A hearing for a wounded Army veteran charged with conspiring to harm members of a controversial Topeka church has been rescheduled for March 17.
The hearing — to determine whether the case against Ryan Newell should go to trial — had been set for Thursday in Sedgwick County District Court.
Newell, 26, of Marion, has been accused of conspiring to harm members of Westboro Baptist Church. The Topeka church has been condemned because of its protests at soldiers' funerals.
Newell is charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, a felony, and five misdemeanors: stalking, three counts of criminal use of weapons and false impersonation.
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Police identify woman from fire station
Wichita police said Wednesday that they have identified a woman who rang the doorbell at Fire Station 4 at Meridian and Irving on Tuesday and asked for help.
The woman, who did not have identification or keys in her possession, was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment. She was unable to tell police her name.
Police did not release the woman's name. More information was scheduled to be released today.
County transfers land for wildlife habitat
Sedgwick County will transfer 93 acres of wildlife habitat from the Kansas Coliseum area to parcels near Furley that the city agreed to give the county last year.
Wednesday's move will allow the county to free the Coliseum land for other development.
Last year, the city gave the county several pieces of land to pay off more than $10 million in jail fees it had incurred since 2008.
Assistant county manager Charlene Stevens said the land near 77th North and 127th East will be developed with hiking trails and an equestrian park. After approving the transfer of land, commissioners also approved spending about $116,000 to improve the land.
The county will use the land as natural habitat for a protected species, the spotted skunk.
State Fair announces 2011 grandstand acts
The Kansas State Fair announced Wednesday that REO Speedwagon, Little River Band, Darius Rucker, Third Day and Big Time Rush will be among the Grandstand concert acts for this year's event, which runs Sept. 9-18 in Hutchinson.
REO Speedwagon will appear with Little River Band at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 10; tickets will be $28.
Rucker, former lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 with $33 tickets. Christian rock band Third Day will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 with $25 tickets.
And Nickelodeon boy band Big Time Rush will appear at 4 p.m. Sept. 18. Tickets will be $25.
Concert tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. May 21 at the Kansas State Fair ticket office and at www.kansasstatefair.com.
Biddy Basketball opens new office
Wichita's Biddy Basketball league continued its efforts to stay alive by getting new offices, its director said Wednesday.
Jay Wassall, who has taken over the Biddy helm, says office space has been donated by Buck Alley, a former lumber dealer and developer.
Biddy's new offices are located at 4057 N. Woodlawn. The phone is 316-806-7909.
It's the latest in an attempt to keep the youth basketball league going after the Salvation Army decided to end its support last week.
Wassall said parents, supporters and others interested in Biddy's future can learn more at a meeting planned for 6 p.m. Sunday at 4065 N. Woodlawn, next door to the new offices.