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Friday, September 30, 2011

Police: 1 in custody following fatal accident

Posted: September 30, 2011 - 11:50pm
Updated: October 3, 2011 - 8:12pm

The Overland Park Police Department announced Friday afternoon that one person is in custody in connection with the early Sunday morning accident that resulted in the death of 22-year-old, Overland Park man, Marquise Williams Jr..

Jonathan Brooks - Booking Photo
September 30, 2011
Photo provided by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office
The Johnson County District Attorney's Office has charged Jonathan Brooks with "failure to stop at an accident resulting in death." Brooks is a 27-years-old resident of Kansas City, Missouri. He is arraigned in Johnson County Court on Friday and his bond was set at  $250,000.

Police had been looking for the second vehicle involved in the accident, which was described as a silver Mitsubishi, possibly an Eclipse. The TIPS Hotline received a call on Wednesday afternoon telling Police where they could find that vehicle. Overland Park Police say that the vehicle was located in Kansas City, Missouri by Kansas City Police using the information obtained by the tipster.

Kansas City, Missouri Police arrested Brooks and he was extradited to Johnson County late on Friday. Police also say that the vehicle was secured and then towed to the Johnson County Crime Lab for further investigation.

Brooks posted the $250,000 bond after appearing for his court date on Monday. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 13th.

Stay with Operation 100 News on this blog and on Twitter for the latest information as it becomes available.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Douglas County K-10 Resurfacing Project set to begin

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced that the previously scheduled and then delayed K-10 resurfacing project will begin on Monday, October 3rd at 9 a.m. This same project was originally slated to begin on September 21st but was delayed indefinately. KDOT cites "scheduling conflicts" as the reason for the delayed start date.

The project  will cover an 8.5-mile stretch of K-10 from the east city limits of Lawrence to the Douglas/Johnson County Line. Crews will work round the clock with the majority of the work completed during the overnight hours, seven days a week. No work will take place during peak travel times on K-10, between 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will also be no work completed on all University of Kansas home football game days.

KDOT says that eastbound and westbound K-10 will be reduced to one lane during work hours on the project. Work will also take place on adjacent interchange ramps, only one set of ramps will close at a time. Traffic will be directed through the work zone using signage. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes as possible. A 55 MPH speed limit will be posted along with a 14-foot lane width restriction throughout the project work zone during working hours.

Project work will include: pavement repair and resurfacing on all mainline lanes, pavement of shoulders (10-foot outside shoulders and 6-foot inside/median shoulders when completed) and installation of edgeline rumble strips on both inside (median) and outside shoulders. KDOT says the project will smooth the road and fill surface defects that can shorten pavement life.

Hamm Construction of Perry, Kansas is the primary contractor on the $4.3 million resurfacing project. The project is scheduled to be completed by early November 2011, weather permitting. Funding is being provided by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010.

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KDOT: Construction on K-10 suspended until further notice


Attention News Media LINK

Olathe 4-Alarm building fire

Posted: September 29, 2011 - 9:27am
Updated: September 30, 2011 - 9:42pm

Olathe Fire investigators say "electrical issues" were responsible for the four alarm blaze Thursday morning. Investigators also confirm that one person was treated for minor smoke inhalation, no other injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at $350,000.

Fire crews from Olathe, Lenexa, Overland Park, Shawnee, Leawood and Johnson County District #2 all battled a fire at an Olathe Days Inn, 211 N Rawhide Drive. Johnson County Med-Act also had several units involved on the call along with Olathe Police. One Lenexa Police officer was also involved in the opening minutes of the fire assisting with evacuations, as that officer reported seeing the smoke from Interstate 35.

Dispatchers tell Operation 100 News they received more than 5 emergency calls regarding the fire. Crews approaching the scene advised that heavy smoke was visible.

A second alarm was ordered almost immediately as crews arrived on the scene just before 9:20 a.m. Approximately 10 a.m. the fire had a Third Alarm response added to the incident a Fourth Alarm was added at 10:20 a.m. Incident Command declared the fire to be Under Control at 10:41 a.m. and then declared the fire to be out at 10:47 a.m.

The Salvation Army responded to the scene to assist in hydrating/feeding firefighters and displaced residents.

A caller on the scene tells me, a hotel employee was treated by a Johnson County Med-Act unit and it appeared to be related to smoke inhalation or possibly an asthma attack. That injury was described as minor and no one has been transported from the scene.

Fire crews searched room to room confirming that all occupants were out. Flames did make their way through the roof at one point. Crews were able to contain the fire at a fire wall and were chasing the fire through several pipe runs and below bathtubs in interior walls of the building.

A source familiar with the incident tells me by phone that approximately 23 of the buildings 64 rooms were occupied last night. Numerous people were evacuated by Police and Fire crews as they were arriving at the scene.

Operation 100 News was the first to break this story to followers on Twitter. 15 minutes before any mention by any other area media.

Stay with Operation 100 News on this blog and on Twitter for the latest information as it becomes available.

Attention News Media LINK

North Lawrence House Fire

Lawrence Fire crews are on scene of a fully involved house fire this morning in North Lawrence at 1439 N 1900 Road. The call was dispatched shortly before 3:50 a.m.. Emergency Dispatchers received multiple 911 calls regarding the fire.

A resident of the home was able to evacuate himself and his dogs prior to the Fire Department's arrival

Fire Command requested a "County-Wide Tender response" to assist with supplying water. Fire crews are not able to make access to the interior of the structure due to its intensity. Command has crews operating to protect surround exposures at this time.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation

Stay with Operation 100 News on this blog and on Twitter for the latest information as it becomes available.

Attention News Media LINK

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Olathe Police investigating fatal assault

Olathe Police responded to reports of an assault near Mill Creek Park, located near N Woodland Street and E Poplar Street at 5:23 a.m.

Two men were transported to Olathe Medical Center where one was pronounced dead. A second man was treated, questioned and later released from custody.

Police Sergeant Grant Allen tells Operation 100 News, 53-year-old, Olathe resident. Ronald Venable died as a result of his injuries sustained in the incident.

Initial reports indicate that the suspect may have choked the now deceased man. Police are not willing to confirm this as it is an ongoing investigation.

Police say it does not appear that the men knew each other. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Olathe Police Department (913) 782-0720 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS

Operation 100 News reported this incident on Twitter as Police and Med-Act were arriving on scene, with confirmed word from Police reported at 5:43 a.m. No other mention in the local media until after 6 a.m..

Story updated as of 7:10 p.m.

Attention News Media LINK

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Olathe drowning, September 24th

The Olathe Police Department has identified the man who drowned at Water Works Park, in the 600 block of South Curtis, on Saturday, September 24th shortly after 10 p.m.. The victim has been identified as 36-year-old, Olathe resident, Michael J. Carlson.

Olathe Police were called to the Water Works Park after witnesses reported hearing someone yelling for help from the water. The Olathe Fire Department, Johnson County Med-Act and Overland Park Police Department's Dive Team responded to assist in the search.

Carlson's body was recovered and was transported to Olathe Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

No other information on this incident is being released by Police at this time.

All information provided by the Olathe Police Department

Fatality accident in Johnson County

Originally Posted: 2:49 a.m.
Update Posted: 5:15 p.m.

Updated Story: Police: 1 in custody following fatal accident

Overland Park Police tell Operation 100 News they are investigating a fatality accident this morning that occurred just before 2:30 a.m.. All southbound lanes of US-69 Highway are closed at 119th Street for the investigation. The highway reopened late Sunday morning.

Police confirm that they did receive reports of gunshots heard in the area around the time of the accident and that several casings were recovered on the highway. The Overland Park Police Department's Public Information Officer stated that the "two vehicles appear to have been traveling down the road bumping or possibly chasing each other."

The man who died at the crash scene has been identified as 22-year-old, Overland Park resident, Marquise Williams Jr.

Police also confirm that they are actively seeking a silver or gray Mitsubishi, possibly an Eclipse with front end damage. They were also able to confirm that the subject who was found deceased at the scene is a male. According to Police, his death appears to be the result of the car crash and not directly related to the gunfire. The driver of the car, also a male, was transported to an area hospital where he is in stable condition. No other information has been confirmed by Police at this time. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the TIPS hotline, 816-474-TIPS(8477)

Original post: 2:49 a.m.

Dispatchers received reports of gunshots fired just prior to one vehicle leaving the highway. Overland Park Police, Fire and Johnson County Med-Act units responded and found one vehicle had left the roadway, traveled down an embankment and crashed into a large high voltage power pole. Fire crews had to extricate one occupant from the vehicle. Upon completing the extrication it was determined that the patient, a passenger in the vehicle, was deceased.

The driver of the crashed vehicle was transported to an area hospital by Med-Act. During transport Med-Act discovered a gunshot would to their patient's foot, which was possibly self inflicted. The subject is in stable condition.

Overland Park Police have called out traffic units to investigate the circumstances of the crash. Officers investigating the scene have found several casings near the crash scene.

Preliminary reports indicate that two firearms have been located at the scene along with two casings on the highway. Reports also indicate that one subject has been taken into Police custody. Dispatcher's advised me that they are not able to confirm that information at this time as the investigation is on going.

Southbound US-69 Highway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. All traffic is being forced to exit at 119th Street. KDOT has been contacted to bring out barricades to block the highway for an extended period of time.

Police believe this incident was related to a rolling disturbance or possible road rage incident. The suspect vehicle is reported to be a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse with front end and passengers side damage. That vehicle was last seen southbound on US-69. Driver is possibly armed with a handgun and should be considered dangerous.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Latest information on overnight fatality accident on I-35

This morning the Kansas Highway Patrol has released a preliminary accident report regarding the accident on southbound Interstate 35 in Merriam. The accident forced the closure of all southbound lanes of the interstate from just before 12:30 a.m. until 6:10 a.m.


According to the accident report, the motorcycle a 2000 Honda CBR was being driven by 32-year-old, Steven Douglas Trout of Merriam. Trout was not wearing a helmet and while entering southbound I-35 from Shawnee Mission Parkway he lost control of the bike and "became separated" from the motorcycle. 


A semi-tractor trailer then struck the motorcycle. At this point a 2004 Ford Mustang struck a second semi-tractor trailer as the Mustang's driver was moving to avoid striking the motorcyclist on the highway. The drivers of both semi-tractor trailers and both the driver and passenger of the Mustang were wearing their seat belts and were not injured in the accident.


Operation 100 News was contacted by a witness to the aftermath, who advised me that one of the semi-tractor trailer's drivers "looks to be extremely upset."


A Merriam Police Officer located the accident and immediately requested more units to respond to assist and shut down all traffic on southbound I-35 at Shawnee Mission Parkway. A Johnson County Med-Act ambulance traveling down the highway stopped to assist the Police Department and evaluated the victim who was confirmed to be deceased at the scene.

Initial reports indicated that the victim was underneath one of the semi-tractor trailers.

KDOT crews responded to the scene and assisted with blocking the southbound lanes of the interstate. All southbound traffic was redirected on to Shawnee Mission Parkway during the closure.

All southbound lanes were reopened to traffic at 6:10 a.m.



Attention News Media LINK

Fatality accident involving a motorcycle

Posted: 12:41 a.m.
Updated: 6:13 a.m.

Updated information is available here.

Merriam Police and the Kansas Highway Patrol are investigating a fatality accident on southbound Interstate 35, between Shawnee Mission Parkway and 67th Street.

The accident occurred just before 12:30 a.m. and involves a tractor trailer versus a motorcycle. According to a witness at the scene the "motorcycle pulled in front of the tractor trailer, the trucker blew his horns just before the two hit." That same witness advised Operation 100 News that several other tractor trailers have stopped near the scene and the driver of the involved truck "looks to be extremely upset".

A Merriam Police Officer located the accident and immediately requested more units to respond to assist and shut down all traffic on southbound I-35 at Shawnee Mission Parkway. A Med-Act ambulance traveling down the highway stopped to assist the Police Department and evaluated the victim who was confirmed to be deceased at the scene.

Initial reports indicated that the victim was underneath the tractor trailer.

Merriam Police and the Kansas Highway Patrol are investigating. KDOT crews are on scene assisting with blocking the southbound lanes of the interstate.

A Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher says that "I-35 will remain closed for an extended period of time."

All southbound lanes were reopened to traffic at 6:10 a.m. Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers are currently working on notifying the next of kin. No further details are being confirmed by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Operation 100 News will have the latest updates as soon as new details are confirmed by investigators.

Attention News Media LINK

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

KDOT: Construction on K-10 suspended until further notice

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that work on K-10 from the east city limits of Lawrence to the Douglas/Johnson county line has been suspended until further notice.

KDOT says that the public will be notified at least two days prior to the work beginning. This project is still listed to be completed by November. No word given on the cause for the delay.

Attention News Media LINK

Monday, September 19, 2011

Updated Johnson County construction projects from KDOT

KDOT has added updates to several construction projects in Johnson County for this week.


I-35


EXPECT DELAYS! Northbound and southbound will have the right lanes closed from 175th Street to the Johnson/Miami County line for concrete pavement patching work beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 19 and running round the clock, 24/7, through Friday evening, September 23. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Friday, September 23.
Southbound I-35 to Sunflower Road exit ramp and the Sunflower Road to I-35 northbound ramp will be closed for concrete pavement repair work, 24/7, round the clock, on Tuesday, September 20 through Saturday, September 24. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Saturday, September 24.


Southbound will be reduced to two open lanes with alternating lane closures from 119th Street to 135th Street for pavement marking work on Tuesday, September 20 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday, September 20.


Northbound will have left lane closed from 119th Street to 135th Street for pavement marking work on Tuesday, September 20 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday, September 20.


I-435

Westbound right lane will be closed from State Line Road to Metcalf Avenue for pavement marking work beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19 and reopening to all traffic at 5:00 a.m.on Tuesday, September 20. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday, September 20. (New 9-16-11)


Eastbound right lane will be closed from Nall Avenue to State Line Road for pavement marking working beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20 and reopening to all traffic at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Wednesday, September 21.


Westbound right lane will be closed from State Line Road to Antioch Road for pavement marking work beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 and reopening to all traffic at 5:00 a.m.on Thursday, September 22. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Thursday, September 22.


K-10


Eastbound left lane will be closed from Woodland Avenue to Mill Creek Road for guardrail repair work on Tuesday, September 20 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday, September 20.


US-56/Shawnee Mission Parkway


EXPECT DELAYS! Eastbound and westbound will have varying lane closures closures from State Line Road to Metcalf Avenue for asphalt mill and overlay beginning at 7:30 p.m. and reopening to all traffic at 5:30 a.m. the next morning. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Friday, September 23.


US-69


Northbound left lane will be closed from 87th Street to I-35 for structure work on Monday/Friday, September 19-23 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Friday, September 23.


Northbound US-69 to 95th Street ramp will close for reconstruction work beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29. Project work is scheduled to be completed in late September 2011.


All information provided by the Kansas Department of Transportation.


Attention News Media LINK

Olathe Homicide, September 18

Olathe Police have provided a press release this morning regarding a homicide that occurred last night in the 500 block of East Brier Drive. The suspect is in custody and currently awaiting charges at the New Century Adult Detention Center.


Press Release:


On Sunday September 18th at 8:01 pm Olathe Police officers were dispatched to 516 East Brier Drive on a reported shooting.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male victim who was found deceased from a gunshot wound. Information received indicated that a male suspect had fled the residence and possibly was still in the area on foot.

At approximately 10:35 PM, officers located the male suspect in a wooded area a few blocks away from the residence. He was taken into custody and later transported to the Johnson County Adult Detention Center where he will be held pending formal charging by the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.

As this investigation unfolded, the Olathe Police Department employed the assistance of several law enforcement agencies to include; The Johnson County Sheriff's Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

This investigation continues and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Olathe Police Department at 913-782-0820 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).



All information provided by the Olathe Police Department.

Traffic Alert: US-56 in Douglas County

KDOT will begin work on eastbound and westbound lanes of US-56 today, Monday, September 19th. Traffic will be reduced to one lane between the US-59 junction to the Douglas/Osage County line for chip seal overlay application. Crews will be working during daylight hours, Monday through Friday.

Traffic will be directed through the work zone using flaggers and a pilot car operation. KDOT advises drivers to expect delays of up to 15 minutes. A news release from KDOT states that "when drivers enter the project work zone on US-56 from adjacent roadways, they must not enter onto either highway until they are directed by the flaggers/pilot car."

Reduced speed limits will be in place and a 12-foot lane width restriction throughout the project work zone will also be enforced during the daylight working hours.

The chip seal overlay application project is scheduled to be completed by Friday, September 23, weather permitting.

Information provided by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New hours for Operation 100 News

After months of consideration, I have decided to trim back the number of hours that I am dedicating to Operation 100 News. There still will be updates on a daily basis but, lets please remember this is and always has been a one man show. 


Operation 100 News has been and will continue to be my full time job. However, I can no longer afford to dedicate more than 63 hours a week to keeping the general public updated for free. I will be cutting back hours to just about 45 hours a week. I remain available to accept new contracts and continue to honor current contracts, more information on that can be found here.


I am left with tough decisions; 
A) Make Operation 100 News a paid subscription service for you the follower
B) Shutting down completely to the general public
C) Cut hours 


At this time, cutting hours is the best decision.


I remain available to expanding the hours again should new contract work emerge. At this time that is not happening and I am forced to cut back and explore other ventures. I have big plans for expanding Operation 100 News to a higher level both on Twitter and one day on scene, gathering information including pictures and video, of various incidents throughout my coverage area. To do that requires funding and right now, funding is extremely tight.


As always, thank you for your time in reading this and thank you for your continued support.


New Hours are as follows and are effective immediately:
Mon: 2:00 am-7:00 am
Tue - Wed:12:00 am-7:00 am
Thu - Fri: 2:00 am-7:00 am
Sat - Sun:12:00 am-8:00 am


Hours are also posted on the Facebook Page


Questions and comments are welcome on this page along with on the Facebook page or by email. Operation100news@gmail.com


Questions and comments posted on this page must be approved before they appear to the public and inappropriate comments will be removed from the Facebook page.








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Friday, September 16, 2011

Johnson County Sheriff's Office hosting a Heavy Equipment Theft Summit

Johnson County Sheriff's Office Press Release:

Lenexa, Kan. – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Theft Reports of Agricultural and Construction Equipment (T.R.A.C.E.) program is hosting a first of its kind Heavy Equipment Theft Summit in Johnson County on September 20, 2011.  This summit is designed to bring together law enforcement officers, equipment owners, dealers, rental companies and insurance adjusters and agents together to discuss ways to prevent heavy equipment theft and enhance recovery. 

The summit will feature break-out classes with presentations from top industry experts from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, National Equipment Register and law enforcement.  During these sessions they will discuss the growing problem of construction and agricultural equipment theft, the challenges that hinder equipment recovery and the latest in equipment security technologies.  In addition, equipment will be on hand for participants to practice the techniques they learn to locate data necessary to identify and unite it with the owners.

The summit will be held September 20, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 12601 W. 95th Street, Lenexa, KS, 66215.  Media is welcome at this event and interviews with field experts will be available.  Those who have not already registered are welcome to attend and may register the day of the event.

The T.R.A.C.E. program began in early 2010 and now has over 300 registered participants throughout the metro area, Kansas and Missouri.  The program intends to efficiently get information regarding stolen farm equipment, livestock theft, livestock recovery, construction equipment and suspicious activities distributed across Johnson and the surrounding counties.  The objective is to quickly inform all participants of suspicious activities and crime in their neighborhood, farming community and construction sites.  

Agriculture producers, livestock owners, farmers cooperatives, implement dealers, construction business or insurance companies or anything close are invited to register for the program.  To register go to the Johnson County Sheriff’s website at www.jocosheriff.org, click on the T.R.A.C.E. logo and register.  Registration is not limited to Johnson County residents, as surrounding counties are encouraged to participate as well.

Escaped Lansing prisoner captured

Photo provided by Lansing Correctional Facility
Approximate photo date: April 22, 2011
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Ronny Dale Peters, 33, escaped from the minimum security compound at Lansing, around 3 p.m. Wednesday, September, 14th. Peters was reportedly sighted by a resident of the Conestoga Estates Mobile Home Park at 1199 E Santa Fe Street in Gardner around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. Gardner Police arrived to investigate and also spotted a man matching Peters' description. As officers began to approach, the man ran.

Gardner Police launched a large manhunt in the area of the mobile home park. Officers from at least six agencies assisted in the search along with four K-9 teams and a Kansas Highway Patrol Helicopter. The search was concluded after nearly four hours and Ronny Dale Peters still on the loose.

Peters was apprehended at the same mobile home park in Gardner around 11 a.m. Friday morning by the United States Marshall Service. Peters' former girlfriend was also arrested for "Aiding a Fugitive." Heather Ziegler is being held at the Wyandotte County jail. Peters and Ziegler were both arrested inside of a vacant mobile home in the park. They were arrested without incident.


Related Stories
Manhunt launched for escaped Lansing prisoner
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JCCC: Kidnapping reported on campus

Johnson County Community College issued another "Campus Alert" late Friday morning after a male student reported being kidnapped from a parking garage Thursday evening. This is the second "Campus Alert" issued this week at JCCC.

This most recent incident allegedly occurred in the Galileo's Garder Parking Garage on the JCCC campus around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The student reported he was approached by a black male who he believed may have a gun. The suspect told the student to get in his car and drive. The suspect allegedly took his cell phone as well as money from his wallet and using an ATM, more money from his bank account. The student was eventually released unharmed in Kansas City, Missouri around 8 p.m. Thursday night.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20-24 years-old, 180lbs, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, wearing a black hooded shirt, a black hat and black shorts. He is also said to have "dread-like" hair pulled back and a silver chain around his neck.

Overland Park Police are investigating the case and JCCC Police are patrolling the college's parking lots. Anyone with information should call JCCC Police at extension 4112.

This week's earlier "Campus Alert" was issued Tuesday after a female student reported a man in a vehicle following her as she walked in a campus parking lot. More on this story.

Manhunt launched for escaped Lansing prisoner

Photo provided by Lansing Correctional Facility
Approximate photo date: April 22, 2011
Click photo for larger view
Johnson County Law Enforcement from multiple agencies have concluded an extensive search for the whereabouts of escaped prisoner Ronny Dale Peters. Peters remains at large this morning. The search began around 10:45 p.m. Thursday night and concluded shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.


Police from Gardner, Spring Hill, Shawnee and Lenexa were all involved in the search along with Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers and Johnson County Sheriff Deputies. Four K-9 Teams were involved including one from Shawnee and three from Lenexa. The Kansas Highway Patrol also brought in their helicopter to search from above.


Peters was reportedly sighted in the area of the Conestoga Estates Mobile Home Park at 1199 E Santa Fe Street in Gardner around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. A resident reported seeing a man matching Peters' description.


Gardner Police arrived shortly after that reported sighting and also spotted a man matching the description. As officer began to approach and asked to speak with the man, he ran.

Ronny Dale Peters, 33, escaped from the minimum security compound at Lansing, around 3 p.m. Wednesday, September, 14th. Peters is a white male, standing 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 108lbs with red/auburn hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, and either black boots or tennis shoes. Peters has been known to use the aliases of "Petie" and "Shorty". Prison officials say he, as all escaped prisoners, should be considered dangerous and he may be armed.

Photo provided by Lansing Correctional Facility
Approximate photo date: April 22, 2011
Click photo for larger view
Peters was sentenced in Johnson County Court in February 2011 and was serving a 32-month sentence for charges including aggravated battery, theft, burglary, domestic battery and drug related offenses. Prior to the escape, his projected release date was February 1, 2013.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronny Peters is asked to notify local law enforcement or the Lansing Correctional Facility immediately at (913) 727-3235.


Related Stories
Escaped Lansing prisoner captured
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Prisoner with criminal history in JoCo escapes from Lansing

Photo provided by Lansing Correctional Facility
Approximate photo date: April 22, 2011
Click photo for larger view


Lansing Correctional Facility officials and law enforcement area wide are looking for an escaped prisoner.

The prisoner, Ronny Dale Peters, 33, is said to have escaped from the minimum security compound at Lansing, around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Peters is a white male, standing 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 108lbs with red/auburn hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, and either black boots or tennis shoes. Peters has been known to use the aliases of "Petie" and "Shorty". Prison officials say he, as all escaped prisoners, should be considered dangerous.


Peters was sentenced in Johnson County Court in February 2011 and was serving a 32-month sentence for charges including aggravated battery, theft, burglary, domestic battery and drug related offenses. Prior to the escape, his projected release date was February 1, 2013.

Photo provided by Lansing Correctional Facility
Approximate photo date: April 22, 2011
Click photo for larger view
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronny Peters is asked to notify local law enforcement or the Lansing Correctional Facility immediately at (913) 727-3235.

Related Stories:
Escaped Lansing prisoner captured
Manhunt launched for escaped Lansing prisoner

87th Street & Renner Boulevard traffic advisory

The city of Lenexa is warning drivers that there will be "intermittent disruptions" on Wednesday and Thursday as utility crews perform tests of a gas pipeline.

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline plans to have the testing crew working in the intersection from 9 a.m - 11 a.m. and again 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Crews will be back again on Thursday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The city advises that during the work hours, flaggers will stop traffic in one lane at a time for several minutes at a time while the testing crew bores holes in the pavement over the pipeline and inserts probes to perform tests on the pipeline. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route, if possible, to avoid the delays.

More information on this project and other construction projects throughout Lenexa may be found on the city's website in the Public Improvement Projects section.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

JCCC: Indecent exposure reported on campus


Johnson County Community College issued a "Campus Alert" Tuesday afternoon after receiving a report of a man that had exposed himself to a student as she was walking to the Classroom Laboratory Building "CLB".

Campus Police say that around 9:15 a.m. the unknown man, in a vehicle, followed the female student. He then pulled the vehicle up beside the female, gaining her attention he exposed himself to her. She continued to walk and the man drove away.


The male suspect is described as a white male with a full beard in his mid-20's. His vehicle was described as a silver Toyota with unknown license plate information.

The incident was not reported to Campus Police until around 11:45 a.m. and the "Campus Alert" was issued about an hour later.

Campus Police remind students to remain aware of their surroundings and state that JCCC Police are available to escort you to your vehicle on campus.

Information provided by the JCCC Campus Police Department

Monday, September 12, 2011

K-10 resurfacing project scheduled to begin

KDOT is reminding drivers that they will begin a resurfacing project on an 8.5-mile stretch of K-10 from the east city limits of Lawrence to the Douglas/Johnson County line.



No work will occur during peak travel times of 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday or on University of Kansas home football game days, according to a press release.

The work is scheduled to begin Monday, September 12th and crews will begin the project at the east city limits of Lawrence. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in both the eastbound and westbound lanes during project work hours. There will also be a 14-foot lane width restriction.

KDOT advises drivers to be aware of the reduced speed limit of 55 mph through work zones and delays are expected. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible.

The project work includes: pavement repair and resurfacing on all mainline lanes, pavement of shoulders (10-foot outside shoulders and 6-foot inside/median shoulders when completed) and installation of "edgeline" rumble strips on both shoulders.

The KDOT press release says the "resurfacing project will smooth the road and fill surface defects that can shorten pavement life. Workers will first complete pavement repair work, then mill away 1-inch of the existing pavement followed by application of a 1.5-inch overlay. New pavement markings will be applied to the resurfaced roadway."

Hamm Construction of Perry, Kansas, is the primary contractor for the $4.3 million resurfacing project. Work is scheduled to be complete by early November 2011, weather permitting. The project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010.

More information and updated traffic impacts for this project can be found at: http://www.ksdot.org/topekametro/laneclose.asp

More information about this and other T-WORKS projects can be found at: http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Two alarm residential structure fire, Lawrence

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews were called to a structure fire at 1300 block of Tennessee Street, shortly after 6:10 Sunday morning. Upon arrival crews reported heavy fire involvement. Crews were able to make entry into the three story structure and search the first two floors to confirm that all occupants were out. Upon reaching the third floor, crews were confronted by heavy fire.

Just after 6:20 a.m. Fire Command requested a 2nd Alarm response to the scene to assist. Crews were ordered to evacuate the structure at 6:30 a.m. due to rapidly spreading fire in the attic area. All crews inside the structure safely evacuated and began fighting the fire defensively.

Scanner reports indicate that at least one neighboring structure has also been evacuated as a precaution.

Police and Fire crews say that all 10 occupants are accounted for at this time. One resident was treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation. No other injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Check back with Operation 100 News on this blog and on Twitter for the latest updates and information as it becomes available.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Man shot outside Lenexa Pub


Updated: 10:00 p.m. 9/11/2011
Originally Posted: 1:59 a.m. 9/8/2011

Lenexa Police are investigating a shooting that is believed to have occurred in the south parking lot of Saint's Pub & Patio in the 9700 block of Quivira Road around 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning.

Police were called to investigate reports of shots fired in the parking lot. When they arrived several witnesses advised that just after they heard the gunshots several vehicles were seen leaving southbound on Quivira Road. Lenexa Officers followed a vehicle matching the description of one of the involved vehicles while other officers at Saints gathered additional information.

Police did not locate anyone with injuries in the Lenexa parking lot.

Johnson County Med-Act and Overland Park Fire Department were dispatched to the area of Interstate 435 and Nall Avenue on reports of a gunshot victim in a black Range Rover. Leawood Police were first to arrive and confirmed that there was a subject suffering from a gunshot wound in the Range Rover near 110th Street and Nall Avenue. The vehicle is reported to have crashed near the intersection, the shooting victim was a passenger in the vehicle.

The victim was transported by Med-Act to an area hospital in critical condition. As of 4p.m. Thursday, Police say the victim is in stable condition.

Police are not releasing many details as this is an ongoing investigation. They will only say that several people were questioned about the incident.

The suspect is believed to have been a passenger in a silver Chevrolet Malibu, which was seen fleeing southbound on Quivira just after the shots were fired.

Lenexa Police ask for anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Lenexa Police Department at 913-477-7300 or the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). Callers to the TIPS hotline can always remain anonymous

Stay with Operation 100 News on Twitter and this blog for the latest updates as they become available. Remember where you saw it first, as it happened and not hours later.

Shawnee man arrested after short lock down

Updated: 4:30p.m. 9/8/2011

The man said to be responsible for the lock down of a Shawnee street last night has been booked into the county jail this morning. Police say 37-year-old, Romaine McClenton is the man responsible.

Police were called to the 6400 block of Hallet Street around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night on reports of an aggravated assault. A female victim fled from the address and contacted Police. According to the victim, McClenton was likely still armed inside the address. Police surrounded the house and blocked traffic on Hallet Street, south of 63rd Street as a precaution.

A Police Sergeant called McClenton on the telephone and instructed him to come out of the house. The man complied and was taken into custody in the street in front of the address.

This morning the suspect was booked into the County Jail and faces charges for aggravated assault, domestic battery, criminal threat and felony possession of meth.

The victim was treated by Med-Act for her injuries.

McClenton is being held on a $25,000 bond.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kurt Irish charged

Kurt Irish - September 3, 2011
Johnson County Sheriff's Office Booking Photo
The man responsible for leading Lenexa Police in a vehicle pursuit and sparking a large area of western Shawnee to be locked down Friday afternoon is now facing a slew of charges. 


Kurt Irish, 43, has been charged with the following charges in Johnson County; Felony Aggravated Robbery, Felony Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer, Misdemeanor Criminal Deprivation of Property, Misdemeanor Reckless Driving, Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia


These charges stemmed from a crime spree by Irish who is also a four-time Parole Absconder. The Aggravated Robbery allegedly occurred at Halftime Liquors, 15810 Shawnee Mission Parkway on August 19th around 8:30 p.m. Irish is said to have walked out of the store without paying for a bottle of Crown Royal. The store owner approached him in the parking lot to confront him, at that time Irish displayed a silver handgun and fled in a 1998 Ford Taurus.


The Ford Taurus that Irish fled the robbery in belongs to a relative, who loaned him the vehicle. When the vehicle was not returned to the owner, it was reported as stolen. That is where the Criminal Deprivation of Property charge stems from.


The remaining charges are from events of Friday, September 2nd. Lenexa Police spotted a man matching Irish's description driving the 1998 Ford Taurus that was reported stolen, around 10:45 a.m.. Police pursued that vehicle into Shawnee, where Irish sped up Barker Road and eventually onto a dirt driveway where the vehicle was found abandoned. This sparked a six-hour manhunt which involved K-9 teams from Shawnee, Lenexa and Olathe. Law Enforcement from surrounding agencies also took part in the search along with the FBI's Fugitive Apprehension Team. The manhunt was called off shortly before 5 p.m. Friday evening.


Friday evening around 9 p.m. Shawnee Police announced that Kurt Irish had been arrested in Lenexa. Police chalked up the arrest to "inter-agency teamwork." Police will only say that Irish did not turn himself in. No further details regarding the arrest have been released.


Irish is being held in the Johnson County Detention Center on a more than $100,000 bond this morning.


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Monday, September 5, 2011

Injury accident closes westbound K-10 in Lenexa

Kansas City Scout image as of 4 a.m.
UPDATED: 
4:41 a.m.

At 3:52 a.m. Monday morning Lenexa Police arrived on the scene of a one car injury accident on westbound K-10 Highway approximately one-half mile west of Ridgeview Road. The highway was immediately closed to all traffic.

Fire/Rescue crews from Lenexa and Olathe arrived on scene and advised the vehicle involved had sustained moderate to heavy damage.

The driver of the vehicle is described as a 31-year-old male who is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel and struck a bridge guard wall according to preliminary scanner traffic. The passenger of the vehicle is described as a 29-year-old female. Both are reported to have been wearing their seat belts, suffered minor injuries and were transported by Med-Act to Overland Park Regional for further treatment.

All lanes have been reopened as of 4:40 a.m. Monday morning. One Police vehicle remains on the right shoulder at the accident scene awaiting KDOT arrival to inspect the bridge wall that was struck during the accident.

Lenexa hit & run sends four to the hospital


Just after 11 p.m. on Sunday night the Kansas Highway Patrol and Lenexa Police along with units from Lenexa and Olathe Fire Departments were called to investigate a rollover injury accident in the northbound lanes of I-35 near College Boulevard in Lenexa.

Lenexa Police arrived on the scene and found a 1998 Ford Explorer rolled onto it's side near the median barrier wall. The four women who were in the vehicle were able to free themselves from the vehicle. Those women informed officers that they were struck by another vehicle which fled the scene after the accident. The suspect vehicle was described only as a "black compact car with heavy front end damage" and it was last seen continuing northbound on I-35 from College Boulevard.

According to an accident report filed by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the suspect vehicle was traveling in the right lane while the victim vehicle was in the left lane. The suspect vehicle moved left, striking the victim vehicle which then struck the median wall and rolled. The suspect vehicle continued traveling northbound.

The four women in the victim vehicle were all wearing their seat belts and suffered what were described as minor injuries. Ages of the women involved range from 16-19 years-old. They were all transported by Med-Act to an area hospital.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Edgerton woman allegedly shot by her sister

Johnson County Sheriff Deputies along with Johnson County Med-Act responded to the 200 block of W Nelson in Edgerton (southwest Johnson County) just before 6 p.m. Saturday evening on reports of a woman with a gunshot wound.

Med-Act arrived and found a woman with a gunshot wound to the neck. The victim was transported to Overland Park Regional with serious injuries. She is expected to survive.

The alleged suspect in the shooting is the victim's sister who has been taken into custody. The sister has not been formally charged. She is expected to be charged with Attempted First Degree Murder according to a jail booking log.

Kurt Irish initial charges filed

Kurt Irish
An arrest log with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office lists multiple new charges for the man arrested following an afternoon manhunt and then his arrest around 9 p.m. Friday evening, Kurt Irish.

The charges include Felony Aggravated Robbery for the alleged robbery of Halftime Liquors, 15810 Shawnee Mission Parkway on August 19th around 8:30 p.m. It is alleged that Irish attempted to leave the store with a bottle of Crown Royal, when he was confronted by the store owner in the parking lot, Irish displayed a silver handgun.

Friday's events are said to have started when Lenexa Police spotted the silver 1998 Ford Taurus around 10:30 a.m.. Lenexa Police chased the vehicle, which crossed into the city of Shawnee. Irish is reported to have turned onto a dirt driveway in the 6200 block of Barker Road while attempting to flee from Police. The vehicle came to a dead end where Irish fled from the vehicle into the woods.

Police K-9 teams from Shawnee, Lenexa and Olathe assisted in the search of the wooded area. The Kansas Highway Patrol, Johnson County Sheriff's Office along with Merriam Police and the FBI Fugitive Apprehension Team were all involved in the extensive search.

The vehicle that Police spotted their suspect driving belongs to one of his relatives who loaned him the vehicle and he had not returned. That relative reported the vehicle as missing.

According to his Kansas Department of Corrections record, Irish is a repeat parole absconder, four times since 2004 along with multiple periods of incarceration dating back to 1995. Those charges include; attempting to elude Law Enforcement, aggravated escape from custody, burglary and theft.

This time Irish has been out on parole since July 8th of this year and confirmed as a parole absconder on August 30th.

 Irish is being held on a $100,000 bond with additional charges pending.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Wanted man arrested in Lenexa

Latest story: Kurt Irish charged

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Kurt Irish initial charges filed
Multi-agency manhunt in Shawnee


Shortly before 9 p.m. in Lenexa, Kurt Irish, the man responsible for the large multiple agency manhunt this afternoon was arrested.

Kurt Irish is a repeat parole absconder and was wanted in connection with an August 19th robbery of a Shawnee liquor store, along with a criminal deprivation of property regarding a relative's vehicle which he failed to return.

That vehicle was spotted by Lenexa Police early Friday afternoon. Irish failed to yield when Police attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle sped into Shawnee and down Barker Road where it was found abandoned in a dirt driveway in the 6100 block. The area was immediately surrounded by Police and multiple K-9 teams descended on the area to search for him.

K-9 teams from Shawnee, Lenexa and Olathe along with Officers from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, Lenexa, Merriam, Olathe and the FBI's fugitive apprehension team all were involved in the more than four hour search.

KHP: Game Day Traffic Should Leave Early & Prepare for Delays


Press Release from the Kansas Highway Patrol

Construction zones add extra time to/from Jayhawk/Wildcat sporting events.

This weekend marks not only the Labor Day holiday weekend, but also the beginning of the college football season. With both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas playing at home this weekend, Kansas roads will see many people traveling to and from these games, as well as other destinations. There are some major road projects that gameday traffic should be aware of.

KU Jayhawk fans can expect traffic to be slow or delayed due to construction east of town. There is construction on the Kansas Turnpike I-70, in the area of mile marker 204. Both eastbound and westbound lanes have construction. To monitor the Kansas Turnpike's updates on traffic, you can go to their Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/KansasTurnpike.

K-State Wildcat fans traveling from the west should expect delays as they come into town on K-18, due to construction between Ogden and Manhattan. Watch for the Kansas Department of Transportation's message boards to notify you of delays or road closures, should there be an accident. You can also tune into the K-State Sports Radio Network, 101.5 FM or 1350 AM.
Regardless of whether you cheer on the Jayhawks, Wildcats, or another team this weekend, the Kansas Highway Patrol would like to offer these tips to help you enjoy the football season, and the holiday weekend safely.
  • Leave early. Traffic will be heavy a few hours prior to kickoff.
  • Expect delays in the areas mentioned above during both pre- and post-game traffic.
  • Be patient and courteous in pre- and post-game traffic.
  • Obey all traffic control signs in the construction zone. Watch for decreased speed limits and lane closure signs. Remember, citation amounts double in workzones.
  • Add additional following distance within the construction zone and heavy traffic areas.
  • Utilize a designated driver. Extra troopers are out as part of the Kansas Department of Transportation's Special Traffic Enforcement Program, and they will be watching for impaired drivers.

Multi-agency manhunt in Shawnee

Latest story: Kurt Irish charged

Statement from Shawnee Police. Photo's of suspect below story.

Irish no longer is driving the Ford Taurus mentioned
"Shawnee police officers and officers from outside jurisdictions like Lenexa, Olathe, Kansas Highway Patrol, and the FBI are currently conducting a manhunt for an individual wanted for Robbery. That subject is a 43 year-old white male, six foot tall, weighing 190, brown hair, and blue eyes. He ditched a stolen car on Barker Road in an area north of Shawnee Mission Parkway after failing to stop for police officers. Police officers are currently searching the area for this man. Traffic has been blocked off on Johnson Drive just west of I-435 Freeway west to Woodland Road and other traffic flow in the area could be temporarily affected during this search. If you observe an individual matching this description in that area of Western Shawnee, please call 9-1-1 with your information. Thank you."


Irish has an extensive criminal record with repeated history of fleeing from Police. He has most recently absconded from Parole and is currently wanted for Robbery of a Shawnee Liquor Store.


Police have broken down their perimeter shortly before 5 p.m. Mr. Irish remains at large and should be considered ARMED & DANGEROUS. Police say that they will be keeping an extra Police presence in the area of where the suspect was last seen.


Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.