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Hesston Property Crimes Peaked In Summer

Posted 12/30/2013

Record Staff

For 2013, crime in Hesston was most abundant in the summer months and property crimes were common.

The Hesston Record has compiled police reports and municipal court reports throughout the year.  The Record classified reports into five categories:

• Property crimes, which include theft, burglary, forgery and criminal damage;

• Traffic violations, which include accidents and traffic violations;

• Drug-related crimes, which included illegal substances and minors in possession;

• Violent and personal crimes, which include domestic incidents and crimes against another person

• The final category was other. 

Statistics include reports from Jan. 1, to Dec. 24.  

Property crimes outnumbered all other incidents with 87 property-related reports throughout the year.

Property crimes were followed closely by traffic accidents and violations with 85 reports.

In 2013, more reports came in the summer months and tapering off in winter.

June had the highest number of reports with 31 total reports.  That month 20 were property-related, there were eight traffic incidents, one violent crime and two other category reports.

While many residents may be concerned about burglaries and thefts during the holiday season, the most property crimes were reported in June, 20 reports, followed closely by July with 13 incidents.

A winter storm in February, as well as a high volume of municipal court reports resulted in the highest number of traffic-related reports at 13 in the month.

Violence peaked in Hesston in April and October with five violent/personal reports both months.

Drugs were the least-reported crime in Hesston with only 12 reported incidencts in 2013. Nearly half of these illegal-substance crimes were minors in possession of alcohol.

However, in September, Hesston officers made a significant drug-bust off a traffic stop on Interstate 135.  Three men were arrested on possession charges for marijuana, ecstasy and methamphetamine. 

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Teen Taking First Mission Trip To Central America

Posted 12/30/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Editor’s Note: In 2014, The Hesston Record is reaching out to youths in the community planning mission trips in 2014. The Record will feature students planning trips on our Youth and Education page. Students planning trips can contact Editor Jackie Nelson at or call 620-327-4831.

Sometimes God seems to work in mysterious ways and has some interesting timing. Record editor Jackie Nelson had planned for the story below to appear in the Dec. 26 issue, the final one for 2013.

At that point in time Hesston teen Paige Kauffman was short of the funding needed for her mission trip to Costa Rica.

Here is an email from Paige's mother, Lynda, sent to Nelson after Nelson had gone out of state for a short vacation:

“Jackie, we think it was a God thing that you couldn't get the article in (last) week. Paige received her amount she needed!!! WOW!! We are so grateful and surprised! We felt that we needed to let you know so people don't send in money.

“We are still needing to pay a small amount out of our pockets for her flights, but we have enough for the mission trip itself!”

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Save Your Receipts Deadline Is Approaching

Posted 12/30/2013

By Record Staff

The deadline for the Hesston Chamber of Commerce’s Save Your Receipts program is a week away.

By next Thursday, all receipts need to be turned in to the chamber office for entrants to be in the running for $400 in prizes, said chamber director Becky Galloway last week. The program promotes local shopping by encouraging Hesston shoppers to save the receipts purchased from businesses that are Hesston chamber members. When a shopper turns in their receipts they receive tickets that go into a jar. Winning tickets will be drawn from the jar on Jan. 16 during the chamber’s January luncheon. The higher a person’s receipt total, the more tickets they receive.

To Read More See This Weeks Print Edition

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