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Tue, 05/19/2020 - 21:30
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Majestic buffalo celebrates 40 years

ATWOOD — It was 40 years ago that the majestic limestone buffalo was set along Atwood’s Main Street as a gift to the citizens of Atwood for its centennial celebration. The famed sculptor, Pete Felten, continues to work in his Stone Gallery studio in Hays, where he has created hundreds of pieces, including “The Four Kansans” which graces the halls of the state capitol building in Topeka. The Buffalo statue was dedicated June 6, 1980 as part of the town’s centennial celebration, with Mayor Rod Beamgard officiating. The dedication of the monument and raising of an Atwood flag was done by Gov. John Carlin. According to the May 22, 1980 Citizen Patriot newspaper, there is a time capsule encased in the brick pedestal upon which the buffalo stands. The capsule was supposed to be opened in 25 years. Since that didn’t happen, the opening may be part of the ceremonies when Atwood celebrates 150 years in 2030. (Rawlins County Square Deal)

Lenora man dies in motorcycle accident

PHILLIPS COUNTY — One person died in an accident just after 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in Phillips County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Robby W. Frederick, 47, Lenora, was northbound on Phillips Co. Road 1300, six miles south of Prairie View. The driver attempted to negotiate a curve and lost control of the motorcycle. It traveled left of center, entered the south ditch, overturned and ejected the driver. EMS transported Frederick to the Phillips County Hospital where he died. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the KHP. (HutchPost.com)

Inmates relocated after coronavirus cases increase

MISSION — The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) says all inmates at a work release facility in downtown Wichita have been moved to another Kansas facility after 38 of them tested positive for the coronavirus. KDOC spokeswoman Rebecca Witte says about 100 inmates at the Wichita Work Release Facility were moved May 14th to the Lansing Correctional Facility, where 88 staff members and 750 inmates have tested positive for the virus. Witte said the dormitory set-up at the Wichita facility doesn’t allow for the separation of the sick and healthy, but that Lansing is better able to quarantine and isolate inmates. (HutchPost.com)

Fire damages recently purchased Salina home

SALINA — A fire did significant damage to a Salina house, just days after the owner bought it and a new tenant moved in. Koral Long, who just started renting the house, said she just began moving her things into the house. According to a neighbor, Long was staying with friends as the utilities weren’t turned on yet at the house. About an hour after she called to have the power turned on, she returned to find smoke billowing from the door when she opened it. She left the door open and called the fire department. As Salina Fire Department personnel were just finishing putting the fire out, new owner Kevin Christensen, came by to check the damage, and commented about how nice the house had been. (Salina Journal)

Man arrested after car runs into house

SALINA — An Overland Park man was arrested in Salina after his vehicle struck a house while fleeing from law enforcement officers. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office said that a deputy saw a black 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling about 60 mph in a 40 mph zone. The deputy tried to stop the Jeep as it fled, traveling in speeds in excess of 90 mph through several stop lights. The deputy lost sight of the vehicle and began checking the area when he discovered the Jeep had gone through several yards before striking a house. The driver ran away before authorities arrived at the house. The driver, Nathan Rogers, 27, or Overland Park, was found the next day and arrested in connection with felony fleeing and eluding, felony damage to property, felony interference, reckless driving, failure of duty to report an accident, and transporting an open container. (Salina Journal)

Woman accused of theft from American Legion Auxiliary

JACKSON COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating the alleged theft of funds from the American Legion Auxiliary in Holton. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between January 2015 and 2017, according to Sheriff Tim Morse. On May 11, deputies arrested Paula G. Keating, 50, of Soldier, on a Jackson County District Court warrant in connection with the investigation. She was booked into the Jackson County Jail for five counts of misdemeanor theft and four counts of felony forgery. During the time of the thefts, Keating served as the president of the Auxiliary. Keating was one of the signers on the bank account and allegedly diverted money from the account for her own personal use, according to Morse. Some of the transfers of unauthorized funds allegedly were done by forging false signatures and documents. As a result of the monetary loss, the Auxiliary was forced to disband. (HaysPost.com)