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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

PHOTO: Fire causes $200,000 worth of damages, displaces three adults

Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:26am
Updated: November 27, 2013 - 11:18am


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Olathe firefighters worked an early morning house fire in the 900 block of E. 126th Terrace. The address is just north of E. Harold Street, which is E. 127th Street, and just east of N. Nelson Road.

Police and fire crews were dispatched at 4:12 a.m., Wednesday, after a 9-1-1 caller reported a fire in  the home's garage.

Olathe Police officers arrived to report that the three residents of the home had made it safely to the front yard. A resident told officers several propane tanks are stored inside the garage.

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The first fire crew on the scene reported, "heavy fire from the garage of a two story, split level residence."

A car inside the garage also caught fire and was heavily damaged.

Fire officials say it took about an for the fire to be extinguished. An issue with the home's electrical wiring is believed to have been the cause of the fire. Damages are estimated at $200,000.

No injuries were reported. Three adults and three dogs were able to safely exit the home after being alerted by smoke detectors. Officials say the displaced family will be staying at an area hotel until other arraignments can be made.

The Lenexa Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act also assisted on the call.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

PHOTOS: Aggravated battery on an officer sparks chase from Lawrence, Kansas to Kansas City, Missouri

Posted: November 23, 2013 - 2:40am
Updated: November 23, 2013 - 4:21pm

Photo from the end of the pursuit in KCMO
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Douglas County law enforcement was involved in a pursuit early Saturday morning.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Kirk Folks tells the Lawrence Journal-World that a vehicle was seen speeding in the area of Club Magic, 804 W. 24th Street, around 1:18 a.m.. Officers stopped the vehicle and attempted to speak with the driver who then sped off, striking the officer with a passenger side mirror.

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Lawrence Police initiated the pursuit of the gray Mercury Grand Marquis in east Lawrence around 1:40 a.m.. Officers quickly lost sight of the car on eastbound Kansas Highway 10.

Eudora Police were waiting at the Church Street bridge over K-10 and picked up the pursuit as the vehicle passed.

That officer pursued the vehicle into Johnson County where he was joined by a Douglas County Deputy and Johnson County Deputies.

The Eudora officer reported "speeds are 100 plus," as the vehicle approached De Soto.

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The chase continued eastbound on K-10 towards Lenexa, where officers were able to put out spike strips in front of the vehicle and then join the pursuit.

Officers from multiple agencies continued to chase the vehicle as K-10 merged with Interstate 435. The chase continued eastbound into Overland Park. Officers continued to lay out spike strips in front of the suspect car.

The spike strips had flattened both passenger's side tires as the vehicle approached Leawood.

Leawood officers were able to spike the driver's side of the vehicle.

The vehicle continued across the state line into Kansas City, Missouri where their officers joined the chase and Kansas agencies backed off.

Kansas City Police brought in their helicopter and pursued the vehicle northbound on U.S. 71 Highway and eventually to the area of E. 63rd Street and S. Benton Avenue, where the vehicle came to a stop. All three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without further incident.

During the pursuit at least one Douglas County deputy had to drop out of the chase after he struck spike strips with his patrol vehicle on K-10 in Johnson County. The patrol vehicle was towed back to Lawrence. Spike strips were also hit by at least one passing car and a tractor trailer, while on I-435.

No injuries were reported.

Photo from the end of the pursuit in KCMO
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Photo from the end of the pursuit in KCMO
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Photo from the end of the pursuit in KCMO
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An earlier car chase started in Wyandotte County, through Johnson County and into Missouri.

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High speed pursuit starts in Wyandotte County, through Johnson County and into Missouri

Posted: November 23, 2013 - 1:31am
Updated: November 23, 2013 - 4:15am

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Around 12:30 a.m., Troopers attempted to stop a speeding vehicle, sparking a nearly 40 mile pursuit.

The pursuit started in Wyandotte County near Interstate 435 and Interstate 70 when Kansas Turnpike Authority Troopers tried to stop a Ford Taurus that was seen in excess of 90 miles per hour on the interstate. Troopers pursued the vehicle southbound on Interstate 435 into Johnson County, through Shawnee and into Lenexa.

The suspect exited at 95th Street in Lenexa, wound through a business park and then back to I-435.

Speeds accelerated to nearly 100 miles per hour while northbound on I-435 and back into Shawnee, where the vehicle exited at Midland Drive and took off westbound. Troopers lost sight of the vehicle on Midland but, Shawnee officers spotted it westbound on Shawnee Mission Parkway. The vehicle then turned northbound on Monticello and then eastbound on Johnson Drive.

Shawnee police attempted to spike the vehicle's tires as it passed Barker Road, however the attempt was unsuccessful.

The vehicle continued back to Interstate 435 where it went southbound. The chase stayed on I-435 all the way to Kansas City, Missouri. At the state line, Kansas Troopers ended their pursuit and Kansas City, Missouri officers took over. Those officers reported that the vehicle exited at Holmes and then continued north to Bannister Road, where officers lost sight of it.

At last check, this vehicle has not been located.

The chase covered about around 40 miles in approximately 35 minutes. No law enforcement officers were injured and no patrol vehicles were damaged.

Another chase Saturday morning started in Lawrence, Kansas after an aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. That chase also went into Kansas City, Missouri where three people were taken into custody.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

FedEx employee killed after being pinned between loading dock and tractor trailer has been identified

Posted: November 20, 2013 - 7:28am
Updated: November 20, 2013 - 12:15am

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Shawnee Police are investigating after a FedEx employee was pinned between the back of a tractor trailer and the loading dock this morning.

The incident was reported just before 7 a.m. at the FedEx sorting facility located at 8000 Cole Parkway in western Shawnee. The facility is just west of Kansas Highway 7.

Firefighters arrived to find the worker still pinned between the trailer and the loading dock.

The worker was reportedly pinned for approximately 7-10 minutes between the time of the accident and the time firefighters were able to free him.

Johnson County Med-Act, along with firefighters from Shawnee and Lenexa, found the man to be in cardiac arrest and performed life saving measures (CPR & defibrillation) several times, during emergency transport to an area trauma center.

Shawnee Police Department Major Bill Hisle has identified the victim as Dwight L. Spencer, 62, of Gardner, Kansas.

The Shawnee Police Department's Traffic Safety unit continues to investigate the accident.

A Security Guard at this same facility was killed in March of 2013 when he was run over by a tractor trailer near the front gate. Operation 100 News' previous report.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Serious injuries reported in separate JoCo crashes

Posted: November 13, 2013 - 3:48am
Updated: November 13, 2013 - 4:24am

One man critically injured in car vs. tree crash


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Lenexa Police are investigating two serious injury accidents this morning.

The first crash was reported to authorities just after 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, in the area of 79th Street and Pflumm Road. Officers arrived at the scene quickly and located a vehicle that had left the south side of 79th Street and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle was unresponsive, still inside the car.

Lenexa firefighters extricated the driver from the vehicle and he was transported by Johnson County Med-Act to an area trauma center. The driver was only described as a male with critical injuries. He was not believed to have been wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

Police say the man's injuries are life threatening. Officers continue to investigate what cause the accident.

The scene was on the south side of 79th Street, between Pflumm Road and Noland Road. Officers closed 79th Street to all traffic while crews worked the scene. The road was reopened to all traffic around 3:30 a.m..

Man seriously injured in single vehicle rollover


Emergency crews were called to a second accident in the area of 87th Street and Woodland Road around 2 a.m. Wednesday. This scene is about five miles from the first scene.

A caller reported a vehicle had rolled over on the 87th Street bridge that goes over the railroad tracks, just east of Woodland Road. Again, officers arrived quickly and found the vehicle had came to rest on its side
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and blocking both eastbound lanes.

As Lenexa Fire and Johnson County Med-Act arrived at the scene 87th Street was completely shutdown.

A witness tells Operation 100 News that the vehicle way laying on its passenger side and the driver was held in place by his seat belt. "The truck smelled of alcohol," according to the witness.

Firefighters worked for about 15 minutes to stabilize the vehicle and safely remove the driver.

Johnson County Med-Act transported the man, said to be in his 30's, to an area trauma center with serious injuries. Police say the man's injuries are serious but, not immediately life threatening. Officers continue to investigate what caused the accident and if alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

All lanes of 87th Street were reopened as the scene was cleaned up, around 3:30 a.m..

Shawnee Police assisted with blocking off 87th Street during the initial response to the crash.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

One serious injury reported in early morning burglary

Posted: November 9, 2013 - 12:59am
Updated: November 9, 2013 - 1:14am

Merriam Police are investigating after two men reportedly broke into a home in the 9500 block of 59th Terrace early Saturday.

The call started when someone inside the home called 9-1-1 and left the line open. Dispatchers couldn't hear much on the phone and sent officers to check the address.

Officers arrived to learn that two men had broken in and battered the two residents. One of the residents sustained a serious injury, possibly after being struck with a baseball bat.

One suspect was detained by officers and the second suspect is said to still be at large. He is only described as a white male, wearing camouflage.

Shawnee Police sent several officers to assist Merriam with holding a perimeter in the area and Lenexa Police sent a K-9 to attempt to track the suspect. The track did not turn up any leads on the second suspect's whereabouts.

Johnson County Med-Act transported the residents of the address to an area hospital to be checked out.

Police say the incident remains under investigation. A public information officer was not immediately available to comment on the incident.

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Jefferson County structure fire brought under control

Posted: November 9, 2013 - 12:47am
Updated: November 9, 2013 - 3:33am

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Firefighters from Meriden and at least two nearby townships battled a structure fire just off of Kansas Highway 4 on the outskirts of town early Saturday.

The call was dispatched around 12:10 a.m. after a caller reported fire from a building in the 7100 block of K-4.

Fire crews arrived to report flames through the roof of the large machine shop building. The address given by firefighters is 7127 K-4, which shows to be Quality Custom Cabinets.

There were several water tankers on the scene supplying water to fight the fire.

Crews were unable to enter the building to attack the fire, instead they used at least one aerial ladder to spray water through the building's roof.

Incident command declared the fire to be under control around 3:30 a.m..

Meriden is about 10 miles northeast of Topeka or 17 miles northwest of Lawrence.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Five people injured in JoCo crash

Posted: November 8, 2013 - 6:26am
Updated: November 8, 2013 - 7:09am

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Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating after a two vehicle accident injured five people Friday morning near Gardner.

The accident was reported around 6:10 a.m. at the intersection of 159th Street and Moonlight Road, in Gardner Township. Motorists are urged to avoid the area while the accident is investigated.

Johnson County Fire District No. 1 crews arrived on the scene to report two vehicles involved in the crash with moderate to heavy damage. Two people were said to be pinned in the backseat of one vehicle.

A 38-year-old male was critically injured when the van he was driving struck another vehicle occupied by four people. The occupants of the second vehicle include a three females and one male. Two of the females are 16-years-old, one is 17 and the male is 20-years-old. One of the females is in serious condition, the other three only had minor injuries.

Johnson County Med-Act had three ambulances at the scene to transport all of the injured people to an area hospital.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the southbound lanes of Moonlight Road "will remain closed for some time this morning," due to this accident.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

PHOTOS: JoCo bank held up by gunman

Posted: November 7, 2013 - 2:23pm
Updated: November 7, 2013 - 3:48pm
Lenexa Police and the FBI are investigating a bank robbery this afternoon.

The robbery was reported around 1 p.m. Thursday at the Bank of America, located at 7747 Quivira Road.

Police say a black male in his mid to late 20's approached an employee while displaying a handgun. The man demanded money and as shown in the photo, he climbed onto the counter at one point.

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The suspect was wearing a nylon stocking over his head, long sleeve green shirt and khaki pants. He was carrying a black bag and possibly put on a black jacket after leaving the building. He was last seen running west from the building.

There were reports that a man matching the suspect's description was seen getting into a vehicle in a nearby parking lot. Witnesses described that vehicle as a mid 90's Lincoln Towncar, tan or gold in color, possibly with Missouri license plates.

The Kansas Highway Patrol brought in their helicopter to search from above, while officers and detectives from both Lenexa and Shawnee swarmed the area. Those officers set up a large perimeter and a Lenexa K-9 performed searched the area but did not locate the suspect.

Police checked on several vehicles in area apartment complexes which were close to the description provided by witnesses.

Lenexa Police say no injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Lenexa Police at 913-477-7301 or the KC Metro TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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Suspect arrested in JoCo armed robbery

Posted: November 7, 2013 - 1:11am

Amanda Nicole Thompson, 33
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Merriam Police say a 33-year-old woman has been arrested following the armed robbery of a Marshall's department store around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Amanda Nicole Thompson was apprehended by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office around 3 p.m. Wednesday on an aggravated robbery warrant. Merriam Police confirm that the warrant stems from Tuesday's robbery in their city.

The store is located in the 5800 block of Antioch.

Police allege that Thompson handed the cashier a note which indicated she was armed with a gun and demanded money.



County Jail records show that Thompson has an address in Independence, Missouri. She was booked into the Johnson County Jail charged with aggravated robbery. She is being held on a $100,000 bond.

More information on the Merriam armed robbery, and a similar robbery at a Shawnee business can be found in our earlier report (LINK). Shawnee Police have not said whether or not the same suspect was involved in their case, only saying that they continue to investigate.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Police investigating two similar clothing store robberies

Posted: November 6, 2013 - 12:53am
Updated: November 7, 2013 - 1:36am


Update:

Johnson County Deputies have arrested a Missouri woman on a warrant stemming from the Merriam armed robbery. (LINK)

Original Report:


Shawnee and Merriam Police are both investigating after two very similar clothing story robberies Tuesday evening.

The first occurred in Shawnee at Maurice's, 15230 Shawnee Mission Parkway, around 5:40 p.m.. Shawnee Police say a white female, approximately 5ft 6in tall, with brown hair in a bun and wearing a 'Chiefs' jacket, black pants and flip flops entered the store and picked up some clothing items. She then walked to the checkout where she handed the clerk a note demanding money and "no one would get killed," according to Shawnee Police.

Police say no weapon was displayed and the woman left the store with an unknown amount of money and the clothing she was carrying. She left the parking lot eastbound in a white Chevrolet Cavalier with a black bumper. There was no information regarding the vehicle's license plate.

No injuries were reported.

The second incident occurred in Merriam at the Marshall's department store in the 5800 block of Antioch Road at approximately 7 p.m., where the suspect was captured on surveillance video.

Robbery suspect captured on surveillance video inside the Merriam Marshall's store
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Merriam Police say a female came into the store and passed a note to the cashier indicating that she had a gun and demanded money. No weapon was displayed and the woman left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Again, the woman was described as a white or Hispanic female, 30-40 years of age, wearing a 'Chiefs' jacket, glasses and had her hair pulled back in a bun.

No injuries were reported and no vehicle was seen.

The two stores are about four miles apart. Merriam Police acknowledge the similarities in suspect description and say they are working closely with Shawnee Police to determine if the crimes involve the same woman.

Anyone with information on either robbery is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Other contact numbers:
Shawnee Police Department- 913-631-2155.
Merriam Police Department- 913-322-5560
A Merriam police officer can be reached by calling Johnson County Dispatch at 913-782-0720 and asking for a Merriam Supervisor.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Shawnee Mission West Junior killed in crossover crash

Posted: November 5, 2013 - 10:17pm
Updated: November 6, 2013 - 1:45am

Houston St. John, 17
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A crossover accident on Interstate 435 near Lackman Road in Lenexa took the life of a Shawnee Mission West High School Junior on Tuesday afternoon.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. when, 17-year-old, Houston St. John was traveling eastbound on Interstate 435 when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, a 2006 Pontiac G6. The vehicle spun out and crossed the median into the westbound lanes of the interstate when it was struck, in the driver's door, by a westbound 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. The driver of the Dodge truck, a 62-year-old Leavenworth, Kansas man, sustained minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

Troopers say both drivers were wearing seat belts and both vehicles were heavily damaged.

St. John's friends tell Operation 100 News that he enjoyed participating in musicals and other performing arts at Shawnee Mission West, YouTube video below. He also played on the football team in the past as a middle linebacker and wore the number 57.



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