February 7, 2016

Raffle definition appears hazy

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There appear to be discrepancies between the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission, the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office on what constitutes a “raffle.” In part, the confusion results from a recent constitutional amendment, for which the state legislature has yet to adopt statutes that will regulate legal Continue Reading

JC DA to seek to ouster Prairie Village council member

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced he has filed ouster proceedings against sitting Prairie Village council member David Morrison. Morrison is accused of allowing a homeless man with a history of drug use to stay overnight at City Hall last October. “Our office has alleged violations of criminal statutes including: criminal trespass theft and Continue Reading

All charges against Planned Parenthood dropped

The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with the Kansas Attorney General announced today that all charges against a Johnson County Planned Parenthood clinic have been dropped. Initially, Planned Parenthood faced 107 criminal charges stemming from an investigation into abortions performed at an Overland Park clinic in 2003. The charges, filed by Johnson County Continue Reading

Gardner man charged with trying to hire a hit man

A Gardner man was charged with hiring a hit man to kill his ex-wife this morning. Rheuben Clifford Johnson, III, Gardner, is now in Johnson County jail on $1 million bond. According to Johnson County Attorney Steve Howe, the charges stem from a May 18 incident in Olathe. Olathe Police Department arrested Johnson on Tuesday Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Gardner council dysfunction continues with KOMA violations

For anyone who regularly follows Gardner politics, it’s no surprise that members of the Gardner City Council twice violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe recently notified council members that they had violated the act – once, by discussing employee salaries in executive session and again in a series of Continue Reading

Violations to be soon addressed

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe intends to issue an opinion on two complaints against the Gardner City Council in the next few weeks. Initially, Howe said his investigation into alleged Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) violations would be completed before the end of 2012. His office is wrapping up the investigation, Continue Reading

KOMA violation UPDATED

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office hopes to complete its investigation into alleged Kansas Open Meetings Act violations by the Gardner City Council before the end of the year. Steve Howe, district attorney, would not confirm a deadline for wrapping up the investigation, but said he was hopeful his office would conclude Continue Reading