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Kobach invites NRA to hold convention in Kansas

KSN - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:47pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is urging the National Rifle Association to bring its annual convention to Kansas.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Republican gubernatorial candidate tweeted over the weekend that he’s reached out to the NRA to urge the group to bring the gathering to Kansas.

Kobach earlier tweeted that “Kansas is the most pro-gun state in America.”

This year’s NRA Annual Meeting of Members is being held May 5 in Dallas. But the city’s mayor pro tem said last week that the organization should reconsider coming to Dallas after the Feb. 14 deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Kobach wrote in a column last week advocating for arming teachers “provided they obtain a concealed carry permit and take appropriate training.”

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Man pronounced dead after vehicle overturns in Reno County

KSN - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:24pm

RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Reno County Sheriff said one man has died after his vehicle overturned.

The white Chevrolet Suburban was discovered around 8:30 near Sego and Castleton roads.

Officers arrived and found the vehicle on its top in a line of trees. A few feet from the Chevy a man was located and pronounced.

The sheriff’s department said further information will be released following the investigation and notification of family.

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Wichita police to search new location Monday for missing 5-year-old boy

KSN - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:47am

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police said they plan to search a new location Monday for missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez. He was reported missing on Feb. 17.

The department said they received new tips over the weekend. They would not release information on where that search will be located this afternoon. However, KSN found several police cars at Cottonwood Park just northeast of Harry and Woodlawn.

Wichita police search Cottonwood Park Monday. (KSN Photo)

Last week, up to 100 officers searched several parks with the use of K9’s and drones.

“We are going to continue to investigate this. It is on the hearts and minds of many in our community. We appreciate the tips that have come in to assist us,” said officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department, spokesman.

Meanwhile, citizen groups were out Monday at Wichita parks where law enforcement officers have already searched. It included Chisholm Creek Park.

“We do appreciate their assistance when they are able to help us. The thing I do ask that if they are searching an area, and they locate something they believe may be evidence, don’t disturb that location, don’t disturb that evidence. Have somebody stay with that and have somebody call 911,” added Davidson.

Hernandez’s stepmother, Emily Glass, was jailed last week on two counts of endangering a child involving Lucas and another child. She will make her first court appearance this afternoon.

If anyone has information on Lucas’ whereabouts or tips, you are asked to call 316-383-4661.

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Wichita State and Kansas each jump two spots in latest AP poll

KSN - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:25am

Virginia has firmed up its No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25, No. 3 Xavier has the program’s highest ranking and Villanova dropped to No. 4 after losing to Creighton.

Virginia received 48 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday, up six votes from last week. The Cavaliers are No. 1 for the third straight week after clinching the ACC title with a pair of victories last week.

No. 2 Michigan State received the other 17 first-place votes and Xavier moved up a spot after beating Georgetown in its only game last week. Villanova and Duke round out the top five.

The Wildcats dropped just one spot after losing in overtime to unranked Creighton.

Wichita State was No. 13 and jumped two spots to No. 11 following a win over SMU. Kansas was previously ranked No. 8 and jumped to No. 6 following the win at Texas Tech.  Kansas set an NCAA record with its 14th straight regular-season conference championship.

RANK TEAM PV RANK 1 Virginia (48) 1 2 Michigan State(17) 2 3 Xavier 4 4 Villanova 3 5 Duke 5 6 Kansas 8 7 Gonzaga 6 8 Purdue 9 9 North Carolina 10 10 Cincinnati 11 11 Wichita State 13 12 Texas Tech 6 13 Ohio State 16 14 Auburn 12 15 Michigan 17 16 Tennessee 19 17 Rhode Island 18 18 Clemson 15 19 Arizona 14 20 West Virginia 21 21 Nevada 20 22 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 22 23 Kentucky – 24 Middle Tennessee 24 25 Houston 23

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Naked man on ATV leads police on chase in Missouri

KSN - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 8:50am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a naked man has been arrested in Missouri after fleeing on an all-terrain vehicle and driving the wrong way on an interstate.

Police say the man is suspected of being under the influence of drugs during the Sunday afternoon chase in northern Kansas City.

The chase began with the man eluding officers in a field. After finding a break in a fence, the man made his way onto Interstate 435, where he occasionally drove into oncoming traffic. He was captured after exiting the interstate.

One witness told KMBC-TV that she thought she was “dreaming” when she saw the spectacle unfold while returning from a basketball tournament with two boys in her car.

Capt. Will Akin of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office acknowledged it “might be comical” but stressed it a was “very dangerous” incident.

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Metallica will be at Intrust Bank Arena in March 2019

KSN - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 8:34am

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – They dropped a few hints this past weekend and now it is official Metallica’s WorldWired Tour returns to North America this fall.

Following last summer’s 25 date sold-out stadium run, this year Metallica is bringing the in-the-round production currently being seen in European arenas to the U.S. and Canada kicking off on September 2, 2018, in Madison, WI.

Along the way they will be visiting 34 cities that they did not go to last year. Among those cities, Wichita is included in the lineup. Metallica will be at Intrust Bank Arena March 4, 2019.

Tickets go on sale to the public starting March 2 at selectaseat.com.

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Law enforcement buckles down on seatbelts

KSN - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 5:10am

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Law enforcement across the state is buckling down on seatbelt enforcement.

Starting today until March 9, various law enforcement agencies will be around high schools looking for teen drivers not wearing a seatbelt.

The “High Visibility Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign” is a statewide effort to make sure teens wear their seatbelt, but also realize the importance of it.

“It’s there to save you in case you are in an accident. You don’t want to be thrown from the vehicle or have the vehicle rollover you in an accident,” said Sgt. Tim Myers with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.

According to officials, the number one killer of all teen drivers is not wearing a seatbelt.

Traffic safety reports show Kansas lost 13 teens in car crashes during 2015 — 40-percent of the teens were not wearing a seatbelt.

“Most people don’t like having on a seatbelt and they think it’s kind of constraining, which it is but it’s meant to be that one to help save your life,” said Sgt. Myers.

If a teen is caught without a seatbelt on law enforcement said the individual will be given a $30 ticket.

“No warnings will be given because it’s been found that warnings do nothing to make people to comply with wearing their seat belt,” Sgt. Myers said.

The Kansas Highway Patrol, Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office are set to participate in the two-week campaign.

The law enforcement agencies will focus on the high schools before and after school.

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Laura’s Look: Windy warmth

KSN - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:04am

Warm and windy weather is back in full swing meaning fire danger will be high. Rain chances return mid-week.

Strong winds on Monday will lead to serious concerns about fire danger. Wind gusts are expected to hit hard, up to 40 MPH.  A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for western Kansas due to critical fire weather conditions. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged. Do not carelessly throw cigarettes out the window.

Red Flag Warnings

Despite the wind, it’ll be comfortable with highs in the 60s.

Kansas Today

The wind will be whipping around tonight, keeping temperatures up.

Kansas Tonight

A cold front drops in on Tuesday. With the wind shift, this could make conditions tough for fire fighters.

Showers are possible in the afternoon and evening.

Tuesday 5PM

It’s not a drought busting rain but chances linger through Wednesday.

Wednesday 8AM Wednesday Noon

Slightly cooler for mid-week then warming again. Remember as temperatures go up for week’s end, so does the fire danger.

I’ll have your forecast all morning long on Kansas Today and again on KSN News at Noon. – Laura Bannon

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Colwich woman says the search for Lucas hits close to home

KSN - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:15pm

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Since 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez’s disappearance, Wichita police have been asking for help from the community.

One Colwich mother, who says the search hits close to home, is now organizing her own search party to help find him.

“It’s horrifying,” said Sheila Medlam. “I don’t think I’ve slept more than a few hours every night, just you know every time I close my eyes, I just imagine that poor little boy.”

The story of missing Lucas has made national news as the community continues to question, where could he be?

For Medlam, his disappearance takes her back to 2010 when her 5-year-old son Mason also went missing.

“He got out of an open window and my daughter was watching him,” said Medlam. “We had police fire and rescue and I actually found him floating in a pond 17 minutes after he went missing.”

Mason died two days later.

The search for Lucas has taken much longer, taking law enforcement to different areas, including Chisholm Creek Park.

That’s five miles away from his home where he was last seen.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Medlam. “And, when I look in Lucas’ face I can see Mason’s face. I see the same joy and happiness and just a lovely little boy.”

And now more than ever, she is hoping people can come together to find answers for Lucas’ loved ones.

“There’s a part of me that wants to find Lucas alive and well wherever he is, because I wasn’t able to do that for Mason,” she said.

To help look for Lucas, Medlam and her sister have put together a search party.

They will be gathering at Chisholm Creek Park Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Public information officer Paul Cruz says Wichita police have already thoroughly searched this area with several hundred officers, but the public does play a vital role in cases like this.

“We realize this has really touched the hearts of our community,” he said. “And you know, this shows that we work so closely with the community. and the community is really stepping up to help us out and we appreciate that.”

WPD officials ask that if you do find anything, not to touch it and contact police immediately.

If you have any other information that can help in the search please contact police at 316-383-4661.

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Veterans and puppies, what’s not to love?

KSN - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 7:01pm

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Canines for Heroes is a new initiative set to fully fund veterans with service dogs. Kansas Representative Roger Marshall recently spoke on the Senate floor in support of the group, saying initiatives like this one help to tackle veteran suicide rates.

“80% of the people who tested having a service animal said that they felt that they had a symptom decrease. And of that percentage 40% were able to lower their medication because of it,” said founder, Drew Lipscomb .

Lipscomb says the idea to start this group came after our coverage of Matt the veteran and Max, his service dog. The city of Derby raised $10,000 for those two to become lifelong friends.

“I want to help do that for all veterans,” explained Lipscomb.  “Service animals have significant impact that benefit our veterans and others with PTSD symptoms.”

K94heros.org has already established a name for themselves throughout Kansas, drawing in businesses that have already donated toward the cause.

“Cunningham German Sheperds in Topeka donated a litter of puppies for us to train to become service dogs,” said Lipscomb.

Canines for Heroes offers companion, therapy and service dogs for Kansas veterans.

“For different needs we have different levels,” added Lipscomb.

For more on this initiative you can visit their web page at K94heros.org

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One person in critical condition after shooting in north Wichita

KSN - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 5:11pm

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities are investigating after a shooting was reported in the 1400 block of N. Market Street in Wichita Sunday.

According to authorities, a shooting call was reported in the area around 4:30 p.m. When officers arrived to the scene, they did not find a victim of the shooting.

A victim of the shooting walked into a local hospital with critical injuries a short time later.

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An in-depth look into a collection of untold American stories

KSN - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 4:09pm

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – There are layers of American history that are often not discussed. In honor of Black History Month, KSN took an in-depth look into some of those untold stories, that helped shape our nation.

First, KSN explored our very own Kansas neighborhoods. That journey took us to a small town called Nicodemus, of only 13 people residents. 140 years ago, it was the first Kansas town to be occupied by former slaves.  Decedents of the first free born baby in the State of Kansas told a much different story of survival after slavery.

“Slavery produced in us a spirit of determination,” said Director of Nicodemus Historical Society, Angela Bates.

Bates told the story of her ancestors who built and sustained an entire town from the ground up with no foreseeable resources.

“They were solicited. It was an organized effort to create a town and to solicit people that could make it in this town.”

At one point, there were nearly 600 residents that occupied the town but the 1930’s depression hit and the town couldn’t survive. Those that still live there say it’s the Emancipation celebration every summer that brings decedents back, from all over the world.

“This year we celebrate 140 years of freedom,” said Bates. “I think being a part of the families of Nicodemus and knowing that our forefather endured slavery and then they came to the west and had the vision to help to establish an all black town and govern themselves. I mean that’s something to be very very proud of.”

KSN also explored some of Wichita’s most hidden history including: The McAdams neighborhood, Dunbar theater and the historical 1958 Dockum sit-in. Much of Wichita was segregated in the 1950’s. Black people were not allowed to eat in the same restaurants or use the same recreational spaces as whites. This Midwest town took 18 years to desegregate their schools after Brown vrs Board of Education passed.

However, a few Wichita teens were not going to wait that long to address segregated businesses, like the popular Dockum Drugstore downtown. KSN spoke with an original participant of that sit-in.

“We would show up in groups on different days throughout the week to see if we could get a coke or maybe a slice of pie and we had done it enough to know it wasn’t going to happen,” said original participant Galyn Vesey.

Vesey says that first day when one of his Black peers was served at that counter was a day to remember. The struggle through segregation was not over but Vesey says it was step in the right direction. The current Ambassador Hotel in Downtown Wichita is the original location for the Dockum Drugstore. It looks a lot different now but downstairs there is a speakeasy named Dockum, in remembrance of that sit-in and that that time in our history.

“They said, we’re going to change the world and in their case. they actually did,” said Mark McCormick, director of The Kansas African American Museum.

It may seem like our nation is more divided then united but there is guidance, in a boat-maker who spoke up against segregation on American soil. Andrew Jackson Higgens had an idea to integrate his seven New Orleans factories. At the peak of World War II. Higgens had 20 thousand employees of all nationalities. His contribution to American history can be found in the National Word War II Museum in New Orleans.

Through the many stories explored here, most have one thing in common; progress. Disaster and social injustice came with enlightenment and bravery; highlighting what the best of peoples can do in the worst of times. If you have a story you believe to be a great addition to our most hidden history email: ashonti.ford@ksn.com

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Police investigating shooting in downtown Wichita

KSN - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:10am

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person was taken to the hospital in serious condition after a shooting in downtown Wichita.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of S. Main Street near the Hotel at the Water Walk.

The person was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

Officer Paul Cruz said authorities are looking for two suspects in connection with the case.

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Newton high school wrestlers remember coach J.J. Thaw

KSN - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 10:32pm

NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – A Newton man was honored at a sporting event this weekend.

J.J. Thaw, Newton High School’s assistant wrestling coach, passed away earlier this week. But at today’s state meet, his athletes say he was with them in spirit.

School wrestling members say hearing about Thaw’s death last Wednesday was tough.

“Just shocked throughout the school,” said Tommy Edgmon, Newton head wrestling coach.

“It was silence for a while, practice was a little bit down that day,” said Wyatt Hendrickson, Newton.

“It’s just not going to be the same without him in practice,” said Grant Treaster, Newton.

Or at the state tournament at Hartman Arena this weekend. But the team pushed on, with their assistant coach in their minds and hearts.
They put up a poster of Thaw with his team to share his legacy with others in the wrestling community.

“It motivated me because I knew this was one of his favorite sports, and I know he’s watching from above,” said Cyle Gautschi, Newton.

They say Thaw was a Newton High School state champ.

“When you go into the Newton High School room or you talk to Newton High School, the Thaw name and J.J.’s name is one of legacy,” said Edgmon.

And his sense of humor and love of wrestling was contagious.

“It was always a good time whenever J.J. was in the room,” said Treaster.

At the tournament coaches wore black shirts to remember Thaw and they had a moment of silence in his memory.
It was all to honor a coach whose contributions will live on for years to come.

“We love the sport and he loved the sport so much, that he made a deep connection with all of us,” said Edgmon.

Edgmon says the cause of death is unknown at this time. He says the athletes wrestled well at the tournament and certainly have made Thaw proud.

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Two injured in turnpike crash in Butler County

KSN - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 9:04am

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Two people were injured early Saturday morning in a crash on the Kansas Turnpike. The incident occurred near mile marker 91 in Butler County. That’s just south of the Cassoday exit.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said a 2004 BMW was traveling south on I-35 in wet road conditions when the vehicle drove off the roadway into the ditch and continued for about a quarter of a mile before hitting a fence and jumping over a culvert.

The 20-year-old woman driving the car and her 20-year-old male passenger were both injured and taken to Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita.

The KHP crash report says there was a light rain falling at the time.

Both occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

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One dead in early morning shooting in SE Wichita

KSN - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 8:40am

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person was killed in a shooting in southeast Wichita early Saturday morning.  The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in the 1600 block of S. Faulders. That’s near Harry & Edgemoor.

Details of the incident are sketchy at this time.

KSN has a news crew en route to the scene. We’ll have more details later on KSN.com,

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Laura’s Look: Saturday Morning Freezing Drizzle

KSN - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 5:59am

Our weekend storm system is moving through and causing problems on roadways early this morning.

6:50AM Radar

The temperature in Wichita is flirting with the critical 32 degree mark. This is eliminating the ice threat here. If traveling, keep an eye on the thermometer. A one degree change means we’re working with a completely different animal.

5AM Metro Temps

Roads are slick elsewhere with sub-freezing temperatures. A few accidents have been reported in Dodge City.

5AM Temps

Freezing drizzle will slowly wind down and clear out this afternoon.

Saturday Noon Saturday 5PM

The forecast calls for a late weekend rally. Warming nicely tomorrow with highs in the 50s. Slap on sunshine and we’re in for a delightful day!

Weekend Forecast

We bounce back to the 60s this week with rain/thunder returning late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Wichita Weekly
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Butler County Sheriff parallels missing child cases, investigations

KSN - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:32pm

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet has been closely following the missing child investigation surrounding Lucas Hernandez. That’s partially because he knows firsthand how emotionally taxing a missing child investigation can be.

Herzet was a detective sergeant in 2008 when it was discovered that Adam Joseph Herrman of Towanda was missing. Upon further investigation, it was learned that Herrman had been missing since 1999. His adoptive parents continued to collect adoption subsidies on his behalf without reporting him gone.

The case has stayed very much in the forefront of Herzet’s mind since detectives turned the county upside down looking for Herrman or his remains.

“We just need a tip. We just need someone to step forward. Somebody knows. Somebody knows where Adam Herrman is. Somebody knows where Lucas is,” Herzet said.

Herzet noted the differences in technology that is available today for Hernandez’s search that were not as developed 10 years ago when they were searching for Herrman.

“Back in 2008 when we started our search for Adam Herrman, we didn’t have a drone. We had a helicopter. But the security cameras now are so much better from analog to digital and it seems like everybody has one. A lot more businesses have them,” Herzet said Friday.

In the search for Herrman, investigators used dogs and called in the Wichita State University anthropology lab to comb the Whitewater river outside Towanda for Herrman’s remains.

For Hernandez’s search, dogs, grid searches, officers on horseback and rescue boats have all been seen going in and out of the search locations.

The impact of a missing child, stays with officers according to Herzet.

“I think about Adam Herrman everyday. Every day when I get up in the morning and before I go to bed at night. I wonder if we’re going to get that tip tonight or sometime today, where we can find his remains and we can try to have justice for him and let his family have a place to bury his remains,” Herzet said.

With both cases, the public is encouraged to share the boys’ photos and call law enforcement with any information, no matter how little.

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Wichita restaurant to teach former addicts, prisoners career skills

KSN - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:28pm

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A new Wichita restaurant will serve as a career training ground for former addicts and prisoners.

“A second chance is better than no chance right now,” said Stephanie Chandler-Lambert.

Chandler-Lambert, 26, is a recovering drug addict.

“I was on drugs at one point in time and stole someone’s credit card and used it,” she said.

She was sentenced to about a month in jail. During her time behind bars, she found out she was pregnant.

“It was like, you know, a really good surprise,” Chandler-Lambert said. “After what I’ve been through in the past, I wouldn’t put my daughter through it.”

Chandler-Lambert is now one of six women living at a halfway house managed by New Life Reentry Program, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to assessing needs of women and helping them find success outside of a jail cell.

“It’s a mentoring program for women who just got out of being in jail, prison, who have been on the streets, who have had history and just can’t get started,” said New Life Reentry Program Director Laura Broyles.

“Quite honestly, I’d be homeless if it wasn’t for Laura,” said program participant Lana Purkey. “She’s helping rehabilitate me and get me back into the community correctly.”

Like Chandler-Lambert, Purkey is a recovering drug addict.

“It could have consumed me and I could have never came back, so I thank God for being arrested, Purkey said.

Purkey spent four years behind bars.

“It’s like a world within a world. You can see it, but you can’t touch it. You can’t touch freedom,” Purkey said.

Purkey was freed in early 2018. She too is now on a path to recovery. Thanks to the New Life Reentry Program, she and Chandler-Lambert have the unique opportunity to learn on the job skills at a new Wichita restaurant called the Light Dry Bar and Grill.

“We’ll sit down, family style dinners. We will have your basics hamburgers, chicken fried steak, a few Mexican dishes, homemade desserts. We are going to have a play area for the children,” Broyles said. “In the evenings, especially the weekends, we are going to have a DJ. We’ll have music, live music, recorded music. We will have a place where people can socialize who don’t drink.”

The restaurant located on 1051 N Broadway will also employ the women in the reentry program.

“We will have computers in the back, help them get their food handlers card. They can learn some culinary skills. They can learn restaurant management, make a little extra money, a little side money so that they can get on their feet,” Broyels said.

The Light-Dry Bar and Grill is currently under construction. The women are helping with the renovation project.

“We learned how to sand and paint and mud walls and stain the wood,” Chandler-Lambert said.

Ultimately, Chandler-Lambert and Purkey said they’re beyond grateful for the reentry program.

“If I didn’t have a second chance, where would I be? I probably wouldn’t know,” Chandler-Lambert said.

“So far I’ve got part-time work. I’ve got new professional references. I have friends that are clean and in Christ. I have everything, my family. I have a support system I have never had before. It’s amazing to me. Everyday is an amazing adventure to me now.” Purkey said.

The restaurant is expected to open sometime in March.

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Man in serious condition after shooting in south Wichita

KSN - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:19pm

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person is in serious condition after a shooting in south Wichita.

According to authorities, the shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. in the 3800 block of S. Broadway at the Wichita Auto Auction.

Sgt. Michael O’Brien with the Wichita Police Department said the original report of the shooting came from an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who was working security for the auto auction.

O’Brien said a 41-year-old male with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the torso, came to the auction business after he was shot.

Officials have not identified any witnesses of the shooting and a suspect is not in custody. The shooting likely happened in the parking lot of the business or on a property nearby. Authorities do not believe the shooting is tied to the auto auction itself.

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