of a firearm by a juvenile, carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and criminal discharge of a firearm.   A 16-year-old boy faces several charges including possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and criminal discharge of a firearm.  The drive-by shooting took place Monday evening in Wichita. An 11-year-old boy was injured by broken glass during the incident.

For the second day in a row sheriff’s deputies made a meaningful methamphetamine arrest in Central Kansas. When a police dog alerted on a car during a traffic stop in Great Bend 1/4 pound of meth was found, along with $8,000 in cash. Due to the amount of drugs and large amount of cash found, the Barton County Sheriff’s Office believes this was part of a distribution operation. They say they will continue to focus on higher level drug offenders in an effort to curtail the methamphetamine epidemic which plagues Central Kansas

The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City is identifying priests with substantiated allegations of sexually abusing children.  Ten priests and two seminarians are on the list.  Five priests on the list have died, three have left the priesthood, one has not been allowed to work as a priest since 2007 and one priest is in the Philippines.  The dioceses of Wichita, Salina and Kansas City, Kansas, have already released lists of accused priests.

A man is dead after being pulled from a Kansas lake.  Emergency crews were called to Sedgwick County Park, where divers pulled a 59-year-old man from the water. Authorities believe he went into the water to retrieve his dog.

Enrollment numbers at Kansas colleges and Universities are a mixed bag across the state. The Kansas Board of Regents released its Fall Preliminary Enrollment Summary from 2014-2019 on Wednesday. The numbers show overall student numbers declined at Emporia State, Pittsburg State, Washburn, Kansas State, and the University of Kansas. Meanwhile overall student enrollment increased at Fort Hays State and Wichita State.

 

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