Thursday, March 31, 2011

Extra DUI Enforcement on Friday April 1st

On Friday, April 1, 2011, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct another DUI Saturation Patrol. Four officers and a supervisor from the Traffic Safety Unit will work from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am looking for impaired drivers.

Last year in Overland Park, there were 193 alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. Alcohol was also a contributing factor in several fatality accidents. Drivers convicted of Driving Under the Influence face severe penalties.

On a first conviction, state law requires the driver to be sentenced to not less than 48 consecutive hours' nor more than six months' imprisonment and fined not less than $500 nor more than $1000. You will also be required to pay for and attend an alcohol and/or drug evaluation, as well as an alcohol or drug education program. Don't forget the cost of an attorney. Total cost: $3000 to $5000.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How close is too close when following another vehicle?

In 2010, 4470 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Overland Park. Among the top contributing factors were following too close and inattention. To better understand the dangers of following too close, you have to do a little math.

Take for example, a vehicle traveling at 45 mph. At 45 mph, a vehicle is moving at 66 feet per second. The average driver's reaction time is 1.5 seconds. That means an average driver traveling at 45 mph will travel about 99 feet before beginning to react.

If a driver is distracted by talking on their cell phone or holding a conversation with a passenger, their reaction time will be even greater. Patrol officers frequently observe drivers traveling at higher speeds allowing only a car length or two as a following distance. With an average car length of 18 feet, these drivers are following at less than 40 feet.

Reduce the likelihood of being involved in a rear-end crash by increasing your following distance. As a general rule, keep at least one car length in distance for every 10 mph of speed.

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Reminder to Buckle Up

According to research conducted by James Madison University:

• One of every five drivers will be involved in a crash this year.

• Crashes are the #1 killer of people age 44 and younger.

• Approximately 35,000 people die in crashes each year.

• When used properly, safety belts reduce fatalities by 60-70%.

• Motorists are 25 times more likely to be killed or injured when ejected.

• A common cause of death and injury to children in motor vehicles is being crushed by adults not wearing safety belts.

Make a habit of fastening your seat belt before driving. Insist your passengers are properly buckled. If you will be transporting children, make sure they are in a properly installed car seat or using their seat belts.

Friday, March 25, 2011

DUI Saturation Patrol

On Friday, March 25, 2011, from 7:00 pm to 3:00 am, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct a DUI Saturation Patrol. A team of Traffic Safety Officers will be deployed in strategic areas throughout the city watching for impaired drivers.

Drivers appearing to be under the influence will be stopped and asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Last year, 950 drivers were arrested by the Overland Park Police Department for Driving Under the Influence.

The Department places a high priority on removing impaired drivers from our roadways. Please don't drink and drive. If you are out and choose to drink, call a taxi or have a designated driver.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Detectives look to identify two people involved in purse theft

On 3/19/11 at approximately 4:00 p.m. a theft occurred in the 7000 block of West 75th Street. The victim reported that her purse was in her shopping cart next to her car while she loaded groceries into the trunk. She said after all the groceries were loaded, she realized her purse was gone.

Detectives were able to obtain photos of two people that are believed to be involved in the theft. The two people left in a gray or sliver Chevrolet Monte Carlo, possibly a 2003 model.

Anyone who knows the identity of those shown in the photos is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Woman arrested for attempting to falsely obtain a prescription-only drug

On 03-22-2011 at approximately 1:10 a.m. Officers responded to the 12300 block of Metcalf Ave to investigate a possible fraud. There was concern that a patient in the emergency room did not provide her correct personal information. Officers were directed to an emergency room where a woman was preparing to be discharged from the hospital.

Officers contacted the woman and after investigating the situation developed probable cause to arrest her. The woman was transported to the Johnson Country Jail to await charges from the District Attorney’s Office.

The report sent to the District Attorney’s Office lists possible charges of unlawfully obtaining a prescription-only drug, identity theft, and obstruction of legal process.

Friday, March 18, 2011

21 year old Overland Park Man Arrested for Aggravated Arson

On 3/18/2011 at approximately 5:10 a.m., Police Officers and Fire Fighters responded to the 9200 block of 83rd Street on the report of a fire. The caller advised the fire was on the front, outside patio of the Duplex.

When emergency first responders arrived, they found a pile of burned clothes, still smoldering, on the front porch. An investigation was conducted and it was determined the fire was intentionally set as part of a domestic disturbance.

Probable cause was developed through the investigation and the male resident was taken into custody. The arrested party has been transported to the Johnson County Jail to await charges from the District Attorney’s Office.

No injuries were reported and minimal property damage was caused by the fire.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Results of March Accident & Crime Reduction Initiative

On Tuesday the Overland Park Police Department conducted its monthly Accident & Crime Reduction Initiative. More than two dozen officers conducted traffic enforcement at nine of the city's Top Ten High Accident Locations, as well as twenty two Traffic Complaint Areas.

Here are the results:

411 Vehicle stops

645 Total citations

127 - Red Light
120 - Seat Belt (adult)
5 - Seat Belt (under 18 years of age)
101 - No Insurance
22 - Tag Violations
10 - Suspended Driver's License
41 - Driver's License Violations
62 - Improper Turns
40 - Speeding
37 - Illegal Turns
28 - Lane Change
8 - Follow Too Closely
44 - Misc. Violations

5 - Warrant Arrests
1 - Drug Arrest

The next Accident & Crime Reduction Initiative is scheduled to occur on April 22, 2011.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Overland Park Cold Case from 1995 is solved

Thanks to cold case funding provided to the Johnson County Crime Lab, a 1995 rape case has been solved. On September 13, 1995 Overland Park Officers were called to the 9600 block of 86th Street regarding a rape. The suspect was unknown to the victim. An investigation was conducted, evidence was collected, but no suspect was developed.

In December of 2009 using the evidence collected at the time of the report, the Johnson County Crime Lab made a DNA match. The case was reopened and using the new information it was again investigated and eventually submitted to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office who filed charges.

On 3/11/2011 court records show that a plea of guilty was entered by David Hudson in Johnson County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for 4/15/2011.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Top Ten High Accident Locations of 2011

So far this year (January 1 thru February 28, 2011) Overland Park Police have investigated 744 motor vehicle accidents. That averages out to about 13 accidents per day. Listed below are the City's top ten High Accident locations for the first two months of the year.

1 I435 HWY / METCALF AVE (24 accidents)
2 I435 HWY / ANTIOCH RD (13 accidents)
3 COLLEGE BLVD / QUIVIRA RD (11 accidents)
4 I435 / QUIVIRA RD (11 accidents)
5 135th St / US69 HWY (10 accidents)
6 75th St / METCALF (10 accidents)
7 COLLEGE BLVD / US69 HWY (10 accidents)
8 I435 HWY / US69 HWY (10 accidents)
9 I435 HWY / NALL AVE (9 accidents)
10 I435 HWY / ROE AVE (9 accidents)

The Traffic Safety Unit is working hard to reduce accidents, especially those occurring in areas identified as High Accident Locations. When Patrol and Traffic Safety Officers are not busy working accidents or handling calls for service, they can be found conducting traffic enforcement in High Accident Locations.

The department's March Accident and Crime Reduction Initiative will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. More than two dozen officers will participate in the initiative.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Armenian Police Visit Overland Park

Earlier this week, five high-ranking police officials from Armenia arrived in Overland Park to learn about our department's Community Policing efforts. In addition to touring the city, the Armenian Officers spent several hours discussing Community Policing with members of our Community Policing Section. Community Policing is relatively new to Armenia.

Their primary objective in visiting the United States is to educate themselves in the philosophy of Community Policing, as well as obtain specific information on the programs that have proven to be successful in our country. The Armenian group is currently spending a few days with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. They will visit several other Police Agencies around Kansas before returning to Armenia.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

“Teen Angel” Campaign to Curb Underage Drinking in Overland Park

Underage drinking by high school students and others under the age of 21 will not be tolerated. During spring break and the months leading up to prom dances, graduation, and parties, undercover officers will deploy on key nights for the sole purpose of identifying and arresting underage people who consume alcohol. Additionally, officers will target anyone who provides alcohol to underage consumers.

Officers working the Teen Angel program have been directed to aggressively enforce all underage drinking laws. Some may remember a time when officers who encountered minors consuming alcohol would have them pour it out, and send them on their way with a stern warning. Not anymore. Consumption of alcohol by minors is recognized as a serious problem in the community, and is dealt with accordingly.

One of the primary targets of the Teen Angel program will be underage drinking parties. In the past we have encountered parents who are under the mistaken impression they can safely host a party where minors are consuming beer and other liquor. This is a very dangerous situation, and one in which the hosts can find themselves in serious legal trouble. We are specifically on the look-out for these parties, and will hold the appropriate individuals responsible.

We will have undercover officers working in areas where alcohol is purchased, including liquor stores, convenience stores and bars. We will also partner with Kansas ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) and conduct compliance checks on retail liquor establishments, utilizing underage “agents”. The majority of establishments are diligent in their efforts not to sell to minors, however there are exceptions.

Anyone under the age of 18 will be charged through Johnson County District Court; and those 18 and older may be charged through the Overland Park Municipal Court.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded the Department a $19,599.00 grant for the purpose of Enforcement of Underage Drinking laws.

For additional information contact Sgt. Dan Carney at 913/327-6950.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Overland Park Man Arrested for Robbery

On 3/7/11 at 1030 p.m. Police were called to a residence in the 5700 block of 98th Street to investigate a robbery. It was reported that a man responded to the address to collect a debt. The person the man asked for was not home at that time.

Police were told that the man had his face covered by a bandana and that the man threatened the resident's by saying he was armed. No weapon was displayed. The man demanded money from the residents’ and left with a small amount of cash.

Police conducted an investigation and developed a suspect. Police located the suspect, and he was taken into custody. The man, a 19 year old Overland Park resident, was transported to the Johnson County Jail where he will await charges from the District Attorney’s Office.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Police Make Arrest For Aggravated Assault

On March 2, 2011 Officers were dispatched to the 8700 block of West 79th Street regarding an armed disturbance. The armed disturbance was stemming from an earlier incident where a property owner confronted a person who was crossing his property.

A short time after the confrontation ended and the parties separated, the non-property owner returned and a second confrontation occurred. This time it was reported that the returning party was armed with a black handgun.

An investigation was conducted and probable cause was established. An 18-year-old Overland Park man was arrested for an aggravated assault. Charges are pending at the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Police Investigate Two Attempted Burglaries At The Same Location

Police have responded to 10560 Metcalf to the Hobby Haven twice over the last 8 days on attempted burglaries. In both cases, officers have discovered broken glass at the business.

In both cases the alarm was activated, but it does not appear that anyone entered the business.

The first incident occurred on February 22, 2011 between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. The second incident occurred on March 2, 2011 between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

If you saw anything in this area at these times that you believe may be related to these two events, contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.