Listeriosis warning issued

From the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with clinical experts in the fields of infectious diseases, reproductive health, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics have previously issued guidance to address clinical questions regarding exposure to foods potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is a suggested framework for medical management of persons at elevated risk for invasive listeriosis who are exposed to Listeria monocytogenes. We concur with the framework CDC has developed, and are distributing this information to the healthcare and public health community in Kansas. This framework may be particularly relevant at this time of year, as the incidence of gastrointestinal illness and respiratory illness, including influenza, tends to increase. Given the overlapping symptom complexes between listeriosis and diseases which may become more prevalent in the coming weeks, it is important for clinicians to consider potential listeriosis exposure risks in light of this recall. Continue reading

Fatality victim identified

The name of the driver killed in an accident on southbound I-35 near the US 56 Highway exit at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 27, has been identified by the Olathe Police Department as Julio Cesar Romero-Zepeda, 22, of Olathe.Initial reports indicated that two vehicles were involved. Romero-Zepeda, the sole occupant of one vehicle, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The four occupants in the second vehicle were transported to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

This case remains under investigation by the Olathe Police Department Traffic Unit. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-7500 or 913-971-6950.


Sheriff’s Office to hold Tweet-along from inside jail

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will he holding a tweet-along from inside the Central Booking Facility on Wednesday Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m.

Followers will experience what it is like to live and work inside a jail, what kind of inmates are booked and housed inside the facility and what really happens behind the walls of a jail.  Followers can also ask questions concerning Central Booking and life in jail in Johnson County during the event.

The username for Johnson County Sheriff’s Twitter feed is @jocosheriff and the hashtag that will be used for the event is #jocotweetalong.  In addition, those on Facebook can also follow along at


Change the clock, change smoke alarm batteries

Roughly two thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association. A properly maintained smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

To help save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Olathe Fire Department, along with the Fire Education Association of Kansas and the Fire Marshals Association of Kansas, urges everyone to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit — change your smoke alarm batteries at least once per year. If it is time for your lifesaving change, change your home’s smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks to Standard Time this Sunday. Continue reading

About Evensen’s Internet show

Taking the message nationwide on television

By Greg Evensen

The phrase, “all in God’s timing and in the most effective way possible,” applies to a new nationwide internet television series to be broadcast on the IBC (Internet Broadcast Company) network.  This is a subscription ($35 per year initially) channel similar to that which Glenn Beck is affiliated.

I will host an hour show each week discussing and detailing how folks can better prepare for the unprecedented challenges just ahead of us in America.  We know the civil and governmental disaster that has been created by unrestrained political power.  Most of us have seen the overwhelming abuses by law enforcement and in some cases the military forces.  Many are acutely aware of how the Bible sets forth unprecedented events set to begin on a worldwide basis in the near future.  Unfortunately, only a few know how to plan for and implement an effective means to deal with what is coming. Continue reading

Former Olathean to host new Internet show

Former Kansas State Trooper and recently retired West Iron County Schools high School teacher Greg Evensen, a 1968 graduate of Olathe High School, has just returned from San Diego, Calif., where he completed taping six episodes of a new series for the Internet Broadcasting Company (IBC) television network.

IBC is similar to the national subscription format used by talk show host Glenn Beck. Evensen was contacted by the founder and Exeutive Director/Producer of IBC Mark Selland, after Evensen’s on air work with radio and professional presentations were posted at Youtube and viewed by his staff. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Oct. 28

City Council – Joint Council/Planning Commission Meeting
The Olathe City Council and the Olathe Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, October 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  The Planning Commission will brief the City Council on the draft Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and obtain Council feedback prior to initiating the public hearing.  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage. Continue reading

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