Archive for October, 2016

Man dies in motorcycle crash near Kellogg and Rock Rd.

KWCH – October 31, 2016

A 31-year-old man was killed Saturday in a motorcycle wreck in the 3000 block of S. Rock Road, near Kellogg and Rock.

Wichita police say the motorcyclist was heading north on Rock Road when a driver traveling west on Peachtree Lane turned in front of him. They say the man was transported to the hospital where he died.

Police say it appears the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. His name has not been released.

The crash is Wichita’s eighth fatal motorcycle crash of they year, police say.

 

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Face to Face: Tim Smith

Tonganoxie Mirror – October 26, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – October 31, 2016

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Name: Tim Smith

Born: Hiawatha in 1960.

Family: Wife of 33 years, Kathleen; five daughters, Brandi Gettys, San Diego, Emily Devor, Riverside, Calif., Victoria Snyder, Tonganoxie, Elizabeth Moseley, Valley Center, and Rachel Heichel, Kansas City, Mo.; and 11 grandchildren.

Occupation: Volunteer Fire Chief with Tonganoxie Township Fire Department and District 4 representative for the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs. He’s also been a mechanic with Associated Wholesale Grocers for 29 years in Kansas City, Kansas.

Interesting fact: His father, Larry Smith, was Tonganoxie police chief for 17 years.

Digging deeper: Smith has called Tonganoxie home for much of his life. His father originally was from Tonganoxie. Smith only lived in Hiawatha the couple months after he was born before moving to Tonganoxie. A 1978 Tonganoxie High School graduate, Smith actually enrolled in the delayed entry program in December of 1977 and left for boot camp just after July 4, 1978. He served eight years in the Navy, serving in both San Diego and Long Beach, Calif. While there, he met his wife and got married. After serving in the Navy, they made Tonganoxie their home. Smith went into mechanical work for a company before starting at Wholesale Grocers nearly 30 years ago.

Smith spent some time in high school from 1976-78 working for the Tonganoxie City Fire Department. He started in the spring of 1988 with the Tonganoxie Township Fire Department.

The chief position, as all roles in the township department, are volunteer. Smith said there are 10 volunteers on the roster at the main station on Kansas Highway 16 between Tonganoxie and McLouth and another smaller station near Jarbalo where five firefighters are on the roster. Of course, Smith said the department always could utilize more volunteers. The station near Jarbalo on Dempsey Road was built in 2012, while the main station was built in 2015, replacing a facility built in the 1980s.

In his spare time, Smith likes to bow hunt for deer. He even makes trips to western Kansas to hunt. And though he makes an annual trip to California to see family, he’s happy he made the move back home.

“My wife grew up out there,” he said. “She doesn’t miss it at all.”

 

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Father and stepson killed in farming accident

By Tori Mason
WIBW – October 31, 2016

A father and his stepson were killed Friday evening after their truck overturned near Waterville, Kansas.

42-year-old Bill Schotte and his 11-year-old stepson, Kayne Stoute, were driving westbound in the 3000 block of KS-9 when their 1999 International truck left the roadway.

The vehicle continued down an embankment before overturning and coming to a rest on its top.

Schotte and Stoute, both of Odell, Nebraska, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The father and stepson will be laid to rest at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bremen Wednesday morning.

Family will receive friends Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Kinsley’s Mortuary in Marysville.

 

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Afternoon blaze

Pittsburg Morning Sun – October 26, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – October 31, 2016

Photo by Chance Hoener. Click on photo to view full-size.

Photo by Chance Hoener. Click on photo to view full-size.

Crawford County Fire District No. 4 and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department responded to a structure fire at 330 S. 170th Street on Tuesday. The fire engulfed a barn at the property, but there were no apparent injuries.

 

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Combine starts stubble fire

By David Tan
Colby Free Press – October 27, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – October 31, 2016

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A faulty gearbox from a corn head dropped hot gears that caused a fire in a corn stubble field Wednesday north of the Colby Community College agriculture center.

Colby Fire Department received the call around 1:15 p.m., fire service officer Scott Hilbrink said, and arrived on scene about 10 minutes later. Wind caused some problems threatening to spread the fire. The fire was officially contained around 3:13 p.m. Most of the time was spent putting out embers.

“The fire likes to creep under the corn husks,” Hilbrink said. “The wind didn’t make it easy for us. It kept blowing and trying to start it back up and spread it.”

Farmers played a big role in helping putting out the fire, Hilbrink said. Farmers in the area used tractors and discs to drop dirt on the fire to cover the embers under the debris in the field and prevent them from spreading.

The Colby Fire Department wants to thank the farmers that assisted them, Hilbrink said. We appreciate the help and it made putting the fire out easier.

 

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Great Bend fire chief honored

Great Bend Tribune – October 31, 2016

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Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano received the Fire Chief Of The Year Award Saturday from the Kansas Fire Chiefs Association. It was the 100th Anniversary of the association which held its annual convention this past weekend in Lawrence.

 

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Motorcyclist dies after crash Sunday afternoon in Overland Park

FOX 4 News – October 31, 2016

A motorcycle driver in Overland Park has died as a result of a crash Sunday.

Around 1:35 p.m. Overland Park officers responded to W. 119th Street and Lowell Avenue on a report of a motorcycle collision. Upon arrival, first responders found the driver of the motorcycle unresponsive.

The victim was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in the accident.

The motorcycle driver later died as a result of injuries.

The victim’s name is not being released at this time pending notification of family members.

 

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