Arrest Made in Murder of Wichita Man
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police say an arrest has been made in the death of a man found stabbed to death in Wichita. Wichita police said yesterday (SAT) in a news release that a 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Police have not released the name of the suspect or the victim. Police were called to a South Erie Street address Friday night, and arriving officers found the body of a 68-year-old man in the street. Authorities say the suspect had fled in the victim's black pickup truck, which was recovered by police Saturday. Police say the stabbing followed an argument between the two men. Investigators say the stabbing was not a random incident.
Woman Files Suit in Kansas for Moon Dust
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Tennessee woman is suing NASA in Kansas to affirm her ownership of lunar dust she says astronaut Neil Armstrong gave her. The Kansas City Star reports that Laura Murray Cicco filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to establish her moon dust ownership under the Declaratory Judgment Act of the United States Code. Cicco was 10 years old when her mother gave her a vial of dust with a note appearing to be from Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon and a friend of Cicco's father. NASA has not tried to claim ownership of the dust, but Cicco filed the lawsuit proactively because the agency's position is that all lunar material belongs to the nation.
Compound in Marijuana Back in Kansas, with Caveat
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Cannabidiol products are coming back to Kansas after lawmakers agreed to bring back the marijuana extract often used as alternative medicine. The Kansas City Star reports that lawmakers voted in April to exclude cannabidiol, or CBD, from the state's definition of marijuana as long as the oil contains no THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets people high. The vote effectively makes CBD an unrestricted substance. The state's decision comes after Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued a January opinion saying any form of marijuana is against the law in Kansas. The opinion was in response to local police last year raiding several merchants selling CBD products containing trace amounts of THC. Merchants believed the sale was legal under a federal farm bill allowing "industrial hemp," a form of cannabis with 0.3 percent THC or less.
Magnitude 4.4 Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma, Kansas
CHEROKEE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of northern Oklahoma and neighboring Kansas. Geologists say the earthquake was recorded yesterday (SAT) morning about 16 miles east of Cherokee, Oklahoma, about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of five miles. News outlets in Wichita, which is about 75 miles northeast of the earthquake's epicenter, reported feeling the quake. Some residents in Manhattan also reported feeling tremors. No injuries or damage was reported. Thousands of earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma in recent years have been linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. Regulators have directed producers to close some wells.
Fort Riley Warns of Loud Training Exercises in Coming Weeks
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Fort Riley is warning residents near the fort in Manhattan to be ready for a lot of noise in the next two weeks. The fort said in news release it will be conducting a training exercise involving small arm fire, artillery and demolitions. The exercise is known as Gauntlet and is part of the 1st Infantry Division commander's Combat Training Center certification program. Fort Riley says to expect significant noise June 11th through June 13th, and again on June 17th through June 19th. More than 18,000 soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade and numerous National Guard and Army Reserve units will be part of the exercise. The fort says the Gauntlet is designed to test command and control at all levels in field conditions.
Salina Man Charged In Cat's Death
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Salina man is jailed after police said he beat a cat to death and threw it in a garbage can. KSAL reports police Sgt. Jim Feldman says 56-year-old Randy Harris was sitting on his front porch Thursday when he began hitting the cat and threw it in the trash. Feldman says that the cat was later found dead inside the trash can. When officer later saw Harris driving and tried to arrest him. Feldman says Harris resisted arrest, grabbed the officer by the shoulders and tugging on the officer. The officer eventually was able to arrest Feldman. He wasn't injured, but his uniform was damaged. Harris has been charged with cruelty to animals, interference with law enforcement, battery of a law enforcement officer and criminal damage to property.
2 Black Rhinos Make Rare Joint Appearance at KC Zoo
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Visitors to the Kansas City Zoo usually see only one rhinoceros on exhibit at a time, even though the zoo has had as many as four of the African beasts. Zoo officials say the animals generally are solitary creatures and are fine being alone. The Kansas City Star reports two recent acquisitions, who are comfortable with each other, went on exhibit together Friday and will be out all weekend.The breeding pair are 10-year-old female Zuri and 7-year-old male Ruka, newly arrived from the Oregon Zoo in Portland. She weighs about 2,900 pounds and he weighs about 2,600 pounds but is still growing.In the future, the pair will take turns on exhibit with another male rhino, Werikhe. All of the zoo's rhinos are of the eastern black subspecies.