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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Five detained as tactical team serves search warrant

Posted: January 15, 2019 - 4:52 a.m.
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 3:16 p.m.


Police confirm five people were detained as the Shawnee Police Department's STAR Team served a search warrant at an eastern Shawnee house early Tuesday morning.

STAR stands for Special Tactics and Response according to the police department's website.
STAR Team members approach the front of the house just after midnight
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A man surrenders to police outside the house
Neighbors tell Operation 100 News that the house, 6809 Melrose Lane, is one that the police department is familiar with and a place where officers have recovered at least five stolen vehicles over the last three years.

Major Sam Larson says at around 7 p.m. a patrol officer checked a license plate of a vehicle parked at the address.

"The address that this vehicle was at, was an address we are familiar with in the 6800 block of Melrose," Maj. Larson said. "After an initial investigation, we decided to apply for a search warrant for the home as part of the investigation."

Operation 100 News arrived on the street shortly before 10 p.m. to find officers in defensive positions around the house and near police vehicles in the street. Officers waited outside with rifles and spotlights trained on the house. The Mercedes-Benz SUV still in the driveway with one door standing open.

Police maintained their positions until the STAR Team arrived in the department's Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) just after midnight. The team walked to the front door, where officers could be heard shouting "police, search warrant" and fists pounding on the front door.
Police shout into the house for anyone inside to come out

One of the men detained is walked to a waiting police vehicle
Major Larson says STAR Team members contacted five people at the house.

"One person was taken into custody on an outside warrant and the others were released," Maj. Larson said.

Officers remained on the scene until just after 2:30 a.m.

One of two police K-9s used to search inside the house
"The case will be reviewed by the Johnson County District Attorney's Office for potential charges," Maj. Larson said. "This is still an active investigation by our detectives and we cannot release any additional information on the case."

Larson says the stolen vehicle was recovered and will be returned to its owner.
The Shawnee Police Department's MRAP and a patrol vehicle behind
the Mercedes-Benz SUV which was reportedly stolen from Kansas City, Kansas
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Wanted man backs into KCPD vehicle, leads officers on 100mph pursuit into JoCo

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Posted: January 8, 2019 - 3:10 a.m.
Updated: January 8, 2019 - 9:12 a.m.


A car chase which started in the Northland of Kansas City, Missouri came to an end in Shawnee early Tuesday.

Radio traffic indicates the suspect vehicle, a Toyota Prius, allegedly hit a Kansas City, Missouri patrol vehicle around 12:40 a.m.

Kansas City, Missouri Police Department Public Information Officer Darin Snapp says two officers went to conduct a "residence check" in the 7200 block of Northwest Donovan Drive at The Lakes Apartments, for a man known to have two felony drug warrants.

The warrants were issued by Platte County, Missouri and Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Officers observed a blue Toyota Prius, a vehicle officers knew to be associated with the suspect, pull into the parking lot.

Kansas City Police say the suspect gradually reversed towards the police vehicle.

"The Toyota struck the police vehicle while Officer Riffle was still inside of the car," KCPD's report says. "After [suspect] struck the police car, [suspect] continued to accelerate backwards, which cause the police vehicle to slide sideways."

The KCPD report says the suspect then accelerated through the parking lot and onto the Interstate, with police in pursuit.
The suspect's Toyota Prius came to a stop and both suspects
were arrested directly under Johnson Drive and just across
the Interstate from Shawnee's police station

The man driving the Prius continued his attempt to speed away from officers on southbound Interstate 435 from Missouri Highway 152. The driver accelerated to just over 100mph. The highest reported speed was 104mph.

The pursuit continued southbound on I-435 across the Missouri River into Kansas and continued south through Kansas City, Kansas.

An Edwardsville, Kansas officer was waiting for the vehicle near Woodend Road and was able to get stop sticks out in front of the car.

Pursuing officers reported that the stop sticks damaged the front driver's side tire of the Prius.

A Platte County Sheriff's Deputy vehicle (left) along with
two Kansas City, Missouri police vehicles
As the chase continued across the Kansas River and into Johnson County, a Kansas Turnpike Authority Trooper informed other units that he would be attempting to spin the Prius out with a PIT maneuver. Speeds had decreased to around 30mph after the Prius hit the stop sticks.

The Trooper's PIT maneuver was successful, and the Prius came to a stop under Johnson Drive at 1 a.m.

No injuries were reported by officers or suspects.

A man and a woman were taken into custody and are awaiting charges.

The man was taken into custody and transported to the Johnson County Adult Detention Center by the Kansas Turnpike Authority Trooper. The female passenger of the vehicle was taken into custody by Shawnee police.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking logs show the man is a 41-year-old resident of Kansas City, Missouri, in the Northland, not far from where the pursuit began. He's being held on a pending charge of felony reckless fleeing a law enforcement officer.

Kansas City, Missouri police were assisted in their pursuit by the Platte County, Missouri Sherriff's Office, Edwardsville Police, and Shawnee Police.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Operation 100 News does not release names of suspects until they are formally charged. The Kansas City, Missouri police report names the suspect and I have redacted his name from this report until he is charged. 
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Monday, January 7, 2019

Shawnee woman arrested and charged after allegedly stabbing boyfriend

Posted: January 7, 2019 - 10:40 a.m.
Updated: January 8, 2019 - 12:14 a.m.


Sydney Nicole Monet Ann Vinson, 26
Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking photo
A Shawnee woman was arrested after her boyfriend showed up at an urgent care center with a stab wound on Saturday morning.

Major Sam Larson of the Shawnee Police Department says officers were notified of the incident around 10 a.m. Saturday, but the man was reportedly stabbed around 2 a.m. on Friday.

The 34-year-old man was transported by Johnson County Med-Act to the University of Kansas Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The man's injuries included bruising on his face and chest, in addition to the puncture wound on his left thigh.

6600 block of Park Street where the incident allegedly occurred
The man told police that his girlfriend cut him with a kitchen knife during a domestic disturbance at a duplex in the 6600 block of Park Street.

"After an investigation into the incident, a 26-year-old female was taken into custody from the address on Park and lodged at the Johnson County Adult Detention Center pending aggravated battery charges," Maj. Larson said.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking logs show Sydney Nicole Monet Ann Vinson was arrested at 10:59 a.m. on Saturday.

Vinson was arraigned on a charge of aggravated battery with intentional harm and her bond was set at $2,500. She was released from custody at 4:45 p.m. on Monday after posting bail. Her next court date is Thursday, January 17.

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Four people displaced by early-morning fire

Posted: January 7, 2019 - 2:14 a.m.
Updated: January 7, 2019 - 10:50 p.m.


A fire in a Eudora home displaced three adults and one child early Monday morning.

Eudora police and firefighters were dispatched to the two-story house at 918 Church Street at 12:56 a.m. A resident of the home called 911 reporting a fire in a bedroom.

Police officers were on the scene quickly and ran into the home after learning that one of the residents was still inside. The officers were able to get the resident to go outside.

Firefighters arrived to report light smoke visible from one side of the house.

Radio traffic from firefighters indicated they found a mattress on fire in an upstairs bedroom.

Firefighters worked for about 15 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Medics checked on one resident and two police officers for possible smoke inhalation. All refused transport to a hospital.

The Red Cross has been called to assist the displaced residents.

Fire investigators determined that there were no smoke detectors on the floor where the fire started.

The Eudora City Fire Department posted on their Facebook page reminding followers that free smoke detectors are available by calling 785-542-3653 for an appointment.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Two juveniles arrested after aggravated burglary in Olathe

Posted: January 4, 2019 - 11:23 a.m.

Olathe Police say they arrested two juvenile males after responding on a reported aggravated burglary on Thursday afternoon.

Sergeant Logan Bonney says officers responded to a home in the 23400 block of West 126th Terrace at 2:57 p.m.

This is in the area of 126th Terrace and Canyon Drive.

A resident told officers suspects had forced entry into the home and stole items.

"While officers were investigating, they learned of two attempted burglaries in the same area," Sgt. Bonney said. "Additional officers responded to the area to search for suspects which led to the arrest of two juvenile males."

By Kansas statute, an aggravated burglary is the unlawful entering of a structure or vehicle that is occupied.

No injuries were reported in the burglary or the subsequent search.

Police continue to investigate and are asking anyone who may have information to call them at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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