Category Archives: Record

Osage County Jail Log, Feb. 5 – Feb. 10, 2018

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, Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Jan. 29, 2018 through Feb. 2, 2018.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by car on icy I-35 in Osage County Saturday evening

One pedestrian was killed and another injured after being struck by a car on Interstate 35 Saturday evening, as icy roads caused many accidents in the area during a short time period.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Robert Groh, 49, of Raymore, Mo., died after being hit by a 2001 Saturn driven by Taylor Walker, 24, Kalamazoo, Mich. KHP reported that about 5:45 p.m. Feb. 10, 2018, Walker was south bound on I-35 near mile 164.8 or 2.2 miles east of South Paulen Road, when the vehicle left the road due to ice and struck the two pedestrians and a 2005 Ford 2005 E150 parked in the median.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported the two pedestrians were struck while assisting with a rollover accident that had occurred around 5:40 p.m. at that location.

Walker and his passenger, Jeffrey Butler, 47, of San Diego, Calif., were uninjured in the accident, but the other pedestrian, Adam Balentine, 35 Judsonia, Ark., was taken to Coffey County Hospital with possible injuries. Groh was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported responding to four accidents in the area on Saturday evening.

Kansas Supreme Court denies Kahler’s appeal of death sentence

James Kraig Kahler. File photo.

The Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion today that James Kraig Kahler’s arguments in his appeal of his death sentence did not warrant overturning his convictions or death sentence.

According to a Supreme Court press release, the majority of the court affirmed Kahler’s Osage County District Court jury trial convictions of aggravated burglary and capital murder for fatally shooting his wife, Karen Kahler, his wife’s grandmother, Dorothy Wight, and his two teenage daughters, Emily and Lauren. The crimes occurred  Nov. 28, 2009, at Wight’s home at Burlingame, Kan.

Kahler was sentenced to death by District Court Judge Phillip Fromme in October 2011.

“The decision today affirms the conviction and death sentence based on an Osage County jury’s findings and moves this case forward one more step,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Kraig Kahler had raised 10 issues on appeal, including allegations of misconduct by the prosecutor and trial judge, challenges to the instructions given to the jury, and an argument the death penalty is unconstitutional when applied to a person who has a severe mental illness at the time he or she committed a crime. None of Kahler’s arguments convinced the majority of the court to overturn his convictions or death sentence.

The majority held that the prosecutor did not commit an error by raising an objection during Kahler’s attorney’s closing argument. Although the majority found that the trial judge committed errors during the trial, the majority held that none of the errors affected the trial’s outcome and, therefore, the errors did not justify reversing either the guilty verdict or the death sentence. The majority also reaffirmed the constitutionality of a Kansas statute that eliminated the insanity defense, and instead permits a jury to consider evidence of a person’s mental disease or defect solely to determine whether the person possessed the requisite mental state for the crime. The majority also reaffirmed its prior decision that the Eighth Amendment does not categorically prohibit the execution of persons who were severely mentally ill when the person committed the murder. Lastly, the majority concluded there was sufficient evidence that Kahler’s crime was committed in an especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner to justify a death sentence.

Justice Dan Biles wrote a concurring opinion, agreeing that Kahler’s conviction and sentence should be affirmed, but disagreeing with the majority that certain comments by the trial judge to the jury should be characterized as judicial misconduct.

Justice Lee Johnson wrote a dissenting opinion, contending that the majority inadequately analyzed whether the statute removing mental disease or defect as a defense is constitutional in a death penalty case. Furthermore, the dissent agreed that the trial judge’s errors did not require reversal of Kahler’s guilty verdict, but they did warrant giving Kahler a new sentencing trial. The dissent rejected the majority’s conclusion that the Eighth Amendment allows for the execution of the mentally ill. The dissent also argued the death penalty violates the Kansas Constitution’s prohibition against cruel or unusual punishment.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 30, 2018 – Feb. 3, 2018

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, Jan. 22 – Jan. 26, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Jan. 22 through Jan. 26, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 21 – Jan. 27, 2018

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

Statewide Silver Alert canceled for Salina man

Update, Jan. 29, 2018: The statewide silver alert for Gene Wolfe has been canceled. Unfortunately, Wolfe was located deceased. The KBI directed further inquiries to the Salina Police Department.

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Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Jan. 15 – Jan. 19, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Jan. 15 through Jan. 19, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 16 – Jan. 19, 2018

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, Jan. 8 – Jan. 12, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Jan. 8 through Jan. 12, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 7, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2018

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, Jan. 1 – Jan. 5, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Jan. 1 through Jan. 5, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 1 – Jan. 5, 2018

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

Mailman sentenced for delivering marijuana

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A former postal worker in Johnson County was sentenced Tuesday to five years on federal probation for smuggling marijuana through the mail, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced.

Terrell Dewayne Shears, 25, Overland Park, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. In his plea, he admitted he gave addresses on his route to marijuana traffickers in Arizona. The traffickers mailed parcels containing marijuana to addresses on his route and Shears intercepted the packages. Shears dropped the packages off at an apartment building where he had been instructed to leave them and texted a recipient he knew only as “John” to pick them up.

Investigators seized more than 40 pounds of marijuana from Shears’ postal vehicle.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 25 – 29, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Dec. 25 through Dec. 29, 2017.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 26 – Dec. 27, 2017

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

Osage City man dies in pickup rollover Friday near Topeka

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – An Osage City man died Friday afternoon in a single-car rollover accident south of Topeka on U.S. Highway 75.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Harold E. Poertner, 73, Osage City, was traveling northbound on U.S. 75 north of 57th Street around 12:55 p.m. Dec. 29, 2017, when his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup left the roadway to the right, entering the ditch. KHP said Poertner then swerved left and attempted to enter the roadway, and then overcorrected, causing the vehicle to spin. The pickup slid sideways across the northbound lanes, entering the median and overturning several times before coming to rest in the west ditch of the southbound lanes.

Poertner died at the scene. The report said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Be a responsible driver or passenger New Year’s weekend

This holiday weekend, while you are celebrating the holiday season, whether it is with your family, a night on the town with friends, or a small get together at someone’s home, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol would like drivers and passengers to be responsible while enjoying the festivities.

Here are some tips to enjoying the holiday responsibly:

  • Never drive or ride with someone who is impaired or drowsy.
  • If you plan to consume alcohol, have a plan in place before you go. Know what you’ll do for a ride home, whether it is a ride service, public transportation, a designated driver, or finding a place to stay.

If you do consume alcohol:

  • Give someone your keys.
  • Don’t drink to impairment.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach.
  • Take the night off and serve as a designated driver for others.
  • Have an emergency kit in your vehicle and your phone charged in case of car trouble.

Anyone who needs help on a Kansas highway can call *47 for the Kansas Highway Patrol or *KTA (*582) for the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

Information thanks to Kansas Department of Transportation.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 18 – Dec. 22, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Dec. 18 through Dec. 22, 2017.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 17 – Dec. 22, 2017

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

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