Prosecutors have asked for more time to file charges against a 22-year-old man suspected in a quadruple homicide in Parsons, citing closed courts over the Thanksgiving holiday and the complicated nature of the case as reasons for the delay.
David Cornell Bennett Jr. appeared via video feed on Monday at the Labette County courthouses Parsons location for the first of whats likely to be several hearings as details of the slayings of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her three children Hollie, 9; Jaxon, 6; and Averie, 4 unfold. Handcuffed and dressed in a sleeveless green jumpsuit, Bennett seemed confused at times when told of the reasons for the days hearing and the accusations against him.
The court has given prosecutors until Dec. 10 to file formal charges, but they could come later this week if prosecutors are prepared, Labette County District Judge Robert J. Fleming said Monday. Addressing Bennett, the judge explained that additional time was granted, in part, because the courts were closed late last week for the holiday.
Three nonprofit groups will come together for the Operation Holiday Day of Giving on Saturday.
InterFaith Ministries, Catholic Charities and the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots programs will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dillons store at 7707 E. Central, at Central and Rock Road.
The three groups urge the community to donate non-perishable food items, new toys and blankets, new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and scarves or cash to benefit the 53rd annual Operation Holiday assistance program.
The Wichita City Council approved issuing $40.2 million in industrial revenue bonds for Cessna, a move the plane-builder says should create at least 50 more jobs.
The bonds approved unanimously Tuesday are the first installment of a $513,600 letter of intent for Cessna bonds authorized by council in August. The council has issued $1.2 billion in industrial revenue bonds to finance expansion and modernization of the Wichita Cessna facilities since 1981.
Industrial revenue bonds are issued by governments without any taxpayer liability, a type of municipal bond repaid from the proceeds of bond sales. They do not affect the tax revenue or the credit of the issuing governmental entity. The company will buy its own bonds.
Mark McCain, a longtime broadcaster at Wichita State University’s public radio station, KMUW, has resigned as general manager, WSU announced in a statement Tuesday.
He’d been the station’s general manager since 1994.
An urgent family medical concern prompted his resignation, McCain said in the WSU statement.
The Urban League of Kansas will hold a lunch event Saturday to help Wichitans sign up for health benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
The Urban League is working with Liberty Benefits Consultants of Haysville, offering assistance in enrolling for the health care program also known as Obamacare.
The event will be held at the Urban League office at 2418 E. Ninth St. in Wichita. It will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include lunch at no charge.
The Wichita Eagle will roll out the carpet for the public at its annual holiday open house, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 825 E. Douglas.
People can tour the building, watch the presses run, have family portraits taken with Santa, meet staff, and enter to win prizes, including an iPad.
There also will be refreshments, children’s activities and Christmas carols. Admission is free.
Authorities on Monday pulled the body of a woman in her 20s from the Little Arkansas River just northwest of downtown.
No foul play is thought to be involved, police said.
A man walking along the river at about 1:30 p.m. discovered the body floating face down near the east bank behind some apartments about a block northwest of Murdock and Waco, Wichita police Lt. Alan Prince said.
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1. SPEEDING TRAIN CRASH RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT SAFETY MEASURES
Some experts say the Metro-North derailment could have been avoided if an automated crash-prevention technology had been installed on the system.
Sedgwick County commissioners will meet Tuesday afternoon with legislators from south central Kansas to talk about a proposal to eliminate the state’s mortgage registration fee.
Realtors and bankers are lobbying to repeal the fee, estimated to generate about $47 million statewide – including $6 million to $8 million in Sedgwick County — every year.
But county officials warn that property taxes for everyone will have to go up if the fee is eliminated, including for property owners who already paid the fee.
If you enjoyed Wichitas pleasant weather the past few days, hold that thought.
Its about to change drastically.
Temperatures are expected to plunge more than 40 degrees from Mondays high of 56 to a low Saturday morning of 10, said Kevin Darmofal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.
A police officer who suffered “severe head injuries” in an altercation early Sunday with a Kansas City firefighter will need surgery, according to a statement issued Monday by Kansas City police.
The officer, who fatally shot firefighter Anthony Bruno, has been released from a hospital but will return for surgery once swelling subsides, the statement added.
Capt. Tye Grant, a police spokesman, confirmed Monday that the officer was Donald Hubbard, a 17-year veteran of the force and a 25-year-plus veteran of the Army National Guard.
WICHITA Scott Keller says he and his wife, RaShell, have been running a day care business from their home "until we can decide what it is we want to do when we grow up."
They've decided now, and it's Scattered Lodges Trading Co., a resale shop and eventual auction house that's going to open in the former Beards Floral Design space in Delano.
"I have done pretty eclectic things," Keller says.
On perhaps the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court refused to wade into a dispute over state sales taxes for purchases on websites like Amazon.com, an outcome likely to prompt more states to attempt to collect taxes on Internet sales.
Monday's court action means "it might be the last Cyber Monday without sales tax," said Joseph Henchman of the Washington -based Tax Foundation.
It's all part of a furious battle — also including legislation in Congress — among Internet sellers, millions of buyers, aggrieved brick-and-mortar stores and states hungry for billions of dollars in extra tax revenue.
Power up and shop.
Millions of Americans logged on to e-commerce sites Monday to take advantage of deals ranging from free shipping to hundreds of dollars off electronics and half-price clothing on what was expected to be the busiest Internet shopping day of the year. And many of those purchases were made using mobile devices.
The spending surge associated with Cyber Monday came after a disappointing Thanksgiving holiday weekend in stores. It also showed that shoppers are increasingly comfortable buying on tablets and smartphones.
Adrian Johnson, who authorities say is connected to the July fire death of 6-year-old Ja’Kara Dickson of Wichita, made a first appearance before a Sedgwick County judge on Monday to hear the charges being brought against him: three counts of aggravated endangerment of a child.
Judge Warren Wilbert set a preliminary hearing for Johnson, 23, for 9 a.m. Dec. 17 before Judge Joseph Bribiesca. Wilbert set bond at $100,000 and told Johnson a public defender would be appointed to represent him. Johnson said he needed a public defender but told Wilbert he intended at some time to hire an attorney himself.
Johnson made his appearance before Wilbert via video from the Sedgwick County Jail.
Cessna officials will ask the Wichita City Council on Tuesday to issue up to $40.2 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance 2013 expansion and upgrades on its local campus.
The company, which has a Wichita workforce of more than 5,400, pledges to add 50 jobs in the first salvo of improvements under a $513,600,000 letter of IRB intent issued by the council in August.
The bonds will finance capital investment on its Wichita campus, including improvements to production space for product development and aircraft manufacturing. Also included are computer hardware and software, tools, new furniture and fixtures.
Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to protect their privacy.
This family of five had received a shutoff notice from the electric company and was in danger of losing its home.
The wife lost her job with a trucking company when it went out of business last year. She has been able to find only part-time work 35 minutes from her home. Her husband has been receiving disability pay while she continues to look for full-time work in Wichita. They have three sons: two teenagers and a 4-month-old.
Authorities are trying to determine whether a man who flew into Phoenix has tuberculosis, but any risk to passengers on his flight is extremely low even if it turns out he does have the infectious respiratory illness, public health officials said Monday.
About 70 passengers on the US Airways Express flight on Saturday from Austin, Texas, were briefly kept on the plane until after responders boarded and removed the man, who was asked to put on a medical mask.
Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director of the disease control division of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, said the man is being tested to determine whether he has TB or any another illness.
A former Wichita police officer was sentenced Monday to one year probation for trying to bribe a witness.
Joletta Vallejo, 35, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.
Prosecutors said Vallejo didn’t properly report alleged crimes against two people in October 2011. She and Patrick Melendrez tried to bribe a witness to change his statements to the police department’s professional standards bureau.
With state prisons operating near capacity, the Kansas Department of Corrections has completed plans to build two cell blocks at the El Dorado Correctional Facility. The 512 new beds would make El Dorado, which opened in 1991, the state’s largest prison.
Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said the plans call for opening the first cell block on Jan. 1, 2017, with the second one opening 18 months later.
Each block would have 128 cells with double bunks for medium-security inmates.