Millions Spent on Kansas Prison Overflow
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prisons have exceeded their operating capacity and it will cost the state millions of dollars to move hundreds of inmates to a privately owned prison in Arizona. KCUR-FM reports a one-year contract with the Kansas Department of Corrections and CoreCivic was announced this month. Acting Corrections Secretary says it's the best option available at this time to accommodate the rise in prison population. CoreCivic plans to fly some inmates to Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, and others will be driven. Plans call for 360 male prisoners to be moved starting this summer, and up to 600 inmates could be moved.
Kansas Supreme Court to Get New Member, New Chief Justice
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court will have a new member and a new chief justice next week. Democratic Governor Laura Kelly plans to have a Monday news conference to name a replacement for former Justice Lee Johnson, who retired in September. Meanwhile, Justice Marla Luckert is set to become the state court system's top official Tuesday when current Chief Justice Lawton Nuss retires. Kelly's appointment Monday will be her first to the seven-member court, and she'll fill a second spot by mid-March because of Nuss' retirement. Luckert has served on the high court since 2003 and is second in seniority to Nuss.
Affidavit: Wichita Police Outside House when Woman Stabbed
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A newly released affidavit alleges a Wichita man fatally stabbed his roommate with a knife up to 50 times while police outside his house could hear her begging for him to stop. Jason McCaleb is accused of repeatedly stabbing 28-year-old Devin Andrea Cook with “a folding blade knife” on November 23rd moments after officers had walked outside to leave after talking to them. McCaleb had called 911 because he wanted the woman to move out. He is charged with first-degree premeditated murder.
Missouri Investigating suburban KC Police Shooting
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri authorities are investigating a shooting involving Grain Valley police that left a woman injured. The Kansas City Star reports the incident began Friday afternoon when officers received multiple calls regarding an aggravated assault. The suspect was seen leaving the scene. Police pursued the vehicle as it traveled out of the city, eventually stopping at a small lakeside community in Jackson County. Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman says a woman allegedly exited the vehicle with a handgun. Shots were fired. The woman was taken to hospital. The extent of her injuries were unknown. No police officers were injured