February 8, 2016

JoCo Sheriff’s Office to live tweet from central booking

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is inviting tweeters to ride-along as deputies live tweet the action inside the central booking facility from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 25. Tweet-along events allow Twitter followers to virtually ride with the officers. Followers will experience what it is like to work inside a jail, what kind Continue Reading

Former Johnson County deputy charged with unlawful sexual relations

A former Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy has been charged with unlawful sexual relations. Vernon Finkenbinder was placed on administrative leave after he allegedly  inappropriately communicated with and touched a female inmate while in custody at Central Booking Facility between Sept. 23 and Sept. 25. Following a criminal investigation and a professional standards inquiry, he was Continue Reading

Law enforcement collecting unused meds today

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies and local law enforcement will be collecting unused prescription medications at the Gardner Price Chopper this weekend. Residents can drop off unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the grocery store at 805 E. Main Street in Gardner. In addition, in partnership with the Regional Continue Reading

DUI checkpoint set for Sept. 21

The Olathe Police Department will conduct a DUI Check Lane from 11 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. During the course of this check lane, all motorists in the designated area will be stopped and contacted in an effort to look for signs of impairment. Those drivers who are in violation of the Continue Reading

Man struck by train

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com A man escaped serious injury after being struck by a train near 167th and U.S. 169 Highway on Sept. 15. According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the man was struck just before 3 a.m. as he was walking on the tracks. He was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Continue Reading

DUI checklanes planned for Johnson County

 The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance of area agencies, will conduct DUI checkpoints this weekend (Aug. 24-26) in areas known to have high occurrences of vehicle crashes. This enforcement will be conducted in multiple locations throughout the county. Drivers suspected of being intoxicated will be given brief sobriety tests and those drivers who are Continue Reading

‘Gang Free Kansas’ aims to combat gang activity

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com According to Tom Erickson, public information officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, gang activity in Johnson County is “probably much more prevalent than people are aware of.” There are currently seven confirmed gang members and nine confirmed gang member associates in custody in the county’s jails. Between January and July, the Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Central Booking Facility ready for business

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office dedicated its newly renovated Central Booking Facility on July 20. The facility recently underwent an 18-month, $27.3 million facelift. The first floor of the former Johnson County Adult Detention Center was expanded from 26,000 square feet to 61,000 square feet. Sheriffs officials say the building has a Continue Reading

Aggressive driving enforcement to begin this week

This week additional Johnson County deputies will be on the roads looking for aggressive drivers. Deputies will be looking for people engaged in traffic offenses that may be a danger to others on the roadways such as: Speeding, excessive lane changes, improper passing and tailgating. During this additional enforcement, deputies will target aggressive and illegal Continue Reading

Deputies respond to assault near Gardner Lake

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an assault near Gardner Lake on July 4. Tom Erickson, public information officer, said one person was struck on the head with a hammer and another person sustained wounds to their forearm. Erickson said no arrests have been made, but charges are expected soon. “It wasn’t Continue Reading