Kansas could soon stop observing Daylight Saving Time. A proposal in the Kansas Legislature would exempt the state from Daylight Saving Time starting on November 3rd of this year. The state would remain on standard time if the measure is approved. Some Kansas lawmakers have suggested that Missouri legislators approve a similar measure in an effort to avoid confusion in the Kansas City area, which is divided in half by the state line.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly wants a review of state sentencing guidelines to provide an option other than prison for first time nonviolent offenders. Under the governor’s proposal, first time nonviolent offenders would receive treatment instead of jail. This is an effort to address overcrowded prisons and also prevent offenders from committing more crimes.
The winter storm earlier this week kept first responders across Kansas, including state troopers, very busy. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, troopers responded 931 calls for service, assisted 259 motorists, and worked 118 crashes including 21 injury crashes and 1 fatal crash.
Attorneys are claiming they have data linking a dealership with an SUV that ran over and critically injured a Kansas police officer. A court document filed this week on behalf of the wife of former Officer Brian Arterburn alleges that someone from Eddy’s Chevrolet Cadillac loaned the SUV to Justin Terrazas. The lawsuit accuses the dealership of negligence by not reporting the SUV stolen until after Terrazas ran over Arterburn during a February 2017 incident. Terrazas is serving more than 28-years in prison for his role in injuring Arterburn.
A man who pleaded guilty to raping a Kansas sheriff’s deputy is withdrawing his guilty plea. Brady Newman-Caddell pleaded guilty last May to rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated criminal sodomy, but he withdrew that plea yesterday. Prosecutors say Newman-Caddell and William Luth abducted the deputy in October 2016 as she arrived for work at the Johnson County Jail in Olathe and assaulted her before letting her go in Lee’s Summit. Luth is serving 41-years in prison for orchestrating the incident, and Newman-Caddell will return to court February 7th.
The Derby Police Department is above the national average when it comes to gender diversity. Eleven of the department’s 47 police officers are women, which is nearly double the national average for the number of female officers in a law enforcement agency. Officials say the two school resource officers at Derby High School are also women. Derby police say there are currently three openings for officer positions, and a fourth will open later this year.
The Hutchinson Police Department swore in a new officer this morning. The agency welcomed Officer Tank, a new K-9 to the force. Tank recently completed his training and will begin his service over the next few days.
A Kansas man is accused of threatening to kill a girl’s family. Johnson County prosecutors say 21-year-old Logan Paul Clements met the victim in an online gaming community, asked her to send him nude photos and threatened to kill her family if she didn’t comply. The girl sent photos, but Clements allegedly threatened to share those images with the victim’s friends if she didn’t give him more pictures. Clements was arrested for attempted rape, electronic solicitation of a minor and blackmail earlier this month after the girl’s parents learned that he had planned to meet her at Blue Valley Middle School for sex.
The city of Wichita is giving residents a look at a new downtown baseball stadium. The stadium, which will house a Triple-A baseball team currently playing in New Orleans, will include six-thousand seats and five-thousand easily accessible parking spots. Total construction for the project is expected to approved next month, and the stadium is scheduled to open next year.