Olathe man killed in Miami County crash

Victor Kingsakounthong, 65, Olathe, died in a single-car wreck Monday, June 10, according to a report by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened about 12:15 p.m. near 240th Street and Clare Road.

According to the sheriff’s office, Kingsakounthong was driving a 1999 Honda Passport on 240th Street when he continued straight as the road curved. His vehicle left the road, struck a tree and burst into flames.

Kingsakounthong died at the scene.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.


Olathe PD conducts alcohol compliance checks

During the evening hours of Thursday May 23, members of the Olathe Police Department’s School Resource Officer Unit conducted alcohol compliance checks throughout the City of Olathe.

These compliance checks focused on establishments that sell alcohol. The purpose of the operation was to insure that these establishments are checking customer’s identification and not selling alcohol to under-aged individuals. Out of 59 establishments checked, 55 complied by asking for ID. The four establishments that did not comply were cited for Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor and given municipal court dates. 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.



Charges filed against JC Sheriff’s deputy

Erin Rogers

Erin Rogers

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy Erin Rogers Wednesday, April 10, was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, child endangerment and battery charges for incidents that allegedly took place in the past several years.

A Sheriff’s spokesman said the department began investigating the alleged incidents, which are said to have taken place while Rogers was off duty, in January. The spokesman said no one of the public was involved.

Rogers, 45, who had lived in Gardner, was placed on administrative leave in January when the investigation as well as a Professional Standards inquiry began.

His bond was set at $25,000.

Olathe DUI checkpoint March 29

The Olathe Police Department will conduct a DUI Check Lane from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. on Friday, March 29.

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.


Hunters find human skull near Gardner

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from hunters in rural Johnson County.  As the hunters were combing an area west of Gardner they discovered a human skull.

The investigation continues to determine who this may be and how the remains got to the area.


Suicide victims identified

The identities of two sisters found in the Mill Creek Streamway Trail park have been identified as Sharon E. Bartley and Susan E. Howard both of Johnson County. The bodies of the  two women found Wednesday afternoon, March 6, in Gary Haller Streamway Park in Shawnee.

A visitor to the park found the bodies, which were about 150 yards into the park on the trail, and contacted a park police officer to the scene.  A Johnson County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said the two middle-aged women were dead when the officer arrived.

Police did not release how either woman died.


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