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Commissioners exempt Osage County from governor’s emergency order

The Osage County Commissioners held a special meeting this afternoon, July 2, 2020, and exempted Osage County from the governor’s executive order regarding wearing of masks and other safety measures to combat the COVID-19.

The following is the resolution signed by the commissioners to exempt the county from the governor’s order:

RESOLUTION NO. 2020-05

AN ORDER EXEMPTING OSAGE COUNTY, KANSAS FROM EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20-52

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 33, paragraph (h) of House Bill No. 2016, the Board of County Commissioners may issue an order relating to public health that includes provisions that are less stringent than the provisions of an executive order effective statewide issued by the Governor.

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has consulted with the Osage County Health officer regarding the Governor’s July 2, 2020 executive order and makes the following findings:

a.) Covid-19 cases remain low in Osage County with little if any evidence of community spread.

b.) Enforcement of the Governor’s executive order mandating masks would be difficult, if not impossible and would be an unreasonable strain on county resources such as PPE and local law enforcement.

c.) Broad ranging recommendations on safety precautions to fight the potential spread of Covid-19 better serve the public’s overall interests than Governmental mandates.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Board of County Commissioners of Osage County, Kansas, that Osage County is hereby exempt from the requirements set forth in Executive Order No. 20-52 issued by the Governor of the State of Kansas.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of July, 2020.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Osage County Jail Log, June 22 – June 27, 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, June 14 – June 20, 2020

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

Roadside sales not permitted on Kansas highway right of way

The Kansas Department of Transportation is reminding the public that according to state law, all rights of way on state highways are to be used exclusively for highway purposes. KDOT has jurisdiction over all interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes on the state’s 9,500-mile system.

The violation that occurs frequently is the placement of various signs that are removed and taken to local KDOT offices. However, it is also unlawful for any persons to display on highway right of way outside the city limits any goods, wares or merchandise for sale.

One exception to this is the sale of farm or garden products, but these type of sales must be made exclusively at the entrance to the farm or garden where they were produced, as long as the sales are conducted a safe distance from the traveled way.

Any other location of these sales violates state law and will be removed by KDOT or law enforcement.

Ottawa man dies in motorcycle/pickup accident near Vassar

VASSAR, Kan. – An Ottawa man died and his passenger seriously injured Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle they were riding struck the back of a pickup truck stopped to turn at a junction of two Osage County highways, near Vassar, Kan.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported Bryan Thomas Holland, 49, Ottawa, was driving a 1993 Yamaha Venture Royale, westbound on state Highway 268, with Stacy L. Holland, 48, Ottawa, as a passenger, around 2:10 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2020. A 1995 Ford F-150 driven by Arthur C. Hogelin, 72, Vassar, was stopped at the junction of K-268 and state Highway 368 waiting to turn south, when the motorcycle struck the back of the pickup for unknown reasons.

Bryan Holland died at the scene and Stacy Holland was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, with suspected serious injury. Both riders on the motorcycle were wearing helmets. Hogelin was listed in the KHP report as having no apparent injury and was wearing safety restraint.

Man killed in rock quarry accident near Melvern

Quarry at 32306 S. California Road, Melvern, Kan. Google Maps image.

MELVERN, Kan. – Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has reported a man was killed in a rock quarry accident Friday afternoon near Melvern, Kan.

In a press release, Dunn said the sheriff’s office received a call at 2:29 p.m. June 19, 2020, reporting an accident at a Harshman Construction rock quarry at 32306 S. California Road, near Melvern.

Upon arrival at the scene, emergency crews found Frank J. Rockers Jr., 68, Emporia, Kan., had been taking samples at the base of a large chat pile when the pile gave way, burying him.

The accident was witnessed by two workers, who immediately began efforts to recover Rockers. Fire rescue units also began rescue efforts upon their arrival, and Rockers was eventually removed and pronounced deceased.

Responding at the scene were Osage County Sheriff’s deputies, Osage County Fire District No. 3, and Osage County EMS.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, June 1 – June 5, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, June 1 to June 5, 2020.

Human bone found near rural Osage County fishing spot; identity, age unknown

The location a human bone was found Tuesday was near 205th Street and Lewelling Road near the west end of Pomona Lake. Image from Google Maps.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has reported that a human bone was found Tuesday in rural Osage County near a popular fishing spot on U.S. Army Corps of Engineer property along Dragoon Creek.

In a press release today, June 18, 2020, Dunn said the sheriff’s office responded at 12:30 p.m. June 16 to a report of a bone found near 205th Street and Lewelling Road, approximately 1.5 miles west of U.S. Highway 75.

The sheriff said the bone had been viewed by the coroner’s office and a forensic anthropologist and was determined to be human.

The area was secured overnight for a more detailed search. The sheriff’s office was assisted at by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Mission Township Fire Department dive team, Missouri Search and Rescue K-9, and a cadaver dog from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Nothing else was found on land or in the water, the sheriff reported, and the area was released at 7:30 p.m. June 17.

The sheriff said the exact age of the bone is yet to be determined, and it is not known where the bone may have come from due to flooding last year.

Dunn said the forensic anthropologist gave a timeframe of 60 to 90 days to determine more specifics about the bone.

Political signs not allowed on highway right of way

It’s a sign of the season – campaigning to support your favorite political candidate. However, if your plans involve placing a political sign, the Kansas Department of Transportation is reminding that it should not be located on highway right of way.

By law, all right of way on state highways is to be used exclusively for public highway purposes. Only regulatory, guide signs and warning signs are allowed on the state highway system. KDOT has jurisdiction over all interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes on the state’s 9,500-mile system.

The public should be aware that all political campaign signs or billboards are prohibited on the state right of way.

When KDOT maintenance crews find political or business advertising on state right of way, the signs will be removed immediately without notice. All such signs will then be taken to the closest KDOT subarea office where they can be picked up by the owner with the agreement they will not be placed on state right of way again. All political campaign signs not picked up will be disposed of after the election.

Political campaign advertising is allowed on private property bordering state right of way. However, people erecting signs on private property must first obtain permission from the property owner.

Osage County Jail Log, June 8 – June 13, 2020

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

One-year-old child dies after car/pedestrian accident in Melvern

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has reported that a young child died as the result of a car/pedestrian accident that happened Friday, June 12, 2020, on private property in Melvern, Kan.

The victim of the accident has been identified as Robin Sowers, 1, of Melvern. Robin was struck by a vehicle driven by Jenna L Pollard, 24, of Melvern, in a private drive. The accident is still under investigation.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 5:08 p.m. Friday reporting the accident. Osage County deputies, Osage County EMS, Osage County Fire District No. 3, and Lifesave air ambulance responded to the scene. The patient was transported to a Topeka hospital by Osage County EMS in critical condition and later pronounced deceased.

Wichita police ask public’s assistance to find missing Wichita woman

WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Police Department has requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issue a statewide endangered persons advisory for a missing Wichita woman.

The whereabouts of Savanah Schneider, 23, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate her.

Schneider is described as 5 foot 8 inches, 110 lbs., with blue eyes and blonde hair. She has an intellectual disability, and WPD is concerned for her welfare.

She was last seen Sunday, May 31, 2020, at her home in the 10300 block of West Alamo, Wichita.

Anyone who knows of her whereabouts or has seen her is asked to call 911 immediately.

Osage County Jail Log, May 24 – May 29, 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, May 17 – May 23, 2020

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

Consumer Corner: Beware of bitcoin blackmail scam

By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

The Kansas Attorney General’s office and our In Your Corner Kansas campaign focuses year-round on protecting consumers from scams and rip-offs. We receive reports of all different types of scams, with some of our most common being imposters posing as computer companies offering repairs, government agencies or credit card services. We find scammers try to use all the different methods at their disposal from email, to phone calls, to letters in the mail and even sometimes knocking on your door. It’s important to always be vigilant against those trying to separate you from your hard-earned money.

Lately, our office has seen a significant uptick in reports of a particularly nefarious scam. Kansans have reported receiving emails from an unrecognized sender saying that they’ve hacked your computer and recorded you visiting adult websites. The scammer threatens to distribute this recording to your friends and family within hours unless you make a payment of thousands of dollars for a “confidentiality fee” into their bitcoin account.

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning that these email scams may be tied to a recent data breach that exposed personal information of some consumers. Due to that exposure, the scammer may offer either your current password or an older password in the message in an attempt to prove to you they are telling the truth. Don’t fall for it. Do not make a payment, click on any links or reply to the message. Delete the email.

Use this opportunity as a reminder to update your email passwords. Consider updating all your passwords, especially if you’ve used the same password for other accounts as the one that was potentially exposed in a data breach.

Osage County Jail Log, May 10 – May 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, April 25 – May 10, 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, April 10 – April 24, 2020

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

Sheriff’s offices seek information about multi-county farm equipment thefts

The Osage, Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties’ sheriff’s offices are all taking reports of stolen cattle panels, a portable corral panel trailer and parts stolen from a portable corral trailer in the past several weeks. Other items are also missing from abandoned farmsteads, farmers’ barns or storage areas. All agencies are working together to find the culprits.

One suspect vehicle may be an older dark color GMC or Chevrolet pickup.

The law enforcement agencies are asking people to be aware of anyone driving by farms or rural storage areas repeatedly or taking photos; suspects could be checking for something to steal. One mode of operation is to come to your residence in the daytime and contact you, asking for scrap metals to haul off, or looking for directions, while checking out your property for something to steal.

Anyone who has any information regarding these or any other crimes is asked to contact their local sheriff’s office. In Osage County, callers can report crimes anonymously through Osage County Crimestoppers at 877-OSCRIME (877-672-7463), or call the sheriff’s office at 785-828-3121.

Osage County Jail Log, March 29 – April 4, 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, March 23 – March 25, 2020

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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