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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Eudora Accident Latest

Kansas Highway Patrol investigators have released the accident report from this afternoons double fatality accident on K-10 Highway.

Investigators say that 24-year-old, Eudora resident Ryan Pittman was traveling eastbound on K-10 in a 1998 Toyota Camry when his vehicle crossed the median striking the other vehicle involved. Pittman was not wearing his seatbelt, according to investigators. The second vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Caravan, was being driven by 57-year-old Danny Basel also of Eudora. Mr. Basel was injured and transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Other passengers in the van included Deborah Basel, 51, was transported to KU Medical Center. 23 month old Courtlyn Shutt was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. 5-year-old Canen Shutt was found not breathing at the scene and later passed away at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. All occupants of the second vehicle were restrained when the accident occurred.

Updates were not available for the injured victims current conditions.

Original Story from 4:30 p.m.
Updated Story from 7:15 p.m.
Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log


This accident was first reported to the public by Operation 100 News on our Twitter page. Our first tweet was sent a full 8 minutes prior to any other tweets about the accident. Our news media contract was also notified by telephone as units were arriving on the scene. Don't get left behind, contract Operation 100 News today. Operation 100 News is provided as a free service to the general public. Our funding depends on news media contracts and public donations. To donate use the Paypal button in the upper left panel on this screen. You do not need to be a Paypal member to donate. Contact Operation100news@gmail.com with any questions.

Double Fatality Accident on K-10 in Eudora

Updated details.

Just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical received multiple reports of a major injury accident on K-10 near mile marker 11 in Eudora. Crews responded to find multiple vehicles involved.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is advising that two subjects have died after the accident. A 24-year-old was pronounced dead on the scene. A 5-year-old was found not breathing when crews initially arrived and has since died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Two others were seriously injured in the accident. All of the patients needed to be extricated from the vehicles that they were traveling in. Incident command requested two medical helicopters respond to the scene for patient transport.

LifeStar Medical Helicopter responded from Lawrence Municipal Airport and landed on the highway, causing the eastbound lanes to also be shut down for a short time. LifeNet Medical Helicopter was dispatched to the scene but was cancelled as it arrived over the scene. LifeStar transported one patient, while the other patients were transported by ground ambulance. All patients were transported to Kansas City area Trauma centers. 

Westbound lanes of K-10 remain closed as of 7 p.m. Kansas Highway Patrol is handling the accident investigation. Traffic is being diverted onto Old K-7 through Eudora.

This accident was first reported to the public by Operation 100 News on our Twitter page. Our first tweet was sent a full 8 minutes prior to any other tweets about the accident. Our news media contract was also notified by telephone as units were arriving on the scene. Don't get left behind, contract Operation 100 News today. Operation 100 News is provided as a free service to the general public. Our funding depends on news media contracts and public donations. To donate use the Paypal button in the upper left panel on this screen. You do not need to be a Paypal member to donate. Contact Operation100news@gmail.com with any questions.

Original story

Fatality Accident on K-10 in Eudora

UPDATED STORY

Just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical received multiple reports of a major injury accident on K-10 near mile marker 11 in Eudora. Crews responded to find multiple vehicles involved.

One subject was pronounced deceased on the scene, a juvenile victim was found not breathing and two adult victims with life threatening injuries. All of the patients needed to be extricated from the vehicles that they were traveling in. Incident command requested two medical helicopters respond to the scene for patient transport.

LifeStar Medical Helicopter responded from Lawrence Municipal Airport and landed on the highway, causing the eastbound lanes to also be shut down. LifeNet Medical Helicopter was dispatched to the scene but was cancelled as it arrived over the scene.

All patients were transported to Kansas City area Trauma centers. Westbound lanes of K-10 are expected to be closed for an extended period of time for investigation and clean up. Kansas Highway Patrol is arriving to investigate the accidents cause.

This accident was first reported to the public by Operation 100 News on our Twitter page. Our first tweet was sent a full 8 minutes prior to any other tweets about the accident. Our news media contract was also notified by telephone as units were arriving on the scene. Don't get left behind, contract Operation 100 News today. Operation 100 News is provided as a free service to the general public. Our funding depends on news media contracts and public donations. To donate use the Paypal button in the upper left panel on this screen. You do not need to be a Paypal member to donate. Contact Operation100news@gmail.com with any questions.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I-435 and Johnson Drive bridge work to begin Monday

Comanche Construction plans to begin work, weather permitting, at 9 a.m. Monday, April 11, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. The $1.1 million bridge repair project will include mill, patch and overlay of the bridge deck, joint repairs and painting of structural steel under the bridge deck. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-July.

During the project drivers should expect lane restrictions on both Interstate 435 and Johnson Drive. Traffic in both directions of Johnson Drive will be restricted to one lane and turns will be sestricted from eastbound Johnson Drive to southbound I-435 during rush hours, 6-8 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. There will be a marked detour available.

Traffic in both directions of Interstate 435 will be restricted to one lane during the Monday through Friday overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.. All ramps will remain open during these times.

Advance message boards will alert drivers to the lane closures. Daily lane closure information for the project can be viewed online at ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

Friday, April 8, 2011

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I specialize in covering Douglas and Johnson counties. Time after time, I have covered and broke the breaking news stories that the rest of the local media has missed out on for hours. Covering only two counties allows me to pay more attention to the activity that may start small but then quickly and quietly escalate to something much more serious. I have reported Police Department confirmed "suspicious death investigations" hours before anyone else, along with deadly accidents, shootings, house fires and many more examples listed below on this page.

While most are listening to the same crime night after night in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas I am covering the areas that are within the Kansas City news market which have been repeatedly neglected from receiving true real time breaking news coverage.

The others will tell you they are the place to turn to when news breaks in Douglas or Johnson County. Operation 100 News is the only place that consistently proves we are the only ones on top of breaking news in this area. See a few of the many examples below.. 


History of Operation 100 News:


I have lived in Johnson County since 1985, monitored Police Departments, Sheriff's Office, Fire Departments and Med-Act activity countywide since 1996. I have monitored countywide events in Douglas, Leavenworth and Miami counties since 2002. Over the years I have built many personal contacts throughout the Law Enforcement & Fire community. I have attended Johnson County Community College for Administration of Justice.

I personally used to call various KC television news outlet's news desks and provide them with details from my sources or from my being on scene. This was almost always a one sided arrangement. Very few realized the potential assistance that Operation 100 News could provide. These arrangements ceased in May 2010 but, are still available by contract only.

Examples of what Operation 100 News can do for you; 

April 11, 2014 - Olathe Police find nearly 50 vehicles with windows shattered during a vandalism spree, a spree that Olathe Police say is the largest they have ever experienced in their city. Operation 100 News reported the damage to the public on Twitter at 4:20 a.m., and a full report was published on the website at 4:52 a.m., and then updated at 8:03 a.m., after speaking with a victim and photographing damaged vehicles. No mention from any other media until after 12 p.m. (nearly seven hours after the story broke here).

March 31, 2014 - A couple walking near a Lawrence park is attacked, leaving a man stabbed in the back. Operation 100 News reported the stabbing to the public on Twitter at 1:39 a.m.. Interested contracts were notified at 1:55 a.m., and a full report was published on the website at 2:17 a.m.. No KC area media reported any details of this attack.

March 29, 2014 - A tractor-trailer plows into a Kansas Turnpike Tollbooth leaving one man dead and another critically injured. Operation 100 News reported the crash to the public on Twitter at 3:05 a.m., and to our reporting partners at 3:25 and 3:27 a.m.. A full report, with traffic camera images from the scene, was published on the website at 3:40 a.m.. My reports were also published on the Lawrence Journal-World & Shawnee Dispatch around 5 a.m.. No reports from any KC area media until after 5:30 a.m..

March 23, 2014 - 22 vehicles are involved in a pile up on southbound U.S. 69 Highway in Lenexa, leaving eight people injured and nearly 20 other people stranded. The incident was declared a 'Level I MCI' (mass-casualty incident). Operation 100 News reported the accident and closure to the public on Twitter at 6:33 a.m.. A full report was published on the website at 7:37 a.m.. No mention from any KC area media until after 9 a.m..

March 20, 2014 - Two men are killed in a wrong-way crash on Kansas Highway 10 in De Soto. Operation 100 News reported the accident to the public on Twitter at 1:15 a.m.. My contracts were notified and a full report was published on the website before 1:30 a.m.. No mention from any KC area media until after 5 a.m..

February 12, 2014 - A man wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service was arrested in a Shawnee shopping center parking lot, following a very brief pursuit and crash into a building and a snowbank. Operation 100 News sources informed me prior to the arrest warrant being served. My reporting partners at the Shawnee Dispatch were notified at 12:50 p.m., more than 20 minutes before the arrest warrant was served. A full report, with exclusive photos from the scene, was published on our website at 3:13 p.m. and on the Shawnee Dispatch website at 3:29 p.m.. No other media reported any details regarding this arrest.

January 5, 2014 - A Shawnee QuikTrip is robbed by a gunman early Sunday morning. Operation 100 News reported the robbery to the public on Twitter at 1:20 a.m., once police had confirmed that the suspect had fled the area. A full report was published on our website at 2:09 a.m.. No mention from any other KC area media until Sunday evening, more than 15 hours after the robbery.

January 1, 2014 - A man slips and falls more than 30-feet from a bridge in Shawnee early New Year's Day. He was critically injured and rushed to an area hospital. Operation 100 News reported the incident to the public on Twitter at 3:34 a.m., with a full report on our website at 3:47 a.m., with a photo of the bridge. No other media reported the incident until January 6th.

December 25, 2013 - A man is fatally stabbed during a domestic disturbance early Christmas morning in Lawrence. Police detain a female suspect at the scene. Operation 100 News reported the stabbing to the public on Twitter at 3:42 a.m., after Police reported that the scene was secure for medics to enter. Operation 100 News contracts were notified of the incident and a full report was on our website at 4 a.m.. No Kansas City area media reported any details on this story for more than 24 hours.

December 21, 2013 - A Kansas City, Kansas man is arrested after firing shots behind a Lawrence bar. The shots struck one man in the leg and damaged at least one vehicle in the parking lot. An off-duty police officer followed the suspect vehicle until officers could catch up. Operation 100 News reported the incident to the public on Twitter at 1:49 a.m., with a full report on our website at 2:12 a.m.. No Kansas City area media reported this story.

November 23, 2013 - A traffic stop for speeding in Lawrence turns into a more than 30 mile car chase across state lines. Lawrence Police stopped a vehicle and when the officer attempted to speak with the driver, he sped off. The mirror of the vehicle struck the officer. The vehicle was pursued on Kansas Highway 10 with speeds in excess of 100 MPH. The pursuit crossed into Johnson County, onto Interstate 435 and then into Kansas City, Missouri. Three people were eventually taken into custody in KCMO. Operation 100 News reported the pursuit to the public, with nearly turn-by-turn updates, on Twitter beginning at 1:41 a.m.. A full report, with photos of the chase's end, was on our website at 2:40 a.m.. No mention by any other media until after 6 a.m..

October 27, 2013 - A wrong-way accident on Interstate 35 in Johnson County leaves five people in critical condition, three of those people are pinned inside their vehicle. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle is pronounced dead at an area hospital. Operation 100 News reported the crash to the public on Twitter at 2:27 a.m., with a full report including photos from the scene on our website at 2:51 a.m.. No mention by any other media until after 6:30 a.m..

September 7, 2013 - Olathe Police respond on a reported injury accident and end up locating an attempted murder-suicide inside a crashed vehicle. Operation 100 News reported the incident to the public on Twitter at 12:07 a.m., with a full report including a photo from the scene was on our website at 10:34 a.m., after receiving confirmation on the details of the incident from Olathe Police. No mention from any Kansas City area media until after 4 p.m.. 

August 18, 2013 - Lawrence Police are called after a man is shot in an apartment complex parking lot. The shooter calls police to say he shot a man that was trying to break into his vehicle. The victim is found a short distance away with serious injuries from the shooting. Operation 100 News reported the shooting to the public on Twitter at 1:28 a.m., with a full report on our website at 1:50 a.m.. No mention by any Kansas City area media until after 8 a.m.. 

May 24, 2013 - Police pursue a vehicle a suspect wanted in connection with at least 14 robberies across five cities. The pursuit ends with an officer involved shooting on Interstate 70 near Bonner Springs. Operation 100 News reported the story to the public on Twitter at 12:14 a.m., with nearly turn-by-turn coverage. A full report was on our website at 1:31 a.m., once the pursuit had ended with the suspect in custody. No mention by any Kansas City area media until after 5 a.m..

April 23-24, 2013 - A Eudora home is engulfed in flames. Operation 100 News had a full report on our website at 11:53 p.m. with photos from the scene. Our news contracts were notified of the fire and no mention of the fire by any Kansas City area media.

April 19, 2013 - Overland Park Police investigate "veiled threats" towards the Overland Park Islamic Center on 151st Street. Operation 100 News contacted police for details and had a full report on our website. Twelve hours later, other area media had similar reports.

March 23, 2013 - A security guard is killed when a FedEx tractor trailer rolled over him in Shawnee. Operation 100 News reported the story to the public on Twitter at 3:46 a.m., with a full report on our website at 4:14 a.m. with a photo from the scene. No mention by any other media until after 7 a.m..

February 12-20, 2013 - Four Johnson County convenience stores are robbed in eight days. Operation 100 News reports each robbery. Links to Operation 100 News' reports can be found here. Other media overlooked two of the robberies until a news release from police mentioned all four cases.

January 12, 2013 - Thirty one cemetery headstones are damaged by unknown suspects overnight in three Shawnee cemeteries. A passerby reported the damage to Police around 12 p.m., Operation 100 News reported the story at 12:30 p.m. on our Twitter feed, once officers had arrived and confirmed finding significant damage. A full report, including pictures of the damage and details from the department's Public Information Officer came at 1:08 p.m. Monday, January 14th. No mention by any other media until after five Tuesday morning, more than 60 hours after Operation 100 broke the story on Twitter and more than 16 hours after Operation 100's full report was published and shared online.

January 2, 2013 - An off-duty Lawrence police officer is killed in a single vehicle crash early on a Wednesday morning. Operation 100 News reported the accident to our Twitter followers at 2:20 a.m., with a full report on our website at 3:01 a.m.. Our contracts were notified by telephone prior to the web story being published. No mention by any Kansas City area media until the victim was officially identified as a police officer more than 24 hours later.

December 21, 2012 - A Shawnee Police Officer on routine patrols locates as many as 30 storage lockers forcefully entered, shortly after 3 a.m.. Operation 100 News reported the burglaries to our Twitter followers at 3:13 a.m., with a full report on our website at 10:25 a.m.. No other area media has reported any details on these burglaries.

November 25, 2012 - Miami County EMS and Sheriff's Deputies are called to a fatal accident involving an ATV near Fontana after 3 a.m.. A LifeFlight Eagle helicopter transports another injured person from the scene. Operation 100 News reported the accident to our Twitter followers at 3:31 a.m., with a full report on our website at 4:07 a.m.. No mention by any other news media until after 9 a.m..

August 24, 2012 - A man burglarizes two Lawrence homes, both times attempting to sexually assault the women who live in the homes. Due to being this incident being alleged sexually related activity, Operation 100 News did not share this information with the public. The information was passed along to our reporting partners at the Lawrence Journal-World. The report regarding this incident from the Lawrence Journal-World.

August 22, 2012 - Lenexa Police and Fire/Med-Act are called to eastbound Interstate 435 near Lackman Road for a man who collapsed and stopped breathing during a roadside fight. The man was transported to an area hospital where he later died. Operation 100 News reported the story to the public on Twitter at 4:03 a.m., with a full report on our website at 4:06 a.m.. Other news media repeatedly reported the stopped patrol cars as a traffic stop and medical emergency until after 7 a.m., when they finally caught on that there was an active death investigation underway. A follow up story, identifying the victim, can be found here from Operation 100 News.

August 9, 2012 - A 911 hang up call leads Lawrence police to the home of a retired Lawrence Police Chief. Officers learn of multiple shots being fired inside the residence. After a brief standoff, officers were able to stabilize the situation. Operation 100 News shared information with the public as soon as the situation was confirmed to be stable. Our reporting partners at the Lawrence Journal-World followed up on this lead and came up with this report, link to Lawrence Journal-World report.

July 6, 2012 - Overland Park Police report one of their patrol cars being sideswiped by a tractor trailer on Interstate 435. Operation 100 News reports the news to the public on Twitter as the situation is unfolding, with a full report on our website at 3 a.m.. Operation 100 News received an exclusive picture from the scene of the damaged police vehicle and was the only media outlet with a report to the public until after 8 a.m..


April 1, 2012 - A man is found shot in the street with serious injuries just before 3:25 a.m. in Lawrence. Operation 100 News reported the story to our contracts and then to Twitter and our website. No mention by any Kansas City area media until after 8 a.m..


March 14, 2012 - Lenexa Police investigate a domestic disturbance and locate a woman dead in her home shortly before 2 a.m.. Operation 100 News was the only media to report the death, which Police confirmed to be a "suspicious death investigation" at 2:15 a.m.. Operation 100 News had full details on Twitter and a story posted on this website. No mention by any other local media until after 7 a.m..


January 8, 2012 - An armed man holds up a Lenexa Sonic Drive-In. Two employees forced into a cooler before the man makes his getaway around 10:30 p.m. Friday night. Operation 100 News Story was posted at 12:29 a.m. Saturday morning. No mention by any other local media until after 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.


January 7, 2012 - A subject with a gunshot wound to the leg arrived at an area hospital. Police shut down Interstate 35 in Merriam to investigate and search for possible evidence. Operation 100 News Story was posted at 4:58 a.m.. No mention by any other local media until after 7 am.


November 20, 2011 - A single vehicle rollover accident following a brief Sheriff's Office pursuit on US-169 Highway near 215th Street in Spring Hill, Kansas, around 2:00am.. The driver of the vehicle was ejected and later pronounced dead on the scene. Operation 100 News Story. No mention by any other local media until after 10:30am.

October 31, 2011 - A trash truck crash kills one man and critically injures another man on 223rd Street near Quivira Road near Bucyrus (Miami County), around 12:45pm.. Operation 100 News Story. No mention by any other local media until after 5pm.

Don't get left behind again. Contact Mike at Operation100news@gmail.com for more details or with any questions.


Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

National Work Zone Awareness Week

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Today, April 6th is Orange Day in Kansas. Everyone is encouraged to wear orange to show support for Kansas highway workers.

A work zone safety news conference will take place today at 10 a.m. at the Oakland Subarea in Topeka. Scheduled to speak are; Secretary Deb Miller, Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent Ernest Garcia, and Shirley McDonald, mother of KDOT employee Scotty McDonald who was killed in a 2005 work zone crash.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shawnee Police to conduct a Sobriety and Driver's License Checkpoint

The Shawnee Police Department and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office have announced that they will be conducting a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint in Shawnee. The check lane will be held the evening of Friday, April 8th, into the early morning hours of Saturday, April 9th.

Drivers should expect to be briefly detoured through the check lane. Anyone suspected of being intoxicated will be subject to a series of sobriety tests. Drivers who are impaired will be arrested. Drivers without a valid drivers license will be ticketed.

City of Shawnee Tidy Town dates announced 2011

2012 Tidy Town information

The City of Shawnee has announced the dates for the City's Large Item Pick-up, known as Tidy Town.

For residents who live to the east of Pflumm Road, Saturday, April 30th.

For residents who live to the west of Pflumm Road, Saturday, May 7th.

Your trash hauler is responsible for pick up of these items and the service is included in your basic rate. If you have any questions about what your hauler will and will not pick up please contact them directly.

Please note: Hazardous materials such as car batteries, paints, solvents or liquid waste will not be collected. For disposal of these types of items, call Johnson County Environmental to schedule an appointment to drop off your items at their facility. ALL drop offs are by appointment only. Call 913-715-6900 or for TDD call 1-800-766-3777.

High Fire Danger Expected

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for a large area including most of Central and Eastern Kansas. This area includes the entire Kansas City Metro area and Douglas County. All open burning is discouraged during this time.

The Red Flag Warning is in effect from Noon today until 7 p.m. this evening.

What is a Red Flag Warning? Definition from Weather.gov/glossary
A term used by fire-weather forecasters to call attention to limited weather conditions of particular importance that may result in extreme burning conditions. It is issued when it is an on-going event or the fire weather forecaster has a high degree of confidence that Red Flag criteria will occur within 24 hours of issuance. Red Flag criteria occurs whenever a geographical area has been in a dry spell for a week or two, or for a shorter period , if before spring green-up or after fall color, and the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is high to extreme and the following forecast weather parameters are forecasted to be met:
1) a sustained wind average 15 mph or greater
2) relative humidity less than or equal to 25 percent and
3) a temperature of greater than 75 degrees F. 
In some states, dry lightning and unstable air are criteria. A Fire Weather Watch may be issued prior to the Red Flag Warning. 


Today's Conditions:
Winds are expected to be from the Southwest at speeds of 15 to 25 MPH with gusts nearing 30 MPH in the afternoon hours.

Humidity levels are expected to be low, between 18 to 23 percent. The lowest levels are expected across east central Kansas and west central Missouri.

Any fires that develop are likely to spread rapidly and become very difficult to control due to weather conditions.