Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is proposing a change in the state’s sex offender sentencing laws. Schmidt this week unveiled a proposal which would block a judge from reducing an offender’s sentence even if a victim younger than 14-years-old is found to be an aggressor in the incident. The proposed bill comes after a Leavenworth County judge lowered the sentence of a convicted sex offender late last year after ruling that a 13-year-old girl was the aggressor in the case.
Police in Kansas continue to seek a man in connection with a sexual assault in Hays. The Hays Police Department says they are continuing to work with other law enforcement agencies to locate 23-year-old Tre Miekale Carrasco, who is believed to have fled to Colorado. Carrasco is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Hays on Sunday, February 3rd, in the 400 block of west 7th Street in the area of the Fort Hays State University Campus. Carrasco is to be considered armed and dangerous.
Butler County Community College is upgrading security on campus. More than 400 cameras are being installed, and police say it will allow them to monitor nearly the entire campus except for dorms, bathrooms and locker rooms. All doors at the college will have key card access, which will allow police to close down the campus during an incident. Officials say the six-million-dollars in security upgrades should be completely installed by spring or summer.
A former congressional candidate from Wichita was arrested in Greenwood County. The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office says James Thompson was arrested January 27th for driving with a suspended license. Thompson says his driver’s license was suspended over an unpaid speeding ticket, but he has since paid the ticket and his license was reinstated. The Democratic Thompson ran for Congress in Kansas’ Fourth U.S. House District in 2017 and 2018, but he lost to Republican Ron Estes both times.
Meteorologists from the National Weather Service have began a kind of barnstorming tour across Kansas to help prepare storm spotters and weather enthusiasts for the upcoming severe weather season. They have started their presentations of severe weather safety and information talks. Each event is in partnership with local emergency management. The public is welcome at any of the sessions, and no previous experience or reservations are required.