Mar 25, 2020 8:35 PM

SPD temporarily modifies property release procedure

Posted Mar 25, 2020 8:35 PM
<b>Salina Police Department entrance. </b>Salina Post file photo
Salina Police Department entrance. Salina Post file photo

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies respond to standard procedures for releasing property to citizens.

Typically, citizens walk into the lobby and request to speak with evidence personnel to make arrangements to collect property (found property, court ordered returns, release of bikes, etc.).

In order to reduce concerns related to employee health issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following procedural changes are temporarily being implemented in an effort to reduce employee citizen contacts.

If a citizen is inquiring about return of property, they are requested to call the police department’s direct line, (785) 826-7210, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and request to speak with an evidence technician.

The evidence technician will assist the citizen to determine if the citizen is able to:

•Lawfully receive the requested property

•Schedule a pick-up date in the future

For questions or concerns regarding this matter, contact the Salina Police Department at (785) 826-7210.

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UPDATE: SM Hanson cancels Heartland Bluegrass Festival

UPDATE: SM Hanson Music has canceled this year's Heartland Bluegrass festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music.

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The Temple in Salina. Salina Post photo

SM Hanson Music is bringing back bluegrass! A bluegrass festival, that is.

The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 is scheduled for April 26. The event is scheduled at The Temple, 336 South Santa Fe Avenue, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. This venue is handicap accessible.

"The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 will include several bluegrass bands from around the state, some general playing and picking sessions, an Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids and adults), open mic stage time, a few instrument vendors, and local food trucks," said Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music, Inc. "Attendees are encouraged to bring their instrument to join in the music community during the day."

Admission to the event will be by a suggested cash donation or canned food donation for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, Hanson said.

"This will be our first bluegrass festival since the mid 1970s. We held several events in the '70s at Memorial Hall with bluegrass bands coming from Oklahoma and Arkansas," Hanson explained.

This year, however, the festival will be at The Temple.

"We will use the Grand Entrance on Santa Fe (big bronze doors)," Hanson noted. "The steps can be a place to begin picking if the weather is nice. The foyer and second floor space will provide adequate room for performances, picking areas, petting zoo and vendors."

The schedule of performers will be released closer to the date of the event, Hanson said.

The Kansas Bluegrass Association also plans to participate in the festival, he said.

Additionally, The Temple will have volunteers on hand to discuss the beautiful and historic facility that is being used for so many events.

"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see The Temple and listen/participate in the bluegrass music event," Hanson said.

According to Hanson, the festival is sponsored in part by Salina Arts & Humanities.