Suspicious Death Investigation in Rooks County

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ROOKS COUNTY– The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Rooks County
Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a woman who was shot in Rooks County.

On April 8, at approximately 11:45 p.m., the Rooks County Sheriff’s Office and EMS were
dispatched to 701 Spruce St. in Woodston, Kan. after receiving a report that a woman had been shot at her residence. On Thursday, April 9 at 12:08 a.m., the 36-year-old woman, later identified as Charity Northrup, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Rooks County Sheriff’s Office requested KBI assistance Thursday at around 1:15 a.m.
KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded to investigate. No threat to the
public is believed to exist related to this incident.

The investigation is ongoing. Nothing further will be released at this time.

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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.