Budget and Fake Patty’s Day examined by Riley County Law Board

Brian Johnson with FOP addressing Riley County Law Board-photos by Cathy Dawes

Riley County Law Board members began budget discussion at their Monday meeting with much talk about personnel–but prior to that discussion Brian Johnson with the Local Fraternal Order of Police reminded the board of the difficult cases police deal with daily such as infant autopsies, suicide calls, rape victims they try to console. Johnson encouraged the board to carefully consider adequate pay and consideration of shift differential and educational pay when dealing with the personnel aspect of this next year’s budget.
Riley County Police Asst. Director John Doehling told the board four options are recommended for personnel, with an increase for part time and overtime pay, a .8 percent cost of living adjustment, expanded differential pay, and education pay of 250 dollars per month for 95 personnel compared to the 58 now. That would mean an overall increase to last year’s budget of 1.724 percent for personnel only.
Riley County Police Director Brad Schoen also talked to law board members Monday about next year’s budget, which is complicated even further by uncertainty of funding for new co-responder mental health positions. While grants and other methods have the positions funded for now, the next year might prove to be more difficult, especially with the different budget times for RCPD and the city of Manhattan. Schoen described the timing as “exquisitely bad.”
Asst. Director Doehling also went over detailed numbers on step increases, cost of living adjustments, and proposed changes in shift differential pay and education pay. Full time, part time, overtime salaries as well as KPERS, health insurance, and workmen’s and unemployment compensation were other factors to consider.
Board Chair Craig Beardsley seemed supportive at this point of the budget discussions, saying he liked the direction they were going and like the education pay. Beardsley also talked about the importance of putting some money behind the mental health co-responders.
Next month non-personnel items will be the focus of discussion.
While Fake Patty’;s Day was more than two weeks ago, Riley County Law Board members finally had a chance for an after action briefing presented by Riley County Police Captain Josh Kyle. Captain Kyle told the group many types of reports and arrests were down at this year’s event centered in Aggieville including DUI’s disorderly conducts, and noise complaints.
And while the turn out is dependent on a number of factors including weather, how the department deploys, other events going on, and as Captain Kyle says even the “luck of the draw”–he recommends the current deployment levels for Fake Patty’s Day 2018.
While law board members had some questions and comments, most seemed to feel positively about how the event was handled, including Board Member Usha Reddi who commented earlier in the meeting “It’s an outstanding job that you do.”.
A few comments were made about ways to keep the event more confined to Aggieville.
Law board members Monday also recognized Dispatcher Mary Gorman with a lifesaving award involving a golf cart accident in May of 2016 and Officer Garrett Lloyd was presented with a Commendation award in a January case involving a distraught person who finally surrendered due to rapport with Lloyd. A proclamation recognizing National Public Safety Telecommunications week was also read and presented.

RCPD Director Brad Schoen with Dispatcher Mary Gorman

Director Brad Schoen with Officer Garrett Lloyd

Law Board Chair Craig Beardsley reading National Public Safety Telecommunications Week Proclamation

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Junction City woman dies in I-70 crash

A Junction City woman died in a two vehicle crash in Wabaunsee County Sunday night that closed a stretch of eastbound lanes of I-70 near the Paxico Rest Area for two hours.  Tammy Patterson, 41, died in the accident, reported shortly after 7:30 p.m.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the vehicle Patterson was in had run out of fuel and was stopped partially in the left lane of eastbound I-70, two miles east of Paxico.  Another occupant in that vehicle was attempting to push it out of the roadway, when a 2013 Toyota Prius driven by Madison Connally, 23, of Ellsworth struck the vehicle from behind.
Michael Smothers, 40, of Junction City, who was pushing the vehicle, and other occupants and driver including Virgil Koppenheffer, 36, of Alabama, and Keturah Anderson, 32, of Alabama were all taken to Stormont Vail Healthcare in Topeka. The driver of the Toyota was also taken to Stormont Vail.

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Junction City woman dies in I-70 crash

A Junction City woman died in a two vehicle crash in Wabaunsee County Sunday night that closed a stretch of eastbound lanes of I-70 near the Paxico Rest Area for two hours.  Tammy Patterson, 41, died in the accident, reported shortly after 7:30 p.m.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the vehicle Patterson was in had run out of fuel and was stopped partially in the left lane of eastbound I-70, two miles east of Paxico.  Another occupant in that vehicle was attempting to push it out of the roadway, when a 2013 Toyota Prius driven by Madison Connally, 23, of Ellsworth struck the vehicle from behind.
Michael Smothers, 40, of Junction City, who was pushing the vehicle, and other occupants and driver including Virgil Koppenheffer, 36, of Alabama, and Keturah Anderson, 32, of Alabama were all taken to Stormont Vail Healthcare in Topeka. The driver of the Toyota was also taken to Stormont Vail.

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Commuters walk away without injury after multi-vehicle accident Friday

Three damaged vehicles rest Friday at the intersection of Seth Child Road and Southwind Road in Manhattan. No injuries were reported. (Staff photos by Brady Bauman)

Commuters walked away without injury Friday afternoon following a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Seth Child Road and Southwind Road in Manhattan.

One of the vehicles rested in a steep ditch.

Witnesses at the scene told KMAN no injuries were suffered and the Riley County Police Department later confirmed those claims.

KMAN will have more information as it becomes available.

One of the three damaged vehicles rests in a ditch Friday at the intersection of Seth Child Road and Southwind Road in Manhattan.

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Area unemployment numbers released

Unemployment numbers just released by the Kansas Department of Labor indicate a 3.1 percent rate in the Manhattan metropolitan area for February, which includes Pottawatomie and Riley Counties. However Manhattan-Junction City combined statistical numbers are 3.5 percent. Junction City by itself has a 5.6 percent unemployment rate.
Area county numbers for February include 2.9 for Riley, 3.4 for Pottawatomie, 5.5 for Geary, and 5.2 percent in Clay County.

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Injury accident reported by Riley County Police

Riley County Police officers responded to a report of an injury accident at Tuttle Creek Blvd. and North Seth Child Road Wednesday at approximately 4:15 PM. When officers arrived on scene, they found a Lincoln MKZ, driven by Max McAdams, 84, of Clay Center had collided with a GMC Yukon, driven by Daniel Mathies, 52, of Manhattan.
McAdams was transported to Via Christi for treatment. No citations were issued at the scene of the accident.

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Several fires reported by Manhattan and Riley County officials

Photos courtesy of MFD Facebook

Manhattan firefighters responded to a fire early Monday morning in the 2155 Patricia Place. The deck of a mobile home was on fire when firefighters responded shortly after 6 a.m. The fire extended inside and a near-by motorcycle was also catching fire.
Manhattan Fire Deputy Chief Ryan Almes tells KMAN the fire was extinguished about  15 minutes after arrival but there was one unusual aspect –a propane bottle for a grill on the deck was discharging and making quite a racket.
No injuries were involved with both occupants and a pet able to get out unharmed. Damage is estimated at $20,000 and cause has been determined to be a discarded cigarette in a plastic container on the deck. Almes admits an added challenge was the nearest fire hydrant was almost 2,000 feet away. But he says his crews were able to use tank water to put the fire out.
 Also reporting on recent fires is Riley County Fire Chief Pat Collins, who told county commissioners Monday his crews responded to 13 fires this past weekend, with many being controlled burns that got out of control. Two are listed as suspicious, including one in the 10,000 block of Blue River Hills on Sunday and another Saturday at that same location.The biggest fire was at 80 Cavalry Road on Saturday afternoon involving 160 acres. At least one outbuilding at 860 Harwood was burned on Saturday.

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Information sought on rural Geary County fires

The Geary County Rural Fire Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for several suspicious fires in eastern and southeastern Geary County. Director Garry Berges says several fires on remote gravel roads have occurred since January 31st of this year.

The most recent fire occurred during the evening hours Wednesday, (March 15) and involved the destruction of approximately 110 large bales of brome grass. Loss to the owner was approximately $5,000.

The Geary County Rural Fire Department Investigators are actively investigating these fires and is requesting the public’s assistance. The agency is requesting the public to report information on any suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles on remote gravel roads in Geary County.

Anyone with information about these fires is asked to call Junction City/Geary County Crimestoppers at 762-TIPS, 1-800-KS-CRIME or the Geary County Rural Fire Department at 785-238-1290. Investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are assisting the local investigators.

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Two year sentence for Pottawatomie County burglary

David Huffman, photo courtesy of KDOC

An Ogden man was sentenced to more than two years in connection with a residential burglary in Pottawatomie County.  David Huffman, 35, was sentenced Thursday in Pottawatomie County District Court to 27 months, with the sentence to run consecutive to a Riley County sentence he’s already serving time on.
Huffman was arrested last May on the Pottawatomie County warrant, which originally listed several theft and burglary charges. He entered a guilty plea in January to residential burglary and making false information.
The Kansas Department of Corrections lists Huffman’s Riley County 2014 case as involving possession of opiates or narcotic drugs. An earlier Riley County Police report listed a no bond probation violation warrant on Huffman as having an original charge of methamphetamine possession.His earliest possible release date on that charge is listed on the KDOC site as October 23rd of this year.

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Fake Patty’s Day reportedly “not all that bad”

KMAN had an opportunity to visit with Riley County Police Public Information Officer Alexander Robinson early Monday, who said Fake Patty’s Day wasn’t “all that bad.” The rest of his interview follows:

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A more formal news release is expected later Monday but the RCPD activity report for Monday follows:

Daniel Mainville, 32, of Manhattan, was arrested in the 300 block of N. 3rd St. on March 11, 2017 at approximately 2:05 PM. Mainville was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, distribute or possession with intent to distribute drug paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mainville’s total bond was set at $5,000.00. Mainville was not confined at the time of this report.

Cameron Hunter, 22, of Pomona, California, was arrested in the 1200 block of Moro St. on March 11, 2017 at approximately 3:45 PM. Hunter was arrested for 2 counts of battery law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. Hunter’s bond was set at $5,000.00. Hunter was not confined at the time of this report.

Abdoulaye Toure, 28, of Manhattan, was arrested in the 1200 block of Moro St. on March 11, 2017 at approximately 6:25 PM. Toure was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass. Toure’s bond was set at $10,000.00. Toure was not confined at the time of this report.

Joshua Cheney, 21, of Manhattan, was arrested in the 1000 block of Thurston St. on March 11, 2017 at approximately 10:15 PM. Cheney was arrested for vehicle burglary. Cheney’s bond was set at $5,000.00. Cheney was not confined at the time of this report.

Officers filed a report for criminal damage to property in the 1000 block of Bertrand St. on March 11, 2017 at approximately 11:15 PM. Officers listed Shayla Rilinger, 22, of Auburn, Kansas, as the victim when she reported that an unknown suspect damaged the front windshield and 2 passenger side windows of her 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The total loss associated with this case is approximately $750.00. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officers filed a report for aggravated battery and minor in consumption at Goonow Ave. and College View Rd. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 12:20 AM. Officers listed Kaitln Werth, 19, of Wichita, Kansas, as the victim when she reported that a female punched her in the mouth and struck her in the head with a bottle. Kali Mathes, 18, of Wichita, Kansas, was arrested for aggravated battery and minor in cosumption. Mathes bond was set at $5,000.00. Mathes was not confined at the time of this report.

Officers filed a report for criminal damage to property in the 1200 block of Bluemont Ave. on March 12, 2017 at pproximately 1:35 AM. Officers listed Bluemont Hotel as the victim when employees reported that a suspect shoved open a locked door, damaging it in the process. The total loss associated with this case is approximately $500.00.

Officers filed a report for vehicle burglary in the 2600 block of Players Dr. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 9:00 AM. Officers listed Heather Stech, 27, of Hanover, Kansas, as the victim when she reported that an unknown suspect entered her vehicle and took approximately $12,000.00 worth of photography equipment and cash. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officers filed a report for aggravated burglary in the 1100 block of Laramie St. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 1:00 PM. Officers listed Luke Burgett, 22, of Manhattan, Jenae Hicklin, 22, of Stillwell, Kansas, Taylor Gros, 22, of Manhattan, Levi Baker, 23, of Manhattan, and Jacob Vandervoort, 23, of Mission, Kansas, as the victims when they reported that an unknown suspect entered the residence and took a laptop, Ipad Air 2, a PS4, and 4 PS4 controllers. The total loss associated with this case is approximately $1,730.00. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officers filed a report for motor vehicle theft in the 1100 block of Fremont St. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 1:00 PM. Officers listed Elizabeth Sandbothe, 18, of Manhattan, as the victim, when she reported that an unknown suspect took her 2011 Kia Optima sometime on the night prior. The total loss associated with this case is approximately $3,500.00. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officers filed a report for criminal damage to property at 10th St. and Humboldt Ave. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 1:15 PM. Officers listed Paula Ferguson, 49, of Wakefield, Kansas, as the victim when she reported an unknown suspect damage the windshield of her vehicle. The total loss associated with this case is approximately $1,500.00. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officers filed a report for aggravated burglary in the 1200 block of Vattier St. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 2:15 PM. Officers listed Nichiolas Boyer, 22, of Manhattan, Katelyn Howland, 22, of Manhattan, and Marcus Collins (unknown age and city of residence) as victims when an unknown suspect entered the residence and took a Playstation 4, multiple PS4 games, cash, and credit cards. The total loss associated with this case is approximately $800.00. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officers filed a report for aggravated burglary and aggravated battery in the northeast part of Manhattan on March 12, 2017. Officers listed a 21 year old female as the victim when she reported that an unknown suspect entered her residence and attempted to have sex with her. Due to the nature of the case, no additional information will be released.

Officers filed a report for criminal damage to property in the 300 block of N. 15th St. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 3:25 PM. Officerse listed Kirk Schwartzkopf, 53, of Ness City, Kansas, as the victim when he reported that an unknown suspect damaged the window of his 2011 Ford F150. The total loss associated with this case is approximately $500.00. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officers filed a report for theft in the 800 block of Bluemont Ave. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 3:55 PM. Officers listed Mark Hattemer, 21, of Manhattan and Bradley Hemann, 21, of Manhattan, as the victims when they reported tha an unknown suspect took a laptop, tablet, Xbox 360, and other miscellaneous electronic items during a party at their residence. The total loss associated with this case is approximately $680.00. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officers filed a report for rape in the northeast area of Manhattan on March 12, 2017. Officers listed a 21 year old female as the victim when she reported that a 17 year old male raped her. Due to the nature of the crimes alleged, no additional information will be released.

Officers filed a report for theft in the 2300 block of Tuttle Creek Blvd. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 5:50 PM. Officers listed Jeremy Carter, 38, of Clay Center, Kansas, as the victim lost his wallet and it was returned to him minus appoximately $750.00 in cash. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Officers filed a report for burglary in the 1200 block of Bluemont Ave. on March 12, 2017 at approximately 8:15 PM. Officers listed Joshua Bouley, 20, of Manhattan, and Brett Rickley, 23, of Manhattan, as victims when they reported that an unknown suspect entered their residence and took 2 Playstation 4’s, 3 PS4 controllers, and 2 PS4 games. The total loss associated with this case is approximately $850.00. Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

 

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