Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Suspect Using Stolen Credit Card Taken During a Series of Auto Burglaries




Overland Park Police are asking for assistance in identifying a person using a stolen credit card. The credit card was stolen during a series of auto burglaries. The crimes occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 26, 2010 in and around the 10600 block of W. 130 Terrace. A number of unlocked parked vehicles were entered and various items were taken including a credit card. The credit card was used in two retail stores in Overland Park after 6:00 a.m., the same day.

Green and white paint was also used to vandalize some of the vehicles and driveways. No gang graffiti was involved in the paintings. Some profanity along with lines and circles were painted by the vandals.

The suspect in the photo is a white male, late teens, wearing a gray T-shirt with REGIS on the front, and khaki shorts. Possible suspect vehicle is a tan or gold SUV.

Anyone with information on this person or the crimes is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Traffic Safety Officer Michelle Koos receives Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving




On Saturday, June 26, Traffic Safety Unit Officer Michelle Koos was one of several metro area law enforcement officers to receive recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The awards were presented during the Cass-Heartland Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet. Officer Koos led the Overland Park Police Department with 71 DUI apprehensions in 2009. She is an eight year veteran of the police department and along with her diligence in DUI arrests Officer Koos is responsible to investigate all categories of traffic accidents throughout the city. She certainly deserves this recognition from MADD.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Motor Vehicle Accidents

The Police Department investigated 4,983 motor vehicle accidents (13.6 daily average) during 2009. Below is a list of the locations that experienced the highest number of motor vehicle accidents. The top 6 remained the same while some new locations were added to the list:




  1. I-435/Metcalf Ave


  2. I-435/US 69 Hwy


  3. I-435/Quivira Rd


  4. 135th St/US 69 Hwy


  5. I-435/Antioch Rd


  6. I-435/Roe Ave


  7. College Blvd/Quivira Rd


  8. 75th St/I-35


  9. I-435/Nall Ave


  10. College Blvd/US 69 Hwy


  11. 151st St/US 69 Hwy


  12. 119th St/US 69 Hwy


174 accidents were listed as "alcohol related" which, in the officer's opinion, alcohol played a contributing role to the cause. Officers made 927 DUI arrests in 2009.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Police Volunteers Receive Recognition and Awards

The Police Department’s Annual Volunteer Dinner was held at the Overland Park Sheraton Hotel. Mayor Carl Gerlach and Public Safety Chairman George Kandt presided over this event with many members of the Overland Park City Council present to show their appreciation to our volunteers. Each volunteer was recognized for the contributions they provided throughout the department. Four of the volunteers were selected to receive special awards.


Dan Acuff was named the “Chaplain Mychal Judge Volunteer of the Year” for his outstanding contributions in the Investigation Division.

Marie Lear received the “Georgia Erickson Community Service Volunteer Award” for her commitment as a member of the Civil Service Commission.

Ira Rakley received a plaque for his many years of service as a member of the Police Reserve Unit and as a civilian volunteer

Don Frankland retired for the Police Reserve Unit and was recognized for his loyalty and commitment to the citizens of Overland Park.

The Police Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for civilians to become involved in many aspects of our department. They work as Crime Analysis Assistants, Motorists Assist providers out on our streets and highways, and in the Personnel Unit to name just three volunteer positions. These dedicated individuals are a wonderful resource and contribute so much to our ability to serve our officers and the citizens of Overland Park.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Red Light Violations Are Dangerous

And here is why . . .
Yesterday morning a collision occurred at the intersection of 123rd Street and Blue Valley Parkway. This was a right angle accident, often referred to as a “T-bone” collision. A Toyota Corolla sedan occupied by two women was eastbound on 123rd Street when it was struck by a Dodge ¾ ton pickup traveling north on Metcalf. The passenger and the driver in the Toyota were taken to an area hospital. The 18 year old passenger suffered critical injuries and the 70 year old driver sustained serious injuries. The driver of the pickup was not injured. Officers from the Traffic Safety Unit investigated the accident.

It is really hard to understand the violence and ferocity of this kind of accident. In fact, the side collision accident is second only to the head-on collision in terms of energy expended and seriousness of the results. In order to get a better idea of how horrific these accidents can be, please view the attached video. Once you do, it is my hope that you never consider pushing it on a red light.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Officers Surround Apartment Complex and Arrest Auto Burglar

Quick work by both midnight and day crew police officers lead to the arrest of a 23 year old man for breaking into two cars and attempting to burglarize another vehicle in an apartment complex. The investigation began about 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday June 22 in the 10400 block of West 117th Terrace. A witness called police to say she heard glass break and looked out her apartment window. She saw a man standing next the car with the broken glass. She was able to provide a good description of the suspect. The responding officer set up a perimeter and located a man lurking behind one of the apartment buildings. Further investigation and evidence located at the crime scene allowed the officers to arrest a 23 year old man for auto burglary. A willing witness and quick response by officers lead to the capture of this criminal who was taken to the Johnson County Adult Detention Center to await formal charging.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Traffic Enforcement

The Overland Park Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit will conduct high visibility directed traffic enforcement this week. Extra Officers will patrol areas watching for aggressive driving, as well as red light and stop sign violations. Aggressive driving often times results in a motor vehicle accident or road rage incident. Listed below are times and locations of our Department’s high visibility directed traffic enforcement.





  • Wednesday, June 23, 2010, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the 7500 to 7900 block of Metcalf


  • Thursday, June 24, 2010, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the vicinity of 135th Street and US 69 Highway


  • Friday, June 25, 2010, from 7:30 am to 8:30 am, in the area of I-435 Highway and Roe


Motorists who observe aggressive driving in Overland Park are encouraged to report it by calling the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.

On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, Traffic Safety officers specially trained in Commercial Vehicle Inspections will be looking for overweight trucks. Before being certified by the State of Kansas to conduct Commercial Vehicle Inspections, Officers must attend an eighty-hour training class. Because overweight trucks take longer to stop, they are more likely to become involved in a motor vehicle accident - often times a rear-end collision. Overweight trucks also take their toll on city streets and highways. Had to swerve to avoid a pothole lately? There's a good chance the pothole was caused by overweight trucks.

On Friday, July 10, 2010, beginning at 11:00 pm, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct a DUI Saturation Patrol. A Saturation Patrol means additional officers will be on the streets looking for impaired drivers. Drivers who appear to be impaired will be pulled over and asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Drivers who fail the tests will be placed under arrest and transported to the police station for additional testing. Last year, over 900 impaired drivers were arrested in Overland Park. If you observe a possible impaired driver, you are encouraged to call 911.

The enforcement efforts described above will continue to make the streets and highways in Overland Park safe for all of us.

Monday, June 21, 2010

9 Year Old Boy on Bicycle Struck by Car and taken to a Hospital in Critical injury, but is improving

On Friday evening, June 18 at 5:30 p.m., a 9 year old boy was riding his bicycle in his neighborhood near the intersection of 127 Place and 127th Terrace. This intersection is near 127th and Antioch.

Witnesses told the investigating police officers a car was traveling westbound on 127th Place approaching 127th Terrace, when the car collided with the child riding on his bicycle. The young boy was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. As of Monday June 21 his condition has improved. No charges have been filed against the driver of the car.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Results from “Teen Angel” the Police Department’s Underage Alcohol Prevention Program

Each year, as prom and graduation festivities are celebrated, the Overland Park Police Department goes on heightened alert for underage drinking. At the forefront of the Department’s efforts is a program, funded through a State grant, called Teen Angel.

During spring break and the months that follow, undercover officers deploy on key nights for the sole purpose of identifying and arresting underage people who consume alcohol. Additionally, officers target anyone who provide alcohol to underage consumers.

This year, working on 20 separate nights, officers checked over 300 bars, liquor stores, retail establishments, parks and residential parties, making contact with over 260 juveniles. Their efforts resulted in 79 arrests.

In addition to interdicting minors in possession, Teen Angel officers are also on the lookout for parents who provide alcohol or a place to consume it. In the past, the Police Department has encountered parents who were under the mistaken impression they could safely host a party where minors are consuming beer and liquor. This is a very dangerous proposition and one in which hosts can find themselves in serious legal trouble.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Office Building Theft at College and Metcalf

Over the past several weeks a man, sometimes in the company of a 10-14 year old boy, has entered office buildings in the College Blvd and Metcalf business corridor. The man cruises the building’s hallway looking for office suites with unoccupied reception areas and desks. When he finds the unoccupied desks he steals items of value such a lap top computers, hard drives and credit cards. On several occasions the man has been confronted by employees. When this happens he makes excuses as to why he is in the office. At one confrontation the suspect told an employee the boy with him was “looking for his mother.”

The adult is described as a white male, 5’ 6” to 5’ 8”, with tattoos on his forearms and “bad teeth”. The juvenile in his company is a white male, age 10 to 14 years old, lanky build with blond hair. Reports indicate two vehicles may be involved. One is gold Chevrolet Trailblazer with wires hanging from the back and missing a left rear hub cap. The other vehicle is a burgundy older model extended cab GMC pickup truck.

To reduce the opportunity for these crimes to happen it is best not the leave valuable items in open view in reception areas. Brief cases, lap top computers, and purses are prime targets and should be secured or locked away.

Anyone one with information on this suspect or theses crimes is asked to contact the Police Department at 913-344-8750.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vending Machine Burglars at OP Soccer Complex




Our Investigators are asking for assistance in identifying two young men who are responsible for burglarizing vending machines at the Overland Park Soccer Complex. The loss from the contents of the machines exceeds $340.00 and there is damage to the equipment itself from the forced entry.

Surveillance video shows two young white males jumping over a fence and entering the closed concession area. The two then pried open several vending machines. One suspect is wearing blue shorts, a camo colored hoodie and white shoes. The other thief is wearing a blue hoodie, mesh shorts and white shoes. They leave the crime scene in a dark colored car. In this get-away car there are two other individuals, a driver and a passenger. The car’s driver has on a white T-shirt and the passenger is wearing a red or orange shirt. The two burglars may very well be responsible for other similar crimes.

Anyone with information on this incident or these two young men is asked to call the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Open Garage Doors are Open Invitation to Crimes!

In the daytime or the nighttime an open garage door creates an opportunity for easy access to person’s home.

Since January of this year officers have taken 18 burglary reports where illegal entry was gained through an open garage door. Many of these crimes were committed while the residents were at home sleeping. Not a pleasant thought!

When a home is entered while a person is in the home this makes the entry an Aggravated Burglary. A serious felony crime.

Who commits theses crimes? Investigations into these incidents show the criminals may be juveniles seeking to steal liquor or to more hardened criminals who steal cars from the garage. But the most common items stolen from open garages are electronics such as GPS’s, IPods, and lap top computers. Other goods, such as, golf clubs and lawn equipment can easily be sold or traded.

We also know “druggers” cruise neighborhoods looking for open garages so they can steal purses and wallets from cars in the open garages. The real target items for this type of thief are credit cards and check books. The stolen credit cards are immediately used at retail stores to make large purchases or to buy gift cards. Many times the stolen cards are used multiple times before the homeowners even discover a theft occurred. We all know retail store pass on losses to customers and that means we all pay higher prices.

The summer months are prime times for open garage door crimes. With that in mind everyone in a household needs to be aware and close garage doors. It takes more time and effort to check on and close open doors. Being a crime victim is a traumatic experience in itself. Making notifications to financial institutions and/or credit card companies regarding stolen credit cards is time consuming. Waiting for new credit cards to be issued and mailed can delay day to day activities and even disrupt vacations plans.

The time and effort taken to close and secure garage doors certainly reduces a person’s chances of being a crime victim.

Monday, June 14, 2010

19 Year Old Girl Sexually Assaulted at Neighborhood Pool

On Sunday, June 13 at 9:20 a.m., a 19 year old girl who is an employee of a neighborhood homes association pool, located south of 135th Street, was working alone preparing the pool to open at 10:00 a.m., that day.

As she was attending to her duties, a young man drove into the pool’s parking lot and approached her asking to check the lost and found. She allowed him to come inside the gated area and he went into the men’s and women’s restroom. When he came out of the restrooms, he made another inquiry of her and as he did he reached around and fondled her. She immediately told him to leave and he complied. The victim called her mother and then reported the incident to our officers.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’ 8” tall, average build, short blond hair, wearing a long sleeve white turtle neck shirt, and grey shorts. He had a square diamond earring in his right ear. The victim told the officers the suspect was driving a black or silver car.

The incident continues to be investigated. Anyone with information should contact the Overland Park Police Department at 913/344-8750.

Water, Water Everywhere in Overland Park, Police Officers and Firefighters Teamed Up for numerous Water Rescues

I am sure everyone has been affected by the overnight rains. Our police officers were very busy checking the rising water on streets, creeks and streams throughout Overland Park. During and after the storms, police officers and firefighters joined together to perform many water rescues. Most of the incidents involved drivers who were stranded on streets which flooded quickly. The officers and firefighters donned rescue gear then went into the water and walked the car’s occupants out to safety. Cars were then either towed out of the water or were able to be driven out as the waters receded.

This morning the midnight officers coming in to make shift change were soaked from responding to all types of calls for service throughout the night. As always, they were concerned for the safety of our residents and drivers.

As of 9:00 a.m. this morning the following streets are still closed to traffic.

Kenneth Road 143rd Street to 159th Street
159th Street Mission Road to Kenneth Road
Mission Road south to 159th Street of the bridge at that location
151st street Mission Road to Kenneth Road

Drivers are cautioned not to venture into flowing water or to drive around barricades. Flowing water is deceptive and can easily wash away a car.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Overland Park Officers are investigating a theft from a hotel room in which the “room renter” removed sink and shower faucets, a shower head, table and desk lamps, towel racks, and a 37” flat screen TV.

The total loss from this theft is nearly $1,000. The person who rented the room paid with cash and presented a Kansas Driver’s License as identification. Investigating officers determined the driver’s license was stolen and altered with the thief’s actual photograph. All the other information on the stolen driver’s license was accurate. The female thief is described as a white female, 35-45 years old, and 5’ 4” to 5’ 6” tall, 145 to 160 lbs.

The suspect used a stolen driver’s license as identification and what makes this a bit unusual is that she cut out the photo of the driver and inserted her own actual photo. This made for an authentic appearing form of identification.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Telephone Scam in Overland Park

WARNING

The Overland Park Police want to alert citizens to a telephone scam.

On June 10, 2010 four Overland Park residents have called the police department to advise they have received telephone calls stating they have won a car, the lottery, or large sum of money. All the resident had to do was to send money to claim their winnings.

The scammers requested money to be sent via Western Union or UPS to location such as Chicago, Houston or Florida. None of the Overland Park residents fell for the scam. No money was sent.

All residents said the caller spoke with a heavy accent, possible Middle Eastern accent.

Everyone should be aware of this type of telephone scam and not respond to the request for money.

Did You Ever Wonder How We Rate Against Other Cities?

Well, I did, starting right after I became Chief of Police. Consequently, we started the Benchmark Cities Survey, a series of inquiries which compares Overland Park to almost 30 other cities in a large variety of topics covering everything from specific crimes per 1,000 population to how many women officers we have in our departments. Each year the Chiefs of these Benchmark Cities gather to discuss the results of the survey and to exchange information on how we can make each of us better.

The cities we compare ourselves to are all the best of their class and include cities such as, Naperville, Illinois; Bellevue, Washington; Richardson, Texas; Boca Raton, Florida. All of these cities have many things in common. First we are all edge cities, meaning major suburbs within major metropolitan areas. Second, each city has substantial resources and are for the most part AAA bonded. Finally, each city is considered innovative and creative. You often see these cities on the “Best of” lists. Each year academics and city governments from all over the country wait for this information to come out. If you are interested in seeing how Overland Park rates among these best of class cities, please click on the attached link. Benchmark Cities Survey

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Missing and Endangered 16 year old girl

UPDATE #2:


Mr. Porter was apprehended and his step-daughter taken into protective custody in California. No other information is available at this time.


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UPDATE #1:

We have been advised by the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the State of Kansas that a warrant for Patrick Porter, 39, Overland Park, Kan., charging him with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of attempting to coerce a minor to have sex with him has been issued.

In a criminal complaint filed June 7, 2010, in U.S. District in Kansas City, Kan., Porter was charged with possessing child pornography and attempting to convince a minor to engage in sexual acts with him.

If convicted, Porter faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of coercing a minor, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the child pornography charge.

Mr. Porter and his step-daughter remain at large. Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Overland Park Police Department.

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The Overland Park Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Jordan McKenzie Stuart age 16. She is a white female, 5' 5" tall, 120 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. Ms. Stuart was last seen wearing unknown color sweatshirt, shorts and flip flop shoes.


She was last seen on Thursday June 3rd at 10:30 p.m., with her step father, Patrick Neal Porter. They were leaving the the Wal Mart parking lot at 157th Street and Metcalf driving a white 2003 Ford Expedition with Kansas University Specialty License plate 19450. This license has the Jayhawk insignia on the left side of the license plate.


Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Kansas Police Department at 913-895-6300.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Notice of Directed Enforcement at I-435 & Metcalf Ave.

On Thursday, June 10, 2010, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Overland Park Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit will conduct Directed Enforcement at the intersection of I-435 Highway and Metcalf. The Directed Enforcement will focus on red light violations.

In 2009, more accidents occurred at the intersection of I-435 Highway and Metcalf than any other location in the City of Overland Park. Last year, a total of 88 accidents occurred at this intersection. According to Sgt. Scott Ferguson, a supervisor with the department's Traffic Safety Unit, drivers who run red lights pose a significant threat to other motorists.

The fine for running a red light is $120.00.

Catalytic Converter Thefts




In the past 3 weeks we have taken 6 reports of catalytic converter thefts in OP, Independence PD, KCPD, NKCPD, Jackson CO SO, Roeland Park PD and KU PD have all reported numerous thefts as well. The suspects are primarily targeting 90' model Pontiac Grand Ams, Toyota Corollas and Chevy Luminas.




Roeland Park's suspect information from 5/31/10 indicates the suspects were two black males. The male who removed the catalytic converter with a saw was described as having short hair, about 5' 6", with a thin build, wearing dark clothes and black shoes. The suspects were in a late 90's model Gold Chevy Malibu, unknown tag.

Monday, June 7, 2010

"Click It or Ticket" Enforcement

From May 24 to June 6, 2010, the Overland Park Police Department participated in the annual "Click It or Ticket" Grant Enforcement Campaign. More than a dozen officers, working just over 300 hours, patrolled the streets of Overland Park looking for seat belt and child seat violations. Overland Park officers stopped a total of 631 vehicles. More than 1000 citations were issued, to include 388 seat belt violations, 291 speeding citations and 198 hazardous moving violations.

In case you hadn't heard, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson recently signed House Bill 2130, amending the state's seat belt law. HB 2130 requires all drivers and front seat passengers to buckle up. The law goes into effect on June 10, 2010. From that day to June 30, 2010, officers will be giving warnings. After June 30, 2010, citations will be issued.

Please buckle up and save a life. It may be your own.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Theft of $20,000 Diamond Ring from Kay's Jewelers




On May 26, 2010 a young man entered Kay’s Jewelers and asked to see the store’s biggest stone. He was acting very suspicious, looking around the store, talking and texting on his phone. The most curious part was that he was not interested in the carat size, setting or cut; only that it be the largest stone in the store. He was shown several rings and when shown a 2.5 carat ring worth $20,000 he grabbed it from the associates hand, ran from the store and left through Dillards. He is described as a black male, 20 – 25 years, 5’10’-5’11”, 150-155 lbs., short black hair and brown eyes. If you recognize him from his picture or have any information concerning this theft, please contact Det. Kearny at 913 344-8726.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Officer in third week of field training contributes to saving woman’s life.

On June 2, 2010, Officer Phillip Windholz responded with his training officer to a medical call in the 12300 block of Farley. The 31 year old female resident was having trouble catching her breath and was about to be transported by medical personnel to the hospital.

What should have been a “routine” medical call, where police merely assist medical personnel in getting the patient into the ambulance, turned quickly to a life saving situation. As the female lay down on the gurney, she stopped breathing. Only one of the medical personnel and Officer Windholz were present in the home at the time, and he and officer Windholz immediately began CPR. Officer Windholz then took over CPR by himself while the medical personnel gathered other life saving equipment. After a couple of minutes of CPR by Officer Windholz, the female coughed and began breathing again.

Field Training Officer Wes Griffith advised that Officer Windholz acted, “without hesitation in trying to save the woman’s life”, and credits Officer Windholz’s fast action with the woman being able to breath on her own again.

First Day, First Blog

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. In this case, I hope so. For months now I have been reading the blog of my good friend and colleague, Chief Jim Corwin, of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. After watching how skillfully he and his staff have used his blog to get vital and important information out to the public, I could not resist learning from his example. My motivations are the same as his -- to provide timely news information, to recognize noteworthy accomplishments of the men and women of our Police Department, to inform the public, primarily the citizens of Overland Park concerning issues and events important to our City, and finally, to offer a transparent window into the workings of our police department. Jim has done a great job of all these things. I am hopeful to achieve the same result.