Wichita TV personality attacked by dog in elevator

R.J. Dickens in March at Wichita State University.
R.J. Dickens in March at Wichita State University. The Wichita Eagle

Longtime Wichita television personality R.J. Dickens was in the emergency room Monday night after being attacked by a pit bull dog in the elevator at his apartment building.

Dickens, news director at KCTU-TV, said he was riding down in an elevator at The Commodore Apartments, 222 E. Elm, when the attack occurred.

“As soon as the door opened, the dog just jumped in and lunged at me,” Dickens said, while waiting to see a doctor at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis. “He was on a leash the whole time, but it was a very long leash.”

Dickens said the dog bit him on the stomach, but let loose after he kneed the animal. He said he suffered puncture wounds from the dog's teeth.

“It hurts like heck,” Dickens said.

It hurts like heck.

R.J. Dickens on dog attack

He said police were called and were going to talk to the dog's owner when he went to the hospital. The owner is a neighbor in the building, Dickens said. He said the woman was “in shock” after the attack.

“I was told when I moved in we were not allowed to have dogs,” Dickens said. “Now there are three pit bulls and they're all on my floor.”

Dickens is best known in Wichita as a longtime host of public affairs and talk shows on KCTU, a low-power TV station that broadcasts on Channel 43.

He's been off the air for several months after injuring himself in a fall, but said he continues to do programming and production work at the station.

Dickens also is the leader of a political action committee called the “It's Time to Fix Stupid PAC” that produced and aired a series of whimsical campaign ads aimed at unseating conservative Kansas state legislators in the November election.

He also gained some state and national notoriety in March when he petitioned the White House to revoke Kansas statehood for failing to guarantee a republican – small r – form of government as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

At the time, Dickens contended that the 2014 election counts were suspect and that the governor and Legislature had improperly tried to hamstring courts ruling on the constitutionality of state laws.

The petition gained several thousand signatures, but nowhere near the 100,000 that would have brought an official presidential response.

Dion Lefler: 316-268-6527, @DionKansas