Crawford County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Crawford County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 225 N. Enterprise Drive, Girard, 66743 KS
  • Chief:
Phone: 620-724-8274
Fax: 620-724-8290

Crawford County Sheriff's Office is located at 225 N. Enterprise Drive, Girard, 66743 KS. The Crawford County Sheriff's Office phone number is 620-724-8274.

Crawford County Sheriff's Office News

Last week we held a send off for Detective Lieutenant Stu Hite. Stu accepted the Director of Campus Police position with Pittsburg State University. While he may not be with CRSO any longer, we look forward to our continued partnership with the PSU Police with Stu at the helm. Congrats, Stu!

TO: All Media DATE: May 29, 2018 FOR: Immediate Release RE: Black Bear Sightings Recently, there have been sightings of black bears in Crawford County as well as neighboring counties and states. According to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), these sightings are likely to increase. While the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office will continue to respond to such sightings and report them to KDWPT, we want to make the public aware that there will be no action taken because of a sighting unless the bear poses a serious threat to public safety or property. This link, provided by the Humane Society of the United States provides useful safety and mitigation tips related to black bears. More information as it relates to Kansas Wildlife laws can be found here- Please contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office with any questions or concerns. 620-724-8274

Deputy Bob Peters visited with Weir Elementary School on Career Day. EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement were all present to provide the students with information on their respective duties.

Congrats to Northeast High School, the administration and Officer Leftwich!

With the potential for severe weather this spring we felt it important to remind all of our weather alert subscribers that we ended our contract with our vendor that provided these alerts. While Crawford County Commissioners are considering a new County-wide solution, it will not be in place in a timely fashion. We recommend you subscribe with one of our local TV or radio stations for alerts regarding severe weather until a new system is available. Sorry again for the inconvenience. We hope you all have a safe and uneventful spring! Sheriff Dan Peak.

Deputy Kurt Grotheer had the pleasure of visiting the Raider Academy Pre-School last week. Students had the chance to visit about personal safety and got a tour of Deputy Grotheer's patrol vehicle.

Sergeant Aaron Callaway obituary.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office is grieving the loss of one of our own this morning. It's with great sorrow that we report the passing of Sergeant Aaron Callaway, who died unexpectedly early this morning. Aaron joined the Sheriff's Office in 1991 as a Correctional Officer and was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1994. Aaron was the first School Resource Officer for the Sheriff's Office and also served as a D.A.R.E. Instructor. Aaron was involved with the Kansas Juvenile Officer's Association and the National Association of School Resource Officers; serving on the executive boards with both organizations. In 2013, Aaron retired from his full-time position with the Sheriff's Office later serving in a part-time capacity within the ranks. Most recently, he was serving as the School Resource Officer for USD #247 School District. Aaron was an integral part of this agency. He was a valued peer and a true friend to all. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aaron's wife Jana, their children and the rest of his family. Sheriff Dan Peak

TO: All Media DATE: April 11, 2018 FOR: Immediate Release RE: Burglary, Drug Arrest On 04-04-2018 Deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff's Office responded to the Cherokee Little League Baseball Park in Cherokee, KS in reference to a burglary and theft from a storage building at that location. Cherokee Little League staff reported to the responding Deputies that forced entry was made into the storage building, and that approximately 300 feet of copper wire was stolen from inside. Further investigation led Deputies to determine that a subject had taken the wire and sold it to Advantage Metals- a recycling/scrap center in Cherokee County. Deputies obtained a search warrant which was executed with assistance from Frontenac Police Department at the home of Richard Todd Lee, 47 or Frontenac, KS on April 9, 2018. The search did not lead to the collection of any more of the stolen wire. During the course of the search, Deputies located vegetation and seeds that field tested presumptively positive for marijuana. Deputies also found a white substance on spoons that field tested presumptively positive for Methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia was also collected. Lee was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail where he was booked in on charges of Burglary, Theft, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The investigation remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff's Office

TO: All Media DATE: April 5, 2018 FOR: Immediate Release RE: Domestic Incident/Arrest Arrestee and Charges: Karac Jackson Burghart; 32 years of age; Mulberry, Kansas Charges: Aggravated Assault; Aggravated Domestic Battery; Criminal Threat; Aggravated Endangering of a Child; Criminal Use of a Weapon; Unlawful Discharge of a Weapon At 10:19 am Crawford County Deputies were dispatched to 208 S. Clements in Mulberry, KS regarding an ongoing domestic violence incident. Deputies met the reporting party/ alleged victim (name withheld at this time) at this residence who told them of an incident that occurred today as well as a previous incident from Wednesday April 4 in which she was assaulted by Burghart. The victim told authorities that on April 4, at 903 W. Perry in Mulberry, Burghart had assaulted her and intentionally discharged a weapon in her direction. This incident went unreported until today, when she was once again physically assaulted when she tried to leave the home. The victim was able to leave the residence and called 911 from a neighbor’s house. Deputies were informed that Burghart was still at the West Perry address and was possibly armed with a rifle and pistol. Burghart had made threats to use the weapon prior to the victim fleeing the house with two children. Deputies were able to locate Burghart in the front yard of the residence where he was taken into custody without incident. Several guns were seized after clearing the residence. Due to the condition of the home and unstable environment, four children were taken into police protective custody. The children were later placed by Juvenile Intake Officers. A bond amount had not been set for Burghart at the time of this media release. The incident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

In recognition of Good Friday the Crawford County Commission has ordered the courthouse closed at 2:30 pm on Friday March 30. As a result the Crawford County Sheriff administrative office will close at 2:30 as well. All other essential departments- Dispatch, Patrol and Corrections- will as usual, be available to the public for service.

TO: All Media DATE: March 19, 2018 FOR: Immediate Release RE: Pursuit/Arrest Arrestees and Charges: Chase Emmanuel Lewis 18 years of age Kansas City, KS -Fleeing and Eluding -Felony Reckless Driving -Aggravated Endangering a Child -Possession of a Controlled Substance -Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Juvenile Female -Possession of a Controlled Substance -Possession of Drug Paraphernalia On March 17, 2018 at 9:45 pm, Crawford County Deputy Sheriffs learned of a pursuit that the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was involved in. The suspect vehicle, a 2003 Nissan Maxima driven by Chase Emmanuel Lewis was northbound on US 69 Highway toward the Crawford County line. A Crawford County Deputy Sheriff located the vehicle at the intersection of US 69 and US 400 Highways and took over the pursuit. The pursuit continued northbound on US 69 until Lewis lost control of the vehicle and partially entered the east ditch. Lewis re-entered the highway and drove southbound on US 69 turning west onto US 400. The pursuit entered the Cherokee, KS city limits on US 400. Tire deflation devices were deployed by another Crawford County Deputy Sheriff near the east city limit. Lewis struck the devices and was able to turn north on K 7 Highway, stopping the vehicle ½ block north of US 400. Deputy Sheriffs reported that an unidentified male subject exited the rear passenger door and fled on foot. Lewis and a juvenile female exited the front driver and passenger-side doors and surrendered to authorities. A search of the area was conducted by law enforcement for the subject who fled on foot. He was not located. Lewis and the juvenile were both taken into custody and transported to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Lewis is being held on 3,000 bond. The juvenile was released to the custody of juvenile authorities. This incident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Our Missouri neighbors provided valuable assistance with a pursuit that crossed state lines. Great teamwork by all involved!

TO: All Media DATE: March 15, 2018 FOR: Immediate Release RE: Fatality Accident On March 15, 2018 at 11:44 a.m., Crawford County 911 received a call of an injury accident in the area of 600 Avenue and 120 Street southwest of Girard, KS. Deputies responding found a Ford truck and a Nissan truck that had collided in the intersection with two people injured. On further investigation, it was determined the Ford truck was eastbound on 600 Avenue and the Nissan truck was northbound on 120 Street when they collided. The Ford truck, owned by Ervin and Ramona Kichler of Girard was driven by Terry Holstine, Jr.- 36 years of age of Pittsburg, KS. Holstine was transported to Girard Medical Center by Crawford County EMS with possible injuries. The Nissan truck, owned by Hummel Farms of Greenfield, MO was driven by Rodney Hummel – 54 years of age of Greenfield, MO. Hummel was pronounced dead at the scene. Records indicate that Holstine, Jr. was operating the vehicle with a suspended license. The Crawford Township Fire Department also assisted at the scene. The incidents surrounding the accident remain under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

TO: All Media DATE: March 12, 2018 FOR: Immediate Release RE: Pursuit/Arrest Arrestees and charges: Austin Tyler Arnold, 26 years of age, Ft. Scott, KS. Possession of Stolen Property Felony Obstruction Theft of Property Flee or Attempt to Elude Law Enforcement Maddison Sarah-Jane Hendricks, 21 years of age, Ft. Scott, KS Possession of Stolen Property Felony Obstruction On March 9, 2018 at 12:18 a.m., Crawford County 911 received a call from a Joseph Frank Merando of Arma, Kansas. Merando reported that he was following a Chevrolet truck pulling a trailer that Merando identified as his. It was discovered later that the truck was driven by Arnold with Hendricks as a passenger. Merando noticed the trailer missing from his residence earlier and when he saw it behind the Chevrolet, he followed it northbound from the Arma area. A deputy located the truck and trailer west of Arcadia where the Arnold failed to yield and fled from the area northbound on 260 Street from 710 Avenue. Arnold continued north on 260 Street until he was unable to negotiate a curve at 260 Street and 725 Avenue. He entered a field and both occupants abandoned the vehicle on foot, entering a creek. Hendricks was located on the embankment and was placed into custody. Arnold was able to cross the creek and hid in the timber to avoid detection. With temperatures in the 30’s a search was conducted and local homeowners were notified of at-large individual. Later that morning, a deputy located Arnold and took him into custody. Both Hendricks and Arnold were transported to the Crawford County Jail and have since bonded out. The stolen trailer was released to the owner at the scene. Arcadia Police and the Vernon County, MO Sheriff’s Office assisted in the incident, which remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Here is a funny illustration of an actual IRS scam call and the intimidating message they use. Several of our staff have had the same kind of calls. With spring approaching, the number of scams tend to ramp up, from home improvement to lottery scams. Just remember the adage- if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Proud of students who reported this potential threat to the School Resource Officer. Sheriff’s Deputies and Pittsburg Police will be present at PHS tomorrow to ensure a safe learning environment.

Our School Resource Officers do a great job in their respective schools. They are an important part of the school communities and strive to help create a positive learning environment for the students.

What he safely if you absolutely have to get out.

TO: All Media FROM: Sheriff Dan Peak RE: Drug Arrest January 27, 2018 Suspect: Gavin Phillip Wood, 21 years of age, Pittsburg, KS Charges: Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia On the evening of January 25, 2018 Crawford County Authorities received information of suspected drug trafficking out of Colorado. A Crawford County Deputy Sheriff conducted a traffic stop on US 400 HIghway west of the Cherokee, KS city limits on a vehicle fitting the description provided. The driver was identified as Gavin Phillip Wood. Crawford County Deputies with assistance from Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and Pittsburg Police Detectives conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and seized over 10 pounds of vegetation in large plastic bags that field tested presumptively positive as marijuana. Smaller containers of the same vegetation were seized along with what are believed to be edible forms of marijuana and cannabis wax. Wood was transported to the Crawford County Jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond. This incident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

TO: All Media DATE: January 25, 2018 FOR: Immediate Release RE: Fatality Accident On January 24, 2018 at 7:21 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident involving a pedestrian near the intersection of K 126 Highway and 270th Street. Deputies received information while enroute that the pedestrian was unresponsive and that passersby had stopped to render aid. Deputies arrived to find the pedestrian in a ditch with significant trauma. Ladonna Ann Griffith, 49 of Asbury, MO was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation indicates that a vehicle, driven by Cody Thompson, 29 of Nevada, MO was westbound on K 126 Highway. Griffith was walking west from the Missouri state line. Deputies believe that Griffith was in the roadway at the time she was struck and dark conditions and oncoming traffic were contributing factors in the accident. Though deputies believe alcohol was not a factor, Thompson voluntarily submitted to a blood-alcohol test. The Crawford County Coroner ordered that Griffith’s body be taken to Kansas City, KS for an autopsy. Further information may be released pending the outcome of the blood-alcohol test and the autopsy. The incident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.