2 teens surrender, admit to impersonating police
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers have admitted impersonating police and pulling over unsuspecting motorists in eastern Kansas.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old Wichita man has been sentenced in the stabbing death of his girlfriend after a judge denied his motion to withdraw an earlier guilty plea.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A black couple who filed separate discrimination lawsuits against Emporia State University won one lawsuit while the other was dismissed.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say no one is believed to still be missing after three people were rescued from a flooded vehicle in east-central Kansas.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says officials are searching for two missing people who left a car that was overcome by floodwaters in east-central Kansas.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two people were hurt in a crash on a smoke-obscured highway in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that the wreck happened...
The Emporia VA clinic to be decommissioned by summer
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The Veterans Affairs clinic in Emporia will be closed by mid-June.
Joe Burks, spokesman for Kansas VA, says the organization plans to move veteran care from the clinic...
Former Lindenwood University president placed on leave
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — The president of Lindenwood University's flagship campus in suburban St. Louis has been placed on paid administrative leave but says he's been given "no reason why."
Man admits fatally stabbing girlfriend in Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 25-year-old man has admitted that he stabbed his girlfriend to death in June in Wichita.
Sedgwick County authorities say Dylan Barbert pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old MacKenzie Payne, of Emporia.
Winter storm cancels classes in Kansas and Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of public schools and several universities in Kansas and Missouri are closing or starting late after a winter storm hit the region.
Freezing rain that was coated with a layer of 1 to 3 inches (about 2.5 to 7.5 centimeters) of snow has slickened roads for the Wednesday commute. The Kansas Department of Transportation warned drivers to expect ice, especially on bridges.
Colyer commutes woman’s sentence, pardons 2 others
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Outgoing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has granted two pardons and commuted the sentence of an Emporia war veteran.
Top Kansas House Democrat, Senate GOP leader name key aides
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top Democrat in the Kansas House and a Republican leader in the state Senate have named new chiefs of staff.
House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer of Wichita announced Tuesday that Heather Scanlon will become is top aide. Scanlon has been the House Democrats' communications director for more than two years and also has been communications director for the Kansas Democratic Party.
She replaces Cory Sheedy, who took a job on Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's staff.
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2 Kansas women start therapeutic horseback riding nonprofit
OLPE, Kan. (AP) — Two women in eastern Kansas are starting a therapeutic horseback riding initiative for veterans, individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder and community members who want to learn how to ride.
Emporia’s zoo moves closer to hitting $4.3M fundraising goal
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The zoo in Emporia is getting closer to raising enough money for a major update that will include adding and renovating several exhibits.
The Emporia Gazette reports that $3.6 million already has been raised for the $4.3 million project. Once the campaign hits $4 million, the Capitol Federal Foundation has agreed to donate the final $300,000.
Dirty Kanza bike race sold to Minnesota company
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The founder of a popular gravel bicycle race in Kansas says the race has been sold to a Minnesota company.
Dirty Kanza co-founder Jim Cummins announced that the event, which begins and ends in Emporia, will be owned by Life Time Fitness, based in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The company operates athletic resort destinations and athletic events across the country, including other cycling events.
Cummins said he and the current operating board will continue to lead the race.
Kansas chiropractor charged with raping underage patient
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — An Emporia chiropractor already facing two sexual battery charges is now charged with rape involving an underage female.
The Lyon County Attorney's office charged Eric Hawkins on Monday with raping a patient who was 15 or 16 at the time of the incident. Court documents allege the assault occurred between October 1 and November 30, 2015.
Construction begins on Emporia State’s president’s home
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — After a four-year fundraising campaign ended in late July, crews recently broke ground for construction of a new home for the university's president and a public entertaining space.
Possible theft reported at Emporia women’s shelter
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Emporia police are investigating the theft of more than $51,000 from a women's shelter.
Police Capt. David DeVries confirmed that the Plumb Place reported a possible theft and an investigation was underway but provided no further information.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say an Emporia doctor is losing his Kansas medical license for a sexual relationship with a patient who tried to commit suicide using pills he prescribed her.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The former director of the Emporia State University's early childhood center has been granted diversion for failing to report suspected child abuse or neglect at the center.
The Emporia Gazette reports Keely Persinger's record will be cleared if she successfully completes the plea agreement.
REECE, Kan. (AP) — A 23-year-old eastern Kansas man who fatally injured his 6-month-old son has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Benny Clark, of Reece, was sentenced last week for second-degree murder and child abuse in the August 2017 death of his son, Cooper.
WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man and woman in southeast Kansas as a murder-suicide.
Sheriff's Capt. Mike Westmoreland says 27-year-old Carrie Ensminger, of Emporia, and 36-year-old Toby Farley, of Wellington, were found dead of gunshot wounds Saturday in rural Sumner County.
Investigators say a passing motorist found the bodies in a road.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison in the fatal shooting of a woman in her apartment near the Emporia State University campus.
Jury convicts Kansas sex offender of sexual assaults
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man already imprisoned in Kansas for child sexual abuse has been convicted of sexually assaulting two victims in Missouri, including a 5-year-old who was assaulted at Fort Leonard Wood.
A federal jury found 39-year-old Craig Ralston, of Emporia, Kansas, guilty on Friday of aggravated sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 and of crossing state lines with intent to commit rape.
37 dogs rescued from trailer home in Kansas
OLPE, Kan. (AP) — Animal shelter workers and sheriff's deputies have rescued 37 small dogs from a trailer home in central Kansas after someone reported finding one dead dog and another extremely sick one in a nearby dumpster.
Lyon County sheriff's officials say the sick animal was given emergency medical treatment Thursday.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A former teacher at an Emporia State University campus day care has been charged with child endangerment and the former director of failing to report suspected abuse or neglect.
The charges were filed last month against former teacher Kimberly Schneider and former director Keely Persinger. They worked at the university's Center for Early Childhood Education until May 2017. Their attorneys didn't immediately return a phone message.
BAZAAR, Kan. (AP) — Chase County officials say a man died after a horse rolled over him during a ranching accident.
Sheriff Rich Dorneker says emergency responders were called Monday night to a ranch south of Bazaar, an unincorporated town near Emporia.
The Emporia Gazette reports responders found 58-year-old Clifford Cole injured after an accident while working with cattle on horseback.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A city commission in east-central Kansas has approved an incentive compliance agreement on a $4 million warehouse expansion for a food products supplier.
The Emporia Gazette reports that Emporia City Commission approved the agreement for the Cargill warehouse Wednesday.
Man convicted in May 2017 killing of Emporia woman
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A man has been convicted of fatally shooting a woman in her apartment near the Emporia State University campus.
Professor at center of harassment probe placed on leave
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — An Emporia State University professor has been placed on administrative leave after a campus newspaper reported about the findings of a sexual harassment investigation.
University President Allison Garrett sent an email Wednesday to students, faculty and staff, saying the psychology professor was the subject of an investigation following a case of "significant community interest." The letter provided no details.
Weather closes schools, universities; keeps workers home
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas school districts and universities are canceling classes and many state employees were told to stay home after another round of winter weather.
With about three-fourths of the state under a winter weather advisory, Gov. Jeff Colyer ordered the closure of state government through Thursday for nonessential employees in Shawnee County.
1 dead after house fire near Emporia
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Lyon County authorities say a person has died in a house fire near Emporia.
County sheriff's deputy Jacob Welsh says the fire was reported Wednesday morning about 4 miles southwest of Emporia. When firefighters arrived, the home was completely engulfed in flames.
Missouri man facing charges in 2 Kansas counties after chase
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A 35-year-old man who allegedly led Kansas officers on a chase with his 5-year-old daughter in the car is accused of attacking three sheriff's deputies.
Law enforcement seeks public’s help in Emporia death case
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Lyon County authorities are asking the public for help in solving the killing of a 19-year-old from Emporia.
Lyon County deputies were called Sept. 6 to investigate a suspicious vehicle on a road about five miles east of Emporia. The deputies found the car on fire, with the body of Jesus Avila-Galvin Jr. inside.
Memorial services for Darlene E. (Stites) Chepil, 73, of Pierce will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the First Christian Church in Abilene, Kan. Inurnment will be in the Ashton Cemetery in Hope, Kan., at a later date.
Hammons Family Funeral Chapel of Weeping Water is handling the arrangements.
She died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at Premier Estates in Pierce.
4 arrested in kidnapping of 16-year-old Kansas teen
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested four teenagers in connection with last week's kidnapping of a 16-year-old Emporia boy.
The Lyon County sheriff's office said in a news release Wednesday that deputies responded to Newman Hospital on Nov. 18 to a report of an aggravated kidnapping. The victim was treated for multiple bruises, a possible broken nose and other injuries.
COLUMBIA, MO. • Playing again without its star freshman, the Missouri basketball team avoided a disaster Monday at Mizzou Arena, holding off Division II Emporia State 67-62. Kassius Robertson’s three free throws in the final 24 seconds gave the Tigers just enough breathing room to escape what would have been among the worst losses in the program’s history.
Cuonzo Martin and Missouri players preached a “one-game-at-a-time” mentality throughout the preseason, and, after a 77-59 loss at Utah on Thursday, they’ll have a chance to manifest that attitude at 7 p.m. Monday, when the Tigers host Emporia State.
Lyon County remains unidentified 6 months after discovery
NEOSHO RAPIDS, Kan. (AP) — Human remains found more than six months ago in Lyon County still haven't been identified.
A skull was found April 29 near the Neosho River just outside of Neosho Rapids. Lyon County officers later found more remains.
The remains were wrapped in a bed sheet and comforter. A digital watch also was found.
Iowa State set to begin rebuilding season at Missouri
AMES, Iowa (AP) — The future is bright for Iowa State. It just might not seem that way in the weeks to come.
The Cyclones, who open the season on Friday at Missouri, celebrated the signing of a four-man recruiting class on Wednesday that is considered to be in the top 20 nationally by many publications. The class is yet another sign that third-year coach Steve Prohm is committed to building a foundation based on prep players after years of reaching the NCAA Tournament with Division I transfers.
Correction: Simmons-Emporia Expansion story
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — In a story Nov. 1 about the planned expansion of a Simmons Pet Food plant in Emporia, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of wet pet food cups the company expects to produce once the project is finished. It is 12.4 million cups, not 2.4 million.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Simmons Pet Food breaks ground on Emporia expansion
Simmons Pet Food has broken ground on a planned expansion at its plant in Emporia
Man whose body was found in burning car identified
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have released the identity of a man whose body was found inside a burning car in rural Lyon County.
The victim who was identified Tuesday as 19-year-old Jesus Avila-Galvin Jr. of Emporia.
Emergency responders were called to the site on a rural road on Sept. 6. When deputies arrived they found the body inside the car.
Lyon County investigating after body found in burned vehicle
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Lyon County authorities are investigating the death of a person whose body was found in a burning vehicle.
Sheriff Jeff Cope says deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in rural Lyon County about five miles east of Emporia. The vehicle had been burned at the location and deputies found the body inside.
Cope says the death is being investigated as a possible homicide.
Body found in burned vehicle near Emporia
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a possible homicide after a body was found in a burned vehicle east of Emporia.
Skeletal remains found at Malvern Lake in eastern Kansas
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are working to identify skeletal remains that were found this weekend at Melvern Lake in eastern Kansas.
A park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found the remains on Friday night at the lake, which is northeast of Emporia, Kansas.
The Osage County Sheriff's office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are working to identify the remains and determine how they arrived at the lake.
READING, Kan. (AP) — Kansas highway officials say a collision between an Amtrak train and a semitrailer pulling cattle occurred due to the driver's failure to yield to the train.
A report from the Kansas Highway Patrol says the train wasn't able to stop when the driver didn't yield at a railroad crossing near Reading on Thursday.
READING, Kan. (AP) — An Amtrak passenger train is running again after a collision with a cattle truck in eastern Kansas.
No serious injuries were reported when the livestock trailer was split in half in the Thursday morning collision near the small town of Reading, northeast of Emporia.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says that after a four-hour delay, the train continued eastward.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Emporia residents no longer have to boil their water.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Sunday that a boil advisory had been lifted. The advisory had been in place since Thursday, after a major water main break left the city of about 25,000 residents nearly waterless as temperatures soared. The break created the risk of possible bacteria contamination, although testing showed no evidence of such contamination.