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Monday, November 24, 2014

Police remain reluctant to release any information regarding recent string of business burglaries

Posted: November 24, 2014 - 6:47am
Updated: December 2, 2014 - 2:11pm

Lenexa Police near the scene
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Lenexa Police remain tight-lipped as they continue to investigate a string of early-morning burglaries all involving the same Lenexa business.

Master Police Officer Dan Friesen says, "we've had four business burglaries at Sonic, 8610 Pflumm, since September 25, 2014. The others were, October 25, October 27, and November 24."

Friesen says, "detectives are following leads, but no arrests have been made to this date."

"There are no surveillance images or suspect descriptions," according to Friesen.

The only detail that MPO Friesen would confirm is that cash has been taken in each of the four burglaries.

Operation 100 News remains the only media reporting any news of these burglaries and I will continue to follow up with police as their investigation continues.

The shattered glass in a door of the Sonic
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Original report:

Lenexa Police are investigating after the Sonic Drive In, 8610 Pflumm Road, was burglarized this morning.

The same Sonic location, located just off of Pflumm Road near 87th Street Parkway, has been burglarized four times since late September. Each time officers have set up a large perimeter around the area and then searched for suspects with a K-9.

The first burglary occurred on September 25th. Following that burglary, Master Police Officer Dan Friesen told Operation 100 News that the Sonic, "experienced a small loss of money."

Lenexa Police outside of the Sonic
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Other burglaries have been reported at the same location on October 25th 27th and this morning, November 24th. Attempts to reach Lenexa Police regarding the October burglaries were not returned.

This morning officers were dispatched at 3:45 am and arrived within seconds. Arriving officers found glass in one door had been shattered and someone had forced their way into the building.

Again, a large perimeter was set up and a K-9 unit was called in from off-duty. The K-9 officer searched the area but was unable to locate any suspects.

Officers at the scene would not give any details about what, if anything, was taken. Attempts to reach a PIO on Monday were not returned.

Operation 100 News was the only media on scene as a manager arrived to assess the damage.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shawnee Wendy's robbed late Tuesday

Posted: November 19, 2014 - 10:25am

Shawnee Police say they are investigating the armed robbery of the Wendy's restaurant at 11450 Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Major Dan Tennis says officers were called at approximately 11:13 Tuesday night, after a man entered and demanded cash.

"He was armed with a small black handgun," says Maj. Tennis.

Employees complied with the man's demands, handing over an undisclosed amount of cash.

Operation 100 News has learned that the store employees were then locked inside an office, before the man left the business.

Major Tennis says, "a police K-9 searched the area but the suspect was not located."

The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male, about 6ft tall, 160-200lbs, with black hair. He was last seen wearing a navy blue or black hoodie, black sweat pants, and a navy blue mask.

Employees told police that a black 2003-2010 Chevrolet Impala with dark tinted windows was seen circling the parking lot prior to the robbery.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery is urged to call the Shawnee Police Department at 913-631-2150 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Home invasion suspects run from Shawnee officers

Posted: November 15, 2014 - 11:20am
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 11:32am

Shawnee Police spent nearly six hours searching for suspects involved in a home invasion, which occurred in Independence, Missouri overnight. A vehicle taken during the home invasion was found in a Shawnee backyard.

File image of Shawnee Police vehicles
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Major Dan Tennis says Shawnee Police located the stolen vehicle in the 5200 block of Halsey Street around 4 a.m.

"While getting additional units to the scene, another vehicle left the area and two of the three occupants ran on foot from the vehicle," Tennis said in a news release late Saturday morning.

Operation 100 News was monitoring radio traffic and documented that officers called out a felony car stop at 4:50 a.m. near the intersection of 51st Street and Halsey Street. Seconds later an officer could be heard reporting a black male running eastbound behind the houses. See the tweet below this report.

By 5 a.m., officers had surrounded the neighborhood, in order to search for the suspects. Officers involved in the search were instructed to switch their radios to a county-wide tactical channel which utilizes full encryption and can only be monitored by police and fire personnel.

Tennis says, "a perimeter was established to try and locate the two that ran."

At least seven Shawnee police officers, four Lenexa officers, and two officers from Overland Park held a perimeter in the neighborhood for more than two hours. One of the Overland Park units was a K-9 unit, which conducted a search of the area, but was unable to locate anyone.

At 8:40 a.m., Major Tennis told Operation 100 News in an email that officers had contacted one person and were trying to find two more who may have left in another vehicle.

Shawnee Police also called out their Special Tactics And Response team, otherwise known as the STAR Team and a Shawnee K-9 unit. "They were called and then told to disregard. We called them until we figured out we did not have a couple of felons running from the car," Tennis told Operation 100 News.

The final officers returned to service shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, as a tow truck was removing the stolen vehicle.

Tennis says, "Independence, Mo Police recovered the stolen auto for their case."

Shawnee Police have not released any other information.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Leavenworth man killed when his SUV struck a bridge in Shawnee

Posted: November 6, 2014 - 8:39am
Updated: November 6, 2014 - 11:56am

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers investigating the crash
A Leavenworth man died in a fatal crash on northbound Interstate 435 at Johnson Drive Thursday morning.

The wreck happened about 6:45 a.m. when Gregory Sifferman, 51, of Leavenworth swerved off the roadway and struck the bridge pillar for northbound I-435 at Johnson Drive, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. He was driving a black 2000 Dodge Durango.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Traffic was limited to one lane as Troopers investigated the scene Thursday morning. All lanes were open shortly after 8 a.m.

Kansas Highway Patrol Motorist Assist blocking all but one lane of northbound I-435
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A Trooper takes measurements near the crashed SUV
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COURT UPDATE: Suspects in November 2014 carjacking in Shawnee

Posted: November 6, 2014 - 2:32am
Updated: February 16, 2016 - 12:31am

Court update:

Johnson County court records show the now 18-year-old lived in the Cottonwood Park Apartments in Shawnee and was a suspect passenger in a November 2014 carjacking. In January 2015, he pled guilty to a reduced charge of felony burglary and received a two and a half year sentence for his role in the November 2014 carjacking. According to court records prosecutors dropped the charge of attempted kidnapping against him. Operation 100 News does not release the names of juvenile offenders.

The second suspect, a now 18-year-old Olathe resident, Madio Torrence Bayha remains in custody at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Center. Court records show Bayha is being tried as an adult. He faces charges of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, recklessly fleeing a law enforcement officer, and battery of a corrections/detention officer. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 9, 2016.

Accident report: November 16, 2014

Operation 100 News has obtained a copy of the Shawnee Police Department's accident report from the November 6th vehicle pursuit and suspect vehicle crash near Shawnee Mission Parkway and Kansas Highway 7.

The six page accident report
The report identifies the driver as a 17-year-old from Olathe, and the passenger as a 17-year-old Shawnee resident. The passenger is listed as resident of an apartment complex two blocks from the Hy-Vee store where the carjacking occurred.

Operation 100 News has chosen to withhold the names of the two juveniles alleged in this case.

Included in the accident report is an illustration (shown below) of the vehicle's path and estimated speeds.

Shawnee PD Traffic Unit illustration of the vehicle's path
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The crash narrative states that the vehicle was traveling westbound, at high speed, on 67th Street, where the driver began braking towards the west end of the Kansas Highway 7 bridge.

"The vehicle skidded several hundred feet before going off road left," the report says.

After leaving the road the car struck a KDOT owned exit sign, a ditch and then went airborne. While airborne, the car struck the top of a KDOT owned fence and rolled over twice, coming back to land on its wheels on the Nachbar Automotive property, 6801 Hedge Lane Terrace.

Officers say all of the vehicle's airbags had deployed.

Shawnee Police collecting evidence from the crashed car
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Additional photos from the crash scene can be found below this report
"It is unknown where [passenger name] was in the vehicle when the crash occurred. He was found in the back seat when [officer name] approached the vehicle," according to the accident report.

The owner of Nachbar Automotive estimates damage done to his property to be $2,000. This includes damage to landscaping and damage to vehicles from crash debris that landed on vehicles in his parking lot.

The report concludes with a list of seven suggested charges, related to only the crash. Those charges do not include the initial carjacking incident at Hy-Vee. Suggested charges include: felony fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, no driver's license, speed too fast for conditions, improper driving, violations of traffic control signals, and reckless criminal damage to property.

Johnson County court records show both juveniles have been charged with aggravated robbery and attempted kidnapping. The driver has also been charged with fleeing a law enforcement officer.

Check back with this report for updates as additional information is confirmed.

Original Report: November 6, 2014

Shawnee Police are investigating an armed carjacking that occurred in the parking lot of the Shawnee Hy-Vee late Wednesday, November 5th.

Officers were called to the Hy-Vee store, 13550 West 63rd Street, at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday. The victim, a 64-year-old man from Shawnee, told officers that his gray 2010 Honda Accord was stolen by two, younger black men wearing hooded sweatshirts.

The victim said one of the men had a weapon, according to Maj. Dan Tennis of the Shawnee Police Department, but wasn't sure what it was. Tennis said the victim had been shopping at the Hy-Vee, had loaded his groceries into his car and was putting his shopping cart away when he was approached by the suspects. Tennis said the two suspects are 17-years-old.

"They demanded his vehicle keys, phone, wallet and told him to get in the car as well," Tennis said

Tennis said the victim instead ran inside the Hy-Vee where he asked for help and dialed 911. He was not injured.

A Shawnee officer then spotted the stolen Accord, westbound on Shawnee Mission Parkway near Barker Road. The officer attempted to stop the suspects and after initially slowing, the suspects accelerated to nearly 100 miles-per-hour and sped through red lights at Monticello Road and Hilltop Road with officers in pursuit, according to Tennis.

"Due to the high speeds, the car driving without headlights and running red lights, our officer stopped the chase," Tennis said.

Officers lost sight of the car near Kansas Highway 7, according to police. The officer that was leading the pursuit reported that they might have gone south on Kansas Highway 7. The pursuit was called off at 12:06 Thursday morning.

About 20 minutes later, Tennis said, the vehicle was located, wrecked, with the two juvenile suspects still inside.

The crash scene was on the property of Nachbar Automotive, 6801 Hedge Lane Terrace, just west of Kansas Highway 7. The vehicle crashed through a ditch, and a barbed wire highway fence.

Johnson County Med-Act transported both suspects from the crash scene, one with serious injuries. The crash scene was six-and-a-half miles from the Hy-Vee store where the carjacking occurred.

Johnson County Med-Act transporting one of the injured suspects
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Shawnee Fire and Police on the scene
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Tennis said the Shawnee Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit was called out to investigate the crash. One of the juveniles was released from the hospital at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday and was transported by Shawnee Police to the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center in Olathe.

Part of the wooden support that holds up the exit sign was thrown onto the property of Nachbar Automotive
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Skid marks and debris from the exit sign show where the car crossed the eastbound lanes and into a ditch.
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A Ford Mustang was sprayed with fluids from the suspect vehicle as it crashed
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Orange spray paint marks where the suspect vehicle came to rest after smashing through the exit sign and through a barbed wire fence
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The crashing car tore a path through the grass as it skidded out of control
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At least eight vehicles in the Nachbar Automotive used car lot had dirt and other debris thrown on them by the crashing car
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Operation 100 News was the only media at the scene as the injured suspects were transported away from the scene by ambulance and police processed the stolen car.

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