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Security Review After Patient Escapes Facility

Todd PittengerJanuary 5, 2022

 The state is working with the Correctional Leaders Association to retain an independent firm to conduct a comprehensive security review at Larned State Hospital. Kansas Governor Kelly directed KDADS to begin the search for an external security firm to review LSH following the escape of John Colt this past summer  from the Sexual Predator Treatment Program. With Tuesday's report that Isaac Nath...

Fort Riley Increases Mask-Wearing Requirements

Todd PittengerJanuary 5, 2022

Due to the rising COVID-19 transmission rates, personnel returning from leave around the country, and 1st Infantry Division’s mission requirements, For Riley has implemented a temporary increase in COVID mitigation measures. According to the Army post, in accordance with DoD policy and CDC guidance, they have instituted increased mask-wearing requirements in addition to those already present ...

Tips to Help Pets Cope With Winter Chill

Kansas State UniversityJanuary 5, 2022

A Kansas State University veterinarian says frigid temperatures mean it's time to consider bringing some pets, especially dogs and cats, inside. "Pets that are not acclimated to the colder weather and those that are very young or old should be brought in during the colder temperatures," said Susan Nelson, clinical professor at the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center in the College ...

Preparing For More Snow

Todd PittengerJanuary 5, 2022

With the possibility of more snow on the horizon, local officials are preparing. According to the City of Salina, with weather forecasts for winter conditions possible again late Wednesday evening and into Thursday (January 6), the City of Salina is making preparations to pre-treat roadways with salt and Magnesium Chloride brine, treat initial accumulations of snow, and if necessary plow roadwa...

UPDATE: Escaped Patient Captured

KSAL StaffJanuary 4, 2022

UPDATE: Isaac Nathaniel Watts has been captured in Garden City. ORIGINAL: Isaac Nathaniel Watts, a 43-year-old white male patient on a court-ordered Care and Treatment Order through Pawnee County, Kan. and a hold order from Grant County, Kan., walked away last night from Larned State Hospital (LSH) and is currently considered absent without leave. Watts, charge...

Truck Stolen, Arrest Made

KSAL StaffJanuary 4, 2022

A Salina man was arrested after police found him behind the wheel of a stolen truck early Tuesday. Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that 41-year-old Napoleon Svendblad-Valladares, III was taken into custody after an officer on patrol identified a 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup that was reported stolen and made a traffic stop. Police say the work truck had been taken from the 700 block of N. Br...

High-End Tools Stolen

KSAL StaffJanuary 4, 2022

The Saline County Sheriff's Office is investigating a business burglary in the 1100 block of West Grand Avenue. Sheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News that sometime between 5pm Friday and 9:30am Monday, someone entered a building owned by D&D Proves It Inc. and removed some high-end digital measuring tools. Deputies say a $2,000 Cygmus brand, ultrasonic thickness gauge was stolen along wit...

Trump Endorses Schmidt

MetrosourceJanuary 4, 2022

Former President Donald Trump is endorsing Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt for governor. KWCH reports that Trump announced his endorsement of Schmidt yesterday morning. Trump says Schmidt has done an outstanding job as attorney general and will be a very wise choice for governor. Schmidt is running for the Republican nomination for Kansas governor with the hope of unseating incumben...

Bitter Cold, Light Snow on Horizon

KSAL StaffJanuary 4, 2022

After a mild day Tuesday with a high temperature approaching 50, a big change is on the horizon in the form of bitter cold arctic air from Canada and light snow. According to the National Weather Service, a band of light snowfall is expected Wednesday night into early Thursday morning across central and eastern Kansas. Highest confidence on a 1 to 2 inch accumulation will exist either side of t...

Area Hospital Closing ICU

Todd PittengerJanuary 4, 2022

The intensive care unit at an area hospital is closing. Geary Community Hospital in Junction City says due to a national Covid-19 exacerbated nursing shortage, as well as fiscal situations beyond its control, it can no longer effectively operate its Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Officials say closing a unit of the hospital is not an easy decision and they understand how this impacts the commun...

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