Day’s events in Boston captures Olathean’s attention, emotions

A police officer gives a thumbs up after bombing suspect No. 2 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is in custody.

A police officer gives a thumbs up after bombing suspect No. 2 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is in custody. Internet photo

Having members of his family, including two small grandchildren, being so close to the tragic Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, Olathean Tom Kearney intently watched the non-stop television coverage today, Friday, April 19, of the all-day search for the second bombing suspect.

And when word flashed across the television screen that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, had been taken into custody, Kearney only could think about what matters to him most: The love of his family.

“I’ve had lot of emotions,” Tom said about the day’s events. “When I got up this morning, I saw the news about one suspect dead and the other in flight.” Continue reading

Sobriety checkpoint tonight, April 19

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from area law enforcement agencies, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Johnson County tonight, Friday, April 19 into Saturday, April 20.

Drivers suspected of being intoxicated will be given brief sobriety tests and those drivers who are confirmed to be impaired will be arrested.

Efforts will be made not to severely interrupt the flow of traffic.  Citizen’s patience and cooperation will assist with this important safety effort.



Gun fanatics miss gun-control message

 By Finn Bullers


A hail of bullets does not respect the First Amendment’s right to free expression. Instead — in most inglorious fashion — bullets rip flesh. Is that our birthright — the tandem power of free expression and firearms?

The Senate was asked for minor changes in gun background checks to take a stab at keeping future, unstable shooters from securing rapid-fire arms. However flawed, the legislation was a start — a chance to show 90 percent of Americans that their leaders are responsive to their heartfelt pleas and buckets of tears.

Instead, what we got from the Senate was the middle finger. Continue reading

Johnson County event showcases Smart Justice

Furnished by Gerald Hay
Johnson County Government

Johnson County is celebrating National County Government Month by inviting the public to learn more about local criminal justice programs and public safety services.

The free event, “Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities,” will be from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Youth and Family Services Center, 920 West Spruce, Olathe.  

County entities, including Community Corrections, Sheriff’s Office, Courts Services, and Mental Health’s Regional Prevention Center, will set up displays featuring their contributions to a safer community. Continue reading

Garmin Marathon a go; special finish line for Boston marathoners

A video route of the 10th Annual Garmin Marathon through Olathe.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Local runners that participated in the April 15 Boston Marathon but were unable to go through the finish line because of the two bombs that exploded will be able to “finish” the race at the Garmin Marathon Saturday, April 20, by running the final seven-tenths of a mile during a special finish-line ceremony. The ceremony is expected to take place around noon.)

The 10th Annual Garmin Marathon, which is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is co-sponsored by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to begin at 7 Saturday morning, April 20, and Arley Arkenberg, Lawrence, who plans to run the half marathon is not worried.

“I’m not scared,” she said, “and I’m typically scared of everything. I think we’ll be fine. And I’ll be the first in line for my Grange Pup come September (during the Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration).” Continue reading

Live stream of Boston manhunt

To follow the manhunt of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, click here for the

ABC News live stream.

NBC News live stream

CNN live stream

CBS News live stream

Fox News live stream

Boston NPR live stream

CBS Boston live stream




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