Scranton man killed in motorcycle wreck

TOPEKA—A Scranton man was killed June 12 when his motorcycle crashed into a semi trailer in the 6200 block of S.W. Topeka Boulevard.

Charles Eugene Tevis, 61, Scranton, was riding a 2000 Harley Davidson Electra Glide, which collided at 9:18 p.m. with a semi and trailer driven by Daniel Marin, 59.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported first responders stopped and aided Tevis before he was taken by ambulance to Stormont-Vail HealthCare. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Suspected meth agent receives six-year sentence

LYNDON—Charles L. Miller, 24, Baxter Springs, KS, was sentenced to serve 77 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for convictions on possession of drug precursors intended to be used to manufacture methamphetamine, and fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement.

Severe weather passes through county

A severe weather warning was issues for southwest Osage County at 5:13 p.m. for 50-60 mph wind and up to penny sized hail. The line storm remained sever as it crossed the county from southwest to northeast, with high winds, hail and heavy downpours.

At 5:29, a second severe warning was issued for a cell moving north from Burlingame towards Auburn. The Auburn warning wall allowed to expire.

Harris sentenced to 50 months

LYNDON—James P. Harris, 30, Carbondale, was sentenced to 50 months for involuntary manslaughter in the death of James Gerety.

Harris was originally charged with first-degree murder, but with efforts of defense and state counsel, a plea deal was entered Dec. 15, 2014, striking down the charge.

The victim’s death is estimated to have happened between March 3 and April 20 of 2011.

Gerety’s skull was found March 24, 2012 in rural Carbondale by a woman hunting for mushrooms, later identified as the residence of Harris’ father.

Sheriff requests assistance in hit-and-run death

OVERBROOK—The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistant in the ongoing investigation in the death of T.J. Kemble.

Kemble, 20, Carbondale, was struck and killed while walking on U.S. 56 Highway around 5:03 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014. He was struck near mile marker 410, a half-mile west of Paulen Road, two mile west of Overbrook.

Pomona Lake death ruled drowning

OVERBROOK—The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has released that, following an autopsy, the death of Cythia Steward, 22, Ottawa, was ruled a drowning.

Stewards body was recovered from Pomona Lake at 3:25 p.m. Sunday, March 29, following a report of a body near the boat ramp at 110-Mile Park on the north side of Pomona Lake.

Upon further investigation and consideration of a report of a missing kayaker, the body was determined to by Steward later that day. Steward had gone kayaking around 4:30 p.m. March 28. She was reported missing by her family around 5:15 p.m. March 29.

Body recovered from Pomona Lake identified

OVERBROOK—The Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers responded to a report of a body found Sunday afternoon at Pomona Lake.

“Upon further investigation and report of missing kayaker, it was determined that the body was that of Cynthia Steward, 44, of Ottawa,” said Laurie Dunn, Osage County Sheriff.

The body was found in Pomona Lake near the boat ramp at 110 Mile Recreation Area at Pomona Lake.

Victim identified in Osage City nursing home fire

OSAGE CITY—Police responded to a 911 call for a fire at 1:27 p.m. Saturday at Peterson Health Care nursing home, in Osage City.

“We responded to a fire call,” said Fred Nech, Osage City police chief. “At the investigation it was determined there was a person deceased at the fire scene.”

Beverly Leeth, 59, formerly of Topeka, was killed in a small fire, which was contained to a designated smoking area in the north wing of the facility at 630 Holliday St.

Resident dies in Osage City nursing home fire

A resident has died in a fire Saturday at Peterson's Nursing Home, 630 Holliday St, in Osage City.

The Osage City Police Department released a statement saying a resident was killed in a structure fire at the nursing home. The 911 call was made at 1:27 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

As of Monday morning, the name of the resident has not been released.

An investigation is being conducted by the Kansas State Fire Marshall's Office.

Burlingame business owners invited to organizational meetings

BURLINGAME—Local businesses are hosting organizational meetings to discuss the future of a local business association in Burlingame.

“It’s an informal meeting for local business owners to bring forth their ideas for what they would like an association to be,” said Clint Padgett, owner of Big Boar Cycles, in Burlingame. “Whatever the business community wants, is a vehicle we’re going to pursue.”

The meetings are scheduled in response to the dissolving of the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce, announced earlier this week.



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