Category Archives: Record

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 30, 2019 – Jan. 10, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 30, 2019 to Jan. 10, 2020.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 12 – Jan. 18, 2020

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 6 – Jan. 10, 2020

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Burn ban, Jan. 7, 2020: Very high fire danger forecast

Osage County Emergency Management issued a burn ban today, Jan. 7, 2020, for Osage County, Kan., due to very high fire danger. No outside burning is allowed, and all burn permits are suspended. The ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. Jan. 8, and could be extended at that time depending on weather conditions.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category this afternoon; sunny skies are forecast with a high near 54. Southwest winds are expected at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

For more information about the burn ban, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323 or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.

Boil water advisory rescinded for Osage County RWD 8

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for a portion of Osage County Rural Water District 8. The advisory affected the portion of the water district located north of state Highway 4, in Wabaunsee and Shawnee counties.

The advisory was issued because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from the water district indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved. 

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 23 – Dec. 27, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 23 through Dec. 27, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 31, 2019 – Jan. 4, 2020

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 16 – Dec. 20, 2019

The following information was taken from the records at the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 16 through Dec. 20, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 24 – Dec. 28, 2019

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 9 – Dec. 13, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 9 through Dec. 13, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 19 – Dec. 21, 2019

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Iowa man dies in early morning accident at Burlingame

BURLINGAME, Kan. – An early morning single-car accident near Burlingame’s east city limit took the life of the 20-year-old driver today.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that about 1:15 a.m. Dec. 23, 2019, Nicholas James Swanson, 20, of Shenandoah, Iowa, was driving a 2006 Ford Mustang westbound on U.S. Highway 56, near 426 E. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame, Kan., when the vehicle left the roadway to the north, entered a yard, and struck two trees before coming to rest in a creek bed. Swanson died in the accident.

An only passenger in the car, William Vance Rhoades, 16, of Carbondale, Kan., was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan., with suspected minor injuries.

KHP reported that neither occupant of the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 2 – Dec. 6, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 2 through Dec. 6, 2019.

Former Harveyville bank vice president pleads guilty to embezzling $100,000

TOPEKA, KAN. – A former vice president of the First National Bank of Harveyville, Kan., pleaded guilty to a federal charge of embezzlement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today, Dec. 17, 2019.

In a press release, the office said Debra Kay Converse, 60, Harveyville, Kan., pleaded guilty Monday to one count of embezzlement.

In her plea agreement, Converse admitted that in April 2019 the president of First National Bank reported to the Wabaunsee County Sheriff that he believed Converse had embezzled from the bank while she was vice president. The bank’s investigation focused on what Converse claimed were glitches in software.

On March 29, 2019, Converse resigned from the bank and the bank initiated an audit. The bank also learned that Converse, while serving as Harveyville city treasurer, wrote $5,700 in checks payable to First National Bank for processing residents’ utility payments. Rather than crediting the revenue to the bank, she cashed the checks.

With her plea, Converse also agreed to make restitution of approximately $107,175. Sentencing is set for March 9. Converse could face up to 30 years in federal prison for the crime.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 9 – Dec. 15, 2019

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Rural burglary suspect arrested in Topeka; property recovered

Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported a suspect in an Osage County burglary has been arrested in Topeka, and stolen property was recovered after officers served search warrants in a Topeka neighborhood.

In a press release issued today, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn reported officers responded to a residential burglary alarm around 12 p.m. yesterday, Dec. 12, 2019, in the 9900 block of west 177th Street, near Burlingame. About the same time, a citizen in the area also contacted the sheriff’s office to report a suspicious truck with three subjects and gave specific details about them.

After an attempt to locate notice was issued on the vehicle, it was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper in Topeka. During the investigation, Jacob Wright, 26, Topeka, was arrested for burglary, theft, criminal damage to property, and trafficking contraband into a correctional facility. Wright is being held at the Osage County Jail pending formal charges.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, and Topeka Police Department then executed two search warrants in the 3200 and 3300 blocks of SW Oakley Avenue in Topeka, and recovered stolen property.

The sheriff reports the investigation of the case is ongoing and more suspects are still at large. Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call Osage County Crimestoppers at 877-OSCRIME.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 25 – Nov. 29, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 25 through Nov. 29, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 2 – Dec. 5, 2019

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Burlington woman dies in head on crash on U.S. 75 Thursday evening

LYNDON, Kan. – A Burlington woman was killed in a two-car crash Thursday evening about 2 miles north of Lyndon on U.S. Highway 75.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that Jennarene S. Hawkins, 24, Burlington, was a passenger in a northbound 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Darian A. Hess, 20, Topeka, at about 7:50 p.m. Dec. 5, 2019, on U.S. 75 at milepost 129, or about 1/4 mile north of 229th St. The KHP report said Hess had attempted to pass a commercial motor vehicle with insufficient clearance and collided head on with an oncoming southbound 2008 Dodge Durango driven by Amber M. Walters, 33, Lyndon, on the west shoulder of the highway.

Hawkins was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, but died from her injuries. Hess was transported to KU Medical Center with suspected serious injuries. Walters and one of three children in her vehicle, Daymian M. Walters, 9, were transported to Stormont Vail with suspected serious injuries. Two other passengers in the Durango, Cherish P. Roney, 1, and Serenity R. Qujnonez, 2, were reported as possibly injured and also were transported to Stormont Vail.

The report said that Hawkins was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, but Hess was. In the Walters’ vehicle, all occupants were using safety restraints except for Daymian.

During the investigation and clearing of the accident, U.S. 75 was closed from the roundabout at state Highway 268 to the interchange at U.S. Highway 56. The highway was reopened about 1 a.m. Friday, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Editor’s note: Revised Dec. 6, 2019, to show Jennarene S. Hawkins’ hometown as Burlington as corrected in the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 18 – Nov. 22, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 18 through Nov. 22, 2019.

Statewide Silver Alert issued for missing Salina man

SALINE COUNTY – The Salina Police Department requested the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Salina man. The whereabouts of Kenneth “Kenny” Reitcheck, 69, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him. Reitcheck is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches, 175 pounds, blue eyes, and gray hair.

Reitcheck has not been seen since Nov. 4, 2019. He is known to suffer from diminished mental health capabilities and is on disability assistance, but has not attempted to access funds since before he was last seen. He is known to frequent the Salina area, but may have family in northwest Kansas, near Colby. He does not have a phone, vehicle, or any identification.

If anyone locates him or has information about his whereabouts, they are asked to contact the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210.

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