More people are traveling this summer now that Covid restrictions have relaxed, but those travels will be a little pricier this year. We took a look at some free apps that may help save a little money on your travel...but found out that they’re not all exactly “free.”
The COVID-19 pandemic saw a rise in reports of scammers pretending to be from government agencies. While reports slowed since peaking in early 2021, victims lost more than twice as much money, according to new research by Better Business Bureau® (BBB®). BBB warns people to use caution if they are contacted by a government agency demanding money or offering a government grant for a fee.
Factfinder 12 is revisiting a Wichita cold case as the one year mark since Abram Galvan was shot dead after attending a wedding. Wichita police say the Factfinder 12 investigation that aired in August of 2021 sparked dozens of tips, now they’re looking for the tip that solves the case.
Each month Factfinder 12 works with police and features a cold case in hopes of bringing much needed new information to police and much needed closure to the loved ones left behind. For April 2022, Factfinder 12 looks at two cases. Each very different, both very cold.
Cheap and easy to get, some new technology meant to make your life easier is raising concern for some. Factfinder 12 speaks with a Wichita woman who discovered she was being tracked with something called an Apple AirTag. There are steps a person can take to protect themselves, but they won’t work to protect everyone.
Shot inside a van full of people he knew and then dumped in the street, 17 year old Diego Benítez didn’t live long enough to say who shot him. Diego’s mother believes there are plenty of people who can.
In February 2020, two people walked into a Wichita apartment and murdered James Winston III. Family and investigators say Winston didn’t have an enemy in the world, and both tell Factfinder 12 they believe he knew the people who killed him. The question now: Do you?
Bishop Robles was gunned down while standing outside next to his girlfriend and her nine year old son. Factfinder 12 re-examines his murder in hopes someone can help bring justice to the family he left behind.
A Nickerson woman says she’s all but lost hope searching for the lost ashes of her ex-husband. They were actually sold at auction last month, and she’s now turning to Factfinder 12 hoping someone can help her bring what’s left of the man she loved back home.
There are questions about a forensic pathologist who once worked for the Sedgwick County Forensic Science Center. While there, he conducted hundreds of autopsies for murders, suicides...even testifying as an expert witness in homicide cases. Factfinder 12 investigator Alex Flippin looked into the doctor’s records, finding inconsistencies about where he said he worked and when he said worked there...raising questions about his education and training. Those questions were presented to the State of Kansas to find out if it saw the same inconsistencies and, if so, why the state then granted the doctor a license.
Factfinder 12 often undertakes months long investigations. Investigators sort through thousands of pages of documents a year for the stories they cover, but sometimes even smaller seeming problems demand their attention. Such is the case of a woman who moved into a Wichita apartment complex and discovered that the business had listed her personal cell phone number on their website as their own. It’s a problem she says she could not fix, but thought maybe Factfinder 12 could help.
New developments in KWCH’S continuing coverage of issues within the City of Salina Fire Department. The department’s chief was put on administrative leave November 9. The following Wednesday (11/18/21) Chief Kevin Royse tendered his resignation.
A Wichita man said after his mother passed away at a nursing facility, he struggled to get them to return money he pre-paid for her care. He turned to Factfinder 12 after he said administrators at the facility acknowledged they owed the money but continued to fail to pay him.
The I-70 Killer. It’s the name given to a man police say killed at least six people across three states in the early 90s, including two in Wichita. As new attention falls on this cold case, Factfinder 12 sat down with the Wichita detective working the case to learn what it will take to track down this killer.
In Factfinder 12′s continuing partnership with the Wichita Police Department, each month we’re digging into another cold case. This month, we try to help shed more light on the murder of Lemmie Alford. Killed in the street for no apparent reason, he left behind a daughter and a grieving family, and this cold case is unique in that detectives say they believe they know exactly who is responsible.
A homicide case from summer of 2020...as cold as any unsolved case we’ve covered. In a continuing partnership with Wichita police, Factfinder 12 investigator looks at the murder of Emmanuel Vargas-Avila in hopes the few details police have may be all you need to help solve the case.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, provides benefits used to purchase food by those who qualify. After one local business was told they weren’t eligible to accept SNAP from customers, they did some digging and found that a national pizza chain with a very similar business model can...and they want to know why.
Accusations of time theft spark an investigation into leadership within the Salina Fire Department, and our own Factfinder 12 investigation reveals it could have cost taxpayers into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It also found that the city was made aware of the accusations nearly two years ago...and the men accused of the crimes have not so much as been placed on leave.
Shot dead by a complete stranger after celebrating a wedding, and now the case has gone cold. In our continued partnership with Wichita Police, Factfinder 12 looks into the shooting death of Abram Galvan and the never before seen video that detectives believe will crack the case.
Factfinder 12 sheds light on quite a few scams, but often has to explain why it’s so hard to track down the scammers. What we don’t often get to do is show all the moving parts of the scam and how it works...and just because it’s hard to track down the scammers, doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
The owner of a popular neighborhood bar and grill in Wichita is gunned down in his driveway, robbed and left for dead. Those closest to him say they believe the killer is someone who knew him well and detectives agree
A two year old, found dead on the couch in the home of his soon-to-be adoptive parents and a strange chemical smell coming from his mouth is noted by emergency room nurses. The boy’s biological mother wants to know what went wrong, so she reached out to Factfinder 12 for answers.
Kamil Boyede was shot dead in his Wichita home on South Ida on November 25, 2020. Right now, it’s considered a cold case. Few leads, few witnesses, but investigators believe there are people who know who killed him. They hope one of those people is reading this right now, and that they’re about to help break the case.
A new trend in how people buy drugs has made it easier than ever. A few clicks on a smartphone and they can be delivered right to your door. What you get though, may not be what you think, and it can be deadly.
While many things like businesses and events were hard hit by the pandemic, some industries and hobbies thrived like they haven’t in years. Sports card collecting, for instance, has seen a massive increase in interest across the globe. Unfortunately, that interest has piqued the interest of scammers who have found yet another opportunity to take your money and leave you with nothing.
The Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services issued an order sanctioning several EMTs and paramedics in the Wichita area and revoking the license of one. This is in connection with the handling of a suicide case from June 2019.
“Anyone that demands payment by gift cards is always a scammer.” That’s the warning coming from the Federal Trade Commission in response to a large uptick in the number of scams involving store bought gift cards.
This is the story of dozens of family photos that were almost lost to time, but weren’t thanks to the kindness of one Wichita man. Interestingly, this story itself, the one you’re reading was also almost lost to time.
Since mid-November, the Kansas Department of Labor reported that it’s stopped about 2,335 fraudulent unemployment claims each day. The fraud largely includes someone filing a claim in the name of someone else who didn’t actually file.