Wichita Honors Hometown Olympic Medalist
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out in Wichita to honor native son Nico Hernandez for winning a bronze medal in the summer Olympics. The city threw a parade and several speakers praised his character and work ethic at an event at North High School. Then, he received a key to the city and a surprise offer of a full-ride scholarship to Wichita State University. The Wichita Eagle reports Hernandez thanked his family, coaches, supporters and the city for their support. He said he felt the support from back home while he overcame several obstacles to win the bronze in the feather-light weight division in Brazil. He said he hasn't decided yet whether he will go into professional boxing.
Lawrence Man Sentenced for Threatening Officer
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence man was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for aiming a loaded shotgun at a police officer. Zachary James Ortiz was sentenced Friday for one felony count of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. He was arrested in June 2014 after he aimed the shotgun at officer Skyler Richardson. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Richardson was responding to a report of shots fired when he encountered Ortiz. He testified that Lawrence should be sentenced to prison. Ortiz and his attorney asked that he receive probation so he could seek treatment for alcoholism. Douglas County District Court Judge Peggy Kittel rejected the request and sentenced Ortiz to 19 months in prison. He will register as a violent offender for 15 years after his release.
Dozens of Manhattan High School Students Fall Ill
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — State and Riley County health officials are working to determine why more than a dozen Manhattan High School students became ill this week. Riley County health official Jennifer Green says the high school reported that the students had been sent home after reporting nausea and vomiting. Green says at least 16 students were sent home between Monday and Thursday, and the school reported 19 students were either sent home Friday or had parents report they were ill. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the county health department did not find similar illnesses at other area schools.
Audit: Kansas' Civil Forfeiture Laws Too Vague
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An audit has found some Kansas law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of vague state forfeiture laws to use those proceeds to pay for salaries and other apparent operating expenses. The practice creates an incentive for increased seizures, especially in times when agency budgets are tight. Kansas is among a few states that do not require a person be convicted of a crime before their property can be forfeited. The American Civil Liberties Union called the findings of the audit, which was released last month, "deeply, deeply troubling." Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police lobbyist Ed Klumpp countered the audit didn't reveal any misappropriation of funds and said not being able to use the laws would "be a loss in our ability to deter crime in Kansas."