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by Lauren Seabrook and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 8, 2013
The sign still says closed, but the Wichita driver's license office opened Monday for the first time. The state decision to open Monday this summer aims to make the process more convenient for customers. In the past few months, some people have been waiting anywhere from four to nine hours before being served. To cut down on wait times, the state decided to open the Wichita and Olathe offices on Mondays through the end of the summer. Some people still faced issues but most are happy with the change.
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By Samantha Anderson | July 3, 2013
It's been about a month since part the Historic Parker Hotel collapsed, and the Minneapolis post office, which is next to the hotel, is still closed. People and businesses with mailboxes are getting mail delivered, but those with PO boxes have to drive to the Bennington post office to pick up their mail. It's an added burden on some of the local businesses. "We have payments from customers that come from the mail," said Kathleen Carpenter of City Pharmacy. "We have payments from insurance companies that come through the mail, and even losing one or two days of mail, really screws with our book keeping process.
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by Jim Grawe and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 28, 2013
Many cities and counties have asked for exemptions, but there are no exemptions for the state.  Starting Monday, July 1st, it'll be legal to carry a gun into state buildings if you have a concealed carry permit.  The gun ban signs that have been on the buildings for years will come down.   One of the biggest state buildings outside Topeka is the Finney State Office Building in downtown Wichita.  Seven hundred people work there, and it's...
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KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 8, 2013
A lost dog has been reunited with its family, after a local law enforcement officer stopped to help the animal. The officer was protecting the dog from traffic on east Kellogg Friday afternoon. Molly Audley,  Artichoke Sandwichbar manager witnessed the act of kindness. Now she wants to help pay it forward. "He genuinely cared about the animal," she said. "He wasn't just keeping it out of traffic. He was enjoying the animal, petting him. I just really felt compelled to give him a hug. " Now, Audley wants to know who the officer was. She has started a Facebook campaign to identify the officer.
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by John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 6, 2013
UPDATE: An Augusta Police officer injured after a chase in Butler County has been released from the hospital. In a tweet Thursday night, Officer Quinten Shoopman said he was resting at home. "Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers," he tweeted. Officer Shoopman was injured after his patrol car struck a pole while chasing a suspect accused of driving a stolen car. The suspect took off while the officer questioned the driver at a gas station.   See Photos of the Wrecked Squad Car & More The suspect also lost control of his car, wrecking near Kellogg and Santa Fe Lake Road.
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Ryan Johnson and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 3, 2013
Officers are investigating a possible shooting in south Wichita. Authorities were called to the scene in the 3700 hundred block of East Roseberry around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. Officials say a possible victim fled from the scene as did a suspect. So far they have been unable to find either. They do have hospitals on alert about a possible shooting victim coming in.
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by John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 3, 2013
Wichita police arrest a woman who they say threw a Riverfest button at an officer.  According to police, a 37-year-old woman was looking for her daughter late Friday at Douglas and Waco, but she couldn't get into a gated area. A passerby gave her a Riverfest button so she could go in.  When she left, she took the button off and threw it at a police officer.  The officer then tried to arrest her, but she resisted and jumped on his back. The officer called for help and the woman was taken into custody.  Police say three teenagers were also creating a disturbance over the incident, they were taken into custody for battery of a law enforcement officer.
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By Samantha Anderson | May 15, 2013
As part of Peace Officer Memorial day, Salina held a special ceremony at Jerry Ivey Park for the state's fallen officers. They honored 15 officers with the Salina Police Department, Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol. They read a roll call of all of the men who lost their lives in the line of duty, as well as playing TAPS and holding a gun salute. Among those honored was Jerry Ivey, the man whom the park was named after. He died in 1975 after being shot to death at an armed robbery.
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by Melissa Scheffler and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 14, 2013
Numbers were being called at the Andover Driver's License Office.  Just not consistently, or, for everybody who was there. "We sent a text 30 or 45 minutes ago, no response.  So we just decided to come out to the DMV.  They shut the computer down about three hours before the DMV closes.  So we can't even sign-in and wait in line like normal,” Chris Buchanan said. Buchanan took-off work early to bring his 15-year-old daughter, Jordan, here. "I just wanted to get my restricted license because I just got a car,” Jordan said.
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by Jessica Reber and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 3, 2013
A Sedgwick County judge has sentenced a former Wichita police officer to a "hard 50" for sex crimes against children. Gregory Nicks pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of a child last month. In court Friday, a judge ordered the former officer and Wichita Wild player to serve two 25 year sentences consecutively, and two concurrently. If he is eligible for parole in 50 years, he will be a lifetime parolee, and will be forced to register as a sex offender. A co-defendant, Luz Coronado, was sentenced to life in prison in April.
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