Jan 22, 2020 2:21 PM

Sheriff's deputy finds Kan. man driving van with stolen property

Posted Jan 22, 2020 2:21 PM

SHAWNEE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects for burglary.

Just before 4a.m. Tuesday, a Shawnee County deputy located a vehicle near SE Branner Street and SE 6th Street that matched the description of a vehicle involved in recent burglaries in Shawnee County, including the Peck Subdivision, according to Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer.  

The deputy noticed damage on the silver Mazda minivan, that matched damage shown from residential security system photos submitted from recent burglaries. 

Acosta-Salas photo Shawnee Co.
Acosta-Salas photo Shawnee Co.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop and found Narcotics and stolen property  inside the minivan.  He arrested the driver identified as  Salvador Parga Rodriguez, 26, of Topeka on requested charges of Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Felony Warrants for Aggravated Robbery and Felon in Possession of Weapon and Registration Violations.

Deputies also arrested the passenger identified as Ana G. Acosta-Salas, 27, of Topeka for two Bench Warrants from the city of Topeka                          

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Jan 22, 2020 2:21 PM
The Latest: KBI identifies man injured in Rush Co. officer-involved shooting

RUSH COUNTY The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified the man injured in an officer involved shooting yesterday in Rush County as 42-year-old Timothy W. Kellebrew from Ashland City, Tenn. Kellebrew continues to recover in a Wichita hospital, and is currently in fair condition, according to a media release.

The investigation is ongoing. Nothing further will be released at this time.


RUSH COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred Tuesday morning along Highway 96 in Rush County.  

The Ness County Sheriff’s Office contacted the KBI at approximately 10:50 a.m. Tuesday to request assistance investigating the shooting. KBI agents and the crime scene response team responded to investigate. 

At approximately 9:30 a.m., a Dollar General store in Dighton was robbed at gunpoint. A Ness County Sheriff’s deputy observed a blue Dodge Ram pickup matching the description of the vehicle used in the earlier armed robbery and attempted to stop it east of Ness City along Highway 96. The male driver of the vehicle refused to stop, and a pursuit began.

Preliminary information indicates that the deputy pursued the Dodge Ram heading east along Highway 96 into Rush County. Rush County Sheriff’s deputies then deployed stop sticks, which flattened two tires on the vehicle. The driver continued traveling for several additional miles, but before his vehicle came to a complete stop, he forced a nearby pickup truck with a cattle trailer off the road. The man then exited the Dodge Ram with a handgun, and attempted to carjack the bystander’s pickup truck. As this was occurring, the Ness County Sheriff’s deputy fired multiple shots, and the subject was struck. The shooting occurred at approximately 10:40 a.m.

EMS responded to the scene and the man was flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He underwent surgery and is expected to survive. Authorities are still working to confirm the man’s identity. A female passenger in the Dodge Ram was detained and questioned about the incident.

The KBI will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the shooting. Once completed the findings will be turned over to the Rush County Attorney for review. This investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.


RUSH COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating an officer involved shooting  that occurred along Highway 96 near Rush Center in Rush County Tuesday morning, according to KBI spokesperson Melissa Underwood.

The shooting occurred following a vehicle pursuit by the Ness County Sheriff’s Office.

No sheriff’s deputies were hurt. One  subject was injured and was transported to the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

KBI agents and a crime scene response team have responded.