Thursday, September 18, 2014

Officer Helps With WWI Gun Donation to Museum

On September 8th, 2014, Officer Amy Malone was dispatched to our Sanders Patrol Station to take a recovered property report from a citizen. While we take lots of reports at the station for various reasons, the call Officer Malone responded to that day appeared to be nothing more than someone wanting to turn a firearm into the police department, but this call turned out to be much more than that.

This type of thing is certainly nothing new as we occasionally get people who inherit guns after a loved one passes, and for whatever reason, don't want the guns in their possession. They would rather bring them to the station so it'll be properly disposed of and there's no chance of it falling into the wrong hands.

Officer Malone met up with the reporting party that day who said he received the gun from his father-in-law back in 1978, shortly before he passed away. The son-in-law told Officer Malone that he had never fired the gun and now wanted it to be in safe hands as he was also getting up there in age. He hoped it could be utilized for something good so he decided to turn it in to law enforcement as opposed to selling it. 

The firearm was a WWI issue Colt 1911, 45 caliber in excellent condition, with four boxes of original ammunition. It was produced in 1918.

Officer Malone agreed to take the gun from him, but was uncertain as to what she could do with it. She knew it was a piece of history and was reluctant to destroy it or let it sit ignored for years on a shelf in the property room.

The next day, Officer Malone contacted Doran Cart, Senior Curator, at the
National World War One Museum located at the Liberty Memorial (100 W. 26th Street, KCMO). She told him about the firearm that had been turned into the department and inquired if it was something they may wish to preserve. Mr, Cart advised they were extremely interested in the firearm should the owner wish to donate it.

Officer Malone then contacted the owner at his residence and informed him of the possibility his gun could be donated to the museum. The owner and his wife thought it was a wonderful idea and wanted to proceed with it.

Not only did Officer Malone arrange to have the gun preserved at the museum, she also went over and gave the donor a ride down to the museum so he could deliver the gun in person.

The actions of Officer Malone and the gun's donor will assure that current and future generations will be able to visit the museum and see another important artifact from this nation's history.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Need Help Identifying Suspect Using Stolen Credit Cards

On September 10, 2014, the victim reported he arrived at the gym about 6:00 am and left about 7:20 am. When he returned to his vehicle he found his car had been burglarized and his backpack containing his wallet, a laptop and an Ipad was missing. There was evidence the suspect forced entry into the vehicle. 

Within 45 minutes of this happening, his credit cards were used at several different locations in the metro area.

The attached photos show an unidentified male attempting to buy some gift cards at an area grocery store using some of the stolen credit cards.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 20-30 years of age, clean shaven, medium build and height, brown hair, wearing blue jeans, a blue t-shirt with the words "Just Chill" on the front, wire-rim glasses, and a hat with the word "20X" on the bill. 

He was seen driving a black, mid-2000s Ford Super Duty,quad-cab pickup, with chrome step rails and a chrome tool box at the front of the bed (smaller than the standard sized tool box).

Anyone with information on the identity of this individual is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Friday, September 12, 2014

REMINDER: DUI Saturation Patrol Tonight

Beginning tonight at 10:00 PM, the Overland Park Police Department will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrol. This event will last until 2:00 AM and will consist of eight officers and one sergeant. 

DUI Saturation Patrols, not to be confused with DUI Checklanes, are for the sole purpose of arresting drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The officers assigned to the Saturation Patrols have significant experience in DUI apprehension and will be patrolling heavily traveled streets and highways.

It is the police department’s goal to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving within the community. So far through the end of August this year we've arrested a total of 471 impaired drivers.

Please don’t drink and drive. If you are out and choose to consume alcohol, call a taxi or have a sober designated driver.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Child Passenger Safety Week

Beginning on September 14th and lasting through September 20th, the Overland Park Police Department will join other Kansas law enforcement agencies in an effort to prevent children from being injured or killed in automobile crashes.

In 2013, 28 children, ages 0-17 lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas. Sadly, 18 of those children were not wearing their seat belts, and 16 of the 18 were ejected from the vehicle. Wearing a seat belt is the best prevention of injury or death in a vehicle.

According to the 2014 Kansas observational seatbelt survey, children are much more likely to be buckled up if the driver is wearing their seat belt. If the driver is buckled, about 96% of the children are restrained. If the driver is not buckled, only about 21% of the observed children were buckled. We want adults to model good driver behavior for the children.

Throughout National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 14-20, law enforcement across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than twenty years, officers have educated and warned drivers and passengers regarding the importance of using seat belts while in their vehicle. There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to individuals who do not obey Kansas law. Please slow down and be safe, especially in school zones, eliminate the distractions, and always buckle up. 

Sgt. Scott Ferguson
Overland Park Traffic Safety Unit

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/11 Memorial and Tribute

Tomorrow morning at the Overland Park Fire Training Center (12401 Hemlock), there will be a special ceremony to honor the fallen and their families.

The ceremony will begin at 7:00 a.m. with a dedication and an opportunity to hear how the community came together to make this memorial a reality. That will be followed by several sentinel events marking the exact times when the airliners struck each tower, the pentagon, and also highlighting the collapse of each tower.

New to the memorial this year is the addition of the "weeping wall" representing the tears shed on September 11th, 2011.

For more information, please visit the following link:

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Break from the Beat

The work day of a police officer is always changing, but in some ways it can seem like it is the same thing over and over.  Not so for Officer Ebberts.  On August 16th he got the golden ticket to spend the day at the Queen's Price Chopper 12th annual Block Party!

Price Chopper had this big "Thank You!" party all planned out for their customers.  They had free food and ice cream.  They did a C.H.I.P's program (child identification) and had games and prizes.  The Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile was there along with Mr. Peanut himself and the Price Chomper's.  They had it all planned out and then Officer Ebberts "crashed" the party in a whole different way.

He stopped in and said he knew it was last minute and all, but asked if he could join the fun.  He even brought his own party favors in the way of flashlights, frisbee's, stress balls and little policemen and policewomen figurines - no he didn't bring any tickets.

Officer Ebberts, the folks from Queen's Price Chopper and the citizens had a great time visiting with you!  They sent a few pictures for us all to enjoy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Heat Has Returned

If you've been outside the last couple of days you may have noticed how hot it's been lately. Forecasters are saying the current heat spell, with temperatures well in the upper 90's, will unfortunately be around for a few more days.

This summer has been relatively cool compared to previous years, but it's always safer to take precautions when spending time outside during hot and humid conditions.  The elderly and infants are particularly vulnerable, as are those working or exercising outdoors.

The City of Overland Park has two cooling centers available during business hours:

Matt Ross Community Center 8101 Marty St. 913-895-6390

Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
11902 Lowell St. 913-327-6645

Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to recognize and treat heat-related symptoms:

Heat Exhaustion

This condition is the result of excessive heat and dehydration. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

• Fatigue
• Dizziness
• Muscle aches and cramps
• Nausea
• Slowed or weakened heartbeat
• Headaches
• Excessive thirst
• Weakness
• Confusion or anxiety
• Fainting
• Agitation
• Drenching sweats, often accompanied by cold, clammy skin

The American Red Cross recommends the following steps for treating heat exhaustion:

• Get the person out of the heat and into a cooler place.
• Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets.
• If the person is conscious, give cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Give a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes.
• Do not give liquids that contain alcohol or caffeine.
• Let the victim rest in a comfortable position, and watch carefully for changes in his or her condition.

Heat Stroke  

This is the most severe form of heat illness. It is an elevated body temperature condition that can be fatal if not promptly and properly treated! Symptoms of this illness include:

• High body temperature
• The absence of sweating, with hot red or flushed dry skin
• Rapid pulse
• Difficulty breathing
• Strange behavior
• Hallucinations
• Confusion
• Agitation
• Disorientation
• Seizure
• Coma

The American Red Cross recommends the following steps for treating heat stroke:

• Call for an ambulance! Help is needed fast.
• Move the person to a cooler place.
• Quickly cool the body. Immerse victim in a cool bath, or wrap wet sheets around the body and fan it.
• Watch for signals of breathing problems.
• Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can.
• If the victim refuses water or is vomiting or there are changes in the level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.

Remember that heat stroke can lead to death if not treated effectively and quickly!