Hold onto your hats out there!
Hold onto your hats out there!
Beginning February 26 thru March 09, The Garnett Police Department will join other Law Enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years. In 2015, 13 teens lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas; 40% of those teens were NOT PROPERLY RESTRAINED. In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across the tri-state area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting, or failing to buckle up. Pleas slow down, put the phone away, buckle up, and arrive alive.
A big shout out to the man who bought me a snack at one of our local businesses while I was there taking a report, then shook my hand and thanked me for my service. The thought and snack are very appreciated, and meant so much to me. Thank you!!!
We did receive a light amount of ice thru the night, and according to the National Weather Service, we are in a winter weather advisory until noon today, which means we could get additional freezing rain. The state has been busy most of the night treating the highways, and the city crews pretreated the roads in Garnett and did a fine job. For the most part, the roads are decent, but a few slick spots still remain. Unless you drive like you're in the Indy 500, you should be able to get around pretty well. However, beware of parking lots and untreated roads. They are extremely slick, judging by the way I slid around checking the businesses thru the night. Remember, All Wheel Drive, or 4-wheel drive does nothing to help you on ice. Remember, even though the roads have been treated for the most part, any additional ice accumulation may negate that treatment and cause the roads to become slick again. As always, stay alert, take it slow and be careful.
Just for info, if you haven't been out driving, it is slick. The city crews have been out treating the roads, but it is important to remember, if you have to get out in it, take it easy, take it slow and be vigilant. Hope everyone has a safe rest of the weekend!
On Sunday morning, 02/04/18, the Garnett Police Department took 2 reports of burglaries and thefts from vehicles, with one reporting the suspect(s) entered a garage in order to get in the vehicle, in the Lakeview Estates addition. They are believed to have occurred sometime between midnight to 4:30 am on Sunday morning. During the afternoon on Sunday, another report came from the 500 block of South Hayes in Garnett that is also believed to have occurred during the early morning hours. At this time, there are no suspects, but evidence indicates that it might have been someone on foot. If anyone has any information about these incidents, or saw anyone walking in those areas during the hours indicated, we ask that you contact the PD with that information, including any descriptions available, at 785-448-6823. Thank you for any and all help.
"Hooo" you going to call when there is an owl in your house? Preferably not us, but if we get called, we will respond and do our best to correct the situation. On an unrelated matter, make sure if you have a chimney that it is capped.
The phone lines are not working for the police department. For non-emergency calls, dial 7854486823 to reach Dispatch. For emergency calls , the number is 911. Hopefully this will get corrected tomorrow.
Hope everyone will be safe this weekend with the bitter cold! We understand most of you will want to celebrate the new year, and if you must be out and about, dress warmly, have fun, and celebrate! However, remember, just because it's gonna be cold and a holiday, Law Enforcement Officers will be out doing thier jobs like normal, so buckle up and PLEASE don't drink and drive! We want you to be around for the new year! Make sure you remember your pets and make sure they stay warm as well.
The Garnett Police Department is having new phones/internet installed this week. It appears it is almost transition time, so here is hoping to no issues. If you need to contact us and our phones are down during this transition time, call Dispatch at 448-6823. And as always, if you have an emergency, the number is 911.
However, or whatever, you celebrate, the Officers at the Garnett Police Department wish everyone a safe and blessed Happy Holidays!
A Good Samaritan turned in found money to us today. It was found around the downtown square around lunchtime today. Message us with the amount and denominations to claim it.
Stop by the fire station and have some all-you-can-eat chili, potato soup and vegetable beef soup as well as some cake, cookies and drinks. Then, watch the annual Christmas parade and lighting ceremony. Santa will be at the fire station after the parade. The Ladies Auxiliary is collecting nonperishable items so bring some with you if you can and we will donate it to the ministerial alliance. We will also accept donations for the ECKAN toy drive so bring an unwrapped toy for a special boy or girl. $6 for adults. $3 for kids under 12.
Beginning Monday, November 20, through Sunday, November 26, Garnett Police Department will join many other police agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign. A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will underwrite overtime enforcement efforts that specifically aim at removing impaired drivers from our roads and ticketing vehicle occupants who are unrestrained or whose child passengers are unrestrained. According to KDOT, which tracks all crashes in the state, in comparison with other holidays, the Thanksgiving holiday period (Wednesday-Sunday) outranks all other major holidays (including the Super Bowl) in number of crashes in which driver impairment is cited as a factor. Those driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs endanger not only themselves, but also others they share the road with - such as their passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. On average, across Kansas, three persons are injured every day, and one person is killed every three days in alcohol/drug-related crashes each day. And the crashes tend to be more severe. vehicle occupants in alcohol- or other drug-related crashes are over 2 ½ times more likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes where alcohol or other drugs were not a factor. Each week across Kansas, over 250 drivers are arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence). A DUI conviction will result in jail time, the suspension or revocation of driver’s license, a fine of $500 to $2,500, participation in an alcohol or other drug treatment program and, where alcohol is cited as a contributing factor, the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device in the offender’s vehicle. This device requires the offender to blow into a device that measures blood alcohol concentration prior to starting the car. Also responsible for needless death and maiming is the failure by many teens and adults to simply buckle up themselves, or to properly buckle up child passengers. Twice as many Kansans who die from a crash are unrestrained as are restrained. Even worse is the fact that injuries suffered by those who are unbuckled are likely to be much more severe and disabling than injuries suffered by those who are buckled in. This applies regardless of speed, and whether the occurrence is on a city street, a county road, or a highway. “Keep in mind that if you are going to be drinking - any amount at all- don’t even consider driving home. Arrange to ride with a non-drinking acquaintance. Don’t let pride or concerns for your convenience endanger your life and the lives of innocent others. Drivers, always wear your seatbelt and don’t move the vehicle until each person riding with you is buckled in. This is your best defense against death and injury, it’s their best defense, and it’s the law. You will live with the consequences - good or bad - the rest of your life. By always following these simple rules, you can preserve life - maybe your life - and certainly your cash. You can safely arrive.”
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Garnett Police Department was called to the Anderson County Jr/Sr High School for a report of threats. There, we were told a student made threats of bringing a gun to school and conducting a school shooting. Through our investigation, it was determined these “threats” were started as in inappropriate joke. Through the rumor mill, this joke was manipulated and exacerbated to the point the joke now seemed as a credible threat to other students. While there is no law in place for telling an inappropriate joke, there is school policy regarding student conduct. The student whom told the joke was dealt with accordingly as per school policy. On Wednesday, November 01, 2017, the Garnett Police Department was made aware of more threats of a school shooting at the Anderson County Jr/Sr High School. Through that investigation, there was no evidence of any threats to the school. This “threat” was tracked to one particular student who played a part in the first rumor starting. Through the investigation conducted by the Garnett Police Department, with assistance from Anderson County Jr/Sr High School Administration, it seems both of these “threats” started as a fictitious story that was exacerbated through the rumor mill. Even though there was no evidence of any validated threat to the school, Officers from the Garnett Police Department and Deputies of the Anderson County Sheriff Office were at the school throughout the school day on Wednesday. While at the school Wednesday, it was reported to administration that another student (not associated with either prior threat), was making gestures of having a gun on him. Through that investigation, the student stated he was “messing around” when he made a pump-action motion and placing a pencil in his hand as if it were a gun barrel and saying “bang” while pointing it at another student’s head. That student was dealt with according to school policy. Throughout the investigations, it has been determined no legitimate threat was ever made to any student of the school, but rather inappropriate jokes were developed into threats through rumors. As always, the safety of the public and our children is the number one goal of the Garnett Police Department, the Anderson County Sheriff Department, and USD 365.
Great information from the KBI about precautions to take while trick-or-treating tomorrow.
Don't forget the races are tomorrow at North Lake!
For all you Craigslist users, there is a new scam out there. We just had a report from a citizen where he was trying to sell an item on the site. A "buyer" sent him a check for well over the asking amount, then requested he cash the check, keep the money for the item he was selling, then give them the extra cash back. This person was smart. They went to their bank, and requested to see if the check was good. The bank then contacted the "buyers" bank and was told it was not good. This person would have been out of a good deal of money had he not checked beforehand. Please people, don't be taken in by this stuff. Do your homework. Check with your bank and/or the "buyer's" bank if dealing with checks. Cash in hand is always the better deal, but you also have to be careful of counterfeit money. The following link is a good website that tells you how to check for real or counterfeit money. http://www.wikihow.com/Detect-Counterfeit-US-Money. Protect yourselves and your bank accounts from these people.
Seat belts save lives.
Gates are open at CORNSTOCK. Remember to bring your chairs and ID (no matter your age it is required to drink). Come out and enjoy. And have a sober driver.
Please pay attention in the construction/work zones. It is marked by warning signs and cones. The maximum speed limit is 30 MPH all the way thru the zone and is clearly marked. It does not matter if it is 12 noon or 12 midnight, the zone is in effect and does not matter if people are working thru it or not. It is zoned off and speed enforced for the safety of any workers, and for the general public as well. The lanes are narrowed and veer slightly, and can cause some confusion for drivers, especially for out of town people. We want all people to be safe, and speeding and/or driving recklessly thru a work zone can place anyone in danger. This area is heavily enforced, with some drivers being checked at more than 30 MPH OVER the limit. Normally, work zone fines are doubled, which means that you could receive a fine of up to $490.00 (including court costs) or even a mandatory court appearance. I'm not sure about you, but I can think of better things to do with my money.
There will be a heavy Police presence in the 100 blk S Pine Street today. Have no fear, it is training only. You might hear some yelling and muffled bangs if you are in the area. Practice makes perfect.