Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

The flu shot can help prevent infection and stop the disease from spreading to vulnerable populations.
The flu shot can help prevent infection and stop the disease from spreading to vulnerable populations.

Johnson County coroner sees increase in flu- and pneumonia-related deaths; health department encourages residents to get shots. Johnson County Coroner Robert Prosser says that his office has witnessed an increase in the number of flu- and pneumonia-related deaths for this time of year, prompting the county’s health department to issue a notice encouraging residents to get the flu shot. “It’s not too late to get your flu shot,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “The best way to protect yourself from the flu and its complications is to get a flu shot and wash your hands frequently. Although children and elderly are more susceptible to significant complications from flu leading to death, it can affect any age and lead to serious health issues and unfortunately, even death.”

Clayton will introduce bill to prevent anonymous sponsorship of legislation. Overland Park Rep. Stephanie Clayton says she will introduce a measure this session that would require legislators who want to put a bill forth to put their name on it. Presently, Kansas procedure allows bills to be introduced anonymously. [Kansas legislator to propose measure eliminating anonymous bills — Kansas City Star]

Preliminary hearing reveals feud between rival groups that led to Lawrence shooting that killed bystander Leah Brown of Shawnee. Testimony during a preliminary hearing in Douglas County District Court this week produced details about the feud between to groups of young men from Topeka that led to the shooting on Massachusetts Street, killing bystander Leah Brown of Shawnee and two Topeka men. [‘Mayhem’ on Mass St. in Lawrence over bad blood between rivals, witnesses testify — Kansas City Star]

Lenexa Police investigating carjacking, crashes. Lenexa Police are looking for a man suspected to causing two crashes and carjacking a vehicle in an effort to avoid police on Wednesday. [Lenexa police investigating series of crashes and a carjacking — Shawnee Dispatch]