Amy Renee Leiker, The Wichita Eagle

Amy Renee Leiker

The Wichita Eagle

Wichita, KS, United States

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Past articles by Amy:

Flooding at Kansas state parks means fewer visitors this summer, less money this year

Flooding that left widespread damage at several Kansas state parks is also creating a tough financial situation for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism during its usual bread-and-butter months. → Read More

Wichita’s violent crime rate double the national average. The city is getting help

In 2017, violent crimes happened in Wichita more than twice as often on average as they did around the rest of the country. Police cited that stat and other dismal-sounding rates to get help for the city. → Read More

Lawsuit: Ex-Stafford police chief fired for investigating officer’s romance with teen

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Stephen Mattice of Harper says he was retaliated against after he questioned why there was no official report about how a former officer was reprimanded in his personnel file. → Read More

Man gets nearly 49 years for beating death of toddler who didn’t eat hotdog

Toddler Tony Bunn died on May 6, 2018, two days after he was fatally beaten for not swallowing a hotdog. → Read More

‘Doc’ is getting a visit from WWII bomber ‘Betsy’

“Besty’s Biscuit Bomber,” a restored Douglas C-47 Skytrain, will make a two-day stop at the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center in Wichita on June 29-30. → Read More

New coalition seeks streamlined approach to Wichita’s mental health, drug abuse issues

A new coalition hopes it can bring together organizations already offering services in Wichita so people battling drug addiction and mental illness can receive a more integrated approach to treatment. → Read More

Gaming agent asked dealership about SUV weeks before Officer Arterburn was run over

How and why a drug dealer, Justin Terrazas, came into possession of a dealership-owned Chevrolet Tahoe and whether it really was stolen is at the heart of a civil lawsuit that accuses Eddy’s of negligence. → Read More

Wichita businessman Brandon Steven charged with misdemeanor related to gambling

Federal court records show Wichita business Brandon Steven has been charged with a misdemeanor in federal court related to gambling activities. A magistrate judge unsealed the case Tuesday. → Read More

Woman found in intersection with critical injuries was likely hit by car, police say

Wichita police say a 36-year-old woman found lying in an east-side intersection early Saturday morning was probably hit by a car — and they need help finding it. → Read More

Dad made ‘concerning statements’ about toddler’s safety, prompting search, police say

Capt. Brent Allred said “it’s a possibility” that the toddler, Anyla James, may be in danger. → Read More

Kansas Supreme Court rules cap on pain, suffering damages is unconstitutional

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday struck down the state’s limitations on non-economic damage awards in personal injury cases, ruling that the current cap violates a person’s right to a jury trial under the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Right. → Read More

Moldy sandwiches, 6-week-old cheeseburgers among May food violations

More than two dozen Sedgwick County restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, motels and other food handlers were out of compliance when inspected in May 2019. The Eagle puts their violations in a database you can search. → Read More

Wichita house auctioned to help homeless sells for thousands over county appraisal

Armin L. Brandhorst willed his 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home to the Union Rescue Mission in late 2018 after making modest donations to the charity for 20 years. He died in March at age 87. → Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit: East Kansas hospital lied to receive millions in incentives

As a result of fraud, Burlington-based Coffey Health System collected at least $3 million in incentives that it didn’t deserve, the lawsuit contends. → Read More

Teens rob Wichita gas station with stolen gun then flee in stolen truck, police say

Three teenagers are in trouble after police say they robbed a gas station clerk with a stolen gun then led officers on a chase in a stolen truck early Monday. → Read More

Man killed in weekend shooting in Wichita

Wichtia police say 28-year-old Ivell Ray and 34-year-old Isaac Phillips got into a fight in the 400 block of North New York around midnight Saturday. Phillips pulled out a handgun and fired, police say. → Read More

Man found dead, pinned under ATV on washed out Reno County road

A rural Hutchinson man is dead after he was found pinned beneath an ATV on a washed out Reno County road that was closed due to recent flooding. → Read More

Kansas Supreme Court disbars Wichita attorney for misusing employee, client money

The Kansas Supreme Court in a decision Friday said the “misconduct was too serious, and her initial efforts to avoid detection of it too plain, to persuade us that she should receive a lesser sanction.” → Read More

Boys caught stealing laptops from Wichita middle school overnight, police say

Wichita police say officers caught two boys walking out of Mayberry Middle School at 3:50 a.m. Thursday. One had three laptops. Several items inside the school were damaged. → Read More

‘A modest man who just wanted to give’: Wichitan’s house to be auctioned for homeless

McCurdy Auction on Saturday is set to sell to the highest bidder a four-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house that a Wichita man willed to the Union Rescue Mission late last year before he died. → Read More