Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2 people killed in small plane crash near Pleasanton, Kansas

(Photos courtesy of the Linn County News)
PLEASANTON, KS (KCTV) -Two people have been killed in a small plane crash near Pleasanton, KS, Tuesday afternoon.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said it happened about 4 p.m. in the woods at South Ross Lane near East 1175th Road in the Linn County city.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the crash involved a Zodiac CH601XL.

The publisher and editor of the Linn County News said the aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from a private airstrip. Jackie Taylor arrived at the scene about 4:30 p.m. to find the Kansas Highway Patrol and other agencies trying to put out the fire that had engulfed the plane.

She said it's a small community and everyone knows everyone, especially in the flying community.

“Everyone's freaking out that it's someone they know,” Taylor said.

Neighbors say they heard the crash and immediately feared it involved someone they know.

“My daughter was outside and she came in and said, ‘Did you hear that, mom?' She said it was like an explosion or a real high powered gun went off. It wasn't much longer after that we heard the sirens coming,” said Mary Jane Heiser.

Heiser's property is right next to the airstrip.

“It was really loud, it was almost like someone was coming up our road. Like a loud truck,” she said.

She said, while she's relieved it wasn't any of her neighbors who crashed, she feels for the family who lost loved ones so suddenly.

“You know the death of anyone is just not good. It's sad,” Heiser said.

The type of aircraft that crashed is a Zenith model - an experimental plane. It's a small aircraft that someone would build themselves. The FAA has to approve it and comes out to inspect it at various points during the building process, especially before the first flight.

A local pilot says it takes about a year or longer to build an experimental plane such as this type. She said they are very safe and not much different than an aircraft coming off the assembly line.

Pleasanton is located just over 60 miles south of the Kansas City metro. The Federal Aviation Administration is now handling the investigation.

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Obituary - John Edward Nagle, III

John Edward Nagle, III, 70, Adrian, Missouri, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, with visitation from 9:30-11:00. Memorial contributions may be made to Adrian VFW Post 1935.

(A complete obituary will be posted when available).

Police: 13-yr-old kidnapped MO girl created online identity named Sylvia, met 55-yr-old suspect

MONTROSE, Mo. — The 55-year-old New Mexico man, charged with kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from Montrose, Mo., met the girl online after she created a fake identity and called herself ‘Sylvia’, according to the probable cause document.

The victim, a 13-year-old girl named Hannah from Montrose, Mo., was reported missing by her mother on Sunday. Her mom had awakened and couldn’t find her daughter in the house. Authorities say the back door was found open at the house about 80 miles southeast of Kansas City.

During their investigation, they checked Hannah’s online activity and determined she had created an alias, in spite of her mother’s attempts to monitor her activity on social media. Authorities discovered ‘Sylvia’ had been in contact with 55-year old Raymond Vallia, the suspect. They then contacted his wife.

The probable cause document says Vallia’s wife told authorities that she and her husband were separated and that she found out Raymond was involved in an online relationship with what she believed was a 16-year-old female named Sylvia. The wife provided Raymond’s address in Albuquerque, N.M., his current phone number, and the make and model of his car.

With that information, authorities launched an Amber Alert on Monday.

As police continued their search for Hannah, they ‘pinged’ Vallia’s cell phone, which provided a location for Vallia. He was stopped by the New Mexico State Highway Patrol just outside of Albuquerque. Hannah was with him. Late Monday afternoon, Henry County prosecutors filed one charge of child kidnapping against Vallia. 

He’s being held by authorities in New Mexico on a $250,000 cash-only bond and is awaiting extradition back to Missouri. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office also says that federal charges may be filed sometime this week.

In a briefing Monday afternoon, authorities said they discovered in her social media accounts that Hannah’s meeting with Vallia on Sunday was likely a planned event.

“Just met over social media,” said Major Rob Hills, deputy sheriff of Henry County. “She had several different accounts going from what we can tell at this point, where they were conversing back and forth.”

When asked if Hannah knew the man’s age, Major Hills said initially she probably did not.

“Later on as their relationship online progressed, we think that probably he did share that information with her,” Major Hills said.

Courtesy of Fox 4 KC

Bates County Memorial Hospital: Scrubs on Site


Circuit Court news March 20-27, 2015

Diana L Rich , Clerk
March 20-27, 2015

  • Janel D Engberg v John D Engberg, Dissolution of Marriage granted.
  • Merlin Reed v Marilyn Sue Reed, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.
  • Matthew Cody King v Montana Delane King, Dissolution of Marriage granted.