Daily Archives: Sept. 29, 2009

Mayor Brewer and council “shocked and saddened” by Monday’s shootings

American Flag loweredFlags at Wichita City Hall and other city buildings have been lowered to half staff in honor of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Etheridge, who was killed Monday.

“We’re just really shocked and saddened by what has happened,” Mayor Carl Brewer said in an interview with The Eagle. “It has affected all of our law enforcement agencies.”

Brewer said the city is providing counselors for police officers who were involved in the shootout and others who may be shaken by the violence.

“Every time they make a stop or enter a house, they don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “This demonstrated just how much risk there is.”

Brewer said the city council plans to issue a statement asking the community to embrace Etheridge’s family and pray for them.

“It’s been years since we’ve seen something of this nature happen,” he said. “It’s even more troubling that this is a young man in his 20s with a family.”

Scott Moore’s first day in Peoria

Scott Moore, Wichita's interim city managerFormer Assistant City Manager Scott Moore is in for a tough start at his new job as city manager of Peoria, Ill. Like Wichita, Moore’s new city is facing layoffs, pay freezes and a lot of red ink.

“It’s obvious Scott will have a relatively short honeymoon period just from the standpoint that we have a lot more work to do on this budget,” at-large City Councilman George Jacob told the Peoria Journal Star.

For more, see the Journal Star’s story about Moore’s first day.

Meth grant to add prosecutors, boost education efforts

Kansas will receive a $1 million grant from the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance to assist the state in prosecuting methamphetamine crimes, training law enforcement officers and educating children on the dangers of the drug, Attorney General Steve Six announced today.

The grant will provide funding for two specialized prosecutors to handle drug crimes in the southwest and southeast areas of the state.

It also will provide training on safe evidence collection and meth lab detection for 180 state and local law enforcement officers.

“From training law enforcement to prosecution to conviction, this comprehensive initiative enhances our ability to hold criminals accountable and protect our families,” Six said.

In addition, the grant will provide additional resources to educate children on the dangers of meth use. The new resources will be delivered through existing DARE anti-drug programs in schools.