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Area fire departments fight house fire in rural Osage County

Multiple local fire departments worked to extinguish a house fire in rural Osage City Saturday morning.

Around 10:28 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, Osage County Fire District No. 2, Osage City, OCFD No. 3, Melvern-Olivet, and OCFD No. 5, Lyndon-Vassar, were dispatched to 4204 W. 277th St., Osage City, for a structure fire. County land records list the owners as Janet and Patrick Walsh.

A press release from OCFD No. 2 said that due to the rural location and nearest water refill site several miles away, additional departments were paged to assist with water shuttles. Fire department personnel were on the scene approximately five hours.

The department reported there were no injuries, and fire and smoke damage was contained to the residential structure. The Osage County Appraiser’s Office values the home at $246,690; value of damaged contents was unknown.

In the press release, OCFD No. 2 reminds everyone to have working smoke detectors in their home and check them frequently. Also have an escape plan, practice it, and be prepared to use it in the event of a fire.

Agencies and departments on scene or assisting with the fire also included OCFD No. 6, Burlingame, OCFD No. 7, Quenemo, Coffey County Fire District 1 Station 6, Lebo, and Station 7, Waverly, Reading Benefit Fire District, Osage County Emergency Management, Osage County EMS, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, and Red Cross.

Nominating commission to interview nominees for Osage County magistrate judge vacancy

LYNDON, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene May 9, 2018, to interview five nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County.

The vacancy was created when the former magistrate, Taylor J. Wine, was appointed as district judge and chief judge of the 4th Judicial District.

The commission will convene at 9 a.m. in the Osage County Courthouse, 717 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan. Interviews are open to the public.

The 4th Judicial District is composed of Osage, Anderson, Coffey, and Franklin counties.
The nominees to be interviewed are:

  • Jennifer Jolene Friend, non-attorney, Fredonia.
  • Bryan K. Joy, attorney, Burlington.
  • Robert Wayne Lattin, attorney, Independence.
  • Elizabeth Lee Oliver, attorney, Baldwin City.
  • Shannon D. Rush, attorney, Osage City.

A nominee for district magistrate judge must be a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; a resident of Osage County at the time of taking office and while holding office; and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas, or able to pass an examination given by the Supreme Court to become certified within 18 months.

Burn ban Wednesday: Windy conditions cause very high fire danger

The National Weather Service at Topeka has issued a wind advisory for today, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and Osage County Emergency Management has banned all outdoor burning due to very high fire danger.

The burn ban means no outside burning is allowed, and all burn permits are suspended until 8 a.m. April 12, unless the burn ban is extended. NWS has forecast that strong winds will continue into Friday in northeast Kansas.

Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort. A wind advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph or gusts to 45 mph are expected. Steps should be taken to secure any lawn furniture or light weight objects and use extra caution when driving.

The NWS forecast says today will be sunny, with a high near 78, and windy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts could be as high as 40 mph.

The current wind advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. this morning to 7 p.m. this evening for Osage, Morris, Lyon and Coffey counties.

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

Osage County Jail Log, April 2 – April 7, 2018

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 25 – March 30, 2018

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

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Lee Sand, 82, Overbook: Jan. 22, 1936 – March 29, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Virginia “Ginny” Lee Sand, 82, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbook, Kan. She was born on Jan. 22, 1936, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Andrew and Hazel Coker Forbes.

Virginia had lived most of her life on her family farm between the Lyndon and Overbrook communities. After graduating from Lyndon High School in 1954, she attended Kansas State University to study elementary education. While there she met Gerald (Jerry) Sand, and they married on June 16, 1957, in Beatrice, Neb. To this union four children were born.

Virginia worked as a court service officer, serving Osage, Franklin and Coffey counties, until her retirement in 2001. She was a member of the Overbrook United Methodist Church and enjoyed studying the Bible later in her life.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, March 12 – March 16, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse March 12 through March 16, 2018.

4th Judicial District seeks nominees for Osage County district magistrate judge

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County.

The former district magistrate judge, Taylor J. Wine, was appointed district judge and chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Osage counties.

Justice Eric S. Rosen, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the 4th Judicial District, said nominees can apply or be nominated, but it must be on a nomination form and include the nominee’s signature.

A nominee for district magistrate judge must be a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; a resident of Osage County at the time of taking office and while holding office; and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas, or able to pass an examination given by the Supreme Court and to become certified within 18 months.

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. 

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