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New class of Kansas Highway Patrol troopers graduates today…and more headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: December 12, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiDecember 12, 2018

A group of Kansas Highway Patrol recruits will have their badges pinned on this week in Salina and officially became troopers. The newest class of Kansas Highway Patrol troopers will hit a milestone in their careers this Thursday, as they graduate from the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy in Salina. The Patrol’s 24 newest troopers will then enter the field training phase of our training program. KHP Recruit Class #58 began 23 weeks of training at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy back on July 11th.

A woman is accused of leaving her grandson at a Kansas rest stop.  68-year-old Janie Gill was arrested this week in Rogers County, Oklahoma, on one count of child neglect.  She allegedly left her 17-year-old autistic grandson at a Greenwood County rest stop last month because she knew someone would provide him with the care he needs.  The teen was taken into protective custody. Gill will be formally charged in Greenwood County.

Three young children were placed into protective custody in Garden City after their father allegedly was involved in a domestic incident and a high speed chase in the vehicle they were placed in.   Authorities say 36-year-old Billy Mondragon led Garden City Police and Finney County Sheriff Deputies on a pursuit.  As he drove head-on towards an officer’s patrol vehicle it had to swerve to avoid a head-on collision. The suspect made a sharp turn and the vehicle went off the roadway and rolled. He then exited the vehicle where he attempted to flee on foot before being taken into custody. Inside of the vehicle, officers found three small children, ages 2, 1 and 1½ months, were not properly restrained. The children were transported to St. Catherine Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

Three corrections officers are recovering from minor injuries after an inmate tried to escape from the Montgomery County Jail.  Authorities say 40-year-old Curtis Lee Harris tried to break out of the jail when he gained control of an officer’s Taser.  The corrections officer deployed pepper spray, but Harris allegedly Tasered the officers during a struggle.  Harris eventually returned to his cell. He faces several charges including attempted escape from custody, aggravated assault and criminal threat against an officer.

A Kansas high student is under arrest for allegedly making a violent threat at the school.  Police arrested the teen after he allegedly told others that he was going to bring guns to Piper High School so he could shoot people.  Witnesses say the teen shouted that he would carry out the shooting.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is part of a bipartisan group of 40 state attorneys general working to stop or reduce annoying and harmful robocalls. This coalition is reviewing the technology major telecom companies are pursuing to combat illegal robocalls.

A dog is credited with saving a Hutchinson family from a fire. The bark dog named “buster” woke up the family. The family, and Buster safely exited the home which was engulfed with flames by the time first responders arrived.

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