Emergency services report for week of Jan. 31

Updated: Feb 20


American Medical Response (AMR) representative Virgil Swanson reported to the Linn County Commission on Monday, Feb. 7mthat the past week had been busy. He praised the law enforcement response on Sunday night where a 10-year-old girl suffered a cardiac arrest due to choking in Mound City. (See the story on Front Page.)

Swanson said the total number of calls was 44 with 25 transports. Blue Mound had two calls, no transports; Centerville two calls, one transport; La Cygne 12 calls, six transports; Linn Valley three calls, two transports; Mound City six calls, four transports; Prescott four calls, three transports; and Pleasanton 14 calls, nine transports.


Deputy Clerk Morgan Northcutt read the report from Linn County Fire Chief Doug Barlet. There were a total of seven calls, consisting of three medical assists, two motor vehicle accidents with no injuries, one service call, and one cultivated vegetable crop fire.


Linn County Sheriff’s Office report for the week included 16 prisoners in custody with three of those farmed out to other jails, 94 calls to 911 for the week, and a total of 401 calls for service.

The office handled five vehicle accidents plus many slide-offs due to ice and snow weather conditions, 19 civil papers were served, 13 vehicle identification numbers were checked, 15 new cases were opened and 12 cases were closed. Bailiffs had 84 contacts in court, and school resource officers had 43 calls for service.

Traffic Accidents

In separate reporting, five vehicle accidents were reported during the week, with two of them involving deer and another a slow-moving fender bender. Two others were more serious, although apparently no one was seriously injured.

On Feb. 2 at about 10:30 a.m., Jordan Reese of Garnett was traveling eastbound on Kanas Highway 152 near the Lamb Road intersection in a pickup truck when the vehicle slid off the highway because of slick conditions, striking and breaking a power pole.

On Feb. 5 at about 9:30 p.m. a car driven by Somchay Sombatchareun of Pleasanton traveling south on U.S. Highway 69 went off the road to the right, bounced off the guardrail, crossed both lanes of traffic, struck another guardrail, spinning 180 degrees after going through the second guardrail and ending up in the median. Sombatchareun refused treatment at the scene.

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