WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A north-central Kansas woman has admitted in court to mailing a faked modified will of a Kansas banker that would have given her half of his $20 million estate.
Suspect apprehended after fatal shooting in Hays
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of another man in Hays.
Police in Hays announced Thursday in a Facebook post that Ryan Paul Thompson has been...
Youth psychiatric hospital to stop co-mingling some patients
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — The operator of a children's psychiatric hospital in Hays has agreed to stop co-mingling patients needing short- and long-term care to comply with federal requirements.
Man pleads guilty in attacks at Larned State Hospital
LARNED, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old Kansas man has pleaded guilty in two attacks at the Larned State Hospital.
The Pawnee County Attorney said in a news release that Anthony Ruiz-Hernandez, of...
1 person dead, 1 injured in house fire near Great Bend
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Fire officials are working to determine the cause of a fatal fire in Rice County.
The Hays Post reports fire crews were called to a home about 25 miles (40.23...
Hunters find mountain lion carcass in north-central Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State game wardens have confirmed a mountain lion carcass was found in north-central Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reported Thursday that hunters found the female lion's remains in Rooks County, just north of Hays.
The agency said the group of hunters contacted a local game warden. The incident is still under investigation.
KBI helping investigate hidden camera at girls’ tournament
LINCOLN, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is helping with an investigation into a hidden video camera at a girls basketball tournament in north-central Kansas.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the camera was found Jan. 16 in a restroom area at a tournament in Lincoln.
Patrol: Hays woman dies in crash on icy Interstate 70
GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 19-year-old woman has died in a crash on an ice-covered section of Interstate 70.
The patrol says Ashlen Leigh Lemon, of Hays, died Tuesday afternoon in the one-vehicle crash in Geary County. The patrol says she lost control because of icy road conditions, hit the median and struck a guardrail.
Patrol works 29 crashes, 1 fatal, as blizzard hits Kansas
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of drivers crashed or needed help after heavy snow and strong winds created treacherous whiteout conditions in western Kansas.
Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Stephen Larow says the agency responded to 29 crashes Thursday, including one that killed 16-old Jackson Buerge, of Overland Park, and three others with injuries. The patrol says Jackson was riding in a sport utility vehicle that a tractor-trailer rear-ended on a snow-covered stretch of Interstate 70 east of Colby.
Blizzard leads to wrecks, power outages in western Kansas.
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — A blizzard blanketed western Kansas with snow Thursday, causing whiteout conditions that led to numerous wrecks and highway closures, and knocked out power for thousands of homes.
The storm, which began late Wednesday, put about three dozen counties under blizzard warnings or winter storm warnings and advisories. The National Weather Service forecast accumulations of up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow in some areas and drift-creating gusts of up to 50 mph (80 kph).
The Latest: I70 reopened in western Kansas as storm hits
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm in Kansas (all times local):
Officials have reopened a stretch of Interstate 70 in western Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Transportation says the major east-west route from Goodland to Wakeeney is now open in both directions. The agency closed the route because of poor visibility and wrecks as a winter storm hits.
Portions of the highway are still partially or completely covered in snow.
FHSU police warn of phone scam seeking nude videos
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — It might go without saying that a caller claiming to be with police who demands nude videos is a scammer. But Fort Hays State University police are warning the public anyway.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Fort Scott 48, BV Southwest 30
Hiawatha 63, Atchison County 42
Lee's Summit West, Mo. 71, KC Schlagle 50
Liberty, Mo. 51, SM North 44
Park Hill, Mo. 62, Lawrence 51
Republic County 61, Superior, Neb. 35
St. Pius X (Kansas City), Mo. 78, Maranatha Academy 59
Kansas Senate committee approves 3 regents appointments
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Senate committee has approved three appointments to the Kansas Board of Regents.
Gov. Jeff Colyer appointed former Rep. Mark Hutton, a Republican from Wichita, and former state Sent. Allen Schmidt, a Democrat from Hays. as new members to the board. He also reappointed former Rep. Bill Feuerborn, a Democrat from Garnett.
Northern State provost named president of Valley City State
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A top official at a South Dakota university has been named the new president of Valley City State University in North Dakota.
Alan LaFave currently is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Ex-professor pleads no contest to selling marijuana edible
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — A former Fort Hays State University assistant professor has pleaded no contest to a charge involving marijuana edibles.
Bryan Bennett, who taught political science, was placed on 18 months of probation Thursday for possession with intent to distribute a hallucinogenic drug. Three other felony drug charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Pennsylvania man returned to Kansas charged with 150 rapes
ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — A man arrested in June in Pennsylvania on a Dickinson County warrant involving 150 counts of rape is back in Kansas.
The Hays Post reports 44-year-old Eric Millsap, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, arrived in Abilene on Monday. Dickinson County Attorney Andrea Purvis says he was extradited from the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Storms, flooding cause damage in western Kansas
SCOTT CITY, Kan. (AP) — Strong storms have caused damage and flash flooding in parts of western Kansas.
CODELL, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas town where a tornado struck three straight years is dedicating a steel cyclone sculpture to remember the triple tragedies.
The Salina Journal reports that the dedication ceremony is planned for Sunday in the tiny town of Codell, which is about 25 miles northeast of Hays. The tornados struck on May 20 of the years 1916, 1917 and 1918.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd, the team's third-round draft pick out of Fort Hays State , to a four-year deal worth the slotted amount of $3.4 million.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound native of Ontario, Canada, was the first Division II player selected in this year's draft.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Both suspects in the shooting of a loss prevention officer at a Wichita Menards store are in custody.
Police spokesman Charley Davidson said an 18-year-old male was arrested Wednesday in Hays. Details of the arrest were not immediately released.
A 17-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday after crashing a stolen Mercedes in Derby.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Nathan Shepherd was out of school and away from the football field for two years, working side jobs to try to earn some money.
The big defensive lineman from Canada spent long hours toiling at a plant nursery, a printing factory and also eventually doing electrical construction. The whole time, football tugged at his heart.
KU Health System buys Great Bend Regional Hospital
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Health System is continuing its expansion outside of the Kansas City area by buying a hospital in Great Bend.
The health system announced Wednesday it will buy the Great Bend Regional Hospital and its affiliated clinics. The details of the agreement were not released. It's expected to be final this summer.
Former Kansas sheriff’s detective pleads guilty to theft
LARNED, Kan. (AP) — A former Pawnee County Sheriff's detective has admitted to stealing from the department, where his brother is sheriff.
The Hays Post reports 43-year-old Jeffrey Allen King of Larned pleaded guilty Monday to three felonies for thefts that occurred between Jan. 9, 2015, and Oct. 13, 2017.
A total of $20,318 was stolen from the sheriff's department.
Kansas man dies after farming accident
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas man has died in a farming accident.
The Reno County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Daniel Bruce Smith had been working with another individual Monday to set steel posts into the ground with a skid steer.
Traffic stop leads to 350 pounds of marijuana in Kansas
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say three people are being investigated after officers seized 350 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 70.
Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf says a drug interdiction team discovered the drug haul during a traffic stop near Junction City on April 5.
Wayne State’s Dendinger named NSIC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Wayne State senior thrower Michaela Dendinger was named the NSIC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week following her performance in last weekend’s Fort Hays State Classic in Hays, Kansas.
Man struck, injured on I70 while fleeing from authorities
CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been struck and injured by a tractor-trailer as he tried to get away from law enforcement on Interstate 70 in Kansas.
Kansas election chief charges 2 more with voter fraud
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has charged two more people with voting illegally less than a day after President Donald Trump dismantled his voter fraud commission.
Kobach's office said Thursday that the charges involve two people accused of double voting in Kansas and Colorado in 2016. They are among 15 people to be charged since Kobach obtained the authority to prosecute voter fraud cases in 2015. Kobach is a candidate for Kansas governor.
Authorities search for person of interest in double homicide
HILL CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a person of interest in a double homicide in rural northwest Kansas.
KWCH-TV reports that two people were found dead Thursday near Hill City, in a rural part of Graham County. People are being urged to stay inside and lock their doors while deputies from several law enforcement agencies search an area north of Hays for the man.
SkyWest to offer flights to Chicago, Denver from Salina
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Airplane passengers in Salina will soon have a few more flights with larger planes for trips to Denver and Chicago.
Salina Airport Authority Tim Rogers says SkyWest Airlines will provide flights from Salina to and from Denver and Chicago beginning in April.
Rogers said Friday flight schedules and prices will be announced next month.
No charges in fatal shooting involving Ellis County deputy
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — The Ellis County Attorney's Office says an officer involved in a fatal shooting in November 2016 will not face any charges.
Police have not released the name of the man who was killed after a police chase that began early Nov. 8 when Hays police tried to stop a vehicle that was driving recklessly.
An Ellis County sheriff's deputy joined the chase, which ended when the driver lost control and crashed in a field.
Missouri man killed in hit-and-run crash in central Missouri
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash in central Kansas.
2 die in Hays mobile homes of carbon monoxide poisoning
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning in Hays.
The Hays Post reports that the victims were found dead Friday afternoon inside a mobile home. Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler says a gas generator was found running inside the mobile home. Because the coroner has ruled the deaths accidental, officials have not released the victims' names.
Ferris State downs Fort Hays State, punches ticket to DII quarterfinals
Senior running back Jahaan Brown had a pair of touchdown runs of 3 yards each as Ferris State defeated Fort Hays State, 31-21, Saturday in an NCAA Division II second-round playoff game at Lewis Field Stadium in Hays, Kansas.
KBI investigating man’s death in north-central Kansas
BELOIT, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a man's death in north-central Kansas as suspicious.
HAYS, Kan. — Max Creasy of Huntington, a 2017 Cabell Midland High School graduate, has received a $2,000 University Scholar Award from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, for the 2017-18 academic year.
Man arrested after theft of police vehicle in Manhattan
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of stealing a police vehicle in Manhattan.
The Hays Post reports that the 32-year-old man was taken into custody early Saturday and is being held on $32,000 bond.
Former Fort Hays University official to be new president
HAYS, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents is bringing back a former Fort Hays State official to be the university's new president.
The board on Friday unanimously approved hiring Tisa Mason as 10th president of the school in Hays.
Mason was the vice president for student affairs at Fort Hays until 2014, when she became president of Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota.
NORFOLK — Services for Patricia A. Willis Bejot, 64, of Wakefield were held 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Northern Heights Baptist Church in Norfolk. Burial was at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Ainsworth Cemetery in Ainsworth.
Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield was in charge of arrangements.
Man convicted in wreck that killed county commissioner
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man has been convicted of manslaughter in the drunk-driving crash that killed a western Missouri county commissioner.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Friday announced the conviction of 30-year-old Wesley Michael Hays of Pleasanton, Kansas. He was also convicted of second-degree assault and failing to keep on the right side of the roadway in the 2014 wreck that killed Bates County Commissioner Larry Berry.
48-year-old woman dies in house fire in central Kansas
ENTERPRISE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died in a house fire in central Kansas.
The Hays Post reports that Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman says the home was engulfed in flames Tuesday when fire crews responded. The body of 48-year-old Patricia Humes was found inside the home.
Overall enrollment at 6 state universities shows slight drop
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents says enrollment at public universities fell less than 1 percent this fall.
Enrollment figures released Friday show enrollment increased more than 3 percent at Fort Hays State University and Wichita State University. The University of Kansas reported a 1.1 percent increase in fall enrollment compared with last fall.
Deadly shooting under investigation in western Kansas
SCOTT CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in a western Kansas killing.
The Hays Post reports that a news release says deputies found the 44-year-old victim dead from a gunshot wound around 10 p.m. Friday while responded to a shooting at a rural Scott County residence. The man's name wasn't immediately released.