Archives for April 2012

Eric James Indicted for Carjacking

The first new indictments have been handed down against one of the four men who escaped a week ago today from the jail in Ottawa County. A federal grand jury in Wichita yesterday indicted Eric James, the convicted kidnapper from southeast Kansas, with carjacking. He is the person authorities say stole a 2002 Nissan Altima from a driver in Minneapolis after he and three others used homemade knives to overpower two jail guards, get in to the jail’s control room, and open doors. He was the last one to be caught, authorities catching up with him in Omaha Friday.

All four inmates are back at the Ellsworth state prison, along with the other inmates that had been farmed out to Ottawa county due to overcrowding in Ellsworth. If convicted on the federal carjacking charge, James’ next home would be the federal pen, for a possible 25 year term.

Bus Driver Hurt in Tuesday Crash Dies

The ANW co-op bus driver who was hurt in a crash Tuesday in Chanute has died. Sheila Mann was first taken to Neosho Memorial, but was later rushed to a Wichita hospital for treatment of her injuries. Wesley Medical Center officials say she died yesterday morning.

The highway patrol reports the crash happened at 1pm Tuesday at the corner of Western and Ash, when a 2008 Kia driven by Adam Wakefield of Rochester Pennsylvania collided with the bus, which was eastbound on Western. Wakefield and the other two occupants of the Kia were also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. There were no students on board the bus at the time of the crash.

Funeral services for Sheila Mann have been set for Monday morning at 10:30 am at First Christian Church in Iola. Family will receive friends on Sunday night from 6 until 8pm at Penwell-Gabel Humboldt chapel. She will be laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery in Humboldt.

Ottawa County Escapees Include SE Kansas Criminal

Authorities are searching for three criminals who broke out of the Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis Wednesday morning. Among them is a man incarcerated for a home invasion robbery in Anderson county and crimes in Allen and Bourbon counties. Eric James is from Kansas City. He was serving time for a 2008 home invasion in which the victims were bound with electrical cords and robbed. He and the other three escapees were in the Ottawa county jail north of Salina due to overcrowding at the Ellsworth state prison.

One of the for original escapees was caught this mornign n Minneapolis. IN addition to James, Santos Carrera-Morales, a convicted double-murderer from Sedgwick County and Drew Wade, who was serving time for attempted robbery and aggravated battery in Shawnee County. Officials say the inmates overpowered jail workers to get into the control room and escape the jail. In the process, they injured three jail staff members. They also stabbed a Minneapolis resident was stabbed in the face when the inmates stole his car.

Ottawa County Sheriff Keith Coleman says authorities are looking for two vehicles of interest. The first is a 2002 Nissan Altima, gold in color, with a Kansas tag number of 649-CIC. The other is a 2005 Chevrolet Venture, tan in color, with a Kansas tag number of 854-DZQ.

If you have any information that could help authorities find the suspects, call 911.

School Bus/Car Crash in Chanute Hurts 4; No Students on Bus

An ANW co-op bus driver was hurt in a crash yesterday in Chanute. The highway patrol reports the crash happened at 1pm yesterday at the corner of Western and Ash, when a 2008 Kia driven by Adam Wakefield of Rochester Pennsylvania collided with the bus, which was eastbound on Western. Sheila Mann, the bus driver, was taken to Neosho Memorial hospital with serious injuries. Wakefield and the other two occupants of the Kia were also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. There were no students on board the bus at the time of the crash.

Yates Center Drug Arrest

Yates Center Police have arrested a woman following a raid on her home earlier this week. In a release yesterday, Yates Center Chief Lyle Kee said the 40-year old woman, whose name was withheld pending formal charges, was arrested Tuesday. Authorities raided her home armed with a search warrant alleging she had illegal drugs, They found marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Formal charges against the woman are pending a decision by the Woodson County Attorney’s office.

Iola PD, KBI Investigate Local Man’s Death

Iola Police are investigating the death of a 24-year old Iola man. Chief Jared Warner says officers were called to Gabriel Toothman’s home in the 700 block of Wilson Lane shortly after 7am Tuesday. EMS workers who were also called because Toothman was reported unresponsive pronounced him dead at the scene. While stopping short of calling the death suspicious, Warner said in a news release yesterday afternoon that things officers learned during the initial interviews after Toothman’s body was discovered have prompted the department to call in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Autopsy results are pending.

Southeast Kansas Trails in Health Rankings

Southeast Kansas is ranked as one of the worst areas in Kansas for overall health

Each year the Kansas Health Institute ranks the state’s counties from 1-100 on mortality rates, health behaviors and socio-economic factors. Five western Kansas counties are too sparsely populated to be included in the rankings.

Of the counties in our listening area, all but two are in the bottom quarter of the list. Coffey County at number 5 is the healthiest county in our listening area, and Anderson county is the only other area county to break the top 50, coming in at 43rd.

Neosho county is the highest-scoring of the other five counties in our listening area, at #83. Wilson county is #87, Bourbon county at 92, Allen County at 93, and trailed by Woodson county which is the least-healthy county in the state. Health officials say poverty is the main cause for the poor health in Southeast Kansas. Obesity is a also a problem.

Health directors from eight Southeast Kansas counties will meet later this month to discuss how to make their communities healthier.Their goal is to figure out why people make poor health choices and what is the best way to fix the problem

Weekend Crash Kills 1, Hurts 3

A Humboldt man died and three people were injured in a head on collision over the weekend. It happened around 5:20 Saturday evening… on us169 …about 7 miles south of Cherryvale. Troopers say 20-year old Cristobal Coronado was southbound in the northbound lanes and hit another pickup head-on. 19 year old Cameron lee Chambers, who died, was a passenger in Cristobal’s pickup.