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CONTINUED REMINDER---DO NOT ENTER FLOODED AREAS---TURN AROUND DO NOT DROWN!!!!

MANY COUNTY ROADS HAVE BEEN FLOOD PRONE IN THE PAST AND MORE RAIN IS EXPECTED THE NEXT FEW DAYS...

IF YOU LIVE IN THE EFFECTED AREAS START THINKING AHEAD OF ALTERNATE ROUTES; HAVING A SUPPLY OF FOOD AND WATER ON HAND; PROTECTING IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND OBTAINING FLOOD INSURANCE.

NOTICE!!!!

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE NORTHERN AREAS OF WABAUNSEE COUNTY ARE IN A FLOODPLAIN. WITH THE ANTICIPATED STORMS THAT ARE APPROACHING OVER THE NEXT FIVE DAYS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR FUTURE FLOODING.

WE ENCOURAGE ALL RESIDENTS THAT LIVE IN THE EFFECTED AREAS TO MAKE PLANS AND TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS. A FLOOD PLAIN MAP AND PROJECTIONS CAN BE REVIEWED AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE: gis2.kda.ks.gov/gis/ksfloodplain/

DURING THE FLOOD OF 1993 HIGHWAY K-99 WAS CLOSED BETWEEN WAMEGO AND ALMA. HIGHWAY K-18 WAS CLOSED BETWEEN K-99 AND ZEANDALE. HIGHWAY 24 WAS CLOSED BETWEEN WAMEGO AND MANHATTAN.

AMY TERRAPIN, WABAUNSEE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AND THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARE MONITORING THE SITUATION AND WILL BE KEEPING THE PUBLIC INFORMED.

PLEASE MAKE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS NOW AND TAKE PRECAUTIONS AS THE SITUATION IS DEVELOPING AND CHANGING DAILY.
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Click It or Ticket is Just Ahead

Beginning on Monday, May 20, and continuing through Sunday, June 2, travelers can expect increased police presence on city streets and county roadways as the Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office joins 180 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2019 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). Enforcement will occur around the clock because seatbelt use diminishes after nightfall, meaning the likelihood of unbelted crash injuries and deaths soars during those hours.

Drivers will be confronted with strict enforcement of both the Kansas Safety Belt Use Act and the Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act. These statutes require that all vehicle occupants must be appropriately restrained. Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe occupants riding unrestrained or without proper restraint. Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually. If a passenger under the age of 14 is observed to be unrestrained the driver will be cited. The fine for an adult (18+) seat belt violation is $30. The fine for a youth (14-17) violation is $60, while the fine for a child (0-13) restraint violation is $60 plus a court cost charge of as much as $108.

Children under the age of four must be correctly secured in an approved child safety seat. Children, ages four through seven, must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds, in which case, the booster may be removed, and the child belted in without it. Children, ages eight through 13, must be safety-belted. In addition, Kansas law prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed. For answers to child safety restraint questions and the location of the nearest safety seat fitting station, or safety seat technician, contact the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office at 1-800-416-2522, or write ktsro@dccca.org.

The aim of Click It or Ticket is simple: to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes. About 345 persons are involved in 170 crashes each day in Kansas. According to KDOT ninety-three percent of them are buckled in. As for those who are not strapped in, only 7% of them are likely to escape without injury. While seat belts may not always prevent from serious or fatal injury, certainly no other piece of equipment within the vehicle provides more protection.

Kansas’ overall adult seat belt compliance rate is 84% and ranges, by county, from 71% to 96%, with occupants in rural counties generally less likely to buckle up than those in urban counties. According to KDOT, this rural-urban difference in rates of buckling up is especially problematic because rural roadway conditions are, in general, less forgiving than those in urban areas, and the consequences of driver misjudgment – such as unsafe speed and failure to buckle up – are likely to be more severe in the event of a crash. It is easy to see why almost two-thirds of Kansas’ fatality crashes occur on rural roadways while these roads account for only one-third of all crashes.
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Notes from the Sheriff’s Office: May 15, 2019

To the good citizens of Wabaunsee County, my name is Rob Hoskins and I am the Sheriff of Wabaunsee County. I will be providing information to all of you in an attempt to keep you informed of what is occurring in the county. I encourage all citizens to be aware, informed, and vigilant.

It has been a very active past few weeks in Wabaunsee County a place we all call home.

In Kansas, by statute and Attorney General Opinion, booking records, including alleged charges and mugshots, are considered public record and may be published or otherwise printed.
All individuals are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. This page only contains parts of the public records

On 04/17/2019 Todd Edwin Lewis of Eskridge, Kansas was arrested for probation violation.
On 04/18/2019 Dylan James Gray of Topeka, Kansas was arrested on a warrant.
On 04/19/2019 Shane Lee Lux of Eskridge, Kansas was arrested for probation violation.
On 04/20/2019 Tyler Jay Gorton of Alma, Kansas was arrested on a warrant.
On 04/22/2019 Dejaniqua Bryante Bush of Topeka, Kansas was arrested on a warrant.
On 04/23/2019 Talish Taree Phillips of Topeka, Kansas was arrested on a warrant.
On 04/25/2019 Brett Allen Bronczyk of St. Peter, Mo. was arrested for probation violation.
On 04/26/2019 Harold Walter Wesner of Ft. Riley, Kansas was arrested for driving while suspended.
On 04/29/2019 Whitney Michelle Morrison of Topeka, Kansas was arrested on a warrant.
On 04/30/2019 Christopher Leroy Allen of Topeka, Kansas was arrested on a warrant.
On 05/01/2019 Suellen Marie Wilson of Kansas City, Mo. was arrested for driving while suspended and narcotics violations.
On 05/03/2019 Jerome Fred Morgan of Topeka, Kansas was arrested on a warrant.
On 05/03/2019 Patrick Joseph Arrow of Hutchinson, Kansas was sentenced to serve 90 days.
On 05/08/2019 Colt Wendell Nye of McFarland, Kansas was arrested for assault and criminal restraint.
On 05/10/2019 Kimberly Michelle Cullison of Lawrence, Kansas was arrested Traffic and narcotics violations.
On 05/11/2019 Luke Kristopher Mason of Las Vegas, Nevada was arrested for battery.
On 05/11/2019 Michael Ray George of Wamego, Kansas was arrested for D.U.I.
On 05/12/2019 Refugio-Omar Espinoza-Camargo of Alma, Kansas was arrested for rape.
On 05/12/2019 Eloy Lopez-Flores of Alma, Kansas was arrested for rape.
On 05/12/2019 Leonardo Francisco Lopez-Flores of Alma, Kansas was arrested for rape.
On 05/12/2019 Adrian Lujan-Sanchez of Alma, Kansas was arrested for rape.

On May 14, 2019 the Wabaunsee County Courthouse hosted the third-grade classes from Alma and Maple Hill. The youth were all attentive and asked a lot of questions. They were given the opportunity to view the dispatch center and a portion of the jail. These youths were a joy to be around and we welcome the opportunity to meet with them at any time.

On May 15, 2019 I hosted a pizza lunch with the graduating seniors of Wabaunsee High School and on May 16, 2019 I hosted a pizza lunch with the graduating seniors of Mission Valley High School. This is the third year that I have hosted these events and it is one of the annual events that I look forward to. It is a joy to meet these fine young adults and wish them well in their future endeavors. Good luck to each of you and may God continue to bless and protect each and every one of you as you pursue you dreams.

On May 15, 2019, Wabaunsee County Attorney Tim Liesmann and I had the opportunity to present a $250.00 scholarship to Bailey Coon for her achievements while working with the SAFE Program. The SAFE program is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation and youth that participate in the work to educate their peers and grade school students about seatbelt safety and traffic safety. We are very proud to present her with a scholarship which was paid for from asset forfeiture funds.

The Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a new digital camera from the Kansas Department of Transportation for our participation in the SAFE program and the CLICK IT OR TICKET programs. The deputies spent time on patrol in school zones and promoting safe driving. Thank you to Bob Hamilton the program coordinator for this gift.

Continued reminder: On June 01, 2019 the “DIRTY KANZA” will be coming through Wabaunsee County. Over one thousand bike riders from all over the United States and several countries will be competing in a road rally. The route will be announced at a later date but the race will start in Emporia and the turn around location will be Alma, Kansas. Most of the route will be on the backroads in Wabaunsee County. Each of the riders will have a support team so there will be a large influx of people in the area that day. Please be mindful of this event and expect to see many bike riders and other visitors to our county on that date. The week after the bike rally there will be “THE CLEAN KANZA” where the sponsors of this event will be traveling the route picking up debris and hopefully leave the area in as clean better condition than it was prior to the race.

One of our fine support staff, Lexi Diepenbrock, will be getting married on May 18, 2019. If you have ever retrieved property or needed a copy of a report you have met Lexi. She is a key member of the sheriff’s office staff and we wish her nothing but the best as she begins a new journey down life’s path.

Deputy Max Joye with his K-9 partner Karma and Deputy Jeremy Lawton with his K-9 partner Spike, recently completed their annual certifications. To complete this training, they undergo written examinations and a very rigorous set of exercises where both must demonstrate proficiency in their skills. Congratulations to all of you for your hard work and efforts.

Detective / Deputy Kirsch recently attended training in the investigation of financial and fraud cases.

Continued reminder: As warm weather approaches not only will the robins return but so will the thieves and scoundrels that come over here each year to prey upon our good citizens. Be mindful of this as open sheds and unlocked vehicles are favorite targets.

As always, we ask that our citizens be aware and vigilant. Please report any and all suspicious activity. We know that we cannot do this job without your support and confidence. We thank you for that trust and support.
Be safe and be aware.
Rob Hoskins
Sheriff Wabaunsee County Kansas.
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STOLEN PIG UPDATE: The Wabaunsee County, Ks Sheriff’s Office reports the 80 lb, reddish brown “Duroc” pig reported stolen on 04-25-2019 has been returned to the pen in which it was stolen from. Evidence would show the pig did not get there on its own, as the two hot wires were pushed down and the pig was locked up in a different pen from which it was stolen, therefore, it did not come back on its own, unless it grew thumbs.

We are still looking for the suspect and the suspect vehicle, a white, 2015-2016 Chevrolet extended cab (not four door) pickup with a white topper.

The good news is the 4-H teenager will be able to show the pig soon.

A BIG THANKS goes out to the members of the social media community such as yourself for passing the word about this theft. We have no doubt that with your help by sharing the information, the suspects figured out they would not be able to sell or show the animal in the tri-state area.

This is the way this program is supposed to work!!!

WB COUNTY IS STILL INVESTIGATING THIS THEFT AND WILL TAKE ANY INFORMATION YOU MAY HAVE AS FAR AS OTHER RELATED THEFTS, SUSPECT INFORMATION, ETC. PLEASE CONTACT THE WABAUNSEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT 785-765-2217
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