Thanksgiving Safe Arrival
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
“Every 10th driver on the roadway could be driving impaired (alcohol and/or drugs) according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)” says Parsons Police Sergeant Jason Ludwig. “This holiday season we want to see everyone arrive alive.”
Beginning Monday, November 19, through Sunday, November 25, the Parsons Police Department will join many other police agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign. A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will underwrite overtime enforcement efforts that specifically aim at removing impaired drivers from our roads and ticketing vehicle occupants who are unrestrained or whose child passengers are unrestrained.
According to KDOT, which tracks all crashes in the state, the day before Thanksgiving sees more impairment-related crashes than any other day of the year. Those driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs endanger not only themselves, but also others they share the road with – such as their passengers, other motorists and their passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. On average, across Kansas, three persons are injured every day, and one person is killed every four days in alcohol/drug-related crashes. And the crashes tend to be more severe. Vehicle occupants in alcohol- or other drug-related crashes are over 2 ½ times more likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes where alcohol or other drugs were not a factor.
Each week across Kansas, over 250 drivers are arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence). A DUI conviction will result in jail time, the suspension or revocation of driver’s license, a fine of $500 to $2,500, participation in an alcohol or other drug treatment program and, where alcohol is cited as a contributing factor, the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device by the offender. This device requires the offender to blow into a device that measures blood alcohol concentration prior to starting the car. It’s embarrassing and a hassle.
Also responsible for needless death and maiming is the failure by many teens and adults to simply buckle up themselves, or to properly buckle up child passengers. Twice as many Kansans who die from a crash are unrestrained as are restrained. Even worse is the fact that injuries suffered by those who are unbuckled are likely to be much more severe and disabling than injuries suffered by those who are buckled in. This applies regardless of speed, and whether the occurrence is on a city street, a county road, or a highway.
According to Chief Robert Spinks, “Keep in mind that if you are going to be drinking, a designated driver can be a life-saver, especially during the holiday season arrange to ride with a non-drinking acquaintance. Don’t let pride or concerns for your convenience endanger your life and the lives of innocent others.” Spinks continued “Drivers always wear your seatbelt and don’t move the vehicle until each person riding with you is buckled in. This is your best defense against death and injury, it is their best defense, and it is the law. You will live with the consequences – good or bad – the rest of your life. By always following these simple rules, you can preserve life – maybe your life – and certainly your cash. We want everyone to safely arrive for the holidays.”
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, LABETTE COUNTY TOURISM AND THE PARSONS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM TO PRESENT
“A MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS CONCERT”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 8, 2018FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MATTHEW HOISINGTOEVENTS & MEDIA DIRECTOR (620) 421-7032
The tradition continues with a wonderful concert to set the mood for your Christmas holiday. The Parsons Chamber of Commerce, Labette County Tourism and the Parsons Municipal Auditorium are giving the community an early gift this year when they present “A Main Street Christmas Concert” featuring The Duke Mason Band on Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium. The concert will be a family-friendly event and admission is free of charge, although the Parsons Police Dept., “Shop With A Cop” program will receive the free-will offering.
Duke is no stranger to Parsons. While music fans in the area are aware of his incredible musical talents, they might not know that Christmas is Duke’s favorite holiday. In fact, he doesn’t need to wait for the season to roll around, as he’s been known to burst out singing a carol or holiday classic whenever the mood hits him. In 2017, the Duke Mason Band released their first-ever Christmas CD titled “I Believe” featuring 14 songs including Duke’s original song “I Believe.”
Duke will be joined on stage by his traveling road band, The Duke Mason Band. The five-piece band is comprised of seasoned and talented musicians, which compliments Duke’s performance style. For this year’s holiday show Duke has selected a wide variety of songs that include children’s favorites and holiday classics, all mixed with unique arrangements of lesser known seasonal tunes that share what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.
In addition to Duke and his band, “A Main Street Christmas Concert,” will feature special guests including one making an appearance from many miles North of Parsons….someone who is extremely busy this time of year…..one who particularly pays attention to “good little boys and girls!”
For this concert Duke and the band have waived their standard performance fee and will be providing their services free of charge. In keeping with the spirit of giving to others during the holidays, Duke has asked that the freewill offering be taken during the concert and all monetary donations be used to help support this worthy cause.
This year, the Parsons Police Department has reinstated their “Shop With A Cop” event and will be funded with the donations collected from the concert and donation boxes. This is similar to Carthage Police Department’s program held for the past 11 years in honor of Duke’s father-in-law, Steve Benjamin who, for many years, hosted a “Christmas Open House” at his home.
“Shop With A Cop” is a community outreach program which will pair a deserving child with a Parsons Police Department officer who will shop for items for themselves and their families. There will also be another opportunity to donate to this commendable project if you are unable to attend the concert. Donation boxes for monetary donations will be placed in the City of Parsons, Water Department, in the lobby at the Parsons Police Department, and will be accepted through December 12.
So breakout the eggnog, put on that hideously ugly sweater, or whatever it takes to get in the holiday spirit and plan to attend “A Main Street Christmas Concert” featuring The Duke Mason Band and guests on Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium, 112 South 17th Street, Parsons, KS. The show is free of charge, and all seating is general admission. Doors to the auditorium are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. “A Main Street Christmas Concert” is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Labette County Tourism in cooperation with The City of Parsons and the Parsons Municipal Auditorium.
Pursuit Ends in Drug Seizure
Date: October 31, 2018
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Acting on a lead from a separate criminal investigation, on October 31, 2018 at approximately 12:25 AM Parsons Police Officers went to The Canterbury Inn, 400 Main, to look for a wanted individual. On October 30, 2018 Cornel Owens, black/male age 41, of Iola, Kansas was reported to be staying at a room in the hotel. Owens was reported as having a warrant from Neosho County Kansas, it was also reported that Owens had violent tendencies toward law enforcement and was reported to routinely carry a gun.
When officers spotted Cornel Owens at The Canterbury Inn, he fled in a 2004 Chevy Suburban with Arizona plates. Officers pursued Owens through Parsons until he fled on foot from the vehicle while it was still in motion, the vehicle then crashed into a tree in the 800 block of South 18th. Officers pursued Owens on foot but was not able to catch him. Parsons Police Sergeant Tim Jones and Officer Joel Franklin secured the vehicle at the scene of the crash. A search of the vehicle revealed Methamphetamines, Marijuana, Cash, a Fentanyl Patch, and a loaded Taurus Judge revolver.
Labette County Sheriff deputies assisted Parsons PD by securing the hotel room where they contacted the registered owner of the 2004 Chevy Suburban, Victor Allen Lindberg, white/male age 38, of Arizona. He was detained at the room. A search warrant was applied for and served on the room leading to the discovery of two more handguns more methamphetamines and Oxycodone, along with narcotics paraphernalia. Lindberg was arrested and charges are being submitted for Sale/Distribution of Certain Stimulants, Possession of certain Stimulants, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Defacing Identification Marks of a Firearm.
This continues to be an on-going investigation and citizens are encouraged to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity please contact the Parsons Police Department at (620) 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at (620) 421-7057 or email at email@example.com