Archives for November 2013

SMith Named Undersheriff

Allen County has a new Undersheriff. Roy Smith has 26 years experience in Law Enforcement, and has previously been undersheriff in Neosho and Allen counties. He has been on the Allen county department since 2001, and was a captain prior to his promotion. In addition to law enforcement duties Smith has been in charge of court security and was involved from day one of Drug Court, which started Jan. 24th.

Allen COunty Sheriff Looking For New Jailers

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office has announced it is currently accepting applications for Corrections Officers. According to the agency website this position comes with competitive pay and is a great way to give back to your community! Applicants are asked to come in person to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office during business hours. Any questions can be directed to Jail Administrator Joni Tucker.

Suspect Arrested In Parsons Quadruple Murder

Police have captured the man wanted for killing a Parsons woman and her three children. Montgomery county authorities ant the Attorney General’s office confirm David Cornell Bennett Jr. was arrested was apprehended at an unspecified location in Independence about 9:15 last night. Cami Umbarger and her three children were reported missing Monday morning when Umbarger did not show up for work. Authorities checking her home found the bodies, and the investigation quickly identified Bennett as the prime suspect in the murders. 

Cami Umbarger was 29 years old and worked as a nurse at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Parsons. Her three children – Averie, Jaxon and Hollie were ages four, five and eight – sometimes attended the Parsons Church of the Nazarene.

The search for Bennett led to Independence, after he was spotted at a Dollar General store. Later, a report that he was at Wal-mart prompted a lockdown of the store and parking lot, with authorities from Independence, Bennett’s home town of Cherryvale, and the MOntgomery County Sheriff’s office searching every car as it left and not allowing anyone into the store. After the store and parking lot were cleared and Bennett was not located, things returned to normal there.

Officials have not said where Bennett was arrested, except that it was somewhere in Independence. The Kansas Attorney General’s office has taken over the eventual prosecution at the request of the Labette County Attorney’s office. 

Police Search For Suspect

Law enforcement officials are looking for a suspect in the deaths of four people in Parsons. The Kansas Attorney General’s office says they are looking for David Cornell Bennett Junior of Cherryvale, Kansas… in connection to the deaths of 39-year-old Cami Umbarger and her three minor children. The case is being investigated by the Parsons Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies. 

Could Redevelopment Encompass All Of Neosho County?

Chanute Regional Development Authority Executive Director Murray McGee says the agency wants to expand from Chanute to all of Neosho County. McGee announced the CRDA’s plan to take the City of Chanute’s neighborhood revitalization program countywide during the CRDA’s monthly meeting last Thursday.

McGee said he recently completed a neighborhood revitalization plan for all of Neosho County, which could become an economic boon for the county’s small communities. As part of the neighborhood revitalization program, homeowners looking at more than $7,500 in building improvements could receive a 90 percent rebate for resulting tax increases.  Affter 4 years,t he tax rebate would start decreasing by 10 percent per year.  The CRDA will use five of the remaining 10 percent of the property tax revenues from improvements to administer the program. The other five percent will go to the Neosho County Appraiser’s Office.

Minor Injuries For Garnett Woman In Franklin County Crash

A Garnett woman was treated and released from an area hospital after a two-vehicle crash early Thursday. Troopers say Myranda Topp was northbound about 7:20 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 59, about a mile north of Richmond, when her Grand Am drifted onto the shoulder. She over-corrected, coming across the southbound lanes. There she hit a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Randy Bishop of  Ottawa. Topp was transported by ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, the report said. She was treated in the emergency room and released.

ACRH To Begin Accepting Patients Dec. 10

Allen County Regional Hospital, which dedicated its new state-of-the-art 25-bed Critical Access facility on Oct. 18th, has announced that physicians, nurses and staff will begin caring for patients at the new hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 10th. As you’ll recall, the delay in opening had everything to do with a significant delay by AT&T getting phone service installed. Some behind the scenes sting-pulling by Senator Jerry Moran, who was here for the dedication, got that work bumped up in the phone giant’s priority list.

Allen County Regional Hospital offers comprehensive services for the entire family including cancer, stroke, surgical care; ear, nose and throat care; emergency care; home health care; hospice care; imaging and laboratory services; pain management; 24-hour skilled rehabilitation and “swing bed” care; sleep disorders; women’s services; and more.

LaHarpe To Host Thanksgiving Dinner

Residents who otherwise would be alone on Thanksgiving Day may feast on turkey and all that goes with a traditional holiday meal Thursday at City Hall, thanks to LaHarpe Baptist Mission. Organizer Debbie Bearden says the church will provide the turkey and volunteers are bringing side dishes. Serving will start at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 1:30 p.m. Carry-out meals will be delivered to shut-ins, who may make a request by calling Bearden at 228-3069. The Register reports this is the third Thanksgiving Day feast the Baptist Mission has offered to the community, but the first in which it has independently provided food. Iola’s First Baptist Church previously had a supportive role.

Neosho County Sick Time Issues

The Neosho County Commission is working to resolve an issue with paid sick time. Commissioners created a committee of all department heads and elected officials Friday to deal with the issue. The county spends more than $75,000 on sick leave at the end of the year, which it pays its employees either the first week of November or the first week of December. Currently employees can elect to accumulate up to a certain number of sick days, with the overage earned each year being paid out to them. Commissioner David Bideau is pushing for a use-it or lose-it sick policy.


Services are this morning for Buford Cullen Larson, age 80, of  Elsmore, Kansas, who passed away on Wednesday in Forst Scott. Funeral services for Buford Larson will be held at 10:30 this morning at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Moran. Burial will follow in the Elsmore Cemetery. Visitation was yesterday afternoon.