Dec 02, 2019 11:00 PM

Update: Man injured in fire at Kan. nursing home dies

Posted Dec 02, 2019 11:00 PM


SHAWNEE COUNTY- One person injured in a weekend fire at a nursing home in Topeka has died.


Just after 10p.m. Saturday, fire crews responded to the report of a structure fire at 2075 SW Fillmore Street in Topeka, according to Fire Marshal Michael Martin.


Upon arrival, fire crews reported smoke in the hallways and were led by the Rose Villa nursing home staff to a victim that had sustained life threatening injuries from a fire. The victim identified as Alvie J. McCluskey, 64, was evacuated and treated at the scene, before being transported to a local hospital where he died, according to Martin.


The fire was contained to the room of fire origin and was out on arrival.


The Fire Investigation Uni determined the cause of the fire as accidental associated with careless use of smoking materials.


The structure sustained no damage; contents loss is being estimated at $1500.00. Working smoke detectors were found within the structure and operated as designed.


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SHAWNEE COUNTY- One person was injured in a weekend fire at a nursing home in Topeka.


Just after 10p.m. Saturday, fire crews responded to the report of a structure fire at 2075 SW Fillmore Street in Topeka, according to Fire Marshal Michael Martin.


Upon arrival, fire crews reported smoke in the hallways and were led by the Rose Villa nursing home staff to a victim that had sustained life threatening injuries from a fire. The victim was evacuated and treated at the scene, before being transported to a local hospital in critical condition.


The fire was contained to the room of fire origin and was out on arrival.


The Fire Investigation Uni determined the cause of the fire as accidental associated with careless use of smoking materials.


The structure sustained no damage; contents loss is being estimated at $1500.00. Working smoke detectors were found within the structure and operated as designed.

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Dec 02, 2019 11:00 PM
Trial set for 2 accused of shooting car theft suspect from Kansas




Carissa Kendall


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Two Nebraska residents accused in the Iowa shooting death of a man suspected of stealing a friend’s car are scheduled for trial next year.


Jonathan Echtinaw photo Pottawatomie Co.



Jonathan Echtinaw, 25, and Carissa Kendall, 23, and others went looking for the car on May 6 after a friend reported it stolen to police in Omaha, Nebraska, according to police. Echtinaw shot the suspected thief during a confrontation at a gas station in Council Bluffs, police have said, and a Pottawattamie County grand jury indicted the two.

They’ve pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Court records say they live in Omaha.

The case has presented an extra challenge because of the defendants’ assertions of self-defense, said Pottawattamie County’s chief prosecutor, Matt Wilber. That prompted him to employ a grand jury.

“If I’m struggling with what should we do, a grand jury is good to use.

The conscious of the community,” he said, noting in the vast majority of cases his office decides whether to charge someone.


The friends trying to find the woman’s car were tipped that it had been seen in Council Bluffs, across the Missouri River from Omaha, and they piled into their vehicles and began their search, police have said.


The car was spotted at a Council Bluffs gas station. Kendall stopped her vehicle in back of and another of the cars in the informal posse stopped in front, hemming it in, police said.

Echtinaw opened fire after the car driver put it in reverse and rammed Kendall’s vehicle and then blasted forward to hit the other vehicle, police said.


The driver managed to get away, with the posse in pursuit. The car soon crashed, police said, and the driver was rushed to an Omaha hospital, where he died.

He has been identified Ethan Edgar, 18, who lived in Hutchinson, Kansas.


The trial of Echtinaw and Kendall is set to begin Jan. 7, Iowa court records say.