Cold Cases

Man found dead in home subject of latest WPD, CS cold case briefing

 

On September 9, 2009, at 1:08 p.m. officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 600 block of North New York Street. When they arrived on the scene, officers located a 37-year-old victim they later identified as Sammy Smith Jr. Mr. Smith was found deceased on a couch inside the residence. The investigation showed he had been killed by a single gunshot.

Investigators determined it appeared the suspects had searched the house and unknown items were missing. Several items from Mr. Smith’s house were later located in a field a few blocks away from the residence. 

“We encourage anyone with information about this or any felony crime to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously, either by phone at 316-267-2111, by text message by sending their tip to CRIMES (274637) and beginning their text message with TIP217, or on the web atwww.wsccs.com. All ways are anonymous and no one will ever ask the name of the tipster,” said Bassham. 
Since it was founded in 1980, Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County has received more than 31,000 tips that have resulted in nearly 3,000 arrests and paid rewards to tipsters totaling more than $286,000. Throughout its 32-year-history Crime Stoppers has never revealed the name of a person providing anonymous tips.

 

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.

 


 

2009 homicide subject of latest WPD, Crime Stoppers cold case briefing

 

Each week through December 28, 2012 the Wichita Police Department and Crime Stoppers will focus on a cold case homicide and encourage citizens to provide information about them anonymously to Crime Stoppers. Anyone who provides a tip on any of these crimes that leads to an arrest will receive $2,000, twice the normal Crime Stoppers reward for such cases.

“The Crime Stoppers Advisory Committee feels it is important to take this step as a way to encourage someone with information about this and the other unsolved homicides to come forward and help close them,” said Crime Stoppers Executive Director Gordon Bassham.

The current case being featured involves a homicide that took place in 2009. 

At 12:59 a.m. on May 9, 2009 Craig D. Barnes, 27, was found lying in the street and bleeding from the face in front of 845 N. Edgemoor. Drivers passing by saw Mr. Barnes and called 911. Mr. Barnes was taken by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

A person who lives in the area told officers she saw a black male identified as Mr. Barnes walking up the sidewalk towards her house. She then saw a car pull up and a black male get out and begin fighting with Mr. Barnes. The witness said she went inside her house and when she came out she found Mr. Barnes was lying in the street. 

“We encourage anyone with information about this or any felony crime to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously, either by phone at 316-267-2111, by text message by sending their tip to CRIMES (274637) and beginning their text message with TIP217, or on the web at www.wsccs.com. All ways are anonymous and no one will ever ask the name of the tipster,” said Bassham. 

Since it was founded in 1980, Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County has received more than 31,000 tips that have resulted in nearly 3,000 arrests and paid rewards to tipsters totaling more than $286,000. Throughout its 32-year-history Crime Stoppers has never revealed the name of a person providing anonymous tips.

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.

 


Crime Stoppers features 2011 cold case homicideEach week through December 28, 2012 the Wichita Police Department and Crime Stoppers will focus on a cold case homicide and encourage citizens to provide information about them anonymously to Crime Stoppers. Anyone who provides a tip on any of these crimes that leads to an arrest will receive $2,000, twice the normal Crime Stoppers reward for such cases.


“The Crime Stoppers Advisory Committee feels it is important to take this step as a way to encourage someone with information about this and the other unsolved homicides to come forward and help close them,” said Crime Stoppers Executive Director Gordon Bassham. 

This week's case they're focusing on is 39-year-old Thoung Phan.

Phan was shot and killed back on May 28, 2011 outside of the Bai Wei restaurant in the 1700 block of South Rock Road.

Witnesses say they seen an unknown armed man chase Phan from the parking lot.  Phan was found shot in the street.  He was taken by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center.

A tip on the crime that leads to an arrest will receive $2,000, twice the normal Crime Stoppers reward on such cases.

Anyone with information about this or any felony crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously, either by phone at 316-267-2111 or by text message by sending their tip to CRIMES (274637) and beginning their text message with TIP217, or on the web at www.wsccs.com.

Since it was founded in 1980, Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County has received more than 31,000 tips that have resulted in nearly 3,000 arrests and paid rewards to tipsters totaling more than $286,000. 

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.

Crime Stoppers features 2009 cold case homicide

Each week through December 28, 2012 the Wichita Police Department and Crime Stoppers will focus on a cold case homicide and encourage citizens to provide information about them anonymously to Crime Stoppers. Anyone who provides a tip on any of these crimes that leads to an arrest will receive $2,000, twice the normal Crime Stoppers reward for such cases.

“The Crime Stoppers Advisory Committee feels it is important to take this step as a way to encourage someone with information about this and the other unsolved homicides to come forward and help close them,” said Crime Stoppers Executive Director Gordon Bassham.

The current case being featured involves a homicide that took place nearly three years ago.

On the evening of January 25, 2009, 19-year-old Justin Cook attended a party at the Cambridge Suites hotel in the 700 block of South Main St. A second party was also being held at the same location. A fight broke out in the hotel parking lot between several rival gang members who were attending both parties. As Mr. Cook and his girlfriend were leaving the party an unknown suspect fired one shot at his vehicle, striking him in the face. Mr. Cook was taken by ambulance to Via Christi St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
“We encourage anyone with information about this or any felony crime to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously, either by phone at 316-267-2111, by text message by sending their tip to CRIMES (274637) and beginning their text message with TIP217, or on the web at www.wsccs.com. All ways are anonymous and no one will ever ask the name of the tipster,” said Bassham.

Since it was founded in 1980, Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County has received more than 31,000 tips that have resulted in nearly 3,000 arrests and paid rewards to tipsters totaling more than $286,000.

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson 1997Crime Stoppers and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help to solve several cold cases. Today we are seeking information on a missing person that is a potential victim of a homicide. In March of 2001, Jennifer Wilson was 27 years old and lived with her roommate in the area of 143rd ST. E. and 63rd ST. S. Wilson and her roommate were involved in an argument at the residence and the roommate left. When the roommate returned Wilson was gone. Wilson left her car, all her belongings, and her dog, which she was known to take everywhere. 

At the time of her disappearance Jennifer Wilson was 5’07, weighed 115 pounds, with brown curly hair and blue eyes. Today Wilson would be 39 years old. 

Jennifer Wilson 1998If you have information about this cold case or any felony crime, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. You can also submit a tip online at www.wsccs.com or from your mobile phone by texting TIP217 then your message to CRIMES (274637). All ways are secure and anonymous. If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000, and Crime Stoppers will never ask your name. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.

For 12 years, Wichita city assistant attorney and judicial candidate Mike Hoelscher has practiced law in Sedgwick County. He says he has tried to treat everyone with courtesy and respect, “even when our positions were adverse to each other.”

His attorney colleagues – at least the 100 who evaluated him in a survey sponsored by the Wichita Bar Association and The Eagle – agree, giving him near-perfect marks for fairness, ethics and being respectful, courteous and professional.

Hoelscher is running against Wichita attorney Diane Sherwood for the 18th Judicial District Division 19 seat, which will be vacated by Judge Mark Vining when he retires in January.

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Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:25 CDT

A judge granted a 60-day continuance Friday for parents accused of beating their adopted daughter, keeping her in a windowless room in the basement and chaining her at times to a bed.

Sedgwick County District Judge Patrick Walters set a child-in-need-of-care trial, also called an adjudication hearing, for Oct, 20, 21 and 22. The trial had been scheduled for Aug. 4 and 5. He also set a pre-trial conference for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 3.

Police put the girl and three adopted siblings into protective custody March 28, and prosecutors filed a child-in-need-of-care petition on behalf of the children April 1. The Eagle has been following the case since then as part of its “In Need of Care” series examining child abuse and neglect in the county.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:55 CDT

Anthony Bluml resented his adoptive parents for kicking him out of their house for smoking marijuana, just after he graduated from Valley Center High School. He had to work two jobs to scrape by, while the Blumls gave his younger brother Chris “anything he wanted.”

His biological mother, Kisha Schaberg, didn’t like Roger and Melissa Bluml because she was convinced they were shielding her from Anthony and Chris, her “blood children.”

One night in Arizona as they were returning to Wichita from San Diego last fall, Bluml said, “If we kill my parents, we can get will money,” Braden Smith testified Thursday at a preliminary hearing in Sedgwick County District Court.

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