** News Release **
New link set up to Crime Stoppers website
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County has established a new link to its website that is easier for the public to remember, said Gordon Bassham, the executive director of the Wichita Crime Commission. Crime Stoppers is a division of the Crime Commission.
“The new link, www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com, is easier to remember and replaces the former link, www.wsccs.com,” Bassham said.
“The actual web address for our Crime Stoppers organization is difficult to remember. By shortening www.CrimeStoppersOfWichitaSedgwickCounty.com, we made it less difficult for the public to find and remember us online.”
The website contains important links to the Crime Stoppers online tip submission page, information on how to submit tips via text message and telephone, current and past Crimes of the Week, and the organization’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.
Non-English-speaking residents also have links that allows them to view the site’s content in Spanish and Vietnamese.
“The website’s content is constantly being updated,” said Bassham. “We continually look for ways to make the site informative and important to the community.”
Crime Stoppers of Wichita Sedgwick County has been in operation for more than 33 years, during which it has received more than 33,000 tips and paid out nearly $290,000 in rewards.
** News Release **
Reward offered for tip that solves
robbery of unconscious woman
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick
County is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the
arrest of the person responsible for robbing an unconscious woman in a
drive-through lane at a local fast-food restaurant.
As 43-year-old Danielle Zimmerman
lay unconscious in her gray Nissan Frontier, someone stole her purse, iPhone
and wedding ring. The incident occurred
at the Taco Bell restaurant in the 3700 block of East Harry on the night of
Sunday, December 29. Ms. Zimmerman, who
had suffered an aneurism, passed away earlier this week.
On December 30, Wichita Police
officers were contacted by the Wichita Fire Department near Mt. Vernon and
I-135 after firefighters reported children sledding in the area found the purse
in the I-135 canal. Although Ms.
Zimmerman’s purse, a credit card and her checkbook were recovered, other credit
cards, some cash, and her iPhone and wedding ring are still missing.
“It is hard to imagine that someone
would steal from an unconscious woman,” said Gordon Bassham, executive director
of the Wichita Crime Commission. Crime
Stoppers is a division of the Crime Commission.
“Crime Stoppers is asking anyone
with information about this crime to contact us anonymously so the robber can
be brought to justice.”
Bassham said Crime Stoppers is
offering a reward of up to $2,500 to the person who provides the tip that leads
to an arrest in the case. Tips can be
submitted by calling 316-267-2111; online at www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com; or
by cell phone text message by calling CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message
with TIP217. All ways are safe and
anonymous, and no one will ever ask the tipster’s name.
there were several people trying to help Ms. Zimmerman at the time of the
incident, we hope they or someone else might have information about the
robber,” Bassham said. “There is
someone out there who can help solve this crime.”
** News Release **
Crime Stoppers tip leads to suspect, others arrested in hit-and-run fatality
A tip to Crime Stoppers has resulted in the arrest of the alleged driver of a hit-and-run vehicle that was involved in a fatal crash on July 5, 2013. Police say others people who allegedly helped hide the vehicle also were taken into custody.
Those arrested include the alleged driver, a 26-year-old male who was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and felony obstruction of justice; and 19- and 28-year-old females who are accused of felony obstruction of justice. In addition, other individuals are being sought in connection with the case.
The vehicle was located inside a garage in the 2900 block of N. Coolidge.
The fatal accident occurred at approximately 10:40 p.m. on July 5, 2013 when Lloyd D. Fergueson was riding his horse near the intersection of E. 21st North and N. Piatt streets. Mr. Fergueson died at the scene of the crash. A 6-year-old boy riding with Mr. Fergueson was critically injured in the crash. The horse was euthanized due to its injuries from the crash.
The Wichita Police Department worked closely with Crime Stoppers to get the word out to the public about the incident. As a result, multiple tips came into the Crime Stoppers 24-hour call center. One of those tips led to the arrests of the suspects in the case.
Anyone with information about this or any other felony crime should call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. If the anonymous tip leads to an arrest, the tipster could receive a reward of up to $1,000.
Tips can also be sent via cell phone text message to CRIMES (274637) and begin the tip with TIP217. Crime Stoppers also accepts tips at its website, www.wsccs.com. All tips are anonymous and no one will ask the tipster’s name.
Crime Stoppers is a division of the non-profit Wichita Crime Commission.
To donate to Crime Stoppers please click here.
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How Crime Stoppers takes and processes tips
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 was founded in June, 1980.