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RCPD struggles to deal with safety at Pillsbury

By Brady Bauman

With summer around the corner, crowds have begun making their way to Pillsbury Crossing, and John Doehling, assistant director of the Riley County Police Department, said the public needs to keep safety in mind Thursday morning.

He also relayed horror stories the RCPD has already dealt with in the past month concerning Pillsbury Crossing in a presentation to Riley County commissioners.

“At the beginning of May we had a rape reported,” he said. “And following that we had additional calls out there involving alcohol and large parties.

“We’ve not yet begun our standard enforcement (out there) that happens, through a contract with the (Kansas Department) of Fish and Game. That program begins this weekend, but we dedicated some officers out there last weekend and wrote numerous citations for alcohol violations.”

Doehling then mentioned one recent incident involving the rope swing that was quite, well… unusual.

“There was a medical issue that happened out there with the rope swing that every year we tear down and is put back up,” Doehling said. “But apparently an individual out there with the rope swing got a piece of his anatomy, uh, irretrievably constricted through the rope swing, and suffered some physical injury — the details of which you probably don’t want to hear anymore about.”

Doehling also mentioned a recent incident at Pillsbury Crossing in which an intoxicated man crashed his vehicle, ran, then attempted to steal another car before being caught.

“Those kinds of things are what we deal with out there,” he said. “We’ll continue patrolling out there.”

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