Archives for July 2012

Standoff in Gas Ends Peacefully

A 4-hour standoff occupies local law enforcement during the heat of the day yesterday in Gas. According to Allen County 9-1-1. The standoff happened shortly after a clerk at Pump N’ Pete’s reported a man had pulled a knife when she told him to leave the store. Sheriff’s deputies converged on the home of Micheal Peter Troxel just after 11 am, and when he refused to come out, they surrounded the home on Main Street and called for help from Iola Police, The Highway Patrol, and the SRT team. Four hours of negotiation led to Troxel coming out of the home about 3pm and being arrested without further incident. He was taken by deputies to Allen County Hospital for evaluation.

Boil Notice in Effect for RWD #4 in the Bronson Area

Those who live in Bronson area and are served by Bourbon County Rural Water District #4 are under a boil water advisory. The rural water district has experienced a loss of pressure in the water system. When such a loss of pressure occurs, it is possible for contaminants to enter the system. Chlorine residuals may also drop to levels that are inadequate to protect against bacterial contamination. The state placed the bill advisory in effect until further notice. Residents should boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water. Also, throw out ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker. Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled.

Governor to Visit SEK on Drought Tour

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will be in Neosho and Labette counties tomorrow as part of a three-stop tour of drought conditions in Kansas. The governor starts the tour today in Saline County along the Smoky Hill River. Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter, Kansas Department of Agriculture Sec. Dale Rodman as well as local officials and Kansans impacted by the drought will join the governor for the tour. Last week, USDA declared 82 counties in Kansas federal disaster areas, making agricultural producers eligible for disaster assistance programs.Governor Brownback’s tour will make stops in the northwestern part of the state next week.

James Yet to Be Charged for Escape

Three of the four inmates who escaped from the Ottawa County Jail this spring have been charged with new crimes related to their escape. The only one yet to be charged with escape-related counts is Eric James, the 22-year old man convicted of multiple crimes in southeast Kansas. Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office says they are still evaluating what charges to file against James, who was found out of state. There’s a possibility he could see federal charges. The other three escapees each face counts of aggravated escape from custody and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer.

Leroy Man Hurt in Crash Near Waverly

A crash yesterday morning in Coffey county injured a Leroy man. Highway Patrol troopers say Daniel Enright was westbound on Trefoil Road near Waverly just after 7am. He lost control, going off the road, back onto the gravel, through a ditch and over a fence into a yard, where the pickup came to rest on top of an oak tree. He was wearing a seat belt, according to troopers,w ho say he was taken to Coffey County Memorial Hospital to have his injuries checked out. He was alone in the pickup.

Allen, Neighboring Counties Part of Drought Disaster Declaration

Allen and surrounding counties are among 82 in Kansas that are part of a drought disaster declaration made by federal and state officials yesterday. The declaration from the USDA makes agricultural producers eligible for disaster assistance programs. The USDA streamlined the federal disaster designation process to assure a faster disaster designation. The designation makes farmers and ranchers eligible for Farm Service Agency low interest emergency loans. A total of 66 Kansas counties will be declared as primary disaster areas and 16 contiguous counties will also receive disaster designations.

Neosho County Burn Ban

Neosho County is the latest in the region to institute a burn ban. At their meeting Friday, commissioners put a burn ban in effect throughout Neosho County, effective immediately. Similar to the Allen County ban, only open burning and careless discarding of cigarettes are included. Permanent stoves, fireplaces or barbecue grills in developed recreation sties or at your home are still permitted. Campfires in non-permanent pits are considered and example of open burning, and prohibited by the ban.

Bunr Ban in Effect

Allen County Commissioners have placed a burn ban in effect for the county. They say dangerous conditions continue to exist in the unincorporated areas of Allen County due to excessively dry and windy weather, and that the potential for fires which could cause injuries or property damage has greatly increased.

The ban includes all open burning, and it is in effect as of 12:00 midnight today. There are only two exceptions: those fires in permanent stove or fireplaces or barbeque grills in developed recreational sites or home sites, and Prescribed burning for crop production or grassland management may be conducted with written permission from the Sheriff’s office.

The ban is in effect until it is formally removed by the commission.