Dog bites off part of officer's finger

10/30/2011 12:08 AM

10/30/2011 12:08 AM

An animal control officer required surgery after receiving a severe dog bite Friday at the animal shelter, 3103 N. Hillside.

Police said the officer was called at about 5:45 p.m. to take an injured stray pit bull that had been brought to an emergency veterinarian at the shelter.

While being moved from a gurney into his van, the dog bit the officer on the right index finger, removing about three-fourths of his fingertip, police said. The officer was taken Wesley Medical Center for surgery to save his finger and remains in the hospital.

Police did not say what happened to the dog.

—Fred Mann

Fire damages apartment building on North Amidon

Firefighters evacuated an apartment building in north Wichita at 8:45 a.m. Saturday after responding to a fire in a ground-floor apartment.

Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Royse said crews extinguished the fire at the Marina Point Apartments in the 1900 block of North Amidon in 15 minutes and determined it had been caused by unattended cooking.

Residents of the apartment weren't home at the time. Seven other apartments were evacuated.

The fire was contained to the ground floor, and no one was injured, Royse said.

The fire caused $35,000 in damages, he said.

—Fred Mann

Police seek man after ex-girlfriend attacked

A 38-year-old woman was attacked by her ex-boyfriend Friday night in her home in the 2100 block of South Golden Hills Court, police said.

The woman told police that the man, 40, entered her house, south of Kellogg and west of Maize Road, through an unlocked basement window while she was in her bedroom at 9:15 p.m. She said he threw her on the floor, put his foot on her neck and told her that she was going to die, police said.

As he took her cellphone from her, she escaped to a neighbor's house.

She was treated for minor scrapes and shoulder pain at an area hospital.

A warrant has been issued for her ex-boyfriend for aggravated residential burglary, domestic violence battery and domestic violence intimidation, police said.

—Fred Mann

Two men arrested after theft of scrap metal

Two men were arrested early Saturday after $8,600 worth of scrap metal was stolen from Weaver Manufacturing, 1005 E. 17th St.

Police said a person called 911 at about 4 a.m. to report the crime and provided surveillance photos of the suspects' blue Ford Ranger truck.

Officers intercepted the truck in the 800 block of North Amidon and found a large amount of scrap metal in the bed.

The metal, which contained titanium, steel and aluminum, was weighed and returned to the business. Officers discovered that the fence on the east perimeter of the property had been cut.

The men arrested are 29 and 24 years old.

—Fred Mann

Friends of the Library plan big sale of used books

The Friends of the Wichita Public Library is hosting a used-book sale as a fundraiser for the Wichita Public Library system.

The sale begins with a silent auction Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for members of the Friends of the Wichita Public Library.

The public sale will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It continues Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The sale will be in the third-floor auditorium of the Central Library, 223 S. Main.

More than 10,000 books will be for sale — 50 cents for paperbacks, a dollar for hardcovers. There will also be a small selection of specially priced books (Local History, Coffee Table, Art, Science/Math, Vintage) in the silent auction room Wednesday night only. On Saturday, all of the books will be half price.

—Eagle staff

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