One person is dead and four others were sent to the hospital as a result of an accident just before 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports 31-year-old Micheal Ray Long of Bartlesville was northbound on State Highway 123 730 feet south of the intersection with U.S. 60 near the research center on the west side of Bartlesville. Long's Chevy Cobalt went left of center and hit a Dodge Durango driven by 58 year-old Tammy Wilson of Pawhuska. Both drivers were pinned in their vehicles for about 15 minutes before Bartlesville Fire Department was able to free them using the Jaws of Life tool. Bartlesville EMS took Long to Jane Phillips Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries. Air Evac flew Wilson to Tulsa's St. Francis Hospital where she was admitted in stable condition.
Wilson had three passengers in her vehicle -- 30 year-old Allee Alsaro of Pawhuska and two youngsters, ages 8 years old and 9 months. All three were treated at Jane Phillips Medical Center and were released.
The Independence Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office deal with a suspected suicidal man wielding a machete yesterday. An Independence Police Officer was trapped in his car by the man who was making threats. Other police officers and the deputies were able to distract the man and a deputy tazed him. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison says it is good to have help from the Sheriff's Office.
The man was suspected to be under the influence of stimulant drugs. He was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to the hospital for his health.
The Kansas Press Association and Montgomery County Chronicle Editor Andy Taylor file an open records complaint against the City of Independence. In late May, Taylor requested a copy of the city manager's contract via email. The city clerk informed him the document would cost under $10, but if it was emailed there would be an additional $25 charge for computer maintenance. Taylor says that would be a violation of the Kansas Open Records Act. Meanwhile, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government has also sent a letter to Independence Mayor Fred Meier. The mayor had instructed staff to keep a record of who makes requests, what the requests are about and how much staff time was used to address the request. The mayor planned to publish the report on the city website.
The coalition says such a move could discourage requests or shame those who make the requests.
Addictions destroy families, cost people jobs and the community impact goes on. The Director of Clinical Services at Four County Mental Health, Steve Denny, says most of us in southeast Kansas have dealt with the addiction of someone we care about. Denny says it is a problem we all need to understand and help address. He says recovery is possible with help. He says that can be found at Four County or any of the other reputable programs available locally.
Denny adds those around the addict need to offer help-- allowing them to decide when they are ready for treatment.
The search is on for a new Montgomery County Appraiser. Current Appraiser Angie Wright will complete her contract which ends on June 30th and will not seek reappointment. Susan Thompson will serve as the interim appraiser.
No reason has been given for Wright's decision.
With Trisha Purdon settling into her role on the Montgomery County Action Council they look to shift their focus, one thing that MAC has done since 1983 is really only focusing on industrial recruitment now they need to address all economic development. She says the new technology has really helped in being able to do this.
Purdon says that economic development has changed and that with technology they can streamline their process and get contract labor in to help them. Now they can do some retail, housing, and development recruitment where they haven't been able to do that before.
Purdon says that their mission is to help create jobs, and ninety percent of what they do is to support the existing businesses. They help in addressing workforce needs, recruitment, and even some grant writing.
A Copan man stands before a judge at the Washington County Courthouse yesterday. Roy Quattlebaum faces a charge of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor. According to an affidavit, Quattlebaum was seen striking a female with a stick he had pulled out of Copan Lake while on a boat. The woman also reported that Quattlebaum hit her with his fists as well. Quattlebaum claims the woman was attacking him with the stick.
Quattlebaum’s next court date is set for July 5 with bond set at $2,000.
Two men receive their sentences for their roles in the death of a Pittsburg man. Darius Raney will serve life with the possibility of parole after 25-years for his first degree murder conviction in the death of 20-year-old Taylor Thomas. Corbin Spragg was given just over 27-years for second degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. Police say the two men were among four who broke into Thomas's home.
Investigators think the suspects were looking for drugs and money belonging to his roommate and Thomas was not their intended target.
KOAM contributed to this story
Coffeyville Community College invites all residents to continue learning. The college's Yvonne Hull says one way they are doing that is through the Community Snapshot. Some of the courses would include day-long workshops on things like landscaping to weekly yoga classes set during evening hours. CCC President Linda Moley oversaw the development of the program.
Hull says course schedules are being made available at businesses throughout Coffeyville and on campus.
For many Kansas families this is the time of year when the cost of higher education becomes very real. Kansas State Family Resource Managment Specialist Elizabeth Kiss says parents and students should keep in mind college is an investment. She says the earlier families start saving for college, the easier it will be to help with the costs. Students may have to take out loans.
Kiss says if that's the case make sure you understand all the terms of the student loans.
Chief Jerry Harrison wants your help to make Independence traffic safer. In an effort to improve the quality of life and traffic safety for the citizens of Independence local police are looking for volunteers. Chief Harrison wants to put together a Traffic Safety Committee to help to this. The role of the committee would be to listen to the concerns of the citizens and work on making traffic safer.
If you are interested in volunteering for this committee you can pick up an application at the Independence Police Department Dispatch Center or you can email Police Chief Jerry Harrison at email@example.com. Chief Harrison wants to start putting the committee together by the end of the week so they can meet by the end of June or the beginning of July.
The investigation continues into a fire at the Edna fertilizer facility operated by Bartlett Co-Op. KGGF News is efforting more information on the blaze. The fire apparently started late Thursday night. As of Saturday afternoon, the debris was still smoldering.
KGGF News will provide additional details as they become available.
Some Severy residents may have been awoken in the early morning hours by loud explosions, sirens, and lights. The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant utilizing flashbang grenades in response to multiple cases of distribution of drugs and death threats directed at one of the department's deputies. Two individuals were arrested and multiple felony charges are pending.
The sheriff's office says it will not tolerate the sale of controlled substances or threats to employees.
Warmer weather means an increase in crime. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison warns citizens to be on the look out for more criminal activity. Harrison says that specifically theft can be more of an issue during the summer. He says that it's do to an increase in activity, whether that's going on vacation or just going out during the day. He says a lot of theft is based off of opportunity, and that if it's not easy or worth the effort criminals will be deterred. Harrison has some tips so you can help prevent theft form happening to you.
Harrison says they see an increase in car accidents during the summer as well, do to more people on the road. He says to make sure to always be on alert when you are driving.
An injury collision has occured on Highway 60 in Nowata County, just between the Verdigris River Bridge and the Kentucky Creek Bridge. Three troopers are on the scene, and have closed the road.
According to a listener, a semi-truck collided head-on with a RV in the construction zone. That same listener has said that people were cut out of the RV. At this time, that report has not been confirmed by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
More information to come, as it becomes available.
The Independence Chamber of Commerce hires a new tourism coordinator, Courtney Voelker was announced early this weeks. The Kansas State graduate graduated with a hospitality management degree. Voelker was a part of the Disney College Program at Disney World and has worked as a vacation planner and a boutique shop manager.
She says her goal is to bring more people to Independence by coordinating events and getting more people to stay in town overnight. She says that tourism helps the community as a whole.
It'll be a bully day in Vinita, Oklahoma during their Professional Bull Riding event. Starting tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. the 2nd Annual PBR Hometown Dodge Challenger kicks-off its competition highlighting PBR's best bull-riders. The main match-up is between two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney and 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis.
Marketing Specialist Tricia Smith has a history of planning successful PBR events and she says Vinita has become a popular PBR spot.
Buying tickets in advance costs $20 and tickets for children 2 to 12 years of age cost $5. Tickets at the gate cost $25. Smith says the First National Bank will be giving away a Dodge Charger at intermission with Mauney and Davis at the event. She also says there will be other events in the are as part of the Route 66 Festival Weekend.
Smith hopes this event will bring people from all across the country and the world.
The Coffeyville Area Community Foundation awards the Coffeyville Public Library a $1,000 grant. The grant is being used to help supplement the Spanish language collection. Library Director Katie Hill says this is something they've been wanting to grow for awhile and its great to have the extra funding to be able to do that. Hill says that these books will be for the children section and that they are about half way there and they have about another $500 to spend, but they've received several boxes so far.
The library received a new self checkout kiosk. The kiosk arrived last week and is installed and ready to use. Hill says its very simple and easy to use and it makes the process much faster. She also says that the machine looks good and sparks people's curiosity but can be a little intimidating at first. A lot of people have been very excited about using it, but there are still others that would rather just do it the way they always have. The library staff is there to help either way.
The Coffeyville Public Library Foundation got permission from the city commissioners for a liquor license. The license is needed for a fundraiser they are planning called Mystery at the Library. The event will be September 30th and it is still in the planning stages. Hill says they haven't done a fundraiser like this before but they are really excited about it and have gotten a lot of positive feedback. If you are interested in this event you can contact Katie Hill at the library at (620) 251-1370.
Nearly eight thousand educators from every state will come together to address the pressing issues facing students, schools, and the teaching profession during the National Education Association’s 155th Annual Meeting and 96th Representative Assembly June 25 through July 5 in Boston. Kansas NEA President Mark Farr talks about some of the key elements being discussed at this year's meeting.
Farr says his goal for Kansas education is to have adequately and equitably funded schools. He knows that the funding cuts that the schools have received have hurt the opportunity for kids. He hopes that after this 2017 legislative session that the state will have taken a step in the positive direction.
Farr says that we have great schools in Kansas and that Kansas educators continue to do a great job despite the reduced funds. He is excited that the Kansas Legislative has taken the first steps in adequately funding the schools. He is hopeful that the Kansas Legislator will continue to take the steps to ensure that Kansas educators will have the resources to provide a quality education for all students.
Kansans Can seeks several schools for the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. At the USD 445 meeting earlier this week, Coffeyville school officials discussed whether they should apply for the project that would completely change the way they do education and schools. Assistant Superintendent Micheal Speers says that Coffeyville has met two of the five outcomes for the process.
The two outcomes met by Coffeyville are social-emotional growth and post-secondary completion and attendance. 80% of the staff must approve making an application to include Coffeyville's elementary and high school into the Kansans Can project.
Another topic of discussion was the iPad's that are nearing the end of their life at Coffeyville Public Schools. However, Assistant Superintendent Michael Speer's says that the USD445 District is working on getting new technology to replace old equipment following their meeting earlier this week.
Speer's says the new computers are cheaper, more efficient, and something that the kids need. About 200 computers will go to the middle school, nearly 100 will go to the high school, and the rest will go to the elementary.
The Coffeyville City Commission meeting was held last night. The resolution of focus was item three which is the cities plans to fund Peggy Steele's special event that she wants to hold on 9th street on October 14th. Peggy was at the meeting and passionately advocated for the people of Coffeyville.
Peggy Steele asks for $5,000 to support the event. City Commissioners say the budget is too tight though to make that kind of investment. They agreed to fund up to $2,500 with an equal match of what she raises herself. Commissioners did add that Peggy was a “breath of life” that the city of Coffeyville needs.
Commissioner's like Jim Taylor Jr. say that the city can't afford the $5,000 dollar event and the people are quote “taxed out”.
Senate Bill 19 was a big topic of discussion at last nights USD445 board meeting. The bill has passed that house and the senate and is setting on the governor's desk waiting to be signed. It also has to go through the court system and they have to determine if it is adequate and equitable.
Assistant Superintendent Micheal Speers says they discussed some of the provisions of the bill last night. One of those was the increase in base state aid. Some of the other provisions include all day kindergarten being funded for a full day instead of a half a day, special education funding remains at 12 million, and early childhood funding for four year old at risk programs.
Coffeyville's agenda meeting is being held tonight at 6:30.
According to City Manager Kendall Francis, tonight's meeting will be longer than last two meetings with all the events, new hires, purchases, and community issues that need plans of action. Francis says he's especially thankful for recent services with the Park Clean-Up Day.
The meeting will be held at the Senior Citizen Center. This is there annual meeting since it's the second Tuesday of the month. The next city commission meeting will be June 27th.
Nowata County Sheriff Sandy Hadley acclimates to her new position. Hadley was appointed in April. She says that she was nervous about the new job and how the staff would react. However, she believes things are going well, she feels welcomed and knows they are a solid team.
Burglaries and drug busts are Hadley's biggest concerns in Nowata County. She also says that protecting small town communities is another big area of interest. She believes that the best way to do this is to have everyone in the department get to know those communities.
Hadley says patrolling the streets more and pin pointing where crime can occur is a big part of the process. It is part of what Hadley calls “controlling the behavior before it happens”.
Photo courtesy of KTUL
Kansas drivers continue to enjoy falling gas prices since the Memorial Day holiday. Average pump prices across the state this week fall 4 cents to $2.15 per gallon. Kansas’ average gas price registers 10th lowest in the nation, while Oklahoma is the 2nd lowest at $2.05 per gallon.
Of the 10 regularly reported Kansas cities, Wichita saw the largest decrease in average per gallon price, falling 10 cents in the past week to $2.09. Of the 10 cities St. Francis comes in with the highest priced gas at $2.60 while Chanute and Oxford have the lowest price at $1.98 per gallon.
The lowest average gas price in the nation for one city was Tulsa coming in at $1.96.
Authorities in Coffeyville have no new information for the Friday afternoon shooting that occured around 1st and Elm Street.
Police are looking for an unidentified suspect described as a young black male who was wearing a red shirt and was last seen riding his bicycle sounthbound on Elm Street near 4th. This described man is believed to be responsible for shooting Trey A. Marlow who was transported to CRMC and later air lifted to an area hospital.
Anyone with information should contact the Coffeyville Police Department at 620-525-616- or Detective Vargas at 620-252-6010.
A new donut shop plans to open up in Coffeyville in two weeks. The Donut Palace will be located at 11th and Willow. The shop will be open from 4:00am to 6:00pm. Owner Alton Blair says that they find that people still buy donuts in the afternoon.
Blair also says that the donuts are made fresh every two hours and all the ingredients they use are fresh as well, never frozen.
Donuts aren't the only item on the menu for breakfast. They'll be serving biscuits and gravy, a croissant egg sandwich, and pigs in a blanket.
The USD445 school district has a meeting tonight at 6 in 615 Ellis. The first item on the list is student achievement information and the lead principles will be there to discuss how the students in the district fared. Dr. Craig Correll says the assessments they will give are over the course of the fall, winter, and spring progress.
Correll says that the districts students are at or above the national averages for reading and math in all grades. He says the assessments look at each individual students scores and they hope to see improvements for each student.
Other topics of discussion for tonight include the twenty cent increase on school meals, the Redesign School Process, and the Kansas legislation to increase taxes for public school funding.
KGGF News can now confirm that police are searching for a suspect in a shooting in Coffeyville this afternoon. 22 year old Trey A. Marlow of Coffeyville was air lifted from Coffeyville Regional Medical Center to another area hospital after being shot around 3:00 this afternoon at a redsidence near 2nd and Elm Streets. Police are searching for a suspect who was seen leaving the scene riding a bicycle south on Elm Street. The suspect is described as a younger black male wearing a red shirt and black shorts.
Witnesses at the scene told KGGF News that 5 shots were fired at the residence located just off the northeast corner of 2nd and Elm. Anyone with information about the shooting or sustpect is adked to call the Coffeyville Police Department at 620-252-6160 or Detective Vargas at 620--252-6010.
KGGF News is investigating a possible shooting in Coffeyville this afternoon. Although the Coffeyville Police Department would neither confirm or deny a shooting, KGGF News talked to witnesses near the scene who said a shooting did occur around 3:00 this afternoon at a house on the northeast corner of 2nd and Elm Streets. Currently both the Coffeyville Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department are at the scene of that residence. According to a neighbor 5 shots were fired and a suspect fled on a bicycle heading east on 2nd Street. The witness added that at least one person was transported by ambulance from the scene. KGGF News will continue our investigation into the incident.
Montgomery County goes down in history this weekend. The 40th Annual Prairie Days start tomorrow at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. The event is aimed at celebrating the nation's history, and Kansas history on the historical land at the Little House on the Prairie in Independence and all are encouraged to wear costumes. The land was previously owned by Laura Ingall Wilder which came to the surprise of Jean Curtis Schodorf and her family who currently own the land.
Award-winning wood sculptist Steven Higgins from Kansas City will be sculpting a statue of Laura Ingalls Wilder to be placed in front of the model Wilder cabin for people to see when they visit. Schoder says Higgins is bringing his own tree.
She is currently with her young grandson and she hopes that one day he can grow up appreciating the "rich Kansas history" and that he will be a willing, helping hand at the Little House on the Prairie Museum someday.
Schodorf says she hopes the same for other people; that they come to learn plenty of history and have a new found respect for the state. She also hopes people come to enjoy themselves in the countryside, and that they bring a chair to enjoy themselves for the multitude of concerts they'll be having. She says that we often forget the importance of Kansas' history and this is a good way to remember.
Soliciting prostitution and giving massages without a license get jail time for a Bartlesville woman last night.
52 year old Meli Zhao has been arrested for the mentioned charges at the Panda Massage on 3929 SE Frank Phillips Blvd.
Bartlesville detectives say the case has been in the works for a few months now. Another agency worked with detectives by sending in an undercover officer for a massage. When the officer was being solicited to pay for sex, detectives came in to make the arrest.
A log book was seized along with business records of previous transactions. According to officials, adult websites were used to advertise the activity. Reports wil be forwarded to the district attorney and the code enforcement department in Bartlesville concerning the business license.
Larger cities often see more of this type of crime, but officials say they are seeing more of this in rural communities. Bartlesville Police say they will continue to monitor this type of crime to make sure it doesn't occur in the community again.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Fredonia Police Department arrest a Fredonia man for his alleged involvement in a homicide.
50-year-old Eddie Cohee was murdered at his residence in Fredonia sometime yesterday morning. Officers from the Fredonia Police Department arrived at the residence to perform a welfare check and found Cohee deceased. Authorities believe Cohee suffered from blunt force trauma.
25-year old Sean Cohee of Fredonia, was arrested for first degree murder. He is the victim’s son.
Wilson County and Montgomery Coutny Sheriff's Office are assisting each other in the on-going investigation.
AAA Foundation for Safety wants teen drivers to be extra careful during the “100 Deadliest Days”. This the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen drivers are out of school. Shawn Steward of Kansas AAA says that fatal teen car crashes are on the rise.
To help promote safer driving AAA has some recommendations for teens and their families. Limit the number of passengers in the car, ban wireless devices in the car, and absolutely no texting and driving.
A former Coffeyville native accepts a new position with Montgomery County.
Trisha Purdon is the new council member with the Montgomery County Action Council meaning she helps with the economic development of the entire county. Goals that she has with MAC include selling the vacant buildings across the country, continuing to work with existing businesses, and to expand their reach for new growth with small busineses. Purdon says this will expand the labor pool.
Part of this change includes changing the branding for the Montgomery County Action Council according to Purdon.
She also says that working the new postition has felt like a hamster being thrown into a hamster wheel. However, she feels like she's moving along nicely now and looks forward to moving along quickly with plans at MCAC.
The Montgomery County Sherif's office is on the look out for two suspects in a kidnapping. Deputies are in the area of county road 2800 and 3300 looking for two east-bound vehicles. The vehicles are a white, newer model Chevy Colorado and a black, newer model Chevy 2500. The drivers are unknown but what is known is that there is a woman in her thirties that is tied and gagged in the front seat of the Chevy Colorado. Anyone who has information is asked to contact the sheriff's at 330-1000.
The lights turn on for a bond in the latest school board meeting in Caney Valley that occured earlier this week. That is in reference to Caney Valley Superintendent Blake Vargas who says the bond will improve the efficiency of HVAC light and heating at the school, primarily at the highschool. The bond was passed on to the general election that is coming up on November 7 of this year. The plan discusses the neccessities the schools need and if it passes it'll last 12 years and will cost nearly $4 million.
Vargas says the systems being used at the schools now are old, and he dates them back to the early 1970's.
This includes replacing old lighting parts that they have to buy through Ebay because the parts for the lights in the schools are no longer made. There is also a water source heat pump in the elementary school from the 1980's that is deteriorating. Vargas says the non-pressurized pump systems have lived "well passed their life."
The bill will also replace old windows, add metal roofs, and could possibly add new buildings in the future.
As the weather warms up, the Coffeyville Police Department deals with more crime. Chief Kwin Bromley says the bad guys tend to be out after sunset.
Bromley encourages you to not leave lawn equipment out after you've finished mowing and to make sure you lock up your sheds and garages. He also says you should lock your cars, because many times the thieves will just walk down a street trying car doors until they find an unlocked one.
On May 31st an off-duty sergeant with the Independence Police Department shot a cat after it bit his daughter. A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Detective investigated the case and recommended a charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty, however; the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office has declined to file any charges at this time.
After reviewing the county’s investigation and consulting with the county attorney and city attorney Police Chief Jerry Harrison announced that he has cited the officer in city court for misdemeanor animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in the city limits.
The matter has also been handled internally by the police department.
Caney Valley School District will be the first district to hop on the Prairie Line Express an initiative of KanREN. The goal of PLE is to connect every school in the state of Kansas to future ready internet. Caney Valley Superintendent Blake Vargas explains what that means.
Caney Valley School will be bringing in a connection that is twenty times faster than their current one, but they will be paying less for per month.
The Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on their brand new ICEE machine today. The ICEE was invented in Coffeyville in the early 1960s by Omar Knedlik. The Knedlik family was present today to help cut the ribbon on the Chambers new ICEE machine.
ICEEs are 2 dollars and are available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
The theater bring community involvement to Coffeyville this summer. Coffeyville Community College theater is doing the production of Shrek Jr. for the Children's Summer Theater.
Auditions for the production are June 14th and 15th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Senior Director of Relations Yvonne Hull says scripts can be picked up at the Spencer Rounds Theater anytime Monday thruough Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Rehearsals begin June 26th and go until July 19th. As far as time commitment, rehearsal schedules will depend on what characters a person receives. Shrek Junior will open on July 20th and run through July 22.
The Montgomery County Fair Association is bringing back a Monday night concert for the 2017 Inter-State Fair and Rodeo. Nashville recording artist LOCASH will headline the Grand Stand Jam on Monday, August 14, in Coffeyville, Kan.
ACM-nominated and Reviver Records hot country duo LOCASH includes Baltimore, Maryland native Chris Lucas and Indianapolis, Indiana’s Preston Brust. Their smash No. 1 hit “I Know Somebody” topped Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck after their RIAA Gold-Certified “I Love This Life” single ascended to the top of the charts. Both hits are included on their new album THE FIGHTERS, their first full-length project with Reviver Records. Visit LOCASHmusic.com for more information.
“We are excited to bring Nashville Country back to the Fair this year,” said Grandstand Events Chairman, Kevin Midgett. “We have two great acts, and they are going to put on an awesome show in Coffeyville this year. Everyone asked to bring the concert back, and this show will not disappoint.”
Playing with LOCASH this year is Kansas native, Jared Daniels. Jared Daniels is set to release his album “Feelin’ Good” on June 30. Visit jareddanielsmusic.com for more information. Gates will open at 5:30p, Jared Daniels will begin at 6:30p, and LOCASH will take the stage at 8p.
The Grand Stand Jam will be included in the ISFR Funpass. The Funpass gains access to all 8 nights of entertainment at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo. The 1-Day Online Funpass Sale will be Friday, June 23. Funpasses will be $30 for that day only, and the price will go up to $40 on June 24. Individual tickets are also available and will be $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show. All tickets are subject to a $2 handling fee. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.fairandrodeo.com
As the cut-off for filing as a candidate in the upcoming election ended, there were eight seeking to serve of the Coffeyville City Commission. The candidates are: Ann Marie Vannoster, Jim Faulkner, Paul Bauer, Gary Victory, Justin Doane, Pam Jones, Darren Alexander and Chris Williams. Four candidates have filed for the Coffeyville Board of Education. Those are Bob Roesky, Darrel Harbaugh, Jerry Hamm and LaKisha Johnson. Board of Trustee candidates for Coffeyville Community College are David Baldwin, Becky Barnhart, and Robert York.
ICC Board of Trustee candidates include Val DeFever, Norman Chambers, Cyndi Sherwood and Hoite Caston.
A drug raid at a Galena home nets three arrests. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Galena Police served the search warrant this week. While inside the home, in the 1500 block of Lincoln, detectives found what appeared to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 32-year-old Curtis Wayne Seeber, of the residence, and 32-year-old Alicia Maize of Missouri were arrested for possession of meth and paraphernalia. 26-year-old Dakota Boone Wittenmeyer of Arkansas was arrested on Baxter Springs Municipal warrants.
(pictured: Wittenmeyer, Maize, Seeber)
The Coffeyville Police Department continues to look for more officers. Chief Kwin Bromley says they were getting back to fully-staffed, but then one officer resigned and another is set to retire. Chief Bromley tells KGGF News there are some basic requirements. Officers must be at least 21-years-old, have a valid Kansas driver's license, and pass a physical agility test.
All that occurs before the background check process begins. Applications are available at HREPartners.com.
The new sheriff in town gets support from unexpected people. Nowata County Sheriff Sandy Hadley has received support from the Cherokee Nation and others. $11,000 in total have been donated by the Cherokee Nation after $4,000 dollars was added on to the tab. Sheriff Hadley says aside from the Cherokee Nation, she has received nearly $20,000 worth of donations. Further donations include protective vests from retired Tulsa officer Bob Little, breathalyzers and body cams from Chief Lamb in South Coffeyville, and surplus uniforms from Washington County Sheriff Rick Silver.
Sheriff Hadley says the donations will allow her deputies to crack-down on burglaries.
Altoona Days is set for June 9th and 10th. The community will celebrate some highlights from the town's history. The fun starts on next Friday evening with a sloppy joe dinner and the Altoona Amazing Race. Saturday's events include biscuits and gravy at the fire department, a parade, baby contests, tug of war and other games.
You can register for the race through their Facebook page.
The executive director of the Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce warns members to beware. Candi Westbrook says they've received several calls about scammers posing as chamber representatives. Westbrook says most members are familiar with the small staff they have at the chamber office. She says they would be the only ones to contact you, adding they will never ask for personal information over the phone.
She says anyone who receives such a call should hang up.
The clock ticks down for those wishing to run in any city, school board or community college posts. The deadline to file as a candidate is at noon today. Registration must be submitted to the Montgomery County Clerk's Office at the courthouse in Independence. If there is a need for a primary election, it will be on Tuesday, August 1st. The general election is set for November 7th.
Those elected will be sworn into their positions in January.
An investigation is underway after an off-duty Independence Police Officer shot a cat. Police Chief Jerry Harrison says Animal Control was called to the 200 block of South Burns after a cat was shot. Harrison says they were told the officer shot the cat after it had bitten a young child. The Montgomery Sheriff's Office is investigating to determine if any laws were violated. An internal investigation is underway to determine if any departmental policies were violated.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave.
There is more progress being made on the construction of Coffeyville's Emergency Services Building. Crossland Construction is framing up the walls at the future home of the Coffeyville Police and Fire Departments. The structure will include training space, a jail, and a more central location.
The project is being funded through a voter-approved sales tax.
The Price Tower is opening an exhibit soon. The exhibit will feature the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibit will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Wright who's famous in Bartlesville for building the iconic Price Tower. Maria Gus from the Bartlesville Conventions and Visitors Bureau says there will be plenty of ways for people to immerse themselves in the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture experience with the new exhibit.
The Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit is set to open on June 2nd.
Relay for Life holds an event this Friday at Riverside Park. Organizer Samantha Montgomery says it is not too late to get involved. She says those interested may contact them through Facebook. She says the event will include live music, an auction and food. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Since it began in 1985, the Relay for Life has raised an estimated $5-billion.
Star 98.9 FM will broadcast live from the event between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Things were a little better on the farm last year. The Kansas Farm Management Association releases the annual net farm income summary. Kansas State's Kevin Herbel says the expectation was 2016 would show another weak report like 2015 when the net income average was $6,700. Herbel says, instead, there was dramatic improvement. The average net income was just over $43,000.
There are 2,500 farms and ranches that take part in the management association.
The Caney City Council votes to move forward with a specialized truck to clean sewer mains. The truck, a 2004 International, cost 42-thousand-500 dollars and comes with a rodder that can spray high pressure water to break up clogs. It also has a vacuum system that can remove debris. The Montgomery County Chronicle reports the city may be able to purchase a root-cutting attachment for the truck.
The vehicle comes from Reed Company of Lebo.
The Kansas Department of Transportation starts a concrete patching and repair project today. The work is along U-S Highway 400 in Wilson County. Drivers should expect delays up to 15 minutes between 7:30 am and 3 pm for the next two weeks. There will be flaggers on the roadway and a pilot car will guide the one-lane of traffic through the work zone. On Thursday, concrete panel replacements will begin along U-S Highway 400 in Montgomery County. Temporary traffic signals will direct the single lane of traffic through the work zones.
Delays could last up to 15-minutes day and night seven days a week until the work is completed in early August.
Those attending Caney's Memorial Day Service sing along with the National Anthem as yesterday's ceremony concluded. The ceremony is sponsored by the Ernest Brown American Legion Post #138 of Caney. Wreaths were laid on the Veterans Memorial Monument by Gold Star Mother Representative Sara Shively, Blue Star Mother Representative Becky Wheatley and Teri Wilson of the American Legion Auxilliary. Retired Caney Valley High School band director Dan Vernon played Taps following a 21-Gun Salute.
The featured speaker for the occasion was Colonel H. David Pendleton. Pendleton grew up in Caney. He now lives in the Kansas City area.
One might say he is a GM Man. A 1988 graduate of Pittsburg State University has been named the general manager of ACDelco-- the equipment parts brand for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. Mark Drennan earned a degree in automotive technology.
“I’m very excited and honored to be placed in this position at ACDelco,” Drennan said. “Coming from humble roots in Winfield, it’s been a privilege to serve in a variety of capacities in different parts of the country. To now be in this position and be able to lead our ACDelco team is very humbling.”
Before being named to ACDelco, he was the director of GM Accessories.
A Tulsa woman dies in a motorcycle crash yesterday afternoon in Osage County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that 28-year-old Kristen J. O'Donnell was a mile and a half west of Avant when she left the roadway, hit a culvert and then slid 80 feet before coming to rest against a pipe fence. O'Donnell was trapped under the vehicle until a passing motorist stopped and pulled the 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle off of her.
She died at the scene.
Shortly after 5:00 am Monday morning Bartlesville Police responded to the scene of a single vehicle rollover accident at Silverlake and Polaris. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was identified as 36 year old Robert Wayne Lee from Tulsa Oklahoma. Lee was pronounced dead at the scene and Silverlake road was closed for several hours until the vehicle could be removed. Preliminary investigation indicated that Lee was traveling Southbound on Silverlake in a black Dodge Durango. Lee's vehicle struck the west curb causing the vehicle to travel left of center and then back across the road and off the west side of Silverlake where the vehicle overturned into several trees. There appears to be no witnesses to the accident.
A person driving by discovered the crash and notified the Police
Coffeyville's annual Memorial Day Service is coming together. Douglas Miller with the American Legion says the event will open with the City Band playing patriotic tunes at Fairview Cemetery at 10 a.m. Miller says the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars work together to make the ceremony honoring those who have served a success. The service is open to the public.
Miller suggests bringing a lawn chair. He says the ceremony usually wraps up around 11:30.
Bartlesville Police investigate an apparent murder and suicide. Neighbors tell conflicting stories on how everything occurred. According to Captain Jay Hastings, a call came from a relative who witnessed the incident in the home around 2:15 Saturday afternoon. Police found two adults dead when they arrived on scene at the home on Southwest Maple. The two are believed to be husband and wife. Neighbors say the man was taken out of the home at gunpoint after an incident in December.
The OSBI was called in to assist detectives.
Independence Fire crews do battle with a blaze at the Dairy Queen last night. Fire Chief Shawn Wallis tells KGGF News it was the second time this week his department had been called out. A small electrical fire occurred in the office on Monday. Around 10 o'clock last night, he says they responded to find smoke pouring out under the eaves. He says, again, an electrical fire was located in the office. Chief Wallis says Westar Energy was expected to be there today to put in new electrical service.
The building sustained water and smoke damage.
A couple of hours of your time could go a long way in sprucing up some Coffeyville Parks. City Manager Kendal Francis says park clean up day is set for Sunday, June 4th. The Park Advisory Board's clean-up is scheduled from 2 o'clock to 4 p.m. General clean-up and some painting will be done.
Painting supplies and trash bags will be provided.
In an effort to combat possible agro-terrorism and other high-risk events that could threaten food, agriculture and livestock, the U-S Senate has passed the Securing Our Agriculture and Food Act. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas says the measure expands work underway in Kansas. The Act would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to lead efforts to secure the food and veterinary systems against high-risk events.
The measure now moves to the US House. If approved there, it goes to President Trump.
A bipartisan group of senators join together sending a letter calling for rapid action to ensure America assists hunger-stricken areas across the world. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran was one of the senators to reach out to the Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney about this issue. South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia are all facing severe famines, and tens of millions of people across the globe will require emergency food assistance this year.
Senators urge Mulvaney to take the necessary steps to provide funds as soon as possible because millions of lives are depending on it.
The Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce does many things to support local businesses. Chamber Director Candi Westbrook says many are not aware that they can also help when a company has new hires. Westbrook says they are happy to offer the service to any business that requests it.
She says they can also meet with prospective new hires when they are in town for an interview to help them learn about all Coffeyville has to offer.
The future could be a phone call away for Coffeyville Community College head football coach Aaron Flores. The coach is at the top of the list for a double lung transplant for at the University of Colorado Health Center in Denver. Flores says he and his family will stay in Denver for at least 3-months following the transplant. A Go Fund Me page has been set up on their behalf. The coach says they have been very touched by all those who have offered their support and prayers.
He hopes his journey can help others see the importance of being an organ donor.
The Coffeyville City Commission hears a request from Peggy Steele for city funding of a festival she would like to organize. She indicated she needed $5,000 to help cover marketing expenses. Commissioner Justin Martin outlined the plan. Martin's wife operates Crown Promotions. Commissioners didn't take any action on the proposal. Mayor Paul Bauer was not present. The request will be reconsidered at a future meeting. Also at the meeting, commissioners approved an appropriations ordinance for roughly $4-million. That was followed by discussion of an $800 appropriation for Taylor Crane & Rigging, owned by Commissioner Jim Taylor. He took issue with Commissioner Marcus Kastler's request for an explanation.
In other action, commissioners approved a cereal malt beverage license for Country Mart. They also appointed Robert Avery, Earlene Shafer, and Beverly Winston to the Senior Citizens Advisory Board.
A Bartlesville motorcyclist driving under the influence and driving too fast for conditions was injured just after 11 o'clock last night. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports 21 year-old Jacob Ketchum was westbound on county Road 2760-- 5 miles southeast of Bartlesville in Osage County at a high rate of speed. Ketchum tried to negotiate a curve to the left and the motorcycle went off the roadway to the right and rolled over three times.
Bartlesville EMS took Ketchum to Jane Phillips Medical Center and the to Tulsa's St. Francis Hospital where he was admitted in stable condition with head, leg, and trunk injuries.
Bartlesville's Kiddie Park will celebrate 70 years of serving the youngsters of Bartlesville on Saturday. The event is billed as a "Happy Days" anniversary. Kiddie Park board chairman, Ron Adams says Bartlesville's park is a one-of-a-kind. He refers to a 2009 story in American Profile magazine as the proof.
Kiddie park opened in 1925. Adams says when adults who grew up in Bartlesville return with their families, many of them insist on taking their youngsters to the kiddie park to mark their own history. He says it's nice to know some of the rides date back 50 years or more.
"Mugg's Whirlybirds" is the result of Debbie Mueggenborg and her family.
The Happy Days event opens Saturday afternoon at 3 with the help of the Oldies & Goodies Car Club and DJs Rock'n Rusty and Crazy Marvin.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KIDDIE PARK WEBSITE
Coffeyville Community College Football Coach Aaron Flores faces some major health issues. He is now on a transplant list to receive a double-lung transplant. A Go-Fund Me page was set up to assist with some of the expenses that could lie ahead. You can donate at this link. Coach Flores is at the top of the list at the University of Colorado Health Center in Denver. Once he receives a call that a match has been made, he will have four hours to get to the hospital.
Flores and his family will have to stay in Denver for at least four months after the transplant.
A homicide investigation is underway in Independence, after a man is fatally shot. Police Chief Jerry Harrison tells KGGF News that his department is being assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The scene is near 24th and Laurel. The victim has been identified as 60-year-old William Hugo of Neodesha. Investigators located a suspect near the scene.
Chief Harrison says 65-year-old Gary Lee Johnson (pictured) was arrested. He is being held without bond.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office wants to talk to Jeremiah McKenzie. He is a person of interest in multiple cases around Montgomery County. Sheriff Bobby Dierks says he may be driving a 2009 White Ford F-150 with tan trim.
Anyone with information about McKenzie is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 620-330-1000.