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Ness County Sheriff agrees to resign…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 23, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 23, 2018

The Sheriff of Ness County has admitted to a federal firearm charge and agreed to resign. Sheriff Bryan Whipple, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly selling a gun to a person who was prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm. He admitted he arranged to sell a .45 caliber pistol and ammunition to a man he knew was a convicted felon. Along with resigning, the Sheriff will forfeit hi law enforcement certificate.

A pilot was not hurt after making an emergency landing in a Geary County field. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the 67-year-old took off in a small airplane from the Junction City Airport. At approximately 2500 feet elevation the bubble canopy came open. The pilot was not able to maintain flight elevation and landed in the corn stubble.

One person is in custody in connection with a shooting in rural Barton County. The Barton County Sheriff’s Office says the case stems from a incident late Friday night in which a man sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the left leg. The victim is recovering in the hospital in Great Bend. A suspect was booked into the Barton County Jail on charges of attempted murder and is being held in the Barton County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

A Topeka man was sentenced Monday to 40 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of a stolen gun. The case began when a Topeka police officer stationed in a parking lot heard three gunshots nearby. He made a traffic stop and found two spent shell casings and a box of ammunition in the car.  A 9 mm handgun, with ammunition in identical to the spent shell casings, was also recovered.

The Sedgwick County Commission is part of an FBI investigation.  County Commissioner Richard Ranzau confirmed to KSNW that an investigation is underway involving more than one commissioner, but he would not reveal additional details.  Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell, who faces federal wire fraud and money laundering charges related to alleged misuse of campaign funds, says he has not been contacted by the FBI about any new investigations.  The FBI regional office in Kansas City is not confirming nor denying any potential investigation.

A Kansas City area man is under arrest in connection with a romance scheme that cost several women hundreds of thousands of dollars.  49-year-old Ronayerin Ogolor is charged in federal court with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  He is accused of defrauding more than a dozen women that he met on dating websites out of $900,000.  Ogolor was arrested at KCI before he could board a flight in an effort to travel to Germany.

Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal this coming Saturday. The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, nearly 75 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone.

Advance voting for the November general election is underway across Kansas. Registered voters can cast ballots via their local county clerk’s office.  Advance voting ends at noon, Monday November 5th. The election is Tuesday, November 6th. Polls are open 7 AM – 7PM on election day.

Kansas still likes Ike. Another tribute to Kansas native President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a new statue honoring the 34th President of the United States, was dedicated on the statehouse grounds. The statue is now the fourth tribute to President Eisenhower on the statehouse grounds.

Tonight’s Mega Millions drawing could make someone a new billionaire.  The jackpot is a record $1.6 billion.  Taking the cash option would net a tidy $904 million.  Tomorrow night’s Powerball drawing offers another chance to win big.  The jackpot is $620 millions, with a cash option of $350 million.  These are two of the five biggest jackpots in U.S. lottery history.

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