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UPDATE: Flooding Evacuations, Injury In Lindsborg

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

Heavy rain created serious flash flooding in about an eight square block area in north part of Lindsborg Monday evening and prompted evacuations. According to McPherson County Emergency Management heavy trucks were initially used, then three flat bottom boats. McPherson County emergency management director Dillard Webster says emergency crews had to evacuate about 35 to 40 people. A Red Cross s...

Emotions Boil Over At City Meeting

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

Salina City Commissioners met in an emotional special session Monday evening to discuss the Salina-Saline County Health Department. A structure problem with the roof caused the health department to close back in  May of 2012. Since that time, city and county commissioners have been trying to come up with a plan for a permanent facility and the best course of action for the future of the agency. ...

Lawsuit Over Kansas Abortion Law May Get Narrower

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

The state of Kansas and Planned Parenthood appear to be moving to narrow a federal lawsuit filed by the organization against parts of a new abortion law that took effect this month. The movement is reported in a summary of a conference call held Monday by Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil with attorneys in the case in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. The summary said the parties have an initial...

Top Kansas Democrat Says Session About Judge’s Approval

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

The Kansas Senate's top Democrat is questioning Gov. Sam Brownback's motives for calling a special legislative session. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley said Monday that Brownback called the Sept. 3 session to gain quick approval of a coming appointment to the state Court of Appeals and avoid scrutiny of his nominee. Brownback must nominate the judge by Aug. 29. Brownback asked lawm...

Trial Set in Killing of Fort Riley Soldier

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

A November trial has been set for a Manhattan man charged with killing a Fort Riley soldier and wounding four other people earlier this year. Forty-three-year-old Matthew Wilson appeared Monday in Riley County District Court on one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder. A judge entered not guilty pleas after Wilson stood silent. Wilson is accused of bursting into a Man...

Street Flooding after Downpour

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

Heavy rainfall Monday afternoon caused traffic to come to a standstill in and around Lindsborg at about 2:30pm, after a reported 6-inches fell in Northern McPherson County. Flooding caused some motorists to become stranded, while some area county roads were covered with quick running water and field debris. Forecasters say more rain could fall in McPherson and Saline County overnight. ...

Salina Police are investigating the theft of some construction equipment from a residential area.

Arrest Made in Damage to Property Case

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

A Salina man is arrested after several vehicles are damaged at a store's parking lot. Officers were called to Wal-Mart, 2900 S. 9th around 2:30am Monday morning, after a man was observed scratching vehicles in the parking lot. Police arrested 36-year-old Matthew Storrer, of Salina on charge of damage to property. Damage to three cars and two trucks is estimated at $1,500. Police say he also ent...

Police Warn of Phone Scam

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

A Salina woman is scammed over the phone. SPD's Lt. Scott Siemsen tells KSAL News that a woman in her late 70's contacted police on Friday after being conned over the telephone. The woman reported to police she was told over the phone last weekend that her grandson was in legal trouble in British Columbia, because authorities found marijuana in his vehicle. The caller identified himself as a se...

Storm Chasers Say They Help Save Lives

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

Despite criticism leveled against storm chasers after a May tornado in Oklahoma, some storm chasers say they deserve respect for their efforts to collect data during vicious weather. Four storm chasers - three professionals and one amateur - died in the El Reno tornado. Mike Smith, senior vice president for AccuWeather, says he's bothered by the criticism of storm chasers after the El Reno, Okla...

SPD on Seat Belt Sweep Wednesday

KSAL StaffJuly 29, 2013

Salina Police will be out in force Wednesday evening - looking for seat belt violations. Lt. Russ Lamer tells KSAL News that four officers and one spotter will be working around the city, from 9pm Wednesday to 1am Thursday, looking for occupants who are not buckled up. Lt. Lamer says that citations for unrestrained adults are $10 while the citation for children under 18-years old who are not buc...

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