One killed, two seriously injured in Harper County

HARPER COUNTY — One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle, head-on crash Sunday night in Harper County in south-central Kansas, authorities saide.

The crash was reported at 6:23 p.m. on US-160 highway, about 2 miles east of the city of Harper.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was westbound on US-160 when it crossed the center line and struck a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica head-on. The patrol said the Chevrolet struck the Chrysler on the driver's side.

The driver of the Monte Carlo, Paul Raberding, 65, of Harper, was transported to Wellington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The patrol said Raberding wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Two people in the Chrysler were reported to have suffered serious injuries in the crash. They were identified as the driver, David P. Johnson, 52, of Harper, who was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, and Aumnouypon Starkey, 70, of Harper, who was waken to Harper Hospital.

The patrol said both Johnson and Starkey were wearing their seat belts.


City may adopt new burning restrictions

LEAVENWORTH — Regulations that allow burning inside the city of Leavenworth could change.

As part of an update of city fire codes, Leavenworth Fire Chief Gary Birch is recommending amending the city’s open burning regulation.

Currently, people can burn tree branches and brush piles on their properties if they obtain permits through the Leavenworth Fire Department. And people can burn in screen-covered barrels without obtaining permits.

Birch said allowing people to burn in barrels inside a city is “really kind of unheard of” today.

Leavenworth Fire Department officials are recommending that almost no burning be allowed within limits. There would be some exceptions.

“Basically it’s a burn ban,” Birch said.

If the changes are approved, people still could obtain burn permits for bonfires.