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Voter concerns in Dodge City…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 25, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 25, 2018

The Dodge City mayor is responding to voter suppression concerns. Due to construction issues, the town of 27,000 residents will have only 1 polling location, and it is located outside of town. Since it is an issue with the County Clerk, the mayor says It is not his place to agree or disagree. Among other things, the city is offering free public transportation, door to door, on election day.   The complete plans include:

  1. City of Dodge City – Public Transportation is offering free door to door rides to and from the polling location on Election Day to those that call and schedule a pickup. Those wishing to utilize the free transportation will need to call and schedule with Dodge City Public Transportation at 620-371-3879
  2. The Ford County, Clerk/Elections Office, does provide advanced voting that is taking place currently.
  • In office voting during the weekdays leading up to Election Day is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the County Clerk’s office.
  • On October 30, and November 1 they will have the voting open until 7:00 p.m.
  • On Saturday, November 3 they will have voting open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Registered voters in Ford County may also request a ballot by mail until October 30th.

In anticipation of greater voter turnout for the Nov. 6 general election, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Kansas will lead what they say is a more robust, statewide, Election Protection Hotline effort to safeguard the voting process. The nonpartisan project, in partnership with a Kansas law firm will feature nearly 30 lawyers providing assistance for citizens encountering difficulty voting-nearly double the number on hand during the August primary. The hotline fielded more than 100 calls during August’s primary. The number to call is 866-OUR-VOTE.

A warning is being issued to Kansas voters who are voting early.  Some are getting spam texts saying their vote was not recorded.  The Johnson County Election Office says it’s fielded calls from a number of voters who have received the texts.  Election officials say the text, which provides a link to vote.gop, is not legitimate

Officers have arrested a man who crashed into two police cars and demanded a woman’s car in Derby. Police chief Robert Lee says when they approached a man breaking into cars in a Walmart parking lot on Nelson Drive, he got into a truck and crashed into one of their patrol cars. He drove into a fence and deserted the truck, then accosted Amanda Burke and demanded her car with an expletive-laden command. He crashed her car into another police car before being taken into custody. One officer was injured. Burke says she’s glad the carjacking didn’t end worse for her.

A 70-year-old man from Clay Center was killed in a single vehicle crash in rural Geary County. His pickup truck rolledd and landed on its top after he lost control and veered off U.S. 77 Highway east of Wakefield.

A truck driver hauling a load of corn was hurt in crash in rural Barton County. The Kenworth truck tractor and grain trailer overturned into a ditch, trapping the driver inside. Authorities say he was traveling too fast to make a turn. The truck and trailer crashed into the the ditch when the load shifted.

The daughter of the man convicted of killing a three-year old Kansas boy says she felt compelled to testify. Samantha Johnson, daughter of Stephen Bodine, says she was subjected to abuse similar to the kind Evan Brewer endured. Evan’s father, Carlo Brewer, says he feels sadness over what Bodine, who was Evan’s mother’s boyfriend, put his son through. On Wednesday a Sedgwick County jury found Stephen Bodine guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in Evan’s death on May 19, 2017.

The Kansas Prisoner Review Board is denying parole for a former school janitor who killed a 13-year old girl in 1974. They ruled that 71-year old John Henry Horton has to wait until 2023 for his next shot at freedom. Horton grabbed Liz Wilson and overcame her with chloroform as she walked through the parking lot of Shawnee Mission East High School. Her remains were found six months later, but Horton wasn’t arrested for the murder until 2003. He was sentenced to life, but became eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Because it is so popular, Fort Riley is expanding its annual ghost tour event into two days. Costumed storytellers will guide visitors around historic main post while narrating iconic classics like The Lady in Chains and The Custer House Teddy Bear Ghost, as well as stories from a 2014 Ghost Book. The tours are this Saturday and Sunday evenings. The walking tours will begin every 20 minutes and are free and open to the public. Each tour will last from one hour to an hour and a half.

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