Aggravated Robbery

On Thursday, February 1, 2018, at about 4:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a reported armed robbery that occurred at a residence in the 1100 block of N. Tulane Avenue.  A 44 year old female reported a male entered the home brandishing a gun and demanded money.  Witnesses provided a detailed description of the male suspect and his vehicle.

Minutes later, officers spotted the suspect vehicle on South Western Avenue and attempted to stop it.  The suspect fled from pursuing officers and went west on U.S. Highway 54.  At one point, the suspect crossed the median, driving west in the eastbound lane.

The suspect vehicle went into the south ditch and became airborne, eventually getting stuck in a retention pond.  The suspect, a 65 year old male, was taken into custody without incident at that time.  The suspect sustained minor injuries as a result of the pursuit.  He was taken to Southwest Medical Center where he was treated and released.

The suspect was booked into the Seward County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, theft, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and reckless driving.  An affidavit will be submitted to the Seward County Attorney’s Office seeking formal charges.  The Seward County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol assisted with the investigation.   



 
 
Injury Accident

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at approximately 4:30 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of South New York Avenue and Pine Street for a report of an injury accident.  It was reported that a cyclist had been struck by a vehicle.

Investigating officers found that a 2002 GMC pickup was pulling onto Pine Street from New York Avenue and struck a 56 year old male riding a bicycle.  The driver of the GMC, an 82 year old male, did not see the cyclist crossing New York Avenue at Pine Street.  

The cyclist was taken to Southwest Medical Center by Seward County EMS with

non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup was issued a citation for inattentive driving.


 
 

 1:28 am Wednesday Liberal firefighters were dispatched for a mobile home fire at 303 S. Roosevelt Ave. with possibly three occupants inside.  First arriving police officers reported that a residence at that address was already fully engulfed and that the fire had spread to the residence at 301 S. Roosevelt and was severely threatening the home at 305 S. Roosevelt.  Police officers quickly evacuated the occupants of both those residences to safety.  It was quickly discovered that the three occupants of the original residence had already self evacuated without injury. 

First arriving units concentrated their efforts on exposure protection to limit the damage to the neighboring homes.  As additional hose lines and water supply were established the fire was darkened down enough to declare it under control at 2:21 am.  Due to the extensive damage to two of the homes, firefighters remained on scene for an additional two hours conducting overhaul operations to completely extinguish the fire.  Firefighting efforts were made more difficult by the freezing temperatures which created slippery conditions on the scene of the incident.  Also additional measures had to be taken to prevent freezing of hoses and pumps.  The fire investigation will continue today to try and determine the exact cause and origin.  However, it is believed to be accidental in nature at this time.

 

All three homes were occupied at the time of the fire and a total of seven individuals escaped unharmed.  Several occupants and firefighters were evaluated at the scene by Seward County EMS personnel as a precaution, but none required further evaluation or treatment.  The American Red Cross also responded to provide assistance and render aid to all three families.

 

Liberal Fire responded with a total of 18 personnel and two engines.  Also assisting at the scene were the Liberal Police Department, Seward County EMS, American Red Cross, Liberal Water Department, Southern Pioneer Electric & Black Hills Energy.


 
 
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Dennis K Mulanax   has been named new Police Chief after last nights  city Commission Meeting.  Dennis has been a long time Resident of Liberal and experienced training Officer.     Dennis has been working head of security for   the Seward County Community College along with  teaching   concealed carry classes   and former Liberal Police Department officer.

 
 
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Police Chief Alan Sill   announce retirement   effective April 2nd  2018  .    He  came at the front of the city commission and   announced   his retirement.   
and left without   comment.

 
 

City Manager let Go  in tonight .  Calvin Burke  New intermin  City Manager. 

Mark Hall was let go tonight in a vote of 3 to  2    

Connie  - Yes
Taylor Hardin -- Yes
Jack Carlile -- Yes
Tony Martinez- No
Justin Varnes-No

Also the same vote for not paying his new contract.

Debbie Giske rehired as airport director.

 
 
Seward County Fire Rescue was dispatched to a unknown type fire at 11:03pm on 01/07/18, Units arrived on scene 3 miles northeast of Liberal to find a 30x60 commercial structure fully involved. Seward County Fire Rescue responded with 13 personnel and 7 fire apparatus and was assisted by Seward County Sheriffs Office, Seward County EMS. No injuries were reported, Cause of the fire is under investigation by the Kansas State Fire Marshals Office. Units cleared the scene around 4:00am.
 
 
At  4:36 am Sunday, Liberal firefighters were dispatched to the area of the 1100 block of N. Roosevelt for what was initially reported as a shed fire behind a residence.  First arriving responders as well as additional 911 callers confirmed that the fire was actually a well involved residential structure fire at 1120 N. Carlton.

First arriving units began attacking main body of the fire in an enclosed patio room on the rear of the home.  They quickly discovered that the fire had extended through the eaves into the attic space as well as through windows into both the kitchen and laundry room.   Additional fire crews made entry from the front of the residence and began fighting fire in two rooms of the home.  Mutual aid for this fire was requested from Seward County Fire & Rescue.  They responded with additional apparatus and personnel to assist with firefighting operations.  The fire was declared under control at 6:08 am.  Firefighters remained on scene until 9:38 am locating and extinguishing fire in wall spaces, the attic and roof of the home.  Firefighting efforts were made more difficult by the freezing temperatures which created slippery conditions and caused hoses, nozzles and pumps to begin icing very rapidly.  The fire is believed to be accidental in nature and is caused by a space heater operating too close to combustible materials in the patio room.

The home was occupied by three adult occupants and their pets at the time of the fire.  An adult female occupant stated that she was awakened by noise and smelled smoke.  On investigation she discovered the room on the back of the house fully engulfed in flames.  She awakened the other two occupants and they narrowly escaped as flames began entering through the window into the kitchen.  All were able to escape safely and were examined at the scene by Seward County EMS for smoke inhalation.  Four of the family’s pet cats perished in the fire.  The American Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the family.

Liberal Fire responded with a total of 17 personnel and two engines.  Seward County Fire provided seven personnel and two engines.  Also assisting at the scene were the Liberal Police Department, Seward County EMS, American Red Cross, Liberal Water Department, Liberal Street Department, Southern Pioneer Electric & Black Hills Energy.

 
 
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At  09:31 am  Wednesday, Liberal firefighters were dispatched to 1021 N. Pershing for a report of smoke in the residence.  First arriving units at  9:33 am reported light smoke inside the home and smoke pushing from the North side eaves and attic area.  Four occupants were at home when the fire was discovered, one adult and three children.  All were able to escape safely.  Firefighters established protective positions inside the home and began opening the exterior wall to access the main body of the fire.  The fire was quickly extinguished and was declared under control at 9:53 am.  Firefighters had to conduct a considerable overhaul process due to the fire burning deep into the structural members of the wall, attic and floor space.  The fire is believed to be accidental and electrical in nature.

The fire department responded with a total of 13 personnel and two engines.  Also assisting at the scene were the Liberal Police Department, Seward County EMS, American Red Cross, Liberal Water Department, Liberal Street Department, Liberal Building Department, Southern Pioneer Electric & Black Hills Energy.  All units were cleared from the scene at 10:58 am and fully returned to service at 11:00 am.


 
 
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At 09:06 am Saturday, Liberal firefighters were dispatched to 544 S. Pennsylvania for a reported fire in the bathroom of the residence.  First arriving units at 9:10 am reported heavy smoke from the Southwest corner of the home.  Six adult occupants had awakened to find smoke inside the home and were able to escape uninjured.  Firefighters made entry through the front door and were able to quickly extinguish the fire located in a bedroom and bathroom.  The fire was declared under control at 9:23 am.  Electric, Natural Gas and Water utilities were turned off to the residence due to heavy fire damage.  Firefighters had a lengthy overhaul checking for fire extension and extinguishing hidden pockets of fire due to an addition that had been constructed onto the original residence.

The fire originally started in the bathroom and spread outward into an adjacent bedroom.  It is believed to be accidental and electrical in nature.  The fire department responded with a total of 13 personnel and two engines.  Also assisting at the scene were the Liberal Police Department, Seward County EMS, American Red Cross, Liberal Water Department, Southern Pioneer Electric & Black Hills Energy.  All units were cleared from the scene at 10:44 am and fully returned to service at 11:15 am.