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Car-Be-Cue Claims Hesston PD SUV

Posted 2/2/2017

By Jackie Nelson

Thursday afternoon, Hesston police officers were involved in six-department high-speed chase that ended with the subject in custody and a Hesston Police Department SUV a charred hull. 

The call began as a gas theft with a stolen tag in Canton, and evolved into a chase that went down Ridge Road, onto North Newton on K-15 and I-135 according to Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder, who was involved in the pursuit. 

During the chase, Schroeder said the suspect ran two officers off the road. 

"On Dutch Ave. the man intentionally came into my lane of traffic, head-on, and tried to run me off the road.  He did the same thing to a Newton unit and a KHP Unit at Dutch Ave and Hoover.  Those two had to put their cars in the ditch to avoid a head on collision," he said. 

Schroeder said he anticipates the suspect will come up on several charges, including aggravated assault of a police officer.  

The Hesston patrol vehicle, driven by Officer Crowe, the newest member of the department, accompanied by his field training officer Chris Carter, was lost to a fire when officers pulled onto the side of the road after the suspect crashed. 

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Swather Scholars Outwit Competition, Bring Home CKL Championship

Posted 2/2/2017

Record Staff

Hesston High Scholars have earned the title of CKL Champions.

Coach Patrice LeFevre said she is proud of her team and their first championship since she took over the program eight years ago.

“We have come close many times in my eight years as the coach. They felt good about themselves on Saturday. The students worked well as a team on Saturday and they deserve their award,” she said.

Team member Addi Schroeder said the win was particularly satisfying because they Swathers took out the only team who had handed them a loss.

“The one we lost to in the first round was Nickerson, and that’s who we beat in the finals,” she said.

Senior and Scholars Bowl veteran Sam Hunsberger said he knew the team had the title cinched with questions still coming.

“When there were three questions away from the end of the round and we were up 50-30 and there was no way they could bounce back,” he said. 

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Lions Share Of $9,000 Going To Hesston PD

Posted 2/2/2017

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Police Department will be receiving a sizeable donation from the Hesston Lions Club after the club raised the lions share of the cost of a new police dog.

According to treasurer Diane Bonczyk, Saturday’s event grossed just over $9,000.

“It’s an estimate since we still have some money coming in,” she said.

However, the Lions still need to account for the cost of the breakfast, so the $9,000 is a gross total.

Pancake Coordinator John Buller said this year was an exceptionally good year for the Lions.

“Something like this cannot be such a success without the participation of the communty, and we had great participation in so many different ways,” he said.

When the doors opened at 6 a.m. the Lions already had customers coming in.

“I think we had about 20 people between 6 and 7,” he said. Just a few hours later, the Hesston Middle School commons were full of diners and a line stretched 50 feet, snaking through tables. 

“This is the first time I have seen the commons area what appeared to be completely filled and a line waiting to be served,” he said.

Dale Koehn, proclaimed King of the Griddle, was flipping two-dozen pancakes while keeping an eye on the line.

“We’ve been very busy.  It’s fun seeing people, especially law enforcement. There are a lot coming in,” he said. 

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Gay Recruiting Sheriff Reserves

Posted 2/2/2017

Record Staff

Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay is looking to expand the ranks of the sheriffs office through community volunteers in the Sheriff Reserve.

The program, established in 1973, has been headed by Captain Mark Sheffler since 1974.  With eight volunteers currently in place, there is enough equipment for four more volunteer officers.

Gay said the Sheriff Reserve is a way to expand the reach of police, without the added expense of full time or part time officers.

“When they’re in uniform, they have the same authority as law enforcement in the county,” he said.

Volunteers with the Sheriff Reserve receive the same training as officers over the course of a one-year probationary period.

“They are trained and certified on tazers, batons, firearms, defensive tactics, building searches, everything,” said Gay.

Sheriff Reserve volunteers are part of the department and are out on patrol, primarily on weekends.

“Almost every Friday and Saturday night there is a reserve sheriff out on patrol from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.  It gives us more manpower.  Sometimes we might schedule two reserve guys and it almost doubles the law enforcement in the county,” said Gay.

Gay said reserve members are an asset to the department because they allow full time officers to take care of business.

“You’ve got regular deputies working a crime scene, and the reserves are there to secure the area. These guys work regular jobs, so we hate to get them involved in too big of a mess with court appearances. Their important job is backup, it might be a domestic or even just a traffic stop,” he said.

Gay said because the reserve officers have the same power as paid law enforcement, applicants go through a screening process similar to the hiring of a full time officer.

“These people are vetted just like everyone else. They are put through a polygraph, they have to be 21, they have to have a valid driver’s license. We do a background check.  The only thing different between the reserves and full time, is full time are put through a psychological evaluation and reserves aren’t,” said Gay.

Gay added, while background checks are par for the course, youthful indiscretions can be overlooked to join the reserves.

“I would look at their record and, say they got into a fight when they were 16 and arrested.  Now they’re 21. We can see that and I would forgive that. That’s not something that should haunt them forever.  Even a MIP (minor in possession of alcohol) or a curfew violation wouldn’t necessarily disqualify a kid,” he said.

Gay said reserve officers are expected to volunteer 16 hours per week, including a two-hour training session on Tuesday evenings.

Applications for a reserve position can be picked up at the Sheriffs office.

Gay added a reserve position can often lead to a full time career in law enforcement.

“We had four guys, right off the top I can think of, that are fully pledged deputies that started off as reserves,” he said.

For questions or more information, contact the Harvey County Sheriffs Department at 316-284-6896. 

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Gay Gets Down To Business With Drug Task Force, Jail

Posted 2/2/2017

Record Staff

Three weeks on the job and Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay already has one major accomplishment under his gun belt.  Jeremey Nelson and Myrta Rangel are now in custody at the Harvey County Jail.

“It’s cool that it happened on my watch,” said Gay.  However, he was humble about the efforts put in by his predecessor T. Walton as well as other agencies.

Gay said in his first weeks as Sheriff, he has begun work on the Harvey County Drug Task Force, his personal pet project.

“I don’t like dragging my feet.  There are two guys, one from Newton PD and another from the County.  It’s all about money. How much time can we allocate for our investigator and not doing general investigations,” he said.

Gay said the task force would be a cooperative effort between the county and local law enforcement agencies.  As community tips came to local police departments, the department would contact the county.

“They would get with each other to do surveillance's, doing things to obtain a search warrant, searching houses and arresting however was involved. That’s the simple version,” he said.

Given the funding, Gay said he would like to have one full time investigator allocated for drug law enforcement. 

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