Sedgwick County Sheriff

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas is unmatched in its tracking of ex-convicts, resulting in more than 21,000 people convicted of sex, drug or violent crimes being registered on a public database.

One of them is Marc Schultz, who was convicted of manslaughter for hitting and killing a cyclist while driving drunk in 2010.

“I will forever live with the burden of taking a man’s life for a decision that I made,” Schultz said Monday. “But I didn’t intend for this to happen.”

District Attorney Rules Fatal Shooting By Deputy Was Justified

Nov 22, 2019
File photo / KMUW

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett ruled Friday that a deputy involved in a fatal shooting earlier this year acted in self-defense.

Bennett says according to Kansas law, people who act in self-defense are immune from prosecution.

According to a report from Bennett’s office:

The shooting occurred Jan. 28 at a storage unit near Hydraulic and I-235.

David Bosiljevac had an active criminal case in Sedgwick County. He missed a court date for a probation violation and an arrest warrant was issued for him.

The Wichita Police Department is hosting a city-wide event on Saturday to hear feedback about law enforcement from community members.

The “What’s Going On and What More Can We Do” event invites people to discuss trends, topics and concerns in the criminal justice system with city, county and state law enforcement officials.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says the goal of the event is for his department and other agencies to gather insights from the community to help improve law enforcement effectiveness.

Tex Texin / flickr Creative Commons

Crime-fighting efforts in Wichita drained the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s budget this year and pushed the county jail beyond capacity.

Sheriff Jeff Easter says the county jail population is at its highest level in 10 years. The jail houses an average of about 1,510 inmates each day; capacity is 1,158 inmates.

With more inmates, the county has higher food, medical and staffing costs. Easter requested additional funding from county commissioners on Wednesday.

They approved $2.6 million to help the Sheriff’s Office budget make it through the end of the year.

Multiple organizations in Wichita that provide mental health, substance abuse and homeless services plan to team up with the police department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

They all will work together to prevent people who are seeking care from getting lost in the system.

“Over the last few years, recognizing that with the systems that are siloed … you had mental health, you had substance abuse, homelessness and all of them with different missions and with different monies,” said Harold Casey, executive director of the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas.

The Regional Forensic Science Center is getting new equipment to help identify opioid drugs that are circulating in south-central Kansas.

Sedgwick County commissioners voted Wednesday to accept a $155,017 federal grant to pay for the machine. The Wichita-based crime lab will use the new device to streamline testing processes and reduce analysis time.

Tim Rohrig, director of the Regional Forensic Science Center, says the equipment will target the opioid abuse problem.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

Sedgwick County is adding a new full-time position within the Sheriff’s Office to work on the growing problem of jail inmates who have drug or alcohol addictions.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

A candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday night to honor Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Kunze.

Kunze was shot and killed Sunday afternoon during a confrontation with a suspect in a rural area north of Garden Plain.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Updated on Monday, Sept. 17, at 1:40 p.m:

A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy was killed Sunday afternoon while trying to subdue a suspect, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff Jeff Easter said Deputy Robert Kunze III, a deputy since 2006, was killed after responding to a suspicious character call. The suspect, who has been identified as Robert Greeson, also was killed, Easter said.

Topeka Police Department / Twitter

Law enforcement agencies throughout Kansas are increasing their patrols for impaired drivers the next few weeks.

The stepped up enforcement is part of a national traffic safety campaign called “You drink. You drive. You Lose.” Expect to see billboards and commercials with the message, too.

Officers will target drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Chris Bortz with the Kansas Department of Transportation says men under 34 are the biggest offenders.