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A True Story Of A Real Fake

Posted 2/16/2017

By Jackie Nelson

During February, a handful of counterfeit bills have circulated in the Hesston community.

Reported to Hesston Police Department the bills - $5 and $20 - were turned over to the Secret Service. 

“Every once in a while we get a couple of counterfeit bills that have been passed here in town.  The bills feel different than an real US currency feels, the paper is the hardest part to counterfeit,” said Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder.

Central National Bank Diane Bonczyk, the office supervisor, pens used to detect counterfeit bills test the paper.

“We mark it with a special pen, and if it is light in color, they are good. If the ink turns black or brown, then we are pretty sure it’s counterfeit,” she said.

In the case of the counterfeit bills discovered this month, Schroeder said the businesses reporting the fraud were unsure of where the bills had come from and were part of regular deposits. 

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New Police Dog Joining HPD Ranks

Posted 2/16/2017

Record Staff

Atlas, from the Hill Country Dog Center, will soon become the newest member of the Hesston Police Department.

Monday evening, Hesston city council approved the purchase of Atlas for $10,500. 

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said he traveled to the Texas facility and met with trainers and examined several dogs.

“We evaluated seven or eight dogs and ranked our top three. Our top choice was Atlas.  They are going to begin training all three dogs with odor imprinting for major drugs at the end of February.

“We will send Jacob Garver down there in three weeks to train with the dog at their facility,” he said.

Schroeder said the $10,500 for the dog will include training and accommodations for Garver while he works with the dog in Texas.  He indicated there are several funding sources for the dog.

“We haven’t heard the final amount on the Lions Club Pancake fundraiser, but it is several thousand. Other funding sources are $5,600 in drug asset forfeiture money,” he said.

According to Schroeder, $4,000 of funding is coming from the Newton Police Department after a $35,000 drug bust in which Remo, the former Hesston police dog, was part of the search.

“This dog thing has worked well, breaking even or making money over time,” remarked Mayor Dave Kauffman.

Kauffman inquired, should Garver leave, if Atlas could be re-assigned to another officer.

“Dogs can train to different masters. Remo acclimated pretty quickly.  We would send them through the Sedgwick Country training program,” said Schroeder.

Councilwoman Susan Swartzendruber asked about what kind of training the dog would receive. The previous police dog was trained in narcotics detection and apprehension.  However, due to a degenerative spinal condition, the dog was retired early and was not utilized as an apprehension animal.

“Our main focus is single narcotics detection. That is all this dog will be trained for,” said Schroeder.

In a cost-benefit analysis, Schroeder said a single-purpose dog was more cost effective than a dog cross-trained for detection and apprehension.

“We have rare possible deployments, like the chase through the field.  It’s a cost thing. Realistically it would cost another $7,000 on this cost for a dual-purpose with very little use,” he said.

The council unanimously approved the purchase of the dog. 

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Scholars Bowl Places 4th In 3A Competition

Posted 2/16/2017

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston High Scholars Bowl team returned from state competition on Saturday with a fourth place finish in 3A. 

Scholars Bowl coach Patrice LeFevre said she was very pleased with the team’s season, as well as their efforts on Saturday.

“I am very proud of the team and how they performed. I am honored to have been their coach this year, and they have worked hard to earn the title,” she said.

The Swathers headed into the finals of the tournament undefeated 5-0. 

“Things got a little tense during the first and second round of finals,” said LeFevre.

The Swathers fell to Hiawatha, the eventual third place winner, 50-20.

“It seemed like the questions were more difficult final rounds,” said LeFevre.

Questions like “Name the ventral shell of a turtle” and “Who wrote ‘Letters From An American Farmer’?” left teams on both sides stumped. 

LeFevre said as a coach the types of questions presented to players made the competition less fun for players and observers.

“We shouldn't have to watch the students struggle and start to doubt themselves because of the obscurity of the questions either. We Kansas Scholars' Bowl coaches submit a minimum of 35 questions each year to be used at Regionals and State. The questions are not to be mere trivia. They are to represent the curricula of KS high schools.

In the second round the Swathers came up against rival Maur Hill.  During the contest, only five of the 16 questions were answered correctly.

“It made for a close match,” said LeFevre.

An over-confident Maur Hill player interrupted a question, buzzing in early and gave an incorrect answer. 

“We were not able to answer it, and it resulted in a loss for Hesston 20-25. Five points separated what would place Maur Hill in second place again this year and bring us down to fourth,” said LeFevre.

Hesston went on to win its final three matches of the day, including defeating Independent 60-40. Independent went on to take first place in the 3A tournament.

“Most of the rounds were very close and were a testament to the quality of the teams there,” said LeFevre. 

The highlight of the year, however, was the show of support from friends, family and other Scholars Bowl plaers.

“The rooms were crowded with parents and grandparents; high school and middle school Scholars' Bowl students were there, too, to show their support. That was great and much appreciated,” said LeFevre.

In true state-bound glory, the Scholars Bowl bus was decorated and stuffed with treats for the team.

“It really made the kids feel special and that someone cares about their State experience.  The decorations and snacks on the bus were the biggest hit and boost of confidence. They really made this trip to State more special than the years past,” said LeFevre.

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