Butler  County,  Kansas


Hunt Pushed For Car of Slain Woman

EL DORADO, Kan.--Law enforcement officials of three states continued their watch Sunday for the 1963 white sedan of a woman found strangled to death here Saturday.

The body of Mrs. Vickie Lynn Howell, 20, El Dorado, was found unclothed in a brush pile near Oil Hill, Kan., about three miles northwest of here.

Butler County Sheriff Sid Blakeman said it had not been determined if she had been raped. She was last seen late Friday leaving a hamburger stand in El Dorado where she worked.

Her car has not been found and is believed being used by the assailant to drive to Colorado or Oklahoma.

Services for Mrs. Howell will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dietz-Pittman Funeral Home.

A lifetime El Dorado resident, she as a 1965 graduate of El Dorado High School. She was employed at the Burgerteria, a hamburger restaurant. She was a member of First Methodist Church and had worked with local police reserve units.

Survivors include her widower George Lloyd; a son, Bradley; a daughter, Sheri, all of the home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Chambers, El Dorado; two brothers, Phillip Chambers, Navy aboard U.S.S. Sacramento and Steven Chambers, El Dorado; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Robson, Yates Center, Kan. and Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Chambers, Newton, Kan. (Wichita Eagle ~ 25 Dec 1967)

Shooting Death of El Dorado Driver Remains A Mystery

EL DORADO -- After leaving a friend's El Dorado home where she was showing off pictures of her day-old grandchild, Kay Gordin began driving her 1982 four-door white LTD to her rural home about four miles away.

She got halfway home on the cloudy, 60-degree evening of Nov. 8 when someone fired a single blast from a 12-gauge shotgun through the driver's door window, hitting the 46-year-old Gordin in the head and instantly killing her.

A Butler County sheriff's deputy, coincidentally, was a mile or two behind Gordin when the shooting occurred about 7:40 p.m. on K-196, about three-fourths of a mile north of its busy intersection with K-254.

Nearly six weeks later, the case remains unsolved, and Butler County Sheriff Dave Williams says investigators have no witnesses and no firm motive for what he believes was an intentional--and mysterious--shooting.

"It definitely won't be an easy one," Williams said. "We've got several different theories on it, but we can't prove any one of them."

He declined to be specific on what police think might have happened.

What Williams does know is that Gordin, a part-time worker in the Butler County Register of Deeds office, left an El Dorado home that Monday evening.

"She had had a new grandchild that day, or the night before, and she'd stopped by a friend's house to show them a picture," Williams said.

She then left to drive to her rural El Dorado home, where she lived alone.

As she drove through downtown, a deputy on routine patrol followed her. He was on his way to Whitewater.

The deputy lost Gordin's car as other traffic wedged in between them.

He fell a mile or two behind Gordin's car and was unable to see it. There were other cars traveling in both directions on K-196, Williams said.

The deputy, who didn't want his name used becaue he said he'd had too much publicity already in the case, said he then saw a set of taillights about 200 feet off the road in a clear area where the state once had stored sand used in roadwork.

"I thought I had an accident, like somebody drove off the road," he said. "That's when I saw her."

Gordin's body was lying across the front seat, and the driver's door window was blown out.

"I was close enough to get there quickly," the 31-year-old deputy said, "but too far (away) to get anything."

He called the dispatcher and from there the investigators took over.

But they weren't the only ones asking questions about the killing.

"I can't imagine there was anybody who would care about murdering her," said a former employer, who asked not to be identified by name. "She didn't have an enemy in the world."

Gordin had been divorced twice and was the mother of three children. They could not be reached for comment.

She worked most recently with the county register of deeds office, starting there on April 6, 1981, said Dixie Rose, register of deeds. A few months later, Gordin was working only part time in the office of six people. (Wichita Eagle ~ Monday ~ 20 Dec 1982)

Trooper Slain on Turnpike

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed on the turnpike near El Dorado Saturday, and the suspect in the slaying was wounded about 20 minutes later in a shootout at a busy Wichita intersection.

Authorities identified the trooper as Ferdinand Frederick "Bud" Pribbenow of Rose Hill. Pribbenow's 47th birthday was Friday.

A Wichita police spokesman said Pribbenow was killed after stopping a car for speeding.

The suspect, who fired several times at officers with Pribbenow's gun after being stopped near Towne East Square shopping mall, was reported in critical condition at Wesley Medical Center this morning, with gunshot wounds to the head, chest, legs and arms.

Police identified the suspect as George E. Rainey, 23, of Milwaukee.

Pribbenow was the first highway patrolman killed in the line of duty since May 1978, when patrolman Conroy G. O'Brien was killed on the turnpike near Matfield Green, about 25 miles from the scene of the shooting Saturday.

During the 1978 incident, Pribbenow served as radio officer, dispatching officers after the shooting.

Authorities said Saturday's incident began about 8:10 p.m. after Pribbenow stopped and approached the car near Oil Hill Road, about two miles north of the El Dorado turnpike toll-gate. The suspect, firing from his car, apparently shot Pribbenow once in the chest. The man then got out of his car and took Pribbenow's gun, authorities said.

Dr. John L. Black, a physician from Carman, Ill., was among the first at the scene. Another passerby, Patrick Hill of Wichita, said Black told him Pribbenow was dead.(Wichita Eagle, 12 July 1981)

Mom Killer Sent to Larned

EL DORADO, Kan. -- William Stanley Shultz, 19, was ordered Friday in the State Security Hospital at Larned for the attempted murder of his father on June 20, 1975.

He also was sentenced to 5 years to life by Butler County District Judge Page Benson for the beating death of his mother. She was killed at their rural El Dorado home shortly before the elder Shultz was attacked.

Shultz was found guilty of the second-degree murder of his mother, Patricia Shultz, 40, but innocent by reason of insanity for the attempted murder of his father.

Benson ordered Shultz first sent to Larned, and stipulated he be returned to the court when and if psychiatrists find him no longer a danger to himself or others.

At that time, the court could amend the prison sentence, let it stand or place him on probation, said Geary Corup, deputy county attorney.

According to the jury foreman, the jurors believed Shultz was sane at the time he beat his mother to death, but that it was not premeditated. Therefore the jury found him guilty of second-degree murder rather than the original charge of first-degree murder.

However, based upon psychiatric and character witness testimony, the jury decided Shultz then became insane and tried to kill his father. Trial testimony revealed that the youth had had an argument with his mother the night before her death.

Shultz is expected to be sent to the Larned facility early next week after required paper work is completed. (Wichita Eagle ~ Sunday ~ 17 April 1976)

El Dorado Boy, 11, Dies At Scene Of Head-On Crash

An 11-year-old El Dorado boy died in a head-on collision Sunday night on K-196 in Butler County, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

Austin Alexander died at the scene on the highway between El Dorado and Potwin, officials said.

The accident occurred about 10:20 p.m. when a 1999 Toyota pickup driven by Potwin resident Clint Brewer, 32, crossed the center line and struck a car driven by the boy's mother, Ann Alexander, 44, of El Dorado, an accident report said. Brewer's truck was headed north when it collided with the southbound car, the report said.

Brewer was in serious condition, and Ann Alexander was in fair condition Monday at Wesley Medical Center.

The speed limit at the accident scene is 65 mph. The highway patrol said the boy was wearing a seat belt. (Wichita Eagle ~ Monday ~ 16 Sept 2003)

Kansas City Kansas man charged in deaths of wife, acquaintance

A 25-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was charged Thursday in the slayings of his wife and an acquaintance, officials said.

Timothy G. Stallard, of 527 S. 61st. Place, was charged in Wyandotte County District Court with two counts of first-degree murder, said Jerry Gorman, an assistant district attorney.

Stallard’s wife, Wendie, 22, and Frank C. Dillon Jr., 22, both of the same address as the defendant, were found shot to death late Wednesday at the Stallard Home.

Police said the shooting possibly arose from a domestic dispute. Both victims had been shot in the left eye with a small-caliber pistol, police said.

Stallard was being held Thursday in the Wyandotte County Jail after failing to post $250,000 bond.  (Kansas City Times, Friday, January 30, 1987, Page B2)


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