Daily Archives: July 22, 2020

Two suspects in custody after shooting on U.S. 160 this afternoon near Dollar General

U.S. 160 was closed down from the Roundabout and Woodlawn Apartment after a shooting earlier today.

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Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Police Department currently has two suspects in custody after a shooting which occurred on U.S. 160, at the 800 block E. 16th, near the Dollar General Store around 1:30 p.m. today.

According to Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath, two vehicles were going westbound. One was a maroon-colored passenger car and a second one was a Ford Ranger pickup truck when someone shot at the pickup, hitting the victim in the upper chest. A handgun was used in the incident, Heath said.

The two men in the car were later taken into custody thereafter. No names have been released at this time.

“We have no idea what led up to the shooting,” Heath said. “Nor do we know the sequence of events at this time. We are currently interviewing the suspects and will be doing a search of the vehicle later today.”

Heath would not speculate whether the victim or the shooters were from Wellington.

U.S. 160 was blocked from the Roundabout to Woodlawn Ave. interchange during the initial stage of the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing.

City of Wellington and Ascension Via Christi- St. Francis enters into lease agreement to build E.R. in early 2021

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — While most of the discussion was about mask mandates, perhaps, the biggest story of the night was the one that received little discussion of all.

The City of Wellington entered into a lease agreement for a portion of the former Sumner Regional Medical Center so that Ascension Via Christi in Wichita can build an emergency care center.

Under the agreement approved by the Wellington City Council at its meeting yesterday, the ER will re-open in early 2021 as a department of Ascension which is the legal entity that operates Ascension Via Christi St. Francis and Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph.

The lease provides Ascension approximately 8,600 square feet of the building for the operation of an emergency department. The lease also addresses the improvements to be made by Ascension and the City’s contribution towards those improvements.

The Health Care Authority and the Sumner Regional Medical Center endowment foundation are both contributing to the cost of improvements.

Wichita Flea Market is back this weekend, July 25-26 at Kansas Star Casino Arena

Sumner Newscow report The Wichita Flea Market is back this weekend, July 25 and 26, at the Kansas Star Casino Arena.

Come enjoy the climate-controlled arena and hunt through 200+ booths that include antiques, crafts, vintage items, collectibles, primitives, reclaimed items, comics, artwork, jewelry, toys, and so much more in this monthly flea market operated by a local Wichita Family.

While we are back, we realize we are back to a new normal. The health and wellness of our vendors and our shoppers is an absolute top priority.

As such, we will be instituting the following COVID safety procedures:

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

(Updated) Ryan Hilt, considered missing yesterday, appears to be fine from visit to Colorado

Updated: 7 p.m. – Ryan Hilt’s son Adam Hilt sent Sumner Newscow an update this afternoon:

“His phone has been broken since July 15. He left town yesterday midday to go visit his cousin in that part of Colorado just with no phone. He contacted us early this morning at 6:55 a.m. to let us know he was safe and returning home.

My mother just got a little worried. I believe the missing person report was filed a little premature. It was still within 24 hours.”

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The family of Ryan Lee Hilt, 52, of Wellington, who has been reported missing, said he has been found. But Wellington Police Department Chief Tracy Heath said he is still at large, and no one knows exactly where he is at this moment.

Hilt, a 6-2, 180-pound, brown eyes, bald man was reported missing yesterday. Heath said his wife last saw him at 9:45 a.m. yesterday morning. He was believed to have been driving a red-colored 2005 Chevy Colorado truck with black rims. He was possessing a 9mm handgun and was driving in an unknown direction.

Heath said that the family received a phone call from him this morning at 6:55 a.m. from Canon City. Heath said the WPD traced the number and located the convenience store for which he made the call. Employees at that convenience store said that a man was there at the time making the call. However, Heath said, when the Canon City Police went to the convenience store he was not there. As of 11 a.m. this morning, the police are still unable to pinpoint his location. 

Crunching the numbers, Sumner County has the highest COVID-19 rates in the south-central region

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Positive Kansas COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket in Sumner County. On Monday, the number of cases rose to 72, up 10 from 62 from tests taken on Friday. This report was written before the Wednesday numbers were released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Sumner County Health Officer Laura Rettig on the SCHD Facebook page (see here) said the number of positive cases is even higher at 76 with four additional cases still being under investigation not counted in the KDHE total.

Sumner Newscow is crunching the numbers even further and including trends using data from the KDHE site. People can find these statistical and comparison figures information here.

So how are things in Sumner County really doing here as far as the spread of COVID-19 is concerned compared to our neighboring counties? Not very well, if you must ask.


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