Mar 25, 2020 4:26 PM

Additional charges requested for Wheeler

Posted Mar 25, 2020 4:26 PM
<b>Tanner Wheeler. </b>Photo courtesy&nbsp; Saline County Sheriff's Office
Tanner Wheeler. Photo courtesy  Saline County Sheriff's Office

Additional charges have been requested against a Salina man who was arrested after he led law enforcement personnel on a chase from New Cambria into Salina early Tuesday.

READ: Salina man arrested after chase from New Cambria

Salina Police Captain Gary Hanus said this morning that Tanner Wheeler, 24, of Salina, has also been arrested in connection to a burglary at the Evergy substation warehouse at 429 North Second Street. The burglary occurred sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, Hanus said.

According to Hanus, a total of $17,800 worth of items were taken from the warehouse, many of which were found in the pickup Wheeler abandoned when he fled on foot on South 11th Street shortly before being apprehended. Those items include the following, Hanus said.

A hydralic press head and case, valued at $1,300

A Milwaukee bandsaw and case, valued at $400

A hydralic pump and case, valued at $6,000

A gas analyzer, valued at $4,000

A battery-operated press, valued at $1,500

Electrical line connectors, valued at $3,000

A magnetic drill press, valued at $600

A thermite fuser, valued at $600

Several other miscellaneous items

A missing 18-inch Stihl chainsaw valued at $100 was not recovered, Hanus said.

Additional charges requested for Wheeler include the following, Hanus said.



Misdemeanor criminal damage to property

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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.