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 AVIAN FLU - KDA PRESS RELEASE (3/17/2015)

NEWS RELEASE
March 17, 2015
For more information:
Beth Gaines
(785) 207-4966
MEDIA@kda.ks.gov

KDA Establishes Quarantine Zones in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties

MANHATTAN, Kan. – In response to the confirmed positive case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) has established a quarantine zone in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties to respond quickly and decisively to eradicate the outbreak of HPAI.

The 10 kilometer control zone is bordered by the following roads:

  • Woodend Road east to 142nd Street
  • Northeast along a line to 118th Street and Interstate 70 intersection
  • North to Gilman Road
  • West to 219th Street
  • South to Tonganoxie city limits
  • Follow southeast along Tonganoxie Creek to Woodend Road

Locations not impacted by this control area include Bonner Springs, Lansing, Leavenworth and the western half of Tonganoxie.

The transportation of all HPAI susceptible livestock, including live poultry and poultry products (including eggs), into or out of the designated control zone within Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas is prohibited unless authorized by an official permit. Poultry and poultry products, including eggs, within the control zone shall not be transported without first receiving an official permit from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

If you have questions regarding the quarantine area, visit www.agriculture.ks.gov/avianinfluenza to see a map of the quarantined area.

Kansas Animal Health Commissioner Dr. Bill Brown encourages all poultry owners to closely monitor their flocks and contact their local veterinarian immediately if birds appear infected. For a listing of symptoms of HPAI, visit www.agriculture.ks.gov/avianinfluenza.

Please be vigilant about reporting signs of illness in your herd to your veterinarian immediately. Farmers and ranchers can protect their flocks with good biosecurity practices including:

  • Isolate new animals
  • Move all livestock away from boundaries of your property
  • Clean clothing and boots should be worn when contact with livestock is expected.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect equipment and animal areas
  • Monitor your animals for signs of the disease
  • Abide by all movement restrictions

Other resources for bird owners include: USDA Biosecurity Guide for Poultry and Bird Owners - www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/2014/pub_bioguide_poultry_bird.pdf and USDA Biosecurity - www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/birdbiosecurity/

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 AVIAN FLU UPDATE

Samples collected from a backyard poultry flock containing both chickens and ducks in Leavenworth County was positive for HPAI H5N2.

KDA is establishing an incident command post in Leavenworth County, and as a part of the disease control and eradication protocol, a control zone has been established around the premise. KDA employees have begun survey work within the control zone to determine locations of backyard poultry flocks.

KDA is seeking assistance from backyard poultry owners in Leavenworth County. If you currently own poultry, the agency is requesting you self-report your backyard flock. This will assist animal health officials in helping to monitor the situation and control the spread of this disease. Please email information about the location and type of backyard flock in Leavenworth County to HPAI@KDA.KS.GOV. You may also contact the KDA Division of Animal Health toll free at (844) 255-7794.

 SCAM ALERT - (3/16/2015)

Leavenworth County residents have reported attempted phone scams within the last week, callers will claim to be from the IRS and explain that a law suit is pending and payments must be made without delay. Residents are urged to confirm any claims made by callers requesting the immediate payment of funds. Call the stated party, Internal Revenue Service, or other parties to verify the claims being made over the phone. Sheriff Dedeke urges concerned parties to report any attempted scams to the Sheriff’s Office or local law enforcement without delay to aid in our tracking of ongoing scams and our continued efforts to stop this type of criminal activity.

 MEDIA RELEASE #2 - 3/10/2015

Karissa Warren 22, of Kansas City, Kansas.

Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office personnel have verified the identity of the homicide victim found in rural Leavenworth County. The victim was identified as Karissa Warren 22, of Kansas City, Kansas.

Investigators are following leads in this case and urge anyone with information to contact the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office at 913-682-5724 or leave a TIP.

 NEWS MEDIA RELEASE - 3/9/2015

On Sunday, March 08, 2015 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office responded to a field entrance road near K-5 highway on Marxen Rd. for a reported body. When the deputies arrived, they confirmed that an adult female was deceased.

The identity of the victim has not been released pending family notification.

At this time Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating and are asking for information.

If anyone has information related to this case, please call (913)-682-5724 or Submit a Tip.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff, his deputies and staff send their thoughts and prayers to Wyandotte County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wood and his family. Get well soon brother!
End of Watch for Officer Stephen W. Traglio (2/25/2015)
Law Enforcement Torch Run (2/24/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office proudly partners with the Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Watch for more news here on our 2015 cooperative effort with Special Olympics!

Seatbelts Are For Everyone (2/24/2015)

Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force working to gain compliance with seat belt awareness in the areas of our schools during the week of 02/23/2015- 03/06/2015.

Sheriff Dedeke reminds everyone to buckle up and be safe.

Phone Scam Alert (12/29/2014)

Recently several phone scam cases have surfaced in the city of Leavenworth, in these cases the caller claims to be a member of a Law Enforcement agency. Various twists in the scam then allege the subject receiving the call has a warrant for their arrest and officers / Deputies are on their way to arrest the subject. The caller than tries to extract funds from the victim to negate the warrant. This was recently documented in a Leavenworth Times news article.

If you receive any calls referencing a strain of this scam please be aware, at no time will the Sheriff's Office:

  • Request credit card information via phone
  • Warn of pending arrest if demands are not met
  • Threaten or slander subjects via phone
"No Shave November" Campaign (12/12/2014)

The Sheriff's Office employee's recently completed the second annual 'No Shave November' campaign, proceeds totaled $720.00. The funds were divided between three local charities. Sheriff Andy Dedeke recently met with representatives from each organization and personally turned the funds over to the groups.

"Toys For Tots" (12/3/2014)

The Sheriff's Office will have Toys for Tots collection boxes available at the entry point of the Sheriff's Office located in the Leavenworth County Justice Center. They will be on scene until December 15th and will then be picked up by the Marine Corps.

Crystal Swan Blackdeer and Sheriff Andy Dedeke
Leavenworth County Humane Society (8/5/2014) - Sheriff Andy Dedeke receives a chip code reader from Leavenworth County Humane Society spokesperson Crystal Swan Blackdeer. The donation ocurred Tuesday afternoon, July 22nd, 2014 at the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office. The code reader will allow deputies to scan found pets to determine if they have an embedded microchip containing owner information. This is a valuable tool aiding deputies in returning lost pets to their proper owners.