HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Conway Springs family of Jessi and Bryan Lynch considered Oklahoma City and Kansas City for their destination spring break vacation.
Investigators probing cause of Kansas church fire
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine the cause of an overnight fire that destroyed a church near downtown Hutchinson.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Pamela Yoder's winter hobby has become wrapping people in squares of love.
Yoder, of rural Reno County, has been sewing and distributing lap blankets to a pair of...
Hutchinson man gets 2 years in killing of cyclist
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Hutchinson man to two years in prison for intentionally crashing into a bicyclist, who later died.
Kansas taking further steps to start industrial hemp crop
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from farmers who want to be part of the state's industrial hemp research program, which state lawmakers created last April.
One of the farmers eager to get on board is PJ Sneed, who is building infrastructure, clearing land and establishing a cover crop on his land in western Reno County.
Kansas jail search spurred by gang-related inmate fights
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say more than five inmate fights that all occurred within a week at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility prompted jail officials to move up the timing of a large-scale search that confiscated contraband, including inmate-made weapons.
Kansas officials teach residential wildfire preparedness
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The home of Tom and Dr. Christine Sanders in the Jupiter Hills subdivision north of Hutchinson was an excellent example for firefighters and forestry experts. The home was used to point to recently during a residential wildfire preparedness workshop to help a handful of Sandhills residents visualize a "fire wise" home.
20 inmates charged in November Larned prison riot
LARNED, Kan. (AP) — Twenty inmates at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility face felony charges after a riot at the prison in November.
Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett charged the inmates after a state prison official completed an investigation of the Nov. 6 uprising. McNett said in a news release Wednesday the 20 inmates were primarily responsible for the riots.
Real pic in fake Facebook profile leads to suspect’s arrest
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Hutchinson man was arrested on suspicion of using counterfeit bills to purchase electronics because the fake Facebook profile he's accused of using to arrange the transactions included a real picture.
Hutchinson officer becomes peer mentor after fatal shooting
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Josh Long's home life deteriorated. He paced around the house at night while his children and wife slept. Panic attacks became the norm.
The Hutchinson police officer remembered feeling content at work, but at home he struggled to cope with killing a man in the months following the deadly shooting.
Dodge City plans 2 new polling sites as legal fees mount
DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Amid mounting legal fees in a lawsuit that seeks to expand voting access, Ford County is expected to announce two new polling locations in Dodge City for this year's local elections.
Friendly McDonald’s worker given car by regular customer
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A friendly worker at a Hutchinson McDonald's is riding high after one of her regular customers surprised her with a major gift.
Wichita businessman Chris Ellis says he always looked forward to being waited on by Vicki Anderson when he visited the restaurant.
On Monday, Anderson asked Ellis if he knew anyone who was selling a car. Her 1994 vehicle needed repairs that would cost more than the car was worth.
Fire that erupts after New Year’s party destroys building
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that erupted after a New Year's Eve party has destroyed a Hutchinson commercial building that was being used as a wood hobby shop.
Planted wheat acres projected to hit 100-year low
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Over the past two years, the breadbasket of America has planted less and less wheat.
Acres planted to wheat in 2017 and 2018 neared 100-year lows, with the 7.7 million wheat acres in 2017 hitting the lowest point in 60 years. Low prices and a wheat surplus moved farmers away from the Kansas staple. In 2018, those problems combined with a delayed fall harvest and unfavorable weather to push wheat acres to what could be the lowest point in a century.
Planted wheat acres in Kansas may be lowest in century
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Low prices and a surplus of wheat have moved farmers away from the Kansas staple for the past two years.
Now the wet weather that has kept growers out of their fields during planting time this fall could further push the state's winter wheat acres for next year's crop toward the lowest point in a century.
Pickup driver takes Kansas officers on four-county chase
PARSONS, Kan. (AP) — A 24-year-old man is jailed after a two-day police chase that ran through four Kansas counties on roads and through fields at speeds sometimes over 100 mph.
Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Chad Crittenden said the chase started Wednesday night when officers received a report of a stolen vehicle and potential kidnapping near Parsons.
Troopers lost site of the truck but the chase resumed Thursday when Pratt County officials saw the truck.
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Kansas Cattle Drive moving to Pretty Prairie next year
PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. (AP) — The annual Kansas Cattle Drive in Reno County is moving to Pretty Prairie next year.
The drive, which draws thousands of people, will be held Feb. 16.
The Hutchinson News reports this will be the fourth annual Kansas Cattle Drive in the county, and the first one held outside Buhler.
Art captures Greensburg’s heart
GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A southcentral Kansas town that was nearly wiped out by a massive tornado in May 2017 has added a new sculpture to a park that stands on the grounds of its leveled city hall.
Man gets 90 months in US prison for downloading child porn
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas man has been imprisoned for downloading child pornography from the internet.
Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Shane Ragsdale, of Hutchinson, was given 90 months at his sentencing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.
Ragsdale had pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. He admitted to using a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download the porn.
Jury finds Kansas sheriff not guilty of mistreating suspect
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas jury took less than 15 minutes to find Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir not guilty of a misdemeanor for allegedly slapping a handcuffed man.
The Hutchinson News reported that the verdict Friday followed a three-day trial in a case the sheriff has called a "politically motivated witch hunt" by the county attorney's office.
3 Hutchinson police employees fired, 1 suspended
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Three Hutchinson police department employees have been fired after a traffic stop involving an off-duty officer.
Chief Jeffrey Hooper said Wednesday another employee was suspended, one was exonerated and action is pending against a sixth person.
Hooper wouldn't identify the employees, except to say one of those fired was 30-year employee Capt. Troy Hoover.
Cosmosphere to bring spacecraft exhibit to Overland Park
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A spacecraft that sank after its descent on the second U.S. manned space flight nearly 60 years ago is headed to northeastern Kansas as part of a temporary exhibit.
The exhibit featuring the Liberty Bell 7 capsule is expected to open in Overland Park next year as a preview to a proposed satellite location of the popular Hutchinson space museum, the Cosmosphere.
Kansas cotton crop faces potential rain issues
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Recent heavy rain is threatening Kansas' cotton crop, which is ready or nearly ready for harvesting.
Rain can dislodge cotton lint from the plant and decrease yields, The Hutchinson News reported . Water can also cause color from the plant's stems or leaves to bleed onto the lint and damage the quality.
Kansas deputy collides with 3 horses in Hutchinson
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Reno County sheriff's deputy driving a sports utility vehicle has suffered minor injuries after colliding with three horses.
The Hutchinson News reports deputy John Hendricks was traveling Thursday evening in the department's 2017 Ford Explorer when he ran into three horses walking on the roadway in front of him.
Floodwaters recede in Kansas after last week’s deluge
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Floodwaters are receding in Kansas after several creeks and rivers overflowed in the state.
The Hutchinson News reports that water levels on the Cow Creek and the Arkansas River in the Hutchinson area had shown a 2.5 foot (0.75 meter) drop Tuesday from their peaks last week. First responders need the levels to drop even further before the damages can be assessed.
Kansas says all voting machines in state certified
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The director of elections in Kansas says every piece of voting equipment used in the state has been certified at the state and federal level.
His comments Friday come a day after The Hutchinson News reported Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office failed to produce records showing it had certified voting equipment used by hundreds of thousands of Kansans.
Kansas State Fair’s new director looks ahead
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Fair's new director hopes to overcome challenges in order to grow the annual end-of-summer event in Hutchinson.
Most of central, eastern Kansas under flood watches
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Several Kansas communities are closing roads as rain-swollen creeks and rivers begin to overflow their banks.
The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain has fallen since Friday and up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) more are possible through Wednesday morning.
Kansas State Fair attendance increases in 2018
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Attendance at Kansas State Fair increased this year, thanks to sunny weather, popular concerts and new activities.
Preliminary tallies for the 2018 fair show 327,965 people attended this year's fair, a 1.76 percent increase over the 2017 fair, when 322,278 fairgoers were counted.
Body found in basement of Hutchinson home
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Police say a decomposing body has been found in the basement of a Hutchinson home after the tenant complained about a bad smell.
The Hutchinson News reports the body was found Thursday evening. It was determined to be a male, but no identification was found and the tenant does not know who it is.
Convicted Kansas rapist kills himself in jail after arrest
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Reno County officials say a 58-year-old convicted sex offender has killed himself in jail after he was charged with sexual exploitation of a child.
Sheriff Randy Henderson said Gary Robbins was found unresponsive in the county jail Friday. He was pronounced dead after jail staff tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
Robbins has been in jail on a parole violation since Sept. 19. He was charged Wednesday with the child sex crime.
Amtrak will run Southwest Route as it is for at least a year
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Amtrak officials say its Southwest Chief route, which stops in Topeka, Newton, Hutchinson, Dodge City and Garden City, will continue to operate as normal for at least the next year.
Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas made the announcement Wednesday in news release after a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Reno County Museum displays gun that killed Ken Kennedy
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Henry Platts carefully went through old guns in the second story safe at the Reno County Museum. The museums manager of the Reno County Historical Society wore gloves not to leave any corrosive oil on artifacts.
Platts was cleaning and taking inventory of the guns when he picked up a .22 caliber revolver. He paused when he read its tag: "Weapon That Killed Ken Kennedy."
Kansas State Fair reports uptick in attendance
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State Fair officials are crediting good weather and concerts for an uptick in attendance.
Riley County officer named Hutchinson’s new police chief
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A longtime officer of the Riley County Police Department will become Hutchinson's new police chief.
The Hutchinson News reports Jeffrey Hooper, who is currently a captain in Manhattan, will take over the chief's job on Oct. 22. He succeeds Dick Heitschmidt, who retired.
Kansas State Fair offers unusual deep fried food, new shows
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Fair is welcoming some unusual food vendors and new attractions this year, from deep fried Pina Coladas to an inaugural Bread Sculpture contest.
Kansas man to start hemp farm for research program
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas man is preparing to start an industrial hemp farm as part of a new state pilot program.
PJ Sneed plans to open the Always Sunny Hemp and Bee Farm in western Reno County, the Hutchinson News reported.
Convicted Kansas methamphetamine dealer granted probation
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A 36-year-old woman who was facing nearly 13 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine was given probation by a judge who said she had made significant progress in dealing with her drug addiction.
Sarah McHaley, of Hutchinson, was sentenced Friday to three years' of probation by District Judge Trish Rose. McHaley would face 12 years, 10 months in prison if she violates her parole.
Kansas trying to save prairie chickens
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The booming calls of the lesser prairie chicken once rung out across western Kansas.
Accounts from the 1800s mention bands of hunters bagging dozens of birds each. Railways advertised special trains that brought sportsmen to shoot the birds in the Texas panhandle, complete with ice cars to preserve the meat on the ride home.
Then, over a century of plowing prairies into farmland decimated the birds. More recently, droughts brought their numbers to a recorded low in 2013.
Robin Jennison hired as new manager of Kansas State Fair
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Robin Jennison, the head of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, will be the new general manager for the Kansas State Fair.
The Hutchinson News reports the selection was announced Tuesday by the State Fair Board in Hutchinson.
Kansas law enforcement training center seeing more women
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center class has a record number of women.
Fifteen of the 58 people in Class 252 are women, The Hutchinson News reported . It's the most women the center has trained in a single class since it started operating at the formal naval base in rural Reno County in 1968.
Hutchinson teen travels across US to pursue ballet dream
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — On stage, Emma Blakley feels free - free from the past, free from the future, free to focus on nothing else but her dance.
"It's a time when you're just purely right there and you're with an audience that's also right there with you," she said. "There's nothing else that really matters."
Man burned while destroying fireworks in central Kansas
INMAN, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a fireworks company employee was burned while disposing of fireworks.
The Hutchinson News reports that the 39-year-old Jason Ukele, of Salina, was flown to a Wichita hospital after the Monday morning accident at the site of Showalter Fireworks west of Inman.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Court documents say the federal government plans to sue a Kansas oncologist who is accused of submitting claims for cancer treatments that weren't medically necessary.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman convicted in connection with a "swatting" event has been sentenced to probation.