Sedgwick County

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A new citizens advisory board is being established in Sedgwick County’s 3rd District.

Commissioner David Dennis represents District 3, which comprises the western half of the county. It includes large parts of west Wichita as well as Goddard, Cheney, Colwich, Mount Hope and Garden Plain.

Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to support Dennis’ proposal for the citizens advisory board. He said he’s creating the board to fulfill a campaign promise to get more public input on county matters.

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In a reversal from a 2014 policy, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita says it will once again honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to detain people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

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The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday asked commissioners for input on how to respond to a recent executive order on immigration. The county stands to lose millions in federal funding if it doesn’t comply with the controversial order.

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A recent increase in heroin-related deaths prompted Sedgwick County officials on Thursday to warn residents about the dangers of some of the drugs they’re starting to see in the community.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said he hasn’t seen a major increase in the number of heroin possession or distribution cases in recent years.

“You don’t really see a huge spike in the past few years, but the toxicity, I don't know if I'm using the right word here, but lethality of the stuff that is on the streets is concerning," he said.

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Sedgwick County has released additional information about the fraudulent activity that resulted in the theft of over $566,000 last fall.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that a 48-year-old man from Georgia had been arrested and charged with wire fraud in relation to the crime. According to county officials, nearly $22,500 of the missing funds has been recovered to date. The county is continuing to “pursue all avenues of potential recovery.”

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An FBI investigation found an “e-mail spoofing scheme” was to blame for Sedgwick County’s loss of $566,000 last fall.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court charges George James, 48, of Brookhaven, Georgia, with wire fraud.

Investigators say James sent an email to Sedgwick County, on behalf of a Wichita construction company, to request a bank account change for electronic payments.

If U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas is confirmed as the next CIA director, several steps will have to play out to name his successor.

Gov. Sam Brownback would have five days to call for a special election to replace the Republican congressman. That election would have to be held 75 to 90 days after he proclamation is issued. That's a change from previous state law, which required special elections to be held within 60 days.

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The Sedgwick County Commission approved funding and renewed its partnership with the Project Access health care program Wednesday.

Project Access coordinates medical care and the supplies needed to treat people who are low-income or don’t have insurance. Doctors donate their time to treat eligible patients, hospitals donate the use of their facility, and thousands of dollars worth of medical equipment and prescription medicines are donated as needed during treatment.

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With a major winter storm expected to hit parts of Kansas Friday evening, officials are offering residents tips on how to stay safe this weekend.

Sedgwick County officials suggest having enough food and water on hand to last through the storm. They also recommend having a power outage plan that includes identifying a safe place to stay and making sure generators are fueled.

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Legislators from south-central Kansas will hold a public forum Wednesday, less than a week before lawmakers convene for the 2017 session.

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