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Triple Murder Suspects InCustody

Posted 1/19/2017

By BLAKE SPURNEY

Record Staff

NEWTON - Two suspects wanted in connection with a triple homicide in late October in rural Moundridge are in custody in San Diego, California, awaiting extradition to Kansas on capital murder charges.

Jereme Lee Nelson, 34, and Myrta Rangel, 31, were arrested in Mexico on the murder warrants, said Harvey County Attorney David Yoder. Mexican authorities delivered the two suspects Friday morning to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Nelson and Rangel also are charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Travis Street, Angela Graevs and Richard Prouty. Their bodies were found Oct. 30 outside a home in the 8600 block of North Spring Lake Road.

Yoder said Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents were en route Friday to San Diego to secure their return. He said he was still awaiting details about how authorities tracked Nelson and Rangel down. He has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the community room at the Harvey County Courthouse.

Harvey County’s last capital murder trial occurred in 2006. Gregory A. Moore was convicted of killing sheriff’s deputy Kurt Ford and four additional counts of attempted first-degree murder. Authorities had responded to a domestic dispute. Moore is serving life in prison with no possibility for parole.

 

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Garden Cultivating Believers Worldwide

Posted 1/19/2017

By Jacki Nelson

Editor’s Note: Hesston has a rich and deep history connected with its churches. Over coming weeks, The Record will feature one church in our community, its history and its mission.  We are beginning this series with listings in our Church Directory in alphabetical order. The first church in our series is Garden Community Church, a non-denominal church located southwest of Hesston.

Location, location, location.  Even in 1888 when Garden Community Church - then named Garden Township Mennonite Church - church founders, 16 congregants who paid $465 for the construction of the building - were concerned about accessibility.

“Back in those years, when transportation was horse and buggy, they were looking at situating churches where it was most accessible to people. So you have Halstead to the south, Moundridge to the north and a significant distance between the two.

“It was reasonable to situate a church of like-mindedness between the two,” said Pastor Gary Janzen. 

Likeminded individuals began attending the small church, and as the congregation grew, the facilities followed suit, with the addition of 16 feet added to the length of the building in 1898.  Several more additions and renovations have been made in the church’s 128 year history.

The church continued to grow and evolve with the needs of several communities.  Finally, in 1923, Garden Church began conducting sermons in English, as opposed to the traditional German liturgy. 

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Lions Pancake Feed Gone To The Dogs

Posted 1/19/2017

By Jacki Nelson

The Hesston Lions Club will be donating the proceeds from this year’s Pancake Feed on Saturday, Jan. 28. 

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said the continuation of the program will take illegal narcotics off the streets.

“It is a resource to apprehend drug users, traffickers as well as a deterrent to possessing controlled substances,” he said.

Hesston police officer Jacob Garver will be the new handler.

“Officer Garver is a go-getter, already demonstrating a passion and ability to locate drugs and other criminal activity,” said Schroeder.

Remo, the recently retired police dog that began the program, had a very successful one-year stint with the Hesston Police Department. According to Schroeder, Remo led to marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine being taken off Hesston streets during his career.

After Remo’s retirement in late 2016, Mandy Claerhout of the Hesston Lions Club approached Schroeder about continuing the police dog program in Hesston.

Unlike Remo, the new dog will be a single-purpose animal, trained to sniff out illegal drugs.

“Single purpose of narcotics detection because this is our greatest need,” said Schroeder. 

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School District Braces For Funding Cuts

Posted 1/19/2017

By BLAKE SPURNEY

Hesston Record Staff

Superintendent Ben Proctor told the USD 460 Board of Education on Monday, Jan. 9, that districts across the state almost certainly would face cuts in the current year.

Specifics about how deep of cuts and when they might go into effect aren’t yet clear, but the Kansas Legislature is trying to make up for a $348 million revenue shortfall.

Proctor briefed board members about different plans being discussed at the Capitol. He said he Twitter was a great tool for keeping current on statehouse discussions, though he acknowledged that things could be taken out of context in the 140-character medium.

The state will either continue the block-funding formula, which has been in effect that past two years, or go back to funding levels from two years ago. If legislators opt for the latter, Hesston will lose money because its enrollment has declined. Proctor said he was preparing for either possibility.

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