KHP reminds drivers to be extra cautious around farm vehicles

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Harvest is underway in the Four-States and hay season is in full swing. With that in mind, Kansas Highway Patrol wants to remind drivers to use caution when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines, or other implements. They provided some tips.

First, don’t assume the farmer knows you are there. Most farmers regularly check for vehicles behind them, however, most of their time must be spent looking ahead to stay on the road and watch for oncoming traffic.

Pass with extreme caution. When a farm vehicle pulls to the right side of the road, it does not mean it is turning right or allowing you to pass. Due to the size of some farm equipment, the farmer must execute wide left turns so allow it plenty of room and time to turn. Be alert to see if they might be turning into a driveway or field.

Be patient. Don’t assume that a farmer can move aside to let you pass.

Finally, pay attention. When not focused solely on the road, motorists increase their chances of a collision, especially if you should come upon a slow-moving farm vehicle.


Roundabout project scheduled for Missouri Route 171

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. -MoDOT officials say drivers can expect delays and lane closures during construction of a roundabout along Missouri Route 171. The project is scheduled to begin June 1.

Contractor crews will relocate the intersection at Missouri Route 171/Route 96 and Jasper County Route YY to the east and convert the intersection to a multi-lane roundabout. In addition, an approximately 26-mile stretch of Route 171 between the Missouri/Kansas state line and I-49 will be resurfaced.

The existing intersection is located immediately adjacent to the Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroad tracks which parallel Missouri Route 171. Vehicles, especially large semis and farm equipment, approaching from the west on Jasper County Route YY often must sit across the railroad tracks while waiting for a gap in traffic on Route 171. The project will increase the distance between the railroad tracks and Route 171, improving safety.

For much of the construction of the new intersection and roundabout, drivers will be able to travel along the existing roads. However, at times it will be necessary to close the roads. At those times, drivers will be directed to use signed detours along Missouri Route 43 and Jasper County Routes H, M and Z.

The project costs $9.8 million and officials expect it to be completed by December 15, 2021.


Person “suspiciously fell” out of vehicle on I-49

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Highway Patrol said that someone ‘suspiciously fell’ from a vehicle on I-49 just north of Harrisonville, MO on Friday morning.

The Missouri Highway Patrol tweeted out some details of the incident on Saturday. Authorities said it happened at 11:20 a.m. on Friday on northbound I-49 at MM 162.

The individual suffered non-life threatening injuries, but was unable to describe how the incident happened.


The Highway Patrol also tweeted out video of an orange vehicle that was seen “immediately after the person fell onto the highway.” Call Troop A at 816-622-0800 if you have any information.


Why authorities say there wasn’t an Amber Alert for two missing boys

BENTON COUNTY, Mo. – A family is now planning a funeral for two young boys and their father after deputies found their bodies on Monday.

Four-year-old Kaiden Peak, 3-year-old Mason Peak and their father, Darrell Peak, were found dead near where they were last seen on Thursday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says this case doesn’t meet all the criteria for an Amber Alert.

Authorities said Darrell Peak took his two sons from near the family home on Thursday, but when the family filed a missing person’s report on Friday, deputies said there wasn’t any reason to believe he would hurt his sons in any way which meant no Amber Alert.

Greene County detectives worked around the clock since the report was made attempting to locate Darrell Peak and his children. Dozens of leads were generated, and despite the family’s belief that he would not harm his children, detectives decided to pursue criminal charges for the arrest of Darrell Peak, hoping that this would generate additional tips and leads.

On Monday, deputies found the two boys and their father dead inside a building not too far from where they were last spotted near U.S. Highway 65 near Route T north of Warsaw.

“Individual law enforcement agencies don’t have the authority to just issue an amber alert. We’ve approached the highway patrol on a few occasions with the information in an attempt to get an amber alert put out. but it has not met the criteria. The highway patrol wants to preserve that criteria because we want to protect the seriousness of amber alerts. We don’t want to issue amber alerts so much that the public becomes numb to it,” said Deputy Jason Winston with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The Justice Department set the following criteria to issue an Amber Alert:

  • Law enforcement confirms that an abduction has occurred
  • The child is 17 years old or younger
  • The child is at risk of serious injury or death
  • There’s enough descriptive information about the child, the captor, or the captor’s vehicle to issue an alert

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Oklahoma man falls through ice, dies in SW Missouri

FORSYTH, Mo. – The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an Oklahoma man has died after he and another man fell through the ice on Swan Creek in southwestern Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that incident happened late Saturday night when 33-year-old Leo Satepauhoodle and 30-year-old Demarco McCoy, both of Tulsa, Oklahoma, walked out onto the ice on Swan Creek in Forsyth. Sgt. Mike McClure said something caught their attention, and they ventured far out onto the ice to try to get photos. When they reached thin ice far from the shoreline, both fell through.

The patrol says Satepauhoodle died early Sunday morning at a Branson hospital. McCoy was listed in serious condition at a Springfield hospital.


Pittsburg crews work through early morning to fix water line breaks

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg crews were out early Wednesday morning working on water line breaks.

At around 5:00 a.m. crews say they working on a break on Rouse Street and another on Free King Highway.

There’s no word yet on how many customers have been affected or when crews expect to get the breaks fixed.