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December 27, 2001

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Kansas Turnpike: Truck accident hospitalizes injured Missouri driver

Topeka A Grain Valley, Mo., man was in serious condition Wednesday at a Wichita hospital where he was transferred after a truck accident on the Kansas Turnpike.

Roger W. Hinton, 64, was the driver of a westbound semi-tractor trailer that ran off Interstate Highway 70 on Tuesday, a Turnpike Authority dispatcher said. The truck went airborne and overturned in a ditch along a ramp leading to a new Topeka service area under construction about 5 miles east of Topeka.

The accident was reported about 6:45 p.m., a dispatcher said. Hinton was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center and later transferred to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

The truck Hinton was driving belonged to Swift Transportation Co.

Kansas Highway Patrol: Vehicle rollover accident sends injured driver to LMH

A 79-year-old Lawrence man was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle rollover accident just south of Lawrence.

Joseph C. Kuo was westbound on Kansas Highway 10 in a 1986 Honda Accord when he drifted into the right shoulder, overcorrected, crossed the westbound lanes and overturned in the median, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 1:55 p.m. near the junction of K-10 and U.S. Highway 59.

Kuo was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition Wednesday night.

Douglas County Sheriff: Weekend driving patrol leads to 2 arrests, 17 citations

Douglas County Sheriff's officers arrested two drivers and issued citations to 17 others in a weekend saturation patrol designed to seek out drunken drivers.

The arrests were for driving under the influence of alcohol, Undersheriff Bill Shepard said. Of the citations issued, 10 were for speeding and the remainder for a variety of offenses, he said. There were a total of 36 vehicles stopped, he said.

Seven sheriff's officers participated in the patrol from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday, Shepard said. They focused most of their efforts along Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence, Shepard said.

In saturation patrols, the sheriff's office tries to double the number of patrol officers it normally has working in the county and concentrates some of them in certain areas. A grant for more than $6,000 from the Kansas Department of Transportation is helping to pay for extra officers on duty.

Law Enforcement: First-degree murder charges filed in small-town killing

Cedar Vale A southeast Kansas man accused of fatally shooting his wife as she hid in a closet was held Wednesday on $1 million bond, the Chautauqua County Sheriff Department said.

Richard Reed was stopped and arrested by Sheriff Frank Green near Cedar Vale early Monday, shortly after Shirley Reed was killed and her teen-age daughter wounded, the department said.

Reed was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, burglary and violation of a protective order.

Shirley Reed, 35, called authorities about 4 a.m. Monday and said she was hiding from an armed man who had shot her in the arm. The man found her in a closet and shot her again, authorities said.

Her 16-year-old daughter met officers at the door of the home and was taken to a Wichita hospital. The mother was pronounced dead at the scene.

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