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Wichita man found dead in Oklahoma

ARDMORE, Okla. —The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a Wichita man who had been missing from a church camp in southern Oklahoma has been found.

Troopers said ground searchers discovered 20-year-old Moses Fitchpatrick at about 7:10 p.m. Friday two miles south of Falls Creek Baptist Church Camp in the Arbuckle Mountains.

Officials say he disappeared Tuesday afternoon when he left a group he had been hiking with to return to camp.

Troopers say foul play isn't suspected in Fitchpatrick's death, but his body was sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office to determine how he died.

—Associated Press

Argument over speed leads to shooting

A 19-year-old man was shot in the leg while driving Sunday morning in the 2600 block of North Piatt.

The victim told police he was shot by a man after an argument, said Wichita police Sgt. Steve Yarberry. The victim said the other man told him he was driving too fast, Yarberry said.

Police arrested and booked a 29-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm.

Three other people were in the victim's car when the shooting occurred — two 19-year-old women and a 24-year-old man, Yarberry said.

The victim was taken to Wesley Medical Center and treated for a gunshot wound to his left thigh. No other injuries were reported.

—Beccy Tanner

Woman slaps officer, requests jail time

She didn't have to go to jail. But a 21-year-old Wichita woman apparently wanted to go early Sunday — and made sure she would.

When officers arrived at the 4000 block of W. 13th Street at around 3 a.m. Sunday to investigate a domestic violence case, they found a 21-year-old woman who was intoxicated and violent, said Wichita police Sgt. Steve Yarberry. Officers briefly detained her, then told her she'd be free to go.

"She advised him to leave her in handcuffs because she needed to go to jail," Yarberry said. As soon as she was released, the woman turned and slapped the officer's forearm while yelling again that she needed to go to jail.

The officer obliged, Yarberry said, taking the woman back into custody and booking her for battery to a law enforcement officer. The officer was not injured.

—Beccy Tanner

Algae faulted for dead fish in Salina lake

SALINA — Salina officials say the recent deaths of about 400 fish at a city lake were likely caused by an algae bloom.

Steve Snyder, director of Salina's Parks and Recreation Department, said the concentration of algae that built up in the lake at the Jerry Ivery Park removed oxygen from the lake, killing the fish.

The fish were discovered Friday. Nichols said the algae that killed the fish is not uncommon in the summer. But it's also possible someone poured soap into the lake, which may have sped up the process.

He told the Salina Journal that the water is not harmful to ducks or geese. But he said people should avoid contact.

—Associated Press

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