Washington County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Washington County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 301 B Street, Washington, 66968 KS
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Washington County Sheriff's Office is located at 301 B Street, Washington, 66968 KS. The Washington County Sheriff's Office phone number is 785-325-2293.

Washington County Sheriff's Office News

We have created a new Facebook page. Please like our new page. We will slowly be transitioning to use the new one full time. As always we do not monitor this page 24/7 so if you need immediate assistance please contact us. Creating a new page will help us to stay connected better. Have a great weekend everyone! https://www.facebook.com/Washington-County-Sheriffs-Office-Kansas-341479826620544/?modal=admin_todo_tour

STOLEN TRUCK This morning our office took a report of a stolen truck taken from outside a residence in Washington. Truck is a green 1998 Chevrolet with Kansas plates 504DWE. If you see this vehicle please call 911 or call our office at 325-2293. Thank you for your assistance!


A rifle was found in Greenleaf. Please identify at the sheriff's office if this gun is yours. 325-2293 if any questions.

Hunter Education class enrollment is now open! Stop by the sheriff's office and get signed up or give us a call and we will add you to the list. 325-2293 Preregistration is required. It's a good idea to pick up your book before class! Anyone born after July 1st, 1957 is required to have a Hunters Education certificate to hunt in the State of Kansas. You must be 12 year old to receive a certificate. Class is Friday August 24th 600 - 900 PM Saturday August 25th 800 am - 4:30 PM Sunday August 26th 800 - Noon Class is held at KSDS Training Center, Washington

*********NEWS RELEASE ********* On 26July18, officers from the Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office assisted detectives and tactical response officers from the Topeka Police Department with the execution of multiple search warrants in Greenleaf, KS and in the vicinity of Hollenberg, KS. These search warrants were a result of the double homicide investigation by Topeka PD in which Bradley Sportsman and Richard Showalter, both of Greenleaf, KS, and Matthew Hutto of Clay Center, KS were arrested. During the execution of the warrants, an explosive device was discovered. At that point the Riley County Police Department Bomb Squad was requested to assist. RCPD’s Bomb Squad removed the device, and it was rendered safe at a remote location. At that point the search of the residence was resumed and eventually concluded. The Greenleaf Fire Department, Linn EMS and Federal Bureau of Investigation also assisted during the incident. Investigation continues in regards to the explosive device. A separate search warrant was obtained by the Washington Co. SO in regards to the explosive device. Applicable reports will be forwarded to the Washington County Attorney’s Office when complete.

Stolen Vehicle from Hanover has been located thank you for all assistance!

VEHICLE HAS BEEN LOCATED THANK YOU FOR ALL ASSISTANCE! STOLEN VEHICLE It was reported to our office this morning that a 2005 GMC Sierra Truck Dark Grey in color was stolen from Hanover overnight. Tag # is Kansas 060KSE Anyone with information or knows the whereabouts of this vehicle please contact the sheriff's office at 785-325-2293 or call 911.

The Bonnie Tegethoff family is trying to locate a horse trailer that is registered and owned by them that was not located during their estate sale. It is presumed that Dick Tegethoff likely let someone borrow the trailer, but unknown to whom. This item is not being classified as stolen, nor is anyone in trouble for possession of it. The tag # is SGR122 and is a 1981 Flying Dutchman make. The family would just like to locate it since it is still on their taxes and registered in their name. Anyone with any information or knowledge about this trailer please call 785-325-2293

This coming Saturday on the 28th, the Washington Co. Sheriff's Office will be hosting another DEA Prescription Drugs Take-Back event. This event is held every 6 months, and we have had great success in administering this service to the public. Bring in your unwanted prescription pills or medications for their proper disposal. One of the top drug abuses in the country and our specific area is that of prescription drugs. There are no questions asked, and by properly disposing of them you are ensuring that they remain out of the hands of abusers, and also our environment. Help us keep these abused substances off the streets and out of our communities. We hope to see you on Saturday!

At 1105 PM Tuesday April 10th deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Indiana Street, Palmer for a Hit and Run Accident that had just occurred. Suspect vehicle is a darker colored SUV. Anyone with information please contact our department. 325-2293.

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week!

Hanover EMS Director, Brian Sinn, recently accepted doses of Narcan from the Sheriff's Office. Narcan is a life-saving drug meant for treatment of opioid overdose. The opioid epidemic has not only affected our nation, but rural Kansas as well. The Narcan was generously supplied to our office through a grant by the KS Dept of Corrections.

Today our office donated Narcan doses in response to the opioid crisis occurring in Kansas and nationally. Caroline Scoville accepted the doses on behalf of Washington EMS, and for Lisa Voelker with Linn EMS. Narcan doses have been provided to agencies across Kansas from the Kansas Dept. of Corrections.

Recently personnel from the Sheriff’s Office and Communications attended 2018 Fatality Management Tabletop Exercise in Topeka. This exercise was scenario based. We were given a scenario and everyone at the table was able to contribute their part and work through all aspects. The scenario given to all counties in Kansas was an explosion at the county fair. We worked through taking the initial call, getting units to respond, calling in additional resources, controlling the scene, all the way through to assisting in rebuilding the county fair. We only spent 5 hours on this exercise but in reality of a mass casualty the amount of time we would spend on it would be way more. This training gave us all the opportunity to talk amongst ourselves and see what resources each agency has available. In a mass casualty incident we all have to work together. Some of the agencies work together on a weekly basis. Others only in the middle of a big emergency so sitting down and working together in a non emergency setting is a great training for all involved. We were able to learn from the funeral services which is an agency we do not have a lot of interaction with. Participating were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Communications/911, Washington County Health Department, Washington County Emergency Management, Washington County Commissioner, Washington County Fire Department, Ministerial Association, Funeral Services & the Washington County Hospital.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is accepting applications for a full time Corrections Officer. This position requires shift work, you must be available to work any shift, weekends, evenings and holidays. Applications may be obtained from the Washington County Communications, 301 B Street, Washington 785-325-2293 or emailing wcs2924@gmail.com.

The Washington County Communication Department is accepting applications for a full time 911 dispatcher. Duties include receiving and dispatching for all emergency services. Skills required are good listening skills, must be able to speak in a clear voice and possess proficient typing and data entry skills. This position requires shift work, you must be available to work any shift, weekends, evenings and holidays. Applications may be obtained from the Washington County Communications, 301 B Street, Washington 785-325-2293 or emailing wcs2924@gmail.com.

*****NEWS RELEASE***** The reconstruction project for B Street in Washington is almost underway. As a result the City of Washington, USD #108 and the Washington Co. Sheriffs’ Office have recently collaborated to determine the safest and most effective way to reroute traffic flow for the B St. area. While drivers will obviously have the option to choose a detour of their liking, it is foreseen that D St. in Washington will likely become a high-density traffic area from US36 Highway going north to College St. Due to this, the following traffic device changes will soon go into effect per city ordinance: ---At College & D St.; the 4-way Stop signs remain unchanged. ---At 1st & D St.; Yield sign placement will change from North/South to East/West direction. ---At 2nd & D St.; Stop signs will be replaced by Yield signs. The direction of North/South will remain the same. ---At 3rd & D St.; the Stop signs for North/South traffic will remain unchanged. ---At 4th & D St.; Yield sign placement will change from North/South to East/West direction. ---At 5th & D St.; Stop sign placement will change from North/South to East/West direction. ---At 6th & D St.; the 2-way Stop signs for East/West traffic remain unchanged. ---At US36 & D St.; there will be no changes to the existing Stop signs These traffic changes will be implemented as soon as possible, and we are wanting to educate the public in the best manner possible to hopefully alleviate any traffic concerns or problems. The changes will become permanent and will not be changed back to their original state, even when the B St. construction is finished. Our overall goal is to manage the traffic in the safest way possible while also opening up a streamlined traffic way from US36 to the school. Expect to see a much higher rate of school bus traffic on this route, along with passenger vehicles as well. Traffic enforcement from the Sheriffs’ Office will also be increased for a period of time along this route. Remember that while you yourself may learn and memorize these traffic changes, others on the roadway may not have yet. We urge everyone to slow down and be cautious at all of the D St. intersections which are effected. For any questions on this matter please refer them directly to City Hall at 325-2284 or the Sheriffs’ Office at 325-2293.

Happy Friday! It is a beautiful day! I apologize my “Facebook Friday” seemed like a wonderful plan and then sick kids and moving of dispatch shifts happened! So, today I thought I would keep it simple. VIN Inspections One of the services we provide at the Sheriff’s Office is VIN Inspections. You must have a VIN Inspection on any of the following. Any vehicle or trailer with an out-of-state or out-of-country title*. Any vehicle or trailer purchased out of state with an out-of-state bill of sale*. Antique vehicles model year 1950 or newer purchased in Kansas with an in-state bill of sale. Any vehicle titled as a non-highway (with no liability insurance) or salvaged vehicle, BUT the owner wants to apply for title and registration for a formerly non-highway or rebuilt salvaged vehicle. Any boat trailer weighing 2,001 lbs. or more that's never been titled in Kansas. The owner currently must be using an Ownership Affidavit for Vehicle-Trailer-Antique-Motor (Form TR-90). * These vehicles are required to undergo the Motor Vehicle Examination regardless of age. If you are new to the state and you have lived in the state 90 days or more. We ask that you call the office to make sure someone is available to do the inspection before driving in. You must bring the title, the vehicle, your drivers license and a $20.00 fee (cash or check). All we do is run the VIN through NCIC to make sure the vehicle is not stolen. An inspection will have to be completed before you can tag your vehicle at the court house. So to summarize, call before coming in. Bring your vehicle, title, driver’s license and $20.00 fee. As always any questions feel free to give us a call! The forecast shows 60’s for the weekend hope everyone is able to open windows, get outside and enjoy the weather! Have a great weekend!

********UPDATE********** The owner has been located and the animal returned home. Thank you for all your help! We had a call this evening about a white Great Pyrenees running around the Hollenberg area on Fuller Street. It was described as a large size, but still a puppy and friendly. Below is just a stock photo to help describe the dog. If you know of someone who owns one please pass this along so we can get them returned home.

Employee Spotlight - Ron Elsasser Serving Washington County as a deputy since May of 1982 is Ron Elsasser. Ron began his law enforcement career as a Police Department Officer for the city of Clifton in 1978. He officially began his career as a deputy in Washington County in May of 1982. In 1993 Ron started as a DARE Officer for the county schools. Ron’s love for children made him the perfect person for this job. Ron is cross deputized in Clay County also. Over his career he assisted with 2 murder cases, a bank robbery along with numerous other cases. While Ron’s official status has been “Part time” he is never off duty. He has put in countless hours over the years by working a deer accident, doing a VIN inspection, assisting officers on calls, or residents showing up at his door to ask questions never asking to be paid for his time. When Ron isn’t working as a deputy he can be found running the family farm, driving bus for Clifton/Clyde schools (since 2001), volunteering as an EMT or Firefighter for the City of Clifton (since 1974) or spending time with his grandkids. In 2010 – 2011 Ron was diagnosed with cancer and in true Ron fashion defeated it and was able to resume his normal day to day activities. Ron and his wife Tammy, who live in Clifton, will celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary this year. Their son Jared and wife Jayna live in Manhattan with 2 of their grandchildren Lanem & Joryn. Their oldest daughter Ali and husband Brian live in Concordia with grandson Gunner and step grandsons Tyler and Jake. Their youngest daughter Ashley lives in Clifton. On a personal note, I was one of Ron’s DARE students back in 1994. I loved his class and the way he has this gift to make every child feel special. Having worked at the sheriff’s office for a while now the most asked question I get is, “Does Ron still work there, how is he?” Followed by a conversation about how he impacted their lives. Monday he started this year’s classes of DARE. My daughter is in the 5th Grade and gets to be one of his students! I have no doubt that the impact he started making 24 years ago will continue with the second generation of Washington County kids! Thank you Ron for your 36 years of service to Washington County. Your dedication to this community is unmeasurable. We are truly lucky to have you!

Happy Friday! One of our goals for the new year is to utilize our Facebook page more! After some thought on this, I’ve decided to call this “Facebook Friday.” My goal is to post every Friday either a topic that I have come up with, one that someone has expressed interest in knowing more about, Employee Spotlights, or Office Happenings. WARRANTS! I have been busy trying to clear off our warrant list. First let me explain the process we go through with a warrant. When the court issues a warrant it is sent to our office to be served. Warrants are issued for many different reasons. Once our office receives the warrant we determine if the individual lives in our County or not. If they live in the county we send officers to arrest them. If they do not live in our county we do a few things. First of all we will fax a copy of the warrant to the county they live in. Dispatch then enters the individual into NCIC the National Crime Information Center. NCIC is a nationwide computer system utilized by law enforcement. All of our warrants are entered NCIC. What does that mean? Well, if any contact with law enforcement is made and they are run through the system they will immediately get a notification we have a warrant for that individual. That agency will confirm the warrant with the entering agency and arrest on the warrant. The suspect will either bond out if there is a bond or we will have to pick the suspect up from the arresting agency. Every traffic stop an officer does, every visitor that comes into the jail, every suspect in a case, etc, we run them through NCIC. And yes we have arrested quite a few people off of just this alone over the years. Felony warrants are extraditable meaning we can cross state lines to “extradite” them back to Kansas. Misdemeanor warrants are only arrest able in the state of Kansas. On our Facebook Page is an Active Warrant Album. I will update that album every Friday as well. The individuals in this album currently have active warrants through our agency. Please if you know where any of these suspects are please contact us. A few weeks ago I decided to really work hard on clearing off our warrants list. The first thing I did was I searched for every person on Facebook. When I found them I sent them a message. Basically advising them of the warrant and expressing the fact that if contact with law enforcement was made they would be arrested. I advised them that we want to work with them to take care of their warrant. I sent 6 Facebook Messages of our 10 warrants. I received responses from 4 of these individuals. Two of those individuals took care of their warrants. One of them wanted to debate his warrant and didn’t realize the investigative skills of a couple of dispatchers. He was arrested by Nebraska authorities. Another one is working on taking care of their warrant. Right now we have 9 active warrants. One of those individual has 2 warrants. Another is currently in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. So we have 7 individuals we are actively seeking their whereabouts. Any and all help from you is greatly appreciated! Have a great weekend! Ranai Meier, Dispatcher Washington County Communications

Update Warrant List as of 01/18/18. If you know where any of these individuals are please contact law enforcement. If you are one of these individuals please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office to take care of this warrant. (785) 325-2293

Over the Christmas break, we had visitors from England! While visiting family in the Haddam area, these two youngsters asked their parents if they could go and meet a Sheriff. I of course was more than happy to oblige, and learned from them that England no longer has Sheriff's. Thought this was interesting since the concept and position of Sheriff originated from that very country. We hope their stay over the holiday with their family and friends in our county was a good one, and we were honored to get to meet this family!

The City of Washington has advised our office of a water leak in the 500 block of 3rd St. The south side of the road will be open to traffic at this time.