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Sand Hill cranes found poached in Wallace County…and more headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 19, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 19, 2018

Kansas Game Wardens are seeking the public’s help in Wallace County. Earlier this week in Eastern Wallace County, wardens found several Sand Hill cranes poached and left to rot. If you have any information about this incident please contact the Wallace County Game Warden at 785-342-7382 or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach is hoping his campaign gets a boost from last night’s appearance by Mike Pence.  The Vice President appeared before a large group that gathered for a 150-dollar-per-ticket fundraiser at Air Capital Flight Line.  Kobach and Kansas Congressman Ron Estes also spoke at the event.  Pence’s appearance was one of several he’s making this month in support of Republicans in Midwest states.  The vice president is visiting Topeka on Friday to campaign for Second Congressional District Republican candidate Steve Watkins.

The Geary County sheriff is facing criminal charges following his arrest by state investigators.  Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials say Sheriff Tony Wolf was taken into custody yesterday morning. He was arrested for felony theft, for allegedly giving a county-owned firearm as a gift to a third party, and for misuse of public funds. The misuse of public funds allegation asserts Wolf used public dollars in a manner not authorized by law. Following the arrest, Wolf was booked into the Geary County Jail, and then released on bond. He is on administrative leave.

Riley County police are attaching a name to human remains found in Ogden last weekend.  Officials say the remains, found Saturday afternoon in a rural area of Ogden belong to 30-year-old local resident Ashley Meiss, who was reported missing on May 17th.  Police say foul play is not suspected in Meiss’ death.

A fire that broke out in a home in north Salina claimed the life of the lone resident inside. First responders found a 74-year-old man inside the smoke-filled home unresponsive. He was rushed to Salina Regional Health Center, where he died.he died from his injuries. The Salina Fire Department has ruled the fire as accidental, caused by a space heater.

The family of a Kansas woman is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver who injured their daughter in a hit-and-run accident earlier this month.  Police say it happened a little before 8 p.m. Oct. 3rd in Wichita. According to witnesses, the driver was an older white man with a long beard behind the wheel of a black truck.  The victim’s family is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Both Dodge City and Garden City Police are warning of a scam. Residents are receiving calls from people who are claiming to be the IRS and stating the person on the receiving end needs to send money or they will be arrested. The IRS will only typically correspond by mail. They typically do not request money be sent over the phone. Any past money owed with the IRS is likely a civil matter that is handled in civil court. If you receive a call like this do not give them any of your bank account information and be sure you are confirming who you are speaking with.

Two men accused of lying to investigators looking into a fatal accident at Schlitterbahn Waterpark are celebrating ‘not guilty’ verdicts.  David Hughes and John Zalsman had been accused of interference with law enforcement by false reporting following the August 2016 death of ten-year-old Caleb Schwab.  The case had centered on recollections of the two men about the configuration of brake mats on the slide prior to the accident.

After the discovery of potential mold by students in a residence hall room, Pittsburg State University has addressed the issue and now is doubling down on steps to lessen the chances it will happen again. On Monday, University Housing will schedule inspections for every room. Tuesday through Friday they will conduct those inspections.

A mild winter could be in store for much of the United States this winter, including here in Kansas. That’s according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. In the U.S. Winter Outlook for December through February, above-average temperatures are most likely across several regions, including the Midwest. Drought conditions are anticipated to improve in areas including the Central Plains.

 

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