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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.

Statewide Silver Alert: Inman man found safe in Rice County

Update Dec. 3, 2019: The Inman Police Department reported that Richard W. Andrus was located safely overnight in Rice County. This statewide Silver Alert has been canceled.

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MCPHERSON COUNTY, Kan. – The Inman, Kan., Police Department has requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Inman man.

The whereabouts of Richard W. Andrus, 70, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him.

Inman Police Department reports Andrus is a white male, 5 ft. 11 in., 193 pounds, bald, and has blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket and jeans, and was last known to be driving a red 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, with Vietnam Veteran tag 5123, heading in an unknown direction.

Last point of contact with Andrus was at his home in Inman, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Andrus possibly used his credit card at a Casey’s convenience store in Ellsworth, Kan. on Sunday evening. He is reported as suffering from dementia.

Anyone who sees Andrus or his vehicle or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact McPherson County Dispatch at 620-245-1266.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 24 – Nov. 30, 2019

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, Nov. 18 – Nov. 23, 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, Nov. 11 – 15, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 11 through Nov. 15, 2019.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 4 – Nov. 8, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 4 through Nov. 8, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 11 – Nov. 17, 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, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 3 – Nov. 8, 2019

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

Young girl dies in icy highway accident at Overbrook

OVERBROOK, Kan. – A young passenger died from injuries sustained in a three-car collision at the west edge of Overbrook, Kan., on U.S. Highway 56 Monday morning, and icy roads were reported as the cause.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that Cassie N. Ralston, 8, of Scranton, Kan., died after an accident that occurred around 8 a.m. Nov. 11, 2019. The KHP report said a 2001 Dodge Ram driven by Kirsten Noel Edwards, 43, Overbrook, was headed westbound on U.S. 56, when she lost control on the icy highway, crossed the center line, and collided head on with a 2008 Ford Edge driven by Terry Ralston, 52, Scranton. A third vehicle, a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero driven by Kaelyn A. Watkins, 17, Overbrook, then collided with the rear of the Ralstons’ Ford Edge.

Cassie and Terry Ralston, and Kirsten Edwards and her passenger, Luke Edwards, 14, were all transported with unspecified injuries to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. Watkins was listed as having no apparent injuries.

Cassie and Terry Ralston and Watkins were listed as wearing safety restraints at the time of the collision, while the report didn’t specify for the Edwardses.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 21 – Oct. 25, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 21 through Oct. 25, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2019

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

Shaffer convicted of animal cruelty, animals at large charges

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has issued a press release reporting the disposition of a recent animal cruelty and animals at large case. The sheriff reported that Christi L. Shaffer, 53, Lyndon, Kan., entered pleas of no contest to two counts of animal cruelty and one count of allowing a dangerous animal to be at large, during a hearing Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Osage County District Court.

Dunn reported that Osage County Magistrate Judge Shannon Rush sentenced Shaffer to the maximum sentence allowed for the convictions and ordered the sentences to run consecutive for a controlling sentence of 30 months in the Osage County Jail. The judge ordered Shaffer to serve 45 days in jail and suspended the balance of the sentence. Rush also ordered Shaffer to serve 36 months of probation.

Shaffer agreed to relinquish ownership of the dogs and the judge severed her ownership interest. Rush ordered that Shaffer was not to own or possess animals of any kind during the term of her probation.

Shaffer was also fined $1,100 and was ordered to pay restitution to the Osage County Sheriff in the amount of $1,222.39 for veterinary care that had been provided for the dogs.

As part of the plea agreement, Shaffer was ordered to provide information concerning the location of the dogs, because she had moved the dogs from Osage County.

Dunn reported she has been in contact with the individual in possession of the dogs.

“Fortunately, this individual appears to have provided excellent care for the dogs whose condition has greatly improved,” Dunn said in the release. “Some of the dogs have already been adopted and the remaining dogs will receive appropriate care until permanent adoptive homes are located.”

Shaffer was arrested on the charges on Oct. 16, after the sheriff’s office received complaints about wild dogs running loose in rural Lyndon.

Sheriff investigates gun found on school property at Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Kan. – In a press release issued Oct. 29, 2019, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn reported that her office has investigated a case of a firearm located on school property at Carbondale Attendance Center. Dunn said in the release the investigation began Oct. 18, and a firearm was located and removed from the school property.

Dunn provided no information regarding who possessed the gun, whether student, staff member or other individual, but the release indicated the USD 434 school district was dealing with the incident as a personnel issue.

“USD 434 will be handling the USD 434 personnel issues,” the sheriff reported.

Dunn said the investigation has been turned over to the Osage County Attorney for review to determine if charges will be filed. She said the sheriff’s office would have no other comment about the case until it is reviewed by the county attorney.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 14 – Oct. 18, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 14 through Oct. 18, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 20 – Oct. 26, 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, Oct. 7 – Oct. 11, 2019

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Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 13 – Oct. 19, 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, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2019

The following information was compiled from the records at the Osage County Courthouse, Sept. 30, through Oct. 4, 2019.

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