Today In Kansas Report – Jan. 6, 2020

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 6, 2020

A Colorado woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Western Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a Toyota Sienna minivan was headed north U.S. 283 Highway. It went left of center colliding with an oncoming Chevrolet Suburban SUV. The SUV rolled and ended up in a ditch. The van ended up on the road. The driver of the SUV, 73-year-old Sherry McKinnon from Foxfield, Colorado, was killed. The driver of the van was not seriously injured. The crash happened Sunday afternoon on U.S. 283 Highway in Ford County.

A house was damaged following a fire in Valley Center.  The blaze broke out Sunday afternoon.  No injuries were reported, but firefighters rescued some puppies from the basement.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No injuries were reported after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Johnson County.  Officials say a 1951 Piper piloted by Charles Blakely of Ellijay, Georgia, suffered engine failure and would not restart on Saturday afternoon.  Blakely safely landed the plane in an empty field near the New Century AirCenter.  No damage to the plane was reported.

A teenager is seriously injured following a shooting in Maize.  Police say that a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg outside a house party early Sunday morning. The victim was taken to a hospital.  Maize police are investigating the shooting.

Two people were arrested on felony drug charges following a chase in Redon County. According to the Reno County Sheriff’s Office, officers attempted a traffic stop after conducting surveillance and identifying two known individuals from the Wichita area who were suspected of drug trafficking. A chase which began in Hutchinson ended on K-61 Highway ended with officers performing a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver. No persons were injured, no property damaged, and the pursuit was stopped at that point with both subjects being taken into custody. Found in the car was heroin packaged for distribution, distribution paraphernalia, suspected drug money, and prescription opioid pills. The Reno County Sheriff’s Office, the Hutchinson Police Department, and the Kansas Highway Patrol all participated.

A former Kansas police officer is apologizing after making up a story that a fast food worker wrote an expletive message on his coffee cup.  Former Herington officer William Darling issued a statement on Friday apologizing to the McDonald’s in Junction City, the law enforcement community and the citizens of Herington.  Darling claimed last month that he had received a coffee cup from a Junction City McDonald’s with an expletive written on it, but he later admitted to making up the story following an investigation.  Darling has since resigned from his position.

REAL ID has arrived in Kansas, and the Kansas Department of Revenue advises that travelers consider their options now ahead of this year’s nationwide enforcement of the federal program. Beginning October 2020, all U.S. residents will need a compliant license/ID or an acceptable form of ID to board a domestic flight, access a Federal facility, or enter a nuclear power plant. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) considers a current passport or military ID acceptable identification for boarding an aircraft. “The requirement for REAL ID to fly will be here before we know it,” says Shawn Steward, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Kansas. “To avoid being caught off-guard, now is the time for Kansans to decide whether they’ll upgrade to a REAL ID-compliant license or whether they’ll use a passport instead.”


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