February 11, 2016

Thieves break windows of parked cars, police say

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner police officers are reminding residents to keep valuables out of sight in parked cars. The Gardner Police Department’s Facebook page warned that police have investigated several auto burglaries recently in which a window was broken in order to access purses left in plain sight in parked vehicles. “Most of these incidents Continue Reading

Police chief steps into top role in department

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Gardner Police Department will be utilizing some new forms of transportation come June 1. Jim Pruetting, new Police Chief, said he plans to have officers patrolling Gardner’s streets on bicycle by early summer. “It’s a great community policing tool,” Pruetting said. “It gets officers out of the cars and gets them Continue Reading

Sticky: Officer-involved shooting investigation continues

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com An investigation into the officer-involved fatal shooting of Deanne Choate, Gardner, continues. According to a press release from Olathe Police Sgt. Bryan Hill, however, evidence suggests that Choate failed to follow officers’ verbal commands about a handgun and officers fired their weapons striking her, Hill serves as spokesperson for the Officer-Involved Shooting Continue Reading

Mayor issues statement on officer-involved shooting

My fellow Gardner citizens, Last week, our city experienced a tragic event involving two of our police officers that resulted in the death of one of our residents. While I cannot go into detail about the incident as it is under investigation, I want to acknowledge the sorrow our city feels for all parties involved. Continue Reading

Citizens police academy applications available

The Gardner Police Department will host its fourth annual Citizens Police Academy this spring. The nine-week course will begin on Thursday, April 30. Course participants will learn about the structure and activities of the police department during weekly classes. Department personnel will educate class members on patrol procedures, criminal law, officer safety and traffic enforcement. Continue Reading

Police seek suspect in attempted liquor store robbery

Gardner police are seeking a suspect in an attempted armed robbery outside the Liquor Barn, 512 E. Main Street. Police responded to the incident at the store at approximately 1 p.m. on Feb. 19. According to a press release, a store clerk said as she was outside on a work break, she had been approached Continue Reading

Police to host Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics on May 31

The Gardner Police Department will partner with the local Special Olympics team, Gardner Gold, in a mini, law-enforcement torch run. The first annual Gardner Community Torch Run will begin promptly at 8 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Moonlight on May 31. Gardner Gold Olympians will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and then Continue Reading

Gardner police conducting truck safety inspections today

The Gardner Police Department is conducting a truck safety inspection check lane this morning. The inspections will continue through noon. The check lane will be setup in the 300 block of Stonecreek Drive, with various trucks being escorted to the inspection site by motorcycle officers.  Stonecreek Drive will be CLOSED to through traffic during these Continue Reading

Stabbing in Conestoga closes roads

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com In response to a physical altercation and stabbing, police blocked roads leading to and from Conestoga Mobile Home Park overnight. Police and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene in the 1000 block of Buffalo Trail at approximately 1 a.m. on Aug. 26. When they arrived, they discovered a victim with a Continue Reading

Gardner police investigating armed robbery

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. on May 2 in the 1500 block of East Santa Fe in Gardner. A 24-year-old victim was approached by a man with a knife, and his wallet was forcibly stolen during the early hours of last Thursday Continue Reading