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Globe/T. Rob Brown - Brian Lasiter, of Treece, Kan., on Thursday asks questions of city, state and EPA
officials who were taking a tour of the town left contaminated by waste from lead and zinc mining.
appeal to EPA officials for buyout
Published August 20, 2009 11:01 pm - Joplin Globe
By Roger McKinney
TREECE, Kan. - Treece residents on Thursday described to top EPA officials the feeling of being
trapped in a town contaminated by waste from lead and zinc mining.
They made their case for a federal buyout like the one residents of Picher, Okla., received.
Treece residents said their houses are losing value, and they can't get loans to repair them. Phone and Internet services have
become unreliable after Picher's service was discontinued. They complained of having no fire protection, and of having to drive 10 miles or more for a loaf
of bread or gas for their vehicles.
"We can't sell these homes," said Pam Pruitt, the town's city clerk.
Pruitt also pointed out that huge caverns left behind from the underground mining remain, posing a risk of cave-ins.
"How can it be different when it's the same mining field?" Pruitt asked, questioning the different treatment of
Picher and Treece. "The same mining was done here that was done there."
The discussion outside City Hall was led by Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Stanislaus said he is concerned if people on one side of a state border aren't treated the same as those on
the other side.
"I want to take a hard look at that," he said.
Picher is in EPA's Region 6, based in Dallas. Treece is in EPA's Region 7, based in Kansas City, Kan.
"Just get us out of here, and you all can turn this into a duck reserve," said resident Jan Leatherman.
"We're just one inch from Oklahoma," said Mayor Bill Blunk. "I don't think the city of Treece was treated
fairly. We just got put on the back burner."
Brian Lasiter said his house needs a new roof, but he can't get a loan from a bank because he lives in Treece.
"I can't improve my home," he said.
"Just go ahead and buy us out," said Judy Blunk, the mayor's wife.
"This is condemned land," Leatherman said.
Another resident said she is concerned that her children's health will decline if they continue to live in Treece.
"I hear your concerns about children," Stanislaus said. "Children are a primary concern."
One resident asked if after Treece and Picher are bought out, Joplin, Mo., Galena and Baxter Springs would be next.
"Believe me, I take your concerns seriously," Stanislaus said. "We want to do the right thing."
Before the meeting with residents, the delegation toured locations in Treece where the EPA is cleaning up mine waste, to be
consolidated and capped with 18 inches of clay and topsoil.
The EPA cleanup area in Treece involves 300 acres. Another 300 acres are in Baxter Springs. The cost of the cleanup is estimated at
$66 million, including $25 million in federal stimulus funds. The project is expected to take 10 years.
Pruitt, the city clerk, said a buyout would be less expensive. The current estimate of the cost of relocating Treece residents is
$3 million. The cost of the Picher buyout has been about $60 million, after the federal government spent about $100 million on cleanup efforts.
The tour also stopped at the location of the former Silver Fox Mine, the surface of which has collapsed. Dave Drake, project
manager for the EPA's Superfund division, said the pit would be filled with mine waste before being capped.
In answering questions from state Rep. Doug Gatewood, D-Columbus, Drake acknowledged that there are many other underground caverns
below Treece that haven't collapsed.
The tour also drove through the ghost town that was Picher. Boys played basketball with a portable hoop and backboard set up on the
parking lot of a former bank.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., played a leading role in the event. She said the cleanup project isn't enough. She told
reporters after the meeting with residents that she thinks they made an impression.
"I don't know how anyone can walk away from here and not be absolutely convinced of the need for a buyout," Jenkins
said. "They need the same treatment as their neighbors in Picher."
She said there is no good reason for the government to relocate residents of Picher but not those in Treece.
"You can't rationalize it," Jenkins said, adding that the EPA officials should have been impressed. "I hope they
do the right thing."
Stanislaus said before leaving that his job was to listen to concerns of residents.
"I've seen what has happened here," he said. "I'm going to take all that we have heard back to
Also present was Bob Sussman, senior policy adviser to the EPA administrator.
"We've learned a lot," Sussman was overheard telling a representative of U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback's office.
"When you come out and see things on the ground, it makes a big difference."
A handler stepped between Sussman and a reporter to prevent questions.
"If you talked to Mathy, you got what you need from us," the handler said, referring to Stanislaus.
Thursday's visit happened because U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., had challenged EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in July to visit Treece. Jackson told him
she would "make every effort" to make the trip. Roberts has said $3 million of the $25 million in federal stimulus funds earmarked for cleanup should
be used to relocate residents.
Neither Jackson nor Roberts made the trip. Roberts is recovering from pneumonia. U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., also wasn't
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St. Bridget Catholic Church, Scammon, is preparing for its centennial on October 24 and 25. The church was designed by G. J. Munn of Pittsburg, and modeled
after the Holy Cross Chapel at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Its gothic structure is built of Cherryvale pressed red brick with Carthage rock
facings, and has a steeple which extends 105 feet above ground level. Construction of a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima is underway. A crane has been brought in
to assist with the installation of a new roof for the church. For more information about the centennial visit the church's web site at http://st-bridget-scammon.com.
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Meek is a former Cherokee County Attorney and a longtime criminal defense attorney.
Wed, Sep 2, 2009 5:20 PM
Thu, Sep 3, 2009 11:29 AM
Baxter Springs defense attorney
arrested after client leaves office
Published September 01, 2009 11:08 pm - Joplin Globe
By Roger McKinney
BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Criminal defense attorney Chris Meek was arrested Tuesday at his Baxter Springs law office by the Kansas
Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of narcotics possession.
Ashley Anstaett, spokeswoman for Kansas Attorney General Steve Six, said no formal charges had been filed.
Meek is a former Cherokee County prosecutor, and he also has served in Europe on the defense teams of two accused war criminals
from the former Yugoslavia.
Meek's attorney, Billy Rork, of Topeka, said Meek was freed after posting $5,000 bond.
Rork said a person who had previously scheduled an appointment with Meek met with him at the office late Tuesday morning. Rork said
the person left behind a bottle of prescription medicine.
"As soon as the client had left, Chris was confronted by KBI agents in his office," Rork said. Rork said the KBI agents
remained there until they received a search warrant. He said that when the search warrant arrived, the agents retrieved the prescription bottle.
Rork said he did not know what medicine was in the bottle. He said the person had scheduled the appointment with Meek several days
before the appointment took place Tuesday.
The agents arrested Meek and booked him into the Cherokee County Jail.
Rork said he didn't know when to expect formal charges.
Meek declined to make a statement on the advice of his attorney.
Meek served as Cherokee County attorney, which is the county prosecutor, from January 1985 to January 1989. The law firm
Christopher Meek and Nathan Coleman has offices in Baxter Springs and Joplin, Mo.
Chris Meek's attorney, Billy Rork, said a court appearance has been set for Sept. 28.
KBI Kansas Bureau of Infidels writes:
SET UP! KBI has nothing better to do than set up the best attorney in Cherokee county? Why don't
they work on a real crime? Oh yeah it's the KBI ! LOL what a joke!
KBI is a joke writes:
I have to agree with the majority here..the KBI is a joke and I think Chris Meeks was set up by the
KBI. Alot of the KBI agents are former Cherokee Sheriff's department and Police department idiots and we all know how they handle investigations!! They let
killers go free, especially if one of their own could possibly be involved. Seen it happen too many times. But when a client leaves and left a bottle of pills,
then the KBI "just happens" to show up and arrest him....please.....but hopefully Chris Meeks will alot brighter than those idiots that are trying to
Good Ole Cherokee County! Seems like whether it is the sheriff's department or the KBI always
something being created. Down there, makes one wonder Mr. Meek could be arrested in such a quick timely manner but someone running from the law killing 2
people we just can't get him charged and arrested for weeks. We all know the KBI has been trying to get Mr. Meek any way they could so a set up was all
they had left. He is one hell of an attorney whether prosecuting or defense. He is innocent until proven guilty, doesn't look to me like he has committed a
crime he was just set up by KBI agents with an axe to grind. Heck yes bring back the good ole boy system at least then we didn't have wet behind the ear
deputies who were car chase, trigger happy idiots. I still believe in Mr. Meek and his abilities as a good attorney, the KBI not so much, local and county law
enforcement in cherokee county not a lot.
former client writes:
Chris is a fantastic attorney. I used him years ago. If I ever need an attorney again I would not
hesitate to use him. All this fuss over a bottle of pills. There are alot bigger problems out there than this. Even if they were for him, big deal, it wasnt
going to hurt anyone but him.
Play it again Sam writes:
Jumping is right not everybody in the law enforcement field is dirty, but they sure have a way of
getting rid of the one's that aren't dirty.
This is an example of a perfectly run government run health case- Delivery of drugs to your own
office by the K.B.I!
Jim Keener writes:
Could Chris Meek with his European law experience be a potential whistle blower? UPER CASR BAR =
BRITISH ACCORITED REGENCY, lower case Bar = Good old boys setting around in a Bar drinking and keeping things honest, yow right. Check ABA= AMERICIAN BAR
ASSOCIATION??????? ALL UPPER CASE under Maritime British Admiralty Corporate Banking rules and regulations, not our constitutional republic laws of the land,
the courts are a corporation dealing in money not common law period. And, as such have no rights over a sovereign free man in the constitutional republic of
America, you do not apply to British Maritime Admiralty Banking rules and regulations. BAR, BRITISH ACCORITED REGENCY = An occupying agent of a foreign
power,dealing in British maritime admiralty banking law, after 1776, a spy and or a treasonous person. Promoting corporate privatization, a privateer, piracy,
skull and bones, Yale University secret organizations, could he be a potential whistle blower? Chris you know what I am talking about.
I think everyone is jumping here you have heard the Chris Meek side but the KBI isn't able to
release details of the investigation. Not everyone in the law enforcement field is dirty in Kansas!
Chris Meek has always been a voice for those persecuted by draconian drug laws and is against
mandatory minimums for non-violent drug cases.How does the KBI handle it?Send in snitch with dope-leave it in the office-and raid the man with the voice to
silence him. two words--set-up!
Its hard to understand how many idiots have replied to this article. First it was not a cherokee
county charge. It was the KBI and Kansas Attorney General. Second do you really believe this was a one time incident? If you do then you certainly dont know
Chris. He is a nice guy who has represented every dirt bag in the area. Let it play out and see what other evidence comes out. My guess is they dont want him
to go to jail like our last prosecuter did. They just want him to loose his license.
Big Easy writes:
Good grief, that is a wild county. Po-po tasers a guy and he does a header over the bridge,
prosecuting attorney is pressuring the strip joint for kickbacks, high profile attorney is caught with perscription drugs in his office. Law & Order, NYPD
Blue, CSI, can't write stories this good. Was Meek caught in his new, on location RV? Whatta deal. Keep'm coming Cherokee County, this is great drama!
Play it again Sam writes:
It's called the old bate and switch trick; in a corrupt society you falsely corrupt the
incorruptible. Just ask the Potts family about the dead private investigator that was hired to investigate Cherokee County how they feel about the KBI.
The Infamous Rustybumperjack© writes:
Lenny Dee writes:
There's enough crime in Cherokee County without these hog-wild drug enforcement yahoos setting
good people up.
Come on Kansas- This is our taxpayers dollars hard at work?? For a bottle of prescription pills????
Don't you guys have a crack house or a meth lab to shut down? Quit wasting our public money on personal issues !
Plain to see writes:
Sounds like a set up to me!
Why was bond set if there were no "formal charges" against him?Something doesn't smell right here.
Defense Attorney Chris Meek arrested writes:
Mr. Meek is not stupid he would never jeopardize his career. Seems a little odd that the KBI was in
his office right client left, sure sounds like the KBI finally found someone to help them set Mr. Meek up. KBI has been after him for years and could never
find legitimate evidence so I guess they made some up. I'll bet Botts is dancing for joy. Wait until Billy is finished with them they won't know what
Sounds like good old family values kansas police work. SET HIM UP AND FIX ANY TRIAL! The crooks have always run
HMM? Are all these KS Lawyers, who used to serve as county attorneys guilty? This is at least three
county attorneys charged in last few months. Are they Guilty? The facts as, various agencies present them never quite seem to add up, if you are a reader who
follows the stories all the way through. When these charges do not stick or are dismissed due to lack of evidence, we as readers do not hear about that. Often
reporters are not present, do these various agencies report these scathing stories in the media, effecting these lawyers and their families, and make no
apologies for damages done when no factual stories surface?
Cherokee Citizen writes:
If one were to visit Chris' office you would know that he was an avid supporter of NORML. The
situation, as described in the article, smells of a set-up. Who was this client and was he a paid informant? Sounds like entrapment to me. Where will the next
case go? Most of the current defense attorneys in Cherokee County have been prosecuting attorneys previously. Something stinks in Cherokee County and it
usually emanates from the judicial system or the commissioner's office or the Sheriff's Department.
innocent until proven guilty writes:
Day in court deserved. Suspicion of possession of narcotics? New client leaves a prescription bottle
behind, and KBI conveniently storms the office directly afterward? Please! Sounds like a set-up.
sounds like a set-up to me and you would think they would be smarter than but then again it is
That just happened! Shake & Bake! writes:
I'm sure they spent hours upon hours or even years working to bring down a
hardened criminal like Chris Meeks with his cough.. cough... controlled substance, but they still can't figure out who was responsible for the Jennifer
Judd murder. Keep up the good work boys!
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State of Kansas vs. James D. Fox
State of Kansas vs. Jerry Dean Large
State of Kansas vs. alshane Leonardo
State of Kansas vs. Michael L. Parsons
State of Kansas vs. Jason E. Zwahlen
State of Kansas vs. Michael S. Thomas
State of Kansas vs. Nicholas Antonyruvalcaba
Stae of Kansasvs.Eric D. Kojakaniar
State of Kansas vs. Albert Edward Taylor III
State of Kansas vs.Saul Rojo-Quintanna
State of Kansas vs. Amanda J. Turley
State of Kansas vs. Daniel Byron Corie
State of Kansas vs. Amanda Michelle Warren
State of Kansas vs. Stephen L. Bratton
State of Kansas vs. Daniel L. Jarrel
State of Kansas vs Charles Levi Miller
State of Kansas vs.Anthony M. Farmer
In the matter of the estate of Elsie Irene Meadows
In the matter of the estate of Marjorie L. Lutz
State of Kansas vs. Tammy a. Hignite
State of Kansas vs. Katherine A. Moss
State of Kansas vs. Laricia J. Higinbotham
Judge Oliver Kent Lynch
Melissa Diane Rydberg vs. Brandon Crede Acton
Tuesday Sept. 29
Judge Bill W. Lylerla
Kansas Gas Service company vs. Rivianne G. Horn
Century Surgical Associates vs. Sherri D. Heflin
State of Kansas vs. Cody Pruitt
St. John's Regiional Medical center vs. howard L.Truster Jr.
Kansas Gas Service Company vs. Bill Barnes
Kansas Gas Service Company vs. Michelle Schockley
Kansas Gas Service Company vs. Sheryl R. Story
Captial One Bank vs. Ben E. Chastair
St. John's regional Medical Center vs.Diane L. Cole
Beneficial Kansas Inc. vs.Sandra D. Quails
Kansas Gas Service Company vs. Josh s. Elphick
Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center vs. Randay W. Cardin
OB-GYN associates vs. Dawn Marie Diediker
McIntire Ear,Nose and Throat vs. Justin L.Hatfield
Thousand Oaks Imaging vs. Gary Jimmerson
State of Kansas vs. Amy D. Storm
Judge Oliver Kent Lynch
State of Kansas vs. Eric D. York
York in May had pleaded no contest to a charge of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol related to
the crash near West Mineral that resulted in the death of David J. Stark. York was driving the vehicle and Stark was a passenger.
Cherokee County District Judge Kent Lynch allowed York to report to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department on Thursday
morning to start his sentence.
David J. "D.J." Stark
D. J. Stark 31, of Columbus, KS died 9:23pm Friday May 4, 2007 in a car accident in Columbus, KS.
D. J. was born August 26, 1975 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the son of David Leon Stark and Rose Ann Jones.
D. J. was a lifelong resident of the Columbus area and a graduate of Southeast High School in 1994. On June 8, 2002 D. J. married Dessie Mae Dalton in Galena,
KS; she survives at the home. D.J. worked as a general welder for Mid America Pipe Company in West Mineral, KS for 6 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting,
camping, and loved working on anything mechanical.
Survivors include his wife, parents, son Dalton David Stark of Columbus, KS; brother Richard Wayne Stark of West Mineral, KS;
sisters Lisa Marie Low of West Mineral, KS and Holly Stark of Toledo, OH.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Irvin and Mattie Stark and maternal grandparents William and Betty Moore.
Graveside Services will be 10am Thursday May 10, 2007 at Edgmand Cemetery in Cherokee County, KS with Rev. Dennis Johnson
officiating. Visitation will be 5-7pm Wednesday May 9, 2007 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, KS; friends may call the funeral home after 1pm on
Wednesday. In lieu of flowers the family ask expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to Dalton Education Fund. Friends may drop off or send
memorials to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 611 S.E. Avenue in Columbus, KS. E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus, KS.
Stark, D. J.
b. Aug. 26, 1975 d. May 4, 2007
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Columbus, KS 66725-0033
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