Heat advisory in effect this afternoon

Heat advisory
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Temperatures today may top out at 95 degrees, with a heat index of 103, according to the National Weather Service.

A heat advisory will go into effect at 1 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Friday.

The temperature was already 86 degrees by 11 a.m., with a heat index of 91.

Similar temperatures are expected over the weekend, although humidity values and heat indices will be slightly lower, according to the weather service.

There is a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms late tonight. The severe weather and heavy rain threats are low.

Tips on handling the heat:

• Those exposed to the high heat and humidity over a prolonged period will have an increased risk of heat-related illnesses. Cars may reach lethal temperatures in minutes. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute.

• Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated, alcoholic and high sugar content beverages.

• Stay in an air-conditioned room. Stay out of the sun.

• Check up on neighbors, the elderly and pets.

• If you work outside, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or late evening.

• Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

• Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.

• Schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

• Move anyone overcome by heat to a cool and shaded location and seek help by calling 911 immediately.

• If you don’t have air-conditioning, look for an air-conditioned public library, recreation center, Salvation Army at 67th and State, a store or other public place.

Man charged in connection with traffic death at 38th and Haskell

Joshua J. Brazeal
Joshua J. Brazeal

The Wyandotte County District Attorney today charged Joshua J. Brazeal, 28 years old, last known to reside in Fort Scott, Kan., with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Aug. 19 death of 79-year-old Geraldine Strader of Kansas City, Kan.

Brazeal was operating a 2001 Cadillac when he struck a Toyota passenger car driven by Strader at 38th and Haskell, in Kansas City, Kan., at about 4:15 p.m. yesterday. Strader died from injuries sustained in that collision.

Brazeal was also charged with the reckless aggravated battery of Brianna Marshall, who had been a passenger in the Cadillac; and with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury; as well as several traffic offenses, according to the district attorney’s office.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department is investigating.

The Wyandotte County District Court issued an arrest warrant for Brazeal. Bond was set at $500,000.

Brazeal is in custody in Kansas City, Mo., the district attorney’s office said. A court date will be scheduled after he is returned to Kansas.

Man sentenced in connection with traffic death

A man was sentenced to a controlling sentence of 19.4 years in prison this morning in connection with the death of a woman in a vehicle crash Feb. 17 in Kansas City, Kan.

Christopher Stewart, 29, was sentenced in Wyandotte County District Court. He had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and eluding a police officer in connection with the vehicle crash at 34th and Shawnee Drive in Kansas City, Kan.

Stewart had been fleeing from a police officer when his vehicle ran into another vehicle. Graciela Olivas, in the other vehicle, died in the crash.

Stewart’s sentence was ordered to run consecutively to a 36-month sentence imposed on Stewart in an unrelated case for possession of methamphetamine.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Sheryl Lidtke prosecuted the case. The sentences were imposed by District Judge Robert P. Burns.