Jan 24, 2020 9:17 PM

The Latest: KHP IDs 2 who died in crash involving snow plow near KSU

Posted Jan 24, 2020 9:17 PM
First responders on the scene Friday in Manhattan photo courtesy WIBW TV
First responders on the scene Friday in Manhattan photo courtesy WIBW TV

RILEY COUNTY — Two people died in an accident just before 5a.m. Friday in Riley County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2016 Freightliner with a snow plow and driven by Lawrence J. Gassman, 65, Manhattan, was westbound on U.S. 24 in the right lane and struck two pedestrians identified as  Anthony Stephen Toler, 22, and Jayden J. Rosa, 21, both of Manhattan, who were walking westbound in the right lane.

Toler and Rosa were pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home.

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RILEY COUNTY —A snowplow has killed two pedestrians in Kansas after winter storm coated roads across parts of the Midwest. The collision involving a Riley County plow truck happened shortly after 5 a.m. Friday. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner said the victims were in their late teens or early 20s.

Gardner says they appear to have been crossing the road when they were struck near the Kansas State University campus. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and a large swath of Missouri.

The 4400 block of Tuttle Creek Blvd  (U24 highway) in Manhattan has reopened completely following a fatal crash investigation.

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RILEY COUNTY — Two people died in an accident Friday morning in Riley County.

Around 5:00 a.m. a fatality crash occurred in the 4400 block of Tuttle Creek Boulevard involving two pedestrians and a Riley County plow truck, according to a media release from Riley County Police.

"The accident is a tremendous tragedy for all those personally involved and our community as a whole," Marvin Rodriguez, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners said. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in the accident." 

The KHP Critical Highway Accident Response Team (CHART) is responding to further assist in this investigation.

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Calif. man cashed stolen tax refund checks in Kansas

KANSAS CITY (AP) —A man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison with no parole for participating in a scheme to cash more than $447,000 in stolen tax refund checks.

Dante L. Chestnut, 31, of Ontario, California, pleaded guilty in July 2019 to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Chestnut admitted that he and others stole tax refund checks from the mail in April 2016.

They then used driver's licenses and other identification documents to cash the checks at Academy Bank branches in Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, and Colorado, prosecutors said.