Category Archives: Record

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 9 – Nov. 13, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 9 to Nov. 13, 2020. Note: The district court transitioned to a new system at the beginning of November and recently got all the filings up to date on the new system. Some cases included here are from the beginning of November.

Thanksgiving holiday traffic watch: Choose to arrive safely

For the next week, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office will join many other law enforcement agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign. A grant from Kansas Department of Transportation supports overtime enforcement efforts during the campaign.

While all Kansas traffic laws will be enforced, this extra provision will aggressively target impaired drivers. The campaign begins today, Nov. 20, 2020, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29.

According to KDOT, the day before Thanksgiving sees more impairment-related crashes than any other day of the year. Those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are a danger to all they share the road with, including their passengers, other motorists and passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Impaired driving crashes tend to be more severe. On average, across Kansas, three persons are injured every day, and one person is killed every four days in alcohol or drug-related crashes. Vehicle occupants in alcohol or other drug-related crashes are over 2.5 times more likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes when alcohol or other drugs were not a factor.

Each week across Kansas, more than 250 drivers are arrested for choosing to drive impaired or driving under the influence. A DUI conviction will result in jail time, the suspension or revocation of driver’s license, a fine of $500 to $2,500, participation in an alcohol or other drug treatment program and, where alcohol is cited as a contributing factor, the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device by the offender. This device prevents the vehicle from starting if alcohol is present in the driver’s breath. All of this is in addition to thousands of dollars more for bail, court costs, and attorney fees.

Keep in mind that if you are going to be drinking, any amount at all, don’t take the risk and try to drive. Take the safe route and arrange to ride with a non-drinking acquaintance before you go out.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both is a choice you make. Make the choice for safe arrival during Thanksgiving holiday week.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 2-6, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, 2020.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 8 – Nov. 14, 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, Oct. 26-31, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, 2020.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 1 – Nov. 7, 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, Oct. 19 – 23, 2020

The following information was compiled records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 19 to Oct. 23, 2020.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 25 – Oct. 31, 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, Oct. 20 – Oct. 24, 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, Oct. 12-16, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 12 to Oct. 16 2020.

Don’t be the dealer: Turn in unused prescription medicine on Take-Back Day

Don’t be the dealer due to stolen, lost or misused drugs. Keep them safe. Clean them out. That’s the message delivered this year as local law enforcement officers join others across the state this Saturday in setting up locations to collect unused medications for safe disposal.

A collection site for Osage County will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 24, 2020, at the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan.

The collection event is part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. The collection sites also collect vapes and vape cartridges for disposal.

Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, more than 88 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone. The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates opioid overdoses kill 130 Americans every day. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, pharmaceutical opioids are a leading cause of drug poisoning deaths in Kansas.

Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided.

Federal execution scheduled for Lisa Montgomery, formerly of Melvern

A former Melvern woman has been scheduled to be executed on Dec. 8, 2020, as announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lisa Montgomery

The department’s announcement said U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr had directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of two federal death-row inmates, including Lisa Montgomery, 52, formerly of Melvern, Kan., who was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and stealing her baby. Also set for execution was Brandon Bernard, who with accomplices brutally murdered two youth ministers.

In the Oct. 16 announcement, the department noted Montgomery was convicted of fatally strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, cutting open her body and kidnapping the baby.

In December 2004, as part of a premeditated murder-kidnap scheme, Montgomery drove from her home in Kansas to Stinnett’s home in Missouri, purportedly to purchase a puppy. Once inside the residence, Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett until the victim lost consciousness. Using a kitchen knife, Montgomery then cut into Stinnett’s abdomen, causing her to regain consciousness. A struggle ensued, and Montgomery strangled Stinnett to death. Montgomery then removed the baby from Stinnett’s body, took the baby with her, and attempted to pass it off as her own. Montgomery subsequently confessed to murdering Stinnett and abducting her child.

In October 2007, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri found Montgomery guilty of federal kidnapping resulting in death, and unanimously recommended a death sentence, which the court imposed. Her conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal, and her request for collateral relief was rejected by every court that considered it.

Montgomery is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 8, at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana. Her federal execution will be the first for a woman in almost 70 years, and is set to be the ninth execution carried out since the federal government recently resumed executions after a 17-year hiatus.

Boil water advisory rescinded for Carbondale water users

Update, Oct. 22, 2020: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Carbondale, Osage County, Kan. The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure can lead to a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Carbondale 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.

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TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Carbondale, located in Osage County, Kan. This advisory is not related to COVID-19. KDHE issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure can lead to a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Water users on the Carbondale water system should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • If tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic ice maker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing to ensure water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

The boil water advisory took effect on Oct. 20, 2020, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. KDHE will issue a rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 11 – Oct. 18, 2020

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

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 5 – 9, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 5 to Oct. 9, 2020.

I-35 culvert repair project starts next week in Osage County

The Kansas Department of Transportation plans on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, to begin a culvert repair project on Interstate 35 in Osage County. The culvert is located north of the south interchange with state Highway 31.

Project activity includes replacing both wings on the north end of the culvert. I-35 southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane until the project is completed in approximately one month.

KDOT awarded the $198,264 construction contract to Pfefferkorn and Drury Construction, Olathe, Kan. Drivers are reminded to reduce speed in the work zone. For more information, contact Troy Howard at 785-433-6116, or Priscilla Petersen, 620-902-6433.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse. Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 2020.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 7 – Oct 10, 2020

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

Man dies near Pomona boat ramp after capsized boat incident

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a Pomona man, Floyd Moehlman, 70, died Monday at Pomona Lake, following a boating incident.

The sheriff reported that at 6:39 p.m. Oct. 12, 2020, a call came in regarding a capsized boat in the area of the Carbolyn Park boat ramp at Pomona Lake. Sheriff’s deputies, Osage County EMS, Osage County Fire District No. 5, and a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game warden responded to the scene.

A short time after a sheriff’s deputy arrived, Moehlman was located in the water. Lifesaving measures were attempted at this time. After Osage County EMS arrived, the victim was pronounced deceased.

Mill and overlay project in Osage County to begin Monday

A mill and overlay project on U.S. Highway 56 and state Highway 31 in Osage County, is set to begin Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, weather permitting. The project is expected to be completed in two phases.

The first phase will begin Monday, Oct. 12, on U.S. 56, from the U.S. 56/K-31 junction, proceeding west to the Lyon-Osage county line, from mile marker 382 to mile marker 388, and includes both spurs at the east junction.

Phase two is expected to begin Wednesday, Oct. 21, on K-31, from mile marker 25 to mile marker 27, on the east edge of Osage City.

Both phases are expected to be completed by Oct. 28, weather permitting.

Work will occur during daylight hours. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers and a pilot car operation and motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes. Traffic on the side roads will have to wait on the pilot car.

Hamm Inc., of Perry, is the contractor on the $900,000 project.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. For information about all road construction projects across Kansas see www.kandrive.org or call 511. Drive safely and always wear your seat belt.

District court office to close periodically in October for new software implementation

Osage County District Court Clerk Charna Williams has announced the court office in Lyndon will be closed to the public for several days this month as staff is training for new court software to be implemented.

The district court office in the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan., will be closed to the public on the following times and days:

  • 8 a.m.- noon Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
  • 8 a.m.- noon Monday, Oct. 19, 2020
  • 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020
  • 8 a.m.- noon Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

The office will also be closed for Columbus Day on Oct. 12, 2020.

Williams reported that a “go live” date for the new software is scheduled for Nov. 2, 2020.

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