Jackson County Drug Task Force Named
Law Enforcement Unit of the Year
For the third consecutive year, the Jackson County Drug Task Force has been recognized as the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year by the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association (MNOA). Additionally, Dan Cummings, the Officer in Charge for the Task Force has been named Officer of the Year by the MNOA.
“To receive this award three years in a row is a remarkable achievement,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “It is a testament to the members of the Task Force and the hard work and long hours they put in to help rid our community of large amounts of dangerous and illegal drugs.”
During 2013, Task Force operations led to the seizure of over 29 pounds of methamphetamines, 606 pounds of marijuana, nearly 300 pounds of synthetic narcotics as well as a large amount of crack and cocaine. The estimated street value of these seizures alone is worth over $7.5 million. The Task Force also made 177 arrests in the last year along with presenting 205 cases for prosecution.
“Over the years, the Jackson County Drug Task Force has proven to be a great asset to the citizens and guests of Jackson County,” said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp. “I look forward to our continued partnership in the future.”
The Jackson County Drug Task Force was formed in 1986 and is comprised of representatives from fourteen area law enforcement agencies including police departments throughout the county as well as the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Task Force is funded by the quarter-cent Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax (COMBAT).
The Raytown Police Department will be hosting CERT training, beginning May 5, 2014. The free training will be hosted in anticipation of forming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Raytown. The CERT Program teaches volunteer citizens disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area in which they live. The training includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. With the training learned in the classroom, and during exercises, CERT members may be better prepared to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace when professional responders are not immediately available to help after an event. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. For more information about CERT, please visit http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps.
Classes will held at the Raytown Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Rd, Raytown, Missouri, on Monday and Wednesday nights, beginning May 5, 2014. Classes will be from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM each evening. There will be final examination, required for certification, on Saturday, May 31st. Anyone can apply, but the minimum age for participants is 17.
Register online at http://bit.ly/1jwztVc. After registration, an application and background check must be completed to qualify.
Contact Marilyn Fleming at 816-737-6018, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Raytown Police Department reports that 59th street is closed today from Hunter to Kentucky due to a gas leak.
At about 9:19 PM on April 3rd, 2014 the Raytown Police were called to the Hy-Vee grocery store in the 9400 block of 350 highway on an attempted robbery of the liquor department. Employees of the store told the officer that a skinny, light-skinned black male, about 5 foot 9 inches tall wearing an orange hooded sweater came into the store with a hand gun. A second slightly more muscular built black male, wearing a grey hooded sweater with a Nike emblem on it, black pants with a thick, white stripe down the sides came in shortly afterwards. The first man demanded money from the employee. The second man then began to move behind the counter. Both men ran out of the store to the north with nothing taken. No one was injured during the attempted robbery.
If you know either of the men in these photographs please contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477) or the Raytown Police Department at 816-737-6020.
At about 1:30 pm today two cars traveled about 4 blocks firing weapons om 65th West of Elm and Elm North of 65th St. At this time it is not known for certain if they were firing at each other and which direction they were traveling. RaytownOnline.com was able to determine the area involved from the small orange cones that mark where shell casings were located. I appears that there were 8 casings on 65th St. and 3 or 4 on Elm. Pictures, video, and an audio interview with a Police PIO will be added to this article when they have been processed and uploaded.
After examining the video and photos it is clear that there is one shell casing marker in front of the police vehicle and maybe on in front of the fire hydrant. The voice you hear on the video is a Raytown PIO making a statement at the scene of the crime.
One of the little orange cones that marks the location a shell casing was found.
The Raytown Police were called to the Bank of America in the 10100 block of East 350 Highway, on 03-19-14, at about 11:05 A.M., after a robbery was reported. It was reported that a lone black male entered the bank and gave the teller a demand note. The man fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The man was described as being mid-20’s to 30 years old, 6’00” tall, and average build. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and black sweat pants.
There were no injuries and no weapon was displayed. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Tips Hotline, at 474-TIPS.
Raytown Police were alerted to a Raytown Central Middle School student that was approached by a suspicious man in the 7000 block of Willow, on Friday morning, 03-14-2014 around 7:20 a.m. The student, a 13 year old boy, was waiting at a school bus stop when approached. The man was driving an older model dark blue pickup truck. The man offered to give the boy a ride to school. When the man turned to clear his front seat, the boy ran home and the man left. The man was described as being a black male, between 30-40 years old, with short hair, and wearing a red and white shirt. There is no further description of the man or truck, at this time. The investigation of the incident is underway.
Raytown Police encourage parents to talk to their children about strangers and recognizing, and how to handle, potentially dangerous situations. Parents may choose to use the resources of the National Crime Prevention Council’s website, http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers, to start that conversation.
2:00 3:00 pm Tuesday, March 11th two pickup trucks tried to occupy the same location at the intersection of Raytown Road and 70th Terrace. The results were not pretty. fortunately it did not appear to RaytownOnline’s roving reporter that there were any life threatening injuries to the non-vehicles.
Photos by RaytownOnline.com’s Senior Crime & Traffic Reporter, Larry Edwards
The Raytown Police activated the H.E.A.R. Program Monday, March 3, 2014, in response to the extremely cold temperature. H.E.A.R. is the Health Emergency Assistance Registry, with the purpose of providing assistance to at-risk residents, who are registered in the program, during times of weather emergencies (including extreme temperatures, hot or cold, and storms.)
The service is free to qualifying Raytown residents, which could include the disabled, elderly and frail, or those relying on a health device powered by electricity.
During times of weather emergencies, including extreme temperatures and storms, the Raytown Police will activate the program. Department members will try to make contact with those registered in the program, either by phone or at their residence, to check their welfare and offer any assistance.
Anyone wishing to enroll in the H.E.A.R. Program must first complete an application. Applications may be obtained in person at Police Headquarters, by phone request at 816-737-6124, or online, at http://photos.raytownpolice.org/H.E.A.R.%20Brochure.pdf.
Michael Taylor was executed for the murderer of Ann Harrison at 12:01 am today. Taylor was pronounced dead at 12:10 am Feb. 26th 2014.
The suspect in custody has been charged with 1st Degree Murder and he has been identified as 42-year-old Falonzo Davis. Mr. Davis has also been charged with armed criminal action. The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Steven L. Jones.
It is alleged that motivation was the victim keeping company with the shooters wife.
The following is alleged in the charges filed by the Jackson County Prosecutor.
Upon receiving a text message that the victim was driving the shooters wife and children to school, the shooter retrieved his gun from a local pawn shop. He then drove to his son’s school, arriving at 10:04 am and waited. At 10:27 am the victim arrived in a vehicle with the shooters wife and son as passengers. Mr. Davis sprinted to the victims car, there was a confrontation, the victim attempted to flee, but ran into a parked vehicle.
Mr. Davis then argued with his wife, until his son intervened. At that point Mr. Davis walked over to the wrecked car, opened the driver’s door, shot Mr. Jones, put the gun and two clips on top of the car and waited for the police to arrive.
At about 10:40 am today there was a shooting in the parking lot next to the Raytown Success Academy on 350 Highway. There is one person dead and one person in custody. The victim has not been identified, but is described as a black male. At present the police are investigating to determine if the person in custody was the shooter. No students were involved, no students were in danger and no school building was entered. The students are being evacuated to the 1st Baptist of Raytown Church to await their parents picking them up.
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Photos by Larry Edwards, RaytownOnline.com Crime and Traffic Reporter
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On the afternoon of Monday, 02-17-14, Raytown Police were called regarding a drive by shooting in the 8800 block of 86 Street, into a house. An eight year old girl, who was in the house, was injured by broken glass. The injury was non-life threatening. A vehicle that may be connected to the incident has been located nearby. A person has been taken into custody, but has not been charged. The investigation is ongoing.
Raytown Police were called to the 5900 block of Harris Ave. on Wednesday afternoon, 02-12-2014 around 4:00 p.m. in regard to a disturbance in the neighborhood. While Police were en route a United States Postal Worker was delivering mail on his normal route when he was confronted by the man involved in the original disturbance that Police were called on. The man reportedly confronted the Postal Worker with a knife. At that time Police arrived on the scene and the man ran into a house barricading himself inside. A woman was inside the same house. She came out without incident and shortly after the man did as well. No one was hurt during the incident. The man was arrested and an investigation of the incident is underway. No charges have been filed as of yet.
Raytown Chief of Police Jim Lynch has announced the promotion of Michelle Rogers to Captain, the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Captain in the Department’s history.
Captain Michelle Rogers has 24 years of law enforcement experience. Captain Rogers began her career at Raytown in the Records and Detention Unit in 1989. She became a police officer for Raytown in 1992.
In 1995, she was assigned to the Jackson County Drug Task Force, where she was the lead undercover Detective in numerous drug investigations. In 1999, Captain Rogers was awarded the COMBAT Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, for her contributions related to the investigation and prosecution of retail merchants involved in the volume sale of pseudoephedrine.
In 2000, Captain Rogers returned to Raytown for six months in patrol and then to Investigations for six years as a Detective and two years as a Corporal. In 2008, Captain Rogers was awarded the Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year, based on career achievement in investigations.
She was promoted to Sergeant in 2009, where she spent two years as a Patrol Sergeant. She also spent two years in the Professional Standards Unit before being promoted to Captain of Administrative Services on January 12th, 2014.
“We congratulate Captain Rogers on her promotion,” said Chief Lynch, “and know that she will continue to serve the City of Raytown with dedication, integrity and professionalism.”
Raytown Chief of Police Jim Lynch has announced many successful events and achievements accomplished by the Raytown Police Department, and Department members, over the course of 2013.
During the year 2013, the Raytown Police Department continued in its efforts to enhance its service to the residents of Raytown. Events, programs, and initiatives were held to enhance communication and cooperation with our residents.
Raytown Youth Court produced its first graduating class from its training program, moving the program ever closer to being fully implemented (it is fully implemented now.) Youth Court allows teens to participate in the judicial system by actually trying cases. It gives offenders a chance to be responsible for what they’ve done, while being judged by their peers. This produces a positive peer pressure.
The Raytown Police Department continued its use of online resources, including social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, to enhance communication with the public. Raytown Police have also hosted tweet-alongs, which are virtual ride-alongs, in which a Police Public Information Officer tweets updates and photos of Police activities, answers questions, and opens dialogue. The tweet-along gives an inside look at Police work.
Those online and social media resources included:
Facebook (events, photos): https://www.facebook.com/RaytownPolice
Twitter (real-time news, info): https://twitter.com/raytownpd
WordPress (press releases): http://piorpd.wordpress.com/
Blogspot (crime analysis): http://raytownpolice.blogspot.com/
Nixle (emergency alerts): http://local.nixle.com/city-of-raytown—police-department/
Raidsonline (crime mapping): http://www.raidsonline.com/
The Raytown Police Crime Analyst, Kyle Stoker, continued to provide crime mapping so that residents could be better informed of criminal trends and activity in Raytown neighborhoods and crime prevention.
Twice in 2013, the Police Department hosted Drug Take Back Days, which helped prevent pill abuse and theft by collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Between the two events, 860 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected for proper disposal. The Police Department continued to provide a “Drug Take Back” receptacle in the lobby of Police Headquarters for its residents.
The Raytown Police Department hosted a National Night Out event in the summer of 2013. The event generated support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, as well as strengthened neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
All Crisis Negotiators assigned to the Raytown Police Department Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) received certification from the widely acclaimed International Association of Hostage Negotiators (IAHN). This certification was the result of successful completion of three phases of training that included an observed practical exercise to verify the skill level of each team member.
Director of Communications James Brafford was selected to be the Secretary of the Missouri chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International.
In cooperation with Verizon Wireless, a new radio tower was erected, which, when fully functional, will enable the Police Department to communicate with other agencies and mutual aid response teams in emergencies.
The Department hosted two Citizen’s Police Academies in 2013. Participants gained a further understanding of police work, training, equipment, and an overall better understanding of the Raytown Police Department.
One of the Department’s officers, Officer Thomas Greer, received the Raytown Police Department’s Lifesaving Award, for his efforts in clearing the airway of a choking 12 day old baby girl.
Another officer, Officer Shawn Didde, received the Raytown Police Department’s Officer of the Year Award, for his overall professionalism, and his efforts in DWI Enforcement, including making 33 DWI arrests, many of which resulted in Felony charges.
During weather emergencies in 2013, extreme temperatures or storms, in summer and winter, Department personnel checked on the well-being of those registered in the Health Emergency Assistance Registry (H.E.A.R.) The service is free to Raytown residents who qualify, including those with a disability, the elderly, or those that rely on a health device that is powered by electricity.
The year 2014 will see continued efforts by the Raytown Police Department to provide and maintain a safe community by developing strong community partnerships and serving with professionalism, trust, and integrity.