Cool and windy day ahead for Wednesday

Today’s forecast is mostly cloudy and breezy, with falling temperatures as a cold front continues to move into the area, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature was 36 degrees at 8 a.m., with a wind chill of 27.

The temperature already fell from 42 degrees at 6 a.m., and at 9 a.m., it is predicted to be 31 degrees. Temperatures will climb to 34 at noon before falling again at 3 p.m. to 33 degrees, at 6 p.m. to 28 degrees, and at midnight it will be 25 degrees.

A north northwest wind of 15 to 20 mph will gust as high as 28 mph on Wednesday, the weather service said.

Tonight, it will be mostly clear. The weather service said Thursday morning the low will be around 14 degrees at 9 a.m.

Thursday, the high will be near 25 with a wind chill between minus 1 and 9, according to the weather service. Winds will be 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 21 mph, the weather service said. Thursday night’s forecast is a low around 20.

Friday, temperatures will warm up to a high of 46, according to the weather service. A south wind of 9 to 11 mph will change to the northwest in the afternoon.

Friday night, expect a low of 26, the weather service said.

On Valentine’s Day, Saturday’s forecast is mostly sunny with a high near 31, according to the weather service, and Saturday night’s low will be around 8.

Sunday, expect partly sunny skies with a high near 26, the weather service said. Sunday night’s low will be around 20.

For President’s Day, Monday, there is now a 40 percent chance of rain and snow in the forecast, according to the weather service. The high will be 35 degrees.

There is a 30 percent chance of snow Monday night, with a low around 21, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, the high will be near 30, according to the weather service.

UG candidate charged with involuntary manslaughter

Today, the charges against Tamika Pledger, a Unified Government candidate, were increased to involuntary manslaughter and three counts of reckless aggravated battery.

If she wins elected office and is convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Pledger would face an action by District Attorney Jerome Gorman to remove her from office, the district attorney confirmed today.

Pledger is a Unified Government 1st District at-large commission candidate in the spring elections who was involved in an accident Jan. 30 at 13th and Troup that injured four teens. On Friday, Feb. 6, one of the teens, Tierra Smith, died from her injuries.

Pledger, as someone who is charged with a crime but not convicted, is not prevented from running for office, Gorman said. But if Pledger wins office and is convicted, Gorman confirmed today that his office would take steps to remove her from office. Officeholders are ineligible to hold office once they have a felony conviction, he said. Pledger, a community activist, had filed for office before the accident occurred.

Recently, there has been an indication that Pledger may intend to continue her campaign for office, as a “Go Fund Me” website was started for Pledger’s legal bills and her campaign expenses at http://www.gofundme.com/lrp4u0.

Today, a judge also ordered that Pledger can have no contact with victims or witnesses in this case, and that includes use of social media, Gorman said. The district attorney’s office played a telephone recording in court that was used to support this order.

At this time, there have not been charges filed against the youth in the fight. Gorman said that authorities are still waiting for the complete investigation to be finished before determining whether anyone else might face charges in connection with this case. An investigation is also still continuing about any possible mechanical problems involving the vehicle.

There are a number of factors that are contributing to this case, he added. There was enough evidence from everything authorities have learned to charge Pledger, he said. The defendant is innocent until proven guilty.

There has been an online fundraising effort for the funeral expenses of Tierra, the teen who was killed in the car accident. (https://fundly.com/tiera-smith-memorial?ft_src=email_share_mobile)

Last Friday, the day that Tierra died, Commissioner Tarence Maddox took to Facebook where he urged youth to stop fighting.

“I’m pleading with you because I’m tired of going to funerals,” Maddox said in the video.

Two Wyandotte County students named to Dean’s List at Fort Lewis College

More than 450 students were named to Fort Lewis College’s Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester.

These students took at least 15 credits of gradable hours and achieved a 3.60 or higher grade point average.

On the Dean’s List from Wyandotte County:

Rachel Tiner of Edwardsville; Tiner’s major is environmental studies.

Jason Hoskins of Bonner Springs; Hoskins’s major is accounting.

Fort Lewis College is a liberal arts college in Durango, Colo.