Six-year Old Safe After Hostage Situation In Norton


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A hostage situation took place in Norton over the course of about 5-1/2 hours early Wednesday morning. Police were called to a domestic dispute at about 2 a.m. which turned into a hostage situation involving a man and a six-year old girl. The girl’s mother had escaped the home with two children, but the girl remained inside with the man until about 7:30 a.m. Police say he was making statements about harming law enforcement officers.

Power was cut to the area and some residents evacuated from their homes while the scenario played out. The name of the suspect was not immediately released, and he was transported to the Norton County Jail after negotiators talked him down by phone. No one was injured as the Norton Police Department, Norton County Sheriff’s Office and the KHP coordinated to end the situation with out violence.

The family of the child says she slept through the incident.

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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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