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By Angela Smith and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | March 4, 2011
He set a fire in a Sedgwick County jail van and tried to escape. On Friday, Eli Edwards is sentenced for the 2009 crime. A judge handed down Edwards a punishment of 20 and a half years (247 months) in prison. There were five other inmates in the van when the incident happened. They weren't found to be involved. Its still unknown how Edwards started the fire.
by Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | September 6, 2013
A Sedgwick County detention deputy was booked into jail.  Sheriff Jeff Easter says the deputy was booked on one count of theft and one count of criminal use of a financial card. The deputy, Robert Shinkle of Derby, has been with Sedgwick County for more than six years. Easter says the theft was for around $50.  He says they started investigating after an inmate made a complaint last month.  He says on August 22nd, an inmate was being transported to work release. He reported that his debit card was missing.
by Cindy Klose and Denise Hnytka and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 12, 2011
The judge has postponed Steven Ford's trial. It was expected to resume Wednesday morning. Steven Ford is accused of aggravated escape in the 2007 break out. Eyewitness News is at the Butler County Courthouse for the second day of testimony. We have learned that there is an issue will a juror who is ill this morning. There is no alternate juror, and the defense says they will not agree to proceed with less than 12 jurors. The prosecution told the judge they believed it was prudent to wait and get more information about the juror's illness.
May 7, 2008
May 15th Update It's a change in Sedgwick County's legal system so your private information doesn't end up in the hands of inmates. The development comes just days after an Eyewitness News investigation. We found suspected criminals are often given home addresses - even social security numbers - of people connected with their cases. It started with accused killer Buddy Jones. Jones is accused of the murder of Michelle Rawls. Jones discovered inmates like him are given personal information while preparing for trial.
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | March 20, 2013
A Sedgwick County inmate is facing additional charges after he is accused of attacking a deputy with a food tray. KFDI reports the dispute began when a 19-year-old man grabbed an extra tray from the meal line Monday night. A deputy asked the inmate to put the tray back, and return to his cell. The inmate refused, picked up his juice, and threw it in the deputy's face. Authorities said the inmate then began hitting the deputy in the head with the food tray. Other deputies saw the food tray fight and managed to handcuff the inmate.
By Sia Nyorkor and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | January 24, 2013
A Butler county jail deputy is fired, after he's accused of having sex with an inmate. Charles Chaney was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual relations. Shortly after someone made accusations against him, a court complaint was filed. Charles Chaney "did engage in consensual sex...with a person who is not married to the offender, and the offender is a law enforcement officer or an employee of the jail... " The Sheriff says this investigation moved quickly because he has video evidence and a confession.
by John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 10, 2011
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear a number of appeals in the case against Scott Cheever.  Cheever was convicted and sentenced to death murder of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels.  Samuels was gunned down while trying to bust a methamphetamine operation in January of 2005. Cheever was convicted of Capital Murder and several other charges. The appellate motion includes several issues including the constitutionality of the state's death penalty and jury instructions relating to the guilt and sentencing phases.
By Eyewitness News | July 12, 2010
The Hutchinson Corrrectional Facility says Robert James Nickelson was arrested at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Colby, Kansas. He was returned to Hutchinson at 6:15 Monday morning and placed in administrative segregation. Investigators with the Kansas Department of Corrections will investigate his escape. Officials at the prison say Nickelson left a trail that gave law enforcement clues about his destination.  A shortbed pickup truck disappeared near the area where Nickelson escaped, and a resident in Hoisington reported the prisoner asked them about the quickest route out of Kansas.
by Michael Schwanke and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 18, 2012
Eyewitness News has confirmed another inmate has come forward claiming he was sexually assaulted by a Sedgwick County Jail deputy. Attorney Mark Schoenhofer says the victim, who is in his 20's, claims he was raped by the deputy.  Schoenhofer says his investigation has turned up evidence to prove the claim.  He says it's the same deputy who's accused of raping another inmate earlier this month. "Our investigation has produced numerous witnesses who have either been solicited by the same deputy for sex or they are in a position to learn about what happened," says Schoenhofer.
by John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 28, 2013
A confrontation over stolen sack lunches leads to a disturbance involving dozens of inmates at the Sedgwick County Jail. It happened Monday at around 8:30 pm in Pod Four of the jail.  The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department says a deputy confronted a 36-year-old inmate who was seen removing three sack lunches belonging to staff from a deputy's refrigerator.  The inmate refused commands and took a "fighting stance".  The deputy pushed the...
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