Around 3:10 a.m. Dec. 1, a 37-year-old Tonganoxie man was arrested for driving under the influence in the 200 block of Willow Bend Drive. Officers stopped the man after he failed to stop at a stop sign. After performing a field sobriety test and being tested at the Tonganoxie Police Station, the man was taken to the Leavenworth County Jail.
Around 2 a.m. Dec. 2, police were dispatched to the 400 block of Main Street for a possible DUI. Officers found a 19-year-old Basehor man they suspected of driving under the influence. After performing a field sobriety test, the man was transported to the Leavenworth County Jail.
Around 5 a.m. Dec. 2, a vehicle traveled 201 feet before striking and knocking down a utility pole on Seventh Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. Before officers could arrive, the vehicle was removed from the scene. Tonganoxie Fire Department and Westar Energy utility crews were called to repair the downed pole. Later that morning, Leavenworth County Sheriff's deputies discovered a 1995 Ford F150 abandoned on 182nd Street and U.S. 24-40. The vehicle was removed from that location. When 32-year-old Kenneth Garner discovered the truck was missing, he called the Police Department and was asked to come in for questioning. Garner was given a citation for the incident.
Tonganoxie City Fire Department
Firefighters responded with Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service at: 10:32 p.m. Nov. 26, 3:24 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. Nov. 28, 1:33 p.m. Thursday and 5:34 p.m. Saturday.
At 10:47 a.m. Thursday, firefighters responded to U.S. Highway 24-40 for a fuel spill.
Firefighters assisted a resident at 11:38 p.m. Friday.
At 6:51 p.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to a tree falling on a house in the 200 block of West Second.
Firefighters responded to a downed power line at 5:07 a.m. Sunday at Seventh Street and U.S. 24-40.
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office
Around 8 a.m. Nov. 24, Marianna Harmon, 56, Lawrence, was driving east on U.S. Highway 24-40 when she lost control of her vehicle on the snow-covered Wolf Creek Bridge. The vehicle struck the guardrail and returned into the lane of traffic. Aaron Minor, 26, Merriam, was following and struck the back of Harmon's vehicle. A third vehicle maneuvered to avoid the collision, but went off the road and struck a rock. Marianna Harmon was taken to the University of Kansas Hospital by EMS for injuries caused by the airbag. No other injuries were reported.
A 38-year-old Linwood man was ejected from his vehicle around 11:48 p.m. Nov. 24, on Golden Road east of County Road 26. Derrick Yeager was driving west on Golden when his vehicle went off of the road and flipped, ejecting the unrestrained driver. Yeager was transported to the University of Kansas Hospital by air ambulance. The report says alcohol was a contributing factor.
A 67-year-old Tonganoxie man was arrested Nov. 26, for driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident and no proof of insurance. Around 7:30 a.m., Clinton Culbertson, 18, Easton, was stopped at a parking lot in the 21300 block of Easton Road, when a pickup truck backed into the vehicle. The report states that Culbertson and Daryl Morris, Tonganoxie, the driver of the pickup, spoke for a while, but then Morris left without providing any insurance or contact information. A short time later, deputies found Morris and arrested him.
A 37-year-old Linwood man reported a burglary around 9:40 a.m. Nov. 28, in the 13100 block of 198th Street. The report said an unknown subjected entered a detached garage belonging to the Linwood man with a spare key that was hidden outside of the garage. The suspect then took a red Honda ATV and a green, collectors John Deere go-kart. The ATV was valued at $6,000 and the go-kart was valued at $3,000.
A 71-year-old Parkville, Mo., man reported a burglary around 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 28 in the 32700 block of 231th Street. The report stated that an unknown subjected entered the property the Parkville man keeps for storing agricultural equipment and scrap metal. Numerous amounts of equipment and scrap metal were missing from the property.
A vehicle belonging to a 31-year-old Bonner Springs man was broken into sometime before 1:55 p.m. Nov. 28, in the 13500 block of 158th Street. The report said the in-dash stereo, amplifier, speaker box and spare tire were taken from a 1999 Jeep Cherokee parked near the victim's home. The last time the victim remembers seeing the car intact was around 5 p.m. Nov. 23.
A watch and jewelry were taken from a home sometime between 6 p.m. Nov. 8 and 1 p.m. Nov. 10. Missing are a diamond ring valued at $1,600 and a woman's Seiko watch valued at $300. The report said a 62-year-old Basehor woman believes the theft took place while workers were renovating her bathroom flooring.
A 64-year-old Leavenworth man reported a burglary in his home sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the 15400 block of Meyer Road. The man reported that he left his residence at 6:30 a.m. and left his detached garage unlocked. At noon, several family members arrived and locked all of the doors when they left. When the man returned, his Sears Craftsman 5HP 25-gallon air compressor, valued at $350, was missing.
Unknown subjects broke into a Westar substation and took copper wire sometime before 10:05 a.m. Friday. The report said the thieves cut through a fence at the substation in the 14300 block of Metro Avenue to get copper ground wire from 21 locations in the substation including from three high voltage generators. Westar employees reported that Bonner Springs and parts of southern Leavenworth County could be without power while repairs were made. The copper was valued at $300.
A 47-year-old Bonner Springs man reported damage to his 1997 Chevrolet S-10 truck at 1:50 p.m. Saturday. The man said he had been away from his property in the 17000 block of Cantrell Road since May. The report stated that the man first observed damage to his truck on Nov. 5. All of the glass on the truck, including the headlights and taillights, were shattered. There was also damage to the steering column and interior of the truck. Damage was estimated at $2,000.
Around 7:35 p.m., Saturday, a 36-year-old Bonner Springs woman reported a small fire in her garage in the 15700 block of Lakeview Drive. The woman, who had just returned home, was able to extinguish the fire with a garden hose. At the scene were Leavenworth County Sheriff's deputies and Fairmount Township firefighters. The fire had only caused minor damage. The report said the fire may have originated from a plastic trash can where fireplace coals had be left earlier that evening.
An unknown number of suspects fled a burglary scene after tripping an alarm sometime between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 14100 block of Mitchell Court. Burglars threw a metal wedge through the front door of an antiques store, and reached in to unlock the deadbolt, tripping the alarm. When officers arrived, they checked the building for suspects, but none were found. Nothing was taken from the store.
Several pieces of firewood were taken between 9:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Sunday from a home in the 11800 block of Kelly Road. A neighbor said he saw a silver or tan pickup truck enter the driveway and pulled in behind the residence around 1 p.m. Sunday. The firewood was valued at $150.
Shovel your driveway and paths, check neighbors’ driveways and then grab all your closest little ones and find the biggest sledding hill. Snowmen also are a must. Snow days are a great time to catch up on missed shows and much-needed rest. I love snowdays, they haven’t changed one bit even as an adult, although I am sure not all working adults can say that, but I am happy I can. I was excited to see the snowmen and other snow sculptures throughout the Lawrence and Kansas City metro areas.