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Friday, March 13, 2015

Woman arrested after crashing car into mailboxes and house

Posted: March 13, 2015 - 5:06am

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Shawnee Police say they arrested a woman for driving under the influence after she crashed her car early Friday.

Officers were called to an address in the 7300 block of Charles Street around 1:15 a.m. by a homeowner who reported a car had crashed into his home's garage.

Damage to the home appeared to be contained to a garage door and one exterior wall. Officers could be seen photographing an exterior wall that was bowed out slightly, on the side of the garage.

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An officer at the scene confirmed that two mailboxes were damaged in the 7400 block of Charles and then the garage door of the home in the 7300 block was struck by the same vehicle. The driver remained at the scene and was not injured. The officer said he could not provide any other information.

The woman was driving northbound on Charles Street. Both of the mailboxes and the home are on the east side of the street.

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Officers could be seen performing field sobriety tests on the female driver before putting her in handcuffs and then into the back of a patrol vehicle.

The woman was transported to Shawnee Police headquarters for booking. As of this report, she has not been booked into the county jail.

Operation 100 News requested to speak with a sergeant who was at the scene for a few questions. The sergeant left the scene without offering any comment.

The woman could be seen hopping as she tried to maintain her balance on one foot
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Three officers and a sergeant place the woman in handcuffs after completing the field sobriety tests
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The woman talks to an officer from the backseat of a patrol vehicle
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A tow truck operator removes the suspect vehicle from the home's driveway
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After striking two mailboxes, the car came continued north, where it struck a house. The damaged home is in front of the police vehicle in this image.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Four vehicles damaged by fire at Olathe dealership

Posted: March 10, 2015 - 3:55am

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Fire investigators are working to determine what caused a fire that damaged four vehicles in the parking lot of Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, 15500 W. 117th Street. The fire was reported around 12:30 Tuesday morning.

An Olathe Fire captain at the scene confirmed that four vehicles were damaged. He was not able to say if the vehicles were part of the dealership's inventory.

One person was transported to an area hospital by Johnson County Med-Act. That person's injuries are said to be non-life threatening.11

A dollar amount for the damage was not immediately available.

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Shawnee home damaged by late-night fire

Posted: March 10, 2015 - 2:53am
Updated: March 10, 2015 - 7:18am

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A dryer is being cited as the cause of a late-night house fire in Shawnee.

Firefighters were called to 6713 Stearns around 10:30 Monday night.

Shawnee fire marshal Corey Sands says, "it was a dryer fire that quickly caught the garage on fire."

A contractor who was boarding up the home said the fire caused extensive damage to the garage.

"Shawnee Fire knocked it out quick, it doesn't look like there is any fire damage to the living areas," he said.

The homeowner was not injured and is receiving assistance from a neighbor and the Red Cross.

No other details have been released.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Driver leads Shawnee Police on nearly 30 mile pursuit

Posted: February 27, 2015 - 3:22am
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 1:26am

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A Shawnee officer pursued a vehicle at low speeds for nearly 30 miles early Friday morning.

According to major Dan Tennis with the Shawnee Police Department, Lenexa police saw a suspicious vehicle around a business and initiated a traffic stop on Kansas Highway 7 near 75th Street at about 1:25 a.m.

"The vehicle failed to pull over, but was not driving fast," Tennis said.

According to radio traffic, the Lenexa officer turned off his emergency equipment as he continued to follow the vehicle into Shawnee. The officer requested that Shawnee officers be notified and attempt to get in front of the car with spike strips.

Radio traffic from Lenexa officers indicated that the suspect vehicle was only exceeding the speed limit by about five miles-per-hour over the posted 55 miles-per-hour speed limit on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

"One of our officers deployed stop sticks at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Interstate 435 and then followed the vehicle as the tires disintegrated," Tennis said.

Tire debris shows that one of the vehicle's tires was destroyed and most of the tire's remnants were left at the bottom of the ramp from eastbound Shawnee Mission Parkway to Lackman Road. This is also the same area where a gouge mark begins to appear along the chase route.

The suspect led officers southbound on Lackman Road and then eastbound onto Blackfish Parkway. A Lenexa police supervisor could be heard on the radios telling Lenexa officers to turn off their emergency equipment and only follow the pursuit if they could do so while obeying traffic laws.

At least three Shawnee officers were in pursuit of the car as it continued eastbound on Blackfish Parkway passing Pflumm Road.

The car continued eastbound on Blackfish Parkway, to near Richards, where Blackfish becomes 75th Street. A Lenexa officer reported that he was able to hit at least two of the suspect's tires as the chase passed Quivira Road.

Shawnee officers continued in pursuit as the driver turned southbound on Switzer Road from 75th Street.

As Shawnee officers were calling their pursuit on an encrypted radio channel, Lenexa police dispatchers were relaying the pursuit's location over a regional pursuit channel.

When asked why the Shawnee officer was calling the pursuit on an encrypted radio channel, Major Tennis said, "I do not know why he was on channel 3, or even if he was on that channel."

Vehicle pursuits are normally called out on primary talkgroups, making it easier for officers and dispatchers from surrounding agencies to monitor the location of the pursuit and assist if needed. There is also a regional pursuit channel available, which can be monitored by officers and dispatchers across the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Radio traffic from the Lenexa dispatcher on the regional pursuit channel stated that the suspect vehicle and one Shawnee police vehicle crossed the railroad tracks continuing southbound on Switzer Road. Other Shawnee officers who were in pursuit were cut off from the pursuit by a passing train.

The lone Shawnee officer continued in pursuit into Lenexa. Lenexa officers followed the low-speed pursuit at a distance.

The driver attempted to lose officers by driving a circle through a neighborhood south of 95th Street near Haskins Street. Gouge marks in the pavement show that the vehicle was now missing two tires. The gouge marks leave the road and cross a sidewalk on the southwest corner of Logan Lane and Haskins Street. The driver then headed back to 95th Street and entered Interstate 35, where he led officers southbound into Olathe.

With speeds around 50 miles-per-hour on Interstate 35, Lenexa officers followed the pursuit with rear-facing warning lights activated to alert drivers who would be traveling faster than the pursuit.

The driver exited Interstate 35 at Santa Fe Street in Olathe. An Olathe police supervisor advised his officers to not become involved in Shawnee's pursuit.

At 1:59 a.m. an Olathe police supervisor could be heard on the radio requesting that his dispatcher contact Shawnee police and ask them to "terminate their pursuit if they only have traffic charges."

About four minutes later the Shawnee officer could be heard saying that he had terminated the pursuit. The lone Shawnee officer left the area and returned to Shawnee city limits.

When asked why Shawnee officers continued to pursue the vehicle, even when other departments said they would not be getting involved, Major Tennis said, "we were assisting Lenexa police and once he [the suspect] hit the stop sticks our officers felt like he was a danger to the public driving on a flat tire. There are lots of factors to consider and our on scene sergeant was in the best position to make that call."

The pursuit covered roughly 30 miles in about 40 minutes.

Major Tennis says Shawnee police will have charges of fleeing and eluding for the driver.

"All in all pretty minor, slow speed incident," Tennis said.

Officers from Olathe and Lenexa, along with a Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy continued to check the area for the suspect vehicle.

According to radio traffic, Olathe officers found the vehicle abandoned near the intersection of East Sheridan Street and South Stevenson Drive. A witness told officers that the man who had been driving ran west from the car. Officers and deputies set up a large perimeter and used two Lenexa Police K-9s to search the area for the driver.

After nearly 45 minutes of searching with K-9s, officers called off the search and cleared the perimeter.

Olathe Police Sergeant Bryan Hill says he is "not sure what the pursuit was for. Lenexa ended up recovering the car, so it must have been related to something they had."

Shawnee Police Major Tennis says, "an arrest was made, but I don't have those details."

Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking logs show Lenexa police made an arrest shortly before 2 a.m. It is unclear if that arrest is related to the pursuit. The arrested person is currently charged with felony possession.

Attempts to reach a Lenexa Police Department public information officer were unsuccessful on Friday.

With more than 60 real time tweets, Operation 100 News was the only media outlet informing the public of the pursuit as it happened.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Former employee suspected in McDonald's robbery

Posted: February 25, 2015 - 1:51am
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 4:08am


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Leawood Police are investigating after a former employee allegedly robbed the McDonald's restaurant near 119th Street and Roe Avenue early Wednesday.

Police say they were called to the restaurant, located at 4600 West 119th Street, at 1:15 a.m.

Employees were able to tell officers the suspect's name and other details. He is described as a 23-year-old black male.

Police say the suspect is a black male in his mid-20s. He was wearing a black hoodie, dark pants, a baseball cap, gloves, and a scarf over his face. He was carrying a black backpack and was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect was last seen getting into a white, newer model Chevrolet Impala or Malibu. The vehicle was last seen northbound on Roe Avenue.

Police say no one was injured and no customers were inside the restaurant.

Officers released the scene back to employees around 3:40 a.m.

Police continue to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Leawood Police at 913-642-7700 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. Callers to the TIPS Hotline can remain anonymous.

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