Archives for December 2009

Deputy Recognized

Congratulations to Darren Kellerman, who has been named December 2009’s Allen County Sheriffs Department employee of the month. According to the department Darren has exhibited the values that any law enforcement officer should strive for. He is involved in the community, is constantly monitoring the safety of our young people, and protects and serves Allen County in the best traditions of “The Thin Blue Line”.

Winter Storm Warning UPdate

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST FRIDAY.

AREAS OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW WILL CHANGE TO ALL SNOW BY EARLY THIS EVENING…WITH SNOW CONTINUING OVERNIGHT. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL GENERALLY RANGE FROM 4 TO 7 INCHES ACROSS SOUTHEAST KANSAS. ONE TO LOCALLY TWO-TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE IS POSSIBLE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

NORTH WINDS WILL BECOME QUITE STRONG AS THEY INCREASE TO SPEEDS OF 30 TO 35 MPH…WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT. THESE HIGH WIND SPEEDS IN COMBINATION WITH THE MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW MAY CAUSE DRIFTING AND SEVERE REDUCTIONS IN THE VISIBILITY AND MAKE TRAVELING VERY DANGEROUS BY THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT.

LED Stoplights Too Cool for Winter

Those LED stoplights you’re seeing more frequently these days have one problem: they don’t generate enough heat to melt the snow and ice. Officials across northern states are finding problems in the snowy months with visibility on the more energy-efficient devices. In Kansas, officials say they haven’t noted much issue with the fixtures yet, except in places where they have to install directional louvers to limit visibility in closely-spaced intersections.

Winter Storm Warning, Noon Today-6pm Friday

A WINTER STORM WARNING WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CHRISTMAS DAY.

AREAS OF DRIZZLE AND RAIN ARE EXPECTED TO CHANGE OVER TO A SLEET AND SNOW MIXTURE BY MID MORNING…BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO ALL SNOW THIS AFTERNOON. THE SNOW WILL PERSIST THROUGH CHRISTMAS MORNING. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL GENERALLY RANGE FROM 4 TO 7 INCHES ACROSS SOUTHEAST KANSAS. THE WIND WILL BECOME QUITE STRONG AS IT INCREASES TO SPEEDS OF 30 TO 35 MPH…WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT.

THESE HIGH WIND SPEEDS IN COMBINATION WITH THE MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW MAY CAUSE DRIFTING AND SEVERE REDUCTIONS IN THE VISIBILITY AND MAKE TRAVELING VERY DANGEROUS.

School Finance Meeting Set

A meeting in early January will bring together officials from nine school districts to discuss the budget problems. It is a town hall meeting, and patrons of the districts making up the ANW Special Educaiton Coop are invited. Officials say Legislators Bill Otto and Derek Schmidt are invited. The meeting is Wednesday, January 6th at 7pm in the auditorium of Humboldt High School.

Crash Kills Uniontown Woman

A Uniontown woman is dead following a wreck in Bourbon county early yesterday. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 57-year-old Sonja Davis was killed in a one-vehicle accident shortly after 7:30 a.m. about two miles south of Redfield. She was eastbound on Hackberry Road and lost control as she crested a hill. Her car hit a concrete culvert on the north shoulder, then rolled three times, ejecting Davis. She was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s the third fatal accident in Bourbon County in recent weeks.

Winter Storm Watch for Thursday and Early Christmas

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WICHITA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* TIMING…DRIZZLE IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE OVER TO SLEET THEN SNOW THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL GENERALLY RANGE FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS…LITTLE OR NO ICE ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED.

* WINDS…POWERFUL NORTH WINDS AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH WILL DEVELOP OVER THE AREA THURSDAY AFTERNOON INTO THURSDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS…THESE HIGH WIND SPEEDS IN COMBINATION WITH THE SNOW MAY CAUSE A SEVERE REDUCTION IN THE VISIBILITY AND MAKE TRAVELING VERY DANGEROUS.

Child, 6, Rescued from Chanute Pond

A Chanute couple and two kids are credited for the rescue of a child that fell into Highland Park Pond. 6-year old Dakota Taylor had fallen through the ice while playing with his brothers and a friend. Roger and Tish Tucker live next to the pond, and one of the older boys pounded on their door after Dakota fell into the chilly water. Roger jumped into the water, but was soon up to his neck and couldn’t reach the boy. With the help of his wife and one of the boys, he was able to pull Dakota from the water. The boy’s body temperature was 94-degrees, according to EMS workers who pulled up moments later. The rescue took an estimated 15 minutes. Hospital officials were unable to confirm whether Dakota was released yesterday, but Roger and Tish say he was up and talking Sunday night.

Prosecutors Explain Plea Deal in Murder Case

Prosecutors are going forward with a plea deal in the case of a man who was killed in Labette County and buried near Yates Center. The on Aaron Coleman could not determine how he died. 24-year old Jon Kurtis Smith had been charged with felony murder and aggravated kidnapping. The death occurred in early March in Labette County. Coleman’s body was discovered May 31 outside of Yates Center. Coleman’s family had reported him missing on March 6. A coroner could not narrow the cause of death down, leaving three possible causes. Prosecutors felt a conviction on the lesser charge was the preferable result to a trial that could have resulted in Smith being acquitted. He faces sentencing next year on a voluntary manslaughter charge.

24-Year old Mom of Two Dies in US 54 Crash

The highway patrol has identified the 24-year old Moran woman who died in a crash late Tuesday in Bourbon county. Kellie Jo Sander was westbound on Highway 54 east of Moran. Troopers say they don’t know why she went off the north side of the road, but skid marks show she over-corrected, sliding across both lanes of traffic and into the south ditch, where the car rolled and became airborne before falling to rest on its passenger side. She was rushed to the University of Kansas Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Feuerborn Family Funeral Service.

According to the highway patrol Sander was not wearing a seat belt, but her 2-year old and 4-year old children were in their car seats. They were taken to the hospital in Fort Scott, where they were treated and released.