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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Accident involving fire chief forwarded to prosecutor

  • While it's not known if any charges will be filed, the results of an investigation of an accident involving the Leavenworth fire chief have been forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
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  • While it's not known if any charges will be filed, the results of an investigation of an accident involving the Leavenworth fire chief have been forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
    Leavenworth Fire Chief Mark DeMaranville has not yet returned to work since he was injured in a motorcycle accident Sept. 5 at County Road 18 and U.S. 73-Kansas 7 Highway. Paul Kramer, assistant to the city manager, has said the chief is resting at home.
    Undersheriff Ron Cranor said a report on the accident was sent to the Leavenworth County Attorney's Office Tuesday.
    When deputies arrived on the scene the night of the accident, they reportedly found DeMaranville's motorcycle off the roadway and the fire chief was injured. He was transported to the hospital by a private vehicle, according to information released by the Sheriff's Office.
    Capt. Andy Dedeke with the Sheriff's Office said DeMaranville reported another vehicle had been involved in the accident. A second vehicle was not at the scene when emergency responders arrived.
    Dedeke later reported that an officer working on the case had been unable to substantiate or disprove that a second vehicle was involved.
    Cranor confirmed the Sheriff's Office has received results from a test for blood alcohol level as part of the investigation of the accident. The results of the test have not been released.
    County Attorney Todd Thompson said it could take time before there’s word about whether there will be charges.
    "There's a lot of factors that come into play," he said, including the possible need for additional information.
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