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1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Shooting in Pratt

KSAL StaffJuly 25, 2013

Pratt police say a woman is dead and a man was critically injured after an overnight shooting. The shooting was reported shortly before midnight Wednesday. The man was taken to Wichita with critical injuries. Pratt police say a suspect is in custody and the investigation is continuing. No other details have been released. ...

Woman Sought Has History of Raiding Mailboxes

KSAL StaffJuly 25, 2013

Law enforcement is still searching for a woman who led authorities on a high speed chase from Newton to Salina, in a stolen car early Wednesday morning. Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski tells KSAL News that deputies are searching for 23-year-old Jennifer Renee Wagner. She is wanted for active warrants in Denver, Colorado and has a history of stealing from mailboxes. Saline County Deputies ...

Faulty Meters Cited in Junction City Water Loss

KSAL StaffJuly 24, 2013

Authorities in a northeast Kansas community are cracking down on illegal water consumption but say old and faulty meters are the biggest reason for the apparent overuse of water. State officials notified Junction City earlier this month that it was using as much as 30 percent more water than allotted. Interim City Manager Cheryl Beatty said Wednesday that residents illegally taking water from hy...

Kansas Man to be Tried in Death of Girlfriend’s Son

KSAL StaffJuly 24, 2013

A Kansas man has been ordered to stand trial for the shaking death earlier this year of his girlfriend's infant son. Nineteen-year-old Ogden resident Michael Dechant is charged in Riley County with first-degree murder and child abuse, accused of violently shaking 6-month-old Dominick Lubrano on March 15. The baby died three days later. WIBW-TV reports Dechant's girlfriend, Sabrina Lubrano, has s...

Kansas AG Seeks Special Session

KSAL StaffJuly 24, 2013

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking Governor Sam Brownback to call the Legislature into special session to rewrite the state's "Hard 50" sentencing law. The statute allows people convicted of first-degree murder to be sentenced to a minimum of 50 years in prison before they can seek parole. In a letter Wednesday to the governor, Schmidt says a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raise...

Oklahoma-Based Tribe Buys Land Near Lawrence

KSAL StaffJuly 24, 2013

An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe has purchased 87 acres near Lawrence but has not yet announced any plans for the land. The Delaware Tribe of Indians said in a news release that it might use the land along the Kansas Turnpike for housing, child car and a medical clinic. A representative of the tribe said in March that the tribe was considering moving its headquarters from Bartlesville, Okla., beca...

Suspect Charged with Arson

KSAL StaffJuly 24, 2013

A Salina man is charged with arson after a trailer fire. According to Lt. Scott Siemsen, Salina Police and the Salina Fire Department responded to a fire at 1221 N. 3rd, Tuesday evening at 9:30pm. After interviewing the home's occupant, police arrested 22-year-old Robert Fischer, on 1 count of arson. Police say the blaze was started inside a bedroom. Damage is estimated at about $3,000. Police...

A man from Marquette is sentenced to 260 years in federal prison for using a 9-year-old child to produce child pornography.

Sperm Donor Asks for Judgment Without Trial

KSAL StaffJuly 24, 2013

A man being pursued for child support by the state in a sperm donor case is asking a judge to rule in his favor before a trial. The Topeka Capital Journal reports an attorney for William Marotta of Topeka filed a motion Monday in Shawnee County seeking a summary judgment for his client. The state wants Marotta to be declared the father of a child born to a lesbian couple after he donated his spe...

Arkansas City Investigating 2-year-old Boy’s Death

KSAL StaffJuly 24, 2013

Arkansas City police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who was found unresponsive at an apartment over the weekend. The police say in a news release that Manton Kieffer died Sunday at an Arkansas City hospital. When officers and emergency medical personnel arrived at the Garden Walk Apartments, they found neighbors performing CPR on the child. Police say the boy apparently was bein...

High Speed Chase Leads to Search for Woman

KSAL StaffJuly 24, 2013

A manhunt continues near the I-135 / I-70 junction after an early morning a high-speed pursuit ends near Salina. According to Saline County Undersheriff Dave Dunstan, two men are in custody and law enforcement agencies are actively searching for a woman about 1-mile north of the I-135 / I-70 junction. The Sheriff's Office did not provide any details on where the chase began, but at least 5 patro...




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