April 1, 2015

Sticky: Officer-involved shooting investigation continues

Danedri Thompson


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

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 …

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

Members of the third Gardner Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy view a presentation by the Lenexa Police Department’s Canine Unit. The Gardner department will host its fourth citizen’s academy this spring. File photo

Members of the third Gardner Police

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 …

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 …

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 …

Stabbing in Conestoga closes roads

Danedri Thompson
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 …

Gardner police investigating armed robbery

Danedri Thompson
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 …

Gardner Police Department offers winter driving tips

With the impending winter storm approaching, the Gardner Police Department would like to provide some winter driving tips.

The best advice is to avoid driving in severe snow and ice, if at all possible.

If you must drive in snowy …

Police Chief Francis dies – (updated with service information)

Mark Taylor
Kenneth Francis, longtime Gardner police chief, has passed away.

Gardner Police Chief Kenny Francis died on Sept. 14. File photo

Francis, 66, spent more than 40 years in public safety, and more than 20 of those in …