Ex-Kansas lieutenant governor Mann running in 1st District
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann says he plans to run for the state's 1st District seat in Congress.
Mann, who was lieutenant governor for former Gov. Jeff Colyer,...
Police fatally shoot man at Kansas home, grandmother slain
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot by police at a central Kansas home where his step-grandmother was stabbed to death.
Man dies after being shot by police in Salina
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Salina police say an officer fatally shot a man at a home where a woman had been found dead.
Police Chief Brad Nelson said in a news release that officers went to a home...
Ex-employee at Saint Francis Ministries in Salina charged
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A former employee of Saint Francis Ministries in Salina is facing 11 charges including rape, sexual exploitation of a child and indecent liberties with a child.
Salina pharmacist, husband sentenced in opioid diversion
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 29-year-old Salina pharmacist has been sentenced to three years of probation for diverting prescription drugs containing opioids.
Sheriff: DNA may show if exhumed body is Belgium woman
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in Kansas say a body exhumed this week could be that of a woman missing from Belgium.
Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said Tuesday DNA will determine the...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have exhumed a woman's remains that were found more than 30 years ago in a shallow creek near Salina.
The Saline County sheriff's office says in a Facebook...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after his arm was sucked into a pond overflow pipe in rural Kansas.
Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan says deputies responded to a report...
Kansas tax collectors seize 7 convenience stores
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas tax collectors have seized and closed seven convenience stores in Salina.
The Salina Journal reports the stores had signs posted on the front doors and gas pumps...
Salina doctor delivers his 10,000th baby
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Walking into a hospital at three in the morning, getting off an elevator and knowing that a patient is ready to deliver her baby will never get old to Dr. Merle J. "Boo"...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Salina man has died after a fight in a fast-food restaurant parking lot.
The Salina Journal reports that police Capt. Gary Hanus said in a news release...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Salina family has donated $1 million to Kansas Wesleyan University's new Nursing Education Center.
The university said this week that the gift from the Jack and Donna...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — An Iowa airplane maintenance company is planning to open a facility in Salina, bringing 50 new jobs this year and up to 450 employees within three years.
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Salina police are investigating a widespread bank card fraud in the area.
Since Sunday, police have received 147 reports of compromised bank cards, all from Sunflower...
Salina man found not guilty in animal abuse case
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A 41-year-old Salina man has been found not guilty of animal abuse charges stemming from the seizure of 189 animals.
A Saline County jury deliberated less than an hour...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Salina man has admitted to illegally getting stolen prescription drugs from his wife before she lost her pharmacist license.
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials estimate it will cost $95 million to clean up pollution at the Schilling Air Force Base in Salina.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A regulatory ombudsman hired by former Gov. Jeff Colyer billed Kansas taxpayers thousands of dollars for travel and food after his official workstation was quietly switched...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly seven months before publicly announcing its plans to close, an embattled Kansas military school amended its incorporation document to remove the Episcopalian church...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will host its first state-sanctioned high school wrestling tournament for girls only next year.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Kansas State High...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Salina city leaders are exploring the possibility of a ban on plastic shopping bags.
The Salina Journal reports that city staff was briefing commissioners Monday on other...
Couple donates popular restaurant to Bethel College
LINDSBORG, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas college will soon own a popular Swedish-themed restaurant.
Donice and Roy Applequist announced last week that they will donate the Swedish Crown...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been injured in an explosion at a Salina plant that makes vehicle batteries.
Saline County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jim Hughes says the...
28 priests, brothers credibly accused in Kansas diocese
Allegations of clergy sexual abuse have been substantiated against 28 priests or religious clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina in central Kansas in cases mostly stemming from the 1950s...
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A zoo near Salina is working to find a new lion for its exhibits after one of its lions was euthanized.
Officials at Rolling Hills Zoo said Motomba, an African lion, was...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the youngest of five men convicted in the 2015 shooting death of a Salina teenager.
Kansas man acquitted in his mother’s 2003 shooting death
BELOIT, Kan. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a man who was charged with his mother's murder nearly 15 years after she died.
The Salina Journal reports that 46-year-old Chuckie Fleming was found...
The Latest: More of I-70 closes in Kansas; churches close
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on winter weather moving through Kansas on Saturday (all times local):
Kansas transportation officials have closed Interstate 70 from...
Salina center’s therapy dogs help manage mental health
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Whenever Jackie Casteel has difficulty dealing with her depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, she knows she can rely on the comforting paw of a four-legged therapist...
Board of embattled Kansas military school looks to future
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The board of an embattled Kansas military school is exploring what to do with the property as the private boarding school prepares to close after facing years of litigation, including accusations that administrators failed to supervise cadets.
State awards grant to new nursing program at Salina Tech
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The state has awarded the Salina Area Technical College a $210,000 grant to help with start-up costs of the college's new associate degree in nursing program.
The college announced the grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce on Friday. The Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas State Board of Nursing approved the new program in September and is awaiting approval from the Higher Learning Commission. The first class in the two-year program is expected to begin in August.
Embattled Kansas military school plans to close
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An embattled Kansas military school announced Wednesday it plans to close after this school year, saying it has unfairly become a target for litigation and negative media portrayals.
Suspect wounded in exchange of gunfire with law enforcement
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a carjacking suspect has been shot and wounded in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement in central Kansas.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says in a news release that 24-year-old Colt Wright, of Derby, has undergone surgery at a Salina hospital. The release says Salina police began chasing him around 5 p.m. Tuesday after he stole a Jeep Wrangler at gunpoint.
Kansas officers investigating shooting deaths of father, son
REXFORD, Kan. (AP) — Kansas law enforcement officials are investigating the shooting deaths of a father and son on a farm in northwestern Kansas.
Kansas offers unemployment benefits to furloughed workers
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Labor says federal employees who are furloughed during the partial government shutdown can seek unemployment benefits.
Kansas teen injured in confrontation with officers charged
SMITH CENTER, Kan. (AP) — A 15-year-old Kansas boy who was injured in a confrontation with law enforcement officers last month has been arrested in Salina.
Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents served an arrest warrant Thursday at Saint Francis Community Services in Salina, where the teenager has been held since he was released from a hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Arrest made in Friday shooting death of man in Salina
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested on charges in a Salina shooting death, the city's first homicide this year.
Television station KWCH reports that 25-year-old Mika Lee Thille was booked Friday afternoon into the Salina County Jail on charges of murder, burglary and robbery.
Salina police investigating city’s 1st homicide of year
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Salina police are investigating the death of a 30-year-old man as a homicide.
Police Capt. Paul Forrester says police went to a house early Friday after receiving a call about shots fired. Officers found the man dead inside the home.
The Salina Journal reports it is the city's first homicide of the year.
Snowplow driver cleared way for ambulance during blizzard
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An ambulance crew is praising a Kansas snowplow driver who came to the rescue during the weekend blizzard.
The Kansas Department of Transportation said in a blog post that Concordia Hospital called Sunday because the crew was struggling to transport an emergency patient to the larger Salina Regional Health Center about 50 miles (about 80 kilometers) away. They requested a snow plow to lead the way down U.S. 81.
The Latest: Kansas governor declares state of emergency
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm that is forecast to dump snow across the Midwest (all times local):
Kansas officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads because of dangerous conditions across much of the state.
Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency because of the winter storm moving across Kansas on Sunday that is creating blizzard conditions and slick roads. A section of Interstate 70 was closed Sunday morning between Salina and Wakeeny.
Kansas man pleads guilty in shooting of Illinois officer
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to charges he fired the shots in July 2016 that wounded a southern Illinois police officer during a chase.
Alex B. Karcher of Salina, Kansas was charged with firing several shots at Carbondale Officer Trey Harris. Officials say one shot wounded Harris in the eye, causing him to lose vision.
Kansas man admits to shooting southern Illinois officer
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with a shooting that wounded a southern Illinois police officer during a July 2016 chase.
The Jackson County state's attorney office says the plea agreement with 24-year-old Alex Karcher of Salina, Kansas, calls for him to face a prison sentence of at least 25 years.
Man convicted in 2013 Salina homicide dies in prison
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A man who helping to beat a Salina woman with a chain before strangling and drowning her has died.
The Kansas Department of Corrections says 30-year-old Joel Heil died Sunday.
Hiel was in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the 2013 death of 27-year-old Kristin Tyler.
Corrections department spokesman Samir Arif confirmed Heil's death but said he was not in state custody and couldn't provide details about Heil's death.
Another man convicted in contract killing in Salina area
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Another man has been convicted in the contract killing of a Salina man whose battered body was found on a path near a popular fishing area in June 2017.
The Salina Journal reports that Brandon St. Clair is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 21 for multiple counts, including felony murder and aggravated kidnapping, in the death of 29-year-old Brandon Lee Shelby.
Kansas pilot receives Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A yearning to soar through life on his own terms nudged Rex Russell into a career off the ground.
Most of his march has followed a unique beat, some 5,400 hours of it pushing pedals and riding on air thousands of feet above ground.
"I just like doing things different than everybody else," said the 85-year-old pilot from Mentor.
After graduating Canton High School in 1950, the young Russell got busy amassing a timeline packed with cherished experiences.
Salina City Commission violates Kansas Open Records Act
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general's office has determined that the Salina City Commission violated the state's open records law.
Recommendations made on bond, fees in state municipal courts
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A committee formed at the direction of the Kansas Supreme Court has made 18 recommendations to improve the bond system in municipal courts.
Brenda Stoss, municipal court judge from Salina and New Cambria, led the committee. She said municipal courts should be able to consider factors that affect individuals' ability to pay when setting bond, rather than using a one-size-fits-all bond schedule.
Correction: LSD Stabbing-Plea story
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — In a story Sept. 13 about a Salina woman entering a plea in the stabbing of a man, The Associated Press erroneously reported that she pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and a drug charge. Amy Ramirez pleaded no contest, which is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Salina woman pleads in LSD-fueled knife attack on a stranger