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No outside burning allowed Sunday in Osage County

All Osage County burn permits have been suspended for today, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, per Osage County Emergency Management. The agency has declared this as a “no burn day”, during which no outside burning is allowed.

The National Weather Service has predicted a sunny day, with a high near 59 and northwest wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph, causing very high fire danger. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

The burn ban will expire at 8 a.m. Dec. 11, 2017, unless extended.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

Osage City man killed in tractor rollover

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported an Osage City man has died after a tractor accident that occurred around 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, about a mile northeast of Osage City.

The sheriff’s office press release said Layton Long was a passenger on an overturned tractor driven by Hayden Croucher. Long was thrown from the tractor and was found unresponsive. He was transported to Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, where he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office reported that a 911 call was received at 9:09 a.m. reporting a man was trapped under a tractor at 5280 W. 221st St., Osage City, Kan.

At the time of the call, Hayden Croucher was trapped under the rolled over tractor, but had been freed by the time responders arrived at the scene. Gary Croucher, another passenger on the tractor, was able to free Hayden Croucher.

Gary Croucher and Hayden Croucher had begun CPR on Long, who was transported to the hospital after emergency personnel arrived at the scene. Gary and Hayden Croucher declined medical treatment.

Filings in Osage County District Court, Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Nov. 27, 2017, through Dec. 1, 2017.

4th Judicial District nominating commission submits three candidates for district judge

TOPEKA – The 4th Judicial District nominating commission has sent the names of three candidates for district judge to Gov. Sam Brownback, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created by the Nov. 30, 2017, retirement of Osage/Coffey County District Judge Phillip M. Fromme.

The three candidates are: Meghan K. Morgan, Burlington, Kan., assistant county attorney, Lyon County; Darrel L. Smith, Emporia, Kan., assistant county attorney, Lyon County; and Judge Taylor J. Wine, Lyndon, Kan., district magistrate judge, Osage County.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2017

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

No burn day: No outside burning allowed

All Osage County burn permits have been suspended for today, Dec. 4, 2017, per Osage County Emergency Management. The agency has declared this as a “no burn day”, during which no outside burning is allowed.

The National Weather Service has predicted very high fire danger today, and set the rangeland fire danger index in the very high category for this afternoon. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

NWS has forecast that it will be cloudy today through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 70. It will be breezy with south wind around 25 mph, becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

The burn ban will be in effect for the next 24 hours.

Filings in Osage County District Court, Nov. 20 – Nov. 24, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Nov. 20 through Nov. 24, 2017.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 19 – Nov. 25, 2017

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

KBI requests the public’s help to solve Lyon County murder

LYON COUNTY, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, and Lyon County Crime Stoppers are asking anyone with information related to the Sept. 6, 2017, murder of Emporia teenager, Jesus Avila-Galvin Jr., to come forward. Avila’s body was found in a vehicle near Road 160 and Road T in rural Lyon County.

The KBI, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Emporia Police Department, the Office of the State Fire Marshall, and the Emporia State University Police continue their efforts to resolve this case, and believe even the smallest detail could aid in bringing justice for Avila’s family.

Anyone with information about this crime or the persons responsible is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME or Lyon County Crime Stoppers at 620-342-2273. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers online at www.P3tips.com or through the P3Tips mobile application. Information which assists law enforcement in this investigation is eligible for a Crime Stoppers cash reward of up to $2,000.

Filings in Osage County District Court, Nov. 6 – Nov. 10, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Nov. 6 through Nov. 10, 2017.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 12 – Nov. 18, 2017

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

Filings in Osage County District Court, Nov. 13 – Nov. 17, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 13, 2017 through Nov. 17, 2017.

Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Ottawa

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Ottawa in Franklin County, Kan.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because compressed air entered the distribution during maintenance on the irrigation system at the high school, which put the system at risk for contamination. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

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

4th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for district judge vacancy

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in the Coffey County Courthouse, Burlington, Kan., to interview nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Coffey County created by the Nov. 30 retirement of Judge Phillip M. Fromme.

The nominees are Samuel R. Feather, Topeka; Meghan K. Morgan, Burlington; Darrel L. Smith, Emporia; and Taylor J. Wine, Lyndon. Interviews are open to the public. The 4th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties.

The commission will select at least three nominees whose names will be submitted to the governor to fill the position according to statutory qualification and residency requirements. If there are not two nominees who reside in the district who are deemed qualified by the commission, the commission may consider nominees who reside outside the judicial district. The governor has 60 days after receiving the names to decide whom to appoint.

Nominees for district judge must be at least 30 years old, a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas and engaged in the practice of law for at least five years, whether as a lawyer, judge, or full-time teacher at an accredited law school, and a resident of Coffey County at the time of taking office and while holding office.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen as the nonvoting chair, James R. Campbell and Jim H. Dale, both of Burlington, Craig E. Cole, Garnett, Janet C. Walsh, Lyndon, Thomas B. DeBaun, Osage City, Forrest A. Lowry, Ottawa, and Eugene E. Highberger, Westphalia. 

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, 2017.

Unofficial results of 2017 Osage County school board, Extension council elections

The following unofficial results of the Nov. 7, 2017, school board and Frontier Extension Council member elections in Osage County were announced by the Osage County Clerk’s Office. Write-in votes were not tabulated as of the time of this report; projected winners are listed in bold:

Unofficial results of the 2017 city elections in Osage County

The following are unofficial results of the municipal general elections conducted Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Osage County, Kan. Write-in votes remain to be tabulated Tuesday evening; projected winners are listed in bold:

Overbrook man killed in early morning single-vehicle crash

An Overbrook man was killed in an early morning crash today on a rural road near Overbrook.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, around 3:10 a.m. Nov. 7, 2017, Donald C. Bryant, 40, of Overbrook, was driving a 1997 Jaguar XK8 northbound on Shawnee Heights Road about two miles north of Overbrook, when the vehicle left the roadway to the right for an unknown reason. The vehicle then overturned a half turn and came to rest on the roof. Bryant was killed in the accident; KHP reported he was wearing a seatbelt.

The accident happened near 14283 S. Shawnee Heights Road, Overbrook.

Former Anderson County jailer arrested

Booked into Osage County Jail on sex charges

Lexington J. Laiter

ANDERSON COUNTY, Kan. – A former corrections officer of the Anderson County Jail was arrested by Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents today.

Lexington J. Laiter, 27, was arrested at approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at his residence in Garnett, Kan., on 11 counts of unlawful sexual relations and two counts of attempted unlawful sexual relations. The incidents are alleged to have occurred while Laiter was an employee at the jail.

In January of this year, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office requested KBI assistance to investigate allegations against Laiter. He was hired as a jail employee in February 2013 and was fired in December 2016.

Following his arrest, Laiter was booked into the Osage County Jail.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 22 – Oct. 29, 2017

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. 23 – Oct. 27, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 23 through Oct. 27, 2017.

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