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Nikki L. Schmitz, 35, Emporia, was sentenced April 21 to serve an 11-month prison sentence in the Kansas Department of Corrections after her probation was revoked for failure to comply. She was originally convicted of possession of methamphetamine in July 2013 for an incident that occurred in February 2013.

Hollingsworth approved as Overbrook Chief

OVERBROOK—The Overbrook City Council officially enlisted interim chief Terry Hollingsworth as the new police chief at it’s April 9 meeting, dismissing the recommendation presented by the selection committee.

A motion was made by council member Carol Baughman to select Terry Hollingsworth, which was approved by a 3-1 over with council member Jon Brady dissenting.

Hollingsworth was one of two final candidates, along with Ron Dean, who had been selected by the committee, which included Baughman, Brady and Overbrook Mayor Don Schultz.

Near head-on collision results in one fatality, hospitalization

FRANKLIN COUNTY—At approximately 6:35 a.m. April 16, deputies with the Franklin County sheriff’s office responded to the 1300 block of K-68 Highway, in reference to a motor vehicle crash. Injuries were reported.

Troy Lewis, 44, Ottawa, was traveling westbound on K-68 Highway in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The jeep drifted into the eastbound lane and collided nearly head-on with an eastbound Ford F-150 pickup.

Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. Lewis was a 1987 graduate of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School.

Osage City storage facility destroyed in blaze

OSAGE CITY—A storage facility in the 300 block of Fourth Street, in Osage City, was a total loss after a vehicle caught fire inside around 5:25 p.m. Sunday.

An Osage City Police Department press release said the source was a racecar, owned by Teresa Wolf, which had been kept inside one of the storage units.

“Wolf reported she started the race car so she could back it out of the unit,” the report said. “Wolf said within a few moments there was a loud bang and fire filled the front of her storage unit.”

Cruis'n and Cook'n Car Show draws record turnout

OSAGE CITY—Nearly 300 registered vehicles took advantage of complimentary weather to make Saturday’s 10th Annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Car Show the largest yet.

“It was a huge successful day,” said Jeanette Swarts, of Twin Lakes Cruisers club, organizers of the event. “Mother Nature was really good to us, which is always a big factor, and we had an awesome assortment of vehicles.”

The event added three entire city blocks of vehicles, spanning all of downtown between Fourth and Seventh streets and a half block north and south along Fifth and Sixth.

11th Smoke in the Spring concludes biggest year ever

OSAGE CITY—The Smoke in the Spring weekend concluded its biggest event with the most consumed barbeque in the 11 years of the contest.

“Everything went really well, and Friday night was amazing,” said Corey Linton, contest organizer. “It was the biggest we’ve had in regards to the amount of people that attended and the amount of barbecue bucks that were returned.”

Warm weather, a cool evening and a warm day for turn-in helped many aspects of the contest run smoothly, if not better than previous years.

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U.S. 75 ramps to close at Carbondale

CARBONDALE—The 137th Street bridge over U.S. 75, which connects to Main Street in Carbondale, will be restricted to one 12-foot lane each direction for asphalt pavement approach replacement work from between April 15-22.

The southbound entrance ramp and northbound exit ramp will be closed beginning April 12. Then southbound exit ramp and northbound entrance ramp will be closed when work is completed on the other ramps. All ramps are scheduled to reopen April 22 or 23.

Police respond to stabbing in Osage City

OSAGE CITY—At approximately 6 a.m. April 11, Osage County Emergency dispatch received a call of a possible stabbing in the 300 block of S. Ninth Street.

The Osage City Police Department responded to the call and found a 58-year-old white male at the residence with injuries. The male was transported by helicopter to KU Medical Center in Kansas City Missouri.

Osage City Police Chief Fred Nech confirmed that a person was injured at the residence, but did no release details as to how the injuries were received.

Officer's resignation elaborated, accepted

MELVERN—The Melvern City Council concluded its Monday meeting by accepting the resignation of Melvern City Police Officer Steve McDonald, who had submitted a letter to the city March 10.

“I do not want to resign,” McDonald told the council. “That was never in the cards. If you don’t have the respect and backing of the people you’re working for, it’s hard to do your job. After what happened at the last meeting…”

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