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PRESS RELEASE


Date: November 15, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On September 3, 2019 Parsons Police Officers were notified about an Aggravated Robbery that took place in the 3100 block of Morgan. The victim of the Robbery was identified as a Juvenile, and the suspect was later identified as JB Donaldson.

     Donaldson reportedly pulled a sawed-off shotgun on the juvenile victim robbing him of a backpack, school supplies and an iPhone 8. The investigation posed a bigger problem in identifying Donaldson due to witnesses only knowing of the suspect’s ‘Street Name’. Donaldson is also known as “J-Blow, Jayveon, Glizzy Gang “, and had come to Parsons from Independence.

     Through the course of the lengthy investigation it was found that Donaldson was involved in a residential burglary on September 23rd in the 2600 block of Partridge. Donaldson has been associated with some of our local criminal element and is assisting them in on-going criminal activity.

     Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says, “we are not going to allow strangers to come into our community and victimize juveniles in the streets without repercussions. This incident could have had deadly consequences and ended in the death of a child. This criminal has been brought to justice as far as the police can bring him. It is now up to the courts and the jury to hold this violent offender accountable for his actions.”

     Acting Commander Kyle Wiford commends the officers involved for their part in the investigation for being able to charge Donaldson for his part in this criminal activity. “We are going to stop Parsons from being a criminal haven one arrest at a time,” says Wiford.

     “We want our streets to be safer and need the community to continue to be involved in these cases. This case was built on good investigations and community participation. Good witnesses are key in closing cases and keeping the community safe,” finished Spinks.

     Law Enforcement Officials are still searching for a wanted man in connection with the Robbery. Tony Tavoris Williams, also known as Clarence Dean, and Clarence Lee Williams, has a Labette County warrant for Aggravated Robbery, and Aggravated Intimidation of a Witness. Officials advise not to approach Williams and he is to be considered armed and dangerous. If you see Williams called 911.

     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
Stolen Car Recovered in Parsons

Date: November 15, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On November 14, 2019 Parsons Police Officers discovered a possible stolen vehicle from Texas after investigating another case. After the discovery officers conducted surveillance in the area watching for suspicious activity.

     While watching the vehicle, two females entered the stolen 2008 Saturn Outlook and drove away. Sergeant Brice Dickens initiated a High-Risk Traffic Stop in the 100 block of South 27th. The driver was identified as Rachel Lynn Ashley, white female of Amarillo Texas. A search of the vehicle was conducted, drugs and paraphernalia were discovered in the car. Ashley was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property, No Valid Driver’s License, Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A passenger was identified as Lacinda Ann Morris, of Parsons, and later released at the scene.

     Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says, “I am proud of our officers for their incredible tenacity. Initiating surveillance is great police work and shows a high level of dedication to the job and this community. We will continue to grow as a department and bring offenders to justice. This yet another win for the Parsons community.”

     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
Pittsburg Robbers Caught in Parsons

Date: November 1, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On October 30th the Parsons Police Department received information from Pittsburg Police Departments Investigations Division about an Armed Robbery that took place in their city. A bulletin was released with a vehicle description and tag information along with a juvenile person of interest and a photograph of the suspect David Lamont Young III, 20, of Parsons.

     On October 31st Parsons Police Sergeant Waylon Kepley spotted a vehicle matching the description match the bulletin release in the 1400 block of Appleton. Acting Kansas Combined Anti-Drug Taskforce Commander (K-CAT) Commander Kyle Wiford was contacted about the vehicle. While setting up controlled surveillance three individuals exited a residence and go into the vehicle. Sgt. Kepley followed the vehicle while officers responded to assist in a “High Risk Traffic Stop”, Sgt. Kepley initiated a traffic stop at Central and Crawford and the vehicle sped off from officers. A pursuit ensued and the suspect vehicle crashed into a stop sign and another vehicle in the 300 block of South 18th blowing a tire out. The suspect vehicle lost its tire in the 1300 block of Appleton and two of the three occupants fled on foot. Officers gave chase and David Young and a juvenile was apprehended. The third occupant was identified as the vehicle owner and Young’s girlfriend, Kayla Talley. She was later released. A weapon in connection to the robbery was recovered from the vehicle.

Young’s local charges are Felony Fleeing and Eluding, Aggravated Child Endangerment, and a litany of traffic infractions relating to the pursuit. He is also being charged in Crawford County in relation to the Aggravated Robbery. The juvenile that was arrested had multiple Labette County Warrants, but charges are being sent to the Labette County Attorney for Interference with Law Enforcement Officer as well.

     A search warrant was obtained by the Parsons Detectives for David Young’s residence. The search warrant was executed by Parsons and Pittsburg Detectives. Evidence connected to the Aggravated Robbery was collected from the residence.

     Acting Commander Kyle Wiford said, “I want to thank Sergeant Kepley for his diligence and attention to detail. He and the rest of the officers were instrumental in the apprehension of the violent offenders. I also want to thank the Pittsburg Investigations Division for their assistance in the investigation and the teamwork during this case.”

     Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says, “teamwork is key to any successful operation and I believe that we have a great team here at the Parsons Police Department. Our men and women work well with other agencies and that is how great policework is done.”

     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
Chief Robert Spinks warns:
Strict seatbelt enforcement to save lives

Date: October 19,2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     Beginning October 28 through November 1, Parsons Police Department will join other Kansas law enforcement agencies to stop what has been likened to an epidemic in Kansas. In 2016, 44 children ages 0-19 lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas. Sadly, almost half of those children were not wearing their seat belts.

     “In the health field, they talk about making sure children have received their immunizations to prevent deadly diseases,” said Chief Spinks. “But what many parents don’t think about is that wearing a seatbelt properly is the best prevention of serious injury or death in a vehicle.”

     According to the 2017 Kansas observational seatbelt survey, children are much more likely to be buckled up if the driver is wearing their seatbelt. If the driver is buckled, about 98% of the children are restrained. If the driver is not buckled, only about 29% of the observed children were buckled. We want adults to model good driving behaviors for children.

     Starting on October 28 through November 1, law enforcement across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than 20 years, officers have educated and warned drivers and passengers regarding the importance of using seatbelts while in their vehicle.

There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to anyone who does not obey Kansas law.

     Chief Spinks says, “Even one child’s death is unacceptable. Please slow down, especially in school zones, eliminate the distractions, and always buckle up.”

     Occasionally I hear an errant complaint that the police shouldn’t worry about traffic or seatbelt violation,” Says Spinks. “Yet, we know more than 70% of crimes in the U.S. involve a vehicle. Felons drive vehicles to and from shooting, drug dealers transport illegal drugs by vehicle, and suspended drivers and wanted persons use vehicles daily. So, doing smart traffic enforcement equates to getting felons and dope dealers off our streets and into jail.”

     National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45%. NHTSA’s research also reveals that males are more likely to be unbuckled than females in a fatal crash, and younger drivers are also at greater risk of being unbuckled. In fact, 51% of the males killed in crashes were not buckled up at the time of the crash. The 21-24-year-old and 25-34-year-old age groups had the highest percentages (57% and 59%, respectively) of occupants killed who were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash.

     For the latest data and to see more about Kansas safety belt laws, go to: www.ktsro.org

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PRESS RELEASE
False Accusation Leads to Multiple Warrant Arrest



Date: October 16, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On October 15, 2019 at approximately 2:10 pm Parsons Police Officers responded to the 2500 block of Crawford for a report of a woman lying on the ground and acting strangely. Officers were told by the woman that she was sexually assaulted and there was a possible homicide as well. The female victim named Troy and Trampis Kellogg as the suspects in both crimes.

     Officers witnessed Troy Kellogg walking away from the area and he took off. A short foot chase ensued, and officers apprehended Troy. He was found to have a Kansas Department of Corrections Arrest Detain order out for him. The investigation continued and Trampis Kellogg also was spotted and attempted to flee the area. He too was apprehended, and he was found to have a Neosho County warrant for his arrest.

     The initial report of sexual assault and the homicide was found to be falsely reported. The alleged victim refused forensic examinations by medical staff and then refused to cooperate with law enforcement in any manner after the other victim was found. The reported homicide victim was identified and talked to by police investigators. The police department is sending to case to the Labette County Attorney for review if any charges are appropriate.

     Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said “this incident is unfortunately a frequent event in Parsons. The Parsons Police Department investigates all reports of criminal activity, this investigation ended with the arrest of two men who were falsely accused but found wanted for other activity. This case and many like it can be traced back to illegal drug use due to the commonality of the arrestee’s history with drug use. We are on a mission to stomp out the sale and use of death on our city.”

     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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