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Man dies two days after crash

A 56-year-old man has died two days after he was critically injured in a collision at 47th Street South and K-15 in which officers arrested two people.

Sedgwick County sheriff's Lt. Dave Mattingly said that James Miser died early Friday at Wesley Medical Center.

The investigation continues, Mattingly said.

A 28-year-old man was being held in jail on suspicion of aggravated battery.

The Sheriff's Office gave this account: At 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, deputies responding to an accident at 47th and K-15 found that a 2001 Cadillac driven by a 28-year-old man had hit a 1992 Toyota pickup driven by Miser.

The 28-year-old driver of the Cadillac and his 29-year-old passenger were taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis with minor injuries.

The passenger was booked into jail on suspicion of a parole violation, obstructing the legal process and drug possession.

—Tim Potter

Wellington police investigate two deaths

Authorities in Wellington are awaiting autopsy results before ruling on how two people died: a man found in his home, and a woman found later in Oklahoma.

Wellington police said the man was found about 11:15 a.m. Thursday with what appeared to be a wound to his forehead.

Police began looking for a 32-year-old woman who lived in the home and for a pickup they thought she might be driving. The pickup was found in Grant County, Okla., and a woman's body was found nearby.

_ Hurst Laviana

June 2 TreatCo fire continues to smolder

The long-burning fire at TreatCo continues to smolder, a fire official said Friday, but investigators hope to be able to get into the dog treats manufacturer early next week.

The fire broke out on June 2 and has been burning ever since at the former meat-packing plant in the 2300 block of North Broadway. It has been fed by packing materials and animal fats in the dog treats, Wichita fire Capt. Stuart Bevis said.

Fire crews had been pouring water on the fire steadily, but the fire is now smoldering in an area equipment can't reach, Bevis said. Crews are monitoring to make sure there are no fresh flare-ups.

Investigators hope to be able to get into the building for an inspection by Tuesday.

—Stan Finger

Lightning strike blamed for fire at tailoring shop

A lightning strike is blamed for a fire that damaged a business on East Central early Friday, a fire official said.

The fire was reported just before 6 a.m. at Chic Custom Tailoring, 6019 E. Central, Capt. Stuart Bevis said. The fire was limited to the attic but caused an estimated $35,000 in damage.

"We found a place on the edge of the roof" where a lightning bolt apparently struck Thursday, Bevis said.

The sparks smoldered for hours before igniting into a full-fledged fire, he said. That's common for lightning strikes.

—Stan Finger

Kansas Health Ethics to end operations

Nonprofit group Kansas Health Ethics will dissolve at the end of the month.

Officials with the group, which has offices at 5900 E. Central, said Friday that operations will end June 30.

The group has struggled to raise money during the economic downturn and wasn't able to reach its targets for an endowment campaign it launched in 2009.

The group was founded in 1992 to provide public education and resources to facilitate planning and decision-making related to health and end-of-life issues, including advance directives and living wills.

—Jerry Siebenmark

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