By Staff and Wire Reports on Sun, 08/08/2021 – 10:31
Lawrence, Douglas County Set Indoor Mask Mandates
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence and Douglas County will require employees and visitors to wear masks inside their buildings. The city of Lawrence and Douglas County are joining other towns, cities, counties, and institutions that are imposing local mandates aimed at controlling the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant. They announced the mask requirements Friday. The rules take effect tomorrow (MON) and apply whether someone has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or not. Their announcements came the same day the University of Kansas imposed an indoor mask mandate at its main campus in Lawrence and the Edwards campus in Overland Park. In Manhattan, both the city and Kansas State University are requiring masks inside their buildings.
Animals Not to Blame for Shigella Outbreak at Wildlife Park
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) – Zoo animals are not to blame for a recent outbreak of waterborne illness among visitors to the Tanganyika Wildlife Park near Wichita. The park had been closed temporarily last month after multiple positive cases of shigella, e. coli, norovirus, and sapovirus. The Wichita Eagle reports none of 12 water samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had animal-linked contamination; rather the bacteria in the samples were generally human. That information came from e-mails obtained by the Wichita Eagle through a Kansas Open Records request.
Emporia Women Arrested in Kidnapping of Bicyclist
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) – Two Emporia women have been arrested in connection with a bicycle accident and subsequent kidnapping. The Emporia Gazette reports that 26-year-old Analysa Tamez and 27-year-old Mariah Lopez were in a vehicle that struck bicylist Christian Jenkins Monday night. After the crash, Tamez and Lopez are accused of putting Jenkins in the back of the car and driving around Emporia for about 30 minutes before letting him out near his home. He suffered significant injuries to his face and teeth in the crash.
Kansas GOP Official: Party Chair Blocked Her from House Vote
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican Party official in Wichita is accusing her county’s GOP chairman of breaking state law by preventing her from voting on filling a Kansas House vacancy. The Wichita Eagle reports that Precinct Committeewoman Cindy Miles said Segwick County Chairman David Thorne blocked her from voting in the party convention Thursday night to replace the late Republican Representative Ron Howard. Thorne said he told Miles at Thursday night’s convention that her online comment congratulating a Democrat running for City Council was inappropriate and she left. Miles said she plans to file complaints with state officials. Howard’s seat went to tax preparation company manager Cyndi Howerton.
Man Wanted in Nebraska Homicide is Held in Leavenworth County
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 46-year-old man is in custody in Kansas in connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman in Omaha, Nebraska, after her body was found in a park in neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa. Omaha police said Friday that Ralph H. Bullard already was in the Leavenworth County jail when they obtained an arrest warrant for him on possible charges that include second-degree murder and auto theft. The Leavenworth County jail said Saturday that officials in both Nebraska and California are seeking to return Bullard to their states but had no further details. Omaha police identified the victim of the homicide as Leah N. Verratti.
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