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Named-giving donors step up as furnishings drive continues for Tonganoxie Public Library
December 18, 2019
A combination of generous donations have pushed funds for furniture and furnishings at the new Tonganoxie Public Library site near its goal mark. The drive, which started around Thanksgiving, is aimed at raising about $175,000 to cover the estimated costs of those items through the Tonganoxie Public Library Foundation.
Former Harveyville bank vice president pleads guilty in embezzlement case
December 18, 2019
A former vice president of the First National Bank of Harveyville, pleaded guilty this week to a federal charge of embezzlement, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Tuesday. The defendant also agreed to make restitution of approximately $107,175. Debra Kay Converse, 60, Harveyville, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of embezzlement. In her plea agreement, Converse admitted that in April 2019 the president of First National Bank reported to the Wabaunsee County Sheriff that he believed Converse had embezzled from the bank while she was vice president.
Prostitution ring case this week involves massage parlors
December 18, 2019
An Overland Park woman is scheduled to appear in court this week on a federal interstate prostitution charge, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said today. Chunqui Wu, 61, Overland Park, is charged with one count of transportation with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. An indictment alleges Wu owned or operated three massage parlors: Alpha Massage at 116 S. Clairborne, #A, in Olathe; A Plus Massage at 527 N. Mur-Len Road, in Olathe, Kan.; and King Spa at 13104 State Line Road in Leawood.
Leavenworth man sentenced for aggravated battery
December 18, 2019
Robert Green, 23, Leavenworth was sentenced recently to 86 months with the Department of Corrections for two separate counts of aggravated battery. Green had pleaded as charged to two separate counts of aggravated battery on Oct. 25, 2019. The charges were based on injuries sustained by his 3-month-old, who had been left in his care while the child’s mother was working.
Leavenworth man sentenced in burglary case
December 18, 2019
Patrick James Whimley, 32, Leavenworth, was sentenced Dec. 10 in Leavenworth County District Court to 30 months with the Department of Corrections for the a home burglary on Dec. 7, 2018. On that morning, Leavenworth Police were called to a residence because the homeowner reported seeing a man lurking around the house and she saw him attempting to open a window in the back of her house. When police arrived they saw Whimley on the porch of the adjacent house taking items. A Leavenworth police officer then proceeded to watch as Whimley opened the window and climbed into the house. At that time the officer told Whimley to lie on the ground. Whimley was then arrested for the burglary.
Leavenworth County inmate sentenced in escape case
December 18, 2019
Cal Green, 37, was sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 11, to 122 months in prison for charges of aggravated escape from custody, felony theft and burglary of a motor vehicle. The crimes occurred Jan. 7, 2019, when Green was an inmate at the Lansing Correctional Facility. Green stole a dump truck belonging to Kansas Correctional industries and used it to leave the grounds of the facility.
Tonganoxie High boys wrestling preparing for Saturday home invitational
December 18, 2019
The Tonganoxie High boys wrestling team will compete in front of the home crowd this weekend. THS is host to the annual Randy Starcher Memorial Invitational at the THS gym. Other teams coming to town for the 9 a.m. tournament are Coffeyville, Eudora, Frontenac, Independence, Lansing, Louisburg and Shawnee Heights. Before Saturday’s big tournament, the Chieftains travel south to take on an old Kaw Valley League foe in the Santa Fe Trail Chargers near Carbondale. That dual starts at 5 p.m. Thursday at SFT. Tonganoxie will return from winter break with a Jan. 11 tournament at Bonner Springs and then the Bobcat Invitational on Jan. 17 in Basehor. THS competed this past Friday at Colby. More from that tournament, along with the SFT dual and Saturday’s Tonganoxie tournament can be found in next week’s edition of The Mirror. THS girls wrestling also competes Thursday at Santa Fe Trail. While the THS boys are at home, the girls team won’t be competing too far away. The girls have an 8 a.m. meet Saturday at Leavenworth. The girls return in 2020 for a Jan. 4 meet at Atchison County High in Effingham.
Tonganoxie’s Gray signs to play softball for Highland Scotties
December 18, 2019
Lauren Gray initially envisioned playing softball at a four-year university, but she is making one more stop before making that decision. Gray celebrated signing with Highland Community College during a reception Friday at the Chieftain Room on the Tonganoxie High School campus.
Tonganoxie boys basketball squeaks past Perry-Lecompton for 2nd victory
December 18, 2019
Tonganoxie High had some free-throw struggles down the stretch last week against Perry-Lecompton, but the Chieftains hung on for the 39-37 victory against the Kaws. The victory moved THS to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Frontier League play. THS had pushed its lead to 10 with about 4 minutes left in the game, but Tonganoxie missed the front-end of 1-and-1’s on team fouls 7, 8 and 9 in the fourth quarter. That helped allow PLHS to assemble a rally, but Tonganoxie eventually was able to hold on for the home victory.
Ward serves on Tonganoxie City Council in final meeting as mayor
December 18, 2019
The Tonganoxie City Council made its way through agenda items Monday as it usually does, but the meeting was bookmarked with recognition of someone who’s been on the governing body the past 14 years. Jason Ward, who started as a council member before being appointed mayor and then serving two full terms, oversaw his final meeting Monday. Ward opted not to seek another term. And with that, Mayor-elect David Frese will be sworn in Jan. 6.