Police: 4 Injured when Vehicle Crashes into Olathe Salon
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Police say four people were injured when a vehicle crashed into a hair salon in Olathe. The Kansas City Star says the crash happened Friday afternoon. Police say four people inside the salon were taken to hospitals with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Police have not said what led to the crash, but say the driver remained at the scene and was cooperating. No charges or citations have been reported.
KU Forms Greek System Task Force
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has established a new task force to recommend changes to the school's Greek system in order to improve safety and efficiency. The Kansas City Star reports that the university's chancellor Douglas Girod announced the new Sorority and Fraternity Life Task Force on Thursday. The group is comprised of 27 individuals with ties to the university's Greek system, such as student leaders, alumni and parents. The task force is expected to make recommendations on new policies and programs by the summer. The move comes months after the university met with a group of fraternity leaders to curb Greek social activities, which was criticized as "unconstitutional" by the broader fraternity community days later.
Wichita Police: Woman Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are searching for a hit-and-run driver after two patrol officers found a woman's body on a city street. Police say the officers were on routine patrol Friday evening on Harry Street in the south part of the city when they crossed the I-135 bridge and spotted the woman's body lying in the westbound lanes. Officials say she had been hit by a vehicle. First responders pronounced that woman dead at the scene. Her name had not been released by midday Saturday. Police are asking anyone with any information on the hit-and-run to call Crime Stoppers.
Lawrence Teen Gets Probation After Bringing Gun to School
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence teenager has been sentenced to six months of probation for bringing a loaded handgun to Free State High School last spring. The student, who was 17 at the time, was charged as a juvenile. He was sentenced Friday after he pleaded no contest in September to criminal use of a weapon, a misdemeanor. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the teenager could shorten the probation process by completing two of four options — a fatherhood course, a mentoring course, attending therapy or writing an apology letter to Free State High School. On April 9th, a school resource officer and a Lawrence police officer found a pistol in the boy's backpack after receiving a tip from another student. As part of his probation, he must stay employed or return to school.
Man Gets Probation for Trying to Take Marijuana into Lansing Prison
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A man caught trying to smuggle drugs into a Kansas prison has been placed on probation. Leavenworth County prosecutors wanted 56-year-old Charles Anthony Newsome to be sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded no contest to trafficking contraband in a correctional facility. The Kansas City Star reports a judge granted Newsome's request for probation. He would have to serve four years in prison if he violates his probation. Newsome worked for a company that makes deliveries to the Lansing Correctional Facility. Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said Newsome was caught in April 2016 with almost 200 grams of marijuana and synthetic marijuana during a random check by prison staff.