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Police say arrests up, but citations were down

By Katherine Wartell

Officials at the Riley County Police Department said arrests were up during Saturday’s Fake Patty’s Day event, although fewer citations were issued than in 2011.

At Monday’s Riley County Commission meeting, RCPD Director Brad Schoen said officers arrested 86 people on Saturday, about 87 percent more than during Fake Patty’s Day in 2011, when 46 people were arrested.

RCPD officers were assisted by the Emporia Police Department, Junction City Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas State University Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Riley County Community Corrections.

Schoen said there was a period from 9 to 10 a.m. in the morning when seven people were arrested, and that activity picked up again between 5 and 6 p.m. with 16 arrests. He said the pace continued steadily until 11 p.m.

He said officers wrote 347 citations on Saturday, down about 25 percent from 2011, when 462 were given. They cited 383 offenses, down 23 percent from 2011, when 497 were cited.

The RCPD received 746 calls for service. Schoen said that roughly 67 percent of those calls were officer-initiated, 179 were called in, and 56 were 911 calls. He said the number of calls were down 1.8 percent from 2011.

Officers most often responded to calls regarding the unlawful possession or consumption of alcohol (191), traffic stops (109), parking issues (40), disturbing the peace and noise complaints (36) and disorderly conduct (31), Schoen said.

He said police also responded to 22 calls regarding welfare checks, 22 for urinating in public, and 18 concerning issues with unwanted subjects.

This year, officers heavily focused on the surrounding neighborhoods of Aggieville, where crime tends to take place during the event and where many house parties are held.

Manhattan Fire Chief Jerry Snyder told commissioners that his department issued one citation for overcrowding and 80 notices for trash removal, but he was generally pleased with the day’s progress.

Riley County EMS Capt. David Adams told commissioners that the midnight Saturday to 6 a.m. on Sunday period was the busiest in history for EMS calls.

Adams said dispatchers received 77 requests, 26 of which came from the Aggieville area. He said that represented a 50 percent increase from 2011.

He said that of the 26 cases in Aggieville, all patients had alcohol in their systems. Six suffered injuries from either fighting or falling, and nine patients were transported from City Park, where Riley County EMS had a station, to the hospital.

One patient was transported to Stormont Vail in Topeka after being hit by a car while walking on 10th and Moro streets. Adams said that was the most serious injury.

Adams said that the highest alcohol level he saw Saturday was .485, or six times the legal limit. He said other patients were also transported for having alcohol levels of .333.

Of the 51 calls received from outside the Aggieville area, Adams said 22 involved alcohol.

One man, Leon Sanders, told police Monday that he was assaulted by a drunk along Poyntz Avenue at 6 a.m. Sunday. Sanders, who is from Clay Center, said her was sleeping in hi scar in front of First Methodist Church when the man walked up, began shouting loudly at him, and struck his car numerous times over several minutes, doing more than $900 in damage to it.

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