Vehicle Pursuit

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TO:  All Media

DATE:  April 9, 2014

FOR:  Immediate Release

RE:  Vehicle Pursuit


On April 7, 2014 at 7:34 p.m., a Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop in the Girard area on two speeding motorcycles.  The operators attempted to elude the deputy travelling southbound out of Girard.   The pursuit continued to 570 Ave and 190 St, where the operators separated with one going west and the other going south.  The deputy continued the pursuit of the southbound motorcycle.


Near the intersection of 560 Ave and 190 St, the operator lost control of the motorcycle on gravel and crashed.  The operator- Antonio Alcorn, 20 of Gardner, KS was transported by Crawford County EMS for unknown injuries.  Alcorn was cited for Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving and Failure to Stop at Posted Stop Signs.  The second motorcyclist has not been located.


The incident remains under investigation.

Pursuit and Arrest February 27, 2014

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DATE:  February 28, 2014


On February 27, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 303 Brunetti in McCune, KS regarding a domestic dispute over child custody.  Prior to deputies’ arrival witnesses allege that one of the parties- Jasper Loren Hedges, 32 of Elk City, KS left the residence after taking several weapons that were not his.


Hedges was located by deputies in a Ford truck northwest of McCune.  After a vehicle pursuit, Hedges was apprehended near 40th Street and 540th Avenue.  Hedges was charged with suspicion of-


Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Felony Flee and Elude

No Insurance

No Registration

Driving While Suspended – Third Offense


Bond on Crawford County charges- $5000


Hedges is also being held on the following warrants-


Warrant- Livingston County , MO  $17,000 Bond

Warrant- Montgomery County, KS  $500 Bond


The incident remains under investigation.





Federal Firearms Charges/Arrest Feb 18, 2014

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Contact Jim Cross, Public Affairs ! (316) 269-6481 ! 301 N. Main, Suite 1200 ! Wichita, KS 67202
Feb. 18, 2014
Crawford County Man Arrested
On Federal Firearm Charge
WICHITA, KAN. B A man from Crawford County, Kan., was arrested Tuesday on federal firearm charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
James D. Russian, 56, Pittsburg, Kan., is charged in U.S. District Court in Wichita with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 27, 2013, in Crawford County.
The indictment alleges Russian unlawfully possessed a 9 mm handgun, 82 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and eighteen 20 gauge shotgun cartridges.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge involving the handgun and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge with the ammunition. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Pursuit and Arrest February 13, 2014

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DATE:  February 14, 2014

FOR:  Immediate Release

RE: Vehicle pursuit and arrest


On February 13, 2014 at 3:06 p.m. Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputies entered into a pursuit of a vehicle at US 171 Hwy and 260 Street.  The vehicle, a 1989 Chevrolet truck was reported as a stolen vehicle and was being pursued by Jasper County, Missouri Deputies.  Missouri authorities began their pursuit near  Carl Junction, Missouri.


The suspected driver, Joe Bob Green, 32 of Joplin, Missouri turned north onto 260th Street and continued to flee and elude law enforcement.  2 unsuccessful attempts were made by deputies to deflate the vehicle’s tires before a 3rd successful attempt.  While deputies were deploying tire deflation devices the driver swerved toward them in an attempt to strike them with the truck or prevent them from successful deployment.


After the successful deployment the driver was able to turn east on 620 Avenue then north on 270 Street.  In another attempt to evade law enforcement, the driver turned the truck onto a Kansas City Southern Railroad right of way.  The driver eventually came to a stop approximately one-half mile down the tracks where he fled on foot across the state line into Missouri.  During the pursuit on the right of way, a Kansas City Southern train approached from the north.  The train’s engineer had to come to an emergency stop to avoid injuring Green or the pursuing deputies.


During the search involving Crawford County Sheriff, Barton County Missouri Sheriff, Kansas Highway Patrol, Arma Police and Mulberry Police personnel, Green surrendered himself by approaching a property owner in the area asking him to contact law enforcement.


Green had injuries associated with the pursuit and was transported by ambulance to a Missouri hospital. Crawford County has no information which Missouri jail Green is being held in.  His charges and bond amount in Missouri is unknown.  Green’s Kansas charges will include Fleeing and Eluding, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and reckless driving.  Railroad officials have asked that Green be charged with Criminal Trespass for driving onto the railroad right of way.


The incident remains under investigation.

Hypothermia Victim January 6, 2014

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FROM:  Sheriff Dan Peak

DATE:  January 6, 2014

FOR:  Immediate Release

RE: Hypothermia Victim



On January 6, 2014 at 6:55 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 2408 W. 4th Street in rural Pittsburg regarding an individual lying on the ground near the house at that address.


The homeowner, John Thompson, Jr. told deputies that he found the subject, identified as Colter Steffens, 26 of Pittsburg, lying on the ground when he returned home from work at approximately 6:50 a.m.  When deputies arrived, the homeowner had covered Steffens up in an attempt to warm him from apparent exposure to snow, ice and the extremely cold temperatures.  Deputies were able to move Steffens indoors where they continued the warming methods.


It is unknown how long Steffens had been exposed to the elements prior to being found.  Steffens was transported by Crawford County EMS to Via Christi Medical Center in serious condition.  Deputies continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.