Sedgwick County

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A Sedgwick County organization that helps law enforcement agencies solve crimes is in need of a helping hand. Donations to Crime Stoppers have hit an all-time low.

It’s been a tough few years for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers organization when it comes to financial support.

The nonprofit is funded solely by donations from individuals and corporations, and there’s not a lot of money coming in these days. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest in felony crimes.

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In observance of Thanksgiving, many Sedgwick County and City of Wichita facilities will be closed and/or have special hours. Here's a complete list of closures, per the city.

Closed Thursday, Nov. 24:

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The Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers met Thursday to approve that votes on provisional ballots from the Nov. 8 general election be counted.

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says there were around 5,000 provisional ballots from the general election that were yet to be counted at the beginning of the meeting. The Board of Canvassers voted unanimously to allow those votes to be tabulated.

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Sedgwick County is establishing a new lower speed zone for a major road used to access the new Southeast High School.

Traffic along 127th Street East, between Wichita city limits and 31st Street south, will now be 40 miles per hour, instead of 55.

County Commission Chairman Jim Howell says the change is needed for safety reasons.

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Two more public hearings are scheduled for the Arkansas River Crossing-95th Street South, or ARC95, Study. It outlines proposed developments along the 95th Street Corridor between Greenwich and Meridian in southeast Sedgwick County.

Residents in Derby and Haysville are invited to give their input over plans to improve the area, particularly around K-15 and 95th Street South, where a BNSF Railroad track runs.

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Two native Wichitans are running for Sedgwick County sheriff.

Jefrey Weinman is a retired Wichita police officer who served 19-and-a-half years on the force. He has been volunteering with outreach agencies and helping former inmates in recent years.

Weinman says his plan includes bringing in a faith-based panel to assist the sheriff's office and "show the community when they stand with us that everything is being done to bring accountability, to bring truthfulness, fairness and justice to everything that goes on in the sheriff’s office."

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A record number of Sedgwick County voters turned out to vote early Tuesday, the first day the county’s 15 satellite sites were open to voters.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman told Sedgwick County Commissioners at their meeting Wednesday that just under 10,000 people participated.

As of Wednesday morning, officials said close to 20 percent of registered voters in Sedgwick County had already cast ballots. Lehman said that equates to nearly 60,000 people. But, Lehman said, there are still close to 22,000 ballots her office has mailed out that have yet to be returned.

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The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and the Sedgwick County Manager’s Office are investigating fraudulent activity that resulted in the county government losing approximately $566,000.

According to a news release, the sheriff's office was notified of the theft at about 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2016. 

Officials are not releasing any additional information at this time due to the active investigation by detectives with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Sedgwick County’s early voting period begins on Monday at the election office in downtown Wichita.

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Sedgwick County’s Election Commissioner is issuing a vote of confidence in the equipment that will be used in local elections.

Tabitha Lehman told the Sedgwick County Commission Wednesday that every piece of voting equipment that is used in the county gets inspected and tested prior to Election Day. She says they test the machines and software to make sure the choices on the ballot are accurate.

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