Kansas City, Kan., police reports

March 9

Theft, criminal damage, 8100 block of Troup, ignition, $250 value.

Theft, 1700 block of North 73rd Terrace, 2006 Ford Mustang, $10,000 value.

Theft, 800 block of North 34th, 1996 Honda Accord, $2,000 value.

March 8

Burglary, 3300 block of Shawnee Drive, purse, driver’s license, currency, $225 value.

Burglary, criminal damage, 1800 block of Glendale, two toolboxes wet vacuum, plumbing tools, $145 value.

Theft, 3100 block of Haskell, handgun, combination safe, $300 value.

March 7

Auto burglary, 1600 block of Woodland Boulevard, knife, purse, bank card, $200 value.

Burglary, criminal damage, 1500 block of North 78th Place, door frame, $250 value.

Criminal use of financial card, theft, 7200 block of Osage, currency, $372.15 value.

Theft, 5200 block of State, U-Haul, tow dolly, $5,000 value.

Theft, 46th and Oak Grove, USSIC, electrical locator, $2,000 value.

Theft, 5000 block of Oak Grove Road, 2012 Chevy Sonic, $10,000 value.

Theft, 13th and Armstrong, vehicle, $3,500 value.

March 6

Theft, 12600 block of Parallel Parkway, 2013 Silverado, tailgate, $1,400 value.

March 5

Burglary, criminal damage, 4500 block of Welborn Lane, mink jacket with hood, mink coat with hood, ring, two camcorders, $19,900 value.

Burglary, 2600 block of North Early, gun, $500 value.

Theft, 1100 block of North 34th, 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada, $2,500 value.

March 3

Forgery, theft, 3500 block of Rainbow Boulevard, Bank Midwest, cash, check, deposit ticket, checking withdrawal, $2,703 value.

Mega Millions jackpot tops $400 million tonight

Mega Millions has entered the “giant jackpot” zone, with an estimated $400 million jackpot up for grabs in the March 18 drawing. It’s the third largest Mega Millions jackpot ever.

The cash option on the jackpot is an estimated $224.8 million. If the jackpot was won by one ticket sold in Kansas, and the winner chose the cash option, the winner would receive $157.36 million, after federal and state income withholding taxes were paid. State withholding taxes on the prize would be an estimated $11.24 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot was last hit on Jan. 3, 2014, when a ticket in Tennessee matched all numbers and won $61 million.  March 18 will be the 21st drawing since then.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever was $656 million, shared by players in three states, including Kansas. The Kansas winning ticket was sold in Ottawa for the March 30, 2012, drawing.

Powerball currently is at $80 million.

Legislators take step toward reducing preventable child deaths

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday unanimously voted in support of Senate Bill 259 and recommended its passage to the full Senate.

The bill will help to significantly reduce preventable child deaths in Kansas, according to its supporters.

The State Child Death Review Board reviews the death of every child through age 17 who is a Kansas resident or dies in Kansas. The board has reviewed about 8,700 child deaths since its inception.

Currently, Kansas statute prevents data collected by the State Child Death Review Board from being used for research purposes. Senate Bill 259 amends that statute so that researchers and public health officials can examine de-identified data to develop prevention strategies that save Kansas children’s lives.

The bill has wide support among children’s health professionals, law enforcement and child safety experts. At a recent hearing, no opponents testified against the bill, which costs the state nothing.

“I am in full support of Senate Bill 259. If I can help save one parent from walking the path I had to walk it will be worth it,” said Tracey McNeely, a Wichita parent who lost an infant son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and now sits on the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network Inc. board. “Since my son’s death many things have been discovered about safe sleep and the occurrence of SIDS has declined by 50 percent. I know that much more needs to be done, and I see this as another way to gain ground into the reasons Kansas has a higher rate of infant mortality than the national average.”

A similar version of the bill has been introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives. House Bill 2767 is awaiting a hearing in the Committee on Judiciary.