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Crime below average for 1st quarter 2013

By Maura Wery

Serious crime was below recent seasonal averages here during the first quarter of 2013.

RCPD Capt. Kurt Moldrup, chief of the patrol division, told county commissioners Monday that the frequency of serious “Part 1” crime during the January-March period was below the average for the past three years. Moldrup said relative decline occurred despite a string of vehicle robberies over a time span of “a week and a half” during the quarter. He added that because his officers have a good grasp of the situation, those incidents “tapered off.”

Part 1 crimes are the most serious crimes: homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft and arson.

Moldrup told commissioners the department saw a decrease of DUI arrests during the quarter, but he doesn’t feel that it is because there are fewer people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Rather, he indicated there has been less of a focus on DUI because of attention being given to other issues, such as robberies.

Moldrup said patrol officers also will be devoting more time to K-18, where construction work recently resumed. He said he has received several complaints about driving habits in the construction areas. Moldrup said the area is hard to enforce, but he promised to put more officers in the area. He said that they have already identified two problem areas: The change from 65 mph to 55 mph, which Moldrup said many drivers are speeding through, and the roundabouts on Scenic Drive.

Special election dates

A special election for a USD 378 bond issue is set for June 11.

Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo said those wanting to register for the election can do so until May 21. Advance voting by mail will begin on May 22. Advance voting in-person will begin on June 3 and continue until June 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Riley County Clerks office, and on June 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. Vargo said there will be four locations to vote at on election day June 11: Leonardville, Sedalia Church, Riley Center and Keats.


Columbus Day training for county

The Commission voted 3-0 to continue the all-day training on Columbus Day for 2013.

Human resource manager Cindy Volanti asked commissioners to decide whether they wanted to keep the day. In previous years, that training session has involved a variety of topics, the entire day usually costing the county around $5,000.

Volanti asked Commissioner Bob Boyd to see whether a motivational speaker at Fort Riley would be interested in being the guest speaker for the day.

She also asked the commission to make attendance mandatory. Commissioners agreed that they would meet with department heads and push the mandatory attendance.

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