A major data breach is being investigated in the Independence School District. The school district employees were alerted to the scam in an email sent last Thursday. In it, the business office says the “the names, social security numbers, addresses and earnings” of every employee was stolen in a phishing scam, where the crooks use fake emails or websites to steal personal information. The information was used to file fraudulent income tax returns, according to the email. A fraud investigation is underway by the FBI and the Independence Police Department. The district urged those who received a letter from the IRS saying their social security number was used to file a fraudulent return to file their own police complaint. Police say as of Monday at least 15 district employees have done so.
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Law enforcement authorities in Sedgwick County are investigating a burglary and asking for help to identify suspects. Just after 4a.m. Sunday, residents in Clearwater experienced several auto burglaries. The subjects attempted to use a credit card stolen in one of the burglaries at the Walmart. They appear to be driving a larger black SUV, possibly a Ford Expedition, with a large New England Patriots sticker in the rear window. Anyone recognizing either of these subjects, or the SUV, is encouraged to call the Clearwater Police Department 620-584-2312 or dial 911.
The body found Thursday in a pond north of Winfield has been identified as that of Cole Hartung of Winfield, according to Cowley County sheriff David Falletti. The autopsy results indicate that Hartung, missing for more than a month, died as a result of drowning. At this time there are no indications of foul play, and the case is still under investigation, according to the Cowley County Sheriff’s office. The 32 year old Hartung was reported missing Feb. 18 by his father, who said he had last seen his son Jan. 18.
Jayhawks, Wildcats, Shockers, whether it’s animal, vegetable or mineral …everyone’s team mascot has a history. Jordan Poland, director of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, will present “Kansas Mascots: The Common, the Classic, and the Quirky” to members and guests of the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Wellington Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. Poland will discuss some of the common mascots, such as Bulldogs and Eagles, and why those mascots are so common. According to Poland, organized sports in American schools didn’t really start until the late 1800s, and it wasn’t until then that team’s began to have mascots.
The second earthquake in two days and 6th this month shook Kansas early Monday. The quake just after 2:30 a.m. on Monday measured 2.8 according to the U.S. Geological Survey and was centered 12 miles west of Harper. The 1 a.m. quake on Sunday measured a magnitude 2.5 and was centered approximately 15 miles west of Harper. On February 22, a 3.3 quake was centered approximately four miles northeast of Anthony in Harper County. There were no reports of damage or injuries from the Monday morning quake, according to the Harper County authorities.
The North Summit Street improvement and water line replacement project in Arkansas City, is ready to resume for the spring. The contractor resumes work today on Summit Street, beginning with the restoration of traffic control from Cedar to Chestnut avenues, reducing traffic to just two lanes. Concrete intersection replacement will resume immediately, with work starting at the east and west intersections of Summit and Vine Avenue. This will affect entry into or exit from Community National Bank & Trust, Dillons, and Pizza Hut for the duration of the concrete pouring and curing. Replacement of Spruce and Walnut avenues’ intersection approaches will follow the work on Vine.
Overall, the North Summit Street project is about 60 percent complete. Among the other activities yet to be completed that will be finished this spring are… Substantial stormwater improvements at Linden Avenue and Summit Street, followed by concrete reconstruction of the east intersection on Linden. Also, there will be miscellaneous curb, driveway and gutter replacements with new concrete. Also planned are asphalt milling and overlay projects on Summit Street from Kansas to Walnut avenues, and new signage and pavement markings on North Summit Street, along with reseeding and re-sodding of any areas disturbed during the course of the construction project.
J.C. Penney says it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping. The closures, announced Friday, represent about 13 percent to 14 percent of the company’s current store count, and less than 5 percent of total annual sales. The news came as Penney posted a profit in the fourth-quarter compared to a loss a year ago. J.C. Penney is joining other department stores like Macy’s, Sears, K-Mart and Belk who are shrinking its footprint amid challenges in the industry. The company has yet to release which stores they’ll be closing. There are about a dozen and a half stores in Kansas. The Penney store on East 9th Avenue in Winfield could potentially be affected by this decision.
Investigators continue to check for the cause of the explosion at the OneOk plant, 777 Avenue Y in rural Rice County. The Kansas Highway Patrol was asked to take aerial photos of the scene. The debris field was over a mile. The blast, just after 9:40p.m., was felt up to 55 miles away in Hutchinson and destroyed a brick building, according Gregg Klein, with Rice County Emergency Management. OneOk gathers, processes, stores and transports natural gas and natural gas liquids across the U.S. The fire was under control in about 30-minutes and there were no injuries, according to Klein.
Some much needed good news for South Central Kansas Medical Center as a healthy increase in revenue from the new senior health-care unit along with proceeds from the 1-cent sales tax, has brought a substantial improvement to SCKMC’s financial picture. During its first month of operation, the new unit generated more than $355,500 of income, with the sales tax adding an additional $126,504. The SCKMC board met Thursday for its regular monthly meeting. In her report, Holly Harper, chief financial officer for SCKMC, said income for both the hospital and clinic had increased. The hospital and the clinic also saw an increase in outpatient visits as compared to the same time period last year.
State Senators have passed a bill, and moved it on to the House Committee on Transportation, that would allow some people to identify themselves as needing assistance with cognition. People who opt-in would be able to choose options like a placard or decal to caution law enforcement officers. The bill is called “Joey’s Bill”, and it is named after 36 year old Joey Weber, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Hays last August. Weber led officers on a chase and then struggled with an officer before he was shot. Weber’s parents said their son panicked when he was pulled over because he was autistic, which put him in defense mode.