Jan 21, 2020 11:54 PM

The Latest: Reported bomb threat in downtown Topeka

Posted Jan 21, 2020 11:54 PM
Police on the scene of the investigation Tuesday afternoon photo courtesy WIBW TV
Police on the scene of the investigation Tuesday afternoon photo courtesy WIBW TV

TOPEKA–Law enforcement authorities reported that following a thorough investigation, a reported bomb threat in downtown Topeka Tuesday was deemed not credible, according to police spokesperson Gretchen Koenen.

Just before 2:00 p.m. officers from the Topeka Police Department responded to the Iron Rail Brewery located, 705 S Kansas Avenue in Topeka on a report of a bomb threat.

An individual reportedly called the business stating they placed a bomb in the building. Officers immediately closed nearby streets and restricted pedestrian activity in the area.

Iron Rail Brewery staff made the determination to evacuate their building as a precautionary measure. The TPD Bomb Unit and a Police K-9 from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office that is specialized in Bomb Detection cleared the building and did not locate anything suspicious.

All streets in the area reopened shortly after 3:15 p.m. The investigation into the threat is ongoing.


SHAWNEE COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating report of a bomb threat in Topeka.

According to a social media report from police, South Kansas Avenue is currently shut down from 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue in Downtown Topeka while officers investigate the threat.

Side streets in the surrounding area may be impacted. The public is asked to avoid the area. 

Police have released no additional additional details and have reported not injuries.

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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.