On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at about 3:15 p.m., the Liberal Police Department Special Response Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 1000 block of Calvert Avenue. The search warrant was obtained for the apprehension of Rodrigo Cano-Alvarado. Cano-Alvarado was wanted in Texas County, Oklahoma as well as Liberal and Seward County.
After a short standoff, Cano-Alvarado and two other occupants of the residence were taken into custody. No injuries were reported.
Cano-Alvarado is being held in the Seward County Jail on warrants for probation violation, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, criminal possession of a firearm, eluding officers and criminal deprivation of property. A 20 year old male and a 24 year old female were taken into custody for aiding a felon.
The investigation of this incident is ongoing.
At 11:15 pm Monday, Liberal firefighters were dispatched to 1109 N. Cain Ave. for a report of smoke in the basement of a residence. First arriving units at 11:20 pm reported visible fire from a door and window in the rear of the residence. Two adult occupants had awakened to heavy smoke inside the home and were able to escape uninjured. Unfortunately four cats perished in the fire. Firefighters made entry through both the front and rear doors almost simultaneously and were able to extinguish significant fire at the base of the stairs. Fire attack efforts were hampered by unexpected collapse of a brick veneer wall in the back of the home and difficult conditions inside the residence. The fire was declared under control at 11:52 pm. The home suffered extensive fire and smoke damage to both the basement and main floor.
The fire appears to have started at the base of the stairwell and the investigation into the cause is ongoing at this time. The fire department responded with a total of 17 personnel, two engines and a medical/rescue unit. Also assisting at the scene were the Liberal Police Department, Liberal Building Department, Liberal Water Department, Seward County EMS, American Red Cross, Southern Pioneer Electric & Black Hills Energy. All units were cleared from the scene at 1:46 am and fully returned to service at 2:38 am.
At 11:42 am Monday, Liberal firefighters were dispatched to 341 E Oak St. for a reported residential structure fire. First arriving units at 11:45 am reported the home as fully engulfed. The lone occupant at the time of the fire had been awakened by smoke filling the residence. He was able to self-evacuate suffering from minor smoke inhalation. Firefighters mounted a defensive attack to extinguish the bulk of the fire. At that point they were able to make entry and complete extinguishment and begin to overhaul hot spots throughout the home. The fire was declared under control at 12:11 pm. The home is a total loss.
The fire appears to have started in a bedroom area near the rear of the home. Due to extensive fire damage the exact cause is unable to be determined however it is believed to be accidental in nature. The occupant of the home was treated and released at scene by Seward County EMS personnel. The fire department responded with a total of 13 personnel, two engines and a medical/rescue unit. Also assisting at the scene were the Liberal Police Department, Liberal Building Department, Liberal Water Department, Seward County EMS, American Red Cross, Southern Pioneer Electric & Black Hills Energy. All units were fully returned to service at 2:20 pm.
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at about 9:35 a.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Trail Street for a reported injury accident. Responding officers found two vehicles were involved.
Investigating officers found that a 26 year old male was driving a 2011 Buick east on Trail Street. The male took his eyes from the road to plug in a phone charger while turning north on Lincoln Avenue. The Buick struck a 2008 Chrysler that was stopped at the stop sign.
The driver of the Buick was transported to Southwest Medical Center by Seward County EMS with minor injuries. The driver of the Chrysler, a 41 year old female, was not injured.
Both vehicles were towed from the scene because of functional damage. The driver of the Buick was issued a citation for making an improper turn.
On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at about 7:28 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the 500 block of Missouri Avenue for a male who had been run over by a car. It was reported the man was still under the car.
Responding officers found a man under a car at the side of the street. Officers were unable to detect any signs of life. The Liberal Fire Department used equipment to lift the car so the man could be removed. The man was identified as a 62 year old resident of Liberal. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators determined the man was working underneath the car when it rolled over him. An autopsy will be performed in the coming days to determine the cause of death. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of his family.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was called to a one-vehicle crash Wednesday on SH-136 in Hansford County.
At around 8:05 a.m., Izek Chaparro, 18, of Guymon, Oklahoma, was driving a 2006 Jaguar car north on SH-136, about four miles south of Morse.
DPS said Chaparro veered off to the east of the roadway into a culvert, causing the vehicle to go airborne.
They said the car flipped and landed upside down.
Chaparro was air-lifted to the hospital in Amarillo where he later died from his injuries. He was wearing his seat belt.
It is unknown what caused Chaparro to veer off of the roadway.
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