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Northwest, Kapaun Volleyball Win

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Lot of great high school volleyball around Wichita on Tuesday night. Wichita North hosted Wichita Northwest. Grizzlies trailed early in the first set; however, they came back to win that set, and the second set, winning the match.

Kapaun Mt. Carmel hosted Wichita Heights. The crusaders won the first set. The falcons tried to make it close in the second set, but the crusaders would win that set, and the match.

 

 

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Wichita man arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 21:59

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – According to Sedgwick County booking records, Ricky Wirths has been booked into the Sedgwick County jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. He has not been formally charged with a crime.

Jail records connect Wirths as the same man who lives at the home where the Kansas Department of Revenue was investigating on Tuesday.

According to court documents, Wirths, a construction company owner, owed nearly $200,000 to the Kansas Department of Revenue. The outstanding tax warrant said Wirths has more than $196,000 past due to the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Neighbors of Wirths said they were shocked to learn about the incident. They described him as a family man, who was always willing to help out.

“He was always a happy-go lucky guy, like I said he’s always willing to help anybody on this block,” said neighbor Brenda Chandler.

“He plays with my kids and lets them come over and play in his yard and that sort of thing. Never had any problems with him. He’s always been polite and well mannered with us, so I don’t know what happened,” said neighbor Anna.

Wichita police have not yet confirmed Wirths as the shooter involved in the shooting in a Wichita taxation office Tuesday that left a 35-year-old man in critical condition. 

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Mixed opinions regarding beer sales at Koch Arena

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:07

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Shocker fans may notice a new beverage for sale at Koch Arena.

Wichita State University is now serving beer at the venue during school athletic events.

An associate athletic director said more schools are selling beer at sport events and it’s coming at a good time with a new conference. Students had mixed reviews on the change.

It has some students cheering.

“It’s going to be nice to enjoy a cold beer while watching the Shockers,” said Kaden Daines, a WSU student.

And others, concerned.

“It could get out of hand, I mean there’s always those one or two people that mess things up for everybody,” said Austin Theis, a WSU student.

“I think it’s one of the gateway things that could lead WSU to promoting more illicit behavior,” said Jason Pham, a WSU student.

People 21 and up can now purchase beer during WSU athletic events at the arena. One WSU athletics leader said they want to provide a different experience for fans, while maintaining safety.

“We’re going to air on the side of caution,” said Brad Pittman, WSU Associate Athletic Director. “We’re not going to serve people who are inebriated, we’re going to be cognizant of behaviors in the arena.”

Pittman said beer sales also offer WSU another revenue stream at a time they need it with costs from the American Athletic Conference. And with another campus space offering beer at sport events, he and others aren’t worried.

“I do think that if they already have some facilities that already do sell it and they know exactly what they’re getting into then I think it would be okay thing for them to have,” said Leslie Robinson, a WSU student.

Pittman said guests will be able to purchase two beers per transaction and their policy could change over time.

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Victim in Tuesday’s shooting identified as Cortney Holloway

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:57

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The victim in Tuesday’s shooting has been identified as Cortney Holloway.

Governor Sam Brownback released a statement Tuesday night after Holloway suffered multiple gunshot wounds from a shooting at the Wichita Twin Lakes KDOR office.

“This is a state employee who was doing his job and enforcing the law. I ask everyone to join Mary and I in praying for Cortney and his family,” Governor Brownback said. “I’m thankful for Cortney’s work and thankful for the police officers who apprehended the suspect.”

According to Brownback, the tax office will be closed the rest of the week and the Twin Lakes Driver’s License office will not be open Wednesday.

“This is a shocking event for our KDOR family, and we ask for everyone’s prayers and understanding as we support our employees and get them the help they need to process this event,” said Revenue Secretary Sam Williams.

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Owner of Wichita restaurant testifies after being shot, robbed

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:03
Reginald Kane (Courtesy: Sedgwick Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) The owner of a popular Mexican restaurant in the Delano district testified Tuesday against the man accused of shooting him during a robbery in June.

Reginald Kane watched as Ruben Acosta, the owner of Rubens Mexican Grill, and other restaurant workers testified about what happened that night.

The defense cross-examined the witnesses to see if they could provide specific details about the shooter.

Acosta said the man believed to be Kane, took the money, and then turned around and shot him.

“I never thought that I had a gun shot. When I got closer to him at 10 feet or 15 feet, that is when he hit me in the chest and that is when I fell,” said Acosta.

Kane faces multiple charges, including attempted murder.

The hearing will continue Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

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Shooting reported near 21st and Amidon, one suspect in custody

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:53

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities held a press conference Tuesday afternoon and provided updates on the shooting that occurred at 21st and Amidon.

According to WPD officer Charley Davidson, a 35-year-old man was shot multiple times inside the Department of Revenue taxation business located in the Twin Lakes Shopping Center in Wichita. The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries and is in critical condition. Davidson said the victim is believed to be an employee at the Department of Revenue.

Tuesday morning officials from the Department of Revenue and Sedgwick County civil service were at a residence in the area of 35th and Arkansas in reference to a Department of Revenue investigation.

Later Tuesday, a man involved in that investigation had contact with the the 35-year-old victim and shot him multiple times. Davidson said it is believed that the victim of the shooting was also involved in the Department of Revenue investigation.

The male suspect was taken into custody without incident in the area of 35th and Arkansas shortly after the shooting. According to Davidson, he was arrested about thirty minutes after the shooting.

Davidson said no other suspects are outstanding and the area of the shooting has been deemed safe. The investigation is ongoing and officers will continue to conduct interviews with witnesses. Updates will be given during the Wednesday morning media briefing.

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Authorities are on the scene of a shooting at 21st and Amidon. It apparently happened at the driver’s license office.

Right now, KSN has confirmed one person was shot and has suffered serious injuries.

At least one suspect has been arrested in the area of 35th and Arkansas in connection with the shooting. Wichita police will give updates soon.

KSN News has a crew at the location. Look for the latest updates on KSN and KSN.com.

Heavy police presence at Drivers License northwest Wichita. Possible shooting. #breaking pic.twitter.com/5cYmnbC2TC

— Darren Dedo (@DarrenDedoKSN) September 19, 2017

Here at 35th and Arkansas…Suspect in the shooting was taken into custody here pic.twitter.com/VFBo9u2jf4

— Chris Arnold (@ChrisArnoldKSN) September 19, 2017

Police have blocked off the gravel road at 35th and Arkansas. Can see some activity down that street at some homes, unsure if it is related

— Chris Arnold (@ChrisArnoldKSN) September 19, 2017

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Powerful earthquake jolts Mexico, sways buildings in capital

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:24

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful earthquake jolted central Mexico on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway sickeningly in the capital on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage.

National Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Puente tweeted that there were no reports of damage so far, but thousands of people fled office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue as alarms blared, and traffic stopped around the Angel of Independence monument.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.

In Mexico City pictures fell from walls, objects were shaken off of flat surfaces and computer monitors toppled over. Some people dove for cover under desks.

Earlier in the day buildings across the city held preparation drills on the anniversary of the 1985 quake.

Much of Mexico City is built on former lakebed, and the soil is known to amplify the effects of earthquakes even hundreds of miles away.

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Man arrested after striking woman with golf club

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:20

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police said a man was arrested Monday afternoon after striking a woman with a golf club. It happened around 5 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Market.

Wichita police tell KSN News a person called 911 to report a domestic dispute at that location. They arrived and found a 41-year-old victim who said an argument occurred between her and her boyfriend.

“She was punched several times, kicked, choked to unconsciousness, and struck with a golf club,” said officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department.

Police said the woman was treated by EMS. The suspect, identified on records as Leonard D. Charles Sr., was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and criminal damage to property.

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Laura’s Look: Hot, Windy & Dry = Fire Danger

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:15

Good Tuesday Morning! Ready or not here we go, summer heat and high winds are back in full force this afternoon! Due to the dry vegetation, low humidity, and strong winds a fire weather warning is in effect until 7PM for western Kansas. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged.

Fire Weather Warning

We’ve already seen impressive wind gusts this morning and I’m expecting even higher numbers than this as the day progresses.

Max Wind Gusts

On top of the wicked winds, it’ll be toasty out there with highs in the 90s this afternoon. Who said summer was over?

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The other big story today is what’s happening in the tropics. Hurricane Maria caused widespread devastation across Dominica and threatens to bring catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico. It is expected to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico tonight into tomorrow, this will be the first category 4 or 5 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 85 years. Maria is still a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 160 MPH. Damaging winds, devastating storm surge, and life-threatening flooding is impacting the Caribbean once again. Make sure to stick with KSN as we tracking this developing situation.

Maria Track

Talking about a change in the weather pattern this weekend coming up on KSN News at Noon! See you then. – Laura B.

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Poll: Do you support WSU’s decision to allow beer sales at more sporting events?

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:49

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – For the longest time, fans of Wichita State athletics have not been able to buy alcohol at many of the events, but that’s all changed.

According to our news partners at the Wichita Eagle, Shocker fans can now buy beer at more Wichita State University athletic events.

Beer will be sold during WSU events at Koch Arena and softball games at Wilkins Stadium. Beer and alcohol sales at college sports events are becoming increasingly common as schools jockey for concession revenue. The new policy also brings WSU up to date with most schools in the American Athletic Conference.

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Lyon County Sheriff searching for runaway boy

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:03

LYON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNT) – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is working to locate a runaway juvenile.

According to authorities, Jaden Ray Pankey, 15, of Allen, was last seen around 4 p.m. on Monday.

Pankey was last seen wearing a red tank top with a California bear on the front and khaki shorts.

He was last seen at Northern Heights High School. If you see Pankey or know where he may be located, please contact the Lyon County Communication Center at 620-341-3205.

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Body sat undiscovered for 8 months in Kansas City Airport lot

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:55

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A man’s body sat undiscovered for eight months in his pickup truck in a Kansas City International Airport parking lot and his family wants answers.

The Kansas City Star reports that the body of 53-year-old Randy Potter was found last week after someone reported a bad smell coming from the truck. Police say the man from suburban Lenexa, Kansas, appeared to have died by suicide, but provided no details.

His parking pass is dated Jan. 17, the day he disappeared. The truck’s windows are tinted, but are light enough to allow anyone to see inside. Police say a blanket covered the body.

Potter’s wife, Carolina, says the family suffered prolonged “agonizing” over his absence.

Kansas City spokesman Chris Hernandez said in a statement that city officials are investigating.

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Man gets ‘sensitive’ body part stuck in gym weight

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:47

WORMS, Germany (WCMH) – Firefighters in Germany were called to help free a man who became stuck in a gym weight.

According to Feuerwehr Worms, it happened Friday morning. Firefighters were called to help get the man’s penis out of a 2.5kg weight plate.

Firefighters said it took three hours to remove the weight using a grinder, a saw and a hydraulic rescue tool.

Firefighters had a message for others, “Please do not imitate such actions!”

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Watch live: Tracking Hurricane Maria

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:27

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Hurricane Maria smashes Dominica, now menaces other islands

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:12

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with 160 mph winds, ripping the roof off even the prime minister’s residence and causing what he called “mind-boggling” devastation Tuesday as it plunged into a Caribbean region already ravaged by Hurricane Irma.

The storm was on a track to wallop Puerto Rico on Wednesday “with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations,” the territory’s governor said.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said on his Facebook page that “initial reports are of widespread devastation” and said he feared there would be deaths due to rain-fed landslides.

He said even his own house had lost its roof, adding “I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.” Seven minutes later, he reported he had been rescued.

Maria’s eye roared over the island late Monday night. The storm briefly dipped to Category 4 strength early Tuesday before regaining Category 5 status.

Fierce winds and rain lashed mountainous Dominica for hours. A police official on the island, Inspector Pellam Jno Baptiste, said late Monday night that there were no immediate reports of casualties but it was too dangerous for officers to check conditions.

“Where we are, we can’t move,” he said in a brief phone interview while hunkered down against the region’s second Category 5 hurricane this month.

“The winds are merciless! We shall survive by the grace of God,” Skerrit wrote at the start of a series of increasingly harrowing posts on Facebook.

A few minutes later, he messaged he could hear the sound of galvanized steel roofs tearing off houses on the small rugged island.

He then wrote that he thought his home had been damaged, and added: “Rough! Rough! Rough!”

On the nearby island of Martinique, officials said about 25,000 households were without electricity and two small towns without water after Maria roared past.

The head of French civil security, Jacques Witkowski, told reporters that it was too soon to say whether the French department of Guadaloupe had fared as well.

Prefect Eric Maire, the highest French official of Guadaloupe, said in a video on Twitter that some roads and homes were flooded and heavy rain expected to continue. He told the population to “remain inside.”

Authorities in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, which faced the possibility of a direct hit, warned that people in wooden or flimsy homes should find safe shelter before the storm’s expected arrival there on Wednesday.

“You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you’re going to die,” said Hector Pesquera, the island’s public safety commissioner. “I don’t know how to make this any clearer.”

Maria had maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph) late Monday when it slammed into Dominica.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria weakened briefly before recovering sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph) strength shortly before daybreak Tuesday. Its eye was located about 170 miles (275 kilometers) southeast of St. Croix, and the storm was moving west-northwest over the Caribbean at 9 mph (15 kph).

Forecasters warned Maria could even intensify over the next 24 hours or longer, noting its eye had shrunk to a compact 10 miles across and warning: “Maria is developing the dreaded pinhole eye.”

That generally means an extremely strong hurricane will get even mightier, said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami. He said it just like when a spinning ice skater brings in their arms and rotates faster.

“You just don’t see those in weaker hurricanes,” he said.

The storm’s hurricane-force winds extended out about 35 miles (45 kilometers) and tropical storm-force winds out as far as 125 miles (205 kilometers).

Hurricane warnings were posted for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat. A tropical storm warning was issued for Martinique, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Anguilla.

Forecasters said storm surge could raise water levels by 6 to 9 feet (1.8 to 2.7 meters) near the storm’s center. The storm was predicted to bring 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) of rain across the islands, with more in isolated areas.

Close to its path is the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where territorial Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Tuesday would be “a very, very long night.”

St. Thomas and St. John are still stunned from a direct hit by Hurricane Irma, which did extensive damage and caused four deaths on the two islands.

Barry University said it chartered a private plane to carry students and staff from its St. Croix facility to Florida in preparation for Maria. It said 72 people connected to the Barry’s Physician Assistant Program and a few pets were on Monday’s evacuation flight.

In neighboring Puerto Rico, nearly 70,000 people were still without power following their earlier brush with Irma and nearly 200 remained in shelters as Maria approached.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Puerto Rico had 500 shelters capable of taking in up to 133,000 people in a worst-case scenario. He also said the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ready to bring drinking water and help restore power immediately after the storm, which could hit as a Category 5 hurricane.

“This is going to impact all of Puerto Rico with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations,” he said. “We’re going to lose a lot of infrastructure in Puerto Rico. We’re going to have to rebuild.”

Rossello warned that an island-wide power outage could last a “long time” given the power company’s deteriorated and weak infrastructure.

To the north, Hurricane Jose stirred up dangerous surf and rip currents along the U.S. East Coast, though forecasters said the storm was unlikely to make landfall. Big waves caused by Jose swept five people off a coastal jetty in Rhode Island and they were hospitalized after being rescued.

A tropical storm warning was posted for coastal areas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and tropical storm watches were up for parts of New York’s Long Island and Connecticut.

Jose’s center was about 350 miles (560 kilometers) south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, early Tuesday and moving north at 9 mph (15 kph). The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).

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Associated Press writers Ben Fox in Miami and Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report. Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Wingnuts Lose Championship Series Game after 9th Inning Balk Call

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:08

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – With a routine ground out in the Bottom of the 9th inning, the celebration began for the Wichita Wingnuts, thinking they had won their second American Association Championship.

No sooner then the celebrations began, they came to a sudden hault.

The umpires called a balk on the Wingnuts pitcher, surprising Wichita and advancing the Winnipeg runner to third.

Again with one strike away from Wichita winning a championship, Winnipeg’s Wes Darvill drives in the tying run, sending the game into extra innings.

In the 17th inning, Winnipeg scores the winning run, tying up the best of five series at two games a piece.

The game, which lasted just under six hours, is now the longest in league history.

First pitch for the clinching game of the series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night in Winnipeg.

 

 

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Western’s Weather Wrap: Hot & Windy, High Fire Danger

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:43

We aren’t seeing nearly as much rain today as we did yesterday morning, but a few storms have been ongoing in northern Oklahoma and far southern Kansas. Get the latest radar view right here: http://ksn.com/weather/interactive-radar/

For the rest of the day, we’ll see winds cranking up out of the south, hotter temperatures into the mid 90s, lots of sunshine, and humid conditions in Wichita. Stay cool today!

The winds this afternoon will be our big story – sustained out of the south to southwest at 20-35 mph, which will make it difficult to drive on east/west roads, and will combine with dry conditions in western Kansas to bring us extreme fire danger for today. Please be cautious and avoid doing any burning, don’t throw cigarette butts out the window, etc.

We’re back to the summer heat with temperatures well above normal today and through the end of the week, but I am tracking a nice cold front for the start of next week, bringing a good chance of rain and storms to go along with it – stay tuned!

We’re also continuing to track Hurricane Maria, which is now up to a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 160 mph, and it is expected to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico tonight into tomorrow. Damaging winds, devastating storm surge, and life-threatening flooding is impacting the Caribbean once again, so we will be watching this very closely for the rest of this week.

 

I’ve got more on all of this all morning on Kansas Today, or you can catch my latest forecast right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/

Have a great Tuesday, folks!

~Katie the Weather Lady

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Documents shed new light into Evan Brewer

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:57

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – We’re getting new details in the Evan Brewer case.

Monday evening, KSN received new court documents regarding Evan’s mother, Miranda Miller and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine.

The documents paint a more clear timeline of the efforts made by law enforcement to get three-year-old Evan Brewer out of the home on South Vine and, into the custody of his father, Carlo Brewer.

The probable cause affidavits for both Miller and Bodine are not related to the discovery of Evan Brewer’s body earlier this month.

The four page affidavit for Miller says details the evidence that led police to arrest Miller on interference with parental custody in late August.

It dates back to May, when a worker with the Department for Children and Families says she went by the home, shared by Miller and Bodine, at least three times that month.

Despite a letter, an email, phone messages and a note on the door, the DCF worker could not track down Miller.

The documents goes on to say that on May 18th, Evan’s father, Carlo Brewer obtained a protection from abuse order giving him temporary custody.

Sedgwick County is responsible for serving PFA’s.

In the affidavit, one deputy was quoted, saying “he had done surveillance on the residence on many occasions but never saw Miranda or EVB.

One deputy also tried to serve Miller with the PFA at least four times in the span of a week, back in June.

However, each time, the documents say, Miller wasn’t home.

In July, a PFA order was taped on the door of the home on South Vine.

It wasn’t until August 3rd, when Wichita Police went to the residence again that they made contact with someone identified as Miller’s boyfriend.

In the affidavit, that person was listed as “S.B.”

He told them he was packing up Miller’s belongings and that Miller and Evan were moving out of state, but that he wouldn’t say where.

The documents say two weeks later officers contacted the landlord of the residence who gave police a picture they had received from Miller.

The landlord say this was to show Evan was healthy and not in danger.

Officers tried to ping a phone number for Miller, but they couldn’t find a location.

The affidavit for Miller says it wasn’t until August 30 when she was arrested, that police found legal paperwork in her car with the PFA paperwork.

KSN is also learning more about the aggravated assault that Bodine is charged with.

According to the probable cause affidavit, back on August 11th, Carlo Brewer went to the home on South Vine to find Evan.

Then, it claims Brewer and Bodine got into a verbal argument.

It says Bodine exited his home with a hatchet, causing Brewer to run away.

Then, the affidavit goes on to say Bodine used the hatchet to flatten a tire on a 2002 Chevy Tahoe.

The affidavit says Bodine admitted to using the hatchet to scare Brewer and, damaging the vehicle so, he could “defend his property.”

Bodine was charged with aggravated assault.

He’s being held on a 25-thousand dollar bond.

We’ve also been digging into the court proceedings of the child custody case.

KSN received a transcript from a court case back in March.

That’s when Carlo Brewer was essentially asking to have proof that his son was okay, in order for him to continue paying child support.

At one point, Brewer is quoted as saying “so, since nobody can do anything about finding him, am I supposed to just go find him on my own.”

Brewer is then told by the judge to consider talking to the District Attorney’s Officer, Wichita Police or DCF.

The reason stated in the transcript is because the court proceedings were only scheduled to discuss child support.

 

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Wichita bar hires armed security guards as safety precaution

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:19

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita bar owner has hired armed security guards to work during peak hours.

There’s a new vibe at Heroes in Old Town. The once chill spot appears to be more lively than ever. It’s something new owner Adam Alkasasy said he is proud of.

“Friday and Saturdays get very busy. It makes me feel good, makes me feel like this is the old Heroes, the Heroes that it used to be,” said Alkasasy.

Alkasasy took over ownership of Heroes in August. Since then, he said he and his team have been working to revitalize the decades-old bar and turn it into a hot spot for Wichitans.

“Anybody coming to have fun are welcome because this place is made up for fun, only. That’s it,” he said.

Alkasasy has also hired armed security guards to work at Heroes during the peak hours of the weekends. In addition to being armed, the security guards wand customers as they enter the establishment.

“It’s just for safety. Stand by the door, check out any weapons because we don’t allow any knives or guns,” he said. “Our reason is to make people safe and happy. That’s it. It’s not to scare somebody.”

Alkasasy said the extra security measures are put in place to keep patrons safe. He said the more safety precautions, the better.

“Give them a message that this is a safe place to hang out,” he said.

However, not everyone is keen on the idea of armed security guards at establishments in Old Town. One Old Town bar manager told KSN their bar would never considering hiring armed security.

“We feel it could potentially make customers fearful of the establishment,” said the bar manager.

Jason Van Sickle with the Old Town Association said he’s been impressed by Wichita polices’s additional security measures.

“With the police department’s new camera system, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to get away with committing a crime in Old Town,” said Old Town Association President Jason Van Sickle.

In recent months, the City of Wichita has installed more than a dozen surveillance cameras in the area. They have also put in additional lighting, added traffic measures during busy times as well as increased patrols.

“With the increased police presence and all of the things we have done to make Old Town safer and more fun, we have had a really great summer where we haven’t seen any incidents and everybody is having a great time,” Sickle said.

Sickle would not comment directly on the armed security guards at Heroes. Instead, he said it is up to each bar owner how they want to handle security at their establishments.

“I think that every bar and restaurant needs to make their own choice for what’s best for them and the clientele that they serve,” he said.

Alkasasy said ultimately the armed security guards are not there to scare any customers. He said they are there to make sure the bar atmosphere is safe and secure at all times.

“I want to make it, so when you come in you see Heroes, food, fun, sports and put two lines under fun,” Alkasasy said.

 

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Chetopa man arrested for growing marijuana in city park

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 22:56

LABETTE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – LABETTE COUNTY – A Chetopa man has been arrested for allegedly growing marjuana in a city park in the southeast Kansas town.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Joseph “Scott” Skibo, 54, was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and criminal possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. Skibo was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Skibo was allegedly cultivating marijuana on an island in Elmore Park. The park is located within the city limits of Chetopa, Kan. Skibo attempted to flee law enforcement in a boat, but was arrested without incident.

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