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Friday, November 6, 2015

Olathe man arrested after trying to lure officers into pursuit

Posted: November 6, 2015 - 4:36am
Updated: November 7, 2015 - 1:53am


A 20-year-old Olathe man is being held on $10,000 bond after he tried to get officers to chase his modified Mercedes-Benz in northwestern Shawnee Friday morning.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. a Shawnee officer patrolling the area attempted to stop a silver Mercedes-Benz that was driving west on 47th Street near Chouteau Street. The driver failed to yield to the officer and accelerated away. The officer did not give chase.

Seconds later the officer reported that the car he had just tried to stop had "wrecked out" at the intersection of 47th Street and Kansas Highway 7.

Police caught up with the speeding car after it crashed
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The car jumped a curb, breaking at least two of the wheels on the 2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG. The car's airbags also deployed in the crash. The driver was not injured and he was quickly taken into custody.

Police are investigating whether or not this is the same man who has repeatedly tried to get officers to chase him. Since early summer there have been numerous reports, from law enforcement agencies across Johnson County, of a silver Mercedes-Benz with a loud exhaust trying to get officers to chase.

Timothy Garrett Wottlin, 20, of Olathe, Kansas
Charged after attempting to elude Shawnee Police
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The Johnson County District Attorney's office has charged 20-year-old Timothy G. Wottlin with misdemeanor fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and misdemeanor driving without an ignition interlock device.

County records show Wottlin was arrested in October 2014 for driving under the influence. He was granted diversion in January 2015. A motion to revoke Wottlin's diversion was filed on November 3, 2015.

The Kansas Highway Patrol arrested Wottlin in September for speeding. He subsequently pleaded guilty to driving without an ignition interlock device on October 20, 2015.

Wottlin is being held on $10,000 bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for November 12.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Juveniles arrested following burglary and pursuit in western Shawnee

Posted: November 5, 2015 - 3:41am
Updated: November 5, 2015 - 12:24pm


Shawnee Police arrested three juveniles after a western Shawnee resident reported someone was opening her garage door late Wednesday night.

According to Major Dan Tennis, officers were dispatched to the 24200 block of West 67th Terrace on a possible aggravated residential burglary in progress at 11:44 p.m..

A woman called 911 to report that she heard her garage door open, she then closed it only to hear the door open again. The woman and her husband told police that they didn't see anyone. The couple reported a garage door opener had been stolen from a vehicle parked in their driveway.

At 11:53 a Shawnee dispatcher requested a third officer to respond to the area of the call. A police supervisor added himself to the call seconds later.

Due to encryption of police radios, it's unclear where or when officers located the suspects and the suspect car. Police also started their pursuit on an encrypted radio channel, before moving to a regional pursuit channel minutes later.

Radio traffic from a Lenexa Police dispatcher, at 11:54, stated that Shawnee officers were in pursuit of a black passenger car eastbound on 70th near Belmont and that it is related to an aggravated burglary. At least two Lenexa officers, including one K-9, said they would start towards the area of Shawnee's pursuit.

By 11:55 Shawnee radios had been moved to a regional pursuit channel and the pursuit was eastbound on 71st Street from Gleason Road. The suspects drove to the dead-end of 71st Street, east of Hedge Lane Terrace, where they made a U-turn and sped off back to the west.

A Shawnee officer reported speeds of 60 miles-per-hour on westbound 71st Street near Apache Drive. The black 2015 Kia Forte turned north onto Mize Road with speeds around 50 miles-per-hour.

The suspect driver followed Mize Road to 63rd Street, where the road turns east, with speeds around 30. The suspects turned north on Clare Road and slowed to 10 miles-per-hour before coming to a stop, just south of 61st Terrace.

Major Tennis says, "while turning a corner, the vehicle struck a curb or rock which flattened one of the front tires. The vehicle was not able to drive anymore and stopped."

According to radio traffic, the pursuing officer held the car at gunpoint until additional officers could arrive to assist him.

"Three juveniles were taken into custody without incident," Tennis said. "Both males were 17 and the female was 16."

Operation 100 News has independently confirmed two male juveniles and one female juvenile were taken into custody. All three were questioned by police at Shawnee Police headquarters, before being transported to the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center in Olathe around 3 a.m..

Tennis says, "the case is being sent to the Johnson County District Attorney's office this morning for review and charging."

Attempts to contact police immediately following the pursuit were not answered.

This is the second occasion [that Operation 100 is aware of] Shawnee Police have attempted to keep a high-speed pursuit on an encrypted radio channel. An October 2014 pursuit, which started with a Shawnee Police K-9 vehicle being rammed in a QuikTrip parking lot, was heavily encrypted. Shawnee officers led the nearly 40 mile pursuit, which ended 30 minutes later near Blue Springs, Missouri. Previous Operation 100 News report.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Thursday morning police chase ends with a crash


Posted: October 8, 2015 - 4:37pm

A police pursuit of two aggravated burglary suspects that began in Kansas City, Kan., ended in Shawnee early Thursday morning.

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According to Kansas City, Kan., police, the chase began in the 4100 block of North 110th Street at about 2:45 a.m. after someone called police reporting that someone was trying to break into their house. Officers responded to the scene and the suspects were seen driving away.

Officers pursued the suspect's Buick Rendezvous onto Interstate 70, where speeds reached 110mph according to radio traffic. The suspect's then led officers to southbound Interstate 635, where a Kansas City, Kan. officer was able to get spike strips down in front of the vehicle, causing one of the front tires to go flat. The chase then exited at Metropolitan Avenue and travelled west to Holliday Drive, passing Lake Quivira. The pursuit continued into Shawnee and the driver lost control at Wilder Road where the road curves to cross several sets of railroad tracks.

Shawnee police said that the vehicle crashed under the railroad bridge and caught fire.


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Firefighters from Shawnee and Kansas City, Kan. responded to the scene to extinguish the fire.

Radio traffic from officers reported that one suspect ran from the crash scene. A second suspect, who was injured in the crash, stayed at the scene and was quickly detained by officers. The injured suspect was transported by Johnson County Med-Act to the University of Kansas Hospital with serious injuries.

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Shawnee police searched the wooded area, Mill Creek Streamway Park, and the northern edge of the Deffenbaugh Landfill with K-9 units for several hours Thursday morning. Officers called off their search around 7:30 a.m. with no sign of the suspect.

Shawnee police were not involved in the pursuit, Maj. Dan Tennis said. However, according to Amber Thomas-Hickerson with the Kansas City, Kan. police, Shawnee police and Kansas City, Mo., police were investigating the burglary as well in connection to other burglary cases in their cities.

Captain Tye Grant with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department confirmed to Operation 100 News that detectives from the department's property crimes unit were working with Kansas agencies on a burglary investigation.

Just after 9:30 a.m., radio traffic indicated that a man matching the description of the second suspect was seen near the scalehouse at the main entrance to the Deffenbaugh landfill. Reports indicated that the man was spotted by landfill security, who called police describing a black male dressed in dark clothing and only wearing one shoe. Shawnee officers arrived quickly and spotted the man running towards the river. Police arrested him near the entrance to Deffenbaugh landfill, according to scanner reports.

BNSF maintenance crews responded to the crash scene to check the structural integrity of the bridge before allowing rail traffic to resume. The bridge was reopened just after 5:30 a.m.

Officers from five agencies were involved in the initial search for the suspects after the crash. Those agencies included Shawnee Police, Lenexa Police, Kansas City, Kan. Police, Kansas City, Mo. Police, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Police.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Man attacks neighbors with ax in Shawnee neighborhood

Posted: August 1, 2015 - 4:01pm
Updated: August 3, 2015 - 2:17pm


Anthony M. Townsend, 28
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A Shawnee man who allegedly attacked his neighbors with an ax on Saturday, now faces three felony charges.

Anthony Townsend, 28, has been charged in Johnson County District Court with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated burglary. Townsend allegedly broke into the house with the intent to commit a felony, according to court documents. He appeared in custody for his first court appearance Monday where his bond was set at $250,000.

Shawnee Police are investigating after a man allegedly attacked his neighbors with an ax.

In a news release Sergeant Kerri Hall says officers were dispatched on an armed disturbance in the 6400 block of Noreston Street at 11:35 a.m.

"Upon arrival of the first officer, the suspect was seen going from the neighbor/victim's house back to his house," says Sgt. Hall. "He was arrested and taken to the Johnson County Adult Detention Center."

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Scanner traffic from officers at the scene indicated that officers used a Taser to subdue the suspect.

By 12:08 p.m. police had blocked off the cul-de-sac
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The response to the scene included a Shawnee Fire engine and Battalion Chief along with two ambulances and a Battalion Chief from Johnson County Med-Act.

According to Sgt. Hall, "two adult victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment and are in stable condition."

Scanner traffic indicated that one of the victims was seriously injured, another had only minor injuries.

Johnson County Med-Act evaluated the suspect at the scene and determined that he was not injured by the Taser.

Sgt. Hall says officers are holding the crime scene as the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit processes evidence.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man, has been booked into the Johnson County Jail, where he faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Operation 100 News is not releasing his name until charges are filed.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Fight in Olathe leaves one man stabbed

Posted: July 17, 2015 - 4:31am
Updated: July 18, 2015 - 3:31am



Update:

A 29-year-old Olathe man is facing a charge of aggravated battery with great bodily harm after he allegedly stabbed a 20-year-old man early Friday morning.

Police say the two men knew each other.

Booking logs show the man facing charges lives in the apartment where officers were initially dispatched.

The suspect is being held in the Johnson County Jail, awaiting formal charges.

As the suspect has not been charged, Operation 100 News is not releasing his name at this time.

Original report:


Olathe Police are investigating after a man was stabbed during a fight around 4:15 Friday morning.

A woman called 911 reporting that her husband had been jumped and that he had possibly stabbed his attacker. The fight reportedly occurred in a front yard in the 500 block of  South Sunset Drive.

Arriving officers located a man in his early 20's with a stab wound in the street near the intersection of South Windsor Road and South Sunset Terrace.

Officers quickly located and detained the alleged stabbing suspect a few blocks away, near the intersection of of South Sunset Drive and South Church Street.

The stabbing victim was transported to an area hospital with a stab wound to his left side. His injuries are described as serious, but not life threatening.

The stabbing suspect is currently being treated on scene for minor injuries sustained in the initial fight.

No other information was immediately available.

This is the second stabbing incident of the morning. Around 2 a.m., one man was stabbed and another was cut by a man with a knife during a fight in Overland Park.

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Two arrested following Friday morning stabbing in Overland Park

Posted: July 17, 2015 - 2:33am
Updated: July 18, 2015 - 2:57am


Update:


Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking logs show Overland Park Police have arrested two men. The first, a 55-year-old, Overland Park man was mentioned by name as officers were beginning their investigation. He was arrested around 5:30 Friday morning.

Officers also arrested a 39-year-old, Merriam man just before 6 p.m. Friday.

Both men were booked into the Johnson County Jail and are facing charges including attempted second degree murder. As the men are yet to be charged, Operation 100 News is not releasing their names at this time.

As of Friday morning, police said one of the victims remained in critical condition. The second victim was treated and released from an area hospital.

Original report:


Overland Park Police are investigating after two men were injured in an early-morning stabbing.

An employee of Mac's Sports Pub, 9617 West 87th Street, called police just before 2 a.m. to report a fight in the parking lot. The employee reported that one of the people involved was possibly armed with a knife.

Radio traffic indicated that officers encountered a "large" and "agitated crowd" in the parking lot.

Johnson County Med-Act transported two men from the scene to area hospitals.

A man in his mid-30's was reportedly stabbed multiple times. He was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The second victim, only identified as a man in his mid-20's, was transported with a wrist laceration. His injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Multiple radio broadcasts describe the suspect as a white male in his mid-50's. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans. Witnesses told officers that he was last seen running north from the parking lot. Officers know the suspect's name, which Operation 100 News is not releasing at this time.

Police say they are investigating the possibility that there may have been more than one suspect.

No other information was immediately available.

If you have any information contact Overland Park Police at 913-895-6300 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477.

Another stabbing was reported in Olathe shortly after 4 a.m..

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

VIDEO- Man found dead in car after officers hear a gunshot

Posted: July 9, 2015 - 4:24am
Updated: July 9, 2015 - 7:22am


Lenexa Police investigating near 87th Street Parkway & Long Street
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Lenexa Police are investigating after a man died from a gunshot wound early Thursday morning.

The incident occurred on the south side of 87th Street Parkway and Long Street, just across the street from Lenexa Police Department headquarters.

A black 2013 Ford Focus with Missouri license plates was stopped just south of the intersection with the driver's door open.

A yellow tarp was draped over the car's interior.

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At 1:19 a.m. an officer called out "shots fired" over the radio.

Master Police Officer Dan Friesen says, "a two-officer unit on patrol saw a black Ford Focus sitting in the middle of the road on Long Street, just south of 87th Street Parkway. When officers pulled up behind the vehicle they heard a single gunshot."

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Johnson County Med-Act responded to the scene and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Police have identified the him as a 31-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri. Police have released his name, however Operation 100 News is choosing not to release it.

Friesen says, "there were no shots fired by officers and they had not contacted the man previously."

MPO Friesen has confirmed to Operation 100 News that prior to officers arriving, the Ford Focus had collided with a median at 87th Street Parkway and Rosehill Road. The vehicle ran over a median sign and left behind several large pieces of bumper and a fender well.

Police had the eastbound lanes of 87th Street Parkway closed at Rosehill Road for about 90 minutes.

Operation 100 News was at this scene for approximately an hour this morning, attempting to speak with officers at the scene and was told that no one was available to share any information.

Friesen says "typically officers on scene do not release information to media in order to avoid conflicting information being given or providing information that could compromise an investigation."

Had Operation 100 News simply been informed that this was a suspected suicide, there would not have been any reason to proceed with a report.

Operation 100 News does not typically report suicides, however as this one occurred just across the street from the Lenexa Police headquarters, in front of officers, and along busy 87th Street Parkway it is being reported.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Holiday weekend fireworks enforcement

Posted: July 7, 2015 - 4:12pm

With fireworks being illegal in most of Johnson County, Operation 100 News reached out to several agencies after the July 4th weekend to see how many complaints were received.

Major Dan Tennis with the Shawnee Police Department says they received 68 fireworks complaints. Officers issued five citations and "about half a barrel" of fireworks were confiscated. Tennis says the barrel is estimated to be a 20-30 gallon container.

Shawnee has recently been researching legalization of some fireworks. Here's a report regarding that debate from my reporting partners at the Shawnee Dispatch.

Officer Gary Mason with the Overland Park Police Department says they received 130 calls for service regarding fireworks. Officers issued 31 citations and 26 of the citations also included fireworks being confiscated.

Deputy Claire Young with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says they received approximately 238 fireworks calls between Friday evening and Sunday evening. Deputy Young says she does not have a number of citations issued or confiscations. The Sheriff's Office handles call taking and dispatching for a large part of Johnson County. Agencies dispatched by the Sheriff's Office include the cities of De Soto, Edgerton, Fairway, Gardner, Lake Quivira, Merriam, Olathe, Mission, Roeland Park, Spring Hill, Westwood, as well as Johnson County Park Police and Johnson County Sheriff's Office in unincorporated areas of the county.

Lawrence, Lenexa, and Olathe police have not responded to the request for information.

None of the responding agencies reported any injuries related to the use of fireworks.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Shawnee home hit by gunfire early Sunday morning

Posted: May 31, 2015 - 10:41am
Updated: June 1, 2015 10:03am


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Shawnee Police are investigating after someone fired at least two gunshots at a house this morning.

Officers were called to a home located in the 14400 block of West 65th Terrace just after 2:41 a.m. Sunday on a report of shots fired into a house. The address is located about one-third of a mile east of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Lackman Road.

Major Dan Tennis said officers were called to the home at about 2 a.m. in reference to a noise complaint

"Officers responded to the house and asked the residents to quiet down and they agreed to comply," Tennis said.

The 911 call reporting shots being fired at the home came about 40 minutes later.

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According to radio traffic, the person reporting the incident was inside the home when the shots were fired and had moved everyone to the basement.

No one was injured during the shooting and Shawnee police say they have no suspect description or information at this time.

"We've got these guys [Johnson County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene] out here getting all of the evidence that we can," Detective Herrmann said.

Crime Scene Technicians could be seen at the end of the home's driveway using a 3D laser scanner to map the home's front yard. One marker was placed just inside the home's front door and another was in the front yard near a large tree. A bullet hole was also visible in the back window of a vehicle parked in the driveway.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PHOTO & VIDEO - Four suspects run from stolen car in Shawnee, no arrests

Posted: May 27, 2015 - 5:07am
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 9:22am


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Shawnee Police are investigating after four people ran from a stolen car early Wednesday morning.

Major Dan Tennis says an officer was on routine patrol at about 1:41 a.m. in the 7100 block of Cottonwood, when he spotted a grey Chevy 4-door in the cul-de-sac at 71st Place and Cottonwood.

"The vehicle did not have the headlights on, so the officer turned around at 72nd Street and tried to initiate a traffic stop," Tennis said. "The vehicle turned onto 71st Terrace and slowed down, then drove into the front yard of a residence in the 14000 block of 71st Terrace and four people exited the car and ran."

Tennis says the vehicle rolled into a tree, since it was left out of gear.

The officer did not give chase, instead stayed with the car and called for other officers to check the area. Radio traffic indicated that the suspects were last seen running westbound from the car.

At least five officers and a K-9 unit responded to the area.

"Officers established a perimeter to locate the people who fled, but the suspects were not located," Tennis said.

Major Tennis confirmed that the vehicle had just been stolen from an address in the 7200 block of Rene Street.

"We processed the vehicle for evidence at the scene and it was released to the owner," Tennis said.





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Thursday, May 14, 2015

PHOTOS - Extension cord cited as cause of house fire that killed two people in Shawnee

Posted: May 14, 2015 - 11:17am
Updated: May 16, 2015 - 1:16pm

Updated report:


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The Shawnee Fire Department says an extension cord was responsible for sparking Thursday morning's fire that took the life of three-year-old Christian N. Young and his great-uncle, 63-year-old, Ronnie L. Walkup.

In a news release Shawnee Fire Marshal Corey Sands says both victims died of carbon monoxide toxicity from inhalation of the smoke, and not by the fire.

Investigators determined that the fire started in a family room on the north side of the home and quickly raced across the home.

"The smoke alarms in the home were located and the survivors confirmed that they heard them activate on both the main floor and basement of the home during the early stages of the fire," Sands says in the release.

Sands says a resident on the main floor woke up to what they believed to be smoke from burnt food and turned on the attic fan. The fan, located on the opposite side of the home near the bedrooms, drew smoke and fire across the home and towards the attic fan and bedrooms.

The man who was in the basement of the home was not able to reach the main floor and returned back to the basement in heavy smoke conditions.

Sands says, "the outside basement door and front screen door had locks that required a key from the inside to unlock. None of the survivors could locate a key to unlock the doors due to the smoke and heat."

According to the release, neighbors were able to force open both the front door and basement door, rescuing the two women from the main floor and the man from the basement.

"The open outside basement door created a wind tunnel through the home because of the attic fan upstairs drawing air and accelerated the fire," Sands said. "Medical oxygen was also in use in the family room and caused the fire to grow very rapidly when it was exposed to the fire."

"Our hearts are heavy for the victims and their family during this unimaginable time," Fire Marshal Sands said. "We ask all citizens to check their smoke alarms on a regular basis and ensure that they have clear and accessible exits in case of an emergency."

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The Shawnee Fire Department has confirmed that a 63-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy have died in a morning Thursday morning house fire at 4829 Lucille Lane in Shawnee.

A fire in 1989 killed a four-year-old boy of the same family.

Keri Brooks, a neighbor and distant cousin of the family, told my reporting partners at the Shawnee Dispatch that she was just a girl when she saw the house burst into flames in September 1989 and has now relived the experience as an adult.

"It's history repeating itself," Brooks said. "I can't believe how sad it is."

Shawnee's Communications Manager Dan Ferguson has identified the victims as three-year-old, Christian N. Young and his great-uncle, 63-year-old, Ronnie L. Walkup.

Earlier on Thursday officials had said the man was the child's grandfather.
Shawnee Fire Marshal Corey Sands said that three others are being treated for injuries following the fire at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Two women, one in her 60s and another in her 90s were rescued from inside the home while a 33-year-old man was able to escape the house on his own. All three were taken to University of Kansas Hospital to be treated for injuries related to smoke inhalation. None of their injuries were said to involve burns to their skin.

Fire Marshal Sands said that firefighters broke into the house through a bedroom window that was blocked by a bed and it's headboard. Inside the house, Sands said, firefighters found a lot of "clutter" and had difficulty maneuvering inside. Firefighters were able to find the 63-year-old man in a hallway with the three-year-old-boy. Sands said it appeared both were trying to escape towards the front door.

"It's hard for a firefighter to see this," Sands said. "It's heartbreaking for anybody to see. Our hearts are with the family and the victims of this fire."

The house is located near 49th Street between Nieman Road and Quivira Road.

Neighbors said a fire struck this same house in the 1980s, also resulting in the death of a child in the same family. Steve Day, who has lived across the street from the house for 40-years, said that the fire about 30 years ago was mostly contained to the basement, although it too resulted in tragedy.

Thursday morning, Day said he noticed the smoke at 7 a.m. and called 911. Day said that neighbors started going over to the house and knocking at the door to alert the people inside before the flames got out of control.

"It's a sad, sad thing," Day said.

Day said would see the 3-year-old play in the yard often and said the family had lived in the house for many years.

"The kids were so active over there," Day said.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire. Sands said firefighters did locate one fire alarm inside the house and investigators have reported that the family did hear an alarm.

Sands said the Shawnee Fire Department has enlisted the help of the Olathe Fire Department and it's Accelerant K-9 unit. The dogs are able to detect any sign of an incendiary fire that would indicate that this fire was set on purpose. Sands said there has been no evidence to say that is the case. Sands said the department is also using a 3-D imaging camera from the State Fire Marshal that will provide a 3-D digital image of the interior of the house that will allow investigators to better determine the path of the fire.

"We are going to find out what caused this fire and we're going to find out why these people weren't able to escape," Sands said. "We are not going to leave any stone unturned."

Family members have set up a Go Fund Me account to help the family.

Northwest Consolidated Fire District Chief Mike Whim also released a statement following news of the fire in Shawnee. NWCFD covers an area of approximately 70-square miles in northwest Johnson County, including the city of De Soto.

"The heart of every firefighter shares the passion and spirit of what it truly means to be a firefighter. When they are challenged with saving a child and it is unsuccessful, they carry that sorrow as if they failed the very reason they do what "they" do. I know that very feeling due to the same experience in that very house on September 22, 1989. This day will be remembered and this experience will not be forgotten. The names of the victims will always live on in the memories of these excellent firefighters. There is no prosthetic for a broken spirit. I know this fire department and they will come out of this stronger. I love them and all of you reading this. Hug a firefighter, they need it too!"


Nico Roesler of the Shawnee Dispatch contributed to this report.

LISTEN: Audio from 8:10 a.m. media briefing with Shawnee Fire Marshal Corey Sands.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Suspect arrested in Easter morning aggravated robbery

Posted: April 5, 2015 - 6:51am
Updated: April 8, 2015 - 4:28am


Shawnee Police spent more than an hour searching for a man who allegedly stole car keys from another man and then sped off in his vehicle Sunday morning.

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Shortly after 4 a.m., officers were dispatched to an address in the 15600 block of 65th Street where a man reported his vehicle stolen. Before the dispatcher could finish giving details of the call, an officer in the area of 67th Street and Lackman Road had spotted the vehicle.

The officer followed the vehicle into the Prairie Lakes Apartments in the 6700 block of Lackman Road, where the driver reportedly attempted to elude the officer. Officers found the vehicle abandoned and saw the suspect running away from it near the apartment building at 6823 Lackman Road.

Radio traffic indicated that the suspect was a black male. He was last seen running south in the 6800 block of Lackman Road. He was described as wearing a black jacket and dark blue jeans. The victim told police that the suspect was armed with a gun and took his car keys from him, then sped away in the vehicle. It is unclear if the victim was inside his vehicle when the suspect approached.

Officers quickly established a large perimeter around the apartment complex and into nearby neighborhoods to the south and east. A K-9 officer was called in to respond from off-duty.

The K-9 officer searched for nearly an hour throughout the southeast side of the apartment complex and into the neighborhood just east of the apartment complex. According to radio traffic, officers searched as far east as the 6800 block of Oakview Street.

Officers disbanded the perimeter just after 5:15 a.m. At that time, a suspect had not been located.

Ramone Frazier, 19
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Police say they eventually found and arrested, 19-year-old, Ramone Frazier of Kansas City, Kansas.

The district attorney's office has charged Frazier with aggravated robbery, according to court records. Frazier remained in Johnson County jail on the charge as of Wednesday morning. His bond is set at $50,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th at 9:30 a.m.

Shawnee police have not released any other information regarding this activity. Repeated requests for information have not been acknowledged or returned.





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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Alcohol, speed cited in April 3 crash that injured three

Posted: April 4, 2015 - 3:02pm
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 2:43am

April 21 update:

Operation 100 News has obtained a copy of the accident report for the April 3rd crash that injured three teenagers on Pflumm Road.
The report shows that the 2015 Honda Civic, occupied by three 18-year-old men, was traveling northbound in the southbound lane of Pflumm Road at approximately 10:50 p.m.
Shawnee Police have charged Alexander Kiegerl, of Lenexa, with speeding, preliminary breath test refusal, and DUI.
According to the report, police estimate that the vehicle was traveling between 62.05 miles-per-hour and 68.57 miles-per-hour when the car crossed the centerline of Pflumm Road, just north of 67th Street. The posted speed limit on Pflumm Road is 30 miles-per-hour. The report states that the driver lost control, went off of the right side of the road, and struck the east curb. The car crossed the centerline a second time, spun 180 degrees, and then went off the west side of the road, crashing through a chain-link fence, and finally coming to rest when the rear of the car struck a tree.
According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or greater is a crime in Kansas for drivers under 21 years of age. The accident report states that Kiegerl, 18, tested .09 percent according to the accident report. The legal limit for drivers 21 and older is .08 percent. The accident report identifies the two 18-year-old passengers, one of Lenexa and one of Shawnee. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash. Operation 100 News is not releasing their names as the police report does not list any charges against them.

Original report:


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Three teenagers were injured in an crash late Friday night in Shawnee.

The crash happened at about 11 p.m. near the intersection of 65th Street and Pflumm Road.

Joe Petersen, who lives nearby, said that the car involved in the crash was northbound on Pflumm Road and "doing some fast and furious stuff."


Petersen says police returned to the scene Saturday morning, marking the path of the vehicle.

The spray paint markings left behind on the road indicate that the car was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Pflumm Road, just past 67th Street. Markings then weave back to the correct side of the road where a curb was struck. The collision with the curb appears to have sent the car back across the southbound lane, over a curb, through a chain link fence and finally coming to rest nearly head-on against a tree.
At least two of the fence posts were pulled out of the ground, with their concrete base, several fence posts were sheared in half.
A damaged tree and two beer cans mark the end of the car's path
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Major Dan Tennis of the Shawnee Police Department said that evidence at the scene of the crash indicates that the car was traveling faster than 50 miles-per-hour. The posted speed limit is 30 miles-per-hour.

Police say the driver of the 2015 Honda Civic involved in the crash an 18-year-old Lenexa man, was arrested on charges of DUI.

Public records show that the driver was processed and then released with a notice to appear. He was not booked into the county jail.

Petersen says there were three teenagers in the car and several beer cans could be seen in the grass near the tree where the car came to rest.

According to Petersen, all three teenagers got out and started to walk away from the crashed car. The crash was witnessed by a woman who was traveling south on Pflumm Road when the car crossed in front of her and then through the fence.

"She slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting them," Petersen said.

One of the teenagers was bleeding, as indicated by a trail of blood droplets on the sidewalk near where the car was left wrecked.
The chain-link fence lays damaged after the crash
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Petersen says two of the teenagers were found near the crashed car and the third was located at his home in Shawnee.

A parent of one teenager involved in the crash, who requested that his name not be used, said that his son was still in the hospital late Saturday morning. His injuries included a broken arm. The parent says his son was a passenger in the 2015 Honda Civic.

Petersen said that he believes the fence saved lives Friday night.

"Had that fence not been there, they would have hit that tree at full steam," he said.

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Customer finds employee deceased inside Shawnee restaurant

Posted: April 4, 2015 - 1:26pm
Updated: April 8, 2015 - 4:53am


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An employee died at the Subway restaurant location on Shawnee Mission Parkway near Nieman Road on Saturday.

According to police, two customers were in the restaurant and were unable to find any employees at about 8:37 a.m. Saturday. One of the customers searched the building and found a female employee face down on the floor and called police.

The two customers and a police officer attempted to revive the woman, but their attempts were unsuccessful.

A police sergeant at the scene said the employee suffered a medical issue and no foul play is suspected.

"It appears to be related to a medical condition and nothing criminal," according the sergeant.

Police tape surrounded the building until early Saturday afternoon as police continued to investigate.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Woman arrested after crashing car into mailboxes and house

Posted: March 13, 2015 - 5:06am

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Shawnee Police say they arrested a woman for driving under the influence after she crashed her car early Friday.

Officers were called to an address in the 7300 block of Charles Street around 1:15 a.m. by a homeowner who reported a car had crashed into his home's garage.

Damage to the home appeared to be contained to a garage door and one exterior wall. Officers could be seen photographing an exterior wall that was bowed out slightly, on the side of the garage.

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An officer at the scene confirmed that two mailboxes were damaged in the 7400 block of Charles and then the garage door of the home in the 7300 block was struck by the same vehicle. The driver remained at the scene and was not injured. The officer said he could not provide any other information.

The woman was driving northbound on Charles Street. Both of the mailboxes and the home are on the east side of the street.

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Officers could be seen performing field sobriety tests on the female driver before putting her in handcuffs and then into the back of a patrol vehicle.

The woman was transported to Shawnee Police headquarters for booking. As of this report, she has not been booked into the county jail.

Operation 100 News requested to speak with a sergeant who was at the scene for a few questions. The sergeant left the scene without offering any comment.

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Three officers and a sergeant place the woman in handcuffs after completing the field sobriety tests
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A tow truck operator removes the suspect vehicle from the home's driveway
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After striking two mailboxes, the car came continued north, where it struck a house. The damaged home is in front of the police vehicle in this image.
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