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Moundridge Council Votes To Join REAP

Posted 11/17/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Members of the Moundridge City Council voted unanimously to join the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) during their meeting Monday, Nov. 7, at the city office.

REAP Executive Officer Marla Canfield talked to the council about the organization.

REAP was formed in 1997. Currently 26 local governments – cities and counties – are members of REAP.

REAP’s mission statement is “guide state and national actions that affect economic development in the region and adopt joint actions among member governments that enhance the regional economy,” Canfield said.

“What they’re doing lines up with some of the activities we’ve been involved in,” City Administrator Randy Frazer said. “We’re participating in a lot of the things they’re doing.”

REAP’s dues are based on the city’s or county’s population. Moundridge’s dues will be $476 a year.

Frazer noted many of the organizations the city has joined involve state members.

“This is more geared toward the elected officials,” Frazer said. “If we join, one or all of you can choose to get involved with it.”

Canfield talked to the council about REAP’s legislative’s priorities.

She said the organization is concerned about the recently enacted tax lid legislation on local governments.

“We don’t know if repeal is a possibility,” Canfield said.

REAP is encouraging the Kansas Legislature to look into the possible economic and social benefits of expanding KanCare.

The group is also interested in a proposed merger with Wichita State University and the Wichita Area Technical College to enhance the regional infrastructure for education and skills training.

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Cases Can Move Slowly Through Legal System

Posted 11/17/2016

By Ledger Staff

HARVEY COUNTY – Nearly three weeks after a triple homicide between Hesston and Moundridge the communities are still trying to process the deaths of Travis Street, 33, Angela Graevs, 37, and Richard Prouty, 52.

David Yoder, Harvey County Attorney, said he must be objective in presenting all of the facts in a probable cause affidavidt, and not only those that are favorable to police.

“As a prosecutor, we have to include everything, even if it is contradictory facts or information about witness credibility. For example, if I know a witness was convicted of perjury five years ago, I have to include that. I can’t make it all one-sided in favor of the prosecution,” he said.

When preparing a warrant, Yoder said the details must be very specific – to a residence and what officers are searching for.  And, he said, officers are restricted to where to search, based on the specific criteria of the warrant.

“An officer is searching an area where there is reason to believe that evidence may be kept.  Obviously, if a person took a shotgun apart, piece by piece, you’re not going to have a shotgun in a teapot,” he said.

Yoder said if a search is carried out improperly, information obtained through that search that was not within the scope of the warrant may be inadmissible in court.

At times, it means officers may stop a search and obtain a new warrant, or several warrants, for one location.

“We get a warrant, there’s a reason to believe a crime has been committed and there is evidence of a gun crime.  Then we go inside and we find a dead body in the bathroom. Now, we have something outside the warrant. We didn’t know there was a dead body in the bathroom. Now we have to expand the warrant to this other stuff we found and didn’t anticipate.

“If we are looking for guns and ammunition we can’t say ‘Oh, lets grab this body.’ That wasn’t included and we have to get a new warrant,” said Yoder.

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder added while officers are waiting for that new warrant “we call a time out and, while we were lawfully there with the first warrant that first warrant doesn’t give us the constitutional ability to seize other property,” he said.

In the instance of the triple homicide, six warrants were issued almost immediately.

“Every time we have a cell phone we want to look at, we can’t just take the phone. We have to have a warrant for every phone. The bodies themselves have to have warrants. The house has to have a warrant. Every vehicle we look at. It becomes massive amounts of paperwork - they don’t show you that on crime dramas,” said Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton. 

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Pleasant View Home Raises More Than $17,000 With Gift Day

Posted 11/17/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Pleasant View Home’s Gift Day auction is “always considered a great time of fun and fundraising,” said Cyndi Ratzlaff, independent living coordinator for Pleasant View.

Gift Day activities took place Thursday, Nov. 10.

“It is a time to bid your friend up and raise money for Pleasant View,” Ratzlaff said.

She noted poppy seed rolls were donated to the auction.

“There is also two people from the community who enjoy bidding each other up on those,” Ratzlaff added.

However, Ratzlaff said numbers and donations were “a bit down from last year, but as always it was a great community event.”

Pleasant View received more than $4,900 in donations previous to Gift Day activities. The senior care facility had more than $7,300 in meal donation for the chicken noodle soup and ham sandwich meal.

Pleasant View got more than $4,700 from the auction, giving the facility a total of more than $17,000.

“We are thankful for all the volunteers and donations,” Ratzlaff said.

PVH officials decided to put four items out in a silent auction during the week of Gift Day. Anyone could submit a bid up until 7 p.m., the night of the auction.

“It went well for being the first time and we will look into doing it again next year,” Ratzlaff said.

The four items in the silent auction were a teddy bear Christmas train donated by Kindred Hospice in Hutchinson, along with a tied comforter, hand-stitched quilt and Wichita State University men’s basketball tickets.

Proceeds from Gift Day will be used to continue Pleasant View’s carpet replacement project. It has been a large project for the facility.

Ratzlaff noted the carpet gets plenty of daily use from wheelchairs, scooters and carts.

 

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