Archives for November 2014

Fatality Crash in Neosho County

A Parsons man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Neosho County Wednesday. Highway Patrol troopers say James Merrill was southbound on Highway 59 a mile and a half north of Parsons when he lost control, going left of center and driving on the shoulder of the northbound lane. He over corrected, driving the Nissan Quest across both lanes and into the ditch on the west side of the road, rolling the SUV several times and throwing him out of it in the process. Troopers say Merrill was not wearing a seat belt. He died at the scene.

Suveryors to Work in Anderson County Starting Monday

Survey work starts Monday to get measurements for a planned project to replace a bridge on K-31 in Anderson county. Survey crews will be working the next six weeks to measure and locate features along a little more than a half-mile stretch in the vicinity of the North Fork Little Osage Drainage Bridge, just over two miles east of the K-31 intersection with Highway 59. Though much of the work will be done in the public right-of-way, some measurements will need to be taken on private property. When that is necessary, surveyors will contact the residents for permission prior to making their measurements.

Injury Crash Friday

Possible injuries reported in a crash Friday in Allen county. The Sheriff’s Department reports Shaylin Robb of Colony was westbound on Texas Road near 440 Street Friday when she lost control. The vehicle passed into the eastbound lane, went into the shoulder on the north side and crossed the road before going into the south ditch and hitting a fence, coming to rest in the adjacent field. According to the report, an infant riding in the vehicle was taken to Allen County Regional Medical Center by private vehicle to be checked out.

Deputies also report two instances of a driver striking a deer in the road late last week. Remember deer are still active this time of year, and have a plan for what you’ll do if you encounter one in the road.

Public Help Sought in Last Weekend’s Hit-and-Run Crash

The investigation of a hit-and-run crash in Neosho county last weekend is ongoing, and the Highway patrol and Neosho County Sheriff’s Office are asking for public help identifying the driver who sped fromt he scene. As we reported earlier this week, the three-vehicle wreck happened last Saturday at about 9:10 p.m at the intersection of 150th and U.S. 59 Highway north of Erie, in Neosho County. The pickup that caused the crash and then left the scene was described as dark in color, and was an older, dirty, ¾ or 1-ton extended cab truck, with single rear wheels. The truck should have extensive damage. The driver is described as a male in his mid-50s with salt and pepper hair, tall with a slender to medium build, and he is believed to have a mustache.

Anyone with any information about the collision is asked to contact Master Trooper John Burns at (620) 431-2100, or Neosho County Sheriff’s Department Detective Roberta Knight at (620) 244-3888.

Allen County Election Results

Iola voters have turned back both of the ballot measures related to new school building in the city. A resounding defeat for the USD 257 bond issue, with more than 18-hundred votes against it and 1125 in favor…a 62-to-38 percent margin. The companion sales tax also failed, 58 to 42 percent. LaHarpe voters, however, approved the sailed tax vote for their city, which is to be used for street maintenance. The vote count was 79 in favor, 61 opposed.

In statewide races, Allen County voters favored Republican Pat Roberts to return to his Senate seat, with about 2-thousand votes for Roberts, 12-hundred for Greg Orman and 275 for Libertarian Randal Batson. Lynn Jenkins was favored to return to her House seat by a more than 2-to-1 margin by Allen county voters. And Governor Sam Brownback beat Paul Davis in Allen County by about 300 votes, a 52-to-43 percent showing.