Melvern couple arrested on embezzling charges

MELVERN—A Melvern couple was arrested this week for alleged embezzling from the USD 456 Recreation Committee.

According to a press release from Kenen Martinez, Melvern City Marshal, the recreation committee held a special meeting on Dec. 9. That evening, the board voted to turn over records of the organization to the Melvern City Marshal’s Office for investigation and safekeeping.

Harris murder trial set for Jan. 5

LYNDON—The pre-trial conference for James Paul Harris, 30, Carbondale, was held Monday. Harris is charged with first-degree murder in the death of James Gerety.

Chief Judge Phillip M. Fromme asked both counsels if motions were settled and if any further motions were anticipated.

“Is there anything we need to discuss here in particular, or are we going to proceed with jury trial?” asked Fromme.

Vehicle crashes into Osage City storefront

OSAGE CITY—Earlier this morning, a vehicle entered the storefront of a local business.

At approximately 9:18 a.m., a car driven by Clara Bryan, 77, Osage City, jumped the curb as she attempted to park her car and crashed into Gibson Pharmacy at 521 Market St. The vehicle struck the storefront glass of the pharmacy.

No injuries were reported, and the pharmacy remains open for business. Repairs are being made to the storefront today.

The vehicle was towed by The Body Shop, Osage City.

K170 bridges reopened ahead of schedule

READING—Construction was completed Nov. 19 on two adjacent bridges, located 3.5 miles east of Reading in Osage County. The bridges, which have been closed since June, were reopened to all traffic last week.

Despite initial delays, contractors met their original late November completion schedule.

Seven-foot man sentenced for bank robbery

KANSAS CITY—A seven-foot man was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for robbing a Franklin County Bank.

Caleb Jeffcoat, 26, Quenemo, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on March 19, he robbed the Goppert State Service Bank at 118 East Franklin Street in Pomona. During the robbery, he wore a black ninja mask belonging to a co-defendant’s son and carried a BB gun modified to make it look more like a real gun.

Burlingame man indicted on postal theft charges

TOPEKA—The United State Attorney’s Office indicted a Topeka postal employee Nov. 19 on a federal charge of stealing prescription medications from the mail, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Terry D. Ricley, 44, Burlingame, worked sorting mail at the Topeka Post Office North Station. Ricley was charged with one count of theft by a postal employee. According to a press release, Ricley allegedly stole Hydrocodone and Tramadol being delivered by mail.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

U.S. 75, K-31/K-268 roundabout open to all traffic

LYNDON—As of 11:30 a.m. Monday, the U.S. 75 and K-31/268 intersection roundabout is now open unrestricted, with traffic flow from all four directions. Work on the western section of the roundabout was completed last week, with work extending into the early morning hours.

“While the roundabout is fully open to all traffic from all four directions, there is still finishing work to complete within in the project limits,” said Kimberly Qualls, Public Affairs Manager for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

“Drivers should expect minimal delays as project work wraps up.

Police looking for vandals in Carbondale

CARBONDALE—The Carbondale Police Department is investigating a vandalism incident occurring at Jones Youth Park in Carbondale.

“The vandals spray painted graffiti on numerous buildings, signs and other areas of the baseball fields, causing extensive damage,” said Carbondale Police Chief Christopher Edin. “The graffiti is extremely graphic and offensive in nature. Most of the graffiti refers to offensive sexual language, racially biased jargon and white pride content.”

Roundabout open to most traffic

LYNDON—Construction on the U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 roundabout opened three of its four directions Oct. 29, with most traffic beginning to use the new interchange.

North and southbound U.S. 75 Highway traffic are now rerouted to the new roadway, along with K-268 to and from the east. K-31 traffic will continue to use the temporary detour.

Police report thefts around Osage City

OSAGE CITY—Residents of Osage City are encouraged to put valuables away and lock doors after a number of vehicle and business burglaries.

Osage City Police Department released a statement about the burglaries Oct. 27.

“So far the break-ins have been mostly in the western area of town,” said Fred Nech, police chief.

Nech also reported stolen items including tools and audio equipment.

“Two businesses have reported break-ins, one of those reported tools missing and another a computer and small amount of cash,” said Nech.



The Osage County Herald-Chronicle

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