Archive for Monday, September 17, 2007

Patrols seeking witnesses to U.S. 59 fatalities

September 17, 2007

By Mike Belt

Law enforcement officers spent more than an hour this morning stopping vehicles along U.S. Highway 59, where two highway workers were killed in a hit-and-run incident last week.

"It's helping us maybe make contact with people who may have seen something or may have something that will help us with our investigation," Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Kari Wempe said.

Officers stopped vehicles at a checkpoint from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Wempe said.

Killed on Sept. 11, when a pickup truck barreled through a construction zone, were Tyrone T. Korte, 30, Seneca, and Rolland "Ron" Griffith, 24, El Dorado.

Two women who were allegedly in a truck that led a trooper on a chase in Osage County shortly after the incident were being held in jail.

Ramona I. Morgan, 48, faces several traffic charges in Osage County, including fleeing and attempting to elude the trooper. She is in the Osage County Jail. Her daughter, Sabrina J. Morgan, 26, is charged with aiding a felon and was moved to Douglas County Jail Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on the Osage County hold.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said the Osage County Jail is small and the two women could not adequately be kept separated. Osage County asked for another county jail to take one of the women, Branson said.

No charges have yet been filed against the women in Douglas County.

On Tuesday resurfacing work on U.S. 59 will resume, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. The work was suspended after the incident, which occurred at the southern edge of Pleasant Grove.

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