Monday, February 08, 2016
Vassar Mule Accident

December 16, 2013

On December 15th, 2013 at approximately 1800 hours, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a subject being thrown from a mule. This occurred in the 23000 block of S. K368 Hwy. 

Two subjects had been riding mules when it’s reported a “loud” vehicle caused the one mule to buck, throwing the rider. Neither mule nor the other rider received any injuries. 

The rider, a female, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deceased was not from Osage County and next of kin have not yet been notified.
The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Overbrook Standoff

December 10, 2013

On December 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm, a task force with members from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, US Marshals, and deputies from Osage County Sheriff’s Office went to 306 Ash, apartment #103 in Overbrook, Osage County in an attempt to arrest a subject on a Shawnee County warrant.
The wanted subject would not exit the apartment when approached by law enforcement. A short time later a different subject exited the apartment and was detained by law enforcement.
For the safety of the occupants of the apartment complex, all residents were asked to leave the building and the neighboring houses were asked to use caution. Furthermore, arrangements were made to have the school children in a 3-4 block area not walk home or be left at area bus drop offs.
Numerous verbal attempts to have the subject exit the apartment were met with no success, so entry was made into the apartment. The subject was taken into custody at 7:52 pm. The subject was then transported to a local hospital and was turned over to Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.
The Osage County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Overbrook PD, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshal Service, Kansas Highway Patrol and ATF.
The name of the subject involved in the standoff will be released tomorrow due to the ongoing investigation. Osage County Sheriff’s Office will forward obstruction charges to the Osage County Attorney for the subject involved in the standoff.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Request for assistance in reference to thefts/burglaries


Press Release
From: Sheriff Laurie Dunn
Date: September 6, 2013
The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance for help in solving the continued burglaries and more auto thefts in Osage County. Also reminding citizens to take the keys and valuables out of your vehicles and lock them. 
The following vehicles have been stolen in the last couple months:
April 23, 1989 Chevy one ton truck, south of Burlingame
June 10, 2 ATV’s, 149th & Urish
July 30th, 1996 Dodge Ram pickup, SE of Burlingame
August 11, 1969 green Army truck, 149th & Urish
August 22, stolen vehicle east of Burlingame, recovered in Topeka
August 31, Paulen Road & US56, 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
September 3, stolen vehicle from Scranton, recovered in Topeka
September 6, 144th and Topeka Ave, 1994 Ford F250 red and white
Please report any strange or suspicious activity to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 911 or 785-828-3121. You can contact Osage Crimestoppers at 1-877-OS-CRIME with information leading to the persons involved in these crimes or the location of the stolen property. You don’t have to leave your name. A reward of up to $1,000.00 can be paid for information leading to the arrests and/or conviction.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Mail Thefts


August 23, 2013
Press Release
From: Sheriff Laurie Dunn
The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone in Osage County who has been a recent victim of theft of mail from your mailbox and did not file a report with this office, please do so. If your mail was taken between April 1, 2013 and August 20, 2013, please call us at 785-828-3121.  
A current investigation has cleared several recent mail theft cases. If your mail was taken while awaiting pick up, please contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Just a reminder that placing mail in your mailbox with the flag up alerts criminals that there maybe cash or checks. Please drop mail with checks in a secured US post office.

If you were a recent victim of mail theft who filed a report and would like to speak with an investigator, please contact 785-828-3121.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cancel Silver Alert
July 26, 2013
Press Release from Sheriff Laurie Dunn
On July 25, 2013 the body of Raleigh Heskett and his van were located in Marion County, Kansas. A Silver Alert was issued for Mr. Heskett on July 15th, 2013, who was last seen in the Lyndon and BETO Junction area. The cause of death is not known at this time and an autopsy will be performed.
The investigation is still ongoing between Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Osage County Sheriff’s Office.   
The Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Heskett family appreciate the assistance of those who called in tips, passed out fliers, and posted fliers in their businesses. 
Anyone with information on Mr. Heskett is asked to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-OS-CRIME.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Drowning at Melvern Lake


On May 26th, 2013 at 4:10pm, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a possible drowning at the Coeur D’Alene swim beach at Melvern Lake. Responders from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, Melvern Lake Corp of Engineers, Osage County Fire District #3 - Melvern, Osage County EMS, and Coffey County Water Rescue responded to the scene. At approximately 8:40pm, a body was recovered from the water. The name of the victim will not be released until Tuesday pending notification of family members.

Monday, May 27, 2013

3 arrested in marijuana field


               On June 14, 2011 at approximately 0430 hours the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Coffey County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Highway Patrol followed up on information of a marijuana grow. This was reported to be in the area east of MP 143 on US75 or 2 miles north of Carbondale.

                Three male subjects were arrested in the marijuana field without incident. The names of the subjects in custody are not being released at this time and are being detained at the Osage County Jail, pending formal charges.
                The marijuana field contained in excess of 5,000 cultivated plants. The plants are valued between $1,000 and $2,000 a piece. The field area where the cultivated plants were located was larger than a football field.
Nothing further at this time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

3 seriously injured in accident


Press Release
                On June 12th at 4:02pm, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a motor vehicle accident in the 7200 block of west 125th Street near Burlingame. An Osage County Sheriff’s deputy was the first to arrive and found two adults and one child with serious injuries trapped inside of the vehicle. Osage County Fire District #6-Burlingame extricated the victims—two of the victims were transported by American Medical Response Ambulance and one victim was transported by Lifeteam Air Ambulance to an area hospital. Burlingame Fire received mutual aid from Harveyville Fire Department. Names of the victims will not be released tonight pending notification of family members.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

5 Arrested on stolen property and drug charges


May 12, 2011
Press release
From: Sheriff Laurie Dunn, Osage County Sheriff’s Office
On May 11, 2011 at approximately 1:30 pm the Osage County Sheriff’s stopped a vehicle in Carbondale which lead to the arrests of Kayla Schnegelsiepen, 22 of Topeka, and Jayme Broxterman, 23 of Topeka.    Schnegelsiphen is being held on Transportation of open container, poss of meth, poss drug Paraphernalia and possession of stolen property. Broxterman is being held on no proof of insurance, transporting an open container and possession of stolen property. 
A search warrant was served the residence at 15285 S. Jordan in Osage County. Arrested at the residence was James Hulsopple 31, of the residence, being held on Poss meth, drug paraphernalia, possession marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, manufacture of meth and possession of stolen property. Derrick Baker 35, of Topeka, being held on possession of stolen property, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. Michelle Prettyman 31 of Topeka being held on possession of stolen property, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. 
The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has been at the residence for almost 24 hours conducting a search warrant for the recovery of stolen property. Other agencies involved are Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office. 
Further information will be released as it becomes available as still early on in the investigation and involving multiple agencies.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Barricaded Subject in Vassar


On February 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm the Osage County Sheriff’s Office responded to a distraught subject in a home in the 2600 block of Main Street, Vassar armed with numerous weapons. One family member was in the home who was able to leave safely, upon officers arrival. The subject fired shots randomly after officers arrived. The residence was secured and neighbors were asked to leave their residence in the area for their safety.
The situation resolved at 0039 am when the subject exited the residence and was arrested. 
Denver Miller, 31 years old of Vassar, was arrested for criminal discharge of firearm at a occupied dwelling.
No one was injured during the stand off.

Assistance was provided by Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Coffey County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa/Franklin County Star Team, and Osage and Franklin County Emergency Management. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vehicle Chase

On February 3rd, 2010 at approximately 8 pm the Overbrook Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle in Overbrook.  The vehicle failed to yield to law enforcement and proceeded to flee.  Within one minute of the chase, the suspect rolled his vehicle in the area of 165th and Ratner Road in Osage County.

The driver of the vehicle, fled on foot with the Overbrook PD Officer pursing him.  After a brief struggle the suspect broke free and the officer then lost sight of him.  The Osage County Sheriff’s Office then assisted in the search of the area until 10:45 pm when the search was called off.

Today, February 4, 2010 at 1108 hours deputies with Osage County Sheriff’s Office, located the driver of the vehicle, Jeremy Long, 28 of Carbondale at his residence.  Long was taken into custody without incident.  Long is being held at the Osage County Jail pending formal charges.    

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Shooting in Burlingame

November 29th, 2009

James Kraig Kahler was taken into custody this morning at approximately 7:30am at 112th and S. Auburn Road in Osage County without incident. Any further requests for information are being referred to the Kansas Attorney Generals Office at 785-296-2215

On November 28, 2009 at 6:11 p.m., the Osage County Sheriff’s Office responded to 905 S. Topeka Ave in Burlingame located in Osage County. Deputies arrived and located four persons who had been shot. One person was pronounced dead on scene. Three others were transported to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. Two of the three persons died shortly after arrival at the hospital. The third person transported is in critical condition.
The Osage County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are requesting the public’s assistance in the locating and questioning of James (aka Kraig) Kahler. Kahler is a white male, approximately 46 years of age. Kahler should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone having contact with Kahler should contact 911 immediately. Anyone with any information is asked to call Osage County Crimestoppers at 1-877-OSCRIME or 1-800-KSCRIME

Another press release will be available later on this morning.


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vassar Cemetery Damage

On the morning of November 14, 2009, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Vassar cemetery for report of criminal damage to property.  The damage occurred sometime during the overnight hours of November 13th – 14th, 2009.

Deputies found between 50 – 100 headstones that had been overturned and two that were broken.  The Vassar cemetery is located south of Vassar on S. Croco Road. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Osage County Crimestoppers 1-877-OSCRIME or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Grain Truck Accident

June 22, 2009

On June 21, 2009 at approximately 00:25 am the Osage County Sheriff's Office received a report of an accident at 333rd Street and Hoch Road. Cassandra R. Morgan, 17 of Osage City was pronounced dead at the scene. Morgan was driving a grain truck. Anyone with information about Morgan's whereabouts prior to the accident is asked to call the Osage County Sheriff's Office at 785-828-3121 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-OS-CRIME.


June 22, 2009

Further details on the Cassandra Morgan fatality, June 21, 2009. Morgan was northbound on Hoch Road, in a 1966 International grain truck. The grain truck has been reported stolen out of Coffey County. Alcohol was a possible factor in the accident. 

Monday, June 22, 2009

Carbondale Arson PRESS RELEASE

The Osage County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshall’s Office are asking the public for any information regarding an arson that occurred at 522 S. Topeka Avenue, Apartment #8, in Carbondale. Sometime before 4:30 am on March 13th, 2009, an unknown person or persons entered and set fire to the apartment. If you have information, please contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-OSCRIME. Anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set the arson fire is eligible to receive a reward up to $5000 from the Kansas Committee on Arson Prevention.

Friday, April 03, 2009


At 5:05pm this evening, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a grass fire at Doud Campground in Eisenhower State Park at Melvern Lake. Osage County Fire District #2, Osage City, responded and extinguished the fire. After the fire was extinguished, two people were found to be in need of medical attention for conditions possibly caused by battling the fire before the fire department arrived. Osage County Fire District #2 first responders and two American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances responded. Both patients were transported to a Topeka hospital, one complaining of chest pains and the other for possible smoke inhalation.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Human Skull found PRESS RELEASE

On the late afternoon of February 5th, 2009, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a person who recently purchased a house in Melvern. While the home was under construction, workers found what appeared to be a human skull in a sealed cellar. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office responded and began an investigation. The home was secured overnight until the Shawnee County Coroner’s Office could respond this morning. Preliminary investigation reveals that it is a human skull and no other remains were located. Other deteriorated medical instruments were located near the skull. The home was owned by a doctor over 50 years ago and it is believed that the skull was used for medical purposes by the doctor. Further examination of the skull will be done by the Shawnee County Coroner’s Office. The investigation will continue by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Scranton Arson/Homicide PRESS RELEASE

On the morning of January 12, 2009 Amy Shirley received a telephone call from the school her three children attended, stating the children were not in school.  Mrs. Shirley did not receive a response via telephone and went to her residence at 212 S. Lawrence in Scranton with a neighbor.  Mrs. Shirley and the neighbor discovered that her house had been burnt and there were bodies in the residence.

Scranton Police Department along with Osage County Sheriff, Kansas State Fire Marshall and the Shawnee County Coroners office began an investigation.

The investigation has determined that Ethan C Shirley, 14 years of age, Ashten C Shirley, 11 years of age and Caleb Jackson Shirley, 9 years of age of the residence were all victims of a homicide.

Their father Michael L Shirley, 52 of the residence attempted to take his own life, but it was determined that he died as a result of the fire.  His cause of death has been determined to be the results of a suicide.

It has been determined by our investigation that Michael Shirley killed his three children and then set the house on fire.  The fire put itself out shortly after ignition.  The children did not die from the fire nor gunshot injuries.

This case will continue to be an on going investigation between all agencies.  Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones has been continually briefed and informed during this investigation and states there will be no charges at this time.  After all reports are completed they will be reviewed by the Osage County Attorney’s Office.

Numerous lab reports are still pending in the investigation, which could take several months.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Press Conference Scheduled

A Press Conference in regards to the four deaths in Scranton on January 12th, 2009  will be held  at 1:00, January 14th, 2009 at the Scranton City Hall, 120 W Boone Ave, Scranton.

Doors will open at 12:45 for the press to set up.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Arson Press Release

No further information will be release this evening in regards to the four deaths in Scranton yesterday. Sheriff Dunn intends to set a press conference for early afternoon on January 14th. The time and location will be announced sometime tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


At this time, the autopsies and investigation are continuing in regards to the four bodies located in Scranton yesterday morning. Further information may become available later this evening or tomorrow which will be released to the media and the public. Again, anyone with any information on this is asked to call Osage County Crimestoppers at 1-877-OSCRIME.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Arson in Scranton

On January 12, 2009 at approximately 10:39am, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a house on fire at 212 S. Lawrence Street in Scranton. Within 10 minutes of the call, it was discovered that there were four victims deceased inside the residence, one adult and three juveniles. The fire was ruled an arson by the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. The identities of the victims will not be released at this time. Autopsies will be performed to provide the cause of death. The residence is still being secured as a crime scene. The investigation is being conducted by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Scranton Police Department, and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 1-877-OSCRIME. Further details will be made available as the investigation continues through the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

Monday, January 12, 2009

One vehicle accident

On November 29th, 2008 at approximately 6:30am, the Osage County Sheriffs Office responded to a one vehicle accident in the 23800 block of South Stanley Road, near Quenemo. Matthew Cole Soper of Quenemo was pronounced deceased at the scene. Matthew was 22 years of age. The Osage County Sheriffs Office is still investigating the accident. Osage County Fire District 4 and AMR ambulance also responded to the call.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fire in Burlingame

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshall are asking for the public’s assistance to provide information to solve the business fire in Burlingame on April 3, 2007.

Anyone with information is asked to call Osage County Crimestoppers 1-877-OS-CRIME or the Kansas State Fire Marshall Crimestoppers at 1 -800-KS-CRIME.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Vassar Post Office burglarized

On January 31st 2007 the Vassar Post Office was burglarized over the noon hour.  The investigation is currently being conducted by the Osage County Sheriff Office and United State Postal Service.  Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Osage County Criminal Investigation Unit at 785-828-3121 or Crime Stoppers 1-877-OSCRIME.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

PRESS RELEASE #2 December 22, 2006 @ 8:25 p.m.

After briefing between Osage County Sheriff's Office and Franklin County Sheriff's Office on December 22, 2006 and receiving the coroners report, the death of Tonie Standley has been ruled as a homicide.

The case will continue to be investigated as a joint effort between Osage and Franklin County Sheriff Offices.

Friday, December 22, 2006

PRESS RELEASE #1 December 22, 2006 @ 3:10 p.m.

On December 22, 2006 at 0735 hours Osage County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications were notified of a body located east of Quenemo.

Osage County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area.  The body was located in Franklin County approximately ½ east of Alabama Terr. and Labette Terr., which is approximately ½ mile east of the Osage/Franklin County line.  The body was located by hunters.

The body has been identified as Tonie Standley 47 years of age of Quenemo.  Standley was last seen on December 7, 2006 and reported missing on December 9, 2006.

This investigation into the death of Tonie Standley will be a joint investigation between Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.  As of this time press releases will be handled through the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

An autopsy is being conducted this afternoon.

Friday, December 22, 2006