A woman who killed and beheaded a Wichita woman will learn her fate. Rachel Hilyard will be sentenced today in Sedgwick County District Court for the death of Micki Davis. Hilyard was found guilty of first-degree murder nearly eight months ago and faces a possible life sentence. She testified during her trial earlier this year that voices in her head told her to kill the 63-year-old Davis in April 2017.
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Arkansas City Police arrested an Arkansas City teenager after they say he and two other juveniles shot out a truck window with a BB gun. It happened early Saturday morning… just after 4am… and resulted in a pursuit outside of the city limits, which involved the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office and a silver Pontiac Firebird. The whole thing started when an Ark City resident called to report that a vehicle matching the Firebird’s description drove by his house and shot the window out of his truck. A 14-year-old Arkansas City boy was arrested, but due to his age, he is not being identified. The case was however, forwarded to the Cowley County Attorney’s Office for review. Police say there could be additional victims. If you find any damage you believe to be caused by a BB gun, contact Cowley County Emergency Communications at (620) 441-4444.
An Arkansas City man was arrested after Ark City Police say he fled the scene of a hit-and-run. Officers took 46 year old Marcos Martin-Marcos into custody after he was arrested for driving under the influence… his second time for that actually. Martin-Marcos was also charged with failure to report an injury accident, improper driving on a laned roadway, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and for having no driver’s license. He was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $1,250 bond, but has since posted bond and been released.
Health officials in Sedgwick County are celebrating a medical milestone. As of yesterday, more than 100-thousand Sedgwick County residents had been tested for COVID-19. The news reportedly comes as 81 new positive cases were ID’d, and no new deaths were reported in the county. State health officials say more than eight-thousand Kansas residents have been diagnosed with the virus to date, but it has only claimed 85 lives in the Sunflower State since March. That means a recovery rate of about 99%.
A fourth Cowley County resident has died from COVID-19. The local newspaper reports that the case is believe to be traced to an outbreak related to a large family wedding in Arkansas City that has led to a spike in active cases. Health authorities say the latest case involved an elderly person who had pre-exiting medical conditions and was hospitalized. As of this past Wednesday, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Cowley County jumped to 55. Last week, that number was in the 30s. After that wedding, 6 to 10 members of an extended family are reportedly infected, although most of them are not exhibiting any symptoms, and say they feel fine. In the past two weeks, 2,000 tests have been performed locally, and a little more than 97% of them have come back negative. Just a few weeks ago, the number of test results coming back negative stood at about 89%, so things are definitely improving here overall.
Cowley County has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce to fund grants to businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a grant opportunity for those that experienced or are facing impending income losses or other stresses due to COVID-19 through reimbursement of qualified expenses. Cowley First, Cowley County Economic Development, will be accepting applications for business grants through October 2nd. The award to the County is $132,000. Grants will be limited to either $4,000 for businesses with 5 or fewer employees or $12,000 for businesses with 6-50 employees. Details and application information can be found and downloaded at www.cowleycounty.org. For more details, call 620-221-9951 or 620-442-3094.
The Sedgwick County Election Office is saying it has enough poll workers for the November election. Officials say there are now enough poll workers available to keep every polling location open on Election Day. The Election Office says it has struggled to find poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there were barely enough staff available to keep polling sites open during the August primary.
Nearly 200 Wichita Public Schools employees are on active quarantine. District officials say the 198 employees include people who have either tested positive for COVID-19, traveled or had close contact with a positive coronavirus case. The district says it is also monitoring COVID-19 data for students and will have that information available by the end of the week.
A woman is found dead following a house fire in Wellington. The blaze broke out early yesterday morning, and firefighters found Bernadine Crittenden dead in her living room. Officials have determined that the fire was caused by smoking in the presence of medical oxygen.
The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in Kansas. As of yesterday, there had been 53-thousand-959 cases and 600 deaths during the pandemic. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the monthly positive test rate is now seven-point-four percent.