Archives for July 2011

CrimeStoppers Report

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Hope Unlimited Grant

A federal grant will help an Allen county organization pay for its support for families marred by domestic violenge. Hope unlimited will receive a $35-thousand dollar Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Grant, which was announced by Governor Brownback’s office yesterday. FVPSA funds pay for support group activities for women and children, child care, prevention education in schools and communities, information and referral services, advocacy in obtaining protection from abuse and stalking orders, court accompaniment, outreach into rural counties, etc. One of these priorities is ensuring services are provided 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and are free to domestic violence victims and their children. The grant t Hope Unlimited is part of $1.5-millon in such grants announced statewide yesterday.

Hope Unlimited will also receive a $59-thousand state grant to support is services. The State General Fund Grant Program for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Agencies provides funds to support services for domestic violence prevention grants. These funds are used as matching funds for federal formula grant requirements to support sexual and domestic violence services and to enhance services to undeserved areas of the state.

Garnett Man Dies in Canadian Motorcycle Crash

A Garnett man is dead following a motorcycle crash in Canada. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Richard Clark was passing through Claresholm, Alberta, a town about 60 miles south of Calgary, yesterday morning. He was riding a motorcycle, and investigators say he rear-ended a Toyota Corolla being driven by woman from Claresholm. He was airlifted to a Calgary hospital, where he died about 3 hours later. RCMP are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Former Funeral Director Charged with Embezzlement

The former funeral director and manager of Campbell Funeral HOme in Yates Center has been arrested by Yates Center police for stealing from the funeral home’s owners. 36-year old Rickey Furst was fired from his job at the funeral home, according to a release from Yates Center police, who were brought in after the firing to audit the company’s books and assemble evidence of embezzlement by Furst. The Woodson County Attorney’s office filed felony theft charges Friday, resulting in Furst’s arrest on Saturday. The charges allege Furst stole more than $13,000 from the funeral home and $900 from a custom of his monument company, which is not affiliated with the funeral home. Police Chief Lyle Kee says more charges may be filed in the future.
Woodscon county commissioners have benacted a burning ban. According to a release yesterday, the ban took effect immediately and will be in effect until mid-August. All outdoor burning is prohibited under the ban in the rural areas of Woodson county. The ban does not affect those in the city limits of Toronto, Neosho Falls or Yeates Center. With the extended period of dry, hot weather, prairie grasses are becoming extremely dry and any spark or flame can ignite an uncontrollable fire.

Allen County to Get Deputy-Worn Video Cams

Allen County Sheriff’s Deputies will soon be using a tool many of their big-city brothers in blue have a hard time getting access to. Training starts Monday for the department’s new AXON Video units, which are worn on the deputy’s head, will document deputy contacts with the public. The cameras are attached to a belt-worn computer which can automatically increase the video capture rate at the press of a button or when certain things happen, such as the deputy starting to run. Money for the video systems is not coming from tax dollars, says Sheriff Tom Williams. Instead, a large grant from the County Attorney’s office, funded by diversion fees, is paying for them.

Erie Crash Injures One

A crash early yesterday in Erie injured one person. It happened shortly after 3am on US-59 in Erie. 25-year old Nicholas Haviland of Erie was southbound on US-59 on a Suzuki motorcycle. Troopers don’t know why his passenger, 25-year old Craig Westhoff of Erie, lost his balance. but that caused Haviland to lose control. Haviland, who was not wearing a helmet, refused treatment at the scene. Westhoff, who also was not wearing a helmet, was taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital with apparently minor injuries.

Fatal Crash Wednesday in Anderson County

A car and a semi collided yesterday in Anderson county, killing a northern Kansas man. Kansas Highway patrol troopers say 42-year old Ronald Winterman of Wamego, Kansas was northbound on US 169 near Greeley just after 11am yesterday when he went left of center into the path of the semi. Troopers don’t know why. After the car and the semi collided, the semi ended up in the west ditch while Winterman’s Acura rolled into the east ditch, ejecting him. He died at the scene. The driver of the semi, Gerald Schneider of Hillsboro, MO, was taken by ambulance to Anderson County Hospital. His current condition is not available.

Crash in Aleen County Saturday Injures One

No one is sure why 1 Toyota Camry started to fishtail on US 169 near Iola Saturday, but that fishtailing led to a wreck that injured the driver. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers say 48-year old Azita Ahosseini of Lawrence was southbound on 169 about 12:30pm Saturday when the car started to fishtail for an unknown reasons. She lost control and went into the west ditch, spun around and smacked into a culvert in the stream bed before rolling over one time.

She was wearing a seat belt, and was taken to Allen County Hospital for treatment of apparently minor injuries. Two passengers in the vehicle were not hurt.

Trees cut to protect power lines

You may notice trees going down. The City of Iola wants to prevent power outages like the one experienced Monday morning, so they’ve paid a tree trimming company to remove the branches in the way of power lines. Some residents raised concerns when they saw the trees drastically scaled back. The Register reports Iola Mayor Bill Shirley even went to one person’s home this week to ease concerns. Most seem to understand the city’s need to protect power lines, but they’d like some notice before the city does it. City administrator Judy Brigham doesn’t think that’s logistically possible to notify every affected homeowner.

Homeowners who want to plant trees but are concerned about where to place them are encouraged to call the Iola City Hall at 365-4906.