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Parsons PD adds a furry-faced officer to the team

PARSONS, Kans. — The Parsons Police Department is celebrating a new addition.

The department gained national attention at the end of last year after the brutal killing of an officer’s dog.

“If the community is going to put forth the money to give us these nice things to enhance our performance, I’m going to do everything I can to do that performance as best I can,” said Christian Smith, Parsons Police K9 Handler.

Morgan, the black Labrador, is the newest member of the Parsons Police Department. She completed her training earlier this year.

Since then, Morgan and her handler, Christian Smith, have been hard at work.

“She’s trained in multiple things. She’s trained in for odors for narcotics which would be cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine and marijuana. We’ve had a couple distribution cases, one off the top of my head was about 60 pounds of marijuana off a traffic stop,” Smith said.

Morgan’s presence was made possible thanks to the efforts of the non-profit “K9s4COPS.” The group reached out to Parsons PD after the loss of Ranger back in December 2021. The young German shepherd was a Parsons officer’s dog and had been brutally killed.

“K9s4COPS stepped up and said they would give us a grant for a new K9, and through donations from the public, we were able to get enough money to get Morgan,” said Dennis Dodd, Parsons Police Deputy Chief.

“In order to get these dogs it’s expensive, very expensive. I believe it’s going to be anywhere from 10 to 15 grand, some actually range more than that,” added Smith.

A plaque in the police department lobby recognizes the donors who have helped make the addition of K9s in the department possible.

“All the donations we get go through the Community Foundation of Parsons and they pay for almost everything an animal needs, we take care of the vehicle but they pay for the animals,” said Dodd.

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Labette Health aims to expand healthcare in the area

PARSONS, Kans. — A decision by Labette County leaders is offering some help for Labette Health. The $22 million project aims to expand healthcare in the region.

“We’re trying to look out 30 years and make sure that we are able to provide the quality of care that Southeast Kansans deserve,” said Brian A. Williams, Labette Health President & CEO.

Since 2020, the latest expansion at Labette Health has been under construction.

“Originally it was financed by $10 million in bonds, $12 million in cash from Labette Health,” Williams said. “The project was planned to be completed in April, this month actually of 2022, and due to COVID and supply chain issues, it’ll be closer to November or December later this year.”

This posed a problem — that is until community leaders stepped in.

“We went to to the County Commissioners and our bond holders NBH Bank, and we extended those bonds so that we could continue to draw those funds to finish the construction.”

Now, Labette Health will have access to its bond until March of next year to finish out the project which has already seen results with a 10,000 square-foot birthing center with labor, delivery, recovery, and post-partum rooms.

“The mother can deliver, recover from that delivery and then have her baby all in the same room,” added Williams.

And on Friday, the new vertical expansion will be on display. The additional floor has 17 new rooms focused on surgical and orthopaedic patients.

“It’ll be turned into a facility on the 22nd,” said Brock Sutherland, Labette Health Director of Facilities and Management. “The existing area was shared beds and shared bathrooms, things of that nature, so everything will be a private patient room now.”

The final phase will be the medical and surgical floor, which should be completed by November.

“We need to continue to grow to meet the needs of the patients that we serve and the community that we serve,” added Williams.

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Parsons PD arrest one after domestic violence call

PARSONS, Kans. — A Parsons man was arrested last weekend on domestic violence charges and more after he was seen dragging a woman by her hair.

After receiving a call describing a man dragging a woman by her hair into an apartment building officers with the Parsons Police Department responded to the scene at 1500 block of S. 25th St. in town.

At the apartment they met with the renter of the apartment who told the officers that no one was present. Further questioning of the renter revealed that two individuals were hiding in the apartment, one of them, a 19-year-old woman met with the officers at the door.

The other person in hiding, 34-year-old Bobby James Duhart, also met with police. However, when authorities found Duhart had an active arrest warrant out of Montgomery County he attempted to flee from the second floor window but was caught and brought into custody.

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Duhart was booked at Parsons Police Department with charges of Kidnaping and Domestic Battery sent to the Labette County Attorney’s Office. Video evidence captured by witnesses corroborated the initial report heard by officers.

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Two teens arrested in Parsons business burglary

PARSONS, Kans. — Two 15-year-olds were taken into custody after being spotted trespassing in a closed business.

Early Friday morning, a clerk with R&P’s Gas Station in Parsons noticed two unknown individuals within the closed business. After calling 911 a Parsons Police Officer K-9 Unit arrived and contained the two suspects inside the business until additional officers showed up.

Without further incident the two teenagers were taken into custody. While both are residents of Parsons police are not releasing their names due their ages (15). One of the teens was already on juvenile probation in Neosho County.

According to a release from PPD, one of the teens was in possession of a “realistic looking handgun” that was actually a BB gun. During their arrest, the suspect put the weapon down as officers entered.

Police recovered around $2,700 worth of cash and property from the suspects. They also noted a “lot” of tobacco and vaping products were also stolen but returned by authorities.

“Here’s an incident that could have easily gone from bad to worse if that juvenile had turned or pointed that very realistic BB gun in the direction of the officers,” said Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd.

“We’ve seen several incidents around the country where a police officer is confronted by a realistic BB or Air Soft pellet gun but a suspect, and the result has been an officer using deadly force. In this day and age, many BB and Air Soft weapons are not distinguishable from a regular firearm until they are inspected. Fortunately, today, the suspect put his weapon down, but that still makes it a crime to be armed.”

Suspect #1 (gun carrier) is facing charges for:

  • Non-Residential Burglary (Felony)
  • Criminal Damage to Property (Felony)
  • Theft (Felony)
  • Criminal Carrying of a Weapon (Misdemeanor)

Suspect #1 is facing charges for:

  • Non-Residential Burglary (Felony)
  • Criminal Damage to Property (Felony)
  • Theft (Felony)

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Both suspects have been transferred to the Southeast Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Girard.

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Parsons: One wanted, one arrested in early morning pursuit

PARSONS, Kans. — Parsons Police are seeking a man wanted on multiple warrants that drove a car into three other cars early Sunday morning.

After observing a car make multiple traffic violations, two officers with the Parsons Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle just before 2:00 AM. The suspect vehicle, however, immediately fled the officers.

The driver, now identified as 36-year-old, Jason Anderson-Moseley, dove from his moving car at one point to continue the chase on foot. His still rolling car eventually collided with three parked cars in a parking lot near the 1700 block of Broadway – a 1992 Buick Century, a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, and a 2016 Jeep.

In his car also was 19-year-old, Amber Leistikow, of Parsons. She was arrested on charges for Possession with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Anderson-Moseley has warrants for his arrest in Labette County on drug charges, Allen County for drug charges with nationwide extradition and the City of Parsons.

Police are seeking the following charges on Anderson-Moseley:

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Reckless Driving
  • Attempting to Flee
  • Criminal Damage to Property
  • Interference with a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Other traffic violations

PPD adds there is probable cause to arrest Anderson-Moseley on felony charges as police continue their follow-up on this case.

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If you have information on Anderson-Moseley’s whereabouts you are asked to contact PPD at (620) 421-7060.

“Anderson-Moseley has had frequent contact with law enforcement throughout the region. His local list of contacts and arrests stretches past my arm. I hope this time the courts take these new felony crimes seriously,” said Parsons Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd.

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Two die in head-on collision south of Parsons

LABETTE COUNTY, Mo. – Two are dead following a crash in Labette County, Kansas.

Authorities with the Kansas State Highway Patrol say it happened around two in the afternoon on US-59 south of Parsons, Kansas. They say a vehicle driven by 43-year-old Jason Hopkins of Parsons crossed the center line, colliding head-on with 67-year-old Robert Rowe of Oswego, Kansas.

Hopkins and Rowe were both pronounced dead at the scene. Hopkin’s passenger, 41 year old Jennifer Faller of Parsons, was taken to the hospital with suspected serious injuries.

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Sen. Jerry Moran tours Parsons Cytocheck Laboratory

PARSONS, Kan. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran made a stop in Parsons, Kansas.

Among his stops was Cytocheck Laboratory. The lab provides pathology services to doctors offices.

“If you want rural America to grow and our kids to stay or to return home, these kinds of opportunities are ways that we can do it,” said Sen. Moran. “So from a health public safety point of view, (it’s) great to see this laboratory and what they do from the growth of Parsons, Kansas. It’s great to see these employment opportunities are here.”

During the pandemic, the lab got permission to process COVID-19 tests for local hospitals and providers.

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Parsons man killed in NE Oklahoma wreck

NOWATA, Okla. – A Parsons, Kansas man is dead following a crash in Nowata County, Oklahoma Sunday evening

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the wreck happened around 7:17 p.m. on U.S. 169, 10 miles north of Nowata, Oklahoma. A car driven by 50-year-old Christopher Alvarado of Parsons collided with another vehicle driven by 56-year-old Betty Koscelny of Delaware, Oklahoma.

Alvarado was pronounced dead at the scene. Koscelny and Alvarado’s passenger, 50-year-old Coletta Alvarado of Parsons, were transported to the hospital with injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Family, police appeal to public in hit and run case

PARSONS, Kan. – The Scott family and Parsons police appeal to the driver and public for help solving a hit and run case.

The hit and run incident happened on December 19, 2020, between the hours of 2:20 a.m. and 4:40 a.m.

According to the Parsons Police Department, Andrew Scott was walking south in the area of 1400 S. 35th Street when a motor vehicle hit him.

Authorities say the driver didn’t stop to render aid or call emergency services. It wasn’t until about 4:40 a.m. that a resident heard Scott’s pleas for help and called police.

Officers arrived and found Scott just off the road, where it appeared he had tried to crawl for help.

According to a family member, Scott currently has to wear full-time leg braces. He underwent one knee surgery this month to reconstruct and repair damage from the incident. They plan for a surgery on the other knee later this year. The family member tells police he has many other surgeries on his road to recovery.

The Parsons Police Department states there have been many rumors about the incident. Law enforcement has conducted multiple interviews and followed up on tips and leads.

The Police Department stated in a release, “First, the driver of the vehicle needs to do the right thing and come forward and give their side of the story to clear up any rumors about this incident and the circumstances surrounding this accident. Second, we are looking for assistance from anyone who may have been a passenger in the vehicle at the time, or someone who has heard the driver or passenger(s) talk about the incident.”

The Scott Family and the Parsons Police Department encourage anyone with information to come forward and help Andrew find justice and closure to this incident.

Residents are encouraged to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, you can contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

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Parsons man killed in a wreck while passing another vehicle

LABETTE COUNTY, Kan. – A Parsons, Kansas man dies in a wreck in rural Labette County Friday morning.

Kansas Highway Patrol says it happed at 7:35 a.m. at 9000 and Ness Rd about 4.5 miles south of U-160. 25-year-old Axzivian Cummings of Parsons was passing another vehicle at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his car. The car hit the ditch, collided with two utility poles, rotated counter clockwise, rolled multiple times and came to rest in a field.

Cummings was pronounced dead at the scene.