Correction for the Pratt Tribune:
Robot and Drone didn’t cost Taxpayers $75K:
A recent story in the Pratt Tribune indicated that the Sheriff’s Office along with Emergency Management had spent $75,000 dollars on a robot and drone system. This was incorrect and we wanted to make sure that the public knows that we had priced several options that we declined to purchase which would have been to that amount of money. We were able to purchase a Robot System and the company provided us a Drone Package at no extra cost for us to obtain both systems for the Pratt Citizens. The Sheriff’s Office was able to purchase a Transcend Tactical Robot with extra systems for use by the Sheriff’s Office, Police, Fire, EMS, and Emergency management in emergency events for $22,500.00 dollars and the company provided us a DSLR Mavic 2 Dual Drone for no extra cost. This is a $4000 dollar drone system that Emergency Services have been asking for and since the county has experienced so much flooding in the last year, a drone has been a needed piece of equipment for the citizens of the County. This Drone has Thermal and regular camera’s for search and rescue. The robot is a tracked system with a FLIR Pan tilt Zoom camera, and Thermal imaging for operations. The Sheriff’s Office and other First Responders need to update our technology for better response to Natural Disasters, accidents, Hazmat emergencies and Law Enforcement Emergencies. We hope this better explains any concerns that our citizens may have of this equipment purchase and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
Sincerely Sheriff James White.
Pratt County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an accidental shooting Wednesday morning that injured a 5-year old girl in the southeast part of Pratt County.
Victim suffered an accidental single gunshot wound from a shotgun to the left arm. She was shot by a sibling.
Pratt County EMS, and Pratt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the incident. No names are being released at this time.
A life Team helicopter transferred the girl to a Wichita hospital.
The Pratt County Commission has instituted a burn ban for citizens and visitors within the boundaries of Pratt County. All burning is prohibited due to extremely dry, windy weather conditions with temperatures above normal, which has resulted in extreme fire hazard in Pratt County. See below proclamation for more information. Violation of this burn ban is a Class A Misdemeanor.
On July 10, 2017 at approximately 1:08 PM a Deputy from the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop at 701 N. Main in Pratt, KS. During the traffic stop the odor of marijuana was noticed and the driver admitted that he had marijuana in the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was applied for and granted by the district court. During the search of the vehicle a large quantity of marijuana was located and seized as evidence. The two occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest and transported to the Pratt County Jail.
On July 11, 2017 Deputies from the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from KWLP&T executed a search warrant at 712 S. Mound. During the search a number items of narcotics were located and collected as evidence. One person was placed under arrest and transported to the Pratt County Jail. All reports will be filed with the County Attorney’s Office.
On July 14, 2017 Deputies from the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office, Pratt Police Department and Officers from KWLP&T executed a search warrant on 205 S. Thompson and 423 S. Pine in the city of Pratt, KS. During the search numerous items of narcotics and what appeared to be an indoor marijuana grow. Items were seized and all reports will be forwarded to the County Attorney’s Office.
On July 25, 2017 Deputies from the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office and officers from KWLP&T executed a search warrant at 108 N. 7th St. in Cullison, KS. During the search numerous items of Narcotics were located and seized. All report will be forwarded to the County Attorney’s Office.
On July 5, 2017 at approximately 8:57 A.M, Deputies from the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a possible Domestic at 50240 S. Hwy 281 in Pratt County Kansas. Upon arrival at the residence John Preston Hoy was located and taken into custody on the Strength of a Pratt County Warrant. Hoy was also found to be in Possession of Drug related items. Hoy was arrested and transported to the Pratt County Jail. At Approximately 12:00 P.M. the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 50240 S. Hwy 281 in Pratt County Kansas. Several Items of Drug Evidence were collected and all reports will be forwarded to the Pratt County Attorney’s Office.
On June 8, 2017, at approximately 7:30 A.M. the Pratt County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 105 S. Main St. in Sawyer, Kansas. Two subjects were placed under arrest for drug related charges. Dyllen Johnson and Rebecca Dunn were arrested and transported to the Pratt County Jail.
On June 1, 2017, at approximatly 2:00 P.M. the Pratt County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 710 N. Curtis St. in Pratt, Kansas. Two subjects were placed under arrest for Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana with intent to distribute and Aggravated Endangerment of a Child. Christopher Kessler and Lindsey Voepel were arrested and transported to the Pratt County Jail.
On May 23, 2017, the Pratt County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant at 722 S. Pine Street in Pratt, Kansas. Also present were Kansas State Game Wardens and a Ford County Sheriff's Deputy and K-9 partner.
The search warrant resulted in the collection of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and firearms. One subject was arrested and has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Further investigation is in progress and more arrests may follow.
On May 19, 2017 at approximately 6:26 A.M. a call came into Pratt County Emergency Dispatch of a "naked woman" on the side of the highway. The woman was on Highway 54 one mile east of Cullison, Kansas. Units from the Pratt County Sheriff's office, Pratt County EMS and Kansas Highway Patrol responded. Upon arrival at the scene a 44 year old female was located in the north ditch bleeding from injuries that she sustained from jumping from a moving vehicle. The woman was transported to the Pratt Regional medical Center for treatment. The incident is currently under investigation.
The age old IRS scam is going around Pratt again. Yesterday a citizen received a call from one claiming to be the IRS. The caller stated if $2,000 was not paid the individual would be arrested. The demands were not met, the caller called again and threatened to have their driver’s license suspended and were notified officers were on their way to arrest them.
Fortunately no money was sent in this scam.
It is very important to just hang up on these callers. The Internal Revenue Service will never call. Anyone you do not know calling for money is a scam. Do not talk to strangers on the phone, at your door, or anywhere, it is not safe.