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PRESS RELEASE
Domestic Leads to Battery on Police


Date: January 10, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On January 9, 2019 at approximately 3:45 PM Parsons Police Officers responded to assist with an alleged Domestic Battery case. The victim came to the Parsons Police Department and reported that her husband, David Phelan, had battered her.

     Officers were notified of the address Phelan was at and responded to continue the investigation. Officers were able to locate Phelan at an address in the 2400 Block of Appleton, with the intent to arrest him for Domestic Battery. Two Parsons Police Officers attempted to take Phelan into custody as is required by Kansas Domestic Battery Violence statutes. Phelan resisted both officers causing injuries to both during the fight. Phelan was reported as “Mule Kicking” Officers during the arrest potentially causing serious damage to the lower extremities and knees of one of the arresting officers.

     Phelan was taken into custody and will be charged with Domestic Battery, Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer (Felony), and Interference with the Official Duty of a Law Enforcement Officer. Phelan has an extensive history of Battery and Domestic Battery. He currently is being held at the Parsons Police Department jail waiting to be seen by a District Judge.

     Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says “You may fight with the Police, but you will not win. We will continue to bring violent offenders to justice and bring them before a Judge.” Spinks continued, “while our objective is to treat all individuals in a fair, firm and friendly manner, our staff will bring to bare the full weight of the criminal justice system whenever my officers are attacked by violent, aggressive known criminals.”

     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 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

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PRESS RELEASE
Vehicle Pursuit in Parsons

Date: December 20, 2018
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On December 19, 2018 at approximately 9:23 PM Parsons Police Officers were dispatched to the 1500 Block of South 25th in the Mendota Creek Apartment complex for a report of a possible kidnapping with children involved.

     Officers arrived in the area and were told that the suspect was in a Red Dodge Dakota pickup truck and had left the scene. Sergeant Tim Jones later located the Red Dodge in question and found that the suspected individual was 24-year-old Dakota Demeritt of Erie. Sgt. Jones conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 200 Block of South 29th. Before Sgt. Jones was able to approach the vehicle, the driver fled in his vehicle from the traffic stop through a yard and between houses. The suspect drove through several yards in the area and through ditches on Frisco to avoid road construction and capture. Officer Joel Franklin took over the pursuit after the suspect drove through an open field south of Frisco to 27th. The suspect fled to Thornton and then through more yards to eventually end up on Appleton where he proceeded west to 32nd and south out of Parsons City Limits. Labette County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Adamson joined the pursuit as well, as it led into Labette County jurisdiction. The suspect fled on to 32nd then to 22000 Rd and the west to 19000 Rd, after that he turned east back to Ness and then back to Parsons city limits. The pursuit went east down Main to 13th where the suspect went through the car wash north to an alley near Chess Ave. The suspect intentionally rammed one Parsons Police vehicle and one Labette Sheriffs vehicle. The officers then lost sight of the suspect as it was last seen east bound. A search for the vehicle went underway, but officers were not able to find the suspect again.

     On December 20, 2018 at approximately 8:19 AM Officer Ryan Shirk observed the suspected Red Dodge Dakota pickup truck from the previous night’s pursuit in the 500 Block of North 13th emerging from an alley. The driver was identified as Dakota Demeritt once again. Officer Shirk initiated a traffic stop in which the suspect fled immediately after seeing Officer Shirk. The suspect fled to Chess then to 10th Street heading north. Once on 10th Street the suspect came to a stop and put the vehicle in reverse in an attempt to ram Officer Shirks vehicle. Office Shirk was able to avoid the attempt and the pursuit continued north to Northern Blvd. to Queens Rd. then back north again across Highway 400. Once the pursuit entered Neosho County deputies were contacted for assistance as well as Kansas Highway Patrol. The lengthy pursuit traveled north and eventually onto a dead-end road in which the suspect was able to turn around and backtrack. Stop Stick tire deflation devices were deployed, but the were avoided by the driver. The suspect slammed on his brakes during the pursuit causing officers to crash into him and then resumed fleeing after causing the damage. One Parsons Police Vehicle was damaged, and Officer Isaiah Hicks resumed the pursuit after the crash. Kansas Highway Patrol requested to be lead vehicle in the pursuit and Officer Hicks pulled back allowing Troopers to attempt a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI). Kansas Highway Patrol Took over the Pursuit north of Galesburg. Officer Hicks ended his participation in the pursuit and returned to Parsons City limits.

     The suspect was not apprehended by any participating agency and law enforcement are still looking for Dakota Demeritt in connection with todays pursuit, as well as the pursuit from the 19th. The Red Dodge Dakota has been reported as stolen and is entered NCIC as such. Parsons Police Department is submitting charges on Demeritt for Criminal Damage, Reckless Driving, Fleeing and Eluding, Interference with Law Enforcement, Aggravated Assault, and Aggravated Battery along with multiple traffic offenses for his actions on December 19th, then for his actions on December 20th Parsons Police Department is submitting Charges for Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving Interference with Law Enforcement Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Possession of a Controlled Substance and multiple traffic offenses.

     Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said “this culprit will be apprehended and brought to justice. The chase may end, but the pursuit will continue until caught.” Spinks said, “Parsons Police Officers will follow criminals like bloodhounds until they are in handcuffs.”

     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 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

     In an update to this story KHP reported at about 3:30 PM the pursuit was continuing west into Pratt County in western Kansas.

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PRESS RELEASE
Juvenile Stabbing


Date: December 19, 2018
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On December 18, 2018 at approximately 9:11 PM Parsons Police Officers were dispatched to a house in the 2500 Block of Chess for a report of a 10-year-old juvenile having been stabbed by another juvenile.

     Officers arrived and found a 10-year-old juvenile with an approximate 2-inch deep stab wound to the right forearm. The juvenile stated that he was stabbed by a neighboring 14-year-old. Officer Kyle Shields rendered first aid and informed the Guardian that the wound would need further medical assistance. The Guardian later transported the Juvenile to Labette Health Emergency Room for treatment.

     Corporal Brice Dickens assisted in the investigation and sub-sequentially took into custody a 14-year-old suspect for one count of Aggravated Battery and one count of Aggravated Assault. The 14-year-old was later transported to Girard Juvenile Detention Facility, to await his court appearance.

     Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says, “juvenile cases prove more difficult for officers due to privacy and parental cooperation requirements, but Officers Shields and Dickens conducted themselves admirably and were able to provide aid and assistance in a difficult situation.”

     “What’s so frustrating with this incident is the need for adults to supervise, guide and direct their kids,” says Spinks, “this incident arose from unsupervised kids playing tag with a knife in the dark of night. If that’s not a recipe for a problem what is?”

     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 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

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PRESS RELEASE
Dogs at Large Turn Vicious



Date: December 19, 2018
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On December 18, 2018 at approximately 4:58 PM Parsons Police were dispatched to the 2900 Block of Stevens for a report of vicious dogs at large and keeping citizens in their vehicles aggressively.

     Officers arrived and found two large dogs that were acting very aggressive. While evaluating the situation one dog viciously charged one officer. The officer fired his duty weapon one time not hitting the dog, but striking the ground harmlessly, both animals then fled the area. While officers searched for the dogs in fear that their aggressiveness would lead to a citizen getting bitten or mauled, both dogs returned to the 2900 Block of Stevens. When officers found them, one of the dogs again viciously charged the officers and was fatally shot. The second dog fled under a house and was unable to be captured. The animal that was shot will be sent to Kansas State University to undergo testing for rabies.

     Sometimes animals turn aggressive due to a disease and the owners are not aware, so they are sent to a laboratory to be tested. Also, animals let to run at large can become territorial or run in a pack which can be aggressive to the point of attacking other animals or humans including small children.

     The animal’s owner was unable to be found and officers are still looking to speak to them. The Animal Control Officer has been called several times to this address and the owner has never been able to be reached. Officers talked to surrounding neighbors who stated that this house and these dogs have been a neighborhood nuisance for some time.

     “Our men and woman are called upon by the community for many reasons, only part of them are criminal in nature and some calls are animal calls. Officers are always cognitive of their surroundings and do not take being forced to put a vicious animal down lightly,” says Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. “Officers constantly look for other alternatives to dispatching an animal but will not risk their safety or the safety of our citizens,” continued Spinks.

     It’s well known that Parsons has had a challenge with loose dogs and feral cats. All of these issues boil down to irresponsible pet ownership or pet dumping. With limited housing available to handle impounded animals, we will need to look at animal-issues with a global perspective: housing/ impounding, spay/ neutering, relocating/ adoption and owner accountability and abatement.

     “I’ll be creating a Chiefs Animal Advisory Board in 2019 to bring coordination to this community issue which while also include involving the Parsons Basic Animal Rights Council and the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter (PALS). I’ll be assigning Sergeant Jason Ludwig to oversee this new outreach project”

     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 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

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PRESS RELEASE
Traffic Stop Leads to Cocaine and Cash



Date: December 17, 2018
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On December 15, 2018 at 9:57 PM Parsons Police Officer Jordan Tomlinson observed a Red Chevy Cruze commit a traffic violation in the 1200 block of Main Street. Officer Tomlinson conducted a traffic stop and detected the odor of suspected marijuana coming from the vehicle.

     Officer Tomlinson and Officer Keenen Roberts conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered Marijuana, Cocaine, and Paraphernalia. There was a sum of money as well. 22-year-old Kayla Kennedy of St. Paul and 23-year-old Adrianna Pease of Parsons were arrested. Charges are being filed with the Labette County Attorney’s office for Sale and Distribution of Marijuana, Sale and Distribution of Certain Stimulants, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Certain Stimulants, Possession of Paraphernalia, and other traffic offenses.

     Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says “this is a result of the continuing fight against those who try to sell illegal narcotics in our town. We have officers who will find you and bring you to justice. As we continue our mission to establish the Narcotics Task Force our officers will keep hammering away at the drug problem in our community and work to keep the good hardworking men and women of Parsons safe,” continued Spinks.

     “Officers Tomlinson and Roberts are two motivated officers leading the charge for our Department in its efforts to stop the sale of illegal narcotics in Parsons,” claims Spinks.

     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 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

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PRESS RELEASE
See It, Hear It, Report It Leads to Arrest



Date: December 14, 2018
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On December 14, 2018 a call from a concerned citizen resulted in Parsons Police Officers being dispatched to Stock Yard Travel Plaza for a report of suspicious behavior in a vehicle sitting in the car wash.

     Corporal Waylon Kepley responded to investigate and found illegal drugs being actively used. Officer Isaiah Hicks and Cpl. Kepley arrested two individuals. A subsequent search of their persons and vehicle lead to the discovery of marijuana, prescription narcotics, and drug paraphernalia. Nikki McElroy White Female age 24 and Patrick Patton White Male age 27 were arrested at the scene. Patrick was also found to have an active Labette County Warrant as well. Charges will be filed on the individuals for the Possession of Hallucinogenic Drugs, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. They remain jailed at the Parsons Police Department awaiting their first appearance.

     “We are continuing to move forward with the stomping out of illegal narcotics use in our community one arrest at a time” said Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. “If you want to use illegal drugs, move out of our community or be arrested” claims Spinks. “This will continue to be a common occurrence as we move to the formation of the Narcotics Task Force and officially bring drug dealers and users to justice”, according to Spinks.

     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 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

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