Attorney General's Consumer Alert

Consumer Alert: Storm damage could attract illegal contractors

TOPEKA – (May 10, 2019) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging residents in Osage and Franklin Counties to use caution to avoid scams by transient contractors following this week’s severe weather.

“After storm damage, our instinct is to clean up and make repairs as quickly as possible,” Schmidt said. “When considering roofing work on a home or business, it is important that consumers make sure their roofing contractor is properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check our consumer protection website to confirm that the registration remains active.”

Staff from the attorney general’s Roofing Registration Unit have been in contact with many local officials affected by this week’s storms to assist in responding to contractors and consumers.

The requirement to register with the attorney general’s office is in addition to any other local requirements that may be imposed by cities or counties. The online directory of registrations is available at

The Kansas Roofing Contractor Registration Act was passed during the 2013 legislative session and took effect July 1, 2013. With few exceptions, the law requires roofing contractors to obtain a registration certificate from the Kansas Attorney General in order to legally provide commercial or residential roofing services for a fee in Kansas. It is designed to ensure that legitimate roofing contractors are complying with state requirements, such as carrying appropriate insurance, and to help prevent fly-by-night operators from taking advantage of Kansas consumers.

Working with a roofer that is registered is a bare minimum to help prevent problems. The attorney general’s office also recommends the following tips in dealing with any transient contractors, including roofers:

Get recommendations and references.
Get at least three written estimates from different contractors.
Check contractor complaint records with the Better Business Bureau.
Understand your payment options and right to cancel.

Any Kansans who have problems with roofing contractors or other companies that follow storms may file a request for the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division to investigate at (800) 432-2310 or The attorney general requests that Kansans promptly report any unregistered person or company attempting to sell roofing services.

James Franklin “Jim” Russell

Sept. 23, 1947 – May 7, 2019

TOPEKA — James Franklin “Jim” Russell died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at his Topeka home. He was 71.

He was born Sept. 23, 1947, at Ashland, Ky., the son of Charles and Myrtle Creech Russell. He attended Maury High School, Norfolk, Va., and graduated with the class of 1967.

Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on July 26, 1967. He proudly served in Vietnam and was awarded a honorable discharge July 23, 1971.

He married the love of his life, Janet Longhofer, July 24, 1971, at Topeka. She survives of the home.

Ronald K. Ewing

Jan. 3, 1957 – May 6, 2019

HERMITAGE, Mo. — Ronald K. Ewing, Hermitage, Mo., died May 6, 2019, at his home. He was 62.

He was born Jan. 3, 1957, at Topeka, the son of Claud William and Patricia Renfro Ewing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dutch and Pat Ewing; and a grandson, Charles Ewing.

Storm Causes Damage May 6

A storm packing 78 miles per hour straight line winds left damage in its wake Monday, May 6. Read about the storm and other stories in the May 9 edition of The Osage County Herald-Chronicle. If you do not have a subscription to The Osage County Herald-Chronicle, you can pick up the paper at various businesses located throughout Osage County and be sure to call our office at (785) 528-3511 to start your subscription in time for next week's paper. It is not only convenient, but it will save you money. Subscription Rates:
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Margaret Marie Rudolph Colman

Aug. 17, 1939 – May 5, 2019

OSAGE CITY — Margaret Marie Rudolph Colman died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at her home surrounded by family. She was 79.

She was born Aug. 17, 1939, at Stanley, N.D., the daughter of Oscar Charles and Edith Fenstermacker Rudolph. She graduated high school in Stanley, N.D.

She worked as a human resource manager for the U.S. Postal Service. She was a member of Red Hats and Club 15.

Carl William “Bill” Spicer

March 1, 1955 – May 5, 2019

OSAGE CITY — Carl William “Bill” Spicer died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at his home surrounded by family. He was 64.

He was born March 1, 1955, at Emporia, the son of Clarence Edward and Claire Jean Asklund Spicer. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1973. He played JUCO basketball one year and then attend Emporia State University for a year.
He married Jeri Patton June 3, 1992. She survives of the home.

He worked as rural mail carrier and worked many years doing carpentry with Dave Hafenstein.

Donald w. Parks

Feb. 27, 1933 – Feb. 5, 2019

OSAGE CITY — Donald W. Parks died Feb. 5, 2019, at an Osage City nursing home. He was 85.

A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. May 11 at Rapp Cemetery, Osage City.

Janet Douglas

Nov. 17, 1935 – May 2, 2019

OSAGE CITY — Janet Douglas died Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. She was 83.

She was born Nov. 17, 1935, Augusta, the daughter of Glenn and Bessie Richie Markley. She grew up in Augusta and lived in Neodesha and Emporia before moving to Osage City in 1987.

C.D. Olsen

Oct. 8, 1951 – May 1, 2019

LYNDON — C.D. Olsen died Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at his home in Lyndon. He was 67.

He was born Oct. 8, 1951, at Holdrege, Neb., the son of Eggert and Gevon Carlson Olsen. He lived in Lyndon since 1989.

He opened Sports-Mart in 1986, near Lake Pomona, then in Perry and then north of Lyndon. He served in the U.S. Army and Kansas National Guard.

He married Sue Edwards Nov. 26, 1977, at Concordia. She survives of the home.


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