KANSAS

Died in the Line of Duty


WILSON "ALEX" JOHNSON

MOURNERS CROWD OFFICER'S FUNERAL

Officer was shot in the line of duty helping children.

Junction City - The stepson of officer Wilson "Alex" Johnson urged mourners Friday to continue the support for law enforcement that his family has felt since Johnson was killed in the line of duty.

About 1,000 people including law officers from throughout the country, attended the services for Johnson, who was shot to death on Monday while answering a domestic disturbance call.

Junction City police, with hats in hand, sat in two rows of chairs across the stage of the gymnasiuim. Other city employees filled the stage behind them, looking out toward hundreds of mourners.

We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from this community and law enforcement across the United States, said Johnson's stepson, Riley County Police Lt. Michael Quintanar.

We hope all this attention will not go by the wayside as soon as dad is laid to rest. Law enforcement needs to be supported on a full-time basis. Keep emergency personnel in your hearts, don't be afraid to say hi.

Johnson was shot while trying to retrieve two children from a man who was involved in a domestic dispute. His assailant, Carlos Cobbs, 23, apparently shot himself after firing at Johnson and a back up officer, who was not injured.

The Junction City municipal building was filled for the services, with about 100 more people watching on television in a nearby fire department building and others simply standing on the sidewalk outside. Radio station KJCK broadcast the funeral live.

Officers from throughout Kansas, as well, as some from Missouri, California, Arizona and Texas, attended the service and led a procession to Fort Riley Cemetery where Johnson an Army veteran was buried.

Quintanar, who often had to stop to regain his composure also addressed Junction City police who were working the same shift as Johnson on Monday. He said some officers had wondered if they could have done more to avoid Johnson's death.

You need to know no one in my family blames you for the loss of my dad, Quintanar said. My dad loved being a police officer… Stop doubting yourselves. You did the best you would with what you had. My dad responded to a call where a coward stood waiting with a gun. (The Salina Journal, December 9, 2001, page 4)

OLIVER JONES

City Marshal Struck, Killed

Enterprise, Kan. - Oliver Jones, city marshal of Enterprise, was killed by a sand truck as it turned a corner at an intersection Thursday. He was about 66. (The Iola Register, March 30, 1962, page 1)

HENRY N. KENAGA

Kansas Warden Asks Death for Escapees

Lansing, Kas. - June 21 - Six convicts may face the death penalty for their brazen attempt to break out of the Kansas state prison.

Warden Charles A. Edmondson said today he will ask County Atty. Colonel Boone to request the maximum punishment for the prisoners whose desperate bid for freedom yesterday resulted in the death of a veteran prison guard.

The 58-year-old guard, Henry Kenaga, was shot with a crude home-made .22 caliber pistol.

The attempted break also resulted in the wounding of two of the escape-bent convicts and one of six prison visitors the prisoners held hostage before they surrendered. (Albuquerque Journal, June 22, 1954, page 3)

KENNETH M. KENNEDY

Expect Additional Charges in Death of Hutch Policeman

Hutchinson, Kan. - City flags flew at half staff today as one police officer was buried another lay in a hospital and officials pressed their investigation into a weekend shooting that rocked this central Kansas community.

Authorities said a gun battle erupted shortly before midnight Friday when officers Kenneth Kennedy and Mike Coldren, both 23, made an undercover liquor purchase at a restaurant, Robert Lee's Barbeque. Kennedy died at the scene and Coldren, a reserve officer was shot through the jaw.

Also in serious condition at a Hutchinson hospital was Mrs. Helen Fletcher, 63, identified by police as one of the persons involved in the shooting.

Mrs. Fletcher was placed under police custody at the hospital.

Elmo Anthony Anderson, 65, identified by police chief Bob Adams as operator of the eating establishment, was arraigned Saturday on four misdemeanor charges - illegal sale of liquor, resisting arrest, escaping from custody and possession of a gambling device.

Reno county attorney Porter Brown indicated additional charges would be filed today.

Adams said the shooting broke out when the seller resisted arrest. Then the woman (Mrs. Fletcher) got involved, Adams said, describing her as apparently a close friend of the seller.

Mayor Larry Knipe ordered all city flags flown at half staff today in honor of Kennedy, who was to be buried at 10 a.m. in Plainville, Kan.
Adams said results are expected early this week from testes made on three weapons recovered at the scene, including Kennedys. (Great Bend Tribune, September 18, 1972, page 1)

JAMES R. KENNEY

Laid to Rest

Friends, fellow officers bid farewell to Clay County deputy slain in line of duty

By Carla Strand - The Salina Journal

Clay Center - Hundreds of mourners, including more than 100 law enforcement officers in full uniform said farewell Saturday to slain Clay County sheriff's Deputy James Kenney.

Kenney was gunned down Tuesday as he and his police dog approached a house near Morganville while searching for an escaped jail prisoner.

Pools of blue, brown and black uniforms were prominent among the more than 600 mourners, and several of those in uniform were accompanied by their police dogs. The officers wore black bands over their badges.

Because of the crowd, the 40 minute service was conducted in Clay Center Community High School gymnasium.

The Rev. Chad Richard Hatfield, Kenney's cousin, told mourners that although they might have known Kenney because he was a law enforcement officer, others knew him more intimately as husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, or colleague.

There is no need to read an obituary. Each of us knew James, Jim or Monk. Each of us had our own unique relationship with him, said the Orthodox priest from Bennington.

Describing Kenney as a seeker of truth, Hatfield who was officiating, said it is in this plea for mercy that we find truth.

Her voice trembling at times, Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall told the crowd that although she did not know Kenney personally, she knew him by his profession.

He answered that call to put the needs of the public over the needs of the self, she said.

She said the state will seek justice as we know it here on Earth.

Kenney, 62, died while approaching the Morganville home of Jeffery Hebert, who had escaped the night before from the Cloud County Jail in Concordia. As they approached carrying a search warrant, Kenney and other officers weren't sure whether anyone was at the house when Kenney was struck in the head by a shotgun blast.

He died later at Clay county Medical Center.

Kenney's dog, Cooper, also was killed.

Hebert was arrested and since has been charged with first-degree murder. He is jailed in Geary County.

After the memorial service, Clay County Undersheriff Chuck Dunn described Kenney as a simple man. He didn't like a lot of fuss. His whole desire was to work with his dog.

Clay County Sheriff Deputy Larry Mossburgh said he had known Kenney 20 years and will miss their talks; he often used Kenney as a sounding board.

Jim was your friend. He was the guy who would talk to you, help with your paperwork, I don't have him to talk to now, Mossburgh said.

Kansas Highway Patrols Trooper R. P. McGee, stationed in Clay County, struggled for words to describe his friend.

He was always there always willing to help. He was a concerned professional, McGee said. (Salina Journal, November 21, 1999, page 3)

DAVID A. KENYON

Wichita Officer Fatally Wounded

Wichita - A Wichita policeman was fatally shot early today as a fellow officer grappled for possession of a gun with a civil service employee who had ordered the officers and his wife out of the house.

Killed about 2:30 a.m. was Patrolman Dave Kenyon, 39. Taken into custody was Floyd Blockyou, 34, a post office worker, whose argument with his wife had brought the policeman to the house.

Patrolman Bill Dando said Kenyon had taken Mrs. Blockyou to police headquarters to consider signing a complaint against her husband while Dando waited at the house.

Mrs. Blockyou decided against bringing charges, fearful it would imperil her husband's job.

She and Kenyon had just returned from the station when Blockyou allegedly whipped out a .38-caliber pistol and shouted get out of my house.

A shot was fired as Mrs. Blockyou ran out of the door and Dando rushed her husband. At least two other shots were discharged as the men wrestled over the gun.

Finally wresting the weapon from Blockyou, Dando handcuffed him to a sink in the bathroom and then looked for Kenyon.

Presuming the other officer had gone to radio for help he looked outside and found the patrolman's body on the porch. (Salina Journal, October 26, 1962, page 8)

JOHN B. McMURRAY

New Charge as Trooper Dies

Manhattan, Kan - Alfred Jensen, a Ft. Riley, Kan., soldier, was charged with fourth degree manslaughter Wednesday in connection with the death of John McMurray, 27-year-old Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.

McMurray was injured early Sunday when a car driven by Jensen crashed into a patrol car stopped on the shoulder of K16, six miles west of Manhattan. McMurray, who was putting a camera into the trunk, was crushed between the two cars.

Died Wednesday

He died in Manhattan Memorial Hospital Wednesday without regaining consciousness.

Jensen, of Spanish Fork, Utah, originally was charged with driving while intoxicated and was freed on $2,000 bail. He was rearrested Wednesday following the manslaughter charge.

Funeral services will be held for McMurray this afternoon at the Burliew-Cowan Funeral Home. The body will be taken to Des Moines, home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence H. McMurray for graveside services in Highland Memorial Gardens at 10 a.m. Saturday. (Salina Journal, December 10, 1964, page 17)

ELDON K. MILLER

Dead Trooper Native Kansan

Topeka - Eldon K. Miller, the Kansas state highway patrolman who was killed Friday in a gun battle in Overland Park, was born in Yates Center and served with the patrol for 15 years.

During his years with the patrol he was assigned to stations in Lawrence, Mankato, Topeka, Arkansas City, Columbus and Kansas City, Kans.
At the time of his death he was assigned to the patrol's Shawnee-Mission station.

A patrol spokesman said Miller, 48, was the first Kansas State Highway Patrolman to be killed by gunfire. He said only one other patrolman, Bernard Hill, was killed while on duty. Hill died in an automobile crash while patrolling the Kansas Turnpike near El Dorado.

Miller was living in Yates Center when he joined the patrol Jan. 13, 1953. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant Dec. 27, 1956.
During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marian O. Miller, and a son, Stanley K. Miller, 23, serving in the U.S. Navy. (Salina Journal, January 21, 1968, page 23)

JOHN T. MORGAN

Town Counted on John Morgan

Goessel, Kan. - The town counted on John Morgan. He was its judge, a volunteer firefighter, a part time police officer and a teacher at the high school. He went where he was needed, drawing people to himself with a smile.

Tuesday night, he was needed again. Morgan responded as a reserve police officer to an emergency call at the home of Lovella Becker, a 40 year old waitress. Mrs. Becker and a friend, Byron Hodgson, 51, of Tucumcari, N.M. had attended an elementary school graduation program for her child and had returned to the house about three quarters of a mile south of Goessel.

Mrs. Becker's estranged husband Bert Becker, a bricklayer, was waiting for them, authorities said.

Morgan, 47, and Mrs. Becker were shot to death. Hodgson was wounded. He was in stable condition early today at Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton.

Becker was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond in the Harvey County Jail at Newton charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. A court appearance has been set for May 31 in Marion County.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Marion County Sheriff's office are investigating the shooting. Authorities say Morgan was killed by a small caliber rifle bullet when he arrived at the home to answer a disturbance call, but details of the shooting weren't made available.

On Wednesday, the last scheduled day of classes for Goessel High School students, there was an assembly to honor Morgan, a vocational agriculture instructor for 12 years.

You could have heard a pin drop, said home economics teacher Mary Graber.

Classes met for a few minutes, then school was closed for the day.

In addition to being a teacher, Morgan drove an ambulance, was an advisor to the Gossel Future Farmers of America and Young Farmers Association and a member of the Lions Club. (Garden City Telegram, May 24, 1979, page 2)

JOHN T. MOYER

Kinzie is Found Insane by Three Columbus Doctors

Columbus, Kan., May 1 - Charles Kinzie, 50 years old, mental hospital fugitive, who allegedly shot, two men to death at Baxter Springs 10 days ago, was found insane tonight by a commission of three Columbus physicians.

Kinzie was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Police Chief John Moyer of Baxter Springs and Sam Parks, Baxter Springs rooming house proprietor.

The physicians examined records on Kinzie, who once was committed to the Oklahoma hospital for the insane at Vinita and later to the Kansas hospital at Osawatomie, from which he escaped. The report of the physicians will be made tomorrow to Judge Vernon Bowersock in district court, who had indicated earlier he would commit Kinzie to the hospital for criminally insane.

The physicians who made up the examining board are Dr. G. B. Atby, Dr. C. H. Huffman and Dr. A. T. Ruvell. (Joplin Globe, May 2, 1939, page 7)

GEORGE R. NETTLEINGHAM

Flags at Half Mast by Bill Sidlinger

Hoisington - The Christmas decorations were turned on Friday night in Hoisington for the first time this year.

All the decorations were in order except those which had been placed too near the blackened remains of what had been the Hoisington Café until fire gutted it Thursday night.

At 9:17 Thursday night Patrolman Vic Campbell parked his car between the Hoisington Café and the police stations across the alley. He noticed an unusual amount of smoke pouring from the stove vent of the closed café, and sensing danger, stepped on the gas and whipped the car around on Main street in front of the building.

There, noticing flames in the rear of the café, he radioed the alarm to the police dispatcher and ran up the stairs to the second floor of the café to warn anyone who might be rooming there.

The dispatcher punched a button on the wall which set off the six blasts of a siren calling Hoisington's 16 volunteer fire fighters into action.

Extra Snack

George Nettleingham, Hoisington Police and Fire chief was in his kitchen eating an extra snack of his wife's chicken and noodles left over from a big Thanksgiving dinner when he heard the siren.

He started for the fire with scarcely time for a wave to Ruth, his wife.

By the time the firefighters reached the café the interior was blazing. Fire had started in the grease-laden vent and had spread between a false ceiling and the second floor.

Remembering the fatal Wichita fire, where a collapsing false ceiling had killed four firefighters, George wisely kept his men out of the building.
He tried to place them where they wouldn't suffer from smoke inhalation.

Joined by the Great Bend and Claflin fire departments, the three departments succeeded in getting the fire under control by 2 a.m.

By this time George was having difficulty breathing and asked a friend to take him home to rest.

But resting didn't seem to relieve the constriction in his chest and he told his wife he thought he should be treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation.

She rushed him to the hospital. There, in spite of medical aid, George Nettleingham, died at 5:25 a.m. cause of his death was determined to be a massive coronary.

In Oxygen Tent

Four other firefighters were brought in to the hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation and one, Pat Parks, was still in an oxygen tent Friday night.

During the day the remaining firefighters were asked to come to the hospital to have EKG tests run.

Hoisington was a confused town Friday. While flags flew at half mast in honor of Nettleingham, merchants began to figure the cost of the fire - estimated to be in excess of $50,000 counting smoke damage to surrounding businesses.

But the Yule Season must be advertised regardless and so the Christmas decorations were turned on in Hoisington Thursday night.

Except, as Patrolman Vic Campbell remarked, Somehow they don't seem as bright this year, not with George gone and all. (Hutchinson News, November 30, 1968, page 31)

CONROY G. O'BRIEN

KHP Trooper Slain On Turnpike; Suspects Caught Near Herington

By Jill Meyer

Herington - Area law enforcement officers and KBI Investigators were questioning two suspects, captured late Wednesday morning in connection with the shooting of a Kansas Highway Patrolman about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

A third suspect in the case was being brought to Salina for medical treatment.

The three men were identified as Jimmie K. Nelms, 31, Tulsa, Okla., Walter Myrick, 25, no known address, and Levi Swain, no age or address.
Nelms was being transferred to Salina by police officers who planned to take him to a Salina physician for treatment of an eye injury received during a shootout earlier Wednesday morning. Nelms also had buckshot injuries in his arms and back.

He was identified as having two outstanding warrants for his arrest. One was in connection with an armed robbery of a Springfield, Mo., jewelry store April 21. The other was a parole violation from Huntsville, Tex., authorities said.

The three, all young, black men, were captured in a massive manhunt on the farm of Glen Schlesener, three miles south of Herington near the junction of Highways 56 and 77.

The slain officer, Conway G. O'Brien, 26, had been with the force for about three and a half years. He was married but had no children, although his wife is pregnant. O'Brien apparently stopped a car near a Kansas Turnpike interchange by Matfield Green, south of Emporia, according to Highway Patrol Headquarters in Topeka.

Authorities were uncertain why O'Brien stopped the car. He had not called in a report to the patrol dispatcher.

The trooper was found lying on a blanket about 30 feet from his car, authorities said. His gun and ticket book had been taken.

Sheriff's officers first spotted the suspect's late-model Mercury near Council Grove after it left the Kansas turnpike.

The trio was later spotted by Trooper Charles Smith or Herington, who chased their car down a country lane about a mile south of the Schlesener farm.

The car, driven by Nelms, drove through a gate into a pasture, spun around and rammed the trooper's car.

Two of the three men in the car opened fire, Smith said, riddling the trooper's car with bullets. He escaped injury, according to Trooper Wayne Northrup, Salina.

Northrup said the three escaped from the car while Smith radioed for assistance.

About 75 law enforcement officers were called to the farm where they divided into groups and fanned out across the area. Road blocks were set up in all adjoining counties, Northrup said.

Meanwhile, the Schlesener family was advised to stay in their home and to keep their doors locked.

Mrs. Schlesener said the family received the warning about 7:45 a.m.

I was getting ready to go to work, she said.

She put her daughter on the school bus, and then waited inside the locked house for further word.

About 9:55 a.m. two of the three suspects were captured in a hedgerow about 500 yards from the Schlesener home.

Northrup said the two offered no resistance and were not armed.

Nelms was bleeding from a gunshot wound above his left eye, which he allegedly received during the shoot-out with Smith, he said. The suspect was taken to the Herington Hospital where he was treated and then released.

The third suspect was captured an hour later in approximately the same area. Law officials said he was found in a culvert north of the hedgerow where the first two men were found.

He was not armed at the time and offered no resistance, officials said.

Three weapons were later recovered from the fields, it was reported.

Along with the on-ground search were three helicopters and two airplanes. One of the helicopters was from Stevens Contractors, a Salina firm.
Officers rode on horseback through the wheatfields and a deputy from the Clay County sheriff's office brought trained bloodhounds. The dogs were not used, however, the deputy said, because there were too many people in the area.

Officers questioning the suspects said there was definite evidence to link them to the O'Brien shooting. However charges were not filed by 2 p.m. (Salina Journal, May 24, 1978, page 2)

TONY PATTERSON

Prosecutor will seek death for man accused in police shooting

Topeka - The Shawnee County prosecutor said Friday she will seek the death penalty for Stephen Medford Shively, charged in the shooting death of a Topeka police officer.

District Attorney Joan Hamilton filed capital murder charges against Shively, who remained under guard at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center after being shot in the calf early Thursday during the drug raid in which the officer was fatally wounded.

If convicted Shively, 24 could be the first Kansan executed by lethal injection under a death penalty law passed by the 1994 Legislature. Three other potential death penalty cases also are pending around the state.

Topeka police officer Tony Patterson, 31, was killed when he was shot with a single bullet Thursday morning as he was using a battering ram to break down an apartment door during a drug raid about 2:30 a.m.

If he's bound over on capital murder, I will seek the death penalty, Hamilton said. She will head up a five-person prosecution team.

We are very involved with Tony, the victim, and his family, so we want to do this for him, Hamilton said. Patterson left a wife, 6-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

District Judge James Buchele set a $1 million surety bond for Shively, meaning he would have to post $100,000 cash or property to gain his freedom.As many as 1,000 people, including as many as 20 color guard units from police departments around the Midwest are expected to attend Patterson's funeral here Monday. The Kansas Highway Patrol will provide traffic control.

The body will lie in state from noon Saturday through 11 a.m. Monday at Penwell-Gable Funeral Home. An honor guard will be posted at the funeral home around the clock.

The death penalty can be imposed for only certain types of murders, including the premeditated killing of a law enforcement officer, under the 1994 law.

Premeditated means any thought before hand, Hamilton said. They (jurors) can decide what "before hand" is.

The case will be handled by Shawnee County District Judge Matthew Dowd.

Under state law, a jury that convicts a person for capital murder must also decide whether to impose the death penalty. That decision must be unanimous. (Garden City Telegram, October 14, 1995, page 3)

ED PAYNE

Coroner's Jury Names Slayer of Garnett Officer

Farmer Identified as Man who Killed Police Chief After Traffic "Call-Down"

Garnett, July 23 - A coroner's jury found today that Ed Payne, 70 year old Garnett police chief was shot fatally Tuesday by a young farmer who was taken into custody shortly after the officer was slain and two members of a sheriff's posse were wonded.

The verdict held that Payne was shot through the heart by a gun fired by Edward Smerchek, about 28, an Army veteran, who was held without charge.

At Topeka, Col. Hugh F. Edwards, head of the State Highway Patrol quoted his officers as saying Smerchek told them he had been wanting to kill someone for several years.

The coroner's jury returned its findings after two witnesses, L. J. Henderson and Ed Davis, testified they were positive Smerchek was the man they saw fire at Payne when the latter stopped an automobile on a main street to admonish the driver about fast driving.

Saw Gun Flash

C. M. Young another witness at the inquest which was conducted by Coroner W. J. Bollin said he only saw the flash of a gun and could not tell who fired it.

Merle Loughridge, setting county attorney said a complaint would be fired in the justice court by W. G. Shinkle.

Sheriff Harry W. Mays said today Smerchek had directed him and State Highway patrolmen wo where he had placed a .32 revolver, believed used in the shooting. The gun was found on a 2x4 over the door of a wash house at the farm where Smerchek lived.
Two Posse Members Shot

Mays says four officers went to Smerchek's house after the fatal shooting and were fired upon. Undersheriff E. J. Buckles about 50, and Fire Chief Horace Beauchampe, 70, were wounded.

Road blocks were placed in the area surrounding the house and Mays reported Smerchek was arrested after he left the house and drove his car through gunfire until he reached a road block.

Smerchek described by Sheriff Mays as never having been in trouble before, was taken to the Douglas county jail at Lawrence after a crowd gathered at the courthouse here, but Col. Hugh F. Edwards head of the highway patrol said no mob intent was evident. They were just curious citizens, Edwards said.

The patrol superintendent reported that Smerchek remained calm on the trip to Lawrence and said the man had been drinking but was not drunk. (The Emporia Gazette, July 23, 1947, page 1)

IRVIN POWELL

Dispatcher injured in Sublette jail attempt

Escapees caught after chase near Pueblo, Colorado.

Sublette - Three fugitives who escaped early this morning from the Haskell County Jail, were apprehended west of Pueblo, Colo. This morning after a high-speed pursuit by authorities.

Law enforcement authorities had been searching for Douglas Winter, 20, Sublette; David Spain,3 2, Wichita and Dawn Amos, 24, Wichita.
They were reported missing from the jail at 5:15 this morning. A dispatcher and jailer, Irvin Powell, 48, was in critical condition at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal. He had surgery for two gunshot wounds late this morning and was later taken back to surgery.

The escaped prisoners fled Sublette in a pickup truck owned by Winter. Commander Dave Pettinari of the Pueblo County Sheriff's office said the pickup had a flat tire in Springfield, Colo., about 150 miles southwest of Pueblo and about 110 miles west of Sublette.

An Aurora, Colo., man, Elmer Briles, was in Springfield visiting relatives when the escapees from Kansas pulled into the yard where he was.
Briles volunteered to go with them to take the flat tire to be fixed. But he was taken hostage and the four headed for Pueblo in his light blue 1986 Cadillac.

The sheriff's office in Pueblo received word that one of the prisoners was headed for a girlfriend's home at a trailer park in Pueblo.

Officers encountered the Cadillac near Boone, Colo., about 20 miles east of Pueblo, on the U. S. 50 highway bypass. A chase ensued at 9:10 MST this morning and the three were apprenhended by 9:30, Pettinari said.

A deputy at the scene said a tire on the Cadillac went flat near Avondale, which is between Boone and Pueblo, but the escapees drove on before being stopped by authorities. They were still dressed in the jail orange uniforms but had overalls over them when captured. Briles was forced out of the Cadillac during the chase. He was shaken up but not seriously injured, said Pettinari.

Winter had been jailed on a charge of attempted murder and Spain for forgery and Amos for arson.

When heard of the arrest in Colorado, Haskell County Sheriff Dennis Quimby said the three would also be charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated escape. Baca County authorities (Springfield) were considering filing kidnapping charges against them, Pettinari said.
I'm glad they were apprehended and glad no one else was hurt, Quimby said.

Powell, who has been a full time jailer and dispatcher less than a year, had been releasing prisoners on work detail.

When he came on duty at 11 last night, he started them working.

They had been stripping floors and painting walls in the jail. That kind of stuff, Quimby said.

The inmates apparently broke into a gun locker, took three guns and shot Powell in the dispatch room. Quimby said there was no sign of a struggle.

Undersheriff Steve Zimmerman said the Powell was sitting with his back to the door when the prisoners entered and shot him - once in the upper back and once in the chest.

One of the other prisoners Brenda Jager, who was also free on the work details, but asleep in her cell, awoke at 5 a.m. after the gun was fired.
Irvin was hollering for her to come and help him, said Zimmerman.

Jager, of Wichita, who was in custody for a probation violation, telephoned Sheriff Quimby at home.

Jager and Charles South, Wichita in custody serving a sentence for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, were found standing in the hallway when officers arrived.

Powell was found by officers in the dispatcher's chair with his eyes closed, Zimmerman said, but he was coherent.

No one was expected at the law enforcement center until 7 a.m. Zimmerman said.

If it hadn't been for (Jager) calling the sheriff, Irvin wouldn't have been with us. Zimmerman said. (Garden City Telegram, March 17, 1995, page 3)

FRANK ROHRBACH

Seek Killer in K. C.

Kansas City, Kas., Aug. 7 - Search for the two slayers of Frank Rohrbach, Wyandotte County highway patrolman, shifted today to the underworld hideouts of Greater Kansas City.

A vain quest for the trail of the two killers who yesterday shot the patrolman when he attempted to arrest them for questioning in connection with a store robbery, caused police and sheriff's deputies to call in their forces from rural Wyandotte county to the city.

Police believed the men to be residents of the city, since they had selected a spot known only to a few persons, to divide their loot. They said strangers would never have chosen the place. (Iola Daily Register, August 7, 1931, page 3)

DEANNA HUMMEL ROSE

19-year-old faces murder charge

Olathe - A judge Tuesday consolidated charges against a 19 year old college student accused of murdering a police officer who was ran over while attempting to arrest a suspected drunken driver.

Kenneth Meunier, Overland Park, surrendered to authorities Monday afternoon and was held overnight in the Johnson county jail in lieu of $100,000 bond, said Johnson County District Attorney Dennis Moore.

At a bond hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday Johnson County Associate District Judge Jeannette Howard denied a defense request to modify the $100,000 bond figure. She granted a prosecution request to consolidate all charges against Meunier and scheduled a preliminary hearing for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

Meunier was charged Thursday with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer following an incident earlier that day in which Officer Deanna Rose was knocked to the ground while she was attempting to arrest a suspected intoxicated driver. The driver returned to the car, ran over Ms. Rose and drove away. Ms. Rose died Saturday from injuries suffered in the incident. (Hutchinson News, January 29, 1985, page 49)

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