Olathe sex store robber arrested after car chase into KCK

A man who allegedly robbed an Olathe sex shop at gunpoint Saturday, Nov. 30, was arrested in Knasas City, Kan., after hitting several vehicles during a high-speed 30-minute chase.

Olathe police said the man, wearing a gray hoodie, robbed Cirilla’s Adult Store at 1848 E. Santa Fe at 12:45 p.m. He then fled in a black Hyundai with temporary tags. Olathe police officer pursued the man and then the Kansas Highway Patrol’s chopper joined the chase at Interstate 435 and Midland Drive. Continue reading

Former Olathean killed in one-vehicle accident

Iva (Smith) Tomlinson, 63, Harveyville, Kan., and a 1968 graduate of Olathe High School, died in a one-car accident in Western Douglas County on U.S. 56 Highway Saturday afternoon, Nov. 16.

About 2:30 p.m., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the pickup truck in which Tomlinson was a passenger drifted too far to the side of the two-lane highway to avoid oncoming traffic that was too close to the center line. The truck’s wheels then dropped of the road and the truck slammed into a ditch, flew over an access culvert and flipped. Tomlinson died at the scene.

Tomlinson and the driver both were wearing seat belts; the driver was taken to KU Medical Center and treated for unknown injuries, according to the police report. The driver was not identified.

Tomlinson is the sister of former Olathe High School football coach and administrator Jim Smith.


Sheriff officers looking for aggressive drivers

Additional deputies will be on the roads looking for aggressive drivers this weekend.  Deputies will be looking for people engaged in traffic offenses that may be a danger to others on the roadways such as:  Speeding, excessive lane changes, improper passing and tailgating.

During this extra enforcement, deputies will be targeting drivers engaged in aggressive and illegal operation of vehicles and will also be strictly enforcing seatbelt, drunk driving and helmet laws. Continue reading

You drink, you drive…you lose!

If you or someone you know occasionally drives after drinking alcohol be warned that during the period, Aug. 15 through Labor Day, Sept. 2, there will be additional enforcement of the Kansas drunk driving and other traffic laws.

The Olathe Police Department along with almost 150 other local police agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol, will be educating about impaired driving and will be removing impaired drivers from the roadways. Known as You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., the crackdown is underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). Continue reading

Car crash fatality; texting suspected

A woman was killed in a one-car, roll-over accident Wednesday morning at I-35 and 167th Street in Olathe and, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol , investigators say they think the woman, identified as Tamiqua S. Kendricks, 25, Gardner, may have been reading a text on her phone at the time of the accident.

Tamiqua Kendricks

Tamiqua Kendricks

The accident happened about 8:45 a.m. and police said she was on her way home when she lost control of her 2002 Ford Explorer. They said Kendricks had been exchanging text messages with her fiance in the moments leading up to the crash, but that it was unclear if she was texting at the moment she lost control of her SUV.

Police said Kendricks was driving in the left lane on southbound I-35 when she veered off the road and lost control of the car. She apparently overcorrected and came across both lanes of traffic before leaving the the road again, where her car flipped.

Police said Kendricks wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.

“I can’t make the determination, but way over 50 percent of the time if you’re wearing your seat belt, fatality would not have happened,” said Howard Dickinson, technical trooper for the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Police said there was a car seat in the car, but her 5-year-old daughter was not traveling with a child.

Olathe DUI check lane July 19

The Olathe Police Department will conduct a DUI Check Lane from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, July 19.

During the course of this check lane, all motorists in the designated area will be stopped and contacted in an effort to look for signs of impairment. Those drivers who are in violation of the intoxicating liquor laws will be arrested. Motorists will also be checked for valid driver’s licenses.

The Olathe Police Department, in conjunction with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, conduct annual check lanes as part of the Impaired Driving Deterrence Program, administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation. These check lanes are made possible by mutual aide efforts between local Johnson County Municipal agencies, the Johnson County Sheriff and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Educational literature regarding drinking and driving will be disseminated.

The Olathe Police Department, along with surrounding agencies, will continue to operate check lanes in an effort to educate the public and remove intoxicated drivers from the roadways.


Officers find several violations at commercial check lane

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, the Olathe Police Department, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Assistance Program, and the Overland Park Police Department conducted a Commercial Vehicle Check Lane at US 169hwy and 167th St.

Fifty-one vehicles with 17 drivers and/or their vehicles were placed out of service for critical violations. These violations include unsecured loads, brakes out of adjustment, bald tires, and no commercial vehicle driver’s license.

More than 30 percent of the commercial vehicles inspected were placed out of service for these critical violations. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the national average is 20 percent.

The Olathe Police Department in conjunction with other area agencies will continue to conduct these commercial vehicle check lanes in an effort to make the roadways safer in Olathe.


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