WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A large crowd of marchers, armed with signs and megaphones, rallied in Wichita today.
Starting at the Keeper of the Plains, more than two-thousand people marched from the Keeper, to just outside the City Hall building.
Organizers say the march was to show support for those marching in Washington, D.C. and across the nation and the world.
Many at the rally say their goal is to educate and empower women of every background.
“I thought we would have maybe 20 to 50 people. Not many,” Women’s March coordinator Brandi Calvert said. “The amount of support in our community has definitely exceeded expectations.”
No official numbers have come out yet, the event’s Facebook page states at least 2,000 people marched through Wichita.
“It’s very important for our voices to be heard, especially in a time like this: when we are not happy with the President,” said marcher Amy Stockham. “We are not going anywhere.”
Marches across the country were also in support of women’s rights, and a call to action to hold newly inaugurated President Donald Trump accountable for human and women’s rights.
A march in Topeka also saw more than 2,000 on hand where people demanded more attention to women’s rights, and others asked women to get involved in Kansas polititcs.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – All four lanes of Lincoln at South Laura street could be closed for a couple of days, after a sinkhole opened up from a motorcycle crash.
Police say it was a bout 1 a.m. Saturday morning, at the intersection of East Lincoln and South Laura Street, when a motorcycle hit a water hydrant. Officers say they were trying to stop a motorcycle for a traffic violation earlier, when the driver of the cycle refused to stop.
The chase only lasting a few minutes, but the damage will take time to repair.
“We have crews on call anyway and we did respond overnight to the incident of the motorcycle accident hitting the hydrant.” says Joe Pajor, Wichita’s Deputy Director of Public Works. “Our water distribution crews got on site and we were able to shut the water off on an isolation valve, a hydrant valve that just turns the water off to the hydrant and, therefore, there were no customers without water.”
The suspect in the crash was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
For now, traffic will be slow in the area for at least a couple of days.
“We have a contractor that does the pavement repairs for any utility work that occurs in the city and that contractor was mobilized today to begin to do assessment work and planning a response,” says Pajor. “And they are going to start working it this weekend to be able to try to get the street partially re-opened. Right now it’s closed off all four lanes of Lincoln.”
Pajor says the crash broke a 12-inch water main, so a lot of water came rushing out in a short time. That water did a lot of damage, causing the sink hole.
The pavement could take until Wednesday to be fixed, according to Pajor.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are looking for a suspect after a local ACE Cash Express was robbed at gunpoint.
Police say it happened Friday at 8 a.m., in the 1500 block of East Central.
A victim says a man entered the business, armed with a handgun, and demanded money.
The suspect took money from the business and fled on foot.
No one was reported harmed in the incident.
Officers are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call the WPD Investigations Section (268-4407) or leave an anonymous tip with Crimestoppers (267-2111).