Salina man confesses to shooting a police officer in Illinois…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: November 15, 2018

Jackson SchneiderNovember 15, 2018

A Salina man has admitted to shooting a police officer in Illinois. 24-year-old Alex Karcher of Salina plead guilty to charges related to the shooting of Carbondale Police Officer Trey Harris on July 31, 2016. Karcher admitted that he, along with others, conspired to possess with the intent to deliver a large amount of marijuana. He admitted that on July 31, 2016, that he and other co-conspirators came to Carbondale, Illinois, to collect on a debt from a previous drug deal. On Sunday evening, July 31, 2016, he admitted that he discharged a firearm seven times at the pursuing police car which gave chase to the vehicle he was riding in after officers observed the vehicle speed away from a shooting scene. One of those shots struck Carbondale police officer Trey Harris in the eye.

Three people were killed in crash on a western Kansas Highway. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol,  a semi-truck headed west on US 54 crossed the center line and collided head-on with another semi that was traveling east. A man from Arkansas City was killed in the crash, along with two people from Minnesota.  The accident happened early Wednesday U.S. Highway 54 between Pratt and Greensburg near the Pratt-Kiowa County line.

A 57-year-old woman from Linwood, Kansas, was killed in a  single vehicle crash in Douglas County. According to the Kansas Highway patrol, a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis was headed west on U.S. 40 Highway when it drifted off the shoulder of the road.  The car vaulted over a ditch and came to a rest on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes.

A man from Arkansas was hurt when his car went airborne and crashed along Interstate 70 in Dickinson County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 22-year-old man from Clarksville, Arkansas was driving a 2006 Monte Carlo headed west. For an unknown reason he lost control, entered a ditch, vaulted over the on ramp, then rolled.

One person was hurt in a crash involving a farm implement on a rural Kansas road. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2006 John Deere Combine was headed south on Lyons Creek Road in Geary County. As an oncoming car approached the driver pulled to the edge of the road and stopped to allow the combine to pass. The combine struck the car as it passed, pushing it across the road and into a ditch. The driver of the car, a 45-year-old man from Junction City, was hurt. He was transported to the hospital in Salina. The driver of the Combine was not hurt.

A Lawrence man was sentenced  to 12.5 years in federal prison for soliciting a 16-year-old girl to send him child pornography. 40-year-old Jamie Drake admitted he solicited a 16-year-old girl from Franklin County, Mo., to send him photos of herself in sexual poses. He offered to pay her bills and send her money in exchange for photos.

A Newton High School student is accused of sexually assaulting a teen in the school’s parking lot. The 18-year-old allegedly raped another teen in a car during a lunch break at the school on November 5th.  He was arrested on November 7th and he is facing several charges that including rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Fort Riley will serve a fun, unique Thanksgiving type meal this weekend. The Army post is ready for its fourth annual “Gobble Wobble” this Saturday. The “Gobble Wobble” is a two-mile fun run, or walk, that includes Thanksgiving dinner along the route. The run begins at Riley’s Conference Center and features five food stops where participants will be able to enjoy portion-controlled turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, a dinner roll and, of course, pumpkin pie.




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