Monday -  April   27 ,  2015

 GRADUATION (4/22/2015)

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputy Rachel Ailin recently graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center's 233 Basic Law Enforcement class. Cadets at KLETC learn basics of criminal law, search and seizure, emergency driving, evidence collection and self-defense among other disciplines during the course in Hutchison, Kansas.

Sheriff Dedeke and his staff take great pride in the accomplishment and the individual achievements of Rachel’s status as an honor graduate and member of the 200 Mile Club for logging more than 200 miles of distance running in the (14) week course resulting in her being named Most Improved in Physical Fitness during her time at KLETC.

 SCAM ALERT - (4/22/2015)

UPDATE: Leavenworth County residents have reported attempted phone scams over the last month , 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. As this issue has been ongoing, open investigations into this scam are being looked into by Sheriff’s Deputies. Citizens are reminded to check the validity of any claims prior to committing payment on any requests for funds solicited in this manner as they may be scams.

 Child Seat Installation/Inspection Services - (4/13/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office now has two Deputies certified in installing and inspecting child seats. Deputies are available by appointment to help citizens correctly install their child safety seats, or inspect the current installation. Deputies have received specialized training through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They receive their certification, and are given access to the government database for recalls, and updates to applicable laws. Deputies Phillips and Flaherty will be available by appointment through the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, or the NHTSA database, at safecar.gov.

 Arbor Day Tree Planted in Honor of Steve Traglio - (4/13/2015)

At noon April 24 at Ray Miller Park (Next to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Affairs Center) members of the community will join together to plant a tree to honor the late Steve Traglio, former Sheriff's Office deputy, Leavenworth Police Officer and military veteran.

Each year on Arbor Day, the Parks and Recreation Department staff arrange a special tree-planting as part of the Legacy Tree Program. Any member of the community can sponsor a tree and have it named after an individual or group of individuals and have it planted in a City park along with a commemorative plaque. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department, 913-651-2203, for more information about the Legacy Tree Program.

 KDA LIFTS CONTROL MOVEMENT ORDER - (4/8/2015)

MANHATTAN, Kan. –The Kansas Department of Agriculture has completed surveillance and testing in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties and lifted movement restrictions for the quarantined area. Movement of live poultry and poultry products, including eggs, can resume as normal.

KDA officials surveyed and tested every poultry premise within the infected zone, multiple premises in the buffer zone and responded to seven sick bird calls. All test results were found to be negative.

"We appreciate the citizens that self-reported their flocks. It has allowed us to effectively identify the number of flocks in the area and ensure we stamped out this virus,” said Dr. Justin Smith, Kansas Deputy Animal Health Commissioner.

 EASTER GREETINGS - (4/3/2015)

Sheriff Dedeke and his staff extend Happy Easter greetings from the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office family to the citizens of Leavenworth County and their families.

 BURGLARY ALERT - (4/1/2015)

The Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies have received numerous reports in recent days of items being stolen from vehicles during overnight hours; additionally we have had a series of burglary thefts involving outbuildings and tool trailers. Residents are cautioned to lock their vehicles and assure they are not left with keys in the ignition. Citizens are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office if any suspicious vehicles or persons are seen. Current area of focus is southern Leavenworth County.

 2015 NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING PROGRAM - (4/1/2015)

Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office will be on the lookout for drivers who engage in distracted driving as well as drivers who text and drive. Distracted driving is a significant problem on America's roadways. According to federal data, more than 3,328 were killed people and approximately 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers nationwide in 2012. These numbers are likely under-reported because of the difficulty in determining the role distraction plays in crashes.

To keep drivers safe, states across the country are joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's coordinated national distracted driving enforcement campaign: U Drive. U Text. U Pay, running April 10-15. This initiative will focus on allowing Sheriff’s Deputies an opportunity to speak with the public and warn of the dangers relating to distracted driving. Sheriff Andy Dedeke reminds drivers “texting can wait, focus on your driving and arrive safe”. This spring and summer more and more young drivers will be learning to drive and joining us on the roadways, Deputies of the Sheriff’s Office urge everyone to avoid distracted driving.

 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.