Today In Kansas Report – Jan. 31, 2020

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 31, 2020

State and local officials are investigating the “suspicious” death of a man last week in Ellsworth County.  Authorities say they got the call around 10:30 p.m., January 23rd, in Holyrood following a report that an unconscious man had been found outside in the cold.  The victim, ID’d as 56-year-old John O. Glenn the Third, was rushed to an area hospital where he died sometime after midnight on the 24th.  Local sheriffs’ deputies, aided by KBI personnel, have executed several search warrants associated with the case.

A missing man in Barton County was found deceased. According to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, on  Wednesday 911 dispatchers received a call about a man who had not returned from work. At about 7:30 PM Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of SE. 70th Rd, near the  Barton Stafford/County line. Upon arrival Sheriff’s deputies located the missing man, 88-year-old Laverne Brown of Great Bend. It appears Brown has been attempting to repair a leak on an oil rig . The Sheriff’s office suspects Brown may have been overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas. Hydrogen sulfide, commonly known as H2S is a toxic substance that is byproduct of oil and natural gas production. Hydrogen sulfide is common in the oilfields of central Kansas. The location tested positive for H2S.

A man is facing charges in Garden City after he allegedly assaulted a woman on Thursday.  Police say 39-year-old Tommy Lee Aguilar remains in custody at the Finney County Jail following the report of a battery-in-progress.   The victim told police the Aguilar had beaten and choked her.  Prosecutors are reportedly seeking charges of attempted murder in the second degree, aggravated domestic battery, violation of a protection order and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Authorities in Ford County are hoping the public can help them track down a rape suspect.  The sheriff says 21-year-old Juan Carlos Gonzalez is wanted for rape and aggravated kidnapping stemming from an incident on or about January 22nd.  His whereabouts remain unknown and officials say he may have traveled out of the state.

A Kansas man accused of sexually assaulting a Tinder date is facing multiple charges in Wichita.  Court officials say 23-year-old Joe Tamez made his first appearance in court yesterday on two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated battery, criminal threat and battery.   The charges stem from an incident involving a 20-year-old woman who went to Tamez’s South Tyler Road home on Monday.  She reportedly told police he raped and choked her before she was able to escape.  Tamez remains behind bars.  Bond is set at 250 thousand dollars.

Twenty-one rural American communities that have borne the brunt of the opioid epidemic will share $14.8 million in funding to develop tailored and innovative responses to gaps in prevention, treatment and/or recovery services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. The new initiative will integrate public safety and public health approaches and blend interagency expertise and funding to address the epidemic. It will enable rural areas to implement evidence-based solutions and promising practices in a way that utilizes the unique assets of their communities. Its goal is to reduce opioid overdose deaths in high-risk rural communities, and to support and promote a shared understanding of the patterns and characteristics of local opioid use.  Reno County will receive $750,000 to help in the effort.

The largest power provider  in Kansas is expanding its wind energy portfolio by 660 megawatts, and reducing carbon output by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. Evergy says electricity from four new wind energy sites will be used to attract and retain large commercial and industrial customers. This addition will bring the total amount of wind serving Evergy customers to 4,535 megawatts, making Evergy one of the top five wind energy companies in the United States.


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