Friday, April 11, 2014

Drug Take-Back on Saturday April 26th

The Overland Park Police Department will be partnering with the DEA again for another Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 26th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  You may take prescription items or other medication to drop off at any of the following locations:

The locations in Overland Park include:

Myron E. Scafe Building, 8500 Antioch

• Price Chopper, 7000 W. 75th Street

• Price Chopper, 7418 W. 119th Street

• Price Chopper, 11700 W. 135th Street

• Price Chopper, 7201 W. 151st Street

• Hen House, 6900 W. 135th Street

Proper disposal of medications can help prevent drug abuse.  It also keeps you from flushing those old meds and sending them to the great beyond like Goldie the dead gold fish, which, after doing a little checking, it turns out, is also bad for the water supply and can spread disease.

So make plans to clean out your medicine cabinets and drop off any unused prescriptions to one of the Take Back locations.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Results of Friday's DUI Saturation Patrol

The Overland Park Police Department conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, April 4th.  The DUI Saturation Patrol was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving.  The DUI Saturation Patrol was enforced between the hours of 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM.          

Please review the statistical results:

1     -    DUI arrests
2     -    Drivers tested for DUI
2     -    Speeding violations 
1     -    Red Light violation
2     -    Driver’s license violations
4     -    No Insurance violations
3    -     Other Traffic violations  
3      -   Seat belt violations

14   -    Total vehicles stopped

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Truck Inspections

The pictures below show how we did Commercial Vehicle Inspections back in the early 70's and what it looks like now.

A lot of things have obviously changed since then, but the existence of laws and ordinances to ensure the safe operation of commercial vehicles are just as much of a priority today as it was back then.

Commercial motor vehicles are closely monitored for a variety of reasons.  They are required to, for example, follow weight limit restrictions, operating restrictions, and maintain properly functioning equipment.  These guidelines might sound restrictive, but they are important.

Traffic Safety officers specially trained in Commercial Vehicle Inspections are always on the lookout for overweight trucks or other violations. 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. Ever had to swerve to avoid a pothole? There's a good chance the pothole was caused by overweight trucks.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tax Time Is Here And So Are The Scams

The month of April has arrived and if you're like most of us, this signals the coming deadline to file our taxes. A large portion of the population refuses to procrastinate and does them as soon as they acquire all the tax documentation, while a good portion of people wait until the 11th hour to file theirs.

Either way is perfectly acceptable to us, but since the beginning of the filing season, we've received two different types of reports based upon tax filing. The first is the telephone call from an unknown person, who will usually have some form of a heavy accent, telling you that your past returns have been filed falsely and that you owe back taxes. The caller then demands you pay several thousand dollars at once or you would be arrested. Of course we know with this scam the money isn't going to go to Uncle Sam, but to our crooked caller and their buddies.

The next report we're seeing involves victims who have filed their tax returns and then get a message informing them that their taxes could not be filed electronically because they've already been filed under their social security number. In quite a few cases, your refund will have already been mailed out to the imposter.

On February 27th, we were contacted by a resident who said he received a check in the mail from a bank for the refund on his taxes for 2013. The only problem was that he hadn't filed his taxes yet and someone else was nice enough to file them for him as a "Joint" return.

We obviously believe the suspect made a mistake by having the tax return check sent to the victim's actual address.

Here's a link to the IRS website which explains in detail the various tax schemes that are prevalent this season: