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DATE: May 3, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Gordon Bassham
Executive Director
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/
Sedgwick County
316-267-1235

** News Release **

Late on the morning of Thursday, May 2, 2013 Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County received an anonymous phone tip regarding possible suspects in the homicide of Mr. Jordan Turner. Mr. Turner’s body was found near 127th Street East and Pawnee on May 1, 2013.

As a result of this case, there is growing interest in how tips to Crime Stoppers tips are processed, and how rewards are paid if a tip leads to an arrest.
“All tips to Crime Stoppers are always anonymous, said Crime Stoppers Executive Director Gordon Bassham. “Tips are either phoned in to 316-267-2111, sent by text message to CRIMES (274637), or entered on the Crime Stoppers Website, www.wsccs.com. When each tip is received, the tipster is given a tip number since Crime Stoppers never asks the name of the person providing the tip. Special software strips all phone calls and text messages of Caller ID information, and the IP address of the computer from which the tip was sent. Each tip, regardless how it is received, receives this individualized number.”

Bassham said tipsters are then told to periodically check back with Crime Stoppers about the status of their tip using only their tip number. If that tip results in an arrest, information about the case then is presented to the Crime Stoppers Advisory Committee at its monthly meeting. At each meeting, the committee reviews all tips and determines the amount of the reward to be paid for each separate tip. 

“The next time the tipster checks in with Crime Stoppers, said Bassham, “they are then told the amount of their reward and asked to go to a local bank at a specific time on a specific date where they claim their reward in cash. All rewards are paid in cash in order to protect the anonymity of the tipster.”

However, not all rewards are collected, Bassham said.

“For instance, in 2010, the Crime Stoppers Advisory Committee approved rewards totaling $8,350, yet only $5,580 in rewards were claimed. In 2011, approved rewards totaled $3,325 while only $425 in rewards were claimed. In 2012, the committee approved rewards totaling $9,055, yet only $1,585 of that amount was claimed.

“We feel most people call Crime Stoppers to report information on crimes and criminals because they want to make our community safer and more secure,” said Bassham.

“It is very heartening to know that so many people in Sedgwick County clearly understand the need to help put bad people behind bars.”
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a division of the non-profit Wichita Crime Commission. It founded in June, 1980.

RIME STOPPERS TIP LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A TOP TEN.



MEDIA RELEASE                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:                                                JANUARY 9, 2012

AGENCY:                                          SEDGWICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

LOCATION:                                      WICHITA/SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS

TELEPHONE:                                    (316) 660-5300

CONTACT:                                       CAPTAIN GREG POLLOCK

CRIME STOPPERS TIP LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A TOP TEN.

ON JANUARY 8, 2012, SHERIFF DEPUTIES AND WICHITA POLICE OFFICERS LOCATED MALEK H. BROWN JR IN THE 800 BLOCK OF SOUTH HYDRAULIC. BROWN WAS ARRESTED FOR HIS WARRANTS WITHOUT INCIDENT. BROWN WAS RECENTLY PROFILED ON THE TOP TEN LIST ON THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WEBSITE.  

MALEK BROWN WAS WANTED FOR 1ST DEGREE MURDER AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY IN CONNECTION WITH THE HOMICIDE OF MARKEZ PHILLIPS, WHICH OCCURRED IN DECEMBER 2011.

CRIME STOPPERS IS MAKING AN IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITY. IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY FELONY CRIME OR FUGITIVE IN WICHITA OR SEDGWICK COUNTY, GIVE CRIME STOPPERS THE TIP AND YOU COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD. THEY WILL NEVER ASK YOUR NAME.

THE SEDGWICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DISTRIBUTES THE “FELON OF THE DAY” AND THE “TOP TEN” LIST TO ALL LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS WITHIN SEDGWICK COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. FELONS WHO HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY HIGHLIGHTED WITH ACTIVE WARRANTS REMAIN POSTED ON THE SHERIFF’S WEB SITE.  MEDIA OUTLETS WHO POST THE “FELON OF THE DAY” AND “TOP TEN” ON THEIR WEB SITE ARE ASKED TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AS FELONS ARE ARRESTED.

OFTEN IT IS INFORMATION FROM OUR COMMUNITY WHICH HELPS LAW ENFORCEMENT TRACK DOWN THESE WANTED FELONS. WITHOUT ASSISTANCE FROM THE PUBLIC THESE WANTED FELONS CAN REMAIN FREE. THERE ARE MANY WAYS A CITIZEN CAN SUBMIT INFORMATION ABOUT WANTED PERSONS INCLUDING; 911 OR USING OUR FELON TIP SHEET LOCATED ON THE SHERIFF’S WEBSITE WWW.SEDGWICKCOUNTY.ORG/SHERIFF UNDER THE ON-LINE FORMS LINK. CITIZENS MAY ALSO SUBMIT THE INFORMATION COMPLETELY 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 ARE 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.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE ALL OUTSTANDING WARRANTS AND ENCOURAGE OUR CITIZENS TO VISIT THE SHERIFF’S WEB SITE WWW.SEDGWICKCOUNTY.ORG/SHERIFF AND CLICK ON THE ACTIVE WARRANT SEARCH LINK TO SEE IF THEY OR OTHERS THEY KNOW HAVE WARRANTS.

rime Stoppers Offers Rewards for Arrest in Latest Homicide

** Media Release **

Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects in Wichita’s latest homicide.

The body of forty-one-year-old Marshall K. Hauschulz was discovered shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, December 16, 2011 along the Arkansas riverbank near Central and Nims Streets. The cause of death appears to be blunt-force trauma caused by an unknown weapon.

Anyone having information about this or any felony crime should call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. Citizens can also submit a tip online at www.wsccs.com or from a mobile phone by texting TIP217 then the message 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 $1000.00 and Crime Stoppers will never ask the tipster’s name. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.

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

Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County today announced a new program that will pay a $100 reward to confidential informants who provide tips that lead to the arrest of registered offenders who have not maintained their registrations, according to Crime Stoppers Vice Chairman Gordon Bassham.

“This new program, aimed at helping the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office’s Offender Registration Unit locate sex, violent and drug offenders, is designed to put these felons back behind bars,” said Bassham. “It is
clearly an issue of public safety if these registered offenders are not complying with the terms of their probation or parole.”

According to Sheriff Bob Hinshaw, his agency currently has arrest warrants for 63 registered offenders who are non‐compliant. Of that total, 32 are registered sex offenders, 11 are violent offenders and 20 are drug offenders.

“These offenders must be located and put back behind bars,” said Hinshaw. “I believe this new Crime Stoppers program will go a long way toward helping us locate these felons.”

Anyone with information about a registered offender or any felony crime can call Crime Stoppers at 316‐267‐2111. Tips can also be submitted online at www.wsccs.com, or from a mobile phone by texting TIP217 then your message to CRIMES (274637). All ways are secure and anonymous. If a tip on a registered offender who is wanted by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department is submitted within seven days of the release of that person’s name to the public, the tipster will receive a cash reward of $100 and Crime Stoppers will never ask the tipster’s name. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a non‐profit organization of citizens against crime.

EDIA RELEASE - Crime Stoppers unveils new website

DATE: July 29, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Galen Davis, Board President Crime Stoppers of Wichita/ Sedgwick County
316-554-2210

Crime Stoppers of Wichita and Sedgwick County today rolled out its new website, according to Board Chairman Galen Davis. The new site features more resources and added important information, he said. The address of the new website is www.wsccs.com.

“In addition to featuring the Crime of the Week, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Felon of the Day and Wichita Police Department’s Most Wanted list, the new site allows visitors to see WPD’s latest crime report and crime map,” said Davis. “There’s also a ‘Quick Response’ code on the home page that allows visitors to use their smart phone’s camera to scan the QR field which then automatically adds the Crime Stoppers tip line number to their phone’s address book.” The QR scan application is available for free download on most smart phones.

Davis also said there are links on the homepage to follow Crime Stoppers on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. “Social media is an important tool in helping law enforcement solve crime,” said Davis.

Visitors to the new site will find clear, easy‐to‐understand information about the three ways to submit tips to Crime Stoppers. Tips can be submitted by calling 316‐267‐2111; online tips can be submitted at www.wsccs.com; and tips can be sent via cell phone by texting TIP217 followed by the tip to CRIMES (274637). All tips are completely anonymous and could earn the tipster a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip results in an arrest.

The new site was developed by Pen Publishing Interactive, a Wichita‐based web hosting and web development company.

Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County and Cornejo and Sons have joined forces to encourage citizens to fight crime, Crime Stoppers Board President Jim Todd announced today. The partnership will result in significantly greater exposure for the crime-fighting organization.

“Recently, several members of the Crime Stoppers board approached Cornejo and Sons about putting Crime Stoppers decals on the company’s fleet of trucks and other equipment. The decals feature the Crime Stoppers name and phone number,” Todd said.

“In our meeting with Ron and Marty Cornejo, they came up with the idea to repaint one of their large concrete mixer trucks using the Crime Stoppers name and phone number on the truck’s rotating drum. In essence, the truck will be a rolling billboard for Crime Stoppers -- encouraging citizens to report crime -- as it travels the streets and highways around Sedgwick County.”

Todd said Cornejo’s willingness to put the decals on all its vehicles and create the Cornejo Crime Stoppers mixer truck underscores the company’s commitment to being a solid corporate citizen. 

CEO Ron Cornejo said it’s all about giving back to the community.

“An important part of corporate citizenship is working to help make the community a better place to live and work. By working with Crime Stoppers, the Wichita Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Cornejo & Sons hopes to help lower crime and make Wichita a safer and more secure community,” he said.

In addition to the Cornejo Crime Stoppers mixer truck, approximately 275 Cornejo & Sons vehicles will display the familiar decal that features the Crime Stoppers phone number, 267-2111.