Student Carries Dagger to School

On September 21, 2021, The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was given information that a student
at Pleasanton USD #344 was bringing a knife to school. Information led Deputies to believe that
the student may want to harm others.
The student, who is 15 years of age, was detained before the school day started by Law
Enforcement and school officials. The student’s backpack was searched, and a dagger was found
The student made up stories to justify the carrying of the dagger. Then the student was presented
with text messages that were revealed to Deputies that the student had sent to others.
The student was concerned as others were talking behind the students back and the student was
carrying the knife for protection. Text messages sent by the student indicated that the student
would harm others with the dagger, if it was necessary.
This is a situation that we would rarely release to the public. We would rarely talk about the
behind-the-scenes details, but with County Officials talking about their displeasure and
discussing the defunding of the School Resource Program we are forced to talk about some of
the behind-the-scenes activities to show our citizens our response and the importance of the
School Resource Program.
In the past, we quietly handled these issues without publication. This is no longer an option as
governmental officials wish to defund our program and leave Linn County students safety at risk.
I assure you that I am opposed to this measure, as are other law enforcement officials about Linn
County. We see the value of the School Resource Program, daily, others do not as they are
separated from our community and for some reason fail to understand the value of law
enforcement in schools. I was going to fill this press release with statistics, but you can research
those issues, the internet is full of horror stories.
I am sad that we live in a world where a child would take a dagger to school, all while indicating
ill intentions for its use. I am grateful that we had personnel at the facility on this random day to
deal with the situation. I am grateful that we had the technology in our hands to immediately
circumvent what could have happened. I thank the School Resource Officers, the Pleasanton
Police Department and USD #344 Officials for their response to what could have ended
Kevin J. Friend
Kevin J. Friend
Sheriff of Linn County

Suspect arrested after a pursuit with stolen vehicle

A Nevada resident was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon following a vehicle pursuit
with Sheriff’s Deputies. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, a detective
with the Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle on North Washington Street in
Nevada after it had been reported stolen when the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle
continued to flee North of Nevada and onto I-49 where other units responded to assist.
Deputies deployed stop-sticks near the Compton Junction exit in an attempt to stop the
vehicle. The vehicle attempted to swerve around the stop-sticks and slid into the ditch
where he was taken into custody without incident. Mosher said the driver who has been
identified as 61-year-old Larry Coker of Nevada hit an exit sign with the vehicle but no
major damage was done to the vehicle and no injuries occurred.
Coker has been charged with Tampering with Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, and
Driving while Revoked. He is being held at the Vernon County Jail on a $25,000 cash
only bond.

Miami County Sheriff’s Deputies are Looking for Car Thief that Fired on Subjects in a Vehicle

On September 22nd the Miami County Kansas Sheriffs Office received a 911 phone call from a reporting party stating they were following a vehicle that had been stolen from them a few days prior.

The reporting party was north on Old Kansas City Road north of the Paola City limits. The vehicles continued north on Old Kansas City Road until they came up on W. 255th Street where they turned west.

As the vehicles approached the Hillsdale Lake Dam on 255th, the suspect vehicle turned around and fired shots at the victim before fleeing the area. The reporting party last saw the vehicle in the area of W. 255th Street and Harmony Rd. The reporting party wasn’t injured.

When deputies arrived on scene they checked the area for the vehicle but were unable to locate it. Air units from the Kansas State Highway Patrol responded to the area and were also unable to located the suspect vehicle.

The vehicle we are looking for is described as a 1985 Cadillac Eldorado bearing a Kansas antique tag of 284-413. The vehicle has black primer on both driver and passenger sides and a temporary tag in the rear window.

The suspect is described as a white male with long dark hair, mustache and goatee. He was wearing gray or blue hoodie and is believed to be armed and dangerous and shouldn’t be approached. Call 911 Immediately if see this suspect or the vehicle in question.

Flick and Fluff Animal Workshop in Harrisonville

Harrisonville Parks and Recreation will have a Flick and Fluff movie night on Saturday, November 13th at the Harrisonville Community Center located at 2400 South Jefferson Parkway in Harrisonville.

The Flick & Fluff is an animal workshop followed by a movie! After creating your furry friend, curl up with them and watch: The Croods a New Age.

Choose your animal when registering. Animal to choose from include a Kitty, Penguin, puppy, tiger, panda, or unicorn. Kits are $15.00 each and includes a stuffed animal, the wishing heart that goes inside, a birth certificate and stuffing.

If you would like to attend the Harrisonville Parks and Recreation Flick and Fluff night you must pre-registration is required for the fluffing portion of the event. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 28th. To pre-register call the Harrisonville Community Center at 816-380-8980