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Friday, February 27, 2015

Driver leads Shawnee Police on nearly 30 mile pursuit

Posted: February 27, 2015 - 3:22am
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 1:26am

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A Shawnee officer pursued a vehicle at low speeds for nearly 30 miles early Friday morning.

According to major Dan Tennis with the Shawnee Police Department, Lenexa police saw a suspicious vehicle around a business and initiated a traffic stop on Kansas Highway 7 near 75th Street at about 1:25 a.m.

"The vehicle failed to pull over, but was not driving fast," Tennis said.

According to radio traffic, the Lenexa officer turned off his emergency equipment as he continued to follow the vehicle into Shawnee. The officer requested that Shawnee officers be notified and attempt to get in front of the car with spike strips.

Radio traffic from Lenexa officers indicated that the suspect vehicle was only exceeding the speed limit by about five miles-per-hour over the posted 55 miles-per-hour speed limit on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

"One of our officers deployed stop sticks at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Interstate 435 and then followed the vehicle as the tires disintegrated," Tennis said.

Tire debris shows that one of the vehicle's tires was destroyed and most of the tire's remnants were left at the bottom of the ramp from eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway to Lackman Road. This is also the same area where a gouge mark begins to appear along the chase route.

The suspect led officers southbound on Lackman Road and then eastbound onto Blackfish Parkway. A Lenexa police supervisor could be heard on the radios telling Lenexa officers to turn off their emergency equipment and only follow the pursuit if they could do so while obeying traffic laws.

At least three Shawnee officers were in pursuit of the car as it continued eastbound on Blackfish Parkway passing Pflumm Road.

The car continued eastbound on Blackfish Parkway, to near Richards, where Blackfish becomes 75th Street. A Lenexa officer reported that he was able to hit at least two of the suspect's tires as the chase passed Quivira Road.

Shawnee officers continued in pursuit as the driver turned southbound on Switzer Road from 75th Street.

As Shawnee officers were calling their pursuit on an encrypted radio channel, Lenexa police dispatchers were relaying the pursuit's location over a regional pursuit channel.

When asked why the Shawnee officer was calling the pursuit on an encrypted radio channel, Major Tennis said, "I do not know why he was on channel 3, or even if he was on that channel."

Vehicle pursuits are normally called out on primary talkgroups, making it easier for officers and dispatchers from surrounding agencies to monitor the location of the pursuit and assist if needed. There is also a regional pursuit channel available, which can be monitored by officers and dispatchers across the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Radio traffic from the Lenexa dispatcher on the regional pursuit channel stated that the suspect vehicle and one Shawnee police vehicle crossed the railroad tracks continuing southbound on Switzer Road. Other Shawnee officers who were in pursuit were cut off from the pursuit by a passing train.

The lone Shawnee officer continued in pursuit into Lenexa. Lenexa officers followed the low-speed pursuit at a distance.

The driver attempted to lose officers by driving a circle through a neighborhood south of 95th Street near Haskins Street. Gouge marks in the pavement show that the vehicle was now missing two tires. The gouge marks leave the road and cross a sidewalk on the southwest corner of Logan Lane and Haskins Street. The driver then headed back to 95th Street and entered Interstate 35, where he led officers southbound into Olathe.

With speeds around 50 miles-per-hour on Interstate 35, Lenexa officers followed the pursuit with rear-facing warning lights activated to alert drivers who would be traveling faster than the pursuit.

The driver exited Interstate 35 at Santa Fe Street in Olathe. An Olathe police supervisor advised his officers to not become involved in Shawnee's pursuit.

At 1:59 a.m. an Olathe police supervisor could be heard on the radio requesting that his dispatcher contact Shawnee police and ask them to "terminate their pursuit if they only have traffic charges."

About four minutes later the Shawnee officer could be heard saying that he had terminated the pursuit. The lone Shawnee officer left the area and returned to Shawnee city limits.

When asked why Shawnee officers continued to pursue the vehicle, even when other departments said they would not be getting involved, Major Tennis said, "we were assisting Lenexa police and once he [the suspect] hit the stop sticks our officers felt like he was a danger to the public driving on a flat tire. There are lots of factors to consider and our on scene sergeant was in the best position to make that call."

The pursuit covered roughly 30 miles in about 40 minutes.

Major Tennis says Shawnee police will have charges of fleeing and eluding for the driver.

"All in all pretty minor, slow speed incident," Tennis said.

Officers from Olathe and Lenexa, along with a Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy continued to check the area for the suspect vehicle.

According to radio traffic, Olathe officers found the vehicle abandoned near the intersection of East Sheridan Street and South Stevenson Drive. A witness told officers that the man who had been driving ran west from the car. Officers and deputies set up a large perimeter and used two Lenexa Police K-9s to search the area for the driver.

After nearly 45 minutes of searching with K-9s, officers called off the search and cleared the perimeter.

Olathe Police Sergeant Bryan Hill says he is "not sure what the pursuit was for. Lenexa ended up recovering the car, so it must have been related to something they had."

Shawnee Police Major Tennis says, "an arrest was made, but I don't have those details."

Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking logs show Lenexa police made an arrest shortly before 2 a.m. It is unclear if that arrest is related to the pursuit. The arrested person is currently charged with felony possession.

Attempts to reach a Lenexa Police Department public information officer were unsuccessful on Friday.

With more than 60 real time tweets, Operation 100 News was the only media outlet informing the public of the pursuit as it happened.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Former employee suspected in McDonald's robbery

Posted: February 25, 2015 - 1:51am
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 4:08am


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Leawood Police are investigating after a former employee allegedly robbed the McDonald's restaurant near 119th Street and Roe Avenue early Wednesday.

Police say they were called to the restaurant, located at 4600 West 119th Street, at 1:15 a.m.

Employees were able to tell officers the suspect's name and other details. He is described as a 23-year-old black male.

Police say the suspect is a black male in his mid-20s. He was wearing a black hoodie, dark pants, a baseball cap, gloves, and a scarf over his face. He was carrying a black backpack and was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect was last seen getting into a white, newer model Chevrolet Impala or Malibu. The vehicle was last seen northbound on Roe Avenue.

Police say no one was injured and no customers were inside the restaurant.

Officers released the scene back to employees around 3:40 a.m.

Police continue to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Leawood Police at 913-642-7700 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. Callers to the TIPS Hotline can remain anonymous.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Man critically injured in crash with I-35 scale house

Posted: February 24, 2015 - 2:29am

A 25-year-old man was transported to an area hospital in critical condition after crashing into a scale house on Interstate 35 early this morning.

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Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the southbound Interstate 35 scale house, near milepost 213, just after 1:50 Tuesday morning.

The scale house is located one mile south of Lone Elm Road and 159th Street or approximately two miles north of Gardner.

A truck driver called 911 after witnessing a car crash through several signs on the exit ramp to the weigh station and possibly crash into the side of the building.

Arriving deputies reported the car was heavily damaged and the driver's door would not open. The building sustained minor damage, a few bricks were knocked loose according to deputies.

No one was inside the building when the crash occurred.

Firefighters from Johnson County Fire District No. 1 and Olathe Fire arrived with Johnson County Med-Act. The driver was able to get himself out of the car, to be seen by Med-Act.

Johnson County Med-Act reported the driver's injuries to be critical and said the man became combative with them on the way to the hospital.

The vehicle was estimated to have sustained approximately 18 inches of intrusion.

Deputies are investigating if alcohol may have contributed to the crash.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Lenexa man charged following disturbance in Shawnee

Posted: February 20, 2015 - 11:53am
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 1:01am

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Shawnee Police officers were called to the Pho Good Vietnamese Restaurant, 10703 Shawnee Mission Parkway, shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

"Two adult male acquaintances were having an after work party when they got into a disagreement," Major Dan Tennis said. "The one male tried to get the other out of the business and the alleged suspect broke some things inside and threatened to shoot the victim."

Tennis says the suspect did not show a gun, but the victim believed he had one.

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Court records show that the suspect lives at an address in Lenexa. According to radio traffic, Shawnee and Lenexa officers responded to that address around 1:30 a.m. The suspect's vehicle was found in the driveway, but no one came to the door to speak with the officers.

Lenexa officers took the suspect into custody in the driveway of his Lenexa home around 4:25 a.m., according to radio traffic.

Major Tennis confirms that the suspect was located at his home in Lenexa and taken to jail.

"He is expected to have court today and possibly be charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property," Tennis said. "The property damage was a glass case and an exit door at the business."

Early Friday afternoon, the Johnson County District Attorney's office has charged Roger Kim, 33, with one count of felony criminal damage to property. The damaged property is estimated to be worth more than $1000 and less than $25000. Damage over $1000 is a felony according to the Kansas statute.

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Booking and release logs show that Mr. Kim posted a $3500 surety bond and was released from custody Friday afternoon. His next court date is scheduled for Thursday, February 26 at the Johnson County courthouse in Olathe.

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Two seriously injured in Overland Park crash

Posted: February 20, 2015 - 12:38am
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 2:47am


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The Overland Park Police Department is investigating a crash which left two people seriously injured.

The crash occurred around 12:15 Friday morning at the intersection of 87th Street and Antioch Road.

Overland Park firefighters arrived on the scene to report two vehicles were involved and one came to rest off of the road.

Johnson County Med-Act transported two people from the scene. One of the injured was said to have critical injuries and the other serious injuries.

Radio traffic indicated that a 28-year-old man, the driver of one vehicle, admitted that he had been drinking prior to the crash.

The southbound lanes of Antioch Road were closed from Santa Fe Drive to 88th Street. Both directions of 87th Street were closed west of Antioch to Benson Street. All lanes reopened around 2 a.m.

Police have not released any other information.

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