New charges filed on Spencer Weikal; suppression of evidence motion hearing held

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Attorney’s office has amended its charges against Spencer Weikal of Wellington accused of the first degree murder of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster, on Nov. 30, 2011 in Wellington.In a separate issue, Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin held a suppression motion hearing Wednesday, May 8, in Sumner County District Court as requested by Weikal’s attorney Christopher Williams of Kansas City, Mo. in an attempt to remove key evidence from a possible future trial not yet set.Weikal had been charged with three felonies in May 2012, originally made by then Sumner County Attorney Evan Watson. Those charges included: •Count 1 – first degree felony murder based on the abuse of a child; or alternatively second degree murder based on recklessness, and the indifference of human life.•Count 2 – abuse of the child (cruel beating) or in the alternative abuse of a child (shaking).•Count 3 – aggravated endangering of a child based upon failure to immediately secure necessary medical care.Since that point, the case has been turned over to the Kansas State Attorney’s office with assistant attorney general criminal litigator Lee Davidson handling the prosecution.Davidson has since filed amended charges in district court. Weikal is now accused of two charges instead of three:•Count 1 – first degree felony murder based upon the underlying felony of aggravating endangering of a child as charged in Count 2.•Count 2 – aggravated endangering of a child based upon recklessly placing a child in a situation where its life, body or health was endangered.According to a “motion to amend information” submitted to Sumner County District Court on April 4, the only difference in the charges is the theory of liability.The second degree murder alternative charge has been dropped as is the child abuse charge.A phone call requesting an explanation of the difference in the new charges compared to old charges to Davidson’s office was not returned.•••••Suppression hearingA suppression motion hearing upon the request of Williams was held Wednesday. The judge did not make a ruling on any of the defense motions until he and the defense and prosecuting attornies  could view a video in closed chambers of the alleged testimony of Weikal during the night in question.On Thursday, seven witnesses – who all work or have worked with the Sumner County Sheriff and Wellington Police Department were called to the stand to discuss their conduct on the night that Weikal was questioned.Williams filed the suppression motion on the following allegations:•Weikal made incriminating statements against his interest while in custody of law enforcement.•Law enforcement officials threatened, misrepresented and lied to the defendant about the nature and consequences of any statement Weikal might have made to them.•Law enforcement made inferentially created the impression that the defendant would suffer bodily harm if he did not cooperate.•Law enforcement officials made false promises in order to facilitate defendant making false statements to them.•Defendant was under distress and was coerced into making false statements to law enforcement officers.•Weikal was questioned by law enforcement officials during an inordinately long questioning process, and was left isolated for long period of time and was not adequately advised of his rights.•The defendant’s statements to law enforcement officials were not made voluntarily.Weikal has been in custody ever since, Foster suffered head injuries Nov. 29, 2011 at a home in Wellington and was taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center.She was later transferred to a Wichita’s Wesley Hospital and on Dec. 1, died there.Medical staff suspected child abuse in the case and alerted authorities, which prompted an investigation.Weikal, 23 at the time, was eventually apprehended and questioned. He was subsequently charged on Dec. 1 by the county attorney’s office.Since then a Sumner County District Court preliminary hearing was held in May, 2012 which McQuin determined there was enough evidence for a trial. Weikal pleaded not guilty. After several delays of the trial, the case was turned over to the state attorney’s office after the Sumner County Attorney election and before the changeover from Watson to Kerwin Spencer in January.Spencer told Sumner Newscow in February he felt he could not adequately prosecute the trial because Watson had been working on the case since December, 2011. He said the state attorney’s office would be better suited to handle the workload.Weikal also switched attorneys from his court appointed attorney Elaine Esparza of Harper to private attorney Williams of Kansas City. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sake of Larrissa · 368 weeks ago I was wondering…When is he supposed to have an actual hearing of when he’s going to be guilty or not guilty? Why is this case taking so long? It’s been what? Almost 2 YEARS since Larrissa has been gone and NOTHING has been really happening? Or has it? Report Reply 0 replies · active 368 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Angela · 362 weeks ago I knew Spencer he should never see the light of day and I would like to know where. Kayla went she should be there in jail too dope heads. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Held over! “Free Birds” at the Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

first_imgWhen: Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Movie Synopsis: In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. (C) Relativity Media Rated: PG -13 – 1 hour, 30 minutes. Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 13%. Audience review: 91% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Also:Hang onto your Nuggets.Catching Fire. This week at the Regent Theater: “Free Birds” (Movie trailer is below). Opening weekend across the country!last_img read more

Wellington Rec Rap – Summer into Fall edition

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Check out this week’s “Rec Rap Summer into Fall edition.”  Check out the WRC Fall brochure and register online at  www.wellingtonrec.com. Click on the blue logo at the bottom of the home page to view a virtual brochure and click on register now to sign-up.Brochures  will be delivered to schools and area businesses  the first week of September.Call the WRC at 326-3323 for more information on all WRC programs and activities.Fitness ClassesA Free Trial for Fit Camp is being held this week at the Memorial Auditorium, 8/25th-29th. Morning classes take place 5:15-6:15 am Monday thru Friday, 8/29th. Evening class, (5:30-6:30 pm) takes place thru Thur., 8/28th.Session 1 of Fit Camp is Sept. 2-26, 2014, same time for both a.m. and p.m. classes. New! A River Rats Float Trip is scheduled for Saturday, September 20. Put down the electronics and pick up a paddle! We’ll go by canoe or kayak with the River Rats Company for a day on the Arkansas River for a six mile adventure. Departure from the WRC 8:30 am and return at 5:00 pm. Waiver must be signed by parent/guardian. For ages 8-18. Snacks, lunch, lifejackets and use of a canoe or kayak are included. Youth Volleyball League is a travelling league that will take place on Saturdays in September-October. Two grade divisions; 3rd & 4th and 5th & 6th. Great experience for young volleyball players to develop skills and added experience before they reach middle school and high school. SportsGoJu-Ryu Karate‘s September session is being held at the WRC from Sept. 2nd-30th on Tuesdays, 7:30-9 pm and Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Youth Flag Football takes place on Saturdays, September 13 -October 18, in two age groups and the WMS practice field/track.  Early Bird registration thru September 12. A two week Free Trial for Fitness classes will be held at the WRC, from Sept. 8-18.Session 1 is Sept. 22– Oct. 30.Butz & Gutz is on Mondays  and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m., Zumba Tone is on Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. and Zumba Fitness is on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:15-8:15 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, will be Sunrise Yoga, 6:15-6:45 a.m, Gentle Yoga from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and Hi/Lo Power Mix from 5:30-6:30 p.m.Silver Sneakers Classic is an on-going class held at the Memorial Auditorium, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.center_img Youth EventsThe Back 2 School Bash is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 from 8 to 10 p.m. for middle schoolers at the WRC. Make a Football Windsock to cheer on the Crusaders during football season! Class is Monday, Sept. 15 from 4-5 p.m. at the Elsass Art Center. For ages 6 and up. Fitness CenterMembership Special– Buy one membership, and receive the next month ½ price at the Fitness Center, September 1 -30.The Fitness Center welcomes Airly Cornejo as a Personal Trainer. Airliy joins qualified trainers Debbie Murphy and Judy Nusbaum to assist you in reaching your fitness goals. NFL Punt, Pass & Kick is scheduled fro Sunday, Sept. 21 at Worden Park. Registration is Free for boys and girls ages 6-15.  All participants must provide a birth certificate and have signed waiver by a parent.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, February 17, 2015;•On February 12, 2015, Officers investigated identity theft and theft in the 1200  block E 4th, Wellington by a known suspect(s).•8:20 a.m. Andrea D. Carter, 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone radar and no proof of insurance.•5 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 200  block N. Poplar, Wellington involving an unknown driver and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by James Young, Wellington.•7:19 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400  block N. West Rd, Wellington.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Seniors need to order cap and gown for graduation ASAP!

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, March 24, 2015:Tuesday and Wednesday: No events scheduled.Thursday• Lift-a-thon in Small Gym 6 p.m.Friday• All School Play 7 p.m.Saturday• All School Play 7 p.m.Sunday• All School Play 2 p.m.Lunch Menu: Tuesday: Soft chicken taco, tortilla chips/salsa, refried beans, shredded romain, chilled peaches.Wednesday: Corn dog, garden spinach salad, peas, apple.Today’s News*Tickets to the all school play-“While the Lights were Out” are now available. Cost to purchase tickets in advance are $6 for Adults and $4 for Seniors and Students. Tickets at the door will be $8 for Adults and $6 for Seniors and Students. The play can be seen on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.*Seniors: You can turn in pictures for the Graduation video until May 1. We will not accept any pictures after May 1 unless previous arrangements are made.*Classic Movie Club will be showing the Rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:15 in Room 205. Bring a friend and come see the movie!*Senior Girls: Remember to turn in your completed PEO scholarship application by April 1 to Mrs. Yates.*Please, do not put trash in the recycle bin- only Recyclables. People, real, live human people, perhaps you, or your friends, or one of us, have to handle every piece of “stuff” that goes into this can. If it is an apple core or has milk dumped on it or gum stuck to it, it’s really yucky to handle. It also makes it more time consuming. If possible, bottles that are empty with the lids off make the process so much easier.*SENIORS: If you have not ordered your cap, gown stole and tassel, you need to do so as soon as possible to guarantee it will get here before graduation. If you are unsure if you have ordered them or if you would like the phone number for Jostens, please check with Mrs. Yates. Some of you may be using a borrowed cap and gown, but remember you still need the class stole and tassel.*SENIORS: Please remember to apply for the $1,000 Kansas All Star Scholarship. The deadline is April 15, 2015.*The Jostens Man will be here to deliver Senior Graduation orders on: Thursday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m.in the High School Commons. If you haven’t already sent in your balance due, don’t forget to bring it on delivery day.  No checks will be accepted.  Please bring cash or pay with credit card in advance.  Also, anyone who still needs to order their class ring can do so at this time.*It’s time for the Project Prom T-Shirt Logo Contest! The contest is open to Juniors and Seniors. The winner will receive $50. Entries must be received by March 25. Stop by the office to pick up the contest rules.*Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-7:45 p.m. in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!Guidance Office NewsCollege visits during lunch:Tuesday, March 24th – Emporia State UniversityToday is: National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Don’t forget it’s Wellington Lift-a-thon tonight

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, March 26, 2015:TuesdayWednesdayThursday• Lift-a-thon in Small Gym 6 p.m.Friday• All School Play 7 p.m.Saturday• All School Play 7 p.m.Sunday• All School Play 2 p.m.Lunch Menu: Thursday: Chicken and dressing, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans hot roll/jelly, Easter Cake.Friday: Bean and Cheese burrito/sauce, romaine and tomato, corn, chilled pears.Today’s News*Boys Basketball Players:  Check-in is today after school in the Training Room.  Please have everything ready to turn in today.*Crusader Creators will have a short meeting from 3-4 today.*Tickets to the all school play-“While the Lights were Out” are now available. Cost to purchase tickets in adavance are $6 for Adults and $4 for Seniors and Students. Tickets at the door will be $8 for Adults and $6 for Seniors and Students. The play can be seen on Friday and Saturday @ 7:00 and on Sunday @ 2:00.*Seniors: You can turn in pictures for the Graduation video until May 1st. We will not accept any pictures after May 1st unless previous arrangements are made.*Senior Girls: Remember to turn in your completed PEO scholarship application by April 1 to Mrs. Yates*Please, do not put trash in the recycle bin- only Recyclables. People, real, live human people, perhaps you, or your friends, or one of us, have to handle every piece of “stuff” that goes into this can. If it is an apple core or has milk dumped on it or gum stuck to it, it’s really yucky to handle. It also makes it more time consuming. If possible, bottles that are empty with the lids off make the process so much easier.*SENIORS: If you have not ordered your cap, gown stole and tassel, you need to do so as soon as possible to guarantee it will get here before graduation. If you are unsure if you have ordered them or if you would like the phone number for Jostens, please check with Mrs. Yates. Some of you may be using a borrowed cap and gown, but remember you still need the class stole and tassel.*SENIORS: Please remember to apply for the $1,000 Kansas All Star Scholarship. The deadline is April 15, 2015.*The Jostens Man will be here to deliver Senior Graduation orders on: Thursday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School Commons. If you haven’t already sent in your balance due, don’t forget to bring it on delivery day.  No checks will be accepted.  Please bring cash or pay with credit card in advance.  Also, anyone who still needs to order their class ring can do so at this time.*Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-7:45 in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!Today is: National Spinach Day.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Help wanted: 2 positions available at Sumner Mental Health Center

first_imgSumner Mental Health Center, a community mental health center located in Wellington, Kansas has the following job opportunities:Children’s Case Manager:  Provides face-to-face community psychiatric support to youth and their families and coordinates treatment services.  The goal of service delivery is the maintenance of the child in the home and community and to enhance overall functioning in the least restrictive environment.  Bachelor’s degree in psychology or human services related field, EMR and computer literacy, writing skills, communication skills, and ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Preferred candidates will have experience working with children.Adult Case Manager:  Responsible for the assessment and collaborative development of goals.  This includes helping the consumer to accomplish individual goals, skill building, crisis support, job/employment support, and find suitable housing. Expected outcomes of participating in case management include an improved, positive lifestyle with a focus on recovering and reintegrating into the community.  Bachelors degree in a human service field or four years of equivalent education and/or experience working in the human services field are required, along with EMR and computer literacy, writing skills, and people skills.  Preferred candidates will have knowledge of community resources, housing alternatives and vocational services; experience working in the community with individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness.All candidates must have a valid Kansas Drivers license and motor vehicle insurance coverage.  Background checks required.   A competitive salary, 403(b), and other benefits are available.  Contact:  HR@sumnermentalhealth.org  Open until filled.  EOElast_img read more

It’s likely people without information, haven’t taken the time to get information

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (18) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Ray · 251 weeks ago James it is about Transparency. Money always leaves a trail. I do not believe there is some grand conspiracy from anyone linked to City Government to have stolen ten million dollars. There would be way to many people involved. But with that said we have way to many voices stating that the money was placed here meaning the general fund and it cannot be traced after that. I don’t believe that at all. A basic audit would show where all the money went. What departments were over budget and had to have funds to offset the expenditures of their department. What projects was the money used for. It is basic information that if the city shared with its residents would cease the rumor mill. Just because one says it so doesn’t make it the truth. Show us. In a time of political distrust, president, governor and local government now is not the time to just ask residents to have blind faith. Report Reply 2 replies · active 251 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Charlie · 251 weeks ago Now that is telling us. Believe what you want, but there are a few of us out here that do know what we are talking about. After all, I did make it all the way through the 6th grade and I write my name real good. All I know is when I get my utility bill every month, even if I have to use both my fingers and toes, I know what it cost per KW for electricity. The City can play with the numbers all they want, but I know what I pay. I have to live on a budget too. You only can spend what you have, and when that is gone, you go hungry. I’m on a fixed retirement, and the only way I can get more money is apply for a door greeter. Be sure and have your facts correct young man. How much did the electrical tie with Westar cost and did we really need it? Just how much is being transferred to general fund? I’ve never heard a figure. 20mils, 25mills, 30mills. The accountant didn’t say. Just it is excessive. BTY, I was at that meeting. We can place blame on this and that and whatever, but what is done is done and now we live with it. We are all suffering together with privilege of having electric lights, cold beer, and air conditioning. But be careful about calling us uninformed, we are just pissed about the whole deal. Report Reply 1 reply · active 251 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 251 weeks ago Mr. Jordan makes a number of good points in his article. The public needs to get information on their own, and there are plenty of places to do so, before shooting off their mouths. As for the reduction of the utility surplus fund, I imagine this is something that has been going on for quite some time. As to why the level of funds have gotten so low is probably due to a number of things that have happened years ago, and quite frankly there is nothing at this point we can due to change that. Should all of the utilities rates have gone up in the past? Looking back, I would say absolutely. If the rates would have been raised a little every couple of years, I doubt we would be hearing all the negative roar about it now. But they were not raised, so now we have to pay the price. So will this fix everything? No way. We will still have problems, both with funding and with and trying to maintain the city with what we really need. Personally, I be leave the city has two areas that are not up for discussion, and directly effect each other which are public safety and infrastructure. These two items should always be the forefront of any city, county, state and for that matter the country. Sadly, the farther up we go, the less that seems like what is happening. Worden Park does not fit into either one of these areas. Worden Park falls into an area that one would call leisure and entertainment. I was against Worden Park from the time of it’s planning stage. I felt at the time we had more than enough places located in town for sports that were not being utilized to their ability and capacity anyway, so why build another, and why build it out in the country on a gravel and sand road? And now the city wants to pave a parking lot for the place at the tune of $75,000. Well I disagree. I really think we could use that $75,000 better somewhere else. As to the town hall meetings, I think they are a great idea. I haven’t been to one yet, but I might decide to attend one in the future. Obviously, the general public aren’t very happy with the current mayor and city council, not to mention the city manager. And it seems Shelly, our mayor is getting frustrated with the general public. Well, OK folks: Suck it up. You people voted for our administration, so live with your choices. Also, the mayor and city council ran for the offices knowing what you would be up against, or at least you should have known, so quit your gripping and do your job. Albert Einstein once said “There are only two things that are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and and not so sure about the universe.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Karen Rowe · 251 weeks ago So true. Thank you for your commentary. Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 251 weeks ago “It is easier to criticize then to come up with solid suggestions and ideas that might work.” So what are yours? Or do you just want to belittle the citizens that are raising their voices? Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Fred · 251 weeks ago SO WHAT IF THE COUNCIL VOTED “NO” ??? Do you have this research also? Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Fred · 251 weeks ago I think the city could have their own fundraisers to build up our reserve fund rather than have fundraisers for those of us that can’t afford to pay the high rates ! Report Reply 2 replies · active 251 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 251 weeks ago This is a link to the 2015 budget: http://cityofwellington.net/images/content/files/… On page 120, the details for the transfers for 2013, 2014, & 2015 (projected) are detailed. James has done a great job explaining that the information is all there, and usually fairly easily found. It just takes a small bit of effort to do so. Be informed, then be critical, not vice versa. Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Meryl · 251 weeks ago You’re blaming the victims, now? Maybe we would be better informed if the writers on the site actually did their jobs and provided accurate and detailed information. When was the last time James Jordan quoted more than one source in a story about the city? When was the last time he even did a write up that adequately provided both sides of a story? Also, calling the Daily News a “little” paper is pretty classless on his part. If I’m not mistaken, he was in charge of the paper for a few years, so he’s as responsible as anyone for it being “small.” You did nothing to grow the paper, James, so you don’t get to ridicule it now. I said it in another comment section and I’m saying it again: James Jordan doesn’t have the skills to write competently about the city. This act of victim shaming only further shows that. Report Reply 1 reply · active 251 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down OpenYerEyes · 251 weeks ago Very much agree with most of these people. I believe it’s more of a matter of the majority of Wellington living close to, if not under, the poverty level. It’s the price hikes that are hurting the people, not the damn rumor mill. PEOPLE SIMPLY CAN NOT AFFORD IT! –Hey James, GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE. Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — It is almost humorous to me when I hear people complain at a public meeting that they do not have information. Sometimes I think I am as frustrated as city officials are. I sometimes want to shout “read that darned website!”James JordanWhen electric rates went up recently, people were up in arms. Well the truth is, I have been writing about the increase for almost a year, and it was a year ago or so that I wrote the first story in Wellington explaining the situation.We learned then that the city had not raised rates in nine years or so, and had used up their reserves instead. This has put them in a bad situation. Had they raised rates each year they would not be in this position, but you can’t blame the current council for trying to fix the problem.This has been written about ad nauseum. The missing money has also been written about a lot. The money is not misssing. A financial advisor said he did not know where the money went, and that was taken to the rumor mill and built into something that was never intended.There are audits the city pays for every year, and that is where you can see where money goes. It is clear where money has come from and where it has gone, and like it or not, the books balances. That is the simple truth.The city is pretty open. I have never been turned down for an information request. There are also other sources of information, but it takes a little effort to find out real information.There are also a lot of news sources in Wellington. There are two legitimate websites for news (including this one.) There is a TV station and a little weekly newspaper in town. There are also TV stations and radio stations from Wichita that cover the area. The city itself is trying to have “town hall” meetings, which is an effort to be open and answer questions.Even that was criticized last week when council members showed up. State law says they may attend public meetings as long as they do not privately discuss city business. They did not, so there was no violation.With all the news outlets there are, and with all the websites out there with real information, and with the city at least trying to be open, there is no real reason to know know what is going on. The thing is, it takes a little effort.Now I do not want to just give the city a pass. They do need to be watched closely. I did criticize them for their executive session with the hospital board awhile back, which was a violation in my opinion. However, for the most part they are trying to be open.It is everyone’s right to be demanding and criticize as much as you want.But, we must also realize that we are the government. It is everyone’s job to make the community better. You can just be a naysayer and be all negative and critical all the time, or you can try to come up with solutions.Wellington is not that bad of a town, and it is not unique. It has the same problems other towns have in rural areas across Kansas across the nation. We have elected a group to take care of affairs, but it is still up to everyone to do their part to make things better.It is easier to criticize then to come up with solid suggestions and ideas that might work.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington City Council in violation of open meetings act at October Town Hall Meeting

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Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down Paul · 232 weeks ago When the city council had a work session the hospital authority board and the Doctors of our community and went into executive session for 2 hours, was this also a violation of the open meetings law? It was a work session and not a city council special meeting. Report Reply 1 reply · active 232 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down james jordan · 232 weeks ago I wrote a rather fiery column on that at the time. I thought it was a violation because they said attorney client privilege, but the law says you cant have anyone else there in that case. I guess no one reported that one. I thought this one was different though. They both are a little bit gray, but I thought the city did right on this last thing. It was more a technicality that was a violation. I really don’t think meetings are a real problem with the city. Report Reply +15 Vote up Vote down BornInASmallTown · 232 weeks ago The city attorney should have advised the council of this. Advising the council to be able to comply with the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) is one of the primary responsibilities of the city attorney in Wellington and in any city. Report Reply 0 replies · active 232 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 232 weeks ago So how long before we get an apology for the way the irrigation system approval was handled? Cause, dammit, that was a HUGE mistake… Report Reply 0 replies · active 232 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Back in October of 2015, there was some question as to whether a Wellington Town Hall meeting with Mayor Shelley Hansel, in which other city council members were present, was a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.The town hall meeting is an informational gathering in which the public can meet with various city leaders and discuss the issues of the day.At this particular meeting, Hansel was attendance. So was Kip Etter, Jim Valentine, Bill Butts and Jan Korte. Only Vince Wetta and Kelly Green were not in attendance.Turns out it was a violation. The city got a letter this week from the Kansas State Attorney General’s office that ruled it was a violation, and told the participating city council members, it should take a class on open meetings.Hansel, with the blessing of the city council, told Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert to self report the meeting to the attorney general’s office.Several council members attended the meeting and ended up speaking. Hansel has been having town hall meetings since she was elected in April 2015, but since it is not a council meeting, there was question as to how many council members could be there. The ruling stated that they could all be there. The violation occurred when they talked about city business, even though they were talking to the public about city business.The meeting was well publicized and several members of the public were in attendance. Usually only one or two council members come, and that is not a violation even if they talk about city business.Hansel said back in October when the meeting happened, she thought they might be on shaky ground when four council members were there talking to the public.“I knew it was something we should report ourselves,” Hansel said. “I would rather us report it than they find out about it from someone else.”She said she told City Manager Roy Eckert to report it to the state’s attorney general and to ask for a ruling.The letter said there would be no fine for the city since it reported itself. Often there is a small fine when a violation happens.“I think they realized we did not do it on purpose,” she said. “It was a public meeting.”Hansel said she is also looking forward to going to the class on open meetings.“I don’t know all the ins and outs of KOMA and I don’t think anyone does,” Hansel said. “There are so many possible scenarios. So, I want to learn more about it and how to avoid violations in the future.”She said even at the time of the meeting, council member Kip Etter asked if she was sure they were on solid ground about council members talking at the meeting.There was some discussion, and even members of the media present at the time, said they did not think it was a violation either.Hansel has continued with the town hall meetings, but they make sure no more than two members of the council are present now. If she and two others are there they can talk about city business. Of course since it is not an official city meeting, they cannot make any decisions on city business.There has not been a lot of participation on the part of the public, but she hopes to keep having them.“We are going to make mistakes, but dammit we are going to own up to them and fix them,” Hansel said about the issue.The KOMA violation rules letter to the council is here:Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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