Today In Kansas Report – Jan. 2, 2020

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 2, 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration is getting involved in the mysterious drone sightings in northeastern Colorado and parts of western Nebraska.  U.S. Senator Cory Gardner says the agency has launched a full investigation.  The drones have recently been spotted in multiple counties, even some even in Nebraska, flying in what appears to be formation.

Authorities are identifying the two people killed in a Kansas plane crash.  48-year-old Jonathan Vannatta and 43-year-old Darcy Matthews died when their single-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from Johnson County Executive Airport on Tuesday.  Vannatta was a DEA agent with the agency’s Little Rock office.  NTSB investigators are working to determine the cause of the deadly crash.

Authorities are identifying a man who was killed during a fight in Newton.  Fifty-three-year-old Robert Flores Senior was found dead Tuesday night on a sidewalk.  Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Martinez was booked into the Harvey County Jail on first-degree murder charges in connection with Flores’ death.

A Hollywood actress is accused of killing her mother in Kansas. 38-year-old Mollie Fitzgerald, who had a small part in the in the movie “Captain America: The First Avenger”, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 68-year-old Patricia Fitzgerald.  Patricia Fitzgerald was stabbed to death December 20th at a home in Olathe.

Over the past week, officers with the Scott City Police Department have executed multiple search warrants and seized a large amount of drugs and drug money. The agency says they executed four different search warrants. Officers seized over a quarter pound of methamphetamine, marijuana, THC wax, drug paraphernalia, and over $1,500 in suspected drug money. Nine different people were arrested.

The head of the Herington Police Department has issued an apology to a fast-food company.  Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday apologized on New Year’s Day to McDonald’s and its employees across the world especially those in Junction City,t o the people of Junction City, and to law enforcement across the nation for accusing a fast food worker of writing a profane insult on one of his officer’s cup of coffee last week.  The officer later admitted to making up the story as a joke and later resigned from the police department.

One person was taken into custody following a deadly hit-and-run crash in Wichita.  A man in his 50’s was struck Tuesday afternoon and died from his injuries.  The driver of the vehicle fled from the scene, but called police a short time later and admitted to hitting the pedestrian.  The incident is under investigation.

A pedestrian was struck and killed in Overland Park.  Police say 45-year-old Agri Aytar died after being struck by two vehicles Wednesday night. The vehicles involved in the accident stayed at the scene.  The deadly crash is under investigation.

The largest city in Kansas is getting ready for a milestone year in 2020.  Both Wichita and Sedgwick County will celebrate their 150th anniversaries. Wichita State University will mark its 125th year of educating students and the Wichita Art Museum will turn 85-years-old this year.

A lot of people are expected to vow to lose weight or quit smoking in the new year, but experts say too many people set unrealistic goals when it comes to making resolutions.  Experts say people may make resolutions too quickly and without enough thought.  They say people also shouldn’t beat themselves up over broken resolutions and realize that any time is good to make positive changes.  Experts add the best way to accomplish a goal is to put together a plan first.


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