Paul D. Cramm


Kansas State Board of Education to renew discussion on teacher crime

TOPEKA, Kan. – A hot topic of discussion of the Kansas State Board of Education is how to push prosecutors into doing a better job of reporting felony convictions to help the board remove problem teachers. On Tuesday, board members planned to reopen the topic for discussion on their agenda for the Kansas Legislature’s 2014 session. The topic arose in the month of August as the board cancelled the licenses of 6 teachers, including 4 convicted of sex offenses against minors. Kansas law needs prosecutors to report all felony convictions to the Department of Education regularly so it can check… Read More →

Kansas State University students and locals warned after rape near K-State’s Campus

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Local authorities are warning Kansas State University students and local residents not to walk alone at night due to the rape incident that happened near campus. On 11th of August at about 4 a.m. a 23-year-old woman was raped by a stranger. The sexual assault was reported in the early hours last Sunday. The exact place of the crime has not been released by the police. Riley County Police Department is still investigating the incident. On Thursday, the department along with the Kansas State University Police Department warned and advised Kansas State University community and general public… Read More →

More online options offered by police departments to report minor incidents

Police departments are giving the option of making reports online and this trend is increasing day by day with law enforcement agencies all around the country. The starting of online reports is the answer to one of the biggest issues: where is the police officer when a person needs one. Last week, Shawnee collaborated with a few Kansas City area departments in starting an online reporting service for selected minor crimes by which the citizens can easily report, typically in cases where a report is needed only for insurance claims. Shawnee Maj. Bill Hisle said that it’s a nod to… Read More →

Kansas State Board of Education cracking down on teacher crime

TOPEKA, Kansas – Next week, action will be taken by the Kansas State Board of Education against 6 teachers who have been convicted of criminal activity, mostly involving sexual activity with their students. Attorney for the State Department of Education, Cheryl Whelan said the board is pursuing school districts that are not reporting criminal activity by teachers and administrators. From all the convicted teachers, 4 were convicted of sexual improprieties with minors. 1 was convicted of fraud and 1 stole an instrument from the school. The board is being asked to cancel the licenses of these 6 convicted teachers in… Read More →

Crimes in Overland Park and Leawood are connected

On Friday, police told that 2 robberies and 1 attempted robbery that took place in Overland Park and Leawood were interconnected. Just after 10 a.m. the crimes began when a man holding a black handgun threatened a woman to give money from her bank outside an Overland Park Hospital. The woman had a child with her and she was in a parking lot outside Menorah Medical Center at 119th Street and Nall Avenue when the man got near her and threatened her to drive to her bank nearby and give him money after withdrawing it from an ATM. After that,… Read More →

Trailer thefts on the rise to haul off other stolen goods

OVERLAND PARK, KS – An increase in trailer thefts has been seen by the area police departments and the police officers are of the view that there is a link between stealing trailers and other crimes. Officers believe that the thieves steal the trailers first and then steal other goods like push lawn mowers, riding lawn mowers and other things with the help of those trailers. Leonard Eshnaur, 1 of the 9 victims in the last 6 weeks in Overland Park, KS, to have his trailer stolen said, “Just mad, just flat out mad”. He told the police, “I backed… Read More →

Kansas awards a total of $274,000 from offenders to 126 crime victims

TOPEKA – One hundred and twenty six Kansas crime victims who filed claims with the state attorney general’s office were awarded a total of $274,000 by the state board. During the monthly meeting of the Kansas Crime Victim’s Compensation Board, funds were given to the victims. By this program, victims of violent crimes are supported to pay for unexpected expenses like cost of medical treatment, mental health services, lost wages and funeral costs. Awards are given from money obtained from convicted offenders like court fees, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution. To each victim, the board can award up to… Read More →

Homicide investigation launched after baby’s body found in KC trash truck

On Monday morning, a horrifying incident occurred and Kansas City sanitation workers were shocked to see the crushed remains of a baby in their truck while doing their work. The workers were emptying garbage bags in the truck when they saw the remaining organs of a baby’s body under the tailgate of the truck. The workers were doing their job in the 2800 block of Campbell Street; they stopped and called 911 to report the incident. The infant was a few weeks old and it is not confirmed from which route the truck picked up the baby. As part of… Read More →

Overland Park police officers are investigating a fatal drive-by shooting

A fatal driveway shooting case is still under investigation by the Overland Park police which happened on Sunday around 3:30 pm. near the intersection of 94th Street and Lamar Avenue. On Sunday, as 33-year-old Raymon Thomas left his house, a red Ford Taurus came near him in which 2 men were seated. They got out of the car and fired shots at Thomas according to the police. The car which the 2 suspects was driving with Missouri license plates. The victim, Raymon Thomas was the father of 3 children. He had been working as a real estate agent. I used… Read More →

The Kansas Death Penalty is Dying a Slow Death

The Kansas death penalty has cobwebs By DAVE HELLING The Kansas City Star It may be weeks before Kansans know if prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Kyle Flack, accused of killing four people in Franklin County this spring. It will take far longer — 10 years or more — before anyone in the state is actually put to death for a crime. And that time gap, advocates on both sides of the death penalty debate say, suggests the state remains deeply uneasy about the punishment — an ambivalence that muddies its value. “When a law isn’t applied, it… Read More →