Remember the days when you'd just get a phone call announcing school was closed for snow? Well, now principals and teachers (with the help of some special guests) are kicking those announcements up a notch by singing and rapping your school status.
City manager Robert Layton announces the creation of a citizens review board for the Wichita Police Department. He says the board will provide oversight, accountability, and transparency for the police department.
Local civil rights attorney and congressional candidate James Thompson spoke before the Wichita City Council on Tuesday and used national statistics to point out that the number of police shootings in Wichita is abnormally high and that funding for officer training and staffing is too low. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle/Jan. 16, 2018)
A Wichita firefighter received an electric shock while removing the ceiling at an apartment fire. Firefighters say the fire expanded when the apartment residents went outside to look for a fire extinguisher.
Early morning snow and freezing rain turned I-235 on the west side into a skating rink with numerous cars in ditches and overturned during rush hour. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle / Jan. 15, 2018)
District Attorney Marc Bennett talks on Friday about the charges filed against Tyler Barriss over the alleged swatting call he made to Wichita police last month. Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter and made his first appearance in a Kansas courtroom after being extradited from California earlier this week. (Jan. 12, 2018)
Tyler Barriss makes his first court appearance via video from jail before Sedgwick County District Court Judge Faith Maughan on Friday. Barriss is charged with involuntary manslaughter in a fatal Wichita swatting case last month. (Jan. 12, 2018)
A Wichita police officer fired two shots at a dog in Danielle Maples' living room on New Year's Eve while all four of her children sat in close proximity. One of the children received minor injuries when a ricochet bullet fragment struck her. Maples exchanged text message with police chief Gordon Ramsay a day later concerning dealing with the media.
Danielle Maples talks about the scene at her home after a police officer, who was called to the home by Maples due to concerns with her husband, fired two shots at the family dog in a small room where all four of Maples' young children were sitting. One of her kids was hit in the forehead by a piece of bullet fragment.
Rachael Hilyard, charged with killing 63-year-old Micki Davis last spring, was found not competent to stand trial during a hearing on Friday. Hilyard is accused of decapitating Davis on April 9. Hilyard will return to the Larned State Hospital to continue treatment. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle/Jan. 12, 2018)