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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ottawa man struck and killed by a car on I-35 in Lenexa

Posted: April 29, 2012 - 4:18am
Updated: April 29, 2012 - 12:16pm

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating after, 23-year-old, Kevin E. Polidore of Ottawa, Kansas, was struck and killed by a vehicle in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near the exit to 87th Street Parkway.

Investigators say the accident occurred at approximately 3:58 a.m., when Lenexa Police received a 911 call following the accident. The caller reported the accident was between 87th and 95th Streets. Officers immediately requested Johnson County Med-Act to respond to the area. The subject was located a short time later, just north of the 87th Street Parkway overpass.

Accident scene at 4:30 a.m..
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Police and Johnson County Med-Act declared the subject deceased at the scene of what was only described as a "traumatic injury."

Investigators say the vehicle that struck the man, a  2007 Kia Optima, stopped at the scene and the driver was cooperative with the investigation. That driver was not injured. The driver has been identified as 55-year-old, Larry R. Gudgel of Olathe. Troopers say Gudgel was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured. Investigators transported Gudgel to the hospital for a routine post-accident blood draw. No citations have been issued following the accident.

Accident scene at 5:00 a.m..
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The Lenexa Fire Department remained on the scene to assist Police with traffic control. Police had southbound traffic restricted to just one lane as they investigated.

The Kansas Highway Patrol continues to investigate why Polidore was walking in the roadway.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Moderate risk of severe weather today in parts of Kansas

Posted: April 27, 2012 - 7:20am
Updated: April 27, 2012 - 3:25pm


The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma has upgraded their prediction for severe weather in central and eastern Kansas today.

As a surface low moves across Kansas, strong southerly winds are expected. These winds will help a warm front move northward into eastern Kansas. These factors contribute to the now increased "Moderate" risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes late this afternoon into this evening.

The main threat for the Kansas City and Lawrence area still appears to be large hail, possibly as large as golf ball sized. Douglas County has been placed under at Tornado Watch until 9 p.m..

The categorical outlook shows the new "Moderate Risk" area for severe weather potential. This area extends from extreme west-central Missouri extending across eastern and central Kansas to near Salina, Kansas. (More maps below).

Categorical outlook
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The maps below show the areas that the Storm Prediction Center believes stand the greatest probabilities of severe weather for each specific map.
Tornado outlook
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This information is current as of the Storm Prediction Center's 3:00 p.m.. CST report. Information is updated several times daily. For the latest from the SPC and more on the above maps please visit their website for their "Day 1" today's outlook.

All information provided by the Storm Prediction Center (Norman, Oklahoma), and the National Weather Service offices (Pleasant Hill, Missouri and Topeka, Kansas).

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Grease fire causes $15,000 worth of damages to assisted living facility

Posted: April 26, 2012 - 3:38pm
Updated: April 27, 2012 - 2:07am

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The Olathe Fire Department was called to Aberdeen Village Assisted Living and Retirement Center at 3:20 p.m. Thursday. A 911 call reported a fire in the first level kitchen area. The facility is located at 17500 W 119th Street in Olathe.

Firefighters and Olathe Police assisted in evacuations of some of the residents. Crews ordered a second alarm response due to the size of the facility and the number of residents who live on the site.

The fire is said to have been contained to the kitchen area and was extinguished by the building's sprinkler system before fire crews arrived. Crews checked attic spaces and reported that the fire had not spread into the attic or the building's roof. 


Firefighters from the Lenexa Fire Department responded on the second alarm to assist with the call.


Investigators say the fire was a grease fire and started in the facility's commercial kitchen. Damage is estimated at $15,000. No injuries were reported.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Major Construction to begin on Quivira Road

Posted: April 23, 2012 - 2:07am
Updated: May 5, 2012 - 3:03am


Update: WaterOne's Construction project between 75th and 85th Streets was completed ahead of schedule.


A major construction project is slated to begin April 23rd on southbound Quivira Road.
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Beginning at 7 a.m., Monday, April 23rd southbound lanes of Quivira Road from 99th Street to 105th Street will be reduced to one lane. The City of Overland Park says this lane closure will last until Saturday, May 12. This construction will also disrupt several other streets. 99th Street, 99th Terrace, 100th Street, 100th Terrace, 101st Street and 105th Street all west of Quivira Road will be closed for approximately 100 feet. These closures will remain in place until Saturday, May 4th.


Later in the week, beginning Wednesday, April 25th, WaterOne will close all lanes of southbound Quivira Road from 75th Street to 85th Street. WaterOne says this project will allow crews to replace several valves on the 30-inch transmission line which lies under Quivira Road. The southbound lanes will remain closed for approximately three weeks according to the City of Lenexa, and northbound lanes will not be affected.


Detours will be marked and will include suggested detours of Pflumm Road and Nieman Road/Marshal Drive. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and choose an alternate route throughout both projects.


For more information about the work on Quivira Road between 99th Street and 105th Street, contact Alan Daniels with the City of Overland Park at 913-233-9432. For information on the 75th Street to 85th Street project, contact Kirk Culbertson with WaterOne at 913-895-5768 or Monty Zimmerman, City of Lenexa right-of-way manager, at 913-915-9600.


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Friday, April 20, 2012

All four escaped inmates from Ottawa County back in custody

Posted: April 20, 2012 - 8:50pm
Updated: April 21, 2012 - 3:42am


The Kansas Department of Corrections says that all four of the men who escaped in a Wednesday morning jail break have been taken back into custody.


Officials say that at 4:45 a.m., Wednesday, four men armed with homemade knives (also known as shanks) overpowered guards at the Ottawa County Detention Center in Minneapolis, Kansas. The men were able to exit the building where they stole a vehicle. A short time later one of the men was captured. The other three remained at large for more than 13 hours before any of the men were spotted again. All four of the men are Kansas Department of Corrections inmates who were farmed out to a smaller county jail due to prison overcrowding throughout the state of Kansas. The Ottawa County Detention Center is approximately 20 miles north of Salina.


Drew Edward Wade, who has convictions for aggravated battery and attempted robbery, was the first to be apprehended. Wade reportedly turned himself into Police at a North Platte, Nebraska after he called his father. Information released by KDOC says that Wade called his father from a Walmart parking lot. His father was able to convince him to go inside Walmart and turn himself in to local police. Wade reportedly entered the store, located a manager and asked him to call the Police. Officers responded and Wade was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers also recovered a mini-van which was stolen shortly after the escape. North Platte, Nebraska is approximately 240 miles away from the Detention Center that he escaped from.


Santos Carrera Morales was 17 when he was convicted of two counts of first degree murder in the March 2007 deaths of two Sedgwick County teenagers. Carrera Morales was spotted by an alert citizen at a convenience store in Russell, Kansas. The citizen alerted local Police who responded and apprehended Carrera Morales without further incident at 11:40 p.m. Thursday. Carrera Morales reportedly 'hitched' a ride to the area. Russell, Kansas is approximately 80 miles from the Detention Center that he escaped from.


Eric Jerome James has convictions for kidnapping during the commission of a crime, three counts of aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. James was captured in Omaha, Nebraska around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Authorities also recovered a Nissan Altima, which was stolen just after the escape. Further details on James' apprehension have not been released as of this report.


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Three of four in Ottawa County jail break back in custody

Posted: April 20, 2012 - 6:06am
Updated: April 21, 2012 - 3:54am

UPDATE: All four escaped inmates back in custody.

The Kansas Department of Corrections says that Santos Carrera Morales has was apprehended around 11:40 p.m. Thursday.

Santos Carrera Morales was apprehended Thursday 
KDOC says that Carrera Morales was spotted by a citizen in Russell, Kansas. The citizen called authorities, where were able to take him into custody. No other information surrounding the apprehension was immediately available.
Carrera Morales was 17-years-old when he was convicted of first degree murder in the March 2007 deaths of  two Sedgwick County teenagers.

KDOC says all escapees should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call 911, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-572-7463 or the Ellsworth Correctional Facility at 785-472-5501.


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Second of four in Ottawa County jail break captured

Posted: April 19, 2012 - 2:15am
Updated: April 21, 2012 - 3:53am


UPDATE: All four escaped inmates back in custody.


Drew Edward Wade
The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) says around 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Drew Edward Wade, one of the three men who escaped from the Ottawa County Detention Center, was captured in North Platte, Nebraska.

A KDOC spokesperson says that the escape remains under investigation and no other details are currently being released.

An Ottawa County Official says that Wade turned himself into authorities at a North Platte, Nebraska Walmart after speaking with his father.

KDOC says all escapees should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call 911, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-572-7463 or the Ellsworth Correctional Facility at 785-472-5501.

All information provided by the Kansas Department of Corrections.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sex offender escapes from Lansing

Posted: April 18, 2012 - 6:19am
Updated: April 25, 2012 - 9:47am

The Kansas Department of Corrections says around 3 a.m., Wednesday, April 18th, Gary Leslie Furthmyer escaped from the minimum security facility in Lansing, Leavenworth County, Kansas. He was on a minimum security job assignment at the facility's steam plant

Furthmyer was serving a sentence of up to 25 years for Indecent Liberties with a child. He was sentenced in 1986, according to KDOC records. His earliest possible release date was October 2014. KDOC records also show Furthmyer has previously escaped, from a Louisiana prison in 1988, he was apprehended five years later in Texas.

He is described as a fair skinned white male, 5'9" tall, 185lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair.

KDOC says that all escapees should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gary Leslie Furthmyer is urged to call 911 or the Lansing Correctional Facility at 913-727-3235.


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Jail break reported in Ottawa County, Kansas

Posted: April 18, 2012 - 5:33am
Updated: April 21, 2012 - 3:51am


UPDATE: All four escaped inmates back in custody.


Operation 100 News is working to learn more on a report of a jail break from the Ottawa County Detention Center in Minneapolis, Kansas, about 20 miles north of Salina. The break is said to have occurred around 4:45 a.m..


The Kansas Highway Patrol says four males, armed with shanks, escaped from the facility. One of the men was quickly captured, the other three fled in a gold or brown, 2002 Nissan Altima. A direction of travel for the vehicle was not known and there were no immediate reports of any injuries.


Ottawa County Officials say that four male inmates overpowered Corrections Officers. The four were armed with shanks (illegal prison made knives). One of the men was apprehended a short time later. Three others remained at large as of Wednesday morning.


All four of the men are prisoners of the Kansas Department of and had been housed at the Ottawa County Detention Center since January.


The Kansas Highway Patrol along with Law Enforcement from Saline County are assisting in the search for the suspects.


Schools from USD 239 were CLOSED Tuesday citing an "unresolved city issue."


Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call 911, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-572-7463 or the Ellsworth Correctional Facility at 785-472-5501.


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Olathe Police seek public's assistance following Sunday shooting

Posted: April 16, 2012 - 8:37am
Updated: April 17, 2012 - 12:38am

Olathe Police are seeking the public's help after a 17-year-old was shot Sunday night, as first reported, right here, by Operation 100 News.

Police say they were called to the address in the 200 block of N Walnut Street at 10:41 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2012.

A statement released by Police on Monday morning says, officers found a 17-year-old black male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim remains hospitalized and in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Tuesday, Police now say they are seeking a red, 2009 Volkswagen Beetle with Wyandotte County, Kansas license plates. The vehicle is also said to possibly have a softball sized dent with chipped paint, on the right rear fender and an unknown sticker in the rear window. Police are not saying that the vehicle is directly connected to the shooting. A similar vehicle was seen in the area, involved in suspicious activity just before the shooting occurred.

The suspect is described as a clean shaven black male, slender build with either braids or dreadlocks. He is said to be in his late teens or early twenties and was last seen wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball hat. The suspect left the area in a maroon 4 door midsized vehicle, which was driven by a white female with shoulder length blonde hair.

Monday afternoon, Police say that the victim is not believed to have known the the shooter. The two apparently were involved in a verbal altercation after a traffic related issue, when the still unknown suspect shot the victim in the stomach.

Investigators ask anyone with information to contact them at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Olathe teen seriously injured after being shot

Posted: April 15, 2012 - 11:38pm
Updated: April 16, 2012 - 1:11am

 
The Olathe Police Department is investigating after a teenage male was shot in the 200 block of N Walnut street in central Olathe just after 10:40 Sunday night. The shooting scene is about three blocks to the northwest of the Johnson County Courthouse which is located at Kansas Avenue and Santa Fe Street (135th Street).

Johnson County Med-Act reported that the 17-year-old had sustained a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported to an area hospital with what were described as serious injuries but, non-life threatening injuries.

Police say that the incident remains under investigation. Initial reports, unconfirmed by police, indicate that the suspect was possibly fled from the area in a vehicle, which was being driven by a female.

As of this report, an update on the victim's condition was not available.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Weather: HIGH RISK of severe storms today

Posted: April 14, 2012 - 6:13am
Updated: April 14, 2012 - 4:20pm

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma has stuck with their earlier prediction of "Life-Threatening High Risk" of severe weather for Saturday.

SPC forecast for severe weather potential Saturday, April 14, 2012
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The highest risk area for severe weather today is across most of central and eastern Nebraska, parts of north central Kansas and western Iowa. There is also a high risk for later this afternoon and evening for parts of south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma.

Areas included in the "Moderate Risk" include the remainder of central and eastern Nebraska, western Iowa, northwestern Missouri, central and eastern Kansas, along with parts of northern and central Oklahoma.

A slight risk area includes a large portion of the central and southern plains, from Texas north to southern parts of Minnesota and South Dakota.

Maps: Areas within the black hatching are considered the most likely areas for the activity to occur.

SPC forecast of tornado potential Saturday, April 14, 2012
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SPC forecast of damaging wind potential Saturday, April 14, 2012
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SPC forecast of hail potential Saturday, April 14, 2012
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The SPC predicts that weather conditions should be favorable for "supporting long-lived supercells capable of producing strong tornadoes" for areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and stretching into north central and northwestern Texas. Forecasters also warn of the potential for strong wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour and very large hail of 2 inches in diameter or greater.


Anyone living within this region should insure that they have a way to receive severe weather warnings late Saturday afternoon and into the overnight hours, including while they are asleep. Please do not rely solely on outdoor warning sirens. 


Remember to charge cell phones in advance of the storm. After the storm remember that using text messaging and social media is much easier on wireless (cell phone) networks. Wireless calling consumes more bandwidth than text messaging. Using a wireless call for a non-emergency conversation may be enough to keep someone who needs emergency assistance from easily accessing 911 to get the help they need. If you are not in immediate danger please consider using text messaging or social media to inform family and friends that you are safe. 

Those located within the predicted areas are encouraged to stay tuned to local media and/or NOAA Weather Radios and have a safety plan in place as this is a potentially deadly situation.

Outdoor warning sirens are intended to provide tornado warnings only for those who are outdoors. Outdoor sirens may not wake you in the night and alert you of approaching severe weather. A NOAA Weather Radio can alert you to severe storms. NOAA Weather Radios are received from the National Weather Service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC) partnered with Midland Radio and Price Chopper, launched Project Community Alert (PCA) in 2002, to offer NOAA All-Hazard Weather Radio Receivers to the public at-cost. More information on NOAA Weather Radios and Project Community Alert.


NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio Stations throughout Kansas
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Outdoor Warning Siren locations and coverage areas in Johnson County
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View a map of Douglas County, Kansas' outdoor warning siren locations here. Map will open a new window in PDF format.


All information provided by the Storm Prediction Center (Norman, Oklahoma), the National Weather Service offices (Pleasant Hill, Missouri and Topeka, Kansas), the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (Topeka, Kansas), Johnson County Emergency Management (Olathe, Kansas), and Douglas County Emergency Management (Lawrence, Kansas)

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Weather: Violent tornado outbreak likely this weekend

Posted: April 13, 2012 - 3:43am
Updated: April 13, 2012 - 4:18am

This is not something that I normally report on but, I believe this is going to be significant enough that an early heads up will be useful.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma has issued a "High Risk" of severe weather for their Day 2 (Saturday) forecast period. This is an extremely rare occurrence for the SPC to issue a "High Risk" in a Day 2 forecast.

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SPC forecast for Severe Weather potential Saturday, April 14, 2012
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SPC forecast probability outlook for Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Anyone living within the black hatched areas, of the second map, should expect severe weather Saturday evening into early Sunday morning.

The SPC warns of the potential for; very large hail of 2 inches in diameter or greater, strong wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour, and potentially long track tornadoes. This includes areas of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. The highest risk areas are expected to be along Interstate 35 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma extending north to near Salina, Kansas. Wichita, Kansas is also within the highest risk area. Areas of Kansas between Salina and Kansas City should be prepared for the approaching storms. This includes Lawrence, Emporia, Ottawa, and the Kansas City area.

Storms are expected to begin in the area by late afternoon Saturday and last through the evening and overnight hours as they move East/Northeast. The storms are expected to maintain their severe potential after dark, making this storm especially dangerous.

Anyone living within this region should insure that they have a way to receive severe weather warnings late Saturday afternoon and into the overnight hours, including while they are asleep. Please do not rely solely on outdoor warning sirens. 

Those located within the predicted areas are encouraged to stay tuned to local media and have a safety plan in place as this is a potentially deadly situation.

Outdoor warning sirens are intended to provide tornado warnings only for those who are outdoors. Outdoor sirens may not wake you in the night and alert you of approaching severe weather. A NOAA Weather Radio can alert you to severe storms. NOAA Weather Radios are received from the National Weather Service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC) partnered with Midland Radio and Price Chopper, launched Project Community Alert (PCA) in 2002, to offer NOAA All-Hazard Weather Radio Receivers to the public at-cost. More information on NOAA Weather Radios and Project Community Alert.


NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio Stations throughout Kansas
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Outdoor Warning Siren locations and coverage areas in Johnson County
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Iraq War Veteran from De Soto, Kansas found safe in Illinois

Posted: April 12, 2012 - 9:37pm
Updated: April 13, 2012 - 6:17am


UPDATED: Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies say Matthew Flowers has been located in Illinois. Authorities in Collinsville, Illinois, east of St. Louis, located him hitchhiking and said he was "headed towards Florida." He was last seen in De Soto on Tuesday. Johnson County Deputies say he left voluntarily and was not taken into custody in Illinois.

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The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's
assistance in locating a missing Veteran.


Deputies say 28-year-old, Matthew Scott Flowers, of De Soto has been missing from his home for two days.

He is described as a white male, standing 5' 10" tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds, with a shaved head
and blue eyes. Flowers has a tattoo on his left forearm which reads "Madden" and a Chinese symbol on his right arm. He was last seen wearing brown cowboy boots, blue jeans.

Flowers is an Iraq War Veteran who suffered an injury during his deployment. Deputies say he requires medication, which he is not believed to have with him. When he is off of his medication, he may display "erratic or aggressive behavior."

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Matthew Scott Flowers is asked to call the Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 913-782-0720.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Several injuries reported in early morning house fire

Posted: April 11, 2012 - 1:53am
Updated: April 11, 2012 - 4:18am

While this fire occurred outside of the normal reporting area for Operation 100 News, it still seems worthy of being reported.

An early morning fire forced six people from their home in Butler, Missouri (Bates County), approximately 60 miles south of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Officials say the fire broke out at 210 W Dakota Street shortly after midnight, Wednesday morning.

Initial reports indicated that at least two people escaped the fire through a second story window, a drop said to be "more than 10 feet" to the ground.

Officials confirm that three people have been transported by air ambulance to Kansas City area hospitals.

Two LifeFlight Eagle helicopters from the Kansas City area responded along with a MedFlight helicopter from Nevada, Missouri. All three helicopters transported victims to Kansas City area hospitals.

A source familiar with the incident reports that a "46-year-old male" victim was admitted to the burn unit at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Another male, said to be 18-years-old, suffered trauma injuries from a long fall and smoke inhalation. A child was also reported to have been transported by the third helicopter to Children's Mercy.

The State Fire Marshal has been requested to respond to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

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Gardner Armed Robbery

Posted: April 11, 2012 - 12:13am
Updated: April 11, 2012 - 12:30am

Gardner Police are investigating following an armed robbery late Tuesday night.

Police say at around 11:45 p.m., they were called to an address in the 200 block of N Poplar Street. The victim tells officers that two suspects, both armed with guns, robbed him. Both suspects reportedly fled in a teal green Chevrolet Suburban with gold spoked wheels and a broken taillight.

Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies, Lenexa and Olathe Police are assisting Gardner officers with the investigation and search for the suspect vehicle.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teenager missing from Merriam

Posted: April 10, 2012 - 3:47am
Updated: April 11, 2012 - 12:08am

The Merriam Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing teenage girl.

Keely Alder
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Police say 15-year-old Keely Alder was last seen in the parking lot of an Overland Park Wal-Mart store at 7701 E Frontage Road, around 10:30 p.m., Sunday night. Security cameras show Alder walking through the parking lot towards the back of the store, where she disappears from the camera's view.

Alder is reported to be a runaway from The House of Hope, a treatment program for teenagers, based around faith. She is originally from Wisconsin and Police say she is not familiar with the Kansas City area. Officers say it is unlikely that she has any means of transportation.

Anyone with information regarding the possible whereabouts of Keely Alder is asked to call Merriam Police at the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Missing/Endangered Person

Posted: April 9, 2012 - 2:40pm
Updated: April 9, 2012 - 4:42pm


Update: Olathe Police say as of this afternoon Dakota C. Burge has been located and is in good health. No other details were provided. Police thank the public for the assistance with the investigation.

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Olathe Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing and endangered person.

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Dakota C. Burge is a 18-year-old, white male who is described as 5'10" and 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Dakota has the letter "B" tattooed on the top of both hands.

Police say Dakota is Autistic and takes numerous medications that he does not have with him. He is from the Wichita, Kansas area and is not familiar with Olathe.

Dakota was reported missing on Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black "Fat Albert" t-shirt, and black Nike shoes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dakota C. Burge is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-7500 or 913-782-0720.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Two men injured after pickup collides with tractor trailer

Posted: April 6, 2012 - 2:02am
Updated: September 17, 2012 - 4:27am

Latest: According to the family's caringbridge.org page, crash victim Dyllon Butrick, passed away on September 12, 2012. Link to the Dyllon Butrick caringbridge page for further details.

Update: Last updated April 6, 2012 - 9:27am The Kansas Highway Patrol's initial accident report says a 1992 Nissan Pickup was traveling westbound on U.S. 24 Highway, one-quarter of a mile east of Perry. The pickup pulled onto the shoulder. A westbound 2007 Kenworth Semi-truck approached the stopped pickup and moved into the eastbound lane to pass the stopped pickup truck. At the same time the pickup truck pulled back onto the roadway and attempted to make a U-Turn, crashing into the semi-truck.

Investigators say the pickup truck was occupied by two men; 19-year-old, Gary Koelliker, of Highland, Kansas was reported to have been the driver with 20-year-old Dyllon Butrick, of White Cloud, Kansas as a passenger.

Troopers say both men were not wearing seat belts when the crash occurred and they were ejected when the pickup rolled. Both men reportedly suffered life threatening injuries. Koelliker was transported by Jefferson County EMS to Stormont-Vail in Topeka. Butrick was flow to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

The driver of the semi-truck, a 39-year-old South Bend, Indiana man, was not injured in the accident.

As of this report, Troopers say they are still investigating if alcohol or any other impairment played a role in causing the accident. No updates were available on either of the injured men's conditions.

Original Post: Last updated April 6, 2012 - 8:45am

The accident was reported at 1:44 a.m. on U.S. Highway 24 just west of U.S. Highway 59, between Williamstown and Perry in Jefferson County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says that a pickup truck and a tractor trailer collided. Crews on the scene report two people critically injured after they were both ejected.

Crews initially requested that two helicopters respond for transport. LifeStar was sent to the scene from Lawrence and the next closest, available helicopter would have been LifeFlight Eagle, more than 30 minutes from the scene. LifeFlight Eagle was cancelled at that time.

One person was transported to Stormont-Vail in Topeka by Jefferson County EMS. LifeStar transported the second person to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Both victims are said to have suffered head injuries.

KDOT closed all lanes of U.S. Highway 24 between Williamstown and Perry. All westbound traffic was redirected to northbound U.S. Highway 59. Eastbound traffic is blocked at Lecompton Road.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was also on the scene assisting with traffic control. The Kansas Highway Patrol's Accident Reconstruction Team assisted with investigating the accident.

All lanes were reopened to traffic as 8 a.m. Friday morning.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 3rd - Spring General Elections in Johnson County

Posted: April 3, 2012 - 2:30am

Today is the Spring General election in several cities in Johnson County. Cities of Leawood, Mission, Prairie Village and Westwood will all go to the polls today. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m..

Leawood and Mission voters will elect four Council Members to four year terms. Prairie Village voters will elect six Council Members to four year terms. Shawnee voters will elect a Mayor and four Council Members to three year terms due to an ongoing transition to an odd year election cycle. Westwood voters will elect a Mayor and two Council Members At-Large to four year terms.

For more information regarding candidates and to view your sample ballot visit the Johnson County Election Office's website.


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Monday, April 2, 2012

Car vs train accident kills one person north of Lawrence

Posted: April 2, 2012 - 2:29am
Updated: April 3, 2012 - 2:34am

Around 2:20 a.m. Douglas County Emergency Dispatchers received a report of a car versus train injury accident north of Lawrence. The accident occurred just west of the U.S. Highway 24-40 and U.S. 24-59, which is known as Tee Pee Junction. The accident scene is just before the entrance to Riverfront Park.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and, upon locating the involved vehicle, immediately reported that one person was deceased. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical has since confirmed that the one occupant is deceased. Emergency crews report that with the train's crew, they have walked the length of the train and confirmed that only one person was in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The involved train was reportedly a southbound Union Pacific "coal train" which struck the victim's vehicle on the passengers side as it was traveling westbound, crossing between the railroad gates. No one on the train reported being injured.

Initial reports indicated that the train's conductor witnessed the vehicle drive around the crossing gates just before the accident.

The victim has be identified as, 40-year-old, Aimee Ziegler of Lawrence. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Ziegler was a counselor at Lawrence Free State High School.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tidy Town 2012 dates announced for Shawnee residents

Posted: April 1, 2012 - 4:06am

The city of Shawnee recently announced that their annual large item pick up will take place on Saturday, April 28th for residents east of Pflumm Road and on Saturday, May 5th for those who live west of Pflumm Road.

Individual trash haulers are responsible for picking up all items and the service is included in your basic rate. Hazardous materials such as; car batteries, paints, solvents, or liquid waste will not be picked up. Call the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment for disposal of these items at (913)715-6900.

Trash haulers will pick up all items that they accept and that look like they are out for collection. The city reminds residents to remove items that you want to keep, basketball goals, containers you intend on keeping, etc. from the curb during your collection day.

Deffenbaugh customers are reminded that you will need to set one of your Deffenbaugh carts curbside so they know to pick up your items. Deffenbaugh customers without a cart curbside will not have their items collected

Contact your trash hauler for any specific instructions that they might have and a list of items that they will pick up.


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Attempted murder charge filed in April 1st Lawrence shooting

Posted: April 1, 2012 - 3:44am
Updated: April 12, 2012 - 2:16am

Update: According to my reporting partners at the Lawrence Journal-World, Douglas County prosecutors have filed an attempted intentional second-degree murder charge against William J. Verner. Verner is a 27-year-old Lawrence resident.

Verner turned himself in to the Douglas County Jail at 6 a.m. Wednesday, where he is also being held for outstanding traffic warrants. A Douglas County judge set Verner's bond at $75,000 cash or surety in the shooting case. His next hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th.

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Original Story: Last updated; April 1, 2012 - 5:16am
Police in Lawrence are investigating after an early morning shooting leaves one man with a serious gunshot wound. The call was dispatched just before 3:25 a.m. in the 1300 block of Michigan Way. One caller to 911 reported a subject in the road with a single gunshot wound. Officers arrived on scene a short time later and confirmed that a man had sustained a critical gunshot wound to the left leg.

After officers had secured the scene, LDCFM entered to treat the patient and reported the "early 20's" male's injuries to be serious. The man was transported to LMH.

Officers continue investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and have not released any further information as of this report. There has not been any information released on a possible suspect.

Around 5 a.m., the male victim was transported from LMH to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

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