Second Suspect Arrested In Connection To Local Vehicle Thefts

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The second suspect related to a string of vehicle thefts in Washington, Marshall, and Nemaha counties last week was involved in a reported shoot out with authorities pursing him and another man in western Iowa Thursday morning. A high-speed chase, reaching speeds of 120 mph ensued along Interstate 80 near Shelby, Iowa where the pair had stolen a vehicle. John Detimore, age 18 of Burlingame, Kansas had been at large for a week after he eluded Nemaha County Kansas sheriff’s officers who picked up pursuit of the pair coming from Marshall into Nemaha county last Wednesday evening. They wound up stalled in a field, and the driver, a Topeka teenager was arrested, and Detimore fled on foot.


He reportedly stole a pickup the following morning from Centralia. He was in possession of a handgun from that vehicle when he was finally arrested. Detimore was a passenger in the stolen vehicle in Iowa driven by Brandon King, age 25, of Scranton, Kansas. King was arrested after he fled when authorities stopped them with a pit maneuver. Detimore was again able to escape on foot, stole yet another pickup near that location, and wound up stalled in a field, where he fled until authorities surrounded the location, and tracked him down with a K9 unit.

Both suffered minor injuries, including a reported dog bite, and John Detimore faces charges of attempted murder, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, interference with an official act, and two counts of motor vehicle theft. His partner faces similar charges, with exception of attempted murder. The arrest brings to a conclusion a series of vehicle thefts locally, that began ten days ago in northeast Kansas.


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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.