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Updated 9:15 a.m., Nov. 19, 2016: An infant missing from Wichita since Thursday afternoon has been found alive and healthy. Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay held a press conference to announce that 8-day-old Sofia Gonzales was located at a residence in Dallas around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Police say two suspects who knew the infant's mother were taken into custody. He declined to offer any other information citing the ongoing investigation. Chief Ramsay said the baby is in protective custody as the investigation continues.

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The Wichita Police Department is partnering with the Union Rescue Mission to deliver Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

Police officers will deliver boxes of food to 100 families around Wichita identified as being in need. The food—including turkey and fixings for Thanksgiving dinner--is collected by the Union Rescue Mission, an evangelical Christian ministry that provides shelter and other services to homeless men.

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The Wichita Police Department says it’s going to increase its recruiting efforts as part of a recommendation made by an organizational assessment released last year.

The assessment from the Hugo Wall School at Wichita State University recommended the department focus on recruiting after it saw a decrease in applicants.

Speaking at the mayor's briefing Thursday, Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said he’d like to see candidates with experience in fields outside of law enforcement.

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A Wichita organization that offers a holiday assistance program for low-income people will be using a new distribution warehouse this year.

Inter-Faith Ministries searched for about six months for a new location for its Operation Holiday assistance program after the facility they used last year was sold.

Distribution of clothing, blankets and food will now take place at a warehouse at 2nd and Vine streets in downtown Wichita.

Inter-Faith Interim Executive Director Garland Egerton says Operation Holiday has helped low-income people for more than 50 years.

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A group of community and health leaders held a press conference Wednesday in Wichita to push for lawmakers to expand Kansas’ Medicaid system.

Many of the organizations participating in the meeting, which was hosted by Via Christi Health and held at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in downtown Wichita, have already come out in support of expanding KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid system. Now, they say they need Kansas lawmakers to put the issue on the agenda for the 2017 legislative session.

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The Wichita Police Department has received a federal grant from the Department of Justice to hire more community policing officers.

The community policing grant worth $875,000 will go toward hiring six new WPD officers and one supervisor.

Chief Gordon Ramsay says the officers will focus on problem locations along the Broadway corridor, particularly around motels and commercial areas there.

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The Wichita Police Department is investigating a series of threats made against area schools on social media. Officials say the threats were made by "creepy clowns" and are similar to incidents happening nationwide. Wichita Police said that one juvenile had been arrested as of Monday morning.

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The Wichita Police Department will set up a DUI checkpoint tonight.

WPD Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says police will run the check lane at an undisclosed location from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m.

“Officers will come and contact the drivers, probably check the driver’s license and make sure they’re not impaired, and then they can continue on their way, so it’s a very very short, momentary stop,” she said at a briefing this week.

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been in the limelight a lot during his eight months on the job. Ramsay is committed to being a visible, responsive and involved leader addressing concerns and challenges head-on. KMUW’s Abigail Beckman spoke with Ramsay and has this sound portrait in which the chief shares his candid thoughts on the direction he’s leading the department as well as the issues facing policing today.

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The Wichita Police Department gave an update Thursday on its efforts to implement the recommendations laid out in an extensive assessment released last year. A major focus for the department has been improving the relationship with the community.

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