Wichita State University President Resigns
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University President Jay Golden has resigned after less than a year in the job. The Kansas Board of Regents did not say why Golden stepped down in announcing the move yesterday (FRI). Wichita State University received national attention and plenty of criticism in June for dropping a virtual speech by Ivanka Trump for its technical school graduation. Regent and Wichita restauranteur Jon Rolph told The Wichita Eagle that Golden’s resignation was not related to the Ivanka Trump controversy.
KU Reverses No-Fans Policy for Fall Sports
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) – The University of Kansas will welcome back fans at sporting events starting next month. Chancellor Douglas Girod made the announcement yesterday (FRI), saying about 10,000 fans will be allowed to attend the October 3rd KU football game against Oklahoma State. Masks will be required at all times, all stadium seating will be reserved to ensure proper distancing, and tailgating will not be permitted on campus. In making the announcement, Girod emphasized the decision to host fans is a “fluid” one and can change at any time. University and local health officials will meet after the October 3rd football game and make adjustments as needed.
Kansas COVID-19 Cases Jump by 1,300 with Rural Spikes
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas says it had more than 1,300 newly confirmed coronavirus cases over two days, and most of the biggest spikes over the past two weeks occurred in rural counties in the central and western parts of the state. The state health department said Kansas has had 56,592 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases for an increase of 1,366 or 2.5% from Wednesday. The state saw an added average of 615 confirmed cases a day during the seven days ending Friday. The biggest spikes per 1,000 residents for the two weeks ending Friday were in Cheyenne County in the state’s far northwestern corner and Pawnee County in central Kansas.
1,500 Kansas Mail Ballots Arrived Too Late to Count
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Election data shows more than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, but many of them were uncounted because voters didn’t mail them on time. A 2017 state law that aims to mitigate the impact of mail delays allows ballots postmarked on Election Day to be counted as long as they are received in local election offices within three days. That means that ballots postmarked on or before August 4th would have been counted had they arrived by August 7th.
Kansas Supreme Court Affirms Convictions in 2015 Shooting
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed convictions for first-degree murder and battery stemming from a 2015 shooting at the Roxy bar in Overland Park. The court ruled yesterday (FRI) that Dale Willis’ claims of jury instruction errors were barred because he had requested and agreed to those jury instructions. The state’s highest court also said none of the statements made by the state during the trial constituted prosecutorial error and the court properly admitted testimony and evidence. The case stems from dispute that erupted on September 16th, 2015 that ended with Jurl Carter being fatally shot multiple times in his car.
Hutchinson Police Investigating 2 Kidnapping Attempts
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating two separate reports of attempted child abductions in Hutchinson in recent days. The Hutchinson News reports the first incident on Sept. 17 involved an 11-year-old girl who was playing in her yard when a man grabbed her by her wrist. She got away. The next reported incident happened this past Thursday at a Kwik Shop in Hutchinson after a mother put a 3-year-old boy into his car seat after shopping. The suspect reached into the van towards the child before the door shut, but fled after the mother yelled.
Tinder Helps Lead Police to Wichita Suspect
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man during a drug deal, and authorities say the Tinder dating app played a key role in tracking him down. The Wichita Eagle reports that 27-year-old Tanner Mora was sentenced Wednesday for the killing in a health club parking lot. Lorenzo Wade’s body was found by a plastic bag of marijuana on February 6th, 2019. Prosecutors say Wade was killed during a drug deal that went wrong and turned into a robbery. A cellphone found with Wade included information from a Tinder account that helped lead police to the suspect.
Feds Investigate Fatal Shooting of Teen by Overland Park Police
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating possible civil rights violations in the January 2018 shooting death of a Kansas teenager by an Overland Park police officer. An FBI spokeswoman said Thursday the agency, its Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney in Kansas are investigating the death of 17-year-old John Albers. Albers was shot to death by officer Clayton Jenison as he backed out of the driveway of his Overland Park home. Officers went to the home when friends reported Albers was threatening to hurt himself. Jenison was later cleared of any wrongdoing but left the department. Albers’ family reached a $2.3 million settlement with the city of Overland Park over the shooting.
Motorcyclist Killed in Topeka Traffic Accident
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Police say a man riding a motorcycle was killed in a traffic accident in southeast Topeka. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports officers responded Thursday evening to the scene of a crash involving the motorcycle and another vehicle. The motorcyclist died at the scene. The names and ages of weren’t immediately released. No further details were immediately available.