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Salina man killed in fatal accident near Kansas/Colorado state line…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 30, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 30, 2018

A Salina man was killed in a single vehicle crash along Interstate 70 near the Kansas / Colorado border in Sherman County early Monday morning. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol,  the 59-year-old Brian Bender lost control of a pickup he was driving and rolled multiple times. The truck came to rest  on its top. The crash happened at 4:00 Monday morning on Interstate 70 in Sherman County Kansas, 4.5 miles east of the Colorado border.

Members of the Kansas National Guard are headed to the U.S. border with Mexico. The Kansas Adjutant General’s Office announced yesterday that guardsmen will work with the Arizona National Guard’s Customs Border Patrol Southwest Border Operations.  State officials have not said how many guardsmen will be sent to the southwest border states.

A federal judge will decide if Ford County should open a second polling location in Dodge City on Election Day.  A group of Latino voters sued Ford County last week after officials moved the main polling site outside the city limits, and they are demanding that a second polling place be established in Dodge City.  A preliminary hearing on the matter took place yesterday afternoon, and a federal judge says he could set a hearing in the case either tomorrow or Thursday. Unless the judge rules there needs to be another location, the town of 27,000 residents will have only 1 polling location, and it is located outside of town.

Independent candidate for governor Greg Orman is trying to make political history in Kansas. The businessman is traveling the state, bringing with him a message that change is needed in Topeka. Not just a change of current leadership but a change of both parties, republican and democrat. He is trying to be elected governor as an independent.

A new poll is showing Democrat Laura Kelly leading Republican Kris Kobach in the Kansas governor’s race.  According to the Fort Hays State University Docking Institute of Public Affairs’ fall survey, Kelly led Kobach by a 40-to-36 percent margin, while 10 percent of respondents said they would vote for independent Greg Orman on Election Day.  The results from the survey were compiled through a poll of Kansas voters taken in August and September.

Advance voting in Kansas is currently underway, ahead of next week’s general election.

Law enforcement is investigating a theft and asking the public for help to locate suspects. According to the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, late last week 18 Holstein steers were stolen from a property near Lamont, Kansas. The theft occurred between October 5th and October 25th. All 18 head have a brand on the right hip with “VF”. Anyone with information on the case, is encouraged to contact the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office.

A suspect in a Wichita swatting case is planning to change his plea.  According to court documents, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss is expected to change his not guilty plea to federal charges during a November 13th court hearing.  Barriss pleaded not guilty October 1st to a 12-count indictment elated to a December 2017 hoax phone call that stemmed from a dispute between two on-line gamers.  That fake call led Wichita police to shoot and kill 28-year-old Andrew Finch at his home on West McCormick.

A giant inflatable colon belonging to the University of Kansas Cancer Center  that was stolen has been recovered.   The ten-foot-long model colon is worth about $4,000. It is used by the Cancer Coalition to educate people about colorectal cancer.

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