Mar 24, 2020 5:11 PM

Salina man arrested after chase from New Cambria

Posted Mar 24, 2020 5:11 PM
<b>Tanner Wheeler. </b>Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office
Tanner Wheeler. Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office

A 24-year-old Salina man was arrested early this morning after a chase that began at New Cambria and ended in central Salina.

Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said this morning that a deputy on patrol at 12:52 a.m. noticed a vehicle parked in a field in the 1700 block of North Cunningham Road. When the deputy went to check on the vehicle, it fled south on North Cunningham Road, he said.

The vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Durango, made its way south and west toward Salina, at times reaching speeds up to 100 mph, Soldan said. The Durango entered Salina on Stimmel Road and went south on North Ninth Street, he said. After a number of turns, the Durango ended up on South 11th Street, south of West Iron Avenue, where the driver, Tanner Wheeler, 24, of Salina, exited the vehicle and fled on foot, Soldan said.

Wheeler was found a short time later hiding in a back yard on South 11th Street and surrendered when a deputy drew his taser, Soldan said. He was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, Soldan said.

According to Soldan, a female passenger also fled on foot and deputies are working to positively identify and find her.

Soldan said that a large number of tools that were believed to be stolen were found in the Durango, and that additional requested charges concerning the tools were likely.

Soldan said that Wheeler was arrested on an active warrant from Saline County District Court and on suspicion of the following.

Flee and elude

Possession of methamphetamine

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Driving while suspended

Numerous stop sign and turn signal violations

Improper driving on landed roadways

Driving without headlights on

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UPDATE: SM Hanson cancels Heartland Bluegrass Festival

UPDATE: SM Hanson Music has canceled this year's Heartland Bluegrass festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music.

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The Temple in Salina. Salina Post photo

SM Hanson Music is bringing back bluegrass! A bluegrass festival, that is.

The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 is scheduled for April 26. The event is scheduled at The Temple, 336 South Santa Fe Avenue, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. This venue is handicap accessible.

"The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 will include several bluegrass bands from around the state, some general playing and picking sessions, an Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids and adults), open mic stage time, a few instrument vendors, and local food trucks," said Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music, Inc. "Attendees are encouraged to bring their instrument to join in the music community during the day."

Admission to the event will be by a suggested cash donation or canned food donation for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, Hanson said.

"This will be our first bluegrass festival since the mid 1970s. We held several events in the '70s at Memorial Hall with bluegrass bands coming from Oklahoma and Arkansas," Hanson explained.

This year, however, the festival will be at The Temple.

"We will use the Grand Entrance on Santa Fe (big bronze doors)," Hanson noted. "The steps can be a place to begin picking if the weather is nice. The foyer and second floor space will provide adequate room for performances, picking areas, petting zoo and vendors."

The schedule of performers will be released closer to the date of the event, Hanson said.

The Kansas Bluegrass Association also plans to participate in the festival, he said.

Additionally, The Temple will have volunteers on hand to discuss the beautiful and historic facility that is being used for so many events.

"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see The Temple and listen/participate in the bluegrass music event," Hanson said.

According to Hanson, the festival is sponsored in part by Salina Arts & Humanities.