MISSING IN KANSAS: Shelby McDaniel

MISSING IN KANSAS: Shelby McDaniel

The teenager is missing from northeast Kansas.

Police identify man who drowned at Wichita park

Police identify man who drowned at Wichita park

Wichita police said Austin Pedersen died about 90 minutes after officials say he went into the water at OJ Watson Park Sunday afternoon.

KHP trooper saves 18-day-old girl's life on Mother's Day

KHP trooper saves 18-day-old girl's life on Mother's Day

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper saved the life of a baby, only 18 days old, after she stopped breathing.

Newton continues working to clean up damage after Sunday night storms

Newton continues working to clean up damage after Sunday night storms

The City of Newton has been working nonstop to clean up damage from strong winds that hit the town Sunday night. It's going to start picking up tree debris Wednesday morning at 8 and hopes to have it all cleaned up by the upcoming holiday weekend.

$5,000 reward offered for information in 2022 Labette County murder case

$5,000 reward offered for information in 2022 Labette County murder case

Jason Bakken and Leanda Pound were found by a friend on October 3, 2022, shot and killed in their Mound Valley home. Investigators believe the murders may have occurred up to a month prior to their discovery.

Kansas women found dead in Oklahoma were buried in freezer, court docs say

Kansas women found dead in Oklahoma were buried in freezer, court docs say

Hugoton, Kansas moms Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley were found dead in Texas County, Oklahoma on April 14.

Truck and trailer with $23,000 worth of tools stolen from gas station

Truck and trailer with $23,000 worth of tools stolen from gas station

The owner of a local flooring company is looking for justice after his pick up truck and trailer were stolen at a gas station.

Kansas physicians challenge law requiring public release of patients' reasons for abortions

Kansas physicians challenge law requiring public release of patients' reasons for abortions

Kansas physicians are legally challenging a new state law that would require them to ask and publicly report patients' reasons for seeking abortion care as well as other personal information.

KAKE receives 7 regional Emmy nominations

KAKE receives 7 regional Emmy nominations

KAKE has received seven nominations for Heartland Regional Emmy awards.

KAKE NEWS INVESTIGATES: The Bloodline Business

KAKE NEWS INVESTIGATES: The Bloodline Business

At home DNA test kits are growing in popularity, especially among underserved communities with often undocumented histories. But do they work?

NWS: Two EF-1 tornadoes hit Johnson County Sunday

NWS: Two EF-1 tornadoes hit Johnson County Sunday

KMBC-TV reports one tornado touched down in Shawnee just after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, while a second hit Fairway at 10:39 p.m., according to preliminary results from National Weather Service damage surveys.

California double homicide suspect arrested in Kansas

California double homicide suspect arrested in Kansas

Howard Reed was taken into custody by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Kansas trooper saves newborn baby who stopped breathing on Mother's Day

Kansas trooper saves newborn baby who stopped breathing on Mother's Day

Master Trooper Evan Jacks was recognized at the Friday at the Triangle Club Rodeo in Greenburg for his heroic acts on May 12.

Trego County hospital targeted by ransomware attack

Trego County hospital targeted by ransomware attack

Officials with Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital believes perpetrators did not access or steal any personal identification information or protected health information.

Derek Schmidt files for candidacy of Kansas' 2nd Congressional district

Derek Schmidt files for candidacy of Kansas' 2nd Congressional district

Schmidt is running for the seat currently held by Jake LaTurner, who announced he would not be seeking reelection last month.

Wichita City Council approves changes to neighborhood fireworks ordinance

Wichita City Council approves changes to neighborhood fireworks ordinance

This year, safe and sane fireworks like smoke bombs and sparklers can be shot off from June 27-July 5. Aerial fireworks can be shot off July 3-5. In addition, aerial fireworks will be available for sale in Wichita.

First graduates of Kansas State University physician assistant program aim to fill health care gaps

First graduates of Kansas State University physician assistant program aim to fill health care gaps

Program director Gwen Ferdinand-Jacob told the Manhattan Mercury in 2022 that 95 of the state’s 105 counties don’t have adequate rural access to health care, specifically behavioral health and medicinal psychology services.

Immigrants help rural Kansas flourish, but they often face challenges once they're here

Immigrants help rural Kansas flourish, but they often face challenges once they're here

Immigration has redefined southwest Kansas over the last 40 years, helping stabilize population and bucking the trend of rural areas losing population.

Projects awarded money through KDOT's Innovative Technology program

Projects awarded money through KDOT's Innovative Technology program

The program makes investments that improve safety, access, or mobility and implement new transportation technology.

Free breakfast, lunches available this summer for all kids in the Wichita area

Free breakfast, lunches available this summer for all kids in the Wichita area

Beginning next week, Wichita Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to any child who needs them, not just kids in the district. 

MISSING IN KANSAS: Teria Orsini McKnight

MISSING IN KANSAS: Teria Orsini McKnight

The missing teen may be out-of-state.

Town of Burrton, Kansas rallying together after widespread storm damage

Town of Burrton, Kansas rallying together after widespread storm damage

Burrton resident Jennie Black decided to get out of town before the storm hit Sunday night, and she says she was beyond confused by what she found when she got home.

People of Newton begin to recover after severe weather damaged multiple buildings

People of Newton begin to recover after severe weather damaged multiple buildings

People in Newton spent the day cleaning up tree debris and in some cases, whole trees, after the weekend storms.

Reno County sees substantial damage following storms

Reno County sees substantial damage following storms

People living in Reno County spent most of Monday cleaning up the streets, and their yards after the damaging storm that rolled through Sunday night.

Barton County family home damaged, barn destroyed by severe weather

Barton County family home damaged, barn destroyed by severe weather

Severe weather across Kansas had many people preparing for the worst. 

Tabor College offering nursing major through Hesston College partnership

Tabor College offering nursing major through Hesston College partnership

The agreement, which begins this fall, will allow students to take courses on Tabor’s campus over the first two years, while continuing to live on campus and take nursing courses at Hesston College and clinicals in area hospitals.

Wichita police asking for help in finding missing teens

Wichita police asking for help in finding missing teens

Winry Ewertt and Lakita Bowles were last seen in the 13th Street North and Jeanette area at approximately 1 p.m. Monday. 

Kansas high school graduate drowns hours after receiving diploma

Kansas high school graduate drowns hours after receiving diploma

The Field Kindley High School graduate died Saturday afternoon at the Big Hill Lake swim area in Labette County.

Newton to begin tree limb collection Wednesday morning

Newton to begin tree limb collection Wednesday morning

Starting at 7 a.m., crews will begin in Street Maintenance Area 1, east of South Pine between Southeast 14th Street and East First Street. They will work their way through each maintenance area in order.

Man dies after being pulled from water at Wichita park, police say

Man dies after being pulled from water at Wichita park, police say

Officers responded just before 1 p.m. Sunday to the report of a possible submersion at OJ Watson Park.

Residents cleaning up after severe storms ripped through KAKEland Sunday

Residents cleaning up after severe storms ripped through KAKEland Sunday

Communities in northern and central Kansas experienced tree damage, power outages, large hail and high winds as a line of severe storms trekked across the state Sunday.

Garden City man facing charges after allegedly striking, threatening woman at party

Garden City man facing charges after allegedly striking, threatening woman at party

Police spoke with a woman who alleged that she and a family member were involved in an altercation with a 47-year-old man in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Teens can work out for free this summer at Planet Fitness

Teens can work out for free this summer at Planet Fitness

From June 1 to August 31, high schoolers ages 14 to 19 can work out at any of its locations for free.

Study: Kansas drivers 8th worst in country

Study: Kansas drivers 8th worst in country

Kansas' ranking is an improvement over 2023, when it was ranked the state with the 3rd worst drivers.

Shelter-in-place lifted in Burrton after storm causes acid leak

Shelter-in-place lifted in Burrton after storm causes acid leak

Mayor Missy Lisenby Ducimetiere said the city is currently in a state of emergency.

Justin Timberlake announces 2024 tour stop in Wichita

Justin Timberlake announces 2024 tour stop in Wichita

Justin Timberlake has announced he's brining his 'The Forget Tomorrow World Tour' to Wichita this December.

A few severe storms possible Monday and Tuesday

A few severe storms possible Monday and Tuesday

After a stormy wrap up to the weekend, the atmosphere remains active with strong and severe storms not out of the question both Monday and Tuesday.

American Red Cross opens shelter in Newton for storm victims

American Red Cross opens shelter in Newton for storm victims

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Newton for residents displaced by severe storms.

Closings & Delays

Closings & Delays

The latest closings and delays in KAKEland.

One person in critical condition after east Wichita apartment fire

One person in critical condition after east Wichita apartment fire

One person was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. 

City of Russell hit with 'extensive' damage from Sunday storms

City of Russell hit with 'extensive' damage from Sunday storms

Several reports of damage to property have been received, including damage to both homes and vehicles. 

Ink, needles and art take over Century II

Ink, needles and art take over Century II

The sound of buzzing could be heard all throughout Century II Exhibit Hall.  

Strong winds, hail and tornadoes spotted across KAKEland Sunday

Strong winds, hail and tornadoes spotted across KAKEland Sunday

Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected across KAKEland today.

Crop sprayer loses power, pilot makes emergency landing near Osborne

Crop sprayer loses power, pilot makes emergency landing near Osborne

While the pilot attempted an emergency landing, the right wing of the plane struck a tree branch causing the aircraft to spin into the north ditch and then strike a second tree.

46-year-old man fatally shot in Valley Center home

46-year-old man fatally shot in Valley Center home

No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing. 

Motorcyclist injured in south Wichita crash

Motorcyclist injured in south Wichita crash

The crash happened around noon at the intersection of Harry and Hydraulic.

Strong and severe storms expected Sunday across KAKEland

Strong and severe storms expected Sunday across KAKEland

A few storms possible this weekend and some could be severe on Sunday!

65-year-old woman rescued after falling into Toronto Lake spillway

65-year-old woman rescued after falling into Toronto Lake spillway

Around 2:50 a.m. Friday, both Woodson and Wilson County dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting that a woman fell into the spillway on the east side of the lake.

Wichita police investigating shooting at Emery Gardens

Wichita police investigating shooting at Emery Gardens

Officers responded to a report of a disturbance with shots fired at the Emery Gardens Apartments around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Brown v. Board at 70: Students from Topeka’s all-Black schools recall how segregation shaped lives

Brown v. Board at 70: Students from Topeka’s all-Black schools recall how segregation shaped lives

Former students from four Topeka all-Black elementary schools gathered to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case that declared segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional.

Salina man turns self in after allegedly shooting at driver in road rage incident

Salina man turns self in after allegedly shooting at driver in road rage incident

A driver told police that three shots were fired at him by another driver at the intersection of Santa Fe and Crawford around 10:15 p.m. Friday.

Jenny Wood returns to Wichita for charity concert event

Jenny Wood returns to Wichita for charity concert event

A filmmaker from Los Angeles is following Jenny to produce a feature film about her life, the challenges she’s overcome, and the music she makes. 

Six hurt, one critically, after crash near Cheney State Park

Six hurt, one critically, after crash near Cheney State Park

Sedgwick County dispatch says the crash happened just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday near 21st St. and 391st St.

Birthday bash: Keeper of the Plains turns 50

Birthday bash: Keeper of the Plains turns 50

Hundreds gathered at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Keeper of the Plains. 

WPD searching for missing 13-year-old

WPD searching for missing 13-year-old

Anyone with details on his whereabouts should call 911 immediately. 

One in critical condition after crash near Colwich

One in critical condition after crash near Colwich

One person was sent to the hospital with critical injuries. 

Winfield driver hurt in crash after falling asleep on Kansas highway

Winfield driver hurt in crash after falling asleep on Kansas highway

The Kansas Highway Patrol says at 4:49 a.m. Saturday, a 52-year-old Winfield man was driving northbound on I-135 in Lyon County when he fell asleep at the wheel. 

Wichita man seriously injured after motorcycle crash on interstate

Wichita man seriously injured after motorcycle crash on interstate

The motorcyclist was sent to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Car crashes into west Wichita home, driver sustains minor injuries

Car crashes into west Wichita home, driver sustains minor injuries

Police say a call came in for a vehicle into a house call around 5:40 a.m. at the intersection of McCormick and Dodge.

Kansas tornado count of 40 this year surpasses 2023 total

Kansas tornado count of 40 this year surpasses 2023 total

The strongest tornado to strike Kansas so far this year was April 30 in Westmoreland. The Pottawatomie County community was hit by an EF-3 tornado, with winds estimated at 140 mph, and resulted in 1 fatality.

Hot air balloons take flight at 26th annual Sunflower Balloon Festival

Hot air balloons take flight at 26th annual Sunflower Balloon Festival

In addition to hot air balloons, the festival will feature food trucks, axe-throwing, a parade and more.

Spirit AeroSystems workers speak out after company announces 400 - 500 layoffs

Spirit AeroSystems workers speak out after company announces 400 - 500 layoffs

Workers are speaking out after Spirit AeroSystems announced it's laying off hundreds of hourly workers in Wichita. The aviation company points to less revenue coming in.

Fight outside Koch Arena where Heights graduation was held draws large police presence

Fight outside Koch Arena where Heights graduation was held draws large police presence

Fights that broke out outside of Koch Arena where Heights High School graduation was being held drew a large police presence.

Expert says Spirit AeroSystems is weakening aviation industry

Expert says Spirit AeroSystems is weakening aviation industry

Expert says Spirit AeroSystems is creating instability for entire aircraft industry

All Kansas universities request tuition hikes; Emporia State plans to slash student fees

All Kansas universities request tuition hikes; Emporia State plans to slash student fees

All six of Kansas’ state universities have proposed tuition increases for the 2024-2025 school year, citing inflation, declining enrollment and staff retention costs.

Free legal advice offered to Kansas residents

Free legal advice offered to Kansas residents

With just a few clicks Kansas residents are able to have free legal advice. 

Bodies of two missing people in south central Kansas identified

Bodies of two missing people in south central Kansas identified

The Sheriff’s Office has identified several suspects in the case.

Goats return to Wichita to clear 3 acres of brush, city says

Goats return to Wichita to clear 3 acres of brush, city says

The City of Wichita says goats with Restoration Grazing, LLC have been sent to clear brush from city grounds starting this weekend.

Blue-green algae warnings issued for 4 Kansas lakes

Blue-green algae warnings issued for 4 Kansas lakes

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks have issued a public health advisory due to blue-green algae.

Wanted suspect arrested after standoff at east Wichita hotel

Wanted suspect arrested after standoff at east Wichita hotel

The incident happened the Red Roof PLUS+ at Kellogg and Armour. 

Kansas sex offender arrested for sex crimes involving 14-year-old girl

Kansas sex offender arrested for sex crimes involving 14-year-old girl

Garden City police said Richard San Juan was arrested Thursday and booked into the Finney County Jail on multiple counts of indecent liberties with a child. 

Missing in Kansas: Noah Compton

Missing in Kansas: Noah Compton

He may be with another teen out-of-state.

Adult, child killed in Kansas house fire, police say

Adult, child killed in Kansas house fire, police say

The fire was reported at around 11 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of North 5th Street in Louisburg.

Crime Stoppers: Thieves cause thousands of dollars in damage to Riverside Tennis Complex

Crime Stoppers: Thieves cause thousands of dollars in damage to Riverside Tennis Complex

The Wichita Police Department is looking for thieves who caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Riverside Tennis Complex. 

Cleaveland Magnet School holds open house to say goodbye

Cleaveland Magnet School holds open house to say goodbye

Wichita Public Schools is closing six schools because of a $42-million budget shortfall, shutting down the building it says will save money.

First look inside of the newly rebuilt Andover YMCA

First look inside of the newly rebuilt Andover YMCA

The Andover YMCA is just days away from reopening after a tornado destroyed it two years ago. Here's the first look inside

Spirit workers fear hundreds of layoffs

Spirit workers fear hundreds of layoffs

Spirit workers piled into the International Association of Machinists Union around 2:30 p.m. after a shift ended.  Many are concerned about job security.  

Spirit AeroSystems to lay off hundreds of hourly employees in Wichita

Spirit AeroSystems to lay off hundreds of hourly employees in Wichita

Spirit AeroSystems is laying off 400-450 hourly production workers, according to an email sent to employees on Thursday.

Sedgwick County Zoo welcomes CJ the red panda

Sedgwick County Zoo welcomes CJ the red panda

The Sedgwick County Zoo just got a new red panda resident. CJ is described as laid back, observant, and very cute.

Andover YMCA set to reopen on May 20

Andover YMCA set to reopen on May 20

The night of April 29th, 2022 is a night that remains fresh in the minds of many Andover residents. However there's reason to celebrate as the YMCA, which was badly damaged, is set to reopen.

WPD: 16-year-old student arrested after incident at Kapaun Mt. Carmel

WPD: 16-year-old student arrested after incident at Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Police say the teen was charged with aggravated assault and criminal threat.

Kansas governor signs school funding bill with $75 million boost for special education

Kansas governor signs school funding bill with $75 million boost for special education

Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation that allocates $6.6 billion to K-12 public schools, including $75 million in new money for special education.

'Lot of work, but a lot of fun': Long-time Emporia roller rink up for sale

'Lot of work, but a lot of fun': Long-time Emporia roller rink up for sale

A roller-skating rink in Emporia, owned by the same family for the last 50 years, is up for sale.

Wichita's self-service kayak rentals are 50% off this weekend

Wichita's self-service kayak rentals are 50% off this weekend

Wichita Mayor Lily Wu says self-service kayak rentals will be 50% off this weekend to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Keeper of the Plains.

Kansas officials warn residents of poison hemlock

Kansas officials warn residents of poison hemlock

K-State Research and Extension says poison hemlock appears each spring and is often confused with wild carrot.

New Kansas abortion clinic will open to help meet demand from restrictive neighboring states

New Kansas abortion clinic will open to help meet demand from restrictive neighboring states

Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains announced Tuesday that Pittsburg, Kansas, will be home to a new facility.

Amber Alert canceled, teen girl found safe

Amber Alert canceled, teen girl found safe

The Amber Alert for 14-year-old Marisheila Luis De La Cruz has been canceled. Authorities in Texas located her and she is safe.

Sheriff says it may take weeks to confirm human remains connected to homicide case

Sheriff says it may take weeks to confirm human remains connected to homicide case

Sheriff Easter spoke for the first time Wednesday about the two bodies recently discovered in Sumner County. He says he thinks it’s connected to a double homicide case from the first of the year, but it’s going to take some time to find out for sure.

Kansas one of 11 states where child care for 2 is at least double the cost of rent

Kansas one of 11 states where child care for 2 is at least double the cost of rent

If you think your rent is high, just look at your childcare bill. Child Care Aware of America's latest report shows, Kansas is one of 11 states where child care is at least twice the cost of rent.

Sheriff provides update on officer-involved shooting in west Wichita

Sheriff provides update on officer-involved shooting in west Wichita

Sheriff Jeff Easter said that the man, who remains unidentified, was resisting arrest after an alleged domestic violence incident at the man's home in the 1600 block of North Wood, near 13th & Tyler.

BTK still main suspect in disappearance of Oklahoma teen

BTK still main suspect in disappearance of Oklahoma teen

A sheriff in Oklahoma still says serial killer, Dennis Rader is hit top suspect in the disappearance of 16-year-old Cynthia Kinney.

Newton man gets 23 years in prison for sex crimes against 66-year-old woman

Newton man gets 23 years in prison for sex crimes against 66-year-old woman

Le'Rhon Hamilton, 19, previously pled guilty to rape, attempted criminal sodomy, and aggravated residential burglary regarding two incidents that took place in July and August 2023.

Man gets 1.5 years for embezzling $41K from Derby animal hospital

Man gets 1.5 years for embezzling $41K from Derby animal hospital

As part of his plea agreement, Pennington agreed to pay full restitution to the animal hospital.

Man shot by police after domestic violence call in west Wichita

Man shot by police after domestic violence call in west Wichita

The officer-involved shooting took place late Monday in west Wichita.

Wichita-area USPS employees charged for mail theft

Wichita-area USPS employees charged for mail theft

The U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General is investigating the cases. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting the cases.

New legislation makes it easier to remove racial covenants from property deeds

New legislation makes it easier to remove racial covenants from property deeds

Kansas HB 2562, which was signed into law in April, creates the option to redact discriminatory language from recorded documents, and change them so the redacted documents will become the documents of record.

'I miss the old me': Domestic violence survivor goes viral on TikTok after sharing her story

'I miss the old me': Domestic violence survivor goes viral on TikTok after sharing her story

Abigail Winters' life changed two years ago after a child custody exchange between Winters and her ex-fiance ended in her being shot in the face.

'Coco graduated too:' Butler grad says school won't allow service dog in class photo

'Coco graduated too:' Butler grad says school won't allow service dog in class photo

Despite the support from fellow classmates and instructors, Trumpower says the decision came down to the Dean of the nursing program, who he says denied the request. 

Man charged with shooting teen outside Goddard Walmart

Man charged with shooting teen outside Goddard Walmart

Ruben Contreras made his first court appearance Wednesday and was charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Kansas AG sues Biden administration over new federal protections for LGBTQ+ students

Kansas AG sues Biden administration over new federal protections for LGBTQ+ students

Kobach’s lawsuit marks the latest stand in a series of anti-trans movements.

Pete Davidson explores Wichita after being escorted out of local country club

Pete Davidson explores Wichita after being escorted out of local country club

Truck and trailer with $23,000 worth of tools stolen from gas station

Truck and trailer with $23,000 worth of tools stolen from gas station

Police identify man who drowned at Wichita park

Police identify man who drowned at Wichita park

Storms on Thursday and Saturday could once again turn severe

Storms on Thursday and Saturday could once again turn severe

Wichita man arrested at Ark City beef plant had federal warrant for assault on a postal worker

Wichita man arrested at Ark City beef plant had federal warrant for assault on a postal worker

Garden City police arrest woman for prostitution and blackmail

Garden City police arrest woman for prostitution and blackmail