1 Crime Bulletin 9010 W. 62nd Street, Merriam, KS 66202, 913-322-5560 Vol. 12, 2010 Bicycling Season Is Approaching! The weather is warming up and Respect Trains the days are longer...and many of Before you cross train tracks, stop and us are pulling our bikes out of look both ways; listen for the train storage and getting ready for whistle...never try to “out-bike” a some exercise! Bicycling can be train...if the crossing guards are down, great fun for the whole family… stay behind them until the train has and it’s a lot more fun when passed. everyone follows a few basic Ride in the Same Direction as safety tips: Traffic Obey the laws of the road just as if you Protect your Brain: were driving a car; if you’re weaving in Always Wear a Bicycle Helmet and out of traffic and trying to pass on the shoulder, you are likely to end up Maintain Control of your Bike injured. Keep both hands on the handlebars; use a backpack or carrier to carry Be Alert at All Times items. Don’t talk on your cell phone or text while bicycling; watch for cars backing Night Riding out of driveways and pulling out of Be sure to wear reflectant clothing and businesses - they may not be able to use special bike lights if you ride at see you. night; set rules with your kids - it’s better if they head home when the sun Be Polite begins to set. When riding on a bike path, alert people ahead of you that you are Be Sure Your Bike Fits coming...use a bell or say something A good rule is to be sure both your feet like, “passing on your left” or “excuse can rest flatly on the ground when you me”. are sitting on the bicycle seat. Source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov 2 April Is… National Donate Life Month During April, people across the United States are asked to make a special effort to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, tissue, marrow, and blood donors, and to encourage more Americans to follow their courageous examples. People need donations for a variety of reasons, including serious illnesses, burn injuries, auto accidents and more. Living donors may donate bone marrow, blood, single kidney, partial lung, and partial liver. Many religions support organ, tissue, and eye donations. What Can You Do? • Make it known that you would like to be a donor by saying YES to donation!! You can do so on your Kansas driver’s license. A new federal law (2009) made this a legally binding document, which eases decision-making from your family (although it’s a good thing to tell them ahead of time what your wishes are). If your current Kansas driver’s license doesn’t have a heart symbol and the words “organ donor” on it, ask for a new one that does. You can also fill out and sign a donor card, have it witnessed and carry it with you (download these cards at ftp://ftp.hrsa.gov/ organdonor/newdonorcard.pdf). You can also put your intentions in a will. You can get a donor registry form for Kansas at www.mwtn.org (in Missouri, go to www.missouriorgandonor.com). • Know the facts: tell people that organ donors are needed...more than 100,000 people in our nation are currently on the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) national organ transplant waiting list; more than 3,000 are in the Kansas and Western Missouri service area. Approximately 18 people die each day awaiting a life-saving organ transplant and a new name is added to the national waiting list every 11 minutes. Over 50 percent of the people waiting for a donated organ are racial or ethnic minorities. The chances of getting a transplant increase if the donor and recipient share the same racial/ethnic background. For more information, contact Ray Gabel, Midwest Transplant Network Community Ed. Coordinator at 913-261-6145… and visit www.mwtn.org and www.organdonor.gov 3 Making Prom Night One You’ll Never Forget It’s the event everyone has been talking about all school year...prom night. There are dresses to buy, tuxes to rent, corsages to order, and restaurant reservations to make. It’s going to be a night everyone remembers! Unfortunately, prom night ends tragically for too many teens due to alcohol and drug use. The best way to prevent a tragedy is to take precautions. If you are a teen, make a pact with your friends (and family) to say NO to drugs and alcohol. It may seem like everyone else is talking about the “real” fun part of prom night...the after (and before) parties...but not everyone who brags about using drugs and drinking alcohol is being honest about it - and besides, who wants to risk harming themselves (or their dates) by engaging in illegal and dangerous activities. Make a list of other things to do that are fun. What can parents do? Start by talking to your teen. Ask him or her about prom night, and find out where he/she will be going before and after the prom. Set a curfew. Tell them you know a lot of teens party with alcohol and drugs on prom night. Let them know you care, and that while you trust your child, you know how hard peer pressure can be. Offer your teen a supportive back-up plan (such as money for a taxi or a ride home from you) in case he or she isn’t able to stand up to peer pressure (or if his or her driver/date becomes impaired). Speak honestly with your teen about what happens when people drink...and what happens when people drive while impaired. You could offer to host an alcohol-free party. Rehearse things your child might say if offered alcohol or drugs...such as, “I prefer to stay sober”. Talk to your child honestly about date rape and the different drugs that can be put in drinks, such as “roofies” and other “date rape” drugs. Remember, it is against the law for minors to drink alcohol - whether or not they drive afterwards. It is illegal for anyone to use illicit substances (in Kansas, this now includes using K2). It’s always illegal to drive while impaired...whether under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances. Setting high standards for yourself...such as just saying “no”...at a young age helps form good habits that will last a lifetime. Have a fun-filled prom… make it memorable - in all the right ways! Resource: http://life.familyeducation.com/teen/prom/36338.html 4 Crime Statistics From March 16-31, 2010 Warrant Arrests: 35 Neighborhood Dispute: DUI Arrests: • 7300 Block of Eby - noise and odor • 5800 Block of Carter complaints • 6300 NB I-35 Suspicious Activity: • 63rd & Goddard • 9600 Block of W. 56th Terrace - garage Traffic Accidents: door opened/tampered with • NB I-35 & 67th Street Business Theft: • 55th & Merriam Drive • 10000 Block of Shawnee Mission Parkway - • 8700 Block of Johnson Drive stolen chocolates • 62nd Terrace & Mastin • 8700 Block of W. 63rd Street - customers • 75th Street & King’s Cove Drive left without paying $15 dining bill • SB I-35 & Shawnee Mission Parkway • 7400 Block of Switzer - stolen tag from • 58th & SB I-35 (snow related) utility trailer • 8700 Block of Johnson Drive (snow related) • 8700 Block of W. 63rd Street - driver left • 70th & Farley without paying $30 dining bill • Shawnee Mission Parkway & Hadley • 5800 Block of Merriam Drive - cello stolen • Johnson Drive & I-35 (valued at $2,600) • SB I-35 & 69th Auto Burglaries: • Shawnee Mission Parkway & Eby • Johnson Drive & Slater - purse snatched • Shawnee Mission Parkway & Slater from passenger seat while victim waiting at • Merriam Drive & Antioch stoplight • 63rd & Craig • 5400 Block of Mastin - window broken out • Johnson Drive & Eby of 2000 Ford Expedition; GPS stolen • 10000 Block of W. 54th - stereo stolen from Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: 1998 Ford Mustang • NB I35 & I-635 - drug paraphernalia found • 9900 Block of W. 51st Terrace - luggage, during vehicle check iPod, and 2 digital cameras stolen from 2008 Domestic Violence/Domestic Dispute: Forrester • 8400 Block of W. 61st Street • 5200 Block of Knox - garage door opener • 4800 Block of Perry Lane stolen from 2000 Ford Explorer Check the Welfare • 4900 Block of England - 3 vehicles were • 9700 Block of W. 62nd Street broken into; hand tools and vehicle registration stolen from one of them Suicidal Subject: • 6500 Block of E. Frontage Road - passenger • Shawnee Mission Parkway & I-35 window shattered; purse stolen (contained Unattended Death: ID, credit cards, cash and wedding ring) • 8000 Block of W. 67th Street Auto Theft: Criminal Use of a Weapon: • 7200 Block of Eby - stolen 2000 Toyota • 6300 NB I-35 - handgun found during DUI Rav4 traffic stop • 10000 Block of King’s Cove Drive - stolen Hosting Underage Party 1997 Toyota 4Runner • 10000 Block of W. 68th Street (Continued) 5 Crime Statistics Continued... Recovered Stolen Auto: • Vehicle stolen in Kansas City, Kansas the evening before, found in the 5500 Block of Farley Residential Burglary: • 10000 Block of W. 69th Street - garage door kicked open; no losses noted • 7200 Block of Eby - stolen medications • 10000 Block of Edelweiss Circle - front screen door ajar; stolen front mat • 8400 Block of Johnson Drive - basement window broken out; no entry made to residence • 8700 Block of W. 48th Terrace - window pried open; 2 laptop computers, 2 TVs and misc. electronics were stolen Theft: • 6100 Block of Alvarado - stolen prescription • 9700 Block of W. 51st Place - stolen license tag Purse Snatching Alert Unfortunately, Merriam recently had an incident in which a woman was stopped at a stoplight and someone approached her car, opened the passenger door and stole her purse off the seat. It all happened so quickly - like many crimes do. Use precaution when driving. Keep your doors locked. Keep your purse, wallet and other valuables in a not-so-easy place for someone to see and snatch (such as under a jacket on the floor). When stopped at a stoplight, train, stop sign, etc. stay alert...again, be sure your doors are locked. If you’re texting, messing with the radio or distracted in other ways, you’re less likely to know what’s going on around you. Being proactive and planning ahead is one of the best ways to avoid becoming a victim. 6 You can now subscribe to get the Merriam P o l i c e Department’s The Merriam Police Department is crime bulletin trying to contact you...not because sent directly to you’re in trouble, but because there your email inbox!! are times when something important is Sign up on the home page of the going on in the Merriam community website at: that you need to know about as soon as possible. http://www.merriam.org/MPD/ It’s free and it’s easy to sign up for “Nixle”, the service that lets you get these important news via text messages & emails. Sign up now at: http://local.nixle.com/register/ Whether you work, live, go to school, hang out with friends, shop, dine, or have family and friends in Merriam...Nixle is for you. Don’t receive today’s pressing news tomorrow! 9010 W. 62nd Street Merriam, Kansas 66202 Why a Crime Bulletin? Station: 913.322.5560 The Merriam Police Department Dispatch: 913.782.0720 operates under the "Community Emergency: 911 Policing Philosophy"... firstname.lastname@example.org This means we are committed to providing the highest quality of police Station Hours: services by partnering with you - the Mon. - 8AM to 6PM citizens of our community. Together, we Tues. thru Fri. - 7AM to 9PM work as a team to maintain a high Sat. - 10AM to 6PM quality of living in Merriam, keeping it a Sun. - CLOSED safe place to be. This crime bulletin lets us share information with you, helping us reach these goals. We hope you forward this to others who will find it Photo sources this issue: • www.mytorontoflorist.com/prom-flowers-corsage- interesting and useful! tips.htm • www.zimbio.com/How+to+win+friends/articles/5/5+ The Police Department asks you to Creative+Ways+Ask+Girl+Prom report any suspicious activity by calling • http://blog.syracuse.com/ 9-1-1. Go to: voices/2009/05/051609lafayetteprom16sd_2.JPG http://www.merriam.org/MPD/Patrol/report- a-crime.htm for ways to report Prepared by Suzette Mack non-emergency crimes.
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