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Suspects Arrested In Stolen Car & Fire in Blue Springs

A car stolen in Wymore late Saturday night was found torched at the Blue Springs Ballfield early Sunday. Twenty year old Patrick J Wahlstrom, and 20 year old Christopher Okeefe were arrested, and taken into custody in Blue Springs Sunday evening. Wahlstrom apparently drove the vehicle through Blue Springs at a high rate of speed with four passengers, including Okeefe. He wrecked the car into a tree line at the ballfield, where it was set on fire. Charges of arson, criminal mischief, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle, assault, and evidence tampering are involved, with bond for Wahlstrom set at $200,000, and Okeefe at $50,000. After serving nearly a year in jail on charges related to a February 2012 crime spree across Jefferson and Gage Counties, Patrick Wahlstrom was on seven year intensive supervised probation. Arraignment is set for July 25 in Gage County District Court.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.