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Osage County Jail Log, March 11 – March 17, 2018

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

NWS issues new fire weather warning for Thursday evening and Friday

The National Weather Service at Topeka has issued a new fire weather warning for the remainder of today and Friday, covering Osage County and Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

A red flag warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. this evening, due to low relative humidity, gusty winds and dry fuels. In addition, the red flag warning has been extended to 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018.

Wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph are expected to occur this afternoon and again late Friday morning into Friday afternoon. Humidity will remain in the 20 to 25 percent range across the area this afternoon, and will fall into the 20 to 25 percent range across the area Friday afternoon.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Burn ban Wednesday: NWS issues red flag warning due to high winds, low humidity

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for north central and northeast Kansas for this afternoon, and all burn permits in Osage County are suspended for today, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

NWS’s red flag warning is in effect from 1 p.m. this afternoon to 7 p.m. this evening due to expected strong gusty winds, low relative humidity levels, and dry fuels.

The burn ban issued for Osage County means no outside burning is allowed and all burn permits are suspended. The burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 15, but may be extended depending on conditions.

The red flag warning covers the following Kansas counties: Republic, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. Today’s forecast includes wind gusts of 25 to 32 mph in the afternoon, with humidity falling to 16 to 20 percent across much of the area.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

For more information about the burn ban, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323.

Governor declares drought emergency, warnings, watches for all Kansas counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – Today Gov. Jeff Colyer issued drought declarations for Kansas counties with an executive order at a press conference with Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey and Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter. The declaration includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.

“The entire state of Kansas has been considered in drought or abnormally dry conditions for the past several weeks,” Colyer said. “This has led to an extremely high risk of fire hazards and many have already occurred.”

The drought declaration placed 28 counties in emergency status, 29 into a warning status and 48 into a watch status. This action was recommended by Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office and chair of the Governor’s Drought Response Team. Over the past six months the state-wide average precipitation was only 66 percent of normal and in January and February the state-wide average precipitation was even less, at 43 percent of normal.

District Judge Wine appointed as chief judge of 4th Judicial District

Judge Taylor Wine

TOPEKA, Kan. – Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced today the Kansas Supreme Court has appointed Judge Taylor J. Wine as chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, effective through December 31, 2019.

Wine was appointed as a district judge in January to succeed Judge Phillip Fromme, who retired. Fromme had served as chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Osage counties, since 2003.

“Judge Wine was a very capable leader in the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association,” Nuss said. “The Supreme Court looks forward to his bringing that same leadership ability to the position of chief judge of the 4th Judicial District.”

Governor appoints Wine as district judge for 4th District

TOPEKA, Kan. – Before leaving the governor’s position in January, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Taylor J. Wine, of Lyndon,, Kan., as a district judge in the 4th Judicial District. Wine will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Phillip M. Fromme.

“I am pleased to appoint Taylor Wine to the 4th District court,” Brownback said. “His strong experience serving as a district magistrate judge will serve the citizens in his district well.”

Wine served as a magistrate judge in the 4th District and serves as a municipal judge for five cities. He previously was in private practice in Lyndon. He received his undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University, and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

FSA schedules loan eligibility informational meeting at Ottawa

The Farm Service Agency will be offering information about loan eligibility and farm ownership and operating loan requirements, with a focus on women and minority farmers, during a meeting to be held March 7, 2018, at Ottawa.

The same information will be presented during two sessions, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. that day, at the Farm Service Agency, 343 W. 23rd St, Ottawa.

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.

Burn ban today: Outside burning prohibited in Osage County

All burn permits in Osage County are suspended for today Jan. 25, 2018, due to forecast low humidity and gusty winds causing extreme fire danger. In addition, the National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a fire weather warning for a portion of northeast Kansas, along with a red flag warning that begins at noon today.

With permits suspended in Osage County, this is a no burn day with no outside burning allowed. The local permit suspension will be in effect until 8 a.m. Jan. 26, 2018, but could be extended.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the extreme category this afternoon. The fire weather warning covers Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Lyon, Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

Winds are expected to be south-southwest at 15 to 25 mph today, with some gusts up to 35 mph, and a relative humidity of 18 to 22 percent. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly. The warning will expire at 6 p.m. today.

Extreme fire danger means that fires start quickly and can spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in areas with extreme fire danger.

For more information about the local burn ban, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County emergency management director, at 785-828-3323.

NWS issues red flag warning: All burn permits suspended in Osage County

All outdoor burning is prohibited in Osage County today, Dec. 11, 2017, after the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of northeast and north central Kansas due to low humidity and expected gusty winds. Osage County Emergency Management suspended all local burn permits as the NWS issued the red flag warning that covers Osage, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Lyon and Coffey counties.

The red flag warning is in effect 10 a.m.-6 p.m., while the local burn ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow unless extended.

NWS has forecast that it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Winds will shift to the northwest and strengthen by the early afternoon, with sustained speeds expected to be between 20 and 25 mph and gusts near 40 mph through the afternoon. Relative humidity will drop to between 20 and 25 percent just ahead of the wind shift during the late morning, but should gradually rise through the afternoon behind the wind shift.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will soon. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Fires could start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

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

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.

Don’t be a Grinch; giving is a cinch

The stress of the holiday season can often bring additional pressure for families who have been torn apart by domestic violence, child abuse or neglect. To help make the holidays brighter for those troubled families, SOS offers the community the opportunity to “adopt” a family and provide basic needs and gifts. Families or individuals are eligible for adoption if they have worked with SOS consistently the last three months and do not qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army. Anyone is eligible to be matched with a family. With your community support, in 2016 SOS gave a little joy to more than families during the holidays within the six counties SOS serves: Osage, Chase, Lyon, Greenwood, Morris and Coffey.

When you adopt a family, you will receive a copy of the “wish list” they have filled out with the help of their SOS advocate. It will include genders and ages for all kids and parents in the household, sizes and some of their favorite items. Gifts should be left unwrapped and dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. anytime before Dec. 15, 2017, at the SOS administrative office, 618 Mechanic St., Emporia, Kan.

Anyone interested in adopting a family or individual or wish to donate money for gifts this holiday season can call SOS at 620­343­8799 or email [email protected] The deadline to adopt is Friday, Dec. 1.

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. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: It affects everyone

Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men; 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which intimate partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. In 2016, SOS provided 11,936 services to victims of domestic or sexual assault – here in your community. This sad reality exists in every state, every community, every neighborhood. It’s not just a women’s issue or a family matter – domestic violence affects victims, witnesses, friends, and family.

Beyond the obvious physical and psychological wounds, victims can experience lost wages, inability to focus and thrive at work or school, difficulty maintaining personal relationships and more. Intimate partner violence is often not about anger at all; it is about power and control. Perpetrators of domestic violence may use a combination of tactics to gain and maintain dominance, power and control over their victim.

Those victimized by perpetrators of violence often feel lost, depressed or unworthy.

SOS is giving you the chance to “Stand by a Survivor” at the Flint Hills Mall, where you can take a selfie with the SOS mannequin to show your support. Then share your selfie, tag @soskansas and help name the mannequin that will help bring awareness to SOS services at future events and presentations.

SOS is a nonprofit agency that serves child and adult victims of sexual and domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, serving Osage, Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Greenwood, and Morris counties. You can stand with SOS against domestic violence by helping spread awareness.

Longtime Osage County judge to retire in November

4th Judicial District Chief Judge Phillip Fromme

TOPEKA, Kan. – Chief Judge Phillip M. Fromme, who has served in the 4th Judicial District for 34 years, will retire Nov. 30, 2017.

Fromme was named a district judge in 1996 and since 2003 has been chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties. He has overseen criminal and domestic cases primarily in Coffey and Osage counties.

“I’ve enjoyed working with staff, attorneys, and court personnel and will miss the judge work, but I plan to stay active with hobbies such as hunting, fishing, gardening and travel,” Fromme said.

A native of Hoxie, Kan., Fromme earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from Washburn University. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1970 to 1977. He was Coffey County attorney from 1973 to 1983, when he was appointed a district magistrate judge.

He and his wife, Kathy, live in Burlington and have three children and two grandchildren.

Judges in the 4th Judicial District are appointed through a nonpartisan, merit-based selection system. The district’s judicial nominating commission will announce when it is accepting applications for Fromme’s successor. After interviewing candidates, the commission will forward the names of three to five finalists to the governor, who will appoint the next judge.

Each of Kansas’ 31 judicial districts has a chief judge who, in addition to his or her judicial responsibilities, has general control over case assignments within the district, as well as general supervisory authority over the administrative and clerical functions of the court. They are appointed to two-year terms. The Kansas Supreme Court will name a new chief judge to serve Fromme’s remaining term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017.

Imogene I. Deal, 86, Lebo: Nov. 14, 1930 – Oct. 7, 2017

LEBO, Kan. – Imogene Iva Deal, 86, passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Quenemo, Kan., the daughter of Marlin and Rosa Brinsfield Green.

She was raised in Quenemo and attended Quenemo High School. She worked as a meat cutter at By-Lo Foods in Topeka, Kan., for six years before taking a job with Volume Shoes, at Topeka. Jean worked as a sales audit analyst for 20 years before retiring in 2001. She moved to Lebo in 2015 after living at the South Village Court in South Topeka for 15 years.

Local 4-Hers compete at 2017 4-H Western Heritage Nationals in Montana

All dressed up and ready for competition in the Old West, Montana, from left, Addison Smith, Isaac Durst, Nathan Livingston, Erin Livingston, Emily Livingston, Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Bradley Livingston.

By Ken Wilk
4-H Kansas Shooting Sports Instructor

FORT BENTON, Mont. – The 2017 4-H Western Heritage Project National Competition was held Aug. 1-3, 2017, in Fort Benton, Mont. Nationals is a competitive event that culminates the year long work 4-H members put into the project. In Kansas, there currently is only one club that competes in Western Heritage. Members of this statewide project are currently made up of 4-Hers from the Frontier Extension District and Coffey County.

Eight of the 14 project members competed in this year’s nationals including Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Isaac Durst, all of Coffey County, and Bradley Livingston, Emily Livingston, Erin Livingston, Nathan Livingston, and Addison Smith, of the Frontier Extension District. Members compete in three components of the project: Shooting, which includes learning the safe handling and firing of period specific firearms such as shotgun, lever or pump action rifles, and revolvers; clothing and persona, which includes creating a person from the period and accurately portraying that person in front of a panel of judges; and history – learning and taking a written test on the knowledge of West during the late 1800s.

This year 270 attendees represented 13 states at the nationals. Of those, 85 participants represented five states, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Montana, in the competition. Awards were given in three age groups, junior, intermediate, and senior, and six categories, girls clothing or persona, boys clothing or persona, history test, rimfire shooting, big bore shooting, and top hand.

Boil water advisories rescinded for Lyon County water systems

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded boil water advisories for Lyon County Rural Water District No. 3 and Park Place Communities Management; both systems are in Lyon County.

The advisories were issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. A boil water advisory remains in effect for Coffey County Rural Water District 2E.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Lyon County RWD No. 3 and Park Place Communities Management indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories rescinded for Admire, Hartford, Olpe, Lyon County RWD No. 2, 4

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded boil water advisories for the cities of Admire, Hartford and Olpe, and Lyon County Rural Water District No. 2 and Lyon County RWD No. 4. All systems are located in Lyon County. The advisories were issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Admire, Hartford, Olpe, Lyon Co. RWD 2 and Lyon Co. RWD 4 indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories remain in effect for the following public water supply systems in Lyon County: Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; Lyon County Rural Water District No. 3; and Park Place Communities Management.

Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Allen

Multiple systems remain subject to boil water advisories

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Allen located in Lyon County. The advisory was issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Allen 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.

Boil water advisories remains in effect for the following public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties: City of Admire; Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; city of Hartford; Lyon County Rural Water District 2; Lyon County Rural Water District 3; Lyon County Rural Water District 4; city of Olpe; Park Place Communities Management.

Boil water advisories rescinded for Lyon County rural water districts No. 1 and 5

Multiple systems remain under boil water advisories

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded boil water advisories for Lyon County Rural Water District 1 and Lyon County RWD 5 located in Lyon County. The advisories were issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Lyon County RWD 1 and 5 indicated no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories remains in effect for the following public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties: City of Admire, Lyon County; city of Allen, Lyon County; Coffey County Rural Water District 2E, Coffey County; City of Hartford, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 2, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 3, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 4, Lyon County; City of Olpe, Lyon County; Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

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