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Today in Kansas Report – October 12, 2018

Karen EmerickOctober 12, 2018

Authorities are seeking a 78-year-old Miami County woman who was reported missing earlier this week. According to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, family members of Hazel Phillips last spoke to her Tuesday night, when she told them she would be leaving for Drexel, Missouri, the following morning. She has yet to arrive. Officials say Phillips is about five-foot-six, 120 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. She may be driving a silver 2008 Chevy Malibu with Kansas plates.

A local man is in custody following two shootings that happened early Thursday morning in Topeka. As reported by KSNW TV, officers were on the scene of the first incident at SW 32nd Street and SW MacVicar Avenue, when the suspect in that shooting, 23-year-old Trevon L. Brown, was spotted by police. That prompted a chase that ended when Brown was shot multiple times. He was rushed to the hospital for surgery and is expected to recover. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the case.

A 53-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly stabbed a police officer with a butter knife. Authorities say it happened a little after 5 p.m. Wednesday when officers approached a man wanted by Kansas authorities at a mission on North Hillside. At that point, Darren Hutcherson allegedly grabbed a butter knife and stabbed one of the officers below the neck. He was arrested after a brief foot chase. The officer was treated and released.

A Riley County nurse has been found guilty of Medicaid fraud and related charges in three Kansas counties. Kathleen M. Kleuskens, of Ogden, this month entered pleas and was found guilty of a total of 10 charges filed by the attorney general’s office in Pottawatomie, Clay and Geary counties. The convictions stem from times she was employed as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at nursing facilities in Wamego, Clay Center and Junction City. An investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division, Clay Center Police Department, Junction City Police Department and Wamego Police Department revealed that during her times of employment at those facilities Kleuskens forged prescriptions for opioids and intercepted delivery from pharmacies to nursing facilities, altered records to make it appear that nursing home residents had been timely administered prescription opioids when they had not, altered medical records with other inaccurate information and forged signatures, and exploited internal procedures for discontinued prescriptions.

A former deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison for lying to investigators about a missing machinegun. 60-year-old Robert Doty admitted that in March 2018 he was interviewed by an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agent was investigating a report by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office that an Uzi machine gun was missing from its inventory. Doty told the agent that he had cleaned the machine gun, taken it to the range to shoot it and then returned it to the Sheriff’s office. In fact, Doty did not return the machine gun. He took it to a third party’s house and left it there. According to the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, Doty’s certification as a law enforcement officer has been revoked.

Roy Jensen, M.D., director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, has been named president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), an organization of 98 leading academic cancer centers in North America, which includes the 70 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated centers.

The Kansas Lottery encourages players to check their tickets from last night’s Powerball drawing. One ticket sold in northeast Kansas matched the first five numbers and is worth $1,000,000. No ticket matched all numbers in last night’s Powerball drawing, so the jackpot for October 13 has rolled to an estimated $314 million ($179.4 million cash option). Powerball isn’t the only huge jackpot this weekend. Anyone who matches all numbers in Mega Millions tomorrow tonight will win a jackpot estimated at $548 million ($309 million cash option). It’s the third largest jackpot in the game’s history and the ninth largest in U.S. jackpot history.

Passengers aboard a Delta Airlines flight that took off Thursday evening from Wichita bound for Atlanta have a story to tell friends and relatives today. Officials at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport say Delta flight 2567 was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing at the facility following a report of a pressurization problem. 141 passengers were on board. No injuries were reported.

The boys are back in town. That’s the word from Lenexa police, who say a notorious group of criminals known as the Felony Lane Gang were responsible for a string of car break-ins. The incident happened in the parking lot at Sad-Ko-Par Trails Park and All American Indoor Sports. Officials say members of the gang are known for breaking into cars and trucks at parks and sports facilities, where they typically make off with purses and wallets left in vehicles.

A man missing in flood water in Reno County after his jet ski broke down was located safe. He was one of three men with jet skis who went around barricades and entered flood waters in attempt to retrieve farm animals. A search started after it was reported one of the jet skis broke down and the driver was possibly stranded at unknown location with no phone.

Some in Kansas could experience a wintry blast before the weekend is over. A cold and raw Sunday can be expected with temperatures steadily dropping through the day. Rain changing to snow will be likely in Central and Western Kansas. The entire state is likely to experience freezing temperatures Monday morning.

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