A Wichita company has been ordered to pay $10,000 in penalties and fees for violating the No-Call Act. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Steven Motors agreed to pay $10,000 in fees and civil penalties. The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division began investigating Steven Motors after receiving complaints from Kansas consumers about receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls. The complaints alleged that company employees were calling Kansas consumers on the Do-Not-Call registry.
Kansans who wish to register for the national Do-Not-Call list, or to report an alleged violation of the No-Call Act, should visit the Attorney General’s website at inyourcornerkansas.org.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), state and local officials and highway advocates attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the previously delayed U.S. 169 project in Anderson County this morning at Welda.
Starting in March, KDOT will reconstruct and rehabilitate 7½ miles of U.S. 169 from Welda north to the roundabout south of Garnett. Bettis Asphalt & Construction is the primary contractor on the $21 million T-WORKS project, which will add 10-foot shoulders to the roadway and provide a 32-foot clear zone off the highway. The project will also improve the vertical alignment of U.S. 169 to provide more opportunities to safely pass slow-moving vehicles.
Kansas has climbed into the top 10 of cheapest gas in the nation coming in at number 9, according to GasBuddy.com.
While the national average is currently stands at $2.47 a gallon, an average gallon of regular gasoline comes in at nearly 30 cents cheaper at $2.18 in Kansas. That is just over 3 cents higher than last week's average and but down 7 cents from last month.
Montgomery County came in at $2.21 a gallon which is 3 cents higher than the state average. Labette County comes in at 5 cents under the state average at $2.13 a gallon while Chautauqua and Elk counties are level with the state average of $2.18.
Across the border in Oklahoma, an average gallon of gasoline is $2.15 with gas in Washington and Nowata counties coming in at $2.14 and $2.17 a gallon, respectively.
An arrest was made in Labette County on Thursday afternoon after deputies discovered a cell phone left behind at the scene.
Just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, Labette County Sheriff's Deputies were called to 26042 Irving Road for a burglary theft report. While taking the report, the deputies discovered a cell phone that did not belong to the owner of the property. Deputies found out that the cell phone belonged to 35-year old Karla Lassen.
Lassen was stopped on Clark Street, and deputies recovered stolen jewelry and numerous other items taken from the residence. Lassen was arrested for burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance. She is currently being held in the Labette County Jail.
The Allen County Sheriff's Department is looking for someone who allegedly shoplifted two different auto stores in Kansas.
The alleged thief took items from a store in Iola worth about $1,100 and items worth about $800 from a store in Hays. If you have seen this individual or have information on him, contact the Allen County Sheriff's Office at 620-365-1400 or send them a private message on Facebook.
Author Laura Moriarty, whose book “The Chaperone” is particularly relevant to Kansans, will be reading from her work at 8 pm. Feb. 27 in the Governors Room in the Overman Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Chaperone” tells the fictional account of real-life Louise Brooks, the famous actress and Jazz Age icon, as she makes her way from Wichita to New York to make it big. The narrative is told from the perspective of her chaperone, who shares five life-changing weeks with the star as they make their way across the country. The novel was adapted into a feature film by PBS’s Masterpiece Films in 2019.
Moriarty is also the author of “American Heart,” “While I’m Falling,” “The Rest of Her Life,” and “The Center of Everything.” She earned a degree in social work before returning for her Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Transportation is requesting comments on an amendment to the FFY 2020-2023 STIP document. STIP stands for Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.
The STIP is a publication that lists all of KDOT's administered projects and includes projects for counties and cities as well as projects for the state highway system. The list of projects being amended can be viewed on their website which is www.ksdot.org.
The approval of the STIP amendment requires a public comment period which will finish on Wednesday, March 4th. You can also make comments to the amendment over the phone by calling KDOT's Division of Program and Project Management at 785-296-2252.
To obtain an alternative format, contact KDOT Division of Communications at 785-296-3585.
KGGF was pleased to be joined by Steve Hale who is the Senior Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau to discuss the upcoming 2020 Census.
Plenty of key topics were discussed regarding the Census and what people need to know and expect once the Census gets distributed beginning on March 12th.
Some of the key questions answered by Hale include:
- What is the Census?
- What's the timeline for getting the Census, filled out and returned?
- Are there other ways to fill out the Census outside from getting it in the mail?
- What happens if someone doesn't respond to the Census?
- Where can people find out more information regarding the Census? (Online and locally in Montgomery County)
Click HERE to listen to the full interview with Steve Hale regarding the upcoming 2020 Census.
A former Fredonia city administrator has been sentenced to 90 months in federal prison for child pornography.
40-year-old Michael P. Ohrt, pleaded guilty to one count of transporting child pornography. In his plea, he admitted using his Yahoo e-mail account to establish a Dropbox storage account and then uploading videos of child pornography. Dropbox identified the material as child pornography and reported the user’s information to authorities. Investigators traced the IP address to Ohrt’s work and home in Fredonia.
Ohrt faced up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervised release. Ohrt served as city administrator for Fredonia from 2015 to 2017.
Earlier this week Labette County Sheriff Deputies responded to a burglary in progress in Bartlett, Kansas. The victim stated that she was watching the subject remove items from her residence via the Ring App on her phone. The victim identified the individual as Bryce Phillips.
During the investigation officers were able to return the stolen items to the owner, and place Phillips under arrest for burglary and theft.
Tuesday morning the Labette County Sheriff Deputies began pursuit of a vehicle after the vehicle passed a deputy going 114mph. After about an 11 mile pursuit the vehicle lost control and wrecked. The suspects fled on foot and the deputies were informed the vehicle was reported stolen from Cherryvale. The sheriffs office received information a yellow vehicle was headed to aid the suspects. A Deputy located a yellow 2006 Chevy Aveo and after a high-risk vehicle stop was performed the occupants were identified as Taren Savage, of Parsons, and Jordan Marshall, of Cherryvale. Savage was released but Marshall was turned over to Cherryvale PD wanted for a burglary that was committed on Monday. Labette County Dispatch received a report of a man flagging down motorists. Deputies responded to the area and located Benjamin Whitaker, of Independence, deputies arrested Whitaker for an outstanding Kansas Parole Warrant. He was later identified as the second suspect from vehicle pursuit.
Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers relocated the yellow Aveo and as the Trooper conducted a traffic stop, the occupants exited and ran into a wooded area. After about a 45-minute manhunt, KHP Troopers took Hale and Savage into custody after being found hiding in a camper trailer within a mile of the traffic stop.
Whitaker was booked into the Labette County Jail for Kansas Parole Warrant, possession of stolen property and felony interference with a Law Enforcement Official. Hale was booked into the Labette County Jail for possession of stolen property and felony interference with a Law Enforcement Official. Savage was booked into the Labette County Jail for Felony Obstructing Apprehension Charges are being filed in cooperation with Labette County Attomey's Office and the investigation is on-going. In a collaborative effort of area law enforcement, the Labette County Sheriff's Office, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the Cherryvale Police Department, the Altamont Police Department, the Parsons Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas Highway Patrol Aviation Unit coordinated efforts during this situation to bring these suspects into custody.
Construction has begun on the new K-126 bridge over Cow Creek in Pittsburg as the first beams were set on the north half of the road. The work zone is just west of the U.S. 69 bypass.
Project activity includes: reconstructing and widening the roadway to 56 feet, replacing the traffic signal heads at the U.S. 69/K-126 intersection, and pouring new concrete at each end of the bridge. Two-way traffic is being carried through the work zone in staged construction phases.
B&B Bridge Company is contractor on the bridge replacement, which has a construction cost of nearly $3 million.
The City of Parsons was recently notified by a local business that there is currently a company making sales calls to local businesses regarding advertising on a calendar, magnet and/or a tote bag.
According to the report, the company claims to be representing a local health organization, the Chamber of Commerce or the City of Parsons. All businesses are suggested to do due diligence prior to making any arrangements to purchase advertising from any company over the phone.
If you are contacted by someone saying they are representing the Parsons Chamber, please call 620-421-6500 to confirm and if you are contacted by anyone saying they are representing the City please contact Laura Cruz at 620-421-7030.
Students are out of class for the third day in a row at Coffeyville’s Field Kindley High School and Roosevelt Middle School. Students are out for the second straight day because there is no heat in either school as crews continue to work on a gas line leak in front of the school.
Classes are in session at both Community Elementary School and the Early Learning Center.
All you can eat pancakes will be served with ham and drinks on Saturday, Feb. 22nd from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at the Bartlett United Methodist Church.
Live music featuring the Western Way Cowboy Church will be performed from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and a silent auction will be held during the event as well.
Donations will be accepted.
The Bartlesville Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has discussed the just announced action by the national organization to file a Chapter 11 Reorganization plan. That case is in the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. President Dale Copeland says the local council is not directly affected by the National Scout organization’s actions.
Copeland says the Cherokee Area Council BSA has extensive safeguards and training to address the issue. He noted that the local council was recently recognized with the 2019 Journey to Excellence gold ranking. Less than 8-percent of the 261 councils nationwide achieved this prestigious honor which measures the quality local programming.
At around 10:15 Tuesday morning the Cherryvale Police Department received a report that there was an unexploded device in the downtown area. As a precaution a two block radius was secured and residents and business were asked to evacuate the area for their safety. Cherryvale PD had the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Bomb Unit on scene to assist with this matter. At 2:10 the scene was cleared and the unexploded device was removed securely by the Bomb Unit.
Cherryvale PD would like to thank KHP and the Bomb Unit for their quick response and assistance. They would also like to thank the citizens and local businesses for their cooperation today.
A presentation to purchase a vehicle to replace an older vehicle topped the last Wilson County Commission Meeting.
Road & Bridge Supervisor Kary Tatum discussed equipment in need of replacement. He presented a 1992 Kenworth W900 semi-truck for sale in the amount of $15,000. A motion was made by District 2 Commissioner Andrew Miller to approve the purchase of the semi-truck not to exceed $15,000. District 1 Commissioner Jerry Scott seconded the motion, and the motion carried.
In other business, County Coordinator Kris Marple presented a letter of support for an increase of financial aid to Local Health Departments from KDHE for signature. A motion was made by Commissioner Miller to approve the letter of support as presented. Commissioner Scott seconded the motion, and the motion carried.
Friends and family of Kimberly Meeks gathered in front of the Montgomery County Courthouse this morning with signs and chants for Kimmy. Meeks Mother Amanda Shamblin says she wants justice for her daughter.
Meeks was the victim of a drive by shooting on December 14, 2019 in Independence. She was 19 years old and had just graduated from Field Kindley.
An Independence man given probation for two charges. 20 year old Austin Sutton appeared in court in front of Judge Jeffrey Gossard. Sutton was charged with theft of a firearm and a probation violation in a previous case. The theft could carry a 10 month jail sentence. Judge Gossard ruled in favor of a 12 month probation and agreed to allow Sutton to serve the probation he violated concurrently with his new sentence. If Sutton violates the new probation order he would have to serve the 10 month jail sentence.
Judge Gossard also ordered Sutton to pay $800 in restitution along with other court fees.
The Pittsburg State University Symphonic Band and the Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble will perform in concert on Feb. 20 at 7:30 pm. at the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.
Director of the PSU Wind Ensemble, Andrew Chybowski, said this concert will be pretty special because of its focus on the music and teaching of the late David Maslanka. Composer Roy Magnuson wrote a piece for this concert in tribute to Maslanka, which will receive its world premiere that evening.
The PSU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Doug Whitten. The concert also will feature guest conductors Matthew Reimer and Eric Stark in their first concerts as graduate conducting students for the Wind Ensemble.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The Kansas Department of Transportation is set to hold a groundbreaking ceremony to jump start the delayed U.S. 169 T-Works project between Welda and Garnett.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 21st beginning at 11:00 AM. The ceremony will be located at the northwest corner of the U.S. 169 and 1000 road intersection in Welda. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to the Welda Community Center.
There will be special guest speakers including Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz and also Mark Bettis who is the VP of Bettis Asphalt and Construction Company.
Starting next month, KDOT's plan is to reconstruct and rehabilitate 7 ½ miles of U.S. 169 from Welda north to the roundabout south of Garnett.
Work at the Independence Water Treatment Plant is expected to take another step forward when City Commissioner meet in a special session on Wednesday morning.
Commissioners will meet with a representative from Professional Engineering Consultants. Last October, Commissioners requested some changes to the contract with PEC to complete Phase 2 of improvements at the Water Treatment Plant.
Commissioners asked PEC to change the contract to add language for the contact basin work and utilize a local survey crew.
PEC will be presenting those changes for approval by Commissioners Wednesday morning at 9:00 in the Veterans Room of Memorial Hall.
Kansas State Treasurer and Conservative Candidate for Congress Jake LaTurner closed out his Southeast Kansas Tour on Monday night with a visit in Coffeyville.
LaTurner was meeting with residents of Montgomery County to discuss the 2nd District Congressional Race.
On Monday, LaTurner made rounds in Parsons, Mound Valley, Independence and ended his day with the stop in Coffeyville as he met with the residents on the Coffeyville Community College campus in the Oak Room at the Student Union.
LaTurner is very familiar with southeast Kansas. (Audio)
LaTurner mentioned that there were plenty of pressing issues that the people in southeast Kansas wanted to discuss throughout his tour through the area on Monday. (Audio)
The 2nd District Congressional Race's election is set for Tuesday, August 4th and LaTurner plans to make more stops throughout southeast Kansas and Coffeyville between now and the election.
Click here to listen to the full interview.
The missing Independence teenager has been found. According to IPD Police Chief Jerry Harrison 14 year old Jordan Wilson has been picked up. Wilson who reportedly went missing sometime Sunday was found around 4:00pm Monday.
The Independence Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation appreciates the public's help.