COL Jones Week in Review
As we close out the past week, we enter the time when motorists have a higher chance of encountering a deer on our highways. The breeding season of deer, the rut, brings greater opportunity vehicle-deer collisions. Law enforcement personnel are not absent from these incidents due to the nature and duty of the profession, driving during the hours of dawn and dusk. We are reminded throughout the year, specifically during the fall, to be aware of our surroundings to avoid such collisions.
Our agency’s Mission and Goals are directed toward public safety by reducing serious injuries and property damage from vehicle collisions. While we are challenged to reduce the number of pain and suffering, this past week we experienced a significant number of crashes that took the lives of Kansans. Sadly, Kansas has lost another law enforcement officer because of a vehicular collision.
On Monday, October 25th, 2021, Deputy Stephen Evans with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office was tragically killed in an automobile crash, on U-77 highway, in Butler County. When the crash occurred, Deputy Evans was working part-time for the Burns, Kansas Police Department. Evans leaves behind a wife and three children. Please keep the Evans Family, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, the Burns City Police Department, and our law enforcement community in your thoughts and prayers.
At the conclusion of this past week our agency recorded two employees quarantined due to the COVID virus. We should remain vigilant of our personal health by maintain precautionary measures. With the advent of vaccine boosters available, we are encouraged to sign up for the medicine. Governor Laura Kelly said, “The COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe, effective, and the best way to keep our communities protected from this virus. CDC approval for booster shots means that additional protection is now available to the qualified Kansans who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine six or more months ago and those 18 and older who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago.” “Whether you are considering your first shot or signing up for a booster, I urge everyone to get the facts and get vaccinated. Together, we can put an end to this deadly pandemic.”
TROOP A investigated 36 non-injury crashes; nine injury crashes; four DUI arrests; two felony arrests; two outside agency assists; two pursuits.
October 21 - On September 27, 2021, Troop A hosted a Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies (TOPS) selective enforcement deployment w/ Troop I.
October 21 - Two Lieutenants were going home from Salina and came across a westbound pedestrian on the outside shoulder of eastbound I-70 milepost 302, next to Fort Riley. The male said he was walking to Salina but could not give a location or name of anyone in Salina; he did not have any idea where he was going. The LTs obtained the subject's name and date of birth for a check through Dispatch. Dispatch located a license and a NCIC hit as that reported him as a missing person. There was a contact name and number, so the LTs called and spoke to Brighton Place Nursing Home (Topeka). The contact at Brighton Place advised that this individual had been missing since October 18 and has mental disorders that need medical attention. The LTs transported the individual to Stormont Vail Hospital ER in Topeka to get him into the mental facility. The LTs were able to convince the individual that he needed to go to Topeka, and he went willingly. The individual was delivered to the hospital and released to the Brighton Place Rep and the hospital staff.
October 21 - Upon request, CHART responded to southbound I-35 at milepost 232.3 (just south of 18th Street, KCK) for a four-vehicle injury collision involving two CMV's an SUV, and a pickup truck. The collision had the #2 and #3 lanes blocked. Vehicles 2, 3, and 4 were all stopped in heavy "rush hour" traffic in the #2 lane of southbound I-35. Vehicle 1 was traveling southbound in the #2 lane and approached Vehicle 2. D1 applied a heavy braking application and began making an evasive maneuver to the right but rear-ended Vehicle 2's trailer. Vehicle 2 was pushed forward into Vehicle 3, and Vehicle 3 was driven forward into Vehicle 4. There was a significant intrusion into the cab of Vehicle 1 from rear-ending the passenger side rear corner of Vehicle 2's trailer. Driver 1 was trapped for about 30 minutes and, after extrication, was transported to K.U. Medical Center with serious injuries. No other drivers were transported to a hospital.
October 23 and October 24 - Kansas City, Kansas, hosted the October NASCAR night race for the Infinity and NASCAR Cup Series race. Troop A assisted with minimal traffic control due to low attendance at the events.
October 26 - Troop A Zone D and Zone C conducted a Middle School Safety Enforcement, resulting in One Radar NTA, Five Radar Warnings, Three MHV NTA, Six MHV Warning, and Six Adult Seatbelt Arrest, One Misdemeanor Arrest, and Seven Other Warnings. Total of twenty-two public contacts with twelve troopers working these enforcement events.
October 27 - A Trooper observed a black Nissan Altima I-435 southbound north of 87th Street. The registration on the vehicle displayed expired, and Troop M Communications advised that the plate status was removed. The Trooper initiated a traffic stop for the violations. The Driver was suspended and had a warrant for contempt of court and multiple traffic warrants out of Johnson County. The Driver was arrested.
TROOP B investigated 14 non-injury crashes, four injury crashes, one fatal collision, seven DUI arrest, three pursuits, nine outside agency assists and one felony warrant arrest.
October 22 - A trooper stopped a vehicle on U-40 east of Topeka. Two firearms were found in the vehicle. One of the firearms was reported stolen from Little Rock, Arkansas. The stolen firearm was seized. The driver had no criminal history and was released from the scene.
October 22 - A trooper stopped a vehicle on I-70. The driver was arrested for DUI, his 16th, thus he was incarcerated for felony DUI, no interlock device and other traffic offenses.
October 22 - Troop B escorted the KU and OU Football Teams from Lawrence to Olathe and from KCI to Overland Park.
October 23 – The KU and OU football teams were escorted from their hotels in Kansas City to Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. Following the game, the OU football team was returned to KCI.
October 24 - Troopers from Troop B and officers of Troop K responded to assist Troop G and Lawrence PD with a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. As the vehicle entered Topeka, the pursuit was disregarded.
October 24 - Troopers respond to assist Brown County Sheriff’s Office with a pursuit of suspects involved in a theft from a local Walmart. Three suspects entered Walmart, loaded two carts of electronic items, and ran out the front door. The pursuit ended south of White Cloud, Kansas. KHP K9 responded. One suspect was taken into custody. Troopers were called away for reports of tornado damage northeast of Troy, Kansas in Doniphan County.
October 24 -Troopers responded to assist Doniphan County Sheriff’s Office with reports of tornado damage near Troy, Kansas. There were several reports of damage and no injuries.
October 26 - Troopers organized a DUI enforcement in the Shawnee County area. During the four-hour enforcement, troopers stopped 48 vehicles with 76 contacts and arrested two DUIs.
October 27 - A trooper responded to assist Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office with a report of an armed female that had threatened her female roommate with a knife and reportedly stabbed her cell phone. It was also reported that the armed female would not let her roommate leave the residence. When the suspect fell asleep, the victim left the scene and called 911. Officers made contact with the suspect, and she was arrested without incident. The knife was recovered, and the suspect was charged with aggravated assault, criminal restraint and criminal damage to property.
October 28 - During the early morning hours, a trooper checked the registration of a vehicle near U-75 and 46th Street. The registration returned stolen, and a pursuit ensued southbound on U-75. Due to heavy rainfall and high speeds, the trooper disregarded the pursuit. A short time later, a Shawnee County Deputy advised he successfully deployed stop sticks with the suspect vehicle. The deputy and officers from Topeka Police Department followed the vehicle into the city of Topeka at very slow speeds. A short time later the vehicle came to a stop and the driver was taken into custody. The trooper drove to the scene and a high-capacity drum magazine, an additional rifle magazine and 7.62 mm rifle ammunition were found in the vehicle. The driver was charged with felony flee and elude, possession of stolen property, DWR, possession of methamphetamine. Additionally, the driver was a convicted violent felon and a registered offender for aggravated assault.
October 29 – Troop B and CHART personnel responded to and investigated a three-vehicle collision at I-35 mm 193 SB in FR CO. The crash resulted in a single fatal victim.
TROOP C investigated 13 non-injury collisions, three injury collisions, and two fatality collisions. Troop C conducted five criminal investigations, two outside agency assists, and one stolen vehicle was recovered.
October 23 – KHP central communications received notification of a LPR hit from Junction City P.D. regarding a stolen vehicle from Oklahoma that was traveling west on I-70. A vehicle matching that description was seen near 9th street and I-70 in Salina. Troopers responded to the area and discovered the vehicle parked in the Petro Gas Station parking lot. A Trooper observed an individual who was leaving the store and acting suspiciously. Troopers and Saline P.D. conducted a walk and talk with the individual outside of the store. After several aliases were given, Troopers were able to properly identify the subject. It was discovered he was a KDOC absconder from Crawford County, Kansas. The keys to the stolen car were also in his possession. The individual was arrested for possession of stolen property and transported to the Saline County jail. KDOC was notified of the individual being taken into custody and arrested.
October 26 – A Troop C Trooper responded to the area one mile east of the U-81/U-24 junction regarding a report of a deceased male found in the area. The Trooper and Cloud County S.O. found a deceased male in the St. Peters Cemetery at this location. It was determined the individual’s death was self-inflicted.
TROOP D Troopers investigated seven non-injury collisions, one injury collision, three fatalities, and one DUI.
October 21 - A Lieutenant investigated a one vehicle injury crash in Logan County. During the investigation, the lieutenant found an open container and drugs. The driver was charged with DUI, possession, and TOC.
October 23 - A Trooper investigated a fatality in Cheyenne County. A 1993 Ford Bronco was westbound on U-36, mile post 29. The Bronco began to pass a semi to the left while the roadway curved. The vehicle continued straight leaving the roadway into the south ditch and collided with a concrete barrier.
October 24 - A Trooper investigated a single vehicle fatality in Sheridan County. The vehicle was westbound on U-24 and attempted to make a left turn onto K-188. It missed the roadway to the west and drove off the concrete culvert coming to rest facing south, high centered on the concrete culvert.
October 24 - A Trooper investigated a single vehicle fatality in Ellis County. The vehicle was traveling westbound on 8th St. at a high rate of speed. The driver failed to obey the stop sign at U-183 Alt., continued westbound over the embankment and went airborne. It impacted the ground at the bottom of the embankment and flipped end-over-end coming to rest on it's top. The passenger was deceased at the scene. The driver and two other passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
TROOP E investigated two injury/non-injury crashes, one fatality crash, two felony arrests, one DUI arrest, four misdemeanor drug arrests, six other arrests and two outside agency assists.
October 17 - A trooper stopped a truck-tractor semi-trailer for a defective headlamp on U-50 highway, milepost 103, in Gray County. Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the driver for obstruction, traces of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
October 22 - A trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding in Gray County on U-50 highway and arrested the driver for DUI/Drugs. One of the passengers also had a misdemeanor drug warrant through Finney County and was also arrested.
October 23 - A trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding on U-50 highway in Kearny County and after smelling marijuana from the vehicle, completed a search and arrested the front seat passenger for possession of marijuana.
October 23 - A trooper attempted to stop a vehicle that was reported stolen from Garden City. The suspect vehicle was traveling east bound on U-50 highway from milepost 101. At milepost 111 in Ford County, deputies deployed stop sticks successfully. A male and a female were taken into custody, and charged with possession of stolen property, failure to yield to emergency vehicle, reckless driving, speeding, destruction of evidence, possession of white substance, possession of green substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
October 29 – Several Troop E personnel responded to a car vs. train collision at U-50 milepost 86.1 in Gray County. The crash resulting in an entrapment and fire.
TROOP F investigated one fatality crash, three injury crashes, 28 property damage crashes, and one outside agency assist.
October 25 - A trooper in Butler County was requested to investigate an injury crash on U-77 highway. The collision involved an on-duty Burns Police Officer, who was also a Butler County Deputy, and another motorist. Preliminary investigation revealed that the collision occurred as a Ford Crown Vic was travelling southbound on U-77 highway and drove onto the right shoulder and stopped briefly. A Ford F250 was also southbound on U-77 approaching the Crown Vic from behind. The Crown Vic began making a U-turn maneuver to the left crossing the southbound lane of U-77. The Ford F250 had slowed down and moved to the center of the roadway driving partially into the northbound lane as it approached the Crown Vic. The driver of the Ford F250 was unable to avoid a collision with the Crown Vic, striking it with the front of the F250 into the driver’s side doors of the Crown Vic. Through multiple interviews with witnesses, it is believed that the officer was turning around to respond to and pursue a vehicle reported stolen. Though the officer was wearing his seatbelt, unfortunately the impact into the driver’s side was so great that he did not survive. Multiple troopers from Troop F, and CHART responded to the scene to work the scene of this fatal crash. CHART is the taking the lead on the investigation.
October 25 - Troopers in Wichita conducted a two-hour LIDAR lane on I-235 and Broadway. During this time troopers made 29 public contacts and had the following activity: 18 speed citations; five misdemeanor citations; one seatbelt citation; four speed warnings; one property damage crash and various other warnings.
October 26 - In appreciation for their efforts and support in working for law enforcement, the Wichita Metro Crime Commission presented gift bags to all the non-sworn KHP personnel within the Troop F area. These items were well received!
October 26 - Butler County S.O. received an aggravated battery call. A male suspect was reported to have struck his girlfriend with a weapon. The female victim fled the house and met the deputies upon their arrival on scene. The victim described she was living with her boyfriend, the suspect, who reportedly was armed/dangerous with weapons reported to be in the home. The victim also reported that her boyfriend has PTSD and had been binge drinking since Saturday. The victim told deputies that her boyfriend had threatened to shoot law enforcement if they came on his property. The suspect was inside his residence and refused to come out. Multiple troopers from Troop F and Troop S PSDU responded to the scene. After meeting with the Butler County Deputies on scene, these KHP assets partnered with a Butler County Deputies and set up a very good perimeter around the residence of the suspect. The Sheriff’s Office evacuated nearby homes or advised residents to shelter in place. An HDU PSDU Trooper deployed his assigned drone and surveilled the exterior of the residence. During this time the Butler County S.O. SWAT assembled a team. After hours of negotiating, the suspect surrendered himself to law enforcement and was taken into custody. The suspect was charged with criminal threat, criminal restraint, aggravated assault, and domestic battery.
TROOP G investigated 64 non-injury crashes, 10 injury collisions, one fatality, and eight DUIs.
October 23 - At 1406 hours, troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury crash involving two commercial motor vehicles on I-35 at MM 46.8 Southbound. Upon arrival, it was found that a semi pulling an Intermodal container began having mechanical issues and was driving slowly in the outside lane, partially on the shoulder, when a second semi pulling a tanker containing agriculture product and driving at highway speeds, collided with the intermodal container’s left rear corner. The driver of the tanker truck was ejected, and the cab caught fire. The driver was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the container truck was taken to the hospital with injuries and was treated and released.
October 24 - At 0436, a Troop G Master Trooper attempted to make contact with a vehicle bearing a stolen license plate at the Matfield Green Service Area. Upon approaching the vehicle, the driver backed up and entered I-35 southbound. A vehicle pursuit began with the driver reaching speeds of 108 m.p.h. The car was successfully stop-sticked twice, once at MM86 and a second time at 86.8. The car continued driving southbound, and the trooper was granted permission to perform a TVI. Two attempts to TVI were made at MM75 and MM73 which were unsuccessful. At MM69.4 a successful TVI was conducted, and a high-risk car stop was conducted. The driver was taken into custody on two felony warrants and multiple traffic infractions and was transported to Susan B. Allen Hospital in El Dorado due to problems which were not a result of the chase.
October 25 - At 0354, A Troop G Trooper responded to a semi hauling a trailer with hazardous materials on fire on I-35 at MM 57.8 Southbound. The driver stated he looked back and saw the axle was on fire. When Trooper Phillips arrived, the trailer was fully engulfed. Both lanes of southbound I-35 were shut down and traffic was diverted. The fire was contained, but the lanes remained shut down until the hazmat crew declared the lanes safe for drivers. No injuries were reported.
TROOP H investigated two fatality crashes, eight injury/non-injury crashes, five custodial arrests, and one vehicle pursuit.
October 23 - A trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding on U-400 in Wilson County. The investigation revealed the driver was in possession of over 100 THC vape cartridges, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
October 24 - A trooper investigated a two-vehicle head on single fatality crash on U-75 in Coffey County. A north bound Dodge pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck a 1999 Toyota four runner. A passenger in the Toyota was fatally injured. The fatally injured passenger was restrained.
October 25 - A trooper attempted to stop a motorcycle for speeding and no registration on U-69 in Crawford County. The suspect refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit the motorcycle drove into the road ditch. As the suspect attempted to drive back onto the road, he struck the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle, disabling the motorcycle. The suspect was in possession of two pounds of marijuana, stolen identification documents, and had a warrant for his arrest. KHP investigators are assisting with the investigation.
October 29 – Troop H and CHART personnel responded to CR 3875, 1.8 miles east of U-75, in Montgomery County for a fatality collision. Montgomery County was involved in a pursuit eastbound on CR 3875 with the vehicle due to its excessive speed. The suspect vehicle lost control at a rough railroad crossing and drove off into the north ditch. The vehicle then overturned several times, coming to rest on it’s top. Both the driver and front seat passenger were ejected from the vehicle and the driver died at the scene before the crash. KHP was not involved in the pursuit but was requested by Montgomery County investigate the collision. The passenger was transported by Independence EMS to a hospital in Tulsa with life threatening injuries.
October 21 - Troop A CHART activation: At 1725 hours CHART was requested to respond to southbound I-35 at milepost 232.3 (just south of 18th Street) for a four-vehicle injury collision involving two CMV’s an SUV and a pickup truck. Vehicles 2, 3 and 4 were all stopped in heavy “rush hour” traffic in the #2 lane of southbound Interstate 35 at milepost 232.3. Vehicle 1 was traveling southbound in the #2 lane and approached Vehicle 2. D1 applied a heavy braking application and began making an evasive maneuver, to the right, but still rear-ended Vehicle 2’s trailer. Vehicle 2 was pushed forward into Vehicle 3. Vehicle 3 was pushed forward into Vehicle 4. There was significant intrusion into the cab of Vehicle 1 from rear ending the passenger side rear corner of Vehicle 2’s trailer. Driver 1 was trapped for about 30 minutes and after being extricated was transported to KU Medical Center with serious injuries. No other drivers were transported to a hospital. Members of Troop I completed post-crash inspections on the CMV’s.
October 23 - Troop F CHART activation: At 1406 hours CHART responded to a two CMV, single-fatality collision on I-35 M.P. 46.8. A (We Work Smart Logistics) Truck-tractor Semi-trailer was traveling southbound on I-35 in the outside lane at a slow rate of speed. This Truck-tractor Semi-trailer was transporting an intermodal container. A Truck-tractor Semi-trailer was traveling southbound in the outside lane at approximately highway speed. The Truck-tractor Semi-trailer was transporting a cargo tank loaded with an agriculture product. The CMVs collided in the outside lane. The driver of the Truck-tractor Semi-trailer was ejected, transported to the hospital and is deceased. The Truck-tractor Semi-trailer caught fire and burned to the frame. Members of Troop I completed post-crash inspections on the CMV’s.
October 23 - Troop C CHART activation: At 1637 hours CHART responded to a three vehicle, single-fatality collision involving two CMV’s on K-156 Milepost 174 in Ellsworth County. A 2004 Chevy Impala was traveling west on K-156 highway at the 174 milepost in Ellsworth County. A 2012 Peterbilt pulling a 2012 Utility trailer was eastbound on K-156. The Chevy crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane and impacted the front of the Peterbilt in a head on collision near the eastbound fog line. The Peterbilt redirected the Impala backwards into the westbound lane where it impacted the driver’s side of a 2007 Peterbilt Pulling a 2017 Great Dane trailer traveling westbound. The Chevy impacted the side of the 2007 Peterbilt in a side swipe collision and was redirected back towards the center of the roadway. Post-impact, the Chevy came to rest facing west near the center of the roadway. The 2012 Peterbilt went off the roadway to the right and came to rest jackknifed on an embankment with the trailer almost on its side and the truck-tractor facing east. The 2007 Peterbilt came to rest on the west shoulder of the roadway in line with the road. No pre-impact roadway evidence was noted from the Chevy, both Peterbilts tried to swerve away from the Chevy to avoid the collision. Post-impact tire marks, gouge/scrape marks, fluid trails, and debris confirmed the path of the vehicles from the area of impact to their final rest locations. Driver 3 made statements that the Chevy almost hit another vehicle just before this collision occurred. The driver of V1 was pronounced deceased at the scene, Illegal drugs were present in V1. Driver 2 was injured but refused transport. Driver 3 was uninjured. Members of Troop I completed post-crash inspections on the CMV’s.
October 25 - Troop F CHART activation: At approximately 1730 hours, CHART was contacted to respond to a fatality crash on U-77 near milepost 72 in Butler County. The collision involved a Burns, KS marked police vehicle that was being operated by an on-duty part-time officer. The Burns Police vehicle is identified in the report as vehicle 1 and is a white 2006 Ford Crown Victoria. Vehicle two is a red 2002 Ford F-250 crew cab pickup. The collision occurred as vehicle 1 was travelling southbound on U-77 highway and drove onto the southbound shoulder and stopped briefly as vehicle 2 was also southbound on U-77 approaching vehicle 1 from behind. Vehicle 1 began a U-turn maneuver to the left crossing the southbound lane of U-77. Weaver had slowed down and moved to the center of the roadway driving partially into the northbound lane as he approached vehicle 1. He was unable to avoid a collision with vehicle 1, striking it with the front of his vehicle in the driver’s side doors. Post-impact, the vehicles remained together and travelled off the roadway to the east, coming to rest on the northbound shoulder and northbound lane. Vehicle 1 came to rest upright, facing toward the north. Vehicle 2 came to rest upright, facing toward the east. Witnesses to the collision have not reported that they observed any emergency lights or siren being utilized on vehicle 1. The area of impact was located near the center of the roadway in the northbound lane. Multiple gouge marks and post-impact tire marks show each vehicle’s travel path to their final rest positions. The roadway is straight with only a slight change in elevation toward the north from the collision site. Weather was not a contributing factor. Driver # 1 dead at the scene.
TROOP J – Training Academy
Class 61 completed Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Intoxilyzer 9000 training with members of BAU. They also observed and participated in DUI scenarios.
Training staff conducted the physical/fitness test for Trooper Class 62 candidates that are scheduled for January 2022 commencement.
TROOP K conducted two DUI arrests and issued five misdemeanor citations.
October 21 – A Troop K Officer stopped a vehicle for speeding outside the Capitol Complex. During the initial investigation the officer suspected the driver of operating under the influence. Upon further testing the driver was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding and was transported to the Shawnee County Department of Corrections.
October 25 - A Troop K Officer stopped a vehicle in the Capitol Complex for displaying an altered registration tag. Upon identification of the driver, dispatch advised the driver’s license was suspended and revoked for being a habitual violator. The driver had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest however Jackson County would not extradite. The driver was cited for driving while revoked, habitual violator, displaying altered and expired registration tag. and released. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
October 25 - A Troop K Officer stopped a vehicle near the Capitol Complex for failure to display registration on a vehicle. Upon identification of the driver, dispatch advised that the driver’s license was suspended. The officer suspected the driver of operating under the influence. After further testing was conducted the driver was arrested for driving under the influence, driving while suspended, failure to display registration and defective tail lamp. The driver was transported to the Shawnee County Department of Corrections.
From (10-20-2021 to 10-26-2021) KHP Highway Interdiction efforts resulted in the seizure of 1.6 pounds of marijuana, 20 pounds of methamphetamine, 2,500 Fentanyl pills. Troop N also arrested two suspects and initiated two felony drug cases.
October 20 – Range/Quarterly meeting for Zone C.
October 22 – Assisted Ellsworth County with a 20-year-old fighting with his grandparents and making suicidal comments.
October 22 – Assisted KBI with the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Wabaunsee County referencing electronic child sexual abuse material. The warrant and KBI Investigation were tied to a Troop N traffic stop in late September.
October 24 – Responded to the city of Lucas to look for a missing 8-year-old child. The child was located safe at a friend’s house.
October 25 – Two DHET members assisted the DEA by conducting a traffic stop on I-335, resulting in 20 lbs. of methamphetamine and 2,500 fentanyl pills.
October 25 – Assisted Ellis Co. SO with a 100 lb. marijuana seizure.
October 25 – A member utilized their density meter and fiber-optic scope to assist Meade County SO on a vehicle search.
October 25 - Assisted DEA Topeka with a wall stop reference a load coming from Texas to Topeka. The vehicle was stopped, and load seized by Troop N/S troops.
October 25 - TFO was notified of a Troop H Trooper making a significant marijuana seizure and seizing multiple cellular phones. The TFO sent the Trooper a cell phone search warrant “Go-By” and offered to assist with the case.
October 25 - U.S. Attorney’s Office advised two suspects received 10-year sentences in federal court from a crystal meth seizure by a DHET trooper in 2019. Both suspects proffered and one continued to provide intel on a local drug trafficking organization in Wichita, KS. This led to the opening of another federal case in Wichita and identity of several new targets for the Wichita DEA office.
October 26 - TFO conducted a cellular phone exploitation on a case that originated from a Troop D Trooper. The TFO located multiple images of narcotics and possible stolen vehicles. Information is being passed to outside agencies to further the investigation. Investigation is on-going.
October 26 – TFO contacted NICB in Indianapolis regarding locating stolen vehicles on a cell phone download. The TFO will be sending further information on the target in Indianapolis. This investigation is on-going and is expanding as the TFO exploits intel further.
October 26 – Prepared discovery for the U.S. Attorney’s Office reference of 16 pounds crystal methamphetamine case seized by a DHET trooper.
This month Troop S/HDU Explosives Detector Dog Teams deployed to Lawrence and several locations in Topeka to assist with counter terrorism efforts implemented by them. The PSD teams screen vehicles, packages, and other selected areas for explosive material entering or already secreted at their facilities. This is part of the counter terror plan and not in response to a specific threat.
October 21 - Troop S/HDU Troopers deployed to a residence in Opolis, Kansas to assist Crawford County SO with some “found” explosive devices/materials. The residing resident had passed away and the items were located during preparation for an estate auction. HDU Troopers with assistance from the KSFM Hazmat and the ATF, identified all of the explosive devices/materials and rendered them safe for destruction/disposal.
October 24 - 25 -Troop S/SRT/HDU/PSDU Troopers deployed to a rural residence in Mitchell County to assist KBI’s High Risk Warrant Team and Mitchell County SO with serving a high-risk warrant for a subject wanted for Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault. The suspect had taken a male hostage for over 26 hours without food or water and had threatened to shoot him multiple times, all while pointing a .357 revolver at the hostage. The hostage was able to self-rescue by talking his way to freedom. The victim subsequently reported the incident to the Mitchell County SO, who requested assistance from the KBI. Arrest and search warrants were sought and granted.
October 25 - Troop S/PSD Drug Detection K9 Team while assisting the DEA conducted a traffic stop on I-335 in Lyon County. The Trooper believed the occupant was involved in criminal activity. PSD was deployed and indicated drug odor. A probable cause search from the K9 sniff located 20 pounds of methamphetamine and 2,500 fentanyl pills concealed inside the vehicle. DEA is continuing the investigation.
October 26 - Troop S/HDU/PSDU Troopers deployed to a residence in Butler County to assist Butler County SO with an armed and barricaded suspect. The suspect had been involved in a domestic disturbance and was wanted for Aggravated Battery. The suspect had reportedly fired several rounds outside the residence, prior to Butler County Deputies’ arrival. Troopers assisted with inner perimeter duties and provided aerial surveillance with a KHP Drone platform. Butler County SO was successful in their negotiations with the suspect, and he exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident.
October 26 - KBI’s High Risk Warrant team responded and asked for KHP’s Bearcat Armored Rescue vehicle for support. KHP provided the Bearcat and 2 Troopers to operate the Bearcat and equipment in and upon it. KBI’s HWRT supported by the KHP Troopers and Bearcat attempted to serve the warrant, but the suspect refused to comply and barricaded himself within his residence. KBI’s HRWT attempted to negotiate a surrender and then began employing police tactics reference an armed and barricaded suspect. After approximately 12 hours, KBI requested transitioning control of the incident to KHP/Troop S. A Troop S, full-team response was approved, and Troopers responded to assist. Once on scene, KHP negotiators continued attempts in negotiating a peaceful surrender, but the suspect would not respond or cooperate. Throughout the incident the suspect had fired rounds to deter law enforcement’s resolve in his apprehension. Troop S Troopers worked in concert using many different tools and techniques, attempting to safely resolve the situation. Ultimately the suspect was found dead when a second story area was breached. The suspect had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The entire call from start to finish was a cooperative effort between the KBI, KHP and the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office.
October 27 - Troop S/HDU Explosives Detector Dog Teams deployed to the Kansas Army National Guard Gate, Topeka, Kansas, to assist KSNG Authorities with counter terrorism efforts implemented by them. The PSD teams screened contractors’ vehicles which were entering their facilities. This is part of the counter security sweep plan and not in response to a specific threat.
October 21 - Troop S/HDU Team Instructors conducted weekly, sustainment training in Wichita, Kansas with KHPx2 in attendance.
October 21 - Troop S/SRT Troopers assisted Troop J personnel with teaching Active Shooter/Killer response as well as building clearing to the KHP recruit class. The day started with a power point presentation on Active Shooter/Killer response and evolved into force-on-force scenarios with simunitions. At 1700 hours the day transitioned into building clearing. This block of instruction again started with a power point presentation and evolved into practical exercises.
October 21 - 27 - Troop S/HDU/PSDU Team Instructors are conducting a ten-week, Basic PSD Team training course in Topeka, Kansas. The following agencies and number of personnel are attending Topeka PDx2, Coffey County SOx1, Lawrence PDx2, Geary County SOx1, Ottawa PDx1 and KHPx2.
October 26 - Troop S/HDU Team Instructors conducted weekly, sustainment training in Wichita, Kansas with KHPx3 in attendance.
October 26 - Troop S/HDU Team Instructors conducted weekly, sustainment training in Topeka, Kansas with KHPx3 in attendance.
October 26 - Troop/PSDU Team Instructors conducted weekly, sustainment training in Lawrence, Kansas with KHPx3, Lawrence PDx1, Douglas County SOx1 and Jackson County SOx1 in attendance.
The helicopter maintenance is complete. As soon as the weather is favorable, pilots will retrieve 650 and bring it back to Topeka.
Airplane 980 – is out of service for its annual inspection. It is expected to be out of service for approximately 3 weeks.
October 21 - At 1946 dispatch requested ASU for a missing child in Miami county. Topeka and Wichita aircraft were out of service. Hays base advised dispatch they could respond, but it would be about 3 hours before ASU could be on scene. They checked with units on the ground, and they advised they did not want aircraft out of Hays and were going to try to use a drone. About 20 minutes later dispatch called back and said the child was located inside the house.
October 22 - At 2035 hours, Phillips County requested aircraft to search for a traffic crash. They had GPS coordinates, but units couldn't find the crash. Shortly after the request, Phillips County advised aircraft could disregard. At 2120 hours, it was learned there was still a missing person from the crash and Phillips County requested aircraft to respond again. ASU arrived overhead and began orbiting around the crash scene. After about 15 minutes, the subject was found walking along the road by a deputy about a mile west of the aircraft’s location.
October 22 - At approximately 1955 hours, dispatched advised Barton County was requesting aircraft, for a missing 9-year-old juvenile. While in route to the airport, we were disregarded, juvenile was found.
October 22 - ASU completed a transport flight from Cimarron to Wichita to retrieve a vehicle.
October 22 - Ellis Co SO located a stolen vehicle and two suspects in rural Ellis County. One of the suspects was claiming there was a third person that had fled on foot, so Ellis SO requested ASU fly the area to search for this possible third person. There was a loose perimeter and ASU visually searched inside and outside the perimeter area and did not locate anyone.
October 24 - At 2155 hours, Shawnee County requested aircraft to search for a missing 11-year-old. Topeka doesn’t have a FLIR aircraft that is operational. Wichita/Hays aircraft were offered with their ETA. Shawnee County advised KHP could disregard due to the response time.
October 24 - Dispatch contacted aircraft and advised a family of 5 in Dodge City had suspected cyanide poisoning and a test kit was needing transported from Hays Med to Dodge City hospital. Hays and the surrounding areas were fogged in with low visibility and 200 ft ceilings and was forecasted to remain that way for several hours. Aircraft advised they wouldn’t be able to take the flight. A pilot retrieved the package from Hays Med and relayed it by ground.
October 24 - Troop B requested ASU for a manhunt in White Cloud. The call was denied initially due to low ceilings. Dispatch called back when the weather cleared up and requested ASU assistance. While in route to the scene, a weather cell started to build west of their location with lightning present and 300' ceilings. ASU disregarded and returned to the airport due to unexpected weather moving in.
October 25 - At approximately 1430 hours Troop S requested ASU for a Troop N & DEA surveillance of a vehicle from Oklahoma. ASU responded and picked the vehicle up northbound on I-35 in southeast Wichita. ASU followed the vehicle until just south of Emporia where low ceilings were going to prevent aircraft from continuing without making it obvious to the suspect vehicle they were being followed. We notified trail unmarked vehicles and headed back to Wichita. 950’s FLIR did work for most of the flight (it locked up twice); however, mapping system is still inoperable. On the way back to Wichita, Central Dispatch requested aircraft to respond to U-77 milepost 72 north of El Dorado. Troop F and Troop I were working a fatal crash involving a CMV and wanted aerial photos. Sunset had passed at the time ASU was notified, with that said, ASU advised due to being after sunset/night conditions the crew was unable to provide aerial photos until daylight.
October 25 – A trooper was performing a quiet title VIN inspection on a motor scooter in Burlington. The customer mistakenly noted the engine number, instead of the VIN, before filing the quiet title petition. The trooper ran the VIN number through NCIC and NICB. NICB showed a purged theft record with Wichita PD from 2005. The trooper contacted a Wichita PD detective and they confirmed WPD still had the record. WPD contacted the victim, and the victim still has the title and wants the motor scooter back. WPD is in the process of putting the record back into NCIC so it can be recovered.
October 25 - Troopers were contacted by KCKFD investigators about two burned vehicles they’d responded to and recovered at different locations during the early morning hours. Both vehicles were identified by locating confidential numbers. One was identified as a 2009 Chevy and the other was a 2019 Toyota Highlander. Neither had yet been reported stolen. KCKFD was provided with vehicle and owner information.