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Severe storms roll through Kansas Sunday…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: May 6, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiMay 6, 2019

Much of the state is recovering from severe storms.  Strong prompted tornadoes, heavy rain and large hail.  Tennis ball-sized hail fell in Barton County, and spotters reported tornadoes in multiple areas. There were over a dozen tornado reports around Kansas. There have been no reports of injuries in connection with the severe weather.

Two people are dead following a crash during a high speed pursuit. Police say a car chase involving an alleged stolen vehicle led to the multi-vehicle crashin Downtown Wichita.  A 70-year-old woman and 12-year-old girl died from injuries in the crash.  Four people, including the two suspects who are accused of causing the crash, were injured.

A 65-year-old woman was hurt when her car rolled multiple times in a field in Southwest Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a Chevrolet HHR was headed east on U.S. 83 Highway in Finney County. The driver lost control, veered to the right into a field, and rolled unknown number of times. The car came to rest on its top.

A 58-year-old woman from Lincolnvile was hurt when a motorcycle she was riding flipped end over end. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a Kawasaki motorcycle was headed north on K177 in Butler County. The bike entered a curve with too much speed and left the road. It flipped end over end ejected the rider.

Kansas City, Kansas, police are investigating a shooting.  A man was shot in the head Saturday evening while he played basketball with his daughter at Edgerton Park near Springfield and Edgerton.  Authorities say three suspects approached the victim and began to fight with him, and the man’s daughter ran for help.  The victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Sentencing is delayed for a second time for a man found in a storage unit with his wife’s dismembered remains.  Justin Rey was convicted in January of child endangerment, child misconduct and sexual exploitation of a child, but he still faces a charge of abandoning a corpse in Jackson County.  Rey was found staying in a Lenexa U-Haul facility in October 2017 with his two small children and the remains of his wife in two coolers.  Rey will now be sentenced on June 28th after he filed a motion of ineffective assistance after the trial.

The Mercury Remote Rover Squad, from the Kansas State University Robotics Competition Team, took first place in the international competition, Oklahoma State University Mercury Robotics Challenge, April 26-27 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Mercury Remote Robot Challenge is an international, interscholastic robotics competition that challenges competitors to design and build a robot capable of performing a mission. The robot must be operated remotely over the internet from at least 50 miles away, presenting a unique engineering challenge in which electrical and mechanical design, embedded programming, wireless communication and latency all play a large role.

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