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Driver injured after flee, attempt to elude law enforcement

By ROBERT PIERCE 

• Leader & Times

 

Investigators are seeking charges after a man tried to flee and elude Liberal police officers Friday night.

Capt. Pat McClurg of the Liberal Police Department said in a press release around 9:30 p.m. Friday, an officer observed a 2007 Dodge Nitro driving erratically in the unit block of West Pancake Boulevard.

“The officer witnessed the Nitro strike a curb and leave the roadway after turning onto Pancake Boulevard from Kansas Avenue,” he said. 

McClurg said the officer initiated his emergency equipment on the patrol car to initiate a traffic stop.

“The Nitro failed to yield to the emergency vehicle and recklessly attempted to flee from the officer,” he said. “A pursuit was initiated.”

McClurg said the Nitro’s driver lost control of the vehicle after going through the dip at Pershing Avenue and Walnut Street.

“The Nitro left the roadway and struck the corner of the Nuevo Centro Cristiano Church located at 701 S. Pershing Ave.,” he said.

The driver of the Nitro is a 29-year-old male and was seriously injured in the crash, McClurg said.

“Seward County EMS responded to the scene and transported the driver to Southwest Medical Center,” he said. “He was later flown to a Wichita hospital for further care. There were no other occupants in the vehicle, and no other injuries were reported.”

McClurg said the Nitro was towed from the scene because of disabling damage.

“Investigators will submit an affidavit to the Seward County Attorney’s office seeking charges of driving under the influence for a third or subsequent conviction, fleeing and eluding law enforcement recklessly, driving while suspended and multiple traffic charges,” he said.

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Liberal takes series with 6-3 win

shpardsonscoresLiberal’s Aidan Shepardson rounds third base while head coach Eric Olmstead watches to see if the Hays Larks could field the ball after a smash down the line got by the Larks third baseman. The Bee Jays scored two runs on the play in a 6-3 win. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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For the second straight night, Liberal’s starting pitcher went six innings, and the relievers protected the lead late in a 6-3 win for the Bee Jays.

Liberal took the series 3-1 to take an early lead in the Jayhawk Division of the Kansas Collegiate League with the Larks trailing 5-3 and Dodge City at 0-4.

Payton Strambler pitched three scoreless innings before the Bee Jays gave him a 4-0 lead with four singles and a Hays error in the bottom of the third.

The Larks added a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3.

But the Bee Jays added two more runs in the sixth when Aidan Shepardson hit a single that allowed two to score, and Liberal took a 6-3 lead.

The Larks had two runners on in the ninth with only one out, but Jake Reed was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout to secure the win.

“The boys hit the ball well,” Liberal coach Eric Olmstead said. “We had timely hitting. I was impressed with the approaches in the middle innings, laying off the slider. We have a line-up, and it really doesn’t matter who is in it. When we get rolling it’s tough to stop.”

Shepardson continued to shine on defense, making another acrobatic catch in foul territory from the shortstop position.

“He is having a lot of fun right now,” Olmstead said. “He is really a second and third baseman in college. We asked him to play short, and he is making a lot of plays for us.”

Liberal gets Friday off before hosting Dodge City Saturday.

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Why Iran needs a war

GUEST COLUMN, Dick Morris

 

Iran is deliberately baiting and provoking the United States in the hopes of starting a military conflict.

The ayatollahs understand that the soft underbelly of the Trump administration is its limited public support.

With the president’s job approval in the mid-40s, they hope that getting the U.S. into a war with Iran would tip the balance against Trump’s re-election.

Iran desperately needs relief from the incredibly strong sanctions the U.S. has imposed. The only way to get it is to change the debate in America from sanctions — that enjoy overwhelming public support — to actual warfare and casualties that would be markedly less popular, particularly among female voters.

So both in its attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and its shooting down an American drone, Teheran is trying to provoke the U.S. into a shooting war.

Beyond influencing public opinion in the U.S., Iran also hopes that a full-scale war will allow it to block access through the Straits of Hormuz, the narrow aperture through which much of the world’s oil passes.

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