One Dead, Two Injured in Coffeeyvill Fire
COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters in Coffeyville rescued three unconscious people from a house fire but one didn't survive. KSN-TV reports firefighters were called to the house fire Saturday morning and found heavy flames coming from the second floor. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue three unconscious people from a second-story window. All were taken to a Coffeyville hospital, and authorities say one person died. The conditions of the other victims weren't available. Officials from several agencies are investigating the cause of the fire.
Art Captures Greensburg's Heart
GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas town that was nearly wiped out by a massive tornado has added a new sculpture to a park that stands on the grounds of its leveled city hall. The Hutchinson News reports the 5-foot-tall spiral of stainless steel shaped around an elegant blue glass form is the third sculpture to be installed at Starlight Park in Greensburg. Called "Aurora," it's a joint project of glassblower Rollin Karg and metal sculptor Jeff Garrelts. In May 2007, Greensburg was hit with a massive EF5 tornado that destroyed 95 percent of the town and left 11 people dead. A cylindrical sculpture, called "The Beacon," and a kinetic piece, called "Triple Eclipse," are also on display in the park in Greensburg, about 100 miles west of Wichita.
Man Throws Rock through Topeka Police Department Door
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man walked up to the Topeka police headquarters and threw a rock through the glass front door. Police say an officer working the front desk heard the glass break about 10 p.m. Friday and thought the person had shot through the door. An emergency call drew officers from several surrounding agencies. Officers took the apparent rock-thrower into custody. He wasn't identified because he appeared to be having a mental crisis. He was held at the Shawnee County jail.
KCK Introduces "3-D Crossing"
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Public works employees in Kansas City, Kansas, are testing what they described as a "three-dimensional crosswalk" in one neighborhood. The Kansas City Star reports the crosswalk gets the name because of the impression the paint gives on the roadway. While it looks like a typical crosswalk from a distance, the blocks appear to float in the air when drivers get closer. Public Works Department traffic engineer Lideana Laboy says the crosswalk is modeled after one in Iceland. Laboy says officials wanted to try it because they thought it would have an effect on safety. The street where the crosswalk was painted this month is in a neighborhood with a lot of children and is near a school.