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The accident occurred at 9:35 p.m. Thursday night. Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a 1997
Nissan Maxima driven by Kaston Leslie Hudgins, 22, Galena, near the town of Crestline. When the car sped off northward, police
At the intersection with U.S. 400, Hudgins rear-ended a 2005 Pontiac Vibe driven by Teresa Kemp, 41, Pittsburg. Kemp's passenger was her
13-year-old daughter, Taylor.
Taylor Kemp was pronounced dead on scene and her mother was taken by helicopter to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. As of 4:45
p.m. Friday afternoon, Teresa Kemp was listed in critical condition by St. John's.
Hudgins was also airlifted to St. John's Regional Medical Center and was the only one in the crash not wearing a seat belt. St. John's could
not give information on the injuries for Hudgins.
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves issued a statement: "This is an incredibly tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the families and
friends affected by this event."
Groves hesitated to provide details about the accident for fear of harming the prosecution's case.
"The driver was being pulled over for committing traffic violations," Groves said. "The county attorney has asked me not to go into
detail about it. I don't want to hinder the prosecution, because the driver needs to be held accountable for his actions.
"I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest for his actions. HIs actions caused a loss of life last night."
Sat, Jul 18, 2009 4:07 PM
By Roger McKinney
PITTSBURG, Kan. - A 13-year-old Pittsburg girl died Thursday from a crash that involved a police chase.
Taylor Kemp, a passenger in the car driven by her mother, died at the scene, according to the Kansas State Highway
Patrol. The crash happened at 9:35 p.m. about five miles south of Pittsburg on Highway 69.
The patrol reported a car driven by Kaston Hudgins, 22, of Galena, was headed north, being pursued by a Cherokee
County Sheriff's Department patrol car. The Hudgins car struck the rear of a northbound vehicle driven by Teresa Kemp, 41, of Pittsburg.
Teresa Kemp is Taylor Kemp's mother, according to the patrol.
The drivers and the victim were extricated from the wrecked vehicles, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said.
Hudgins and Teresa Kemp each were taken by helicopter to St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin. The hospital on Friday
afternoon listed Teresa Kemp's condition as critical. There was no information about Hudgins' condition.
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said a sheriff's deputy had attempted a traffic stop near Crestline when Hudgins fled in
Groves declined to reveal the reason for the traffic stop, saying such information could hinder future prosecution. He referred questions about the accident to
the Highway Patrol, which is investigating.
Kansas Highway Patrol Capt. Rick Wilson said the reason for the traffic stop had not been determined.
"It will take us awhile to get the investigation done," Wilson said.
Groves said the Sheriff's Department had started an internal review to determine if department policy was followed. He said the
department performs a review after any pursuit.
"This is an incredibly tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the families and friends affected by this event,"
Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard said he would review the investigative report for possible prosecution when the Highway
Patrol provides it.
Teresa Kemp is a teacher at Riverton Middle School, a school district secretary said.
Complicated Issue writes:
This certainly is a very sad tragedy; there is no question about that. Criminal pursuits is a complicated issue.
What does society expect the police to do? We cannot live in a society that allows criminals to flee at will and expect the police to drive to the shoulder and
stop. There would be no law or order. Police have to be aggressive (I mean that in a positive way)to fight crime. No police officer wants to be involved in a
pursuit. Police want to protect and serve and anytime a criminal circumvents that desire it has tragic results. Each time we get into a car we accept the risk
of being killed. I don't say that lightly, it is a reality. It might be from someone fleeing from the police, a drunk driver or a teenager texting. My
thoughts and prayers are with the family and the police officer involved in this incident.
so tired writes:
I think first of all, there is not enough information to judge whether or not the police should have pursued the
car or not. Second, the only person that anyone should be mad at is the fool who tried to escape the police and killed the young girl.
Prosecute the Criminal I hope who had cause this terrible accident! But of course, his dang a** is still alive!
Its just sad because there are so many families that have lost loved once in there lifes because of some idiots and this happens every single day! Now the
question is, what can we do to change this??? How about we come up with something that will stop this crazyness!
One of my employees is a former student of Mrs. Kemp. First and foremost our collective thoughts,
prayers and well wishes need to be with her, family and friends. A terrible tragedy needless to say. I did not see any mention of why there was a pursuit.
Whatever the reason with these results it was not worth it.
I agree with Porky! Git right or git out!
This high speed crash crap needs to stop. Lives are being at danger!
If the reason for the traffic stop was not determined, why the chase?
Hey-Nonny Jackson, area writes:
God bless the Kemp family. But god&#%@ police chases. What was the crime here? Tail light out?
What crime is worth endangering the lives of countless motorists and ending the life of a young girl? Throw the killer into prison, but also take a look, a
long hard look, a long, hard and honest look, at police procedures. Nothing is worth this, okay?
Ken C writes:
PPPorky, Don't wory about the 'possible prosecution' comment here, that is just
legalspeak like saying 'alleged' crime. The suspect here should, and will, have the book thrown at them for this act that cost the young life of an
A high speed persuit especially at night is a disaster waiting to happen! Both parties should have
had better sence! Now a 13 year old girl is dead! What a tragedy!
See JPD, these are the sorts of tragic events people were worried about when y'all chased through
the busy city streets of Joplin during the noon hour back in March. See why pursuits are a danger to others? No matter what the crime committed and what
sentences are handed down you can't ever say it was worth it at the cost of an innocent bystanders life. JPD and other agencies take heed!
"Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard said he would review the investigative report for
possible prosecution when the Highway Patrol provides it." POSSIBLE PROSECUTION?????? If he doesn't file charges, the citizens should review his
record for "possible impeachment"
Sun, Jul 19, 2009 3:39 PM
From staff reports
A Riverton, Kan., school teacher remains in critical condition at a Joplin hospital following a fatal crash that also killed her
13-year-old daughter and sent the driver of another vehicle to the hospital.
Officials at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin said the status of 41-year-old Teresa Kemp, of
Pittsburg, had not changed as of Saturday afternoon.
Kemp and her 13 year-old daughter, Taylor Kemp, were driving home from a church function on Friday night when
their vehicle was slammed into by a another car in the midst of a police chase. The crash occurred at 9:35 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of U.S. 400 and
U.S. 69 highways, about five miles south of Pittsburg.
The hospital declined to release information on the condition of the driver of the other vehicle, Kaston Leslie Hudgins,
22, of Galena, citing the police investigation.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, both Kemp and Hudgins were life-flighted to St. John's Thursday night with serious
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves did not return calls Saturday to the Globe. Authorities previously have said that a Cherokee
County deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop of Hudgins' vehicle near Crestline when the pursuit began. Groves on Friday declined to reveal the reason
for the traffic stop, and said doing so could hinder a potential criminal prosecution against Hudgins.
This is so sad a story. The cops could have called in other units ahead to block off traffic or just
backed off. Was the chase worth this girls life or her mother's? I know the driver that hit the girls car may have hit someone else on down the line, we
dont know if he would have. But maybe he wouldnt have been going so fast if not being chased. One thing for sure is he did hit the car and a girl is dead and
her mother may die too. Gambling with life is what I see it as. Yes the drunk is at fault but the cops should take equal blame. SOme cops has this Barney Fife
profile and they dont quit til something bad goes wrong. Yes there are good sensible cops but more of the stupid ones.
God be with her and her family right now and I feel so bad that everything she has went through already she has
to deal with the death of her little girl. My heart bleeds for her God bless you.
Mon, Jul 20, 2009 3:49 PM
Mon, Jul 20, 2009 10:15 PM
COLUMBUS, Kan. - Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said Monday that a deputy thought the public
would be threatened if he didn't pursue a car driven by Kaston Hudgins on Thursday.
Hudgins was charged Monday in Newton County (Mo.) Circuit Court with felony vehicle tampering, alleging he stole a 1997 Nissan
Maxima about 8 p.m. Thursday from the parking lot of Freeman Hospital West in Joplin. He is accused of taking his girlfriend's car without her
Joplin police arrested Hudgins on Saturday as he was being released from St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, said
police Cpl. Chuck Niess.
Hudgins, 22, of Galena, was being held Monday at the Newton County Jail in Neosho. His bond has been set at $20,000.
The vehicle Hudgins was driving was being pursued by a Cherokee County Sheriff's Department patrol car about 9:30 p.m. Thursday
when the Hudgins car struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Teresa Kemp, 41, of Pittsburg. Her daughter, 13-year-old Taylor Kemp, was killed in the crash, and
Teresa Kemp remained in critical condition Monday at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin.
Teresa Kemp is a teacher at Riverton Middle School. Taylor Kemp was a student and cheerleader at the school.
Groves cited advice from Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard in declining to reveal information about the chase. Groves said
Bullard told him that disclosing the information could hurt the prosecution's case. He said he would have preferred to reveal the information to calm the
speculation about the incident.
Groves provided the Globe with a copy of the department's pursuit policy. The policy allows a deputy to initiate a pursuit if
the deputy thinks that a felony has just been committed or the driver is violent, that the driver displays an intention to flee, or that the driver would
endanger people if allowed to flee.
The policy also states that the deputy must consider the seriousness of the initial offense, road and weather conditions,
population density, vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and vehicle performance of the patrol car and other vehicle.
Hudgins reportedly fled when the deputy attempted a traffic stop near Crestline. Groves said the deputy thought that Hudgins would
represent a danger to the public if the deputy didn't initiate a pursuit.
The crash happened several miles to the north, at a four-way stop south of Pittsburg at highways 69, 400 and 171.
Groves said the deputy had radioed ahead to Crawford County, and that a Crawford County deputy was on the scene trying to clear the
intersection in advance of the chase when the crash took place.
The sheriff said a policy review of the incident is continuing.
A makeshift memorial to Taylor Kemp has been erected under a shade tree on the east side of Riverton Friends Church. It included
photos, flowers, stuffed animals and messages written by friends. It also included a short essay that Taylor had written, "The Word Impossible is not in
My Dictionary," a quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte.
Another message on the memorial was: "To the sweetest girl. Why did this happen to you? I have asked myself this so many
times! Why did you have to go so soon? Why are you missing all those things that make a girl's life so exciting, all those things that you were about to
Yet another message: "I look up to the sky and think of you."
The memorial had been covered with plastic sheeting Monday to protect it from the rain.
Church secretary Kristal Wilson said church members have been praying for and supporting the Kemp family in every way possible.
"We're just trying to lift them up in prayer," Wilson said. She said Pastor Wes Davis challenged the congregation to
fast and pray for healing for Teresa Kemp.
She said a prayer service Friday night at the football field was attended by hundreds.
"The community has come together, mourned together for Taylor and prayed together for Teresa," Wilson said.
Wilson said many people in Riverton and the area have felt the loss of Taylor Kemp.
"She had so many friends," Wilson said. "She was a great girl."
Arrangements for Taylor Kemp are pending.
Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard said Monday that he will charge Kaston Hudgins in Cherokee County, but he is awaiting the investigative report from the
Kansas Highway Patrol before deciding the appropriate charges.
The complaint against Kaston Hudgins, 22, of Galena, Kan., accuses him of stealing a 1997 Nissan Maxima from the
parking lot of Freeman Hospital West in Joplin at about 8 p.m. Thursday.
Authorities say Hudgins later crashed that car at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Cherokee County, striking the rear of another vehicle
driven by Teresa Kemp, 41, of Pittsburg.
Killed in the crash was Kemp's 13-year-old daughter, Taylor Kemp, a Riverton Middle School student and
cheerleader. Teresa Kemp, a Riverton Middle School teacher, today remained in critical condition at St. John's Regional Medical Center.
Hudgins was in the Newton County Jail today after being arrested by Joplin police Saturday as he was being released from St.
John's Regional Medical Center. His bond on the Newton County charge has been set at $20,000.
Hudgins' allegedly stolen car was being pursued by a Cherokee County Sheriff's patrol car at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday when
the Nissan struck the Kemp vehicle.
Tue, Jul 21, 2009 9:27 AM
At around 10:15 p.m. last Thursday, Ashley Kelley told the Joplin Police Department that her 1997 Nissan Maxima had been taken without her permission, by her
boyfriend, Kaston Hudgins, 22. At around 9:35 p.m. that evening, the Maxima, driven by Hudgins, hit a car at the intersection of U.S. 69 and Highway 400. The
accident killed 13-year-old Taylor Kemp and left her mother, Teresa Kemp, in critical condition at St. John's Regional Medical Center, where she remained
as of Monday afternoon.
Hudgins was arrested over the weekend and is being charged in Newton County, Mo., with tampering in the first degree. His bond was set at $20,000. There
have not yet been any charges filed in relation to the accident. An investigation into the accident continues, according to Cherokee County Sheriff David
According to the probable cause statement, Kelley told Joplin police that Hudgins borrowed the keys to the Maxima "to listen to the radio," but
Kelley insisted that he not drive the car "due to his intoxicated state." Kelley, according to the statement, attempted to retrieve the keys, but
Hudgins refused to return them and "instead drove off in the vehicle without Kelley's permission."
Later that evening, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Crestline on the car, driven by Hudgins. However,
authorities said Hudgins sped off, causing the pursuing deputy to give chase. Citing an ongoing investigation, Groves has declined to comment on why Hudgins
was being pulled over, although he added that "at some point," Hudgins was reportedly driving with the headlights of the car turned off.
There has been much discussion since the accident regarding whether the high-speed chase was necessary. On Monday, Groves defended the actions of the
deputy who pursued Hudgins.
"I understand that it's a controversial topic," Groves said. "In certain situations, when someone poses a potential threat to the
public, it's law enforcement's responsibility to attempt to stop that person. We always want to stop these people before someone gets hurt;
unfortunately, in this tragic accident, we were not able to."
Tue, Jul 21, 2009 8:04 PM
Tue, Jul 21, 2009 10:40 PM
Globe/T. Rob Brown - The memorial for Taylor Kemp at Riverton (Kan.) Friends Church as seen Tuesday, July
A Galena, Kan., man who was involved in a fatal car crash that ended a police pursuit in Kansas is free after posting bond Monday
night related to a felony charge in Newton County.
Charges are being considered against him in Cherokee County, Kan.
Kaston Hudgins, 22, is charged in Newton County with felony vehicle tampering, alleging he took his girlfriend's car July 16
from the parking lot of Freeman Hospital West in Joplin without her permission.
A probable-cause affidavit, filed by Joplin police Detective Chad Comer, states that Ashley Kelley reported the alleged theft. She
told Comer that she gave Hudgins the keys to her 1997 Nissan Maxima to allow him to listen to the radio in the hospital parking lot, but told him not to drive
it because he was intoxicated. The affidavit states that Kelley went to the parking lot to retrieve the keys from Hudgins, but that he drove away in the
vehicle. That was about 8:15 p.m.
About 9:30 p.m., a deputy with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department attempted a traffic stop near Crestline, Kan., on the
vehicle driven by Hudgins. Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves has not revealed the reason for the attempted traffic stop, but he said the deputy was not
aware that the car had been reported stolen. Groves has said he is acting on the advice of Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard in not revealing the specific
reason for the attempted traffic stop.
Hudgins reportedly fled in the vehicle, and the deputy pursued in his patrol car. Groves has said the deputy thought that it was
necessary to initiate and continue the pursuit because Hudgins represented a danger to other motorists. Groves has said the county attorney has advised him not
divulge the deputy's reasoning because doing so could weaken the prosecution's case.
The pursuit ended when the vehicle Hudgins was driving struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Teresa Kemp, 41, of Pittsburg, Kan.,
at the intersection of highways 69, 400 and 171, according to authorities. Kemp was listed as being in critical condition Tuesday at St. John's Regional
Medical Center in Joplin. Her daughter, 13-year-old Taylor Kemp, died at the accident scene.
Groves said the deputy radioed to the Crawford County (Kan.) Sheriff's Department to notify deputies that the vehicles were
approaching the four-way stop.
Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton on Tuesday said one deputy had arrived at the intersection south of Pittsburg with the
intention of deploying "stop sticks" to deflate the tires of the Hudgins vehicle. Horton said the deputy had turned on the emergency lights on his
patrol car but had not had a chance to exit his patrol car when the crash happened.
Horton said other Crawford County sheriff's deputies were on the way toward the intersection. Horton said one motorist noticed
the Crawford County deputy's emergency lights and was able to avoid being involved in the crash.
Teresa Kemp is a teacher at Riverton Middle School. Taylor Kemp was a student and cheerleader at the school. A memorial for Taylor Kemp has been erected at
Riverton Friends Church.
Wed, Jul 22, 2009 12:52 PM
Thu, Jul 23, 2009 9:14 AM
The July 16 accident involving a police chase has claimed its second victim.
Teresa Kemp, 41, of Pittsburg, Kan., died Wednesday at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, said
Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel. She had been in critical condition since the accident.
Kemp's daughter, 13-year-old Taylor Kemp, died at the scene of the crash.
Teresa Kemp was a teacher at Riverton (Kan.) Middle School, and Taylor Kemp was a student and cheerleader at the school.
Riverton School District Superintendent Todd Berry on Wednesday issued a statement expressing deep sadness over the deaths of
Teresa Kemp and Taylor Kemp.
"During her many years as a teacher at Riverton, Mrs. Kemp greatly impacted the lives of hundreds of students and helped to
bring a smile to the faces of those with whom she came in contact," Berry said in the statement. "She was a dedicated professional who gave her
students her very best every day to instill in them the learning and skills necessary to become successful adults."
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident happened about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, when a vehicle driven by
Kaston Hudgins, 22, of Galena, Kan., struck the rear of the Kemp vehicle at the intersection of highways 69, 400 and 171, south of Pittsburg.
The intersection is on the Cherokee-Crawford county line.
The Hudgins vehicle was being pursued by a patrol car driven by a Cherokee County sheriff's deputy. Sheriff David Groves has
said Hudgins fled in the vehicle after the deputy attempted a traffic stop near Crestline.
Groves has not revealed the reason for the attempted traffic stop, but said the deputy initiated and continued the chase because he
thought Hudgins represented a danger to the public if he didn't pursue him.
Groves also said the deputy wasn't aware that Hudgins allegedly had stolen the vehicle when he initiated the traffic stop.
Hudgins' girlfriend, Ashley Kelley, had reported to Joplin police about an hour before the crash that Hudgins had taken her
1997 Nissan Maxima without her permission. In a probable-cause affidavit filed by Joplin police, Kelley reported that she gave Hudgins the keys to the vehicle
to allow him to listen to the radio in the parking lot at Freeman Hospital West, but told him not to drive the car because he was intoxicated. The document
states that when Kelley went to the parking lot to retrieve the keys from Hudgins, he drove away. It was the vehicle Hudgins was driving when the crash
Joplin police arrested Hudgins on Saturday as he was being released from St. John's. He was charged in Newton County Circuit
Court with felony vehicle tampering. He was freed Monday night from the Newton County Jail when he posted $20,000 bond.
Step by step
Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard said Wednesday that the Kansas Highway Patrol had not completed its investigation of the
accident, and that there was no time frame for that. He said he cannot file charges until he has the investigative report. He said he wants to do things
"We want to make sure everything's done right," Bullard said. "This is very important to us."
He said he is a husband and father, and will try to put himself in the family's place when considering charges.
"I will do everything I can to make sure justice is done," he said.
Groves said one of the items for which the Highway Patrol is waiting is toxicology results on Hudgins. He said medical personnel
either at the accident scene or at the hospital drew a blood sample from Hudgins.
Chris Meek is a criminal defense attorney in Baxter Springs, Kan., and also is a former county prosecutor and assistant Kansas
attorney general. He has no connection to the case, but was asked to explain the rights afforded to the suspect in this case.
Meek said Hudgins was guaranteed a reasonable bond on his Newton County charge. When bond is met, there are no provisions to
continue to detain someone.
"Every citizen is presumed innocent, unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," Meek said. He said Hudgins must
return to court in Missouri on the date specified or a warrant for his arrest would be issued.
He said there is no basis right now to arrest Hudgins in Cherokee County, because he hasn't been charged with anything. He said
a prosecutor shouldn't rush to file charges immediately, but should consider charges carefully and cautiously.
"When you have horrific facts, people are outraged," Meek said. "But they shouldn't be outraged at the
prosecutor. The public should be happy they have a prosecutor who's not going to jump the gun and is doing his job."
Grief counseling will be available for Riverton students at the start of school in August, according to a statement from Riverton Superintendent Todd Berry.
Counselors also were provided immediately after Taylor Kemp's death.
Thu, Jul 23, 2009 10:25 PM
Fri, Jul 24, 2009 5:33 PM
Monday, July 20, was a busy day for 4-H members and their families at the fair as judging took place, buildings while outside animals were being brought in,
weighed and stalled. Those who evaluated the projects were Gayla Corley of Westphalia - geology; Gary Kilgore of Chanute - crops, gardens, flowers, rockets,
forestry and shooting sports; Lorraine Kilgore of Chanute - banners, reading, self-determined; Nicole Meyer of Pittsburg - heritage arts; Carol Mattox and Pam
Paxson of Columbus - clothing construction.
The llama show was the highlight from Monday night with Sarah Maxton judging that event. This year five 4-H members in the intermediate age division (ages
10-13) competed. Named as champion in the showmanship was Jamie Leeper with McKinzie Clark as the reserve; Dakota Moss was the champion in the obstacle course
with McKinzie as reserve; and in the pack class Dakota was the champion and Jamie the reserve.Other results from the day include:
Llama, showmanship, purple - Jamie Leeper, McKinzie Clark, blue - Morgan Leeper, Dakota Moss, Ryan Clark; obstacle course, purple - Dakota Moss, McKinzie
Clark, blue - Dakota Moss(2), Ryan Clark, Jamie Leeper; pack class, purple - Dakota Moss, Jamie Leeper, blue - Morgan Leeper.
Geology, purple - Timothy Epler, Devin Pearson(2), Rachel Willhite, Christina Epler, Lucas Epler.
Reading, purple - Delaney Palmer, Jacob Wyckoff, Ashlynn Mullere, blue - Kaylee Gum, Tyler Gum.
Banners, purple - Spring Valley Sparklers 4-H Club, blue - Sheridan 4-H Club.
Rocketry, purple - Rachel Willhite, Blake Martin, Amber H elwig, blue - Kindall Henning, Dylan Helwig, Jordan Wilson, red - Kenny Herrenbruck, Hayden
Wilson, Dylan Wilson.
Self-determined, purple - Amber Helwig, Daniel Rennie, Erin Pearson, blue - Erin Pearson, Jacob Wyckoff, red - Laney Brown, Heather Eckhardt, Taylor Brown,
Rachelle Roth, Blake Martin.
Shooting sports, purple - Alex Vanderbeck.
Forestry, purple - Erin Pearson, blue - Samantha Greninger.
Wildlife, purple - Joshua Wyckoff(2), blue - Jacob Wyckoff.
Heritage arts, purple - Samantha Greninger(2), Rachelle Roth, Hannah Gideon, Ashlynn Mullere, blue - Delanie Sharp, Jenna Frisbie, Haddie Gideon, Hannah
Clothing construction, purple - Randi Mercer, Ashlynn Mullere(2), Gracee Pritchett, Delaney Palmer, Skyler Henderson, Dusti Henderson(2), Elaine Darcey, Jaylyn
Davis, Jacob Wyckoff, Joshua Wyckoff; blue - Skyler Henderson(6), Dusti Henderson(5), Elaine Darcey, Ashlee Lacen, Gracee Pritchett(2), Eric Underwood,
Brittnie Jameson, Samantha Greninger, Kaylee Gum(2), Randi Mercer, Cassidy Westervelt, red - Chloe Spooner, Skyler Henderson.
Crops and gardens, Yellow Onions, purple - Timothy Epler, blue - Christina Epler, Eric Underwood.
White Onions, red - Phillip Underwood, Joshua Curry, Katrina Curry.
Tomatoes, purple - Joshua Curry, Brian Martin, Blake Martin, blue - Katrina Curry;
White Potatoes, purple - Phillip Underwood, blue - Eric Underwood, red - Joshua Curry, Katrina Curry.
Red Potatoes, purple - Brian Martin.
Green Beans, blue - Blake Martin, Emily Johnson, red - Taylor Jarrett.
Carrots, blue - Hannah Gideon, Blake Martin, red - Haddie Gideon, Joshua Curry, Austyn Simpson, Katrina Curry.
Bell Peppers, blue - Haddie Gideon, red - Brian Martin.
Okra, red - Austyn Simpson.
Sage, blue - Brian Martin.
Other Peppers, purple - Blake Martin, Phillip Underwood, blue - Grant Simpson, Haddie Gideon, red - Eric Underwood, hannah Gideon.
Squash, purple - Blake Martin, Brian Martin, blue - Emily Johnson, Austyn Simpson, red - Grant Simpson.
Cabbage, purple - Timothy Epler.
Cucumbers, purple - Taylor Jarrett, blue - Nathan Lopp, white - Hannah Gideon.
Yellow Field Corn, blue - Rachelle Roth, red - Renee Roth.
Soybeans, purple - Renee Roth, Rachelle Roth.
Wheat Heads, blue - Rachelle Roth, Renee Roth.
Corn, purple - Phillip Underwood.
Red Winter Wheat - hard, blue - Eric Underwood, red - Phillip Underwood.
Red Winter Wheat - soft, blue - Eric Underwood, red - Phillip Underwood.
Blackberries, purple - Amber Helwig, blue - Joshua Curry.
Blueberries, purple - Eric Underwood.
Grapes, purple - Phillip Underwood.
Watermelon, purple - Nathan Lopp.
Mint, purple - Nathan Lopp.
Floriculture, Torenia, blue - Phillip Underwood, Eric Underwood.
Petunia, purple - Eric Underwood, Phillip Underwood, blue - Eric Underwood, red -Ashlynn Mullere.
Daylily, purple - Nathan Lopp, blue - Nathan Lopp, red- Renee Roth.
Geranium, red - Eric Underwood.
Hollyhock, purple - Beth Mercer, Brian Martin, blue - Phillip Underwood, Blake Martin.
Zinnia, purple - Ashlynn Mullere, Grant Simpson, blue - Blake Martin(2), Brian Martin,
red - Eric Underwood, Austyn Simpson.
Nicotina, blue - Phillip Underwood, Eric Underwood.
Vinca, purple - Katrina Curry, red - Joshua Curry(2).
Tiger Lily, blue - Katrina Curry, Joshua Curry.
Impatiens, red - Phillip Underwood.
Viola, blue - Phillip Underwood.
Gomphrena, purple - Eric Underwood, Phillip Underwood.
Dianthus, blue - Eric Underwood, Beth Mercer.
Hibiscus, purple - Phillip Underwood, Eric Underwood, blue - Renee Roth, red - Ashlynn Mullere, Renee Roth.Cleome, purple - Blake Martin, red - Nathan Lopp,
Rose Moss, blue - Blake Martin.
Blackeyed Susan, purple - Beth Mercer.
Phlox, blue - Blake Martin.
Snapdragons, blue - Nathan Lopp, Brian Martin, Blake Martin.
Blanket Flower, blue - Brian Martin.
Annual, blue - Brian Martin.
Marigold, purple - Austyn Simpson, Brian Martin, blue - Emily Johnson, Blake Martin, Ashlynn Mullere(2), red - Grant Simpson, Joshua Curry.
Sunflower, blue - Nathan Lopp.
Sweet Pea, blue - Phillip Underwood.
Rose, blue - Beth Mercer, Eric Underwood, red - Beth Mercer.
African Violet, red - Joshua Curry.
Flowering Potted Plant, blue - Timothy Epler, redred - Christina Epler.
Foliage Potted Plant, purple - Timothy Epler.
Desert Garden, purple - Ashlynn Mullere.
Sat, Jul 25, 2009 5:33 PM
RIVERTON, Kan. - The funeral for Teresa Kemp and her daughter, Taylor Kemp, is set
for 10 a.m. today at Riverton High School.
Teresa Kemp, 41, died Wednesday [July, 22]. Taylor Kemp, 13, died Thursday, July 16. The Pittsburg
residents both died of injuries suffered in a July 16 car accident that involved a police chase.
Teresa Kemp was a Riverton Middle School teacher, having worked for the school district for 13 years. Taylor Kemp had finished
seventh grade at Riverton Middle School, where she was a cheerleader and participated in track, basketball, softball, band, orchestra and choir. Both were
members of Riverton Friends Church.
Pastor Wes Davis and Jeff Adams will officiate at the service. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported the accident happened about 9:30 p.m. on July 16 when a vehicle driven by Kaston Hudgins, 22, of
Galena, struck the rear of the Kemp vehicle at the intersection of Highways 69, 400 and 171 south of Pittsburg. The Hudgins vehicle was being pursued by a
patrol car from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department.
The deputy had attempted to stop the Hudgins vehicle at Crestline, but Sheriff David Groves said Hudgins fled.
The sheriff has not revealed the reason for the initial traffic stop, but said the deputy was correct in pursuing Hudgins because
he represented a danger to other motorists, but he would not divulge what that danger was.
Groves also said the deputy wasn't aware the vehicle had been reported stolen.
Hudgins is charged in Newton County, Mo., with felony vehicle tampering. About an hour before the crash, Ashley Kelley had reported
to Joplin police that Hudgins had taken her vehicle without her permission. A probable-cause affidavit notes that Kelley told police that she gave Hudgins the
keys to her 1997 Nissan Maxima so he could listen to the radio in the parking lot of Freeman Hospital West, but she told him not to drive it, because he was
drunk. When she went to the parking lot to retrieve the keys, he drove away, according to the affidavit.
Hudgins was initially in custody in the Newton County Jail after being released from St. John's Regional Medical Center, but
was freed after posting $20,000 bond on Monday.
Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard on Friday said he continued to await the investigative report from the Kansas Highway Patrol
before filing any charges against Hudgins.
The Kemp family is asking that memorial donations be made to the Teresa and Taylor Kemp Memorial Scholarship Foundation, in care of
the Riverton Friends Church or Derfelt Funeral Homes.
Note: It's strange both their obituaries have been online in the Pittsburg Morning Sun, the Columbus Daily Advocate and the
Miami News-Record, while the Joplin Globe has only had the mothers, Teresa LeAnn Gilstrap Kemp.
Sat, Jul 25, 2009 5:37 PM
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