Crime of the Week - Wichita and Sedgwick County
Sometime between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, one or more suspects forced open a door to a residence in the 500 block of North Sandalwood. Once inside they took multiple antiques, coins, electronics and personal papers. Loss is valued at more than $3,000 and damage at $500.

Sheriff’s detectives on the case obtained a photo of a white female using a forged check that was taken in the burglary. It is not known if she was part of the actual burglary. They need help identifying her.

If you have information about this burglary or any felony crime, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. You can also submit a tip online at or from your mobile phone by texting TIP217 then your message to CRIMES (274637). All ways are secure and anonymous. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000, and Crime Stoppers will never ask your name. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.


A Wichita man charged with taking part in a vigilante slaying in College Hill Park last year was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday after he took the stand and told the jury that his co-defendant was responsible for the crime.

Kyle Carter, 31, admitted that he chased burglary suspect Carl Cooper into the park after Cooper had burglarized a car, but he said he had no idea that the victim had been stabbed until long after the confrontation was over.

“Did you stab Carl Cooper?” defense lawyer Quentin Pittman asked.

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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15 CDT

Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday in the trial of a Wichita man charged with murder in a stabbing death in College Hill Park that Wichita police said was a case of vigilante justice.

Kyle A. Carter, 31, is standing trial in the death of Carl A. Cooper, a 34-year-old parolee who was chased down by two men after breaking into a BMW on the morning of Sept. 8. Carter admits chasing Cooper but contends that his co-defendant, Trenton H. Custer, 35, is the one who stabbed him. Custer is scheduled to stand trial in July.

Among the witnesses testifying Wednesday was Michelle Wilmore, who owned the BMW.

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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15 CDT

A former Augusta police officer convicted of a child sex crime will be subject to lifetime post-release supervision, a Butler County judge ruled Monday.

But the supervision is just a “potential sanction” that would be imposed only if Jerry D. Ballinger violates his probation and is forced to serve his underlying prison sentence of 34 months, Butler County Attorney Darrin Devinney said.

Ballinger, 45, is in the early stages of serving five years’ probation after he was sentenced April 7 on one count of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with child. A defense motion asking the court to find lifetime post-release supervision unconstitutional prompted a Butler County judge to delay ruling on the matter until Monday.

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