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Fire at Lawrence Bed Bath and Beyond

By Dan Delgado
KSNT – September 22, 2017

Fire crews responded to a report of a fire at the Bed Bath and Beyond, in Lawrence. The store is located at West 31st St. and Iowa St.

The fire broke out around 9:30, Thursday night. Firefighters say it started in or near the store’s trash compactor. They say there was no structural damage to the building, only smoke damage. Buildings adjacent to the store were not damaged.

Investigators say while they know where the fire started, they’re not sure how it started.


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Gene R. Davies

Gene R. Davies, 64, passed away August 19, 2017. He was loved and will be greatly missed. He was born the May 9, 1953 at Joplin, Missouri; the son of Henry Reece and Mary Louise (Dahms) Davies.

Gene is survived by his wife Cynthia (Cindy) of 37 years; daughter Kristina (Tina) and husband Adam Stadler; grandchildren, Chaley and Peyton all of Topeka; brother Marion (Maxine) Davies of Webb City, MO and many more family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Mary Louise Davies; brother, Glen Davies and sisters, Imogene Mishler and Mary Cruise.

Gene was a member of the Caldwell Fire Department and a member of Masonic Lodge #150 Wellington, Kansas.

A memorial graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Osborne Cemetery, Mayfield, Kansas.


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Fire Protection Specialist vacancy – Requisition #187135 – closes 10/13/2017

This is an Unclassified, full-time benefit eligible Fire Protection Specialist position that covers the counties of Atchison, Brown, Chase, Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Doniphan, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Morris, Neosho, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline, Wabaunsee and Washington. This position is located in our Topeka Office. Residency in Topeka or the surrounding area is required. Some travel, including overnight is required of this position.

Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

Reviews design drawings, code footprints and architectural/engineering renderings of new and existing construction for occupancies, flammable and combustible liquids and LP Gas facilities regulation by the Kansas Fire Prevention Code and any other applicable adopted codes.
Notifies facility owners, contractors and architects of deficiencies and/or other issues of concerns.
Within the limited scope of fire and life safety ensures that all new and existing construction meets the intent of the code.
Conducts on-site technical inspections of new construction and existing construction when appropriate.
Conducts on-site technical inspections of complex and/or problem facilities to determine appropriate course of action.
Works with facility owners, administrators, architects and other construction personnel to ensure fire and life safety issues are considered.
Completion of certification as a Fire Protection Specialist and Certified Plans Examiner within twelve (12) months of hire date.
Duties of this position will entail climbing in and out of attics, crawling in small areas, climbing stairs, extensive walking, driving, oral and written communication, independent thinking, using a computer, etc.

Pay Rate: $22.16 to $23.85 per hour based on relevant experience.


Four years’ experience in fire protection systems, building construction, life safety features and building and fire codes.
Kansas Certification as a Fire Inspector 1 through NFPA and Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services
College courses in fire science may be substituted for the require experience.
Must have a current valid driver’s license.
Preferred Skills:

Knowledge of the Kansas Fire Prevention Code
2012 National Fire Life Safety Code
2012 International Building Code
2012 International Fire Code.
Extensive field experience as well as code and mechanical aptitude background.
Exceptional skills in oral and written communication.
Strong computer skills.
HOW TO APPLY: The application process has 3 STEPS:

STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID or Employee ID number.)
STEP 2: Complete the official State of Kansas application form and submit to the Fire Marshal.
STEP 3: Email the additional required documents to Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.

Additional Required Documents:

Letter of Interest
College Transcripts
Copy of all Training Certificates
Valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate
Failure to follow the instructions and submit all required documentation may affect your consideration for this position.


Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website.

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current State employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Recruiter Contact Information:
Name: Brenda L. Schuette
Phone: 785-296-0654
Fax: 785-296-8155

Veterans’ Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a “veteran”; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the competency factors of this position, including any preferred selection criteria established in accordance with K.A.R. 1-6-3. The veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager. See for additional Veterans’ Preference information.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Crews clean up hydraulic spill in Tonganoxie subdivision

By Shawn Linenberger
Tonganoxie Mirror – September 21, 2017

Crews worked to clean up a hydraulic line spill Wednesday afternoon in a Tonganoxie subdivision.

Tonganoxie City Fire Department members were told of a spill in the South Park subdivision about 2:30 p.m., according to Fire Chief Jack Holcom.

A Honey Creek Disposal Services truck’s hydraulic line broke, as between 40 and 45 gallons of hydraulic oil spilled and made its way from the 100 block of Rawlings Drive north to Joles, Willis and South Park drives before getting to U.S. Highway 24-40.

Officials applied about 1,250 pounds of Oil Dry, a granular oil absorbent material that resembles cat litter, to the spill.

A Tonganoxie street sweeper helped in dispersing the material.

Holcom said the Oil-Dri was environmentally friendly and that the spill did not present a flammable hazard, just a hydraulic smell.

It’s safe for vehicles to drive on the substance, which actually helps in working the Oil-Dri into the spill even more. He did caution residents not to walk through it, as it then could be tracked into homes.

Tonganoxie police and public works, Leavenworth County Emergency Management and Honey Creek Disposal Services all had officials assisting with the cleanup.

Holcom said city crews would be monitoring the streets the next few days.


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Kansas woman drives off I-70 bridge; alcohol may be involved

KAKE – September 21, 2017

Photo by Saline County Sheriff’s Office

A 25-year-old Colby woman was hospitalized after driving her pickup off a bridge in Saline County, and authorities say alcohol may be involved.

The accident happened at around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 70 just outside Salina. Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan told the Salina Post that Ashalee Tankersley was heading west when her GMC Sierra entered the median and went off the Mulberry Creek bridge between Ohio and 9th streets.

Tankersley was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Sheriff Soldan said she was unconscious at the hospital and possibly had a broken leg.

Soldan said Tankersley was not wearing her seat belt.


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Lightning causes fires in the area

Jewell County Record – September 14, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – September 21, 2017

Saturday evening there were three simultaneous fires in Jewell County, all caused by lightning that accompanied the thunderstorm in the area.

Esbon Volunteer Fire Department was called to a grass fire six to seven miles north of Esbon on land owned by Gary Bartcher.

Mankato Volunteer Fire Department was called to a stubble fire three west and one-quarter mile north of Mankato. Shortly after answering the stubble fire call, Mankato Volunteer Fire Department was called to a pasture fire three miles south of Mankato at which Jewell Volunteer Fire Department was called for mutual aid.


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61-year-old Wichita man dies following motorcycle crash

KAKE – September 21, 2017

A 61-year-old man has died after crashing his motorcycle into a pickup near the Riverside neighborhood in Wichita.

The crash happened at around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at McLean and Minisa, just south of 13th Street. Officer Charley Davidson with the Wichita Police Department said the 61-year-old man on the motorcycle was heading northbound and rear-ended a Ford pickup that was stopped to make a left turn.

The man on the motorcycle suffered critical injuries and was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Officer Davidson identified him as Arthur Pilant.

The 39-year-old driver of the pickup was not hurt.

Pilant’s death was the 24th traffic-related fatality of 2017.


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