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NWKTC placed on lockdown Tuesday…and more headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: November 14, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiNovember 14, 2018

Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland  was placed on lockdown on Tuesday after employees received a call about a possible active shooter on campus. Goodland police, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office all responded. The situation was assessed quickly and it was determined that the incident stemmed from rumors being circulated within the student body. This was not a hoax or swatting incident.

Authorities are identifying a suspect injured in an officer-involved shooting in Pratt.  Police responded to the report of a man waving a gun outside a home and encountered 38-year-old Rene Prieto.  Prieto allegedly fired at police, and officers returned fire and shot him.  No officers were injured, but Prieto was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

A traffic stop on Interstate-70 in Saline County turned into a couple of drug arrests. After a rental car headed for Tennessee was clocked going 93-miles per hour and pulled over a sheriff deputy found nearly 5 and a half pounds of pot that was purchased in Colorado and stored in waterproof cases. A 48-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man, both from Tennessee, were arrested.

A Kansas man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking. The 34-year-old from Paola was yelling, moving erratically and acting aggressively toward law enforcement officers when they stopped his car in Ottawa, Kan. Investigators found almost a pound of methamphetamine in the car, as well as ammunition and $2,724 in cash. After McWhorter was arrested, McWhorter’s girlfriend was arrested with 200 grams of methamphetamine and a shotgun, both belonging to McWhorter.

A Kansas restaurant owner was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for falsifying records he submitted to prove he was paying his workers minimum page. The 39-year-old, who owned the China Garden restaurant in Merriam admitted that a federal investigation determined he was not complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act because he did not pay employees overtime after 40 hours. After he agreed to pay employees back wages, a subsequent investigation revealed he was feigning compliance by paying his servers with paychecks to bring their hourly pay up to minimum wage. In fact, however, he was requiring the servers to cash their payroll checks and turn the money back over to him.

A California man entered a plea agreement in federal court in Kansas that would send him to prison for 20 years or more. 25-year-old Tyler Barriss pleaded guilty to causing a deadly swatting incident in Wichita on Dec. 28, 2017, as well as dozens of similar crimes in which no one was injured. In those cases, Barriss was charged in federal courts in California and the District of Columbia. In the Wichita case, Barriss admitted making hoax calls that resulted in Wichita police surrounding an old house.  When officers arrived, they believed there was a man inside who had killed his own father and was holding family members hostage.  A man who came outside to face police, however, had done nothing wrong and did not know about the swatting call. As he stepped onto the porch, police told him to put up his hands. When he unexpectedly dropped his hands, he was shot and killed.

A Kansas man is headed to prison for sexually assaulting and trying to kill a seven-year-old girl.  Corbin Breitenbach was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for attempted capital murder, aggravated criminal sodomy and burglary.  Prosecutors say he broke into a west Wichita apartment last year, sexually assaulted the girl and strangled her until she lost consciousness. The girl survived the incident, and Breitenbach will not become eligible for parole.

A Kansas convenience store chain collected nearly $24,000 for food banks across the state. From October 22-31, all ten 24/7 Travel Store locations pledged to donate 5¢ from every gallon of gas sold to their local food bank. 24/7 Travel Stores has ten locations across nine cities including Goodland, Colby, WaKeeney, Hays, Russell, Salina, McPherson, Abilene and Maple Hill.

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