Today In Kansas Report – Feb. 10, 2020

Jackson SchneiderFebruary 10, 2020

A teenage girl who was reported missing from Dodge City has been found safe. According to the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, at around11:30 a.m. Sunday, 18-year-old Dolores Perez walked into a law enforcement agency after learning she had been reported as a missing person. Perez’s family had reported her missing last week. She has last been seen with a man in the company of a man who who was wanted for rape and aggravated kidnapping, identified as Juan Carlos Gonzalez. He turned himself in to authorities in Nebraska late last week.

Federal charges have been filed in an incident which began with an armed robbery in Newton and ended with a crash in front of a school in Salina. According to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister, 18-year-old Jeremiah Urias, 25-year-old Jorge Correa, and 27-year-old Rico Montes all from Wichita have been charged with committing a robbery last week at a convenience store  in Newton. Allegedly two of them entered the store. One of them pointed a handgun at a clerk and demanded money. The other, carrying a military style rifle demanded more money, and walked around the store firing shots into the ceiling and into an ATM. Investigators used surveillance footage to identify a license tag number of the getaway vehicle. Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers later located the suspect car on Intestate 135 near Salina and began a pursuit. The pursuit ended with a crash near Salina South High School. Two people were immediately taken into custody. A third person ran north from the scene, away from the high school. After about 45 minutes he was located and taken into custody as well.

A suspect is under arrest in connection with a murder.  Ricky Chavez was apprehended on Friday and booked for first-degree murder in the death of 72-year-old Raymond Koob Junior of Wichita.  Koob was found dead at a home on November 3rd.

Authorities are investigating a stabbing in Emporia.  Lyon County deputies say the victim was stabbed during a fight late Saturday night in the 12-hundred-block of East Logan Avenue.  The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.  No arrests have been announced in connection with the incident.

Layoffs are continuing at a Kansas aviation company.  KWCH reports that another round of layoffs started at Spirit AeroSystems on Friday.  The company initially laid off 24-hundred employees following a stoppage in the production of the Boeing 737 MAX, and 400 workers are being impacted by the latest job cuts.  Kansas lawmakers have introduced one bill to help laid off workers collect unemployment benefits without having to wait one week, and another that extends unemployment benefits from 16 weeks to 26 weeks.

Construction of new baseball stadium in downtown Wichita is still on schedule.  Wichita Wind Surge officials tell KSNW that the new ballpark should be complete by March 15th, but last minute touches to the stadium will be made up until opening day on April 14th.  The Wind Surge are the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins.  The Triple-A club is playing its first season in Wichita after relocating from New Orleans.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service are preparing for a kind of barnstorming tour to help prepare storm spotters and weather enthusiasts for the upcoming severe weather season. Beginning this week they will head out across the state to present severe weather safety and information talks. They will partner with local emergency management offices to help prepare storm spotters and weather enthusiasts for the upcoming storm season. All of the presentations are free and open to the public.


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