Mar 26, 2020 3:43 PM

Police looking for pickup driver who brandished gun

Posted Mar 26, 2020 3:43 PM

Police are looking for a man who brandished a handgun along South Broadway Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester said this morning that a 32-year-old Salina man was driving south on South Broadway Boulevard when a red Dodge Ram 1500 with a John Deere mower in the back pulled out in front of him, causing him to slam on his brakes to avoid being hit. The incident aggravated the man, who then drove past the pickup and gave the driver the middle finger, Forrester said.

The two vehicles continued south on South Broadway Boulevard with the pickup pulling in behind the other vehicle as they approached the red light at West Crawford Street. While waiting at the light, the 32-year-old man looked in his rearview mirror and saw the driver of the pickup brandishing a black handgun, Forrester said.

The pickup continued to follow the man to his home on Plaza Drive. When the man got out of his vehicle, the red pickup pulled up and the two men exchanged words before the pickup drove away, Forrester said.

The driver of the pickup was described as a white male 60-75 years of age who was wearing glasses and a dirty blue ball cap, Forrester said.

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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.