Tree stands stolen in Trego County…and more headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: November 1, 2018

Jackson SchneiderNovember 1, 2018

Game wardens received information from the Trego county sheriff’s department of two tree stands that were stolen from property in Trego county as well as a photo of an unidentified individual trespassing on the property. The Ness and Trego county Game Wardens were able to identify the individual in the photo and get a confession from him admitting to stealing the tree stands. The stolen stands were retrieved and charges are pending in Trego county.

With less than a week until election day, a federal judge will hear arguments over Dodge City’s only voting location. The hearing will take place on Thursday in Topeka. Ford County clerk Debbie Cox says the county moved the city’s only polling place to the Expo Center, south of town, because of scheduled construction at the old polling location. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit after they learned some new voters were sent mail listing the old polling place – at the Civic Center, in Dodge City. The ACLU is asking the court to re-open the Civic Center as a second voting location.

An Iowa man has been ordered to repay the State of Kansas for his role in submitting false or fraudulent claims for payment to the Kansas Lottery in the form of rigged, winning lottery tickets. Eddie Raymond Tipton, a former computer-security official with the Multi-State Lottery Association, was accused of purchasing two lottery tickets from gas stations in Emporia and Overland Park in 2010, which Tipton had rigged by manipulating the multi-state lottery’s software. Two other individuals, Amy Demoney and Christopher McCoulskey, submitted the tickets for payment to the Kansas Lottery in 2011 and were paid a total of $44,008 for the “winning” tickets. They then gave a portion of the proceeds to Tipton.

Newton police this week arrested two people suspected of stealing from ATMs across Colorado and Kansas in a high-tech interstate theft ring.  THe 44-year-old man and  22-year-old woman are believed to be part of a large-scale theft ring, and both are believed to be from Romania. They are being held on a detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Shots were fired during a bank robbery in Leawood.  Two men wearing Halloween masks entered a Wells Fargo Bank and demanded money at gunpoint.  The suspects fired several shots before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No one was injured in the incident.

A student is under arrest for allegedly bringing a gun to a Wichita school.  Officials say a student was taken into custody yesterday after they allegedly brought a gun to Wichita North High School.  School administrators say no one was threatened, no one was injured and security and the School Resource Officer worked immediately to take the student into custody.  The student who brought the gun faces expulsion from school.

A suspect is injured in an officer-involved shooting in Atchison.  Police responded to a theft of services call at a home  and were approached by a man armed with a rifle.  The suspect dropped the rifle, but was shot after he pulled a gun during an altercation with the officer.   44-year-old  old Bryan Boldridge of Atchison was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured.

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a Kansas jail.  43–year-old Christopher Mejia was found unresponsive at the Lyon County Jail on Tuesday afternoon and was pronounced dead.  Mejia was booked into the detention center several hours earlier on suspicion of criminal trespassing.  The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says foul play is not suspected in the inmate’s death.

Charges are filed in the deaths of an off-duty Wichita police officer and his son.  James Dalrymple of Valley Center is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and failing to yield the right of way.  Prosecutors say Dalrympie was driving a pickup when he struck a motorcycle driven by Officer Stacey Woodson back in April.  Woodson and his 9-year-old son were killed in the crash.

A woman was hospitalized following a crash involving a deer in rural Pratt County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 69-year-old Joyce Gridley from Cunningham was driving a small SUV headed eastbound on U.S. 54 Highway.  A deer came out of a ditch and struck the right front quarter panel of the vehicle.

A Manhattan man was hurt in crash involving a deer on Interstate in Eastern Kansas. The Highway Patrol says  47-year-old Christopher Williams was a passenger in a car that struck on deer on the Interstate in Leavenworth County.



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