Paul D. Cramm


The Pros and Cons of Capital Punishment

Capital punishment, known more commonly as the Death Penalty, is the most severe government-sanctioned criminal punishment in the United States. It has sparked a voracious debate ever since its inception during the Revolutionary War. The question on whether or not the death penalty should be allowed to continue was thrown recently into sharp relief, when, just a few days ago, the US Attorney General said that the Federal Government would resume use of capital punishment after a sixteen year long break. The arguments for and against the use of capital punishment are extensive, and both the pros and cons of… Read More →

Incidence of DWI/DUI in Transportation Businesses

Even though cases of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are generally on the decline across the country, it still remains at worryingly high levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the U.S. about 29 people die every single day in motor vehicle related accidents in which alcohol impaired driving was the main causative factor. While alcohol-related accidents costs the economy over $44 billion each year, one industry that may be the most susceptible are those that operate in the transportation industry. This is perhaps because the consequences of an employee… Read More →

Are Police Required To Have Probable Cause To Search My Vehicle?

The Fourth Amendment protects us from searches and seizures. This constitutional right protects you from the police department searching your car without a warrant, or your consent. If a cop does so without your consent, he or she is violating your constitutional right. However, there are a few situations where a police officer can search your vehicle without your consent or a warrant. That brings up another question: What is Reasonable Suspicion to Search a Vehicle? Car searches are generally given more leeway than a search that would be conducted on a home. This is because of the automobile exception… Read More →

Brother Of A 20-Year-Old Killed In Overland Park Crash Urges Hit And Run Driver To Come Forward

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The brother of a 20-year-old victim who died in a hit-and-run accident is requesting the driver to come forward. On Monday, images of a dark-colored Honda Odyssey were made public by the Overland Park Police which was believed to be involved in an accident that killed 2 individuals on Saturday. 20-year-old Samuel Siebuhr was behind the wheel of the gold Toyota Avalon which was hit by a van. The collision sent it across the median of 151st Street into the path of a vehicle being driven by 18-year-old Matthew Bloskey. Both drivers, Siebuhr and Bloskey, died… Read More →

Kansas City Man Robs Bank After He Was Left With $14,000 Debt From A DUI

41-year-old Ryan Michael Cothern decided to rob an Overland Park bank last October as he had to pay a $14,000 debt from a DUI. He succeeded in getting just $615 before he was taken into custody. He entered in the bank and said to a bank teller to put the 100s, 50s and 20s in the bag by typing it on his cell phone. When the teller hesitated, he warned him not to do anything which can land him into trouble. The teller put the money in the bag and a GPS device as well which assisted in arresting Cothern… Read More →

35-Year-Old Overland Park Woman Charged With Arson In July Apartment Fire

35-year-old Shanda Braithwaite is charged for arson as she set an apartment on fire on 28th of July. The apartment which was set on fire was located near 92nd Street and Robinson in Overland Park, Kansas. The incident was severe; a man was caught in the apartment with his kid. They both were rescued by firefighters. Braithwaite included various charges including: 5 counts of aggravated arson 1 count arson of a dwelling Felony count of theft Her bond is set at $250,000. Source:

Man Charged With Second-Degree Murder In Overland Park Shooting Incident

OLATHE, Kan. – Elijah Lewis King has been charged with second-degree murder for being involved in a shooting case due to which an individual died and a child sustained injuries. The shooting case occurred at a duplex near 83rd and Switzer on Tuesday morning. He shot his girlfriend’s father, 52-year-old David Slater and also his daughter, who was just 6-year-old. It was said that he was visiting his girlfriend with his daughter when a verbal fight ended in shooting which left his daughter injured and the girlfriend’s father dead. King’s charges also included aggravated battery and aggravated endangerment of a… Read More →

Man Takes Own Life In Overland Park As Authorities Were Attempting To Serve Him With A Warrant

On Wednesday, a man attempted suicide in Overland Park as authorities were trying to serve him with a warrant. At around 3:15 p.m., the deputies saw a man inside the house and then the sound of a gunshot was heard after which they asked the residents nearby to leave their homes. They also set up a perimeter. They found the man dead after 5 hours at around 8:30 p.m. The location of the incident was Goodman Street and 142nd Terrace due to which it was shut down for several hours. Other streets in the area were opened again by 10:30… Read More →

Overland Park Preacher Accused Of A Series Of Crimes

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Bruce Byrd, who was accused of targeting dental offices in Johnson County and other places for robbery, has been taken into custody by the cops. He was wanted by the police for targeting the dental offices of Dr. Frank Wolfson at College and Quivira. He walked through the door of the dental office and stole credit cards from the doctor’s wallet. On Wednesday, he appeared before the judge for multiple charges including identity theft and burglary. He was a preacher prior moving to Kansas City. Source:

59-Year-Old Overland Park Man Accused Of Child Rape

Gabriel Gomez Lara, 59, has been charged with sexually assaulting 2 kids over a period of more than 7 years. His charges included: 1 count of child rape 4 counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child The ages of the victims were less than 14-year-old and 16-year-old when they were raped. The rape incidents happened between January 2011 and February 2018. On Friday, Lara was taken into custody and his bond was set at $500,000. He was summoned to court on Monday. Source: