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Pedestrian killed on I-70 near Russell…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 11, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiJanuary 11, 2019

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating an incident in which a pedestrian was hit and  killed on Interstate 70. Shortly after 5:00 Friday morning a deceased person was located in the eastbound lanes of I-70 in Russell county. An unoccupied parked vehicle was on the shoulder of the road.  The agency is investigating this event as a vehicle vs pedestrian fatal crash. They say it was not a hit and run.

A driver is lucky to be alive after she lost control of her vehicle and nearly ended up in a cold, watery grave. Police say it happened in Eastern Kansas near Olathe Northwest High School.  A woman’s SUV hit another vehicle, then veered off the road into the water.  She was briefly trapped in the partially submerged vehicle before first responders got her out. She was rushed to a hospital in critical condition

Call it a win for Kansas police.  Authorities say a Wichita cop is recovering from minor injuries after a Thursday-afternoon shootout left a suspect in serious condition.  It happened when officers responded to a report of an armed suspect at the Sedgwick County Division of Corrections.  When confronted by police, the 29-year-old man tried to escape in his vehicle, sideswiping a 13-year WPD veteran.  The suspect was shot multiple times after he jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee on foot.

A Salina woman came home to discover a burglary in progress. She immediately called police, and when they arrived they found a man in her garage naked from the waist down, wearing a hat that belongs to the woman. He was arrested on multiple charges.

An inmate who escaped from a northeast Kansas prison is back behind bars.  Officials say 36-year-old Cal Henry Green the Third was arrested across the state line in Missouri. Green made his escape on Monday from the Lansing Correction Facility behind the wheel of a stolen state dump trunk. That vehicle was later found abandoned. Green was serving time for an aggravated-battery conviction.

Lawmakers are looking to tweak the state’s foster care system.  Kansas Department of Children and Families officials say legislators on both sides of the aisle want to address the fact that there is no requirement to keep track of reimbursements and other spending. Some foster families never receive approved funds.  A proposed bill would require contractors to provide records of how they spend federal and state funds to help officials improve efficiency.

Authorities in McPherson responded to a structure fire Thursday afternoon.  The fire broke out at Chemstar Products around 3:55 p.m. Chemstar is a green space, meaning it is environmentally friendly. The plan makes drilling mud out of corn products.

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