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Headlines for Sunday, December 1, 2019

One Dead, One Injured in Wichita Shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One man is dead and another hospitalized after a shooting in south Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports that the shooting happened around 5:45 a.m. Saturday at a home on South Main. A 24-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. A 25-year-old man was shot once in the arm and drove himself to the hospital. Police say his injuries are not life-threatening. Names of both men have not been released. A 20-year-old man at the home was taken into custody. Officer Paul Cruz says the men knew each other.
Police believe the shooting was drug-related.


Sedgwick County to Pay Wichita Officer After Police Dog Bite

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County has agreed to pay $37,500 to a Wichita police officer who was bitten by a deputy’s police dog. The Wichita Eagle reports that documents it obtained through an open records request show the K-9 bit police officer Nathan Toman in the testicle, thigh and wrist during a November 2017 burglary call. His attorney says the officer also suffered a fractured wrist. Ironically, the dog’s handler — Sedgwick County Deputy Sarah Sinnett — is the same deputy who successfully sued the city of Wichita for $67,000 after she was bitten by a Wichita police K-9 in 2014. In the latest case, the county reached a settlement without a lawsuit being filed in court.


One Killed in KC Hit and Run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police on both sides of Missouri are investigating fatal pedestrian hit-and-run accidents. In Kansas City, a man was struck Friday night on Independence Avenue. In south St. Louis County, a man was fatally struck Friday afternoon while crossing South Broadway. The car that hit the man drove away. Police are asking for help from any witnesses. The vehicle left the scene, and no arrests have been made. Names of both victims have not been released.


Alternative to Burial, Cremation May be in Kansas’ Future

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Death typically brings two options — burial or cremation — but a third option could be on the horizon in Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that something called promession, the creation of a Swedish biologist, would allow the body to be cryogenically frozen and vibrated into tiny pieces. Proponents say it holds the potential to make burial more environmentally-friendly. Promession has been used on pigs but so far has not been tried on humans. Still, the company pursuing the idea sees Kansas as fertile ground for the new method. That company, Promessa, has one of its few U.S. representatives based in Overland Park. Meanwhile, a state lawmaker may introduce a bill in 2020 to clear the way for the new method.


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