Law to protect senior citizens signed

A new law signed last week by Gov. Sam Brownback will better protect Kansas senior citizens against fraud and financial abuse, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Schmidt praised Brownback and legislators who have created the new crime of “mistreatment of an elder person.”

“This new measure significantly strengthens the ability of law enforcement and prosecutors to protect Kansas senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse,” Schmidt said. “It has tougher penalties, better investigative tools and clearer boundaries to protect seniors from having their life savings stolen or wrongfully misused.”

The new law applies whenever a victim of financial abuse is age 70 or older. Under its provisions, penalties for stealing from an elder person are substantially enhanced – potentially reaching more than 40 years in prison for large-scale financial abuse.

The new law also makes clear that misusing a trust instrument or a power of attorney in order to misappropriate an elder person’s life savings is a crime.

“Our office takes seriously the duty to protect Kansas senior citizens from fraud and abuse,” Schmidt said. “These new tools will build on the record financial recoveries our Consumer Protection Division has obtained in recent years and will allow the state to go further and put con artists who prey on Kansas seniors behind bars.”

The new measure first was proposed in January by Senators Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, and Jeff King, R-Independence.  Schmidt joined in support of their proposal during legislative consideration of the measure.

UG calls special meeting Thursday on overtime

The Unified Government Commission will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, on public safety overtime and out-of-class pay.  It is scheduled to be a discussion meeting.

The meeting will be in the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

There had been an earlier discussion during budget meetings about cutting back on overtime and out-of-class pay.

Also scheduled April 24 is a 7 p.m. regular UG Commission in the same place. The agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting might be posted later at www.wycokck.org.

Kansas City, Kan., police reports

March 25
Burglary, criminal damage, 3100 block of North 51st Terrace, pistol, video game system, video game, window, $1,210 value.
Burglary, 3900 block of Adams, keys, bag, $50 value.
Unlawful possession of controlled substance, College Parkway and I-70, hydrocodone.

March 24
Burglary to auto, 700 block of Hollywood Casino Boulevard, laptop, phone charger, headphones, $530 value.
Burglary, 1100 block of South 75th, propane tank hose, $100 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 4500 block of Georgia, television, window, back door frame, $650 value.

March 22
Burglary, criminal damage, 3300 block of North 63rd, television, door frame, $400 value.

March 21
Criminal damage, 4800 block of State, gas tank, $1,500 value.

March 18
Theft, 3100 block of South 47th, $90,000 value.

Feb. 23
Aggravated burglary, 2900 block of South 51st, card, driver’s license, wallet, currency, $142 value.

Feb. 17
Burglary, 1400 block of Fairfax Trafficway, printer, three car chargers, four extension cords,  $1,020 value.