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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Courthouse incident results in conviction

  • A Leavenworth man has been convicted of disorderly conduct for causing a disturbance last year at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
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  • A Leavenworth man has been convicted of disorderly conduct for causing a disturbance last year at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
    And while Sheriff Andy Dedeke doesn't believe the courthouse is any more dangerous than other public places, he said there have been discussions about possible security upgrades.
    Daniel Wilt, Jr., 43, was convicted Tuesday of disorderly conduct for a Nov. 27 incident outside the Leavenworth County Treasurer's Office.
    Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said county employees testified that it was one of the worst reactions they'd seen from a customer.
    Wilt reportedly went to the Treasurer's Office to renew his vehicle registration. The office was still open when he arrived, but he discovered there were no numbers for customers to take as they wait to meet with an employee.
    Wilt was informed the numbers were removed so the office could close at 5 p.m.
    Wilt reportedly became angry, calling employees at the Treasurer's Office names. A stand with pamphlets was knocked over, Thompson said.
    After being convicted of the misdemeanor Tuesday, Wilt was ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs.
    Since that incident, a computer-based panic system was installed at the courthouse. The system was designed to allow county employees to electronically contact authorities during an emergency.
    "It didn't work as advertised," Dedeke said.
    He said the county has received a refund for the product.
    Dedeke said he will provide the Leavenworth County Commission with information about other products that might work as he receives it.
    "Currently, we do have 911," he said.
    Dedeke said this is his preferred way of notifying the Sheriff's Office of emergencies. He said his office can provide a quick response.
    The Sheriff's Office is located at the Justice Center, which is across the street from the courthouse.
    He said decisions about additional security upgrades ultimately will be made by county commissioners.
    One security measure that's already in place is the presence of security guards from the Justice Center, who routinely walk over to the courthouse.
    Dedeke said this is the most visible security measure.

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