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Snow could hit north parts of state this week

Wichitans may only feel a cold, drenching rain from a storm pushing its way through Kansas today and Tuesday. But areas north and west of Salina along I-70 could see 5 to 8 inches of snow.

Today's temperatures are expected to climb into the low 50s; the low tonight may fall to the upper 30s.

Northwestern Kansas issued winter storm watches beginning late Sunday afternoon. Goodland is expected to see 4 to 8 inches of snow.

"This is one of those storms where five to 20 miles may make all the difference," said Brad Ketcham, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. "Hays may see 4 to 5 inches, where areas east of that, say by Ellsworth, may experience freezing rain."

_ Beccy Tanner

Harper man dies while helping with field burn

A man died while helping with a field burn near the south-central Kansas town of Rago, authorities said.

The Kingman County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Guy E. Washburn, 71, of rural Harper.

Others who were helping with the fire found him unresponsive on a four-wheeler Saturday afternoon.

Emergency personnel rushed to the scene around 3:40 p.m. The death is under investigation.

—Associated Press

Riverside group to host candidate forum

A candidate forum for Wichita's mayoral and at-large school board candidates will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1101 N. River Blvd.

The forum is hosted by the Riverside Citizens Association and moderated by the League of Women Voters.

—Eagle staff

Man robbed after truck breaks down

A 26-year-old man told police he was robbed Sunday by two men after his truck broke down near Eighth and Broadway.

The man said he was walking home about 3:20 a.m. when two men approached him asking for $5. When he reached into his pocket, he was attacked, said Sgt. Steve Yarberry, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

One man punched him multiple times in the head, while another took his wallet. The suspects fled on foot toward the parking lot of the Sunflower Inn at Ninth and Broadway. One threw the victim's wallet on the ground after taking his cash and credit card.

The man did not report any injuries.

—Beccy Tanner

Man beaten after trying to steal DVDs

A man called police Saturday night to say he had been using meth and had been beaten and robbed after trying to steal DVDs.

The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday at Mount Vernon and Market, said Sgt. Steve Yarberry, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

The 20-year-old man told police he and another man had been drinking "and shot up meth," Yarberry said. "The victim decided to steal DVDs from the suspect, who proceeded to beat the victim with a revolver and threaten to kill him while taking the victim's wallet containing cash."

The man received several contusions to his body and a laceration to his head. He was transported to Via Christi Hospital on Harry.

No arrests have been made, Yarberry said.

—Beccy Tanner

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