KCK Officer, Wyandotte Deputy Face Charges
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City, Kansas, police officer and a Wyandotte County deputy are on unpaid leave after being accused of child endangerment and weapons counts. Kansas City, Kansas, police Officer Patrick McCallop told The Associated Press on Thursday that Officer Colleen Radford of Bonner Springs was charged with distribution of a firearm to a felon, as well as with child endangerment. A Kansas City television station reports that Wyandotte County deputy Andrew O'Neal is charged with child endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm, a felony. McCallop says the charges against Radford are connected to charges against the deputy. Radford and O'Neal do not have listed home telephone numbers and could not be reached for comment Friday. Online court records don't show whether they have an attorney. Both are free on $10,000 bond each.
Oklahoma Earthquake Felt in Kansas
MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — No injuries or damage were reported after a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck northern Oklahoma yesterday (FRI) morning. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was near Medford, or about 95 miles north of Oklahoma City. The USGS says the earthquake was felt in northern Oklahoma and in parts of Kansas, including the Wichita area. Earlier in the day, a 2.5 magnitude earthquake hit the same area, and a 2.6 magnitude quake also struck Cushing — the site of a major oil storage hub where a 5.0 magnitude temblor caused substantial damage on November 7th. Oklahoma's earthquakes have been linked to oil and gas production, and state regulators have shut down or imposed new restrictions on underground wells that are used for wastewater disposal.
Missing Kansas Woman Found Dead in Partially Submerged SUV
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A missing southern Kansas woman has been found dead in a partially submerged sport utility vehicle. The Wichita Eagle reports that a bicyclist was heading to a store to buy turkey for a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday when he discovered the submerged vehicle. The cyclist called police, leading authorities to the body of 28-year-old Diana Guevara, of Haysville. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Middleton said her SUV apparently landed in a canal in north Wichita after taking an off ramp, leaving the road and driving through fencing that surrounds the water. She was last seen late Wednesday and had been reported missing after failing to arrive home from work. It wasn't immediately clear what caused her to crash.
Two Arrested in Shooting Death of Wichita Teenager
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita say they have arrested two people in connection with the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy outside a laundromat. The names of the two suspects, ages 26 and 15, arrested on suspicion of felony murder in connection with the shooting early Thursday were not immediately released because they had not yet been formally charged. Police say a 13-year-old boy told investigators that he and the 15-year-old victim were on the parking lot awaiting acquaintances when three males approached them, and one of the suspects shot the 15-year-old in the back with a handgun. That teenager later died at a hospital. His name hasn't been released.
Noted Animal Specialist to Speak at KSU
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A noted professor with autism whose life's work understanding livestock was the subject of an HBO movie is speaking next week at Kansas State University. Temple Grandin's appearance Tuesday is part of the Landon Lecture series. The series is named for former Kansas Governor Alf Landon, who was the 1936 Republican nominee for president. The series was established in 1966 to bring in speakers to discuss issues facing business, politics and international relations. Grandin's books include "Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior" and "Thinking in Pictures: Other Reports from My Life with Autism." An HBO biopic, "Temple Grandin," starred Claire Danes and won five Primetime Emmys. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Kansas Honors Farmer, Garden City for Water Efforts
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Finney County businessman and farmer and the city of Garden City have been honored by the state for their work to extend the Ogallala Aquifer. Tom Willis, who operates two southwest Kansas ethanol plants and has a farm in Finney County, and the city of Garden City were among those honored at the Governor's Water Conference this month in Manhattan. The Hutchinson News reports that more than 550 people attended the water conference. A Kansas State University study says if nothing changes, 70 percent of the Ogallala will be depleted by 2064. Other honorees included, Spirit AeroSystems, which was honored for its collaboration with the city of Wichita to build a 3-mile dedicated pipeline connecting the company's manufacturing operations to a city water treatment facility.