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Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 12 – Jan. 18, 2020

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

Storm warning: Winter blast to cover area Friday and Saturday

TOPEKA, Kan. – The National Weather Service at Topeka has issued a winter storm warning today through Saturday evening for Osage, Douglas, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson counties, and including the cities of Lawrence, Osage City, Carbondale, Lyndon, Burlingame, Overbrook, Ottawa, Burlington, Lebo, and Garnett

The winter storm warning will be in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

A heavy mix of precipitation is expected, with total snow accumulations of up to 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an inch. Winds are expected to gust as high as 40 mph.

Drivers should plan on slippery road conditions and drive slower. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

Two waves of the storm are expected from this system. The first is expected to bring a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain this afternoon and evening. There may be a lull overnight before the second wave brings more snow to the area Saturday morning and afternoon.

Anyone who must travel is advised to keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in their vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 511.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 18 – Nov. 23, 2019

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

Adopt a family, share the season of giving

The stress of the holiday season can often bring additional challenges for families and individuals who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or neglect. SOS hopes to help make the holidays brighter for these families by partnering with community members willing to “adopt” a family by providing 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. SOS traditionally has between 50-100 family members or individuals for adoption within the six counties it serves: Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Greenwood, Morris and Osage.

AgWire: Farm Service Agency schedules information meeting for farmer relief programs

The Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Osage and Shawnee County Farm Service Agency offices are holding an Agricultural Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage informational meeting on at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Grace Community Church in Overbrook, Kan.

Producers in attendance will be given an explanation of the revisions to the ARC and PLC Programs and several programs available.  All producers, operators and landowners, are invited and encouraged to attend this informative meeting.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 9 – Oct. 11, 2019

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, Sept. 8 – Sept. 12, 2019

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

Ronald Dwain Presley, 70, Madison: June 26, 1949 – Aug. 30, 2019

MADISON, Kan. – Ronald Dwain Presley, 70, of Madison, Kan., passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at a Wichita, Kan., hospital. He was born June 26, 1949, in Rickman, Tenn., the son of A.P. and Beulah Copeland Presley.

He moved with his family to northeast Kansas when he was 14 years old. Ron developed a strong lifelong work ethic as a young man. At the age of 16 he went out on his own and took a job at a local apple orchard and later at a local cheese factory.

Judge Godderz to hear case with Kansas Supreme Court, Sept. 10

District Judge Eric Godderz

TOPEKA, Kan. – District Judge Eric Godderz of the 4th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear one case on the court’s docket on Sept. 10, 2019.

After hearing oral arguments, Godderz will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting.

“I am pleased that District Judge Godderz is taking time from his duties in the 4th Judicial District to sit with the Supreme Court,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. “It’s a great help to our court, and we look forward to his contributions in deliberating and eventually deciding this case.”

Since 2007, Godderz has been a judge in the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties. He hears all civil matters in the 4th Judicial District and domestic, criminal, and probate cases in Anderson County.

SOS campaign highlights organization’s strengths and successes

Statement from SOS:

As a nonprofit organization, we are so very grateful to have the support of our community and friends. Another successful SOS Strong campaign has come and gone, all made possible by the selfless efforts of these distinguished men. SOS is excited to announce these amazing individuals collected over $23,000 for our organization, in addition to raising an invaluable amount of public awareness for the clients we serve. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this initiative.

The spotlight has felt bright for SOS recently, showcasing all the hard work our staff does behind the scenes, as we received some great recognition at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence 16th Annual Awards Ceremony. Over 160 people from across Kansas and eight other states gathered together for this event and SOS was honored to receive two of the four awards presented. SOS Strong was awarded Project of the Year, and Osage County Advocate Teresa Oliver was awarded Advocate of the Year. Teresa and her team do amazing work for our clients. For over a decade, Teresa has helped thousands of domestic violence and sexual assault victims learn how to heal in the aftermath of abuse. These awards reflect countless hours of dedication, for which we are immensely proud of their teamwork.

In addition to being recognized by our peers in the industry, we are equally humbled to be respected by our local communities as well. SOS was voted Best Nonprofit Group for the third consecutive year by the Emporia Gazette Readers’ Choice Awards. This is one of our favorite awards to receive because it speaks to the partnership that has formed between SOS and the numerous lives our organization interacts with on a daily basis. We sincerely cherish this relationship.

It is always hard to share survivor stories because of the emotional nature of our work; personal struggles which are heartbreaking, yet so inspiring to so many in need. We thank you for recognizing the sacrifices our staff make to serve others, as well as the leadership and commitment necessary for supporting the mission we so passionately strive to fulfill. What can often be a pretty dark world becomes brighter knowing we have a community full of survivors, thrivers, donors, volunteers and ambassadors. Your recognition of our efforts truly brings a refreshing light we all need from time to time.

From all of us at SOS, thank you for your continued support and heartfelt appreciation. We couldn’t do this without you.

New Strawn woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for second degree murder, neglect

BURLINGTON, Kan. – A New Strawn, Kan., woman was sentenced today to more than 10 years in prison after a Coffey County jury found her guilty of second degree murder and a related charge in connection with her husband’s death from neglect, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office is reporting.

In a press release today, the attorney general reported Carol Sue Burris, 69, of New Strawn, was found guilty in April of one count of reckless second degree murder and one count of mistreatment of a dependent adult. The charges stemmed from the mistreatment and death of her husband, Michael D. Burris, from April 2016 to October 2017.

Chief Judge Taylor J. Wine presided over the trial and today, Aug. 1, 2019, sentenced Burris to 117 months for second degree murder and 8 months for mistreatment of a dependent adult. The sentences are to be served consecutively in the Kansas Department of Corrections for a total of 125 months.

Deputy Attorney General Steve Karrer, of the Attorney General’s Office, and Coffey County Attorney Wade H. Bowie II prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by the Coffey County Sheriff’s Department.

Area swimmers keep busy with summer meets

On Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka, Kan., the annual Sunflower State Swimming Games were held. Swimmers from all over the state came to compete in different strokes and distances. Two local swimmers, Martir Ramos and Austin Vest, both members of the Lyndon Swim Team, were competitors at these games and came out successful. Martir placed first in the 200 Individual Medley, third in the 50 Breaststroke, and fourth in the 100 Breaststroke. Austin placed third in the 50 Backstroke and fifth in the 100 Breaststroke. Both boys will finish their summer strong swimming for the Lyndon swim team.


Lyndon hosts annual meet

At the beginning of every summer, swimmers from around Osage and Coffey counties begin practicing and preparing for a summer full of swimming and competing. These area teams, consisting of members from Overbrook, Osage City, Lyndon, Lebo, and Burlington, gather together every Saturday to compete in 80 different events challenging the swimmers in their different strokes and distances.

On July 6, at the Lyndon City Pool, hundreds of swimmers and spectators gathered there to enjoy a morning full of competition.

Lyndon recreation workers who made the Lyndon swim meet possible included, front from left, Cheyanne Kline, Abby Criqui, Aubrey Beyer, and Dalton Fitch, back, Josey Weimer, Mackenzie Hull, Stephen Steggs, Brooke Addleman, Shyann Huffmier, Nicole Baker, and Kyle Baker.

Photos and information thanks to Lisa Reeser.

Texas woman dies in I-35 crash in Osage County early Monday

BETO JUNCTION, Kan. – A Texas woman was killed in a single car accident early Monday morning near Beto Junction on northbound Interstate 35. That accident was followed a few hours later by a semi-truck hitting a Kansas Department of Transportation warning vehicle about a mile away.

A report by the Kansas Highway Patrol said that Patricia M. Falconer, 52, of Canyon Lake, Texas, died in the accident that occurred around 5:30 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2019, about 2.5 miles from the I-35 and U.S. Highway 75 interchange, in Osage County, Kan., known locally as Beto Junction.

The report said Falconer was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer northbound on I-35 near mile marker 158, with a passenger, Jeffrey Tyler Cadman, 27, Canyon Lake, Texas. For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway and entered the center grassy median. The vehicle turned back onto the roadway and crossed both lanes of northbound travel, entering the south ditch. The driver over-corrected and the Explorer rolled several times, coming to rest facing northwest on its wheels in the south ditch of the northbound lanes.

Cadman was listed as having suspected serious injuries and was transported to Overland Park Regional Hospital, Overland Park, Kan. Both Falconer and Cadman were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

About two hours after the fatality accident, at 7:55 a.m., a Kansas Department of Transportation vehicle was involved in a collision with a semi-truck in the vicinity of the earlier crash. A KHP report on that accident said the KDOT truck with a sign board trailer was legally parked on I-35 in the northbound lane about 1.5 miles east of the I-35 and U.S.75 interchange, when a northbound 2019 International truck, driven by Morris J. Guesby, 55, Lawrence, Kan., struck the stopped KDOT truck, a 2009 Sterling.

The driver of the KDOT truck, Christopher A. Staley, 48, Williamsburg, Kan., was transported to Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan., with suspected minor injuries. Guesby was reported as possibly injured and complained of pain, but he was not transported to a hospital. Both drivers were wearing proper safety restraints at the time of the accident.

Eric Eugene Johnson, 61, Lebo: Feb. 15, 1958 – May 30, 2019

LEBO, Kan. – Eric Eugene Johnson, 61, Lebo, Kan., died at his home on May 30, 2019.

Eric was born on Feb. 15, 1958, at Ottawa, Kan., to Leon Johnson and Sharon Lee (Gragg) Johnson.

Eric graduated from Melvern High School, Melvern, Kan., in 1976. He spent most of his life as a construction welder and mechanical maintenance technician, both here and abroad.

NWS issues flash flood warning for east central Kansas

The National Weather Service, Topeka, Kan., has issued a flash flood warning for Osage County, northern Franklin County, southern Douglas County, northwestern Coffey County, and central Lyon County until 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

At 4:07 p.m. today, Osage County Emergency Management reported state Highway 31 was closed west of the roundabout at U.S. Highway 75 due to water over the road.

Thunderstorms with heavy rain have already produced to three inches of rain and another round of heavy rainfall is expected through the early evening. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

The flood warning includes Emporia, Ottawa, Baldwin City, Osage City, Eudora, Wellsville, Overbrook, Lyndon, Centropolis, Lebo, Americus, Pomona, Olpe, Quenemo, Melvern, Lone Star, Neosho Rapids, Reading, Olivet and Pleasant Grove.

Additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches are possible in the warned area. The warning area includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 128 and 198, and the Kansas Turnpike between mile markers 117 and 144.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Osage County Jail Log, April 15 – April 20, 2019

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

Snowstorm shuts down meals on wheels, local meal sites Wednesday

SNOW-SHOVELING-11Due to the weather, the ECKAAA Nutrition Program kitchen will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. All nutrition sites in Osage County at Burlingame, Carbondale and Osage City will be closed and meal delivery is cancelled for the day.

The closures also affects sites in Lane, Ottawa, Pomona, Lane, Richmond, Sunflower Plaza, Wellsville and Williamsburg, in Franklin County; Colony, Garnett and Kincaid, in Anderson County;  Burlington, Lebo and Waverly, in Coffey County; Louisburg, Osawatomie, and Paola, in Miami County; and Blue Mound, Centerville, Mound City, Parker and Pleasanton, in Linn County.

Postponing an event, cancelling services for the day? Email [email protected], or post your cancellation in the comment section below where everybody in Osage County can see it.  Keep warm and safe, Osage County.

Remember to check the County Calendar for up to date event listings.

Weather cancellation: Meal delivery, nutrition sites closed Wednesday due to cold

Due to the weather the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging nutrition program kitchen will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, which also closes all the nutrition sites. Nutrition sites will not be open today at Burlingame, Carbondale, and Osage City and meal delivery is cancelled in Osage County. Also closed will be  sites at Lane, Ottawa, Pomona, Richmond, Sunflower Plaza, Wellsville and Williamsburg, in Franklin County; Colony, Garnett and Kincaid in Anderson County;  Burlington, Lebo and Waverly in Coffey County; Louisburg, Osawatomie, and Paola in Miami County; and Blue Mound, Centerville, Mound City, Parker and Pleasanton in Linn County. For more information, contact ECKAAA at 785-242-7200 or 1-800-633-5621.

Osage County News will share weather cancellations, postponements and closures. Report your weather closure to [email protected].

NWS issues dense fog advisory for Tuesday night through Wednesday morning

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a dense fog advisory for eastern central Kansas, in effect from midnight tonight to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan.16, 2019. Widespread fog producing visibility of one-quarter mile or less is forecast to develop tonight and persist into Wednesday morning.

The advisory area includes Morris, Lyon, Osage, Franklin, Coffey, Anderson counties and the cities of Council Grove, Emporia, Osage City, Carbondale, Lyndon, Burlingame, Overbrook, Ottawa, Burlington, Lebo, and Garnett.

Poor visibility will create hazardous driving conditions. With temperatures falling below 32 degrees, slick surfaces may also exist, especially on area bridges and overpasses. This will also have the potential to result in hazardous travel conditions.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

Winter weather moves in for weekend

National Weather Service in Topeka has issued an urgent winter weather message warning of a winter weather advisory that remains in effect from 6 p.m. this evening Jan. 11, 2019, to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

Snow with accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are expected to begin this evening across east central, north central and northeast Kansas.

The advisory covers Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley,  Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

A winter weather advisory means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties.  Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained by calling 511.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 17 – Dec. 22, 2018

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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