December 1, 2015

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 or icy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to Continue Reading

Police Chief Francis dies – (updated with service information)

Mark Taylor Kenneth Francis, longtime Gardner police chief, has passed away. Francis, 66, spent more than 40 years in public safety, and more than 20 of those in Gardner. Francis grew up in St. Joseph, Mo, where his family ran a grocery store. Although the family business awaited him, Francis knew from an early Continue Reading

Morning accident results in minor injury

Mark Taylor One person sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident near the 175th Street and Interstate 35 interchange on March 7. The accident happened at 7:30 a.m. According to Ilena Spalding, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department, one car rear ended another in the eastbound lanes of 175th Street as they Continue Reading

December 2011 citations issued in Gardner

4 arrested following vandalism spree

Mark Taylor Three juveniles and an 18-year-old were arrested Dec. 28 following a rash of vandalism in the previous evening in Gardner. The vandalism included damage to Christmas decorations and mailboxes. Six incidents of vandalism to Christmas decorations were reported in an area bordered by Spruce, Oak, 183rd and 184th streets in southern Gardner. Continue Reading

Francis explains police department’s arrest policy

Mark Taylor Many Gardner News readers are asking why no arrests were made after Councilman Dennis Pugh allegedly assaulted fellow Councilman Larry Fotovich following Monday night’s council meeting. According to Chief Kenneth Francis of the Gardner Police Department, police officers only have authority to make arrests when they witness a crime. If an officer Continue Reading

Gardner Police Reports May 29 through June 5

5/29/2011 600 Blk S Oakcrest Cir Animal Control 183rd & Center Suspicious Activity 900 Blk E Main DUI 900 Blk E Main Alarm Call 500 Blk S Plum Creek Animal Control 100 Blk N Pear Animal Control 600 Blk E Mockingbird Vehicle Lockout 1700 Blk E Santa Fe Suspicious Activity 700 Blk S Meadowbrook Animal Continue Reading

Police ask couple to leave vacant property

Amy Cunningham A homeless couple was asked to leave a site they had been squatting on at the intersection of Clare Road and 175th Street in Gardner on Wednesday morning. The home, long vacant, was destroyed by the property owner more than a week ago, but the couple remained on the property with several Continue Reading

Alleged Nebraska car thief arrested in Gardner for 2nd time

Mark Taylor A man arrested in Gardner last month after allegedly stealing a car in Nebraska and leading police on a chase is back behind bars as a suspect in a similar crime. Ilena Spalding, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department, said officers arrested 30-year-old Christopher Lee Butcher on May 10 after Continue Reading

Police to step up traffic enforcement

The Gardner Police Department will be participating in a special traffic enforcement program sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation.  The “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign will run from May 23 through June 5. Gardner Police Department will have extra enforcement during this time period and will be concentrating primarily on Adult, Teen and Continue Reading