Sedgwick County Crash Kills Mother, Four Children
VIOLA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas mother and her four children were killed after hitting a semitrailer loaded with grain in southwest Sedgwick County. The Wichita Eagle reports that 32-year-old Jessica Noel of Viola was driving a Ford Expedition Friday evening when authorities say the driver of a semitrailer loaded with grain ran a stop sign while headed east. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says the Expedition struck the trailer, causing it to split into two pieces. Noel and three of her children all died at the scene. Another child died after being taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
Kansas City Weighs Another Bid to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A year after a divisive fight that ended with Kansas City removing Martin Luther King Jr.'s name from a prominent boulevard, the city is trying again to find a way to honor the civil rights icon. Parks officials in Missouri's largest city say they will use lessons learned from last year's debate to ensure citizens are comfortable with the process. But two public hearings held last week on a new street naming proposal suggested reaching a solution will not be easy. Some speakers supported the proposal, while others wanted more extensive honors for King and some said naming a street for him was pointless.
Child Welfare Advocates Propose Independent Agency to Track Foster Care System
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Child welfare advocates in Kansas are pushing for an independent agency to monitor the state’s troubled foster care system. Nonprofit Kansas Appleseed has proposed creating an Office of the Child Advocate to investigate complaints and evaluate the state agency overseeing foster care. The nonprofit failed to get state lawmakers to vote on a bill to create the agency during the 2020 session of the Kansas Legislature, but the group has the support of some lawmakers to push again in 2021. Opponents say the money would be better spent on existing programs that monitor the system.
KC Police Officer Shoots Man after Pursuit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer shot and wounded a man. Sgt. Bill Lowe of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the man was driving away Saturday from a home where police had gone in response to a violent incident. Officers pursued. He crashed his vehicle and fled on foot until they reached a fence. Lowe says the man then turned and pointed a black object at the officer. He says that's when the officer fired his weapon. The suspect was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A gun was found at the scene.
Topeka Police Investigate Death of Man Killed in Apparent Shooting
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka police responding to an early morning call about a shooting found a man suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Police said in a news release that 35-year-old Matthew Pressler of Topeka was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting call came in at about 2:45 a.m. Police are investigating and further details were not immediately released.