WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita teen walked into a local hospital early Saturday morning claiming he had been shot.
Wichita Police said the youth came to Wesley Medical Center with serious gunshot wounds to his head and a foot, claiming the incident occurred in the area of 9th Street North and Grove. The victim said as he was walking, a person pulled up next to him and fired five shots at him. He was given a ride to Wesley by an unknown person.
Sgt. Joe Kennedy said officers don’t know what caused the disturbance. He said the victim was cooperating with officers in their investigation.
No suspect has been apprehended.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Two houses were shot up in a neighborhood in east Wichita Friday night. The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. in the 1000 block of S. Dalton. That’s south of Kellogg and west of Webb Rd.
Wichita Police Sgt. Joe Kennedy said officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired. When they arrived on the scene they met a 34-year-old woman who said she and her family were inside their residence when she heard glass breaking. The woman told officers she found damage to her bedroom window and wall. Those inside the home also included a 48-year-old man, a 13-year-old girl, and 6- and 5-year-old boys.
While police were on the scene, another person contacted them, saying he was inside his residence watching TV when he heard shots fired. He found damage to his residence from the gunfire.
No one was injured in the shootings.
Police were not able to locate any suspects.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI about her use of a private email server as secretary of state, her campaign said Saturday, as federal investigators neared the end of the probe that has hung over her White House bid.
Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, gave a voluntary interview for 3 1/2 hours on Saturday morning at FBI Headquarters in Washington, her campaign said.
“She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said. “Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.”
Spokespeople for the FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment Saturday.
The interview was expected and it does not suggest that she or anyone else is likely to face prosecution. Some legal experts view criminal prosecution as exceedingly unlikely. The interview may indicate that the Justice Department’s yearlong probe is drawing to a close.
But the ongoing investigation represents a major risk for Democrats as Clinton is merely four weeks away from being formally nominated as the party’s presidential candidate.
Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, has seized on the email issue and repeatedly said the probe undermines Clinton’s fitness for office. Trump has called his opponent “Crooked Hillary” and said she cannot be trusted in the White House.
The former first lady and New York senator has argued that she is more trustworthy than Trump on handling the issues that matter to most Americans: foreign policy, national security and running the economy.
But the email investigation has lingered throughout her campaign, and Trump has asserted that Clinton will receive leniency from a Democratic administration.
The investigation also poses an unwelcome distraction just as Clinton has vanquished her primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, holds a huge fundraising advantage over Trump and polls show her well-placed to become America’s first female president even as many voters question her trustworthiness.
The questioning came a day after Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that she intended to accept the findings and recommendations of career prosecutors who have spent months investigating the case. Lynch came under scrutiny for an impromptu meeting with Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, on Lynch’s plane in Phoenix. Critics said the meeting between Lynch and the ex-president was inappropriate given the investigation even though Lynch and a Clinton spokesman said it was social in nature.
Trump, reacting to the meeting between Lynch and the former president on Friday, said in Colorado: “He opened up a Pandora’s Box. And it shows what’s going on. And it shows what’s happening with our laws and with our government.”
While she was President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, Clinton exclusively used a private email server for her government and personal emails, rather than the State Department’s email system. The Associated Press revealed the existence of the server in March 2015.
Clinton has said relying on a private server was a mistake but that other secretaries of state had also used a personal email address.
The FBI is investigating the potential mishandling of sensitive information. The matter was referred for investigation last July by the inspectors general for the State Department and intelligence community following the discovery of emails that they said contained classified information.
The State Department’s inspector general, the agency’s internal watchdog, said in a blistering audit in May that Clinton and her team ignored clear warnings from State Department officials that her email setup violated federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers. Clinton declined to talk to the inspector general, but the audit reported that Clinton feared “the personal being accessible” if she used a government email account.
Agents have already interviewed top Clinton aides including her former State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, a longtime aide who is currently the vice chairwoman of Clinton’s campaign.
The staffer who set up the server, Bryan Pagliano, was granted limited immunity from prosecution by the Justice Department last fall in exchange for his cooperation. The FBI as a matter of course seeks to interview individuals central to an investigation before concluding its work.
The emails were routed through a server located in the basement of Clinton’s New York home during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013.
Dozens of the emails sent or received by Clinton through her private server were later determined to contain classified material.
Clinton has repeatedly said that none of the emails were marked classified at the time they were sent or received. As part of the probe, she has turned over the hard drive from her email server to the FBI.
The FBI interview comes as Clinton is set to embark on a major week of her presidential campaign. She will join Obama for their first joint campaign appearance on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Clinton will follow it up with an event on Wednesday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, aimed at undercutting Trump’s business practices. On Friday, Clinton will campaign for the first time with Vice President Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Clinton is considering potential vice presidential choices and preparing to formally receive the Democratic nomination on July 28 at the party’s convention in Philadelphia.
WAKULLA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says four people were killed and 24 were injured when a bus and tractor trailer collided on a highway in the Panhandle.
Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Jeffrey Bissainthe says the bus was carrying between 30 and 35 passengers and was from Georgia. No other details passengers were released.
Bissainthe told reporters that officials were still in the process of contacting family members and that investigators were on scene.
Trey Morrison of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office says a bus failed to stop at a red light and crashed into a tractor trailer on Woodville Highway early Saturday morning. The bus apparently caught fire.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported a gruesome scene strewn with bloody medical gear, clothing, and coolers packed with food littered the road.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A mother in Tennessee has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse and neglect in connection with the stabbing deaths of her four young children, authorities said Saturday.
Shanynthia Gardner of Memphis was charged with four counts of first degree murder while committing aggravated child neglect in the deaths of four of her children — all under the age of 5 — whose bodies were found after deputies entered her apartment in unincorporated Shelby County.
Gardner also faces four counts of first degree murder while committing aggravated child abuse; four counts of aggravated child neglect or endangerment; and four counts of aggravated child abuse.
Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham says the victims were a 4-year-old boy; a 3-year-old girl; a 2-year-old girl; and a 6-month-old girl. Their names have not been released.
A 7-year-old boy escaped the attack, but Oldham said details of how he survived were not being disclosed at this time. All five children were Gardner’s.
“This is a terrible act, an egregious act that has shocked, I believe, the community, and has shocked our staff to the core,” the sheriff said Saturday. He did not release a suspected motive for the attack.
Deputies were called to an apartment complex in Shelby County on Friday afternoon. They took Gardner into custody after finding the children’s bodies.
On Friday, Oldham said the district attorney general’s special victims’ unit had been called in and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has promised all resources necessary for the investigation.
“One of the most difficult questions in any investigation is always, ‘Why did this happen?'” the sheriff said.
County Commissioner Mark Billingsley also said the county would work to help the family of the children recover.
“It’s just a very sad day,” he said. “It’s really beyond words, quite frankly.”
Neighbor Sean Ahearn said he didn’t know the family by name, but that he often saw the children, who all appeared to be under age 6, playing in the front yard. They liked to pet his dog when he was taking it for a walk, he said.
“From what I saw, they were very open and friendly kids,” he said. “You never imagine that this kind of thing could happen.”
The apartment where the stabbing occurred is in a gated community with a golf course called The Greens at Irene. On Friday afternoon, deputies were standing at the gate house questioning motorists as they drove into the neighborhood.
Resident Patricia Johnson spoke with reporters from her car. She said she wasn’t allowed to leave for two hours as deputies investigated the scene.
She has a child, and said she burst into tears when she heard about the killings.
“I can’t fathom that,” she said. “What would babies do to make you do that?”
The state Department of Children’s Service has offered its assistance to local law enforcement, but has no record of interaction with the slain children, said spokesman Rob Johnson.
“We’ve done an exhaustive search and we are not aware of any contact with this family,” he said.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Documents show Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach frequently flies in the state-owned executive aircraft to promote voter ID efforts outside of Kansas and to speak at Republican political events across the state. All of that is at state expense.
The Associated Press used open record requests to document thousands of dollars Kobach spent to fly more than 4,350 miles during a 15-month period.
Several flights appeared to either offer no benefit to Kansas or have little connection to Kobach’s official duties. On some trips, the state business coincided with Republican Party functions where he spoke, and his family often flew with him.
Kobach says he visited county election officials and his public appearances did not cost extra.
Kansas has no written guidelines for state agencies traveling on the state plane.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A 31-year-old New Zealand woman has been pursuing charges in Kansas against a teenager she believes harassed her online.
Rachel Gronback lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where she blogs about “fashion, online shopping and body positivity.” Gronback said that when she started receiving inappropriate online sexual messages in November, she was able to identify the suspect as a man who was then a Lawrence high school student.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://j.mp/295iRqJ ) she notified Lawrence police. Douglas County prosecutors told her they’re prepared to file a harassment charge, but before a charge can be filed, Gronback would have to be willing to appear in court if it goes to trial.
A Lawrence man, Ron Wilson, has offered to help pay for the trip, but she’s still shy some funds.