The Kansas National Guard has a number of Soldiers and Airmen on standby, ready to deploy if they are requested in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The Division of Emergency Management is urging people who want to help to donate money to a reputable volunteer or charitable organization rather than sending food, clothing or other goods.
Authorities have identified the man shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy as 24-year-old William Matthew Holmes of Newton. Newton police say Holmes died Monday night after he was shot by a McPherson County Sheriff’s deputy. Newton Police Lt. Bryan Hall says the shooting followed a chase that started in Newton when police responded to a burglary call. He says Holmes was shot when he tried to take a Newton officer’s gun during the struggle.
Law enforcement authorities are investigating the death of a Sedgwick County jail inmate at the Meade County Jail. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department says preliminary reports indicate the inmate died just before 7:30p.m. Monday after fighting with another inmate. Paramedics unsuccessfully tried lifesaving measures on the inmate but he died at the scene.
Still no sign of a man who led police on a chase in Rice County over the weekend before getting away in Geneseo. He’s wanted in Colorado and has seven prior convictions. Law enforcement has followed up on a number of tips, searching outbuildings but so far have come up empty.
Artists in southeast Kansas are preparing to turn the exterior walls of participating businesses into murals as part of a community art project. The Southeast Kansas Art Fest 2017 grant program covers half the cost of the project in Pittsburg, Kansas. The other half will be paid by businesses and patrons. The group hopes to help fund 10 to 15 murals. Application deadline is Sept. 17.