Officials continue search for missing woman…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 18, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiJanuary 18, 2019

State officials continue to probe the disappearance of a Lincoln County woman who disappeared in late 2017.  A KBI spokesperson says 39-year-old Glenna Bullard was last seen behind the wheel of a blue pickup truck near Kansas highways 18 and 14 on November 1st of that year. Family members she say may have been headed to Texas, but never contacted relatives there.  Anyone with information is asked to call the KBI.

 

Dodge City police are on the hunt for a suspect wanted on five counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.   Local authorities say an arrest warrant has been issued since Tuesday for Edy Yobani Tomas Zetino-Salazar.  Police say he may have fled the area in a blue Chevrolet Suburban with Kansas plates.

 

Six people are facing charges after two drug raids Wednesday in McPherson.  Local police say the arrests came in separate drug-warrant searches.  During the first bust, on West Woodside Street, officers arrested a 49-year-old man and 45-year-old woman after finding methamphetamine, paraphernalia and several firearms.  In the second, three men ages 56, 33 and 31 and a single 28-year-old woman were taken in following their arrests on North Chestnut Street.  All six suspects face possession and other charges.

 

A Riley County nurse has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after being found guilty of Medicaid fraud and related charges in three Kansas counties. The sentences for 57-year-old Kathleen M. Kleuskens of Ogden in the three counties were ordered to be served concurrently with each other. Convictions such as this one may also result in a period during which the defendant is prohibited from being paid wages through a government health care program. Kleuskens’ convictions stem from times she was employed as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at nursing facilities in Clay Center, Junction City and Wamego.

 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt  has chosen former Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn to join his office’s Livestock/Brand Investigation Unit. Schmidt formed the Livestock/Brand Investigation Unit in 2014 in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Agriculture. It helps local law enforcement investigate cattle theft and related crimes. Chinn began his position as a special agent in the unit on January 10.

 

Federal workers in Kansas sitting idle amid the partial shutdown in the nation’s capital can apply for state unemployment benefits.  That’s the word from Kansas Department of Labor Interim Secretary Delia Garcia, who says affected federal employees should apply for benefits as soon as possible.  She notes that federal workers who still have to go into work full-time but are not being paid during the shutdown do not qualify.  However, for those who qualify, there is a caveat.  Federal workers who score state benefits and then end up getting back pay will have to reimburse the state.

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