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Pat Roberts announces retirement following current term…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 7, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiJanuary 7, 2019

Pat Roberts is retiring from the U.S. Senate at the end of his current term.  Kansas’s senior senator will not seek another term in 2020.  The 82-year-old Republican was first elected to the Senate in 1996 after serving 16 years in the U.S. House representing Kansas’s First Congressional District.  There is much speculation about who the next Kansas Senator might be. First District Representative Dr. Roger Marshall is seriously considering a run for the seat. Another person seriously considering a run is Wink Hartman, who ran as a Lieutenant Governor candidate under Kris Kobach’s run for Governor. Kobach is also thinking about running for the Senate seat.

A truck driver in a semi from NY was killed in an unusual crash in SE Kansas over the weekend when he collided with a disabled vehicle. A box truck was on its side, with the driver climbing on top of the cab. The semi struck the rear of the box truck. The pedestrian was ejected off the top of the cab. He was not seriously hurt. The semi jack knifed, killing the driver. The crash happened in Franklin County along  Interstate 35 southbound at the U.S. 59 Highway junction, on the South edge of Ottawa.

No injuries are reported after a plane went down near Lawrence.  Officials say the pilot experienced a technical issue Saturday afternoon and was forced to make a hard landing in a field near the Lawrence Municipal Airport. The pilot was the only person aboard the plane, and the Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the incident The Kansas Highway Patrol Is investigating the incident because the National Transportation Safety Board is unavailable due to the government shutdown.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested two murder suspects from Oklahoma in Kansas. Federal Marshals arrested 33-year-old La’shae Terrell and 42-year-old Kenneth Williams at an apartment complex in the Wichita area. The pair was wanted for first-degree murder in the December 29th death of Louis Poole in Tulsa.  Authorities had learned the suspects were hiding out in Maize.

Police in Kansas say 2 suspects accused of putting credit card skimming devices on two ATMs in Arkansas City may be in Texas. Some of the cards compromised were used in Houston within the last few days. The suspects are driving a 2006 to 2010 Volswagen Jetta “with a paper license plate of some kind.” Ark City Police advise that anyone with a card that might’ve been compromised will be contacted.

Kansas Game Wardens are asking for the public’s help in finding a poacher. A deer was illegally poached in rural Rice County. Anyone with an any information is asked to conatct the Rice County Sheriff’s Office or the state’s Operation GameThief program.

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