In recent days, the Liberal Police Department has taken several reports of counterfeit money from local businesses.  The counterfeit money has been in various denominations with various serial numbers.  Please take note of the following tips to spot counterfeit money.

1. Color shifting inkThe first thing to do is to look at the bottom right corner and check whether the color shifts when you tilt it. By the “20” on a $20 bill, the color is copper, but when you tilt it, the color changes to green(ish). On the new $100 bills, the color change from copper to green happens on the liberty bell symbol.

2. Red and blue threadsOn an authentic bill, there are threads woven in and out of the note. Most counterfeiters try to achieve this look by printing red and blue threads on the surface of the note. If you look closely at their work, you will see that the threads are on the surface.

3. WatermarkThis is usually a copy of the portrait on the note. The watermark can only be seen when you hold the note up against the light. The watermark should be on the right side of the bill and should be an exact replica of the portrait on the note. If there is no watermark when you hold up the note against the light, then it is definitely counterfeited.

4. Security ThreadThe security strip runs vertically on the note and can be seen when held up against a light. You won’t find this feature on a counterfeit bill.

5.  Compare to a valid note

Compare the notes and make sure that everything is the same, such as the font used to write the serial number, the face on the note, the color, paper, etc. Make sure that the money you are comparing it with is of the same denomination.

I’m not an attorney but with three businesses, I am very familiar with contracts and I’ve just reviewed the city manager contract for Mark Hall that has been forced on the taxpayers of Liberal. There are a number of things that I find disturbing about the contract even beyond the commitment to pay his base salary, vehicle allowance, life insurance, health insurance, and KPERS payments (roughly totaling $350,000) for the two years if his employment is terminated by the city commission. The most outrageous point is there is no time limit to the contract – the contract is in effect from Oct. 24, 2017 “until terminated by the city or employee.” It is clear that whoever drew up this contract did everything they could to protect Mark Hall and forgot to protect the city. I’m still in shock with what has happened but will continue to share my thoughts with you on this matter.

This is a repost  from her    Facebook Page.


Seward County emergency personnel responded to a call at the Seward County Detenetion Center at about 5:35 p.m. Tuesday after a report of an unattended death of a 52-year-old male according to a Seward County Sheriff’s office release.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was notified and will be conducting an investigation.

There was no foul play uncovered in the investigation.

At the City   Commission  Meeting Tonight   the commission went into  an executive   session twice  . They  then voted on a  new contract  with City Manager  Mark Hall.   The Vote was 4-1 in favor of Giving   The City Manager a new contract with   an expanded   severance package  worth over  300,000  .  Commissioner   Jack Carlilie  . Voted Against the  New Contract Stating  this will be a new commission in a few   months and this should be   decided    by the   upcoming commission.
Non-injury Accident

On Friday, October 20, 2017 at about 2:45 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of Clay Avenue and Pancake Boulevard for a reported traffic accident.  Responding officers found two vehicles were involved.

Investigating officers found that a 20 year old female was driving a 2010 Chrysler Sebring east on Pancake Boulevard.  A 68 year old male was driving a 2014 E350 Diamond city bus north on Clay Avenue.  The bus failed to yield at the red light and struck the Sebring at the intersection.  No injuries were reported.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene because of functional damage.  The driver of the bus was issued a citation for running a red light.

GUYMON, OK(Guymon Daily Herald)
After nearly two years of hearings following the arrest of former Tyrone Public Schools teacher Claire Louise Torres, a district judge has handed down the sentence for the teacher who faced multiple charges of second degree rape and indecent exposure.
The charges followed after an investigation through the Texas County Sheriff’s Department, starting with a report from district administration on Dec. 15, 2015. The investigation led to a felony warrant against Torres on Jan. 21, 2016.
Torres remained in Liberal, Kansas before her arrest, and appeared in court with legal counsel before surrendering to Texas County authorities in February 2016. During that hearing, it was alleged that Torres engaged in a 2 1/2 year inappropriate relationship that began through messages on Snapchat. It was alleged she groomed her victim for several months before moving toward a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Throughout court hearings, the court has allowed Torres to remain free on a $100,000 bond, with terms that she must not possess a passport or have any contact with any males under the age of 18.
On Friday, Torres appeared before the court for her final judgement and sentence hearing before the Texas County District Court.

Judge Parsley read a sentence of 15 years and a $2,000 fine each for counts one through five; counts six through 25 at 10 years, with costs only. Count one will be served. All counts suspended except five years. Credit is granted for time served, and Torres will be placed on Department of Corrections probation.

Torres was remanded to the custody of the Texas County Sheriff’s Department after sentencing and will be transferred to an Oklahoma Department of Corrections facility.

On Thursday, October 12, 2017 at about 6:00 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of 15th Street and Roosevelt Avenue for a reported injury accident.  Responding officers found two vehicles were involved.

Investigating officers found that a 29 year old male was driving a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer south on Roosevelt Avenue.  A 43 year old male was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan east on 15th Street.  The driver of the Trailblazer failed to yield to the Caravan and the Trailblazer struck the Caravan at the intersection.

The driver of the Trailblazer and his 6 year old female passenger were not injured.  A 55 year old male passenger in the Caravan was transported to Southwest Medical Center by Seward County EMS with non life-threatening injuries.

The Caravan was towed from the scene because of functional damage.  The driver of the Trailblazer was issued a citation for running a stop sign.