Today In Kansas Report – Jan. 3, 2020

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 3, 2020

A teen is in custody after he allegedly stole a car, rammed a parked police vehicle and then led police on a brief chase on foot. Wichita Police say 18-year-old Dante Coleman was busted around 3 a.m. yesterday.  He reportedly faces numerous charges, including hit and run, evade and elude, possessing stolen property and more.  Police say he was also wanted on an existing warrant.  The stolen vehicle, a Nissan Altima, had been reported stolen out of Andover.

A traffic stop leads to the discovery of illegal drugs and drug money, and an arrest. Great Bend Police say they stopped a white 1999 Ford Explorer on New Year’s night for a traffic violation. After officers smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle they searched it. During the search they found and seized cocaine and approximately $1,800.00 in cash. 22-year-old Aaron Villalobos was arrested and booked into the Barton County Jail on felony drug charges.

A Kansas police officer is recovering office after a suspect hit him with his car.  Officials say the incident happened in parking lot in Leawood.  The suspect hit the gas as the officer approached, sideswiping the officer.  The driver, who is a suspect in several vehicle break-ins, was apprehended a short time later. The officer was briefly hospitalized for minor injuries.

Authorities are releasing the identity of a man who was killed earlier this week in a hit-and-run accident.  69-year-old Marc Mourning was struck by a vehicle as he was crossing a street in Wichita on New Year’s Eve. The driver of the vehicle, a silver 2003 Honda CRV, initially fled the scene but later contacted police to report his involvement in the incident.  Friends say Mourning was a local musician and played drums for a number of local rock bands in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

If you thought you were going to save a lot of money by driving a hybrid or all-electric vehicle in the Sunflower State, you may want to dial back your expectations.  On Wednesday, a bill that passed both the state house and senate last year went into effect that hikes registration fees for the high-tech, fueling-saving vehicles.  Hybrid drivers must now pay and extra fifty dollars to offset estimate lost gas-tax revenues.  For drivers of all-electric vehicles, the premium is now a hundred bucks.  Previously, the premium was just thirty dollars for either class of vehicle.

Heating your home during the winter months can create a financial burden. In an effort to help keep Kansans warm this winter, the Kansas Department for Children and Families  began accepting applications for its Low- Income Energy Assistance Program on Thursday of this week. LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Persons with disabilities, older adults and families with children are the primary groups assisted. In 2019, about 33,000 households received an average benefit of $576.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake will host Tuttle Creek Eagle Day on Saturday. The day will start with presentations from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Milford Nature Center including an up close look at some live native birds of prey. The day will end with an eagle watching tour at Tuttle Creek Lake. Winter eagle watching is particularly spectacular and January is an ideal time to view these magnificent birds. Bald eagles have made a remarkable comeback from a population low of some 417 nesting pairs in 1967 to over 10,000 pairs today. Tuttle Creek is home to several nests and provides prime habitat for Bald Eagles and other birds of prey.


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