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Truck Stolen From Parts Store

Todd PittengerMarch 29, 2023

A thief made off with a pickup truck which was on the lot of a Salina auto parts business. The owners of the vehicle tell KSAL News the 1997 GMC Sierra 1500 was parked, with a for sale sign on it, on the lot of one of the Salina AutoZone stores. The keys were not in it, and it was locked. The truck, valued at $4,000, disappeared sometime late Sunday evening into Monday afternoon. The whit...

Prairie Fires: A Great Plains History

Todd PittengerMarch 29, 2023

Fire – what is it good for? Well, evidently quite a bit. The Smoky Hill Museum invites everyone to join historian, author and teacher Julie Courtwright, as she discusses the role of fire—man-made and natural—in shaping the Great Plains and the lives of its residents. According to the museum,  Courtwright will use newspaper accounts, diary entries and pop culture artifacts to explore how f...

Cold Weather Rule Ends Friday

Todd PittengerMarch 28, 2023

The Cold Weather Rule ends on Friday, March 31. According to the Kansas Corporation Commission, the ending of the rule means Kansans who are behind on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service unless they contact their utility company to make payment arrangements. March 31 is also the last day to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program or LIEA...

Drug Distribution Arrest

KSAL StaffMarch 28, 2023

A Salina man is now facing drug distribution charges after smashing his car into a parked truck on Monday night. Police Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that 36-year-old Gregory Walburn was driving a 2006 Lincoln LS eastbound in the 700 block E. Neal around 11pm and hit a parked Chevy Silverado. Walburn was arrested on DUI charges and will also face possible charges for possession of m...

Intoxicated Man Arrested at Restaurant

KSAL StaffMarch 28, 2023

A Greeley, Colorado man is now in the Saline County Jail after refusing to leave a Salina fast food restaurant. According to Police Captain Paul Forrester, officers were called to Chik-fil-A, at 2245 S. 9th on Monday afternoon around 3:30pm after 33-year-old Jose Pastrana-Ramirez was allegedly intoxicated and argumentative with staff. The man refused to leave and was taken into custody by po...

Body of KC Man Identified

KSAL StaffMarch 28, 2023

Authorities have identified the body of a man found hanging in a tree over the weekend as Todd R. Smith, 57 of Kansas City, Missouri. Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News that Smith was born in Salina and had family here who reached out to law enforcement late last year after they lost contact with him. Soldan says the family last saw Smith on November, 28 and then reported him...

Stolen Truck

KSAL StaffMarch 28, 2023

Salina Police are searching for a stolen vehicle and the thief who took it. Police Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that a 64-year-old Salina woman was allowing a person to borrow her 1998 Ram 1500 pickup. The man works nights and told officers he left the truck parked in the 500 block of W. Iron around 3pm on Monday. He discovered it was gone around 9:30pm. The red, truck has Kansa...

KSU Salina Hall Named After Famed Aviator

Todd PittengerMarch 28, 2023

K-State Salina has named its third on-campus residence hall Earhart Hall in honor of Kansas aviator and female trailblazer Amelia Earhart. According to KSU, Earhart Hall will open later this year, and the facility's name recognizes the campus's history of teaching future aeronauts. "Providing a strong campus community helps students succeed both inside and outside of the classroom," said Kyle C...

VIDEO: Family Seeking Missing Man

Todd PittengerMarch 28, 2023

Family and friends are searching for a Florida man who went missing while stationed in Kansas with the National Guard. Family of 24-year-old Roberto Junior Familia say he has been missing for over a week and they are desperately trying to locate him.  They were last in contact with him by phone on March 19th. Familia, who has family in Florida and New York, moved to Junction City in Kansas...

Bowl For Kid’s Sake Saturday

Todd PittengerMarch 27, 2023

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina is gearing up for their largest and longest-running annual fun-raising event, Bowl For Kids’ Sake. On  Saturday hundreds of supporters will lace up their bowling shoes and get together with friends, family and/or co-workers to have fun raising money and bowling, in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina mentoring programs. Teams of six bowlers com...




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