Johnson County Gateway Project

A YouTube view of how it’s going to look when completed.

Flu hits elderly, children hardest in Johnson County

As flu continues to expand its reach across the United States, it’s hitting the elderly and young children the hardest, including those in Johnson County, Kan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that influenza-associated hospitalization rates are highest among adults age 65 and older, followed by children age 0-4. Nationwide, a total of 21 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported to the CDC as of Dec. 27, including one in Kansas. Continue reading

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


Name of car fire victim released

The victim of a car fire Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to during the early morning hours of Sept. 8 has been identified as Jerome Stonebraker, 61, Olathe.

The investigation determined there was no criminal activity involved in Stonebraker’s death.

On Sept. 8 at 5:30 a.m., deputies discovered a body in a vehicle after responding to a fire call at 183rd and Clare Road in rural Johnson County.  When deputies and firefighters with Johnson County Fire District No. 1 arrived, the vehicle was fully involved and firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out.


Police searching for I-35 shooter

Johnson County and Miami County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting that took place about 8:15 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 6 on I-35 near Edgerton Road just south of the Johnson County line,

The shot, which came from an unknown location, injured the driver of a Doge minivan that was heading south on I-35, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment. Three children and another adult also were in the van but were not injured.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the gunman’s shot hit the driver. The extent of the injury was not known.

A nine-mile section of I-35 was closed from K-33 to Gardner Road until 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

No arrests have been made.

Investigators ask anyone who was in the area of I-35 and Edgerton Road from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and who may have seen someone or vehicles that aren’t part of the “normal community traffic,” to call the Miami County Sheriff at 913-294-8477 or the Johnson County Sheriff at 913-782-0720.

County Feed the Need a success

Johnson County government’s 2013 Feed the Need campaign helped fill the shelves at 10 Johnson County food pantries with more than 127 tons of food.

Donations will benefit food pantries serving eligible Johnson County citizens, which provided food or vouchers to 2,242 households with 12,681 individuals in 2013.

In the first five months of this year, the pantries provided food assistance to 811 households, serving 2,957 individuals


Commissioners OK redistricting plan

Today, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to redraw the six commissioner districts effective 2014. Every three years, the state of Kansas requires the Board to consider if districts need to be redrawn based on current and projected population within those districts. The last time Johnson County redrew its districts was 2008. Under the plan adopted today, 45,505 Johnson County residents (8.2 percent of the population) will shift to a different Commissioner District.

All County districts must maintain proportionality in population, which requires a five percent or less deviation between the highest-populated district and the lowest. According to 2010 Census Data, building permits, and other County and State data, population is projected to increase in District Two (north central Johnson County including Shawnee, Lake Quivira, Bonner Springs, northern Lenexa and northern Olathe), District Three (portions of Leawood, Olathe, Overland Park, Spring Hill, and the southeast unincorporated areas that include the Aubry and Oxford Townships) and District Six (includes most of Olathe, De Soto, Edgerton and Gardner.) Continue reading

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