Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Need Assistance in Locating Vehicle Involved in a Hit and Run Accident

The Overland Park Police Traffic Safety Unit is asking for assistance in locating a vehicle involved in a Hit and Run crash from earlier today. The accident occurred in the westbound lanes of I-435 Highway between Nall and Lamar at approximately 2:12 pm.

The suspect vehicle is dark in color and should have damage along the passenger side. This car was last seen heading westbound on I-435.

The victim's vehicle, a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse, struck a retaining wall causing it to roll several times. The driver of that vehicle was ejected but is expected to survive her injuries.

Anyone with information on the suspect vehicle should contact the Overland Park Police Department or the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Celebrate the New Year Responsibly

New Year’s Eve is a holiday known for celebration. It is also a holiday known for noise. Besides our normal calls for service, officers will likely be called to investigate numerous fireworks complaints.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2014. Some of the most common injuries seen in emergency rooms are caused by sparklers and bottle rockets. Fireworks can also ignite fires because of the recent drought conditions.

Please consider this our friendly reminder that fireworks are banned in the City of Overland Park. At the risk of sounding like a New Year’s Grinch, the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks, by anyone, adult or juvenile, can result in fines ranging from $200 to $500. Yes, this includes sparklers, snakes, and the smallest of firecrackers.

Another type of call we may receive is the sound of “shots fired”. In most cases this ends up being fireworks calls that are mistaken as gun fire. But if you are tempted to replace the celebration sounds of fireworks with that of gun fire, remember, what goes up, must come down.

To answer the question of: Where do bullets go when guns are fired straight up into the air? The folks at www.howstuffworks.com offered the following insight to that question.
 
The saying "What goes up must come down" is an appropriate starting point. If you fire a gun into the air, the bullet will travel up to a mile high (depending on the angle of the shot and the power of the gun). Once it reaches its apogee, the bullet will fall. Air resistance limits its speed, but bullets are designed to be fairly aerodynamic, so the speed is still quite lethal if the bullet happens to hit someone. In rural areas, the chance of hitting someone is remote because the number of people is low. In crowded cities, however, the probability rises dramatically, and people get killed quite often by stray bullets.

It might seem harmless to shoot up in the air for the sole purpose of making noise, but it is illegal, not to mention extremely dangerous.

The Overland Park Police Department will be out in force to make sure everyone has an enjoyable, but safe, New Year's Eve celebration

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year’s Eve Saturation Patrol

The Overland Park Police Department is conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. It is the police department’s goal to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving within its community.

The DUI Saturation Patrol will begin at 10:00 PM, and the enforcement will not end until 2:00 AM. The Traffic Safety Unit will hold a briefing at the Myron E. Scafe Building, 8500 Antioch, prior to initiating the enforcement.

Through November of this year, 617 tickets have been issued to drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while operating a vehicle.

Please take a few moments to think twice before you get behind the wheel after having a few too many drinks. Making the decision to drive while under the influence puts you at risk, as well as others whose paths you may cross.

A court fine for driving under the influence costs around $500. However, that single ticket may be way more costly because of other non-city associated expenses including hiring an attorney, the possibility of lost wages, treatment costs and increased automobile insurance due to high-risk issues. Overland Park Municipal Court officials have estimated total dui-related expenses can be as high as $10,000.

Be smart on New Year’s Eve. Don’t drink and drive. If you must drink, designate someone to drive who will not be consuming alcohol or drugs.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Things That Go BOOM In the Night

Recent comments to the city’s Twitter account regarding loud explosions during the night time hours prompted us to do a little research here in the public information office.  While there wasn’t a specific call for service about last night’s referenced incident, previous incidents have mentioned powerful types of explosions beyond that of normal small fireworks and these seem to be coming from the same general area.  No one likes a rude awakening, and if it’s happening repeatedly, well, then we need to try to make sure it’s being addressed.  Since we haven’t been able to speak directly to the person who was spreading their own type of Christmas Joy last night, we thought we’d just send out this informational blog for all to see.
 
Now, on fireworks, they are illegal in Overland Park.  That’s nothing new and if that was all we had to say, this blog would be done.  But, you know we’d come up with something a little more interesting than that for you to read.  See while doing that research about any calls we’ve taken for “fireworks complaints” or “shots fired” type incidents, we also came across two recent reports for mailboxes that were damaged by what appears to be some type of large firework and that is definitely worth covering.  Especially if the two damaged mailboxes are related in any way to the complaints regarding fireworks and booms in the night.
 
Blowing up a mailbox, for lack of a better way of putting it, might seem like childlike fun, but it has very serious types of consequences.  Those consequences are outlined on the US Postal Inspection Service website, but in short, “mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law makes it a crime to vandalize them… violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism.”  What?  You thought it was a simple misdemeanor criminal damage to property?  No, sorry, the criminal damage property code starts out, “…by means other than by fire or explosives…”
 
So we send this word of warning out to the nocturnal person or persons who have enjoyed the sounds of their own made thunder in the late night and wee morning hours – Your neighbors don’t like it and we are telling them right now to call us when it happens, every time if they have to.  And to the person or persons who might have thought it was "just a mailbox", well, we would like to remind you that we at the Overland Park Police Department are a pretty big deal, but the US Postal Inspection Service is a federal agency and any report we take about these damaged mailboxes, we’ll be letting them know about.
 
Be safe out there and if we don’t mention it again before then, Happy New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Watch Out for This Green Lincoln

This morning we received a call from several witnesses who stated they observed three to four blacks males crawling underneath cars in the parking lot. The suspects were seen driving around in a sage-green four-door vehicle, possibly a Lincoln with a sunroof. They were wearing dark clothing and ski masks.

Officers discovered there were three victims at that location who were now missing the catalytic converters from their cars.

That particular vehicle was also seen on two other dates this month which resulted in another six victims along the Metcalf corridor. Suspects in those thefts are described as three black males wearing all dark clothing. The driver of the suspect vehicle had a full beard and one passenger was wearing a black ski mask. 


 Please be on the lookout for this vehicle prowling through the busy parking lots. Please don't approach them but rather call us as soon as you see it.



Friday, December 19, 2014

PD Unveils New Motorist Assist Vehicles

If you ever become stranded with a disabled vehicle while traveling through Overland Park, an Overland Park Motorist Assist Officer may dispatched to help get you back on your way.

Back in July, the City Council approved the purchase of two motorist assist vehicles that had been long overdue for replacement. One of them was due to be replaced because of mileage, age and condition. The other one was destroyed after catching fire while working out on the highway last summer.

The first unit, a Ford F-250, was recently put into service and is certainly an upgrade compared to what was used prior. The biggest difference you'll see right away is the large arrow board mounted to the back. This greatly improves the visual presence of the unit, and provides an increased safety barrier for everyone involved on the side of the road.

The Overland Park Police Department's Motorist Assist Unit consists of four part-time and one volunteer Motorist Assist Officers. Motorist Assist Officers are usually available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Volunteer Motorist Assist Officers work varying hours.
 
In addition to providing a valuable service to our citizens and visitors to Overland Park, the use of volunteers and part-time non-police officers for this program greatly reduces the cost of this service. Prior to the motorist assist program, police officers responded to these calls, so the use of volunteers and others free up a police officer to answer other calls for service.

Motorist Assist Officers can help change a tire, provide you with enough gas to get you to a nearby gas station and assist you in calling for a tow truck. Also, the motorist assist vehicles have room to allow the stranded motorist(s) a place to get out of the elements whether it is the heat of the summer, cold of the winter or a driving rain. This is a little more comfortable than sitting in the back of a patrol car for the same reason. If you experience a breakdown in Overland Park, call 895-6300, the non-emergency number for the Overland Park Police Department.

 
Old Style Motorist Assist Unit

New Model
 


 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cold Weather and Pets - What to Know

With the onset of colder weather that has arrived in the area, the Overland Park Animal Control Unit would like to remind citizens that it is crucial to take extra precautions for the safety of their pets. The colder weather makes it harder for these animals to get along outside without proper protection. With proper planning and a few simple steps, we can assure the safety of our furry friends.

1. If they are a longer-haired breed, leave their coat longer as it acts as an insulator to the cold. If they are a shorter-haired breed, consider putting a sweater or similar item on them for added warmth.

2. Provide your animal with adequate shelter that is well insulated, dry and draft free. The floor should be elevated and covered with straw and large enough for the pet to turn around in, but small enough to retain your pets body heat. The entrance should be blocked from any type of breeze.

3. Provide your pet with more food for the added calories that it requires to be outside in the cold weather. The older the animal the more difficult it is for them to adapt to the cold.

4. Ensure that there is access to fresh water. Consider using a heated water bowl or have the water in an area that is less prone to freezing. Check this often.

5. Make sure the area your pet is remains free from snow or ice and allows them room to move freely with unobstructed access to food and water.

6. Be mindful that cats are particularly susceptible to the cold and will find anywhere warmer to curl up in. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, bang loudly on the hood of your vehicle before starting it to give the cat a chance to escape.

7. Understand that certain types of rock salt can be very irritating to the paws of your pets, and some ice melts will even create wet areas that are not ideal for your pet to ingest. Make sure to dry off their fur and paws when they come inside to prevent the transfer of these chemicals when they lick their fur/paws. 

8. Keep an eye on your pets for any changes in behavior or movements if they are outside in the cold for a long periods of time. Take them to a veterinarian if you suspect they are ill or not recovering from the cold when back indoors.

9. Dogs and cats can be kept outside as long as their basic needs are being met. This includes the items listed above, food, adequate shelter and unfrozen water.

10. The City of Overland Park requires all owned dogs and cats to be registered. This helps us reunite the owner and the pet should it ever get lost or injured.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dog Bite- Request for Information on Owner

UPDATE: We've located the owner of the dog and it is now confined for a ten day observation period. Thanks for everyone's help to spread the word.


The Overland Park Police Department/Animal Control Unit would like your assistance in locating a dog involved in a reported dog bite. The incident took place on one of the practice fields at Shawnee Mission North High School (7401 Johnson Drive). This occurred today (12/10/14) at approximately 6:45 this morning.

The male victim said he was walking to school when he was bitten in the thigh area by a loose, medium-sized dog (50lbs), with short brown hair and pointed ears.

The dog's owner wasn't made aware by the victim that her dog had bitten him. The owner is described as a white female in her 40's, wearing a scarf and a brown hat.

If anyone has information on the owner of this dog, please contact the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Operation Rudolph

REMINDER: Event is this Friday On Friday December 12th, 2014 at 1:00 P.M., an information meeting will be held at the Myron E. Scafe Police Building at 8500 Antioch to conduct a pre-event briefing.

The Police Department is honored to be a part of "Operation Rudolph" for the third consecutive year. With the help of our Community Partners, we have given hope and provided necessities to over sixty families during the past three Holiday seasons. It is our goal this year to continue to serve this mission by providing gift cards and food items to more than 20 deserving families.

Target Corporation has generously donated $1,500 toward our gift card goal of $4,350. In addition to gift cards, we also provide a food basket containing everything necessary for a complete Holiday meal. The Johnson County Chapter of the NAACP is our key partner in providing the food baskets.

Watch the story below and see how OPPD is making a difference.

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Follow Up - Release of Suspect's Name in Last Night's Shooting

The suspect from last night's shooting is identified as 44 year-old Keith D. Angell (w/m 06/09/70). He was transported to an area hospital and is still listed in critical condition this morning.

Angell was being sought by the Fugitive Apprehension Task Force for multiple felonies at the local and state levels.

The Fugitive Apprehension Task Force is responsible for apprehending and removing the most egregious and violent offenders from our communities.

This case is still under active investigation by the Overland Park Police Department and more information will be released at a later time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

OPPD Investigating Officer Involved Shooting at 105th and Metcalf


IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 3, 2014

Members of the US Marshall's Fugitive Apprehension Team was conducting a Task Force Investigation on a subject in the area of 105th and Metcalf. While attempting to take the suspect into custody, shots were fired and the suspect was hit.

No officers were injured.

 
The suspect was taken to an area hospital and his current condition is unknown.

The investigation is on-going and no other information is available at this time.

Who Am I?

We pose this question to our readers simply because we would really like your help to figure out why the female picture below is using someone else's credit card to purchase gift cards at area retail stores.

The credit cards were taken during a recent residential burglary in the 6100 block of W. 67th Street.

The suspect is described as a white female, with brunette hair. On that date she was wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt with horizontal white stripes, blue jeans and dark colored sunglasses.

The suspect was with another white female and both of them left in what appears to be a white 2011-2014 Kia Optima.

Please take a look at the attached photos. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750. Please reference case number 2014-017973.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Results From the 2014 Thanksgiving Mobilization Campaign

From November 24th through the 30th, members of the Overland Park Police Department hit the roadways to conduct enforcement for the Thanksgiving Mobilization S.T.E.P. (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) Campaign.

This yearly campaign is funded through a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). The enforcement effort specifically targets impaired drivers as well as vehicle occupants who are not properly restrained. Officers also looked for child passenger seat violations, speeding, texting while driving, and other alcohol related arrests in an effort to reduce alcohol related auto accidents.
 
Please review the results below:
 192 -  Hours worked
328   - Vehicles stopped
108   -  Speeding violations
135   - Seat belts (18+)
0       - Safety Belts (14-17)
1       -  Safety Belts (8-13)
0       - Booster Seats (4-7)
0       - Child Seats (0-3)
124   - Hazardous Moving
1       - Texting While Driving
73     - Other Violations
3       -  DUI Arrests
1       - Minor In Possession Arrests
2       -  Drug Arrests
4       -  Warrant Arrest
 
3       -  Other Arrests
 
 
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday is Here - Buyer Beware

Now that we've stuffed ourselves with lots of food during thanksgiving, it's time to begin looking ahead to the upcoming holiday and what we're going to be buying our friends and loved ones.

Kudos to you if you were one of the adventurous souls who took advantage of Black Friday or the extended holiday shopping hours last week, but for many people, Cyber Monday is the time to find that really good deal online.

Last week we tried to prepare everyone by supplying them with safety tips while they ventured out to do their shopping, and this week we want to provide you with a few steps to take to protect yourself while shopping online this season.

The FBI offers the following tips to prevent online fraud:

•Purchase merchandise only from reputable sellers.

•Obtain a physical address and phone number rather than a post office box, and call the seller to see if the number is correct and working.

•Send an email to the seller to make sure the address is active.

•Check with the Better Business Bureau in the seller’s area.

•Ask about returns and warranties.

•Be wary of overseas sellers, who might not be subject to recourse by U.S. law enforcement.

•Don’t judge a company by its website. Impressive-looking websites can be set up quickly.

•Use a credit card for purchases rather than a money order or personal check if your credit card company allows you to dispute charges if something goes wrong.

•Shop around to educate yourself about the price range for an item. If the deal is too good to be true, it probably isn’t legitimate.