Daily Archives: Feb. 11, 2011

Bill would increase penalties for identity theft

TOPEKA —A bill to increase the penalties for identity theft wasn’t Rep. Les Osterman’s bill, but it just as well might have been.

Osterman personalized the legislation’s intent Friday before the House passed it. He related his own experience when someone stole his credit card numbers and he had to spend $10,000 of his own money to pay off fraudulent charges and on lawyer fees to clear his name and credit rating.

“Eight years ago, I had it happen to me,” Osterman said. And, he said, unless you’ve personally experienced it, “You don’t know what it’s like to have your name drug through the mud.”

Osterman, a freshman Republican from Wichita, made his plea in support of House Bill 2008, which would make identity theft a “person” felony, rather than a “nonperson” felony as it is now.

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South Wichita Business Association hosts forum for council candidates

The South Wichita Business Association will have a moderated forum Wednesday for city council candidates running for the District 3 and 4 positions in the March 1 primary.

The forum runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cedar Chapel United Methodist Church at 1140 E. 47th Street South, just west of I-135 and 47th Street. It’s unclear which candidates will attend.
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Cabela’s community improvement district expected to generate $17 million

The special 1.2 percent fee that would be added to all purchases at the proposed Cabela’s outdoor sporting goods store in northeast Wichita would generate up to $17 million over 22 years, according to documents released by the city today.

Of that 1.2 percent, 1 percent would go to the company for development and business costs and .2 percent would be given to the city to help fund a major construction project that would complete the K-96 and Greenwich interchange by adding on- and off-ramps.

Wichita City Council members will vote Tuesday whether to set a March 8 public hearing to debate the proposal.

The entire Cabela’s development, including the proposed 80,000-square-foot store, is expected to cost about $28 million.

Roughly $3 million would go into site acquisition and development. About $15.8 million would go into construction, and $4.5 million is budgeted for public infrastructure and assessments associated with the site, according to the application filed on behalf of Cabela’s by Regency Development Co. managing member Thomas W. Boyd.

For more on Cabela’s proposal, see The Eagle’s previous coverage: http://www.kansas.com/2011/02/10/1714082/cabelas-asks-for-special-fee-on.html