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Kroger (Dillons) and Walmart request that customers stop open carry of firearms…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 4, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiSeptember 4, 2019

Kroger, whose properties include Dillon’s grocery stores, is telling customers to stop openly carrying firearms in its stores, including in states where it’s legal.  In a statement, the company says they are also encouraging elected officials to pass laws that “strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence.”  The announcement came the same day Walmart made a similar request. Walmart is getting out of handgun sales, and will also stop selling handgun ammunition and so-called short barrel rifle ammunition that can be used in assault-style rifles.

A man who lived in Franklin County was sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison for selling drugs and guns to undercover officers, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. 39-year-old Heriberto Armendariz-Garcia from Wellsville, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. In his plea, he admitted he met multiple times with undercover officers, selling them cocaine, methamphetamine and firearms. During the course of the investigation he sold or arranged for the sale of nine kilograms of cocaine, 4.8 kilograms of methamphetamine, 16 firearms and 232 rounds of ammunition.  During one meeting with undercover officers, Armendariz-Garcia told them someone had stolen four kilograms of cocaine from him and when “the people down south” found out he might lose his house.

A man is dead following a hit and run crash in Leavenworth County.  Deputies responding to a call found the body of 34-year-old Emanuel Ross of Lawrence in the road.  Authorities say the driver of the vehicle that struck Ross fled from the scene of the crash.

Five judges and 15 attorneys have applied to fill a Kansas Supreme Court vacancy created by the September 8 retirement of Justice Lee Johnson. After interviewing applicants, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission will decide which three to recommend to the governor to fill the position. The governor will then choose which one to appoint to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.  The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is an independent body created by the Kansas Constitution. Four of its members are appointed by the governor from each of the state’s four congressional districts. These appointees are not attorneys. Four other members are attorneys elected by attorneys in each of the state’s congressional districts. The commission chair is an attorney elected by attorneys in a statewide vote.

Kansas’ largest city is joining a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.  The Wichita City Council voted unanimously to join the lawsuit.  Hundreds of cities across the United States are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for the compensation of costs of law enforcement, incarceration of prisoners and first responders connected to the prescription opioid epidemic.

Voters in the Newton School District are saying no to a pair of bond issues.  One of the issues would have remodeled and upgraded security at schools, and the other called for the construction of a new elementary school south of Highway 50.  The proposals would have cost the city and taxpayers more than $85 million.

A recent public opinion poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Kansans support increasing the State’s support of mental health services. In August, the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas (ACMHCK) commissioned a public opinion poll of likely Kansas voters, conducted by the Remington Research Group. The organization says “the results are clear. Kansans overwhelmingly support increased investment in mental health.”

A Kansas man is arrested after he became frustrated and damaged a self-check-out machine at a Salina grocery store. According to Salina Police, A 53-year-old man became frustrated and punched a Toshiba self-check cash register at Dillon’s grocery store. He was arrested on charges which include   felony damage to property. The machine is valued at $1,000.

After years of playing Super Kansas Cash, one Kansas resident’s dedication finally paid off in a $1,088,070 win.The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, won the Super Kansas Cash jackpot in the August 28 drawing. The player bought a $2 Quick Pick ticket in Johnson County and matched all five numbers and the Super Cash Ball to win.The winning ticket was sold at Casey’s General Store 3233 at 7875 Quivira Road in Lenexa. The retailer is eligible for a $1,000 selling bonus. The Super Kansas Cash jackpot for the Wednesday, September 4 drawing is $120,000.

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