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Investigators Seeking Answers In Triple Homicide

Posted 11/3/2016

Ledger Staff

Harvey County Sheriffs are treating a shooting last Sunday on Spring Lake Road south of Moundridge as a triple homicide. 

Two males and one female were found dead in a driveway the 8000 block of Spring Lake Road, south of Dutch Avenue west of Hesston. An 18-month-old toddler was found in the home unharmed.

As of Monday morning in a press conference held by Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton, the victims’ identities had not been released, pending family notification. The victims have been identified as two males, ages 33 and 52 and one female, age 37.

Initially Walton said investigators wanted to speak with a male reportedly driving a maroon vehicle near the murder scene. He was located and police made contact. However, Walton said the individual is not a suspect in the ongoing investigation.  

Walton emphasized, “This isn’t a random person running around; we view this as a targeted shooting.”

Walton would not disclose details of the shooting, however he did say there did not appear to be a struggle and all three individuals died outside the residence of gunshot wounds. 

Walton said investigators are looking into a possible drug connection.

Walton also said the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will be assisting with the incident.

“We really don’t get triple homicides in this area. It’s overwhelming for us. The KBI has the experience in working these scenes,” he said.

The shooting was reported to 911 between 5 and 5:30 p.m.  However, Walton said he estimates the victims had been in the driveway “for a while” and the shooting most likely took place in the late morning hours, “around 11 o’clock.”

The shooting occurred at a home occupied by two of the victims, the 33-year-old male and 37-year-old female. Walton reported the 52-year-old male was a friend of the couple. 

An 18-month old toddler was found inside the house. Walton reported the toddler was checked out by emergency services and was unharmed. The child was released into the custody of a grandparent. 

The shooting was called in by a female around 5 p.m.

“A lady was driving down the road and was stopped by a car. The driver of the car said ‘There are two bodies in the drive.’ She made the call to 911 and didn’t know if that was the case.  When our deputy showed up, it was not two bodies but three,” said Walton.

According to Walton, the reporting party said the person who stopped her was driving a maroon vehicle but did not have information on make, model or a license plate number.

 “We’re not aware of any wild person out just shooting people...We have an idea for some of the things behind this; it’s not in the local area,” he said.

 “There’s a lot of things to go over and there’s a lot of evidence and things to collect,” he said.

The Harvey County Sheriffs department will be leading the investigation. According to Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder, the Hesston Police Department “will be helping out as needed.”  Officers from Newton Police Department, Harvey County Sheriffs Department and State Troopers responded to the scene. 

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Pleasant View Gift Day Set For Nov. 10

Posted 11/3/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Tickets to Wichita State University sporting events, automotive upkeep and several handmade quilts will be among the items available at the auction during Pleasant View Home’s annual Gift Day event.

Gift Day, set for Thursday, Nov. 10, is the major fundraiser for Pleasant View (PVH), an elder care facility located in Inman.

Activities will start with a meal from 4:30 to 7 p.m., in Pleasant View’s main dining hall, as well as the activities center. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m., in the Phase I Commons Area.

Bidders will be able to get tickets to watch a WSU men’s basketball game. The Shockers are favored to win the Missouri Valley Conference title again the season. There are also tickets available for a Wichita State baseball game.

Kevin Krehbiel and Richard Ediger, both from the Inman area, will handle auctioneer duties. Krehbiel has been part of the fundraising event for many years, while Ediger has gotten involved in the last few years, Cyndi Ratzlaff, independent living coordinator for PVH, said.

For their vehicles, bidders will be able to get a certificate for an oil change from Midway Motors, in McPherson. Attendees can also win a detail package from Midway Motors.

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Questions Raised On Montagne’s Candidate Petition

Posted 11/3/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

McPHERSON – McPherson County Sheriff Larry Powell has raised an objection concerning signatures on petitions circulated prior to the McPherson County primary election in support of Jerry Montagne as a candidate for county sheriff.

Montagne, a lieutenant with the McPherson Police Department, filed a candidate petition with the McPherson County Clerk’s Office to be listed in the primary election, which he won.

Each petition sheet must be signed by the individual who carried it, certifying they personally witnessed the signing of the petition by each individual. Montagne had gathered the required number of signatures

“The only reason I went to the clerk’s office to look at the petitions was I wanted to go around to see the people who signed it to see if I could get them to change their minds,” Powell said.

Powell said he noticed Montagne had signed all but three of the petition sheets, indicating he had circulated them.

Powell said McPherson County Clerk Cathy Schmidt told him Montagne had first brought in the petitions and the line for the circulator’s signature was blank for most of them.

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