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Headlines for Saturday, April 15, 2017

Authorities: No Suspects at Large in Coffeyville Triple Shooting

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says preliminary information about the shooting deaths Thursday night of three people in Coffeyville indicates gunshots were exchanged between two of them. Authorities said in a news release yesterday (FRI) that they do not believe any suspects remain at large. Coffeyville police arriving at a residence found the three deceased individuals: 50-year-old Reginald Johnson of Coffeyville, 47-year-old Kimberly Bell of Coffeyville, and a 17-year-old male. The KBI says it will be assisting Coffeyville police in the investigation. Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the crime to determine what events led to the deaths.


Manhattan Woman Critically Injured in Hit-and-Run

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Riley County police say a Manhattan woman is in critical condition after a hit-and-run. Police say 21-year-old Amber Wilhelm was walking on a Manhattan street early Monday when a pickup truck hit her and drove away. The truck was described as a light color 2011 to 2016 Chevrolet or GMC extended cab pickup. The truck is likely to have damage to its front end. Police say Wilhelm was taken to a Manhattan hospital and then flown Topeka's Stormont Vail Health in Topeka.


Washburn University Regents Approve Concealed-Carry Policy

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Washburn University's board of regents has approved a campus concealed-carry policy. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the board unanimously approved the gun policy without discussion Thursday. The policy requires campus housing residents to safely secure and conceal handguns from sight on themselves, in their dorm or in the trunk of their car. A student will be subject to criminal charges if the weapon is used improperly. A Kansas law passed in 2013 allows for keeping concealed guns out of public college and university buildings as long as security is installed at entrances. Washburn officials say making those security enhancements is too costly. A 2015 Docking Institute of Public Affairs survey shows that 53 percent of Washburn students don't want concealed weapons on campus. The policy is set to take effect July 1st.


Kansas man gets prison time for fatal crash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man convicted of causing a traffic death will be going to prison for more than 13 years. District Attorney Marc Bennett says in a news release that 53-year-old Richard L. Johnson of Wichita was sentenced yesterday (FRI) to 162 months. Johnson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for driving under the influence of alcohol. Johnson admitted that on Aug. 15 last year his 1991 Buick Regal crossed the center line and struck a smaller car head-on. Thirty-five-year-old Nicholas Woodall of Wichita was killed in the crash. Prosecutors say that before that fatal crash, Johnson had rear-ended a car stopped at a red light. He left the scene of that non-injury crash and drove to a liquor store where he purchased beer. Moments later he caused the fatal crash.


Officials seek to keep Topeka hospital's assets in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are moving to see that assets of a financially troubled nonprofit Catholic hospital in Topeka remain in the state if its out-of-state owner sells it. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced late yesterday (FRI) that he would examine the financial structure of St. Francis Health to protect existing charitable assets. Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast and Governor Sam Brownback requested the inquiry. The three officials said St. Francis has benefited from its nonprofit status and in turn has provided vital services. They worry that the 378-bed hospital might close after a sale. Denver-based owner SCL Health announced last year it was looking for a buyer. Tax filings available online show St. Francis Health lost almost $26 million from 2012 through 2015. The Leavenworth-based Sisters of Charity founded the hospital in 1909.


Body Found in KCK Identified as Missing Missouri Man

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man whose body was found in Kansas City, Kansas, as a Missouri man missing since April 4th. KCTV-5 reports police say the body found April 7th in the Fairfax District was 19-year-old Cristian Escutia, of Kansas City. The day he went missing, witnesses told police they saw people forcing Escutia into a vehicle near his home and the vehicle speeding away. When his body was found, police said the person died from an apparent gunshot wound.


Kansas Highway Patrol: 6-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Hit by Vehicle

BELOIT, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 6-year-old boy died in Mitchell County after he was hit by a vehicle. Nolan D. Lewis, of Beloit, died after the accident on a rural road northeast of Beloit Thursday evening. The patrol says the boy was running outside the vehicle when he was struck by the left rear tire. He was pronounced dead at a Beloit hospital about an hour later.


Students Injured in Wichita Wagon Mishap

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Four second-graders on a field trip suffered minor injuries while riding a horse-drawn wagon at the Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita. KWCH-TV reports the students and parents were in the wagon when the horse got spooked and took off around the ride area. People inside the wagon were jostled around but no one was seriously hurt. The students are from Roberts Martin Elementary in Andover. Principal Crystal Hummel sent home a letter informing parents that the students would be returning early from their field trip.


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