The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division recovered a record $61 million for consumers and taxpayers last year. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed the annual report with the governor and legislature. Schmidt’s office reported nearly $61.9 million in savings and recoveries to Kansas consumers and the state treasury in calendar year 2017. During Schmidt’s administration, the division has recovered a total of more than $208 million, by far the most in state history. The 2017 recoveries surpassed the previous record year of 2013 when the division returned $49.6 million to consumers and taxpayers.
The Consumer Protection Division is led by Deputy Attorney General Jim Welch.
The cost of doing business as the sheriff is on the increase. Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks says price of food, gasoline, and everything else is going up. He says as a result, he's going to need additional funding from the county commission. Dierks says he is not pleased with the situation since he has been able to stay under budget every year since he became sheriff.
He says he runs a very lean budget with little room to cut back.
Montgomery County's Rural Fire Operation will soon include a 53-foot tele-squirt boom truck. The fire truck comes as a donation from Coffeyville Resources, which is replacing the unit. Emergency Management Director Rick Whitson says the truck is needed. The refinery has sent the truck to Olathe where it is being refurbished, spending over $120,000 on it. Once their new truck comes in, the old truck will move to Montgomery County.
Meanwhile, Whitson has also agreed to have a grass fire unit kept at the refinery which can be used by that department during mutal aid requests. Coffeyville Resources will cover the maintenance expenses for the truck.
The City of Independence has added more recycling days. Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson says they want to get more of the community involved in recycling.
Wilson says drop off on Tuesdays is available from 11:00am-1:00pm and on the first Saturday from 8:00am-12:00pm.
News from Topeka as Representative Jim Kelly explains a new bill has been passed to form a task force to target road work. Road work always gets pushed back due to funding, and with new bill Montgomery County may get some funding on some targeted projects. Projects here in the county include the 169 interchange near Independence and highway 75 entering Caney. The Highway 169 interchange is repeatedly noted for the large amounts of accidents that take place and the Caney entrance is being proposed to turn into a four lane road. Not only will the projects make our roads a much safer place, but the work also promotes a larger flow of traffic giving the potential for larger populations and businesses.
The Kansas Association of Broadcasters and KAB Foundation awards $15,000 in scholarships to Kansas students attending colleges and universities in the state next school year. To earn the scholarship students must be a Kansas resident attending a post-secondary institution, enrolled full time in a broadcast related curriculum and maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA. Applicants were interviewed in person by a select committee of KAB members.
There were ten winners this year including Zeb Campbell from Independence High School and he will be attending Butler Community College.
Corruption can be detrimental to a police department especially when it comes to the public's trust. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison says their department tries to be as transparent as possible.
Chief Harrison says they new asset forfeiture law will help with that transparency and will show the public exactly what happens to property when it is seized.
An Emporia woman will serve more than a year in prison and repay more than $12,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges. In January, 40-year-old Jennifer Flores pleaded guilty in Lyon County District Court to two felony counts of making a false claim to the Medicaid program. That probe revealed that Flores billed Medicaid for services provided as a personal care attendant for a Medicaid beneficiary, who was disabled and eligible for home-based services, while the beneficiary was hospitalized or while the defendant was incarcerated.
There were approximately 935 hours that the defendant claimed she was providing these services.
The Coffeyville Public Library always has activities throughout the year. And now that it’s summertime, Director of the Library Katie Hill says June 9th is the start of the summer reading program and explains what it’s all about
. If you’re looking to avoid the summer slide and keep all the academic progress you or you’re child has made through the school year you may want to get involved!. All ages are welcome to participate, and Hill says there has been some changes for the kickoff. Instead of a kickoff “party” it’s more come at your own leisure. Between 1 and 4 June 9th, to make it more convenient for working individuals. When signed up for the summer reading program, Hill says you will receive a reading log to keep track of your books. Hill also says there is milestone rewards for the more books you read, and in the end a better chance to have your name selected for the Grand prize.
Westbrook says networking can be important when in comes to learning and professional development. AMP can help you learn about all the different things going on in the Community.
The Elementary and Secondary School Redesign Specialists from the Kansas State Department of Education visit Coffeyville Public Schools. Jay Scott and Tammy Mitchell were making sure the district is reaching the benchmarks desired for the Mercury 7 Project of Kansans Can. Mitchell says USD 445 has done a great job. She says the work done in district-wide is impressive, noting many of the other schools are only redesigning curriculum in one building.
The district is scheduled to report on the redesign to the state on June 13th.
The winner of the Dr. Stephen Ellis Memorial Scholarship has been announced by Coffeyville Regional Medical Center's Foundation. The award goes to 2018 Field Kindley graduate Michelle Armstrong. She has been active in National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Band, Cheerleading, and Track. Armstrong plans to attend Coffeyville Community College in the fall and then transfer to Wichita State University.
Her goal is to become a dental hygienist.
Whether you’re working, volunteering or personally handling food, having the right safety knowledge is best for everyone. Barbara Ames from the K-State Wildcat Extension District explains they have classes that will teach you the proper techniques.Having the correct knowledge of how to handle your foods is what’s recommended and will give all your guests peace of mind you know how to handle foods. A 10 dollar registration is due by May 24th to participate, and the class will take place in two different locations. In Independence, June 8th at 410 Peter Pan Road or on Tuesday June 12th in the Wilson County Courthouse basement. For more information you can go onto www.ksre.k-state.edu.
All Wheels Night and Cruisin' Indy is coming up this Friday. It starts at 6:00pm and will in the 200 block of North Penn Avenue in Downtown Independence. Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson says they'll have several different types of cars lined up.
Wilson says Caddywhompus will be performing and the American Soda Fountain will have a hot dog, potato salad and drink for $5.
If you think you’re completely out of luck after being the victim of a money scam you may be in luck. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says a claim accused the money transferring company Western Union of having knowledge of these money scams and frauds. Having knowledge of the wrongdoing and not taking action, has Western Union agreeing to pay some people back. Schmidt also says to not sleep on making a claim the final day to make your claim is Thursday May 31st. To make a claim you can head online to www.inyourcornerkansas.org or can always call anywhere in Kansas at (800)-432-2310.
A Coffeyville man lands in jail after being clocked on radar driving at 112 miles per hour in a stolen vehicle. Jerry Bailey Jr. faces a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle, driving under suspension and speeding for an incident that occurred over the weekend in Washington County. According to an affidavit, an officer on patrol noticed a vehicle traveling north on U.S. 75 at a high rate of speed. The officer made contact with Bailey who had an identification card but didn’t have a license. Bailey couldn’t provide insurance verification because he was not the owner of the car. Bailey stated that he was trying to get the car back to its owner in Coffeyville.
Bond for Bailey was set at $5,000.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, High Risk Warrant Team served two search warrants in Montgomery County yesterday. Assisting with the warrant the Coffeyville Police Department, the Independence Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The first search warrant was at 2 p.m. at 412 East 4th St. in Coffeyville. During the search approximately 77 grams of suspected methamphetamine, $1,537, two handguns and miscellaneous use and sale paraphernalia. Haylee Berliew, 28, was arrested on outstanding arrest warrants, from Labette County, Crawford County, and Frontenac Municipal. The second search warrant was executed at 3 p.m. at 513 West Cottonwood St. in Independence. Located during the search was approximately one ounce of marijuana, two handguns, and miscellaneous use and sale paraphernalia.
No arrests were made in connection with either case and both will be forwarded for prosecution.
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center announces that a long-time physician will be leaving CRMC Medical Group. Dr. Daniel Chappell Obstetrics and Gynecology physician will leave effective June 14th. Dr. Chappell will maintain his medical privileges at CRMC. Dr. Chappell has practiced medicine in Coffeyville since1998.
“We are grateful to Dr. Chappell for his service with CRMC Medical Group and wish him the best in his new endeavors. “Dr. Chappell has been a dedicated physician to CRMC for the past 20 years. We appreciate his service and the care he provided to many moms and babies over the years”, said Lori Rexwinkle, CEO of Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
All current patients of Dr. Chappell may consider other CRMC Medical Group OBGYNs, Dr. Stephen Miller and Dr. Dara Gibson.
Safer streets, easier flow of vehicles and more efficient truck traffic . A new truck route for Independence got its approval from the commission. Police Jerry Harrison says it comes by request of the citizens. 20 residents of the area are affected and have been notified about the proposal and are giving great feedback. Making the flow of traffic and managing which roads need more yearly maintenance an easier task is something the route will do. Police Chief Jerry Harrison says everyone so far has loved the design. he route will go from 10th street to Sycamore, then Sycamore to 21st St. From there the route will head to railroad street around the tracks over the scales and back out. Creating a safer more efficient way of picking up loads and helps maintain certain street conditions.
One of the owners of the former Arco Building, the Independence Corporate Office, goes before the Montgomery County Commission this week. Tim Janak was trying to address concerns raised by Montgomery County Juvenile Services. He also is seeking an extension to have a first floor space ready for the agency. Director of Juvenile Services, Duane Powell, has indicated they would prefer to be housed elsewhere following several years of climate control issues in the building.
Recently, there has also been a number of fires set that have forced employees to find a temporary place to work. Powell says his preference would be to move staff to a different location.
Severe weather moves across northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas overnight. The KGGF Storm Center was activated and provided live coverage as high winds, heavy rains and hail moved through the area. Weather spotters confirm several tornadoes touched town near Ar-Kansas City. One caused a semi to roll onto its side. Copan's Freewill Baptist Church sustained damage. Near Noxie in Nowata County, trees were reportedly uprooted.
In Coffeyville, high winds left behind a number of downed tree limbs for residents to clear.
The Coffeyville Community College Class of 2018 earns their degrees. Vice President for Academic Services Aron Potter presented the class to President Linda Moley on Saturday. There were 248 students eligible for graduation on Saturday from CCC.
The keynote speaker was Curtis Harshaw. He graduated from Coffeyville Community College in 1963.
Truancy is always usually a problem for any school out there. Roosevelt Middle School Principal Jeff Pegues tells us they have a little different method for absences, and it has worked quite well. Roosevelt middle School treats absences kind of like a job would be. You receive 10 excused absences at the beginning of the year with no questions asked. No matter the reason, you are allowed to have 10 excused absences. After 8 you will receive a notification saying your close to 10. If you have gone over your 10 excused absences, every absence from their on out has to be approved either by an administrator or by a doctor. If not it will be considered unexcused and the truancy policy begins. The truancy policy is either 3 unexcused in a row, 5 in a month and 7 in a semester. Pegues says it’s an incredibly effective policy as their unexcused absence numbers have gone down by 70% and their attendance rates have gone up 30%.
Statement from Coffeyville Community College:
It is with deep sympathy that we inform you of the loss of one of our own.
Chase Dennis, a sophomore and student athlete at Coffeyville Community College, passed away this afternoon at an area lake while swimming with friends.
“Each student at Coffeyville Community College is integral to the family dynamic of our campus. To lose one of our own, greatly wounds us all”, said CCC President Linda Moley.
Four County Mental Health professionals have been brought in to assist our students, faculty and staff during this difficult time. We are working with the family of Mr. Dennis and offering them our full cooperation in this time of immense sadness.
“He was a fantastic kid, hard-worker, and always did everything we asked him to do. He was full of life and signed with Northwestern State University in Louisiana earlier this week”, said CCC Head Track Coach Craig Perry.
Kansas readies to pioneer the use of unmanned aircraft. The state is among 10-sites selected by federal transportation officials to serve as a test site for increased government and commercial use of drones. Senator Jerry Moran says the state is an aviation leader. Moran notes Kansas is the first state to have unmanned traffic management in place for all state agencies, airports and higher education.
The drone program will run over a three year period. Oklahoma was also among the states selected.
Coffeyville Community College sees two employees recognized during the opening ceremony of the 2018 SkillsUSA competition. CCC
Automotive Service Instructor Roy Shaffer was recognized for his years of service to SkillsUSA and his upcoming retirement from
education. CCC's Vice President for Business and Innovation Marlon Thornburg was presented the Post-secondary Administrator of the
CCC has been involved with SkillsUSA since the early 1970s.
***Thornburg on left
USD 445’s Roosevelt Middle School was recognized as a finalist for Middle School of the year by KAMSA. Not only recognized as one of the finalist for Middle School of the year, Roosevelt Middle School was also recognized one of the 8 high performing schools in the whole state of Kansas. Which outlines outstanding performance in areas like attendance and behavior referral numbers Pegues says even though they didn’t win the award of Middle School of the year he is honored just to be recognized as a finalist. Pegues wants to thank the schools administrators and teachers for truly being the foundation of what has become an amazing district of schools. Having the teachers enjoy what they do, stick around longer has really shown the long term effect on our schools and kids.
The Coffeyville Police Department is investigating a break-in at a pawn shop. Coffeyville Gold & Silver and Pawn on 9th Street was broken into early this morning. The front window was smashed and a front display case was broken and completely cleared out.
If you have any information call CPD at (620)251-6160.
A donation gives some protection to a member of the Coffeyville Police Department. K-9 Rommel now has a bullet-proof vest courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States and an anonymous donor.
According to Kansas Senior State Director for HSUS Midge Grinstead the donor provided funding for 54 vests for Kansas K-9’s. CPD says they are grateful to this donor and to HSUS.
The Coffeyville Police Department gets the go-ahead to purchase two new patrol units. Chief Kwin Bromley says the department has a replacement plan to keep vehicles updated on a regular basis. With approval from the city commission, Cheif Bromley plans to purchase a new Dodge Charger Police Interceptor from Quality Motors in Independence.
The department will also buy a used Chevy Tahoe from the Kansas Highway Patrol to be used by the K-9 Officer.
John Deere helps recruit a new business to the Coffeyville Industrial Park. Ranew's Bryant Beeland says there was a couple of things that went into choosing to come here.
Ranew's is a Georgia based company that deals in industrial coating and they are located in the Industrial Park.
Beeland says they have already brought new jobs to the area but they hope they can bring more than just jobs. He says they have a goal to double the size of the operation within 24 months.
After four weeks of testimony, a Tulsa County Jury spends just four hours reaching a verdict in the murder trial of 19-year-old Michael Bever. He was found guilty in the fatal stabbings of his parents and three siblings at the family's home. The sentencing phase begins today to determine if he will have a chance at parole. Bever and his brother, 21-year-old Robert, were charged with five counts of first degree murder in the deaths of their family members in July of 2015.
Robert Bever was 16-years-old at the time.
With mother's day coming up this Sunday, it’s time now to look for that special gift. Have you forgotten to get a gift for Mother's Day? Is your mom a picky shopper? That list of excuses of not getting a gift could go on and on. Candy Westbrook of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce says you don’t have to travel to find a unique gift as the Chamber has something to make shopping for mom easy this year. They offer “Chamber Bucks” which is a shopping certificate to 25 local business giving your mom the freedom to shop where she pleases. Instead of wasting gas money driving to Tulsa or O.K.C you can shop locally! Shopping at our great local business keeps the money here in our community and saves you the trip and money of traveling to major city. Make your Mother’s Day special for all the great moms out there and get her a gift here locally from all the great options in Coffeyville!
Coffeyville Municipal Light & Power has earned the designation as a Reliable Public Power provider from the American Public Power Association.
The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key areas: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. CMLP joins more than 240 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.
Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison says he has turned over the investigation into the recent fires at the Independence Corporate Office to the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office.
The first fire occurred Friday afternoon on the north end of the fifth floor. Firefighters followed the smoke from the third floor to the fifth floor, where the fire was extinguished and smoke was cleared from the building.
The second fire occurred on the same floor on Monday afternoon. This time, the fire was discovered on the south end of the fifth floor.
Fire Chief Shawn Wallis says the fire was extinguished and smoke was cleared from the building using positive pressure fans. No injuries were reported, and offices in the corporate office building were cleared of staff and customers.
A set of keys were found this morning on Turkey Farm Road. The keys appear to go to a Honda vehicle. They have been turned into KGGF Radio. If you are missing some keys, we ask you to tell us what the retail tag that is on the key ring.
The keys can be claimed in person at our studio, 306 West 8th Street. You may also call 620-251-3800. Our business hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm.
UPDATE: The owner of the keys has been found and they have been returned.
There's a new chief in Sedan. Officer Kirk Richardson has taken the oath of office to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Sedan. Nathan Rees is resigning effective May 28th to pursue a law degree. Rees will serve as a police office through May 27th.
The Sedan City Council voted this week to appoint Richardson to the chief's post.
Coffeyville City Commissioners agree to move forward with the purchase of supplemental power from the Southwestern Power Administration. Electric Utility Director Michael Shook says by law the administration only sells to municipalities and rural electric cooperatives. Commissioners voted 4-to-zero in favor of the power sales contract. Commissioner Jim Taylor was absent from the meeting.
Shook says the purchase of the additional electricity helps reduce demand on the Grand River Dam Authority and local generation.
Montgomery County Backs the Blue 5K run and Community day returns this Saturday to Independence. The Montgomery County Backs the Blue 5K race official start up is at 9am, but registration for the event is at 7:30. Other events include a one mile fun run, “Donut Dash” which starts at 8:30. Lisa Wilson from the Independence Chamber of Commerce says the chamber will be out there doing face painting and dunk a cop. Vendors will also be attending and members of all emergency services will be there for a meet and greet at the Riverside Park Oval this Saturday. Mark the calendars and start Emergency services appreciation week right by supporting Montgomery County Backs the Blue 5K and Community day this Saturday in Independence!
A nationwide food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers. 75 million pounds of food and feeding over 64 million people. This is the 26th year for this food drive and over the 25 previous years they have collected around 1.6 billion pounds of food.
The Salvation Army's Terri Barrett says it is really easy to donate food. Barrett says bags will be delivered in your mail sometime this week. She says you can fill the bags with nonperishable and nonglass items and they'll be picked up on Saturday.
Out with the old and in with new when it comes to the Cherryvale Police Department. At the regular meeting of the City Council, City Administrator Brooke Carroll and Mayor John Wright discuss trading in an aging fleet for new equipment through a grant process.
In other business a leaking roof has also been plaguing the Cherryvale City Hall, and the council voted unanimously to have the roof repaired immediately.
The Chief Executive Officer of Labette Health meets with Montgomery County Commissioners. Brian Williams wanted to express appreciation for the taxpayer support they've received and provide an update on the Independence operations. In other business, Public Works Director Robert Bever provided updates on plans for the 2018 Chip and Seal project, the noxious weed fund, and received approval to purchase two new flex-wing mowers.
G&G Dozer of Caney was also awarded a demolition contract for a structure on West 17th Street.
With the Coffeyville Community College scholarship auction all wrapped up, what’s the next great way to get involved and support your Red Ravens? From C.C.C, Yvonne Hull tells KGGF News they’ve got something new planned for June.The Quack Clash! A rubber duck race taking place over at Veterans Stadium in Coffeyville. You can sign up at www.coffeyvile.edu to purchase your duck to participate. Ducks cost 10 dollars a piece and there is no limit on how many you can buy, and best of all, the proceeds are going to C.C.C. programs. The Coffeyville Police Department and the Coffeyville Fire Department will also be attending as well, selling refreshments and food as you can purchase those items to help support our community emergency services. Food and beverage vendors, a duck race for a good cause and a hefty payout to the winners of the races is just three of the many reasons to get involved coming up on June 9th from 4 to 8 pm.
Diabetes Self Management Education Class and Heart Healthy Seminars being offered by Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. Heart Healthy Ambassador Kelle Kiser says both these will be offered multiple times.
Kiser says both classes are free however registration is required for the diabetes education class.
A long road to recovery continues this for Coffeyville Community College Football Coach Aaron Flores. The coach was flown by medical transport to Omaha in March where he underwent a double-lung transplant. He tells KGGF News, in an exclusive interview, he was able to get a weekend pass to return to Coffeyville.
While he returns to Omaha today, he plans to be back in Coffeyville full-time in June. Flores is looking forward to returning to the sideline as the head coach for Raven Football, as well. He says he and his family are very grateful for all the support they've received from the college and the entire community.
Hundreds gather Saturday evening for the CCC Scholarship Auction at Nellis Hall.
Those attending were able to bid on a number of items including a John Deere Lawn tractor, a George Brett autographed batting helmet, and a custom-built gaming computer. There were also numerous silent auction items. Those attending enjoyed the Cinco de Mayo themed party with a buffet of Mexican cuisine. All proceeds raised from the event go to support scholarships for Red Raven students.
After several lean years, lawmakers may be seeing a brighter future financially for Kansas. Representative Doug Blex, an Independence Republican, says not only is the state meeting fiscal projections, there are surplus dollars.
While many at the statehouse were hoping to use the numbers to cut taxes, the measure before the Kansas House failed to garner enough votes. Blex is pleased some budget areas that have been neglected will receive some additional funds.
A college student visits the area on a 20-thousand mile trek to study milkweed. While many farmers want to rid the weed from their pastures, Megan Reich thinks it could be key to the conservation of monarch butterflies. The graduate student in Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa in Canada, is writing her thesis on the ecology and conservation of monarch butterflies. Her research includes collecting and analyzing milkweed samples. Her project began in Texas on April 5 and will end on June 21 in New York following the northern migration path of the monarch.
She plans obtain milkweed samples from 120 sites along the way.
The Coffeyville Drag Races over at the industrial park wrapped up their spring races a few weekends ago. Brooke Brown from the Coffeyville Chamber says it was a huge success having around 2800 visitors, and that they do something very special with the proceeds. The proceeds are not only distributed to the winners of the races, but they also give money back right to the community. As they look to give out to the emergency services throughout Montgomery County and have already supplied radios to Coffeyville E.M.S from previous years. Kim and Trey Maxon, two organizers of the event wanted to thank everyone who attended. They also say they have not only their fall time races scheduled for September 29th , but something new planned for late July on the 28th and 29th. Bringing more people to our community and businesses, giving the proceeds back to the community and having fun while doing it. Mark your calendars and be apart of the next Coffeyville Drags!
It is auction night at Coffeyville Community College. The annual auction includes a dinner, silent auction, and live auction. Some of the items include a Kansas City Weekend Get-Away, Ravens Golf Cart, John Deere mower and more. Doors open at 4:30.
The auction is is in Nellis Hall on the campus Of Coffeyville Community College.
Fresh produce back in Independece on Saturdays. The Farmers' Market is open in the mornings from 7:30 to 10:30 and located at the corner of Penn and Myrtle. Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson says it's more than just fruits and vegatables.
Wilson does say to be patient with the the produce growers. She says they may not be able to get all your favorite fruits and vetables out there right away.
The City of Coffeyville announces applications are being accepted for the Alcohol and Drug Fund Grants. The State of Kansas created an Alcoholic Liquor Fund from taxes paid on alcohol purchases. One-third of the money Coffeyville receives goes to the general fund, one-third goes to parks and recreation, and the final one-third goes to a special alcohol and drug program fund. That money is designated for education and prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. The amount available for grants is $30,973.72.
Applications are available at coffeyville.com. The deadline to apply is May 31st .
Nanyehi, the story of Nancy Ward, opens tonight at the Joint inside Tulsa's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The musical is the story of the 5th great grandmother of Nashville recording artist and Bartlesville native, Becky Hobbs. The musical will have a performance tonight and tomorrow night, both at 7:30.
Hobbs also has strong ties to Coffeyville. Her grandparents owned Hobbs Boats and Motor. Her aunt and uncle ran Goldie's Donuts.
KGGF News has an update on the railroad overpass improvement in Independence. The final design was unveiled by Amy Taylor to the public at the First Friday gathering. The Watco Bridge over Pennsylvania Avenue facelift has been in the works for several years by the R-Turn Group in Independence.
The plans recently received approval from all the parties involved to move forward with the signage to welcome visitors to Independence.
Funny money is back! And it’s not just dollar bills. Coffeyville Police Chief Kwin Bromley tells KGGF News he has had reports of now checks being faked and being passed. Bromley says he’s gotten more and more reports of funny money around town and says scammers are getting smarter every time. Washing checks, hiding counterfeit bills within a stack of valid ones, seemingly highlighting the bill to make it seem it's undergone a counterfeit pen, and many other ways scammers are evolving. Police Chief Bromley stresses to check your bills and checks now as these financial crimes are incredibly tough to solve and may be irreversible. It takes a few extra seconds to check over your bills even when you’re on the go or working hard. Bromley says if we start being extra conscious of the funny money now we can start taking these out of circulation, and it will be better for the town and town’s businesses.
Two local FFA programs finish first and second at the state livestock judging contests in Manhattan on Tuesday. Cherryvale took first place with 1550 points, while Caney Valley was the runner-up with 1523 points.
Cherryvale's, Dalton Flatt was a gold medalist individual champion and also placing in the top 10 from Cherryvale was Colben Dodson who placed fifth. Caney Valley had two place in the top 10, Andrew Anderson finished seventh and Rhett Newby took second place. Newby also claimed first place in reasons.
Buddy Ball is back! The recreation league for special needs individuals is starting back up at the end of this month! Buddy Ball is a league that allows special needs individuals to not only interact with other people, but to also get out and play a sport they may love and truly can’t play alone. Brooke Brown of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce tells KGGF News the league is looking for a volunteer to pitch! If you may be interested in a great cause you can call 620-251-5910, and go out and play some ball with individuals that otherwise might not be able to play baseball with others. Brooke says she is very happy to have such an amazing group and league in a town as small as ours. The league's official start is the on the 29th of May so call soon and get involved with a great league!
Storm season is here and for this area that means tornadoes. Coffeyville Fire Chief Bob Roesky says there are six storm shelters in town that are for public use. Meanwhile in Independence, Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson says they have four public use shelters.
If you have your own private shelter in Coffeyville make sure to register that online at coffeyville.com and in Independence you can call the city to register your shelter.
For the gardeners with the early crops, the Coffeyville Farmers’ Market opened yesterday at Walter Johnson Park. Vendors will set up just north of the playground area, on Tuesdays form 4-7 p.m., or until produce runs out. On Saturdays, the market is open from 7-11 a.m. just across from the Rec Center.
Details about the Farmers’ Market are available on the city’s webestite.
Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner and his staff were in Coffeyville yesterday to assist people with searching for unclaimed property. If you missed the meeting with them, you can check the State Treasurer’s website, the link can be found on the web version of this story at kggfradio.com.
According to Treasurer LaTurner, there is $1.7 million in unclaimed property from Coffeyville.
The riverside park in Independence is finishing up a new memorial! After years of fundraising and planning, the new veterans and war memorial should be finished by Memorial Day Weekend. One of the project directors Kathy Sheppard Tells KGGF News the group raised 250,000 dollars for the memorial, put a bunch of hard work into it and are eager for the unveiling. She says they think it’s something not only people in Independence will enjoy but people from all over the country can come out to see. Years of fundraising and planning has finally paid off. The memorial will contain of granite tablets containing specific information of a particular wars and events dating all the way back to Revolutionary War. An informative and a great quality memorial is coming to south east Kansas. The memorial will be located at Riverside Park in Independence straight east of the stadium in the grass square.
New Head of Hospital. The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Board of Directors announces Lori Rexwinkle, MSN, as the new Chief Executive Officer. Rexwinkle has been at CRMC since 2000. She began her career as a registered nurse, moved to infection control and employee health, and was promoted to Director of Quality in 2009. She became the Chief Nursing Officer in 2011. She is also an adjunct professor at Coffeyville Community College.
Prior to CRMC, Rexwinkle worked as a CNA and staff nurse at Labette Health. She worked as a RN at the Montgomery County Health Department, and as a cardiac care nurse at Freeman Health System. Rexwinkle received her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Southern Nazarene University in Tulsa, OK.
With severe weather season all but here, do you know what to do in the event of an emergency? We spoke with meterologist Stacia Knight on the upcoming season and she stressed having a plan in place before the storm hits takes some of the worry. She says if you don't have a basement staying in the most central area of your home will give you the most protection. In a bathroom, a closet or a crawl space is what she recomended just to put as many walls in between you and the outside of your house. Going into the day of a storm it's also to stay up to date with the surrounding watches and warnings and also knowing the difference. A watch means the atmospheric conditions are possible for severe weather and a warning means those conditions currently exist. Staying up to date with those notifications will keep you ahead of the storm and safer in the long run. Staying calm, staying up to date with the storm, and having a plan in place will keep you ahead of this storm season.
An auction coming up at Coffeyville Community College. Organizer Sally Presson says the purpose is to raise scholarship dollars for the students. She says if you want to designate a specific scholarship that your money goes to you can do that otherwise it goes into the general scholarship fund.
The auction will be May 5th and tickets are $25.
We all wanted it. And now it’s coming! The remodel of the railway above N. Penn Avenue next to Woods Lumber in Independence has it’s design and now has its approval! After approval from the city commision, the park board, and the tourism committee, the railway will be receiving a much needed face lift. One of the project directors Amy Taylor tells us what it will look like as the north side of the bridge entering the downtown area will contain a blue graphic advertising the historic downtown, while the south side will be orange and promote the River side park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo. The city commission did make a point that the sign needed to be maintained and managed but are all very excited for the renovation. Amy Taylor says after the approval the group is getting to work very quickly and expect to be done later May or into early June.
Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks knows his role is to protect and serve. But, he and many others in law enforcement are finding themselves in the position of having to deal with those who have severe mental health issues and are not receiving adequate treatment. Sheriff Dierks says last week his deputies had to talk down a suicidal person who wanted the deputies to kill him. He says they took the individual into protective custody, but couldn't locate a mental health facility that had space.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office arrests three Baxter Springs residents on drug charges. Sheriff David Groves tells KGGF News, his deputies served two search warrants at two addresses where methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and weapons were seized. 51-year-old Stacy Lynn Castillo remains in the Cherokee County Jail on a $10-thousand bond. 53-year-old Rickey Mayberry was booked into the jail and released after posting $14-thousand bond. 40-year-old Catherine Mallory remains in the Cherokee County Jail on $7-thousand bond.
Sheriff Groves says the investigation is still open and he expects additional suspects will face charges.
A Colorado man draws a sentence of life in prison after being convicted of multiple Jessica’s Law charges for sex crimes against a person younger than 14 years of age. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says 40-year-old Jose Armando Contreras of Pueblo West, Colorado was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.
Last month, a Scott County jury found the man guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and one count of aggravated intimidation of a victim.
Stagnant state funding gets part of the blame for job cuts announced by Pittsburg State University. The university says state funding issues, increasing costs and enrollment pressures will lead to the elimination of 19 positions. Employees affected by the layoff will continue to be paid through mid-June, receive job placement assistance through the university’s Office of Career Services, and have preferred status for university job openings over the next 12 months.
Vice President for Administration Doug Ball points out that had state funding simply kept pace with inflation recently, Pittsburg State would have seen its general fund budget increase by nearly $9 million.
It appears it was a tragic accident. Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks says there is no evidence of foul play in the death of Cory Barnes. The Texas man went missing in Coffeyville. His body was found on the 16th by the Verdigris River Bridge. Sheriff Dierks says Barnes was walking back to where he was staying near the Industrial Park after visiting a Coffeyville bar.
Barnes was walking across the bridge on US 166/169, and Dierks says it appears he jumped over the side to avoid being struck by traffic.
A lot of possible future careers rolled onto the Community Elementary School campus. The Careers on Wheels event is in it's second year, according to Principal Jennifer Bright. In addition to city vehicles, CRMC had ambulances, First Student had a school bus, Gordon Farms had farm equipment.
Mercy Life Flight brought in a helicopter for the students to consider as future career options.
Coming face to face with a knife or gun is a reality every police officer has to face, but you’d never expect it right out of the gate. Officer Ty Lupardis and Officer Cook of the Independence Police Department, were dispatched to a trespassing call to a household and were allowed into the residence. After entering the residence they quickly noticed contraband and began the arrest. During the arrest the suspect became violent and waved a knife eventually slashing officer Lupardis. The two officers stuck to their training and were able to apprehend the individual without an further injuries. Now Officer Cook at the time was just a F.T.O (Field Training Officer) and was mere weeks out of the academy yet showed professionalism and knowledge of the scenario as a very new officer. Police Chief Jerry Harrison says that just goes to show how good the academy is and praised Lupardis for his training. He later awarded them with commendation awards for their courage.
An accused murderer in a cold case returns to Oklahoma from Kansas. Ronnie Busick was extradited back to Craig County yesterday. As he was escorted into the jail, the family of Laura Bible sought answers. Busick is charged in the deaths of Danny and Kathy Freeman-- who were shot to death in December 1999. Their home was set on fire to cover up the slayings. The Freeman's daughter, Ashley and her friend, Lauria Bible, were spending the night at the home.
Both16-year-old girls disappeared. They have never been found.
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The Winfield Police Department is looking for the owner of a small ziploc baggie that was found not far from the school campuses. A resident called police after spotting the suspicious item which contained a crystallized substance. Police have determined it was a baggie of methamphetamine.
The Winfield PD says if you're missing a bag, they'd be happy to talk with you about it.