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n Individual Profiled as the Crime Stoppers Registered Offender of the Week was recently captured.

William M. Counts was profiled as the Crime Stoppers Registered Offender of the Week on September 26, 2011. Counts was wanted by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender. On November 22, 2011, deputies with the Sheriff’s Office received a Crime Stoppers tip indicating that Counts was currently living at an address on East Murdock. Deputies went to this location and arrested Counts.

Crime Stoppers, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office, distributes a “Weekly Offender of the Week” to the media. Through Crime Stoppers, the public may leave a tip and be eligible for a cash reward. Citizens may submit the information anonymously and confidentially through Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111 or texting at crimes (274637) and enter tip217 plus your message or by website at www.wichitasedgwickcountycrimestoppers.com.

Citizens can also submit information about wanted persons to the Sheriff’s Office through 911 or by using our felon tip sheet located on the Sheriff’s web site www.sedgwickcounty.org/sheriff under the on-line forms link.

The public is warned to exercise caution and not approach wanted persons as they may be armed or dangerous. Citizens should immediately contact law enforcement by calling 911 to report the information and not take any action themselves.

** Media Release **
Six recent anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County have resulted in payments of rewards totaling $500 to area citizens.

“In one of the incidents, a person who had a number of Sedgwick County warrants was arrested as the result of an anonymous tip,” said Crime Stoppers spokesperson Gordon Bassham.

“In a second incident, a man wanted for aggravated battery was the subject of an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers. In that call, the tipster gave the suspect’s location during the call. Crime Stoppers then contacted 911 and the man was picked up.”

Bassham said a third tip, which also involved contacting 911, resulted in the arrest of a man with multiple misdemeanor warrants.

One incident involved a tipster recognizing a man with multiple felony warrants at the Kansas State Fair. After first calling Crime Stoppers with the street address of the suspect, responding officers could not locate him at that address. Then, after spotting the man at the State Fair, the suspect was arrested by Kansas Highway Patrol troopers who happened to be at the Fair.

“In another call, one tipster reported a suspect passing a counterfeit bill at a garage sale in Park City,” said Bassham. “After 911 was contacted, a short car chase ensued and two suspects in the case were arrested.”

Finally, another anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers about a woman wanted for multiple warrants resulted in her arrest on October 28th.

Anyone having information about any felon or felony crime that has been reported to law enforcement officials should call Crime Stoppers at 316‐267‐2111. Citizens can also submit tips online at www.wsccs.com or from a mobile phone by texting TIP217 followed by the tip information to CRIMES (274637). All ways are secure and anonymous. If a tip leads to an arrest, the tipster may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.00 and Crime Stoppers will never ask the tipster’s name.

In its 31‐years of operations, Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County has received more than 29,000 tips, paid out rewards totaling nearly $300,000 and helped recover more than $5,000,000 in drugs and stolen property. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County, a non‐profit organization of citizens against crime, is a division of the Wichita Crime Commission.

** MEDIA RELEASE **
Wichita Crime Commission, Crime Stoppers Merge

The Wichita Crime Commission and Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County today announced a merger of the two organizations, according to Crime Commission President Paul Masterson and Crime Stoppers Board Chairman Galen Davis. The merger becomes effective immediately.

 “The Crime Commission is very pleased with this merger,” said Masterson. “It’s something the two organizations have been discussing for quite a while. Since both organizations have parallel missions, the Crime Commission board of directors felt it was in the best interest of the community and the two organizations to join forces to fight crime.”

Under the merger, Crime Stoppers will become a division of the Crime Commission. As a part of the Crime Commission, both organizations now will have a greater ability to develop joint projects, said Crime Stoppers Chairman Davis.

“The Crime Stoppers board of directors is made up of volunteers,” said Davis. “Now, Crime Stoppers has access to Crime Commission staff and resources who can assist in creating new Crime Stoppers initiatives that will enhance public safety. The merger means future growth for both organizations.”

The Wichita Crime Commission, founded in 1952, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization made up of business and community leaders whose mission is to prevent crime and support law enforcement. Some of the organization’s long-standing programs include LAW Camp, and the Make Good Choices and Gang Free Wichita projects.

Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County, a non-profit organization of citizens against crime, was founded in 1980. Over the past 31 years, Crime Stoppers has received nearly 30,000 tips, paid out more than $284,000 in rewards, and helped recover more than $5,000,000 in property. In its 31-year history, Crime Stoppers has never revealed the name of anyone who submitted tips.

CONTACT: Paul Masterson, President
Wichita Crime Commission
316-440-4240
Galen Davis, Chairman
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/
Sedgwick County
316-554-2210