Investigation: 26 High-Hazard Kansas Dams in Poor Condition
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly a century ago, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a large dam near Augusta to supply water for the steam locomotives that were then chugging across the dusty Kansas prairie.
Today the aging Santa Fe Lake Dam is considered a high-hazard dam because of its potential for the loss of life if it fails. An analysis by The Associated Press of dams across the country has found that it is among 26 in Kansas that are rated as high-hazard and in such poor shape that they are vulnerable to failure. A two-year investigation by The Associated Press identified at least 1,680 high hazard dams across the country that are in poor or unsatisfactory condition. Kansas has 6,205 dams, including 309 classified as high-hazard.
Lawrence Police Investigate Overnight Shooting
Police are investigating a shooting outside a Lawrence sports bar that left three people wounded, including the suspected gunman. The police department issued a press release today (SUN) saying that the shooting was reported early this morning outside the Playerz Sports Bar on the city's east side. Officers found an injured man and woman with non-life-threatening injuries in the parking lot. A suspect in the shooting fled in a car but was stopped by police a few blocks away and hospitalized with a life-threatening gunshot wound. A section of East 23rd Street remained closed for several hours as police investigated the shooting.
Ex-Lawrence Officer in Road Rage Incident Loses License
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A former Lawrence police officer convicted of threatening another driver with a gun on a suburban Kansas City highway in a case of road rage has lost his peace officer's license. The Kansas City Star reports that the license for 53-year-old Jeffrey Brian Holtzman was revoked last month. Holtzman was sentenced in August to 12 months' probation for the October 2018 incident. He pleaded guilty in June to a reduced charge of criminal threat. The victim told police that he was driving on Interstate 435 near Interstate 35 when he honked at Holtzman for suddenly slowing down. The victim says Holtzman then pulled alongside him and pointed a handgun at him and his passenger. Holtzman resigned from the Lawrence Police Department the following month.
Second Driver Charged in Fatal December Crash near Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A second driver has been charged in a crash near Wichita that killed a 24-year-old Kansas man last year. The Wichita Eagle reports that Hunter Nelson Black was arrested Wednesday and charged with involuntary manslaughter. Investigators say he ran a stop sign on Dec. 20, causing his car to be hit in the passenger side by another car. The crash killed Black's passenger, Logan Kirk Owens. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says in a crash report that Black told officers he had been drinking.The driver of the other car, Garrett Creigh Neff, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in the crash. His case is pending.
Driver Dies when Car Hits Wichita Utility Pole
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita say a 59-year-old driver has died after his car slammed into a city utility pole. Investigators say the crash happened late Friday night when the eastbound car left the road and hit the pole. Police say when officers arrived, they found the man trapped inside the car. The man was cut out of the wreckage by firefighters but was pronounced dead at the scene. Police had not released the man's name by early Saturday afternoon.
Wichita to Operate the First Electric Buses in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The state's first electric buses are coming to Wichita. KCUR reports that the city's first battery-powered bus will hit the roads this month, with 10 more expected to join the fleet next year. The city's transit director, Mike Tann, scored a nearly $2 million federal grant to purchase four low-emissions buses from ProTerra. He has also bought seven smaller electric buses to replace aging buses that look like old trolleys using another grant. The buses will charge overnight and should have enough power to run 150 miles by morning. Wichita Transit estimates each electric bus will last 12 years and save the city $462,000 in that time compared to its diesel counterparts. Tan says the goal is to encourage people to use the bus system and burn less fossil fuel.