Four Arrested By Gage County Authorities


Gage County authorities wrapped up a several months investigation, arresting four people Friday on drug related charges.

A tip as to meth distribution led to a controlled buy in May, and another followed, leading officers to the four including Charles Burr, Aaron Burr, Thomas Sailors, and Ashley Bartels. Charles Burr and Bartels attempted to flee an arrest attempt in Blue Springs, but their vehicle became high centered on a stump as they drove through a yard. Sailors and Aaron Burr were then subsequently arrested in connection with the investigation.

Bond ranged from $7,500 for Ashley Bartels on possession, distribution, and conspiracy charges, $10,000 for Aaron Burr, arrested on aiding and abetting distribution, and conspiracy. Thomas Sailors faces $20,000 bond on similar charges, and $100,000 bond was set for Charles Burr, who also faces charges of avoiding arrest, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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