Thousands gather in Wichita to remember a Sedgwick County deputy killed in the line of duty. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt was among those attending. He tells KGGF News too many officers are dying doing their job. 41-year-old Robert Kunze had been with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office since 2006.
Sheriff Jeff Easter says others could have died if the mortally wounded deputy hadn't killed 29-year-old Robert Greeson.
A McDonald's employee lands in jail after allegedly serving an Allen County Deputy a tainted drink. Investigators says the deputy was in the McDonald's in Iola when he picked up his food and drink from the drive-thru. A short time later, the deputy developed flu-like symptoms. The 22-year-old employee is accused of putting a peroxide-based cleaner in the deputy's drink.
KOAM reports the suspect has been booked into the Allen County Jail for aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer.
Statement from Iola McDonald's owner Glen Nichols:
“In our restaurants, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers. We are very disappointed by the allegations made regarding the behavior of one of our former crew members. This kind of behavior goes against our food safety standards and is not tolerated. Our organization will take all appropriate measures to gather facts and will work closely with authorities in their investigation.”
Next week the Coffeyville Public Library turns a spotlight on banned books. The library's Rachel Rose says the idea is to get people to think about the importance of having access to books of all types. Rose notes some may be surprised to learn that one of the top 10 banned books this year was To Kill A Mockingbird.
Rose says they have a display in place to have patrons consider how far they would go to protect their favorite works of literature. She also notes that if you do not agree with a book's content, you do not have to read it.
The reserve officers in Baxter Springs receive what could be life-saving gifts from the Joplin Police Department. JPD donated a number of bullet resistant vests for the Baxter Springs Police reserve officers to use. The reserve officers in Baxter Springs receive their funding exclusively through donations and fundraisers.
The gift of the vests will significantly improve safety for those reserve officers.
A former Caney resident and Oklahoma Highway Patrolman moves into a new position. Eddie Rose has been named chairman of the Grove Municipal Airport Managing Authority. Rose has been serving as a vice-chairman of the authority.
He replaces Berwin Kock. His term expired at the end of August.
A fun event is coming up this weekend in downtown Coffeyville to benefit the Midland Theater. Director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Candy Westbrook says it’s the return of the Hot Dogs N’ History. Westbrook says the event is put on by the Daylight Defenders Club as they continue to circulate around town hoping to benefit particular funds and businesses. Westbrook says the event is open to anyone and encourages your attendance. The event is this Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM, as they will be handing out Hot dogs, giving history lessons on one the more historic buildings in our area, and as Westbrook has mentioned giving tours of the Theater all while benefiting The Midland Theater.
The Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and his office has continued their efforts to end abuse of the elderly. He went before a subcommittee in an attempt to make non-institutional medicaid abuse easier to prosecute. He says the increase in abuse numbers comes with the increase in population in the age group. He says in non-institutional cases its very difficult to prosecute abuse, and after speaking to the committee Schmidt says things are looking bright. If enacted the legislation would allow the AG’s office to investigate and prosecute, as well as broaden their ability to screen complaints or reports alleging potential abuse or neglect of medicaid beneficiaries.
Two men face felony charges following their arrests over the weekend. Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves tells KGGF News that a Bobcat Tractor valued at over $30,000 was stolen in Galena. 45-year-old Carroll Flowers of Galena and 48-year-old Jerry Joe Smith of Broken Arrow were arrested after a resident reported seeing the two trying to hide the tractor near some railroad tracks.
Both men were booked on a complaint of felony theft with a $15,000 bond.
Work continues on the Brownsfield Trail Project. Thomas Osborn with the City of Coffeyville says the weather has created some delays for Jeff Graham Construction. The walking/biking trail is being constructed in the area of the former Sherwin Williams Plant. It will feature a paved surface, 10 feet wide.
A Brownsfield Clean-Up Grant is covering the cost of the construction of the trail.
Law enforcement officers across Kansas mourn the death of one of their own. Sedgwick County Deputy Robert Kunze and another deputy were responding to a suspicious person call yesterday. Sheriff Jeff Easter says the deputy leaves behind a wife and child. Easter says Kunze patted down the suspect and found a 40-caliber handgun. The suspect was being cuffed when the two scuffled and the deputy's weapon was discharged.
The suspect died at the scene. Kunze died at a Wichita hospital.
US Senator Jerry Moran makes a stop in Columbus over the weekend as a part of his 105 county listening tour. Part of his focus was on addressing the concerns of farmers who says the trade war is hurting crop prices.
Moran says the president really needs to wrap up his NAFTA work because Mexico and Canada are the biggest buyers of Kansas goods and products.
Independence Police continue to investigate a shooting inside an Independence home. It happened on Thursday in the 700 block of East Main. The victim says three suspects kicked in his front door and fired two shots inside his home. Officers recoverved shell casings and a bullet from the scene. The suspects fled from the seen on foot. Chief Jerry Harrison says investigators recovered drugs from the victim's home. Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputies located three juveniles later in the day, and they were arrested in connection to the case.
In all four have now been arrested, but two other suspects are being sought.
The two-day Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival will take place this weekend in downtown Bartlesville at the Community Center.
The festival promises to entertain those of all ages with several different activities. This festival allows the Cherokee Nation to share its culture with the Bartlesville Community in a distinctive way. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. talks about what makes this festival unique.
The children’s show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday featuring a children’s art show for all kids through 12th grade. A youth powwow will be held Saturday afternoon as well. Food and art vendors will be present as well.
Hoskin Jr. will serve as the honorary chair for the event. As a proud member of the Cherokee Nation Hoskin Jr. is very excited to interact with the people of the Bartlesville community.
A full schedule of events can be found here.
The Mercury 7 School Redesign effort continues at Coffeyville's Community Elementary. Principal Jennifer Bright says part of the focus is letting students know that even though they are small they can make a big difference.
Bright says the younger students are working on projects to improve their community, older students are focused on bettering the state, their nation, and the world.
The Independence Community College Fab Lab is getting major local support for their new expansion. As Jim Correll from the Fab Lab explains they received a more then generous donation from Equity Bank to help make improvements to the facilities. Equity Bank has generously granted the Fab Lab 25 thousand dollars over 5 years to help with the expansion of new facilities. The Fab Lab has named one of the new rooms in the building as the Equity Bank Digital Design Studio. Jim Correll can’t thank the branch enough for their support, as both truly believe in investing into entrepreneurship all while keeping the money local will do nothing but benefit them and businesses all around the community.
A Community Improvement District put in place by the Coffeyville City Commission will soon start forwarding tax dollars to a hotel developer. Coffeyville's Finance Director Stephanie Richardson says the city will be able to cover some of its costs.
The CID was established to reimburse the owner of the Holiday Inn Express a portion of the funds spent on construction of the hotel.
Although we find ourselves just halfway through September the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce is preparing for Spooktacular! Director of the Chamber Candi Westbrook says it's a trick or treat like event where the kids go collecting their treats from business to business in the downtown area. Spooktacular takes place on October 22nd as Westbrook encourages more business to be involved as well as the ones who are, to put their own unique Halloween twist to your trick or treat setup. Plenty of time to prepare but Westbrook encourages your attendance and your participation with the Halloween Spooktacular event.
When the Coffeyville Police Department relocated, they lost some of the capabilities of the recording system for dispatch and radio traffic. Captain Danny Grigg says the technology is eight-years-old and it is time to upgrade the necessary system. The price tag for the new system is $20,000.
The Coffeyville City Commission has agreed to allow the police department apply for a Justice Assistance Grant that would cover the entire cost. The final vote was 4-0. Commissioner Justin Doane was absent from the meeting.
A 30-year-old Quapaw man lands in the Cherokee County Jail. Jason Upton was arrested in Baxter Springs on Monday. A felony arrest warrant had been issued for him. Upton faces charges of rape and aggravated burglary for an incident last month, near Galena. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office worked with the U-S Marshal's Service to capture Upton.
“We appreciate the tips and cooperation received from the public as well as our law enforcement partners in bringing this suspected dangerous fugitive into custody,” said Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.
More students at Coffeyville Public Schools look to the Southeast Kansas Community Health Clinic for care. The clinic's Ashley Hooper says there has been a lot of growth in the usage of the clinics within the district. She says it is having an impact.
She says the clinics make it easier for students and parents to access medical attention. And, for those with chronic health problems, they spend less time out of class.
Three new officers will soon be patrolling the streets of Coffeyville. Police Chief Kwin Bromley says they will be off to the academy in November. In March, they'll begin their local field training.
Chief Bromley says more candidates are being interviewed for the remaining three positions they need to fill. The City of Coffeyville has eased residency requirements and added incentives to encourage individuals to apply for open jobs on the force.
The American Red Cross hosts blood drives in Coffeyville this week. Spokeswoman Jan Hale says they really need help meeting the demands of hospitals. Hale says you have three opportunities to give on Wednesday from 9-2 at Coffeyville Community College. Thursday from 11-45 to 6 pm at the First Baptist Church on 9th Street. And, at the church again on Friday morning from 8:30 to 12:30.
You may make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or online at redcrossblood.org .
We sat down with republican representative Doug Blex last week as he spoke upon some lighter notes coming out of Topeka. The numbers are in and the month of August showed higher revenues. Blex says the economy being in the shape it is as well as the increase of state income tax in 2017 are some reasons for the increase but the numbers continue to look positive as he says August numbers were almost 8 million dollars more than our previous year. Blex says September is always usually a month that is higher than expectations, as self employed individuals will make their yearly tax payments. Blex says the increase is always a good thing as we approach November, where we start to look towards the following year. Though 8 million isn’t an excessive amount to the Kansas Government, at least tee numbers are up.
The Coffeyville Police Department furthering their fight against the distribution of illegal drugs. They teamed up with the KBI, Montgomery County Sheriff and other local law enforcement offices on alleged drug distribution between 5 individuals. Chief of the CPD Kwin Bromley says they have made a couple arrests, yet a few still remain outstanding and asks for your help to locate them. The individuals that still remain outstanding from the investigation are, Chris Bridgeman of Independence, Grant Kinser and Carey Walker both of Coffeyville. If you have any information on their whereabouts again Bromley urges you contact your local police department. He states that eliminating the larger scale drug crimes it will ultimately lessen the total amount of crime generally involved in drug use and distribution.
The final count is in on the USD 445 Bond Election. The voters say no. Montgomery County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt says there were 795 yes ballots and 933 no votes. A total of 1,728 ballots were cast out of 7,005 eligible voters.
We we will have more on the vote during the KGGF Morning News on AM 690.
KGGF News has just received an update from Montgomery County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt. She reports that the vote tally on the bond question for Coffeyville Public Schools is right now at 401 yes votes and 464 no votes.
There are still 5 of 21 precincts to be counted.
We we will update again with the final, unofficial tally.
17 year old Dezzirell Holt of Coffeyville, who was reported missing on Tuesday, has been located and safely returned to her father. Dezzirell was located at the residence of 31 year old Harry Bruhn, of rural Montgomery County. Bruhn was arrested and charged with interference with law enforcement and contributing to a child’s misconduct.
Police Chief Kwin Bromley says “We received information from Dezzirell’s father about her possible whereabouts. Through the combined efforts of the Coffeyville Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, we were able to locate her and get her safely back home.”
It is an election day for voters of USD 445, Coffeyville Public Schools. Polls are open until 7 p.m. For people to cast ballots today. There is a single bond question on the ballot for 25 million dollars. The money would be used district-wide to improve safety, security and accessibility to the facilities. The election is open to all of those who live in the boundaries of USD 445. So, if Coffeyville buses roll by your house, you are probably eligible to vote at your usual polling place. If you are not sure if you are an eligible voter, you may contact Montgomery County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt's office. Despite a number of public forums, many still have questions about the bond, if you would like to have those addressed, you may contact any school board member or the district office.
There is also a website that answers many questions.
Where To Vote:
City of Coffeyville
Coffeyville Precincts 1,2, 3,7, 8, 9, 10
Senior Citizen's Center 601 S. Walnut
Precincts 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
Grace Fellowship Church 2455 Woodland
Cherokee Township Hall (Clymore School) 5174 CR 2400
Fawn Creek Township
Dearing Christian Church
Tyro Christian Church
Liberty Township Hall
Grace Fellowship Church 2455 Woodland
Parker Township Hall (Cedar Bluff School) 2294 CR 4550
With the 2018 year flying by, many programs are preparing for the following year. We spoke with Cheri Nelson from the K-State extension office as she explains that if you're interest in 4 H programs for your children you its time now to apply. Nelson says your kids need to be 7 before the beginning of the year to apply and all enrollment is found online at their website. As she also say 4 H is an easy and effective way of not only teaching your kids many skills to becoming a successful adult on and off the farm. For more information you can also call Nelson in the Wilson County extension office at 620 - 378 - 2167. She also urges your support for our area 4hers at the state fair in Hutchinson starting tomorrow.
A Pittsburg man receives life in prison after pleading no contest to two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the 2016 deaths of two family members. 33-year-old David Patrick McNabb was sentenced to life in the Kansas Department of Corrections without the possibility of parole for 100 years by District Judge Mark Ward. McNabb pleaded no contest in April to the two counts of first-degree premeditated murder as well as one count of felony theft and one count of interference with law enforcement. The charges stemmed from the November 2016 deaths of McNabb’s uncle, Kenneth McNabb, and grandmother, Betty McNabb.
The case was investigated by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation takes an Ottawa Police sergeant into custody. The arrest was made yesterday after an incident was reported to the Ottawa PD involving a situation at the home of 38-year-old Sgt. Steven E Burkhart. That allegations involve an incident that occurred on Monday.
Burkhart has been booked for battery and criminal threat. The investigation is ongoing.
Several groups come together to support the Nowata Police Department. They want to help the PD get a new K-9 officer following the death of K-9 Officer Smokey last week. Officer Jeramiah Frauenberger says he misses his partner. Smokey was struck by a semi after a woman let him out of the patrol vehicle along U-S 169. Frauenberger is using another dog temporarily until K-9 Officer Brit is ready to go. He is a younger brother of Smokey.
A memorial service is set for tomorrow afternoon for Smokey at Stumpff’s Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Nowata Cemetery.
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A woman dies after being shot at an Ochelata trailer park. Washington County Sheriff's Lt. Jon Copeland says Michele Mayes had gunshot wounds to the upper torso. The gunman, her estranged boyfriend, John Jeffrey Thomas was flown to a Tulsa hospital for treatment of two gunshot wounds to his chest. The two appeared in court last week following an alleged domestic abuse incident.
Mayes did have a restraining order in place against Thomas.
A crash in Cherokee County claims the life of a Georgia man dies. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 70-year-old William Lewis was driving northeast of Oswego yesterday morning. Authorities say the Guyton man missed a curve and drove off the roadway and struck a tree before his pick-up ended in an field.
Lewis died at the scene.
The City of Coffeyville prepares for a city wide clean up. It's set for October 15th-21st. Interim City Manager Michael Shook says they're looking for volunteers to help those who need assistance. Residents will be able to clear brush from their yards and hazardous items out of their homes and sheds.
A drug take back day will be held on October 20th.
A shooting is under investigation in Ochelata. Deputies responded this morning after a report of gunshots.
Washington County Undersheriff Steve Johnson confirms two people have been shot at the Prairie View Trailer Park.
Two people sustain injuries when a motorcycle crashes into a pick-up truck on U-S 169, just north of Cherryvale. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the truck, driven by 21-year-old Samuel Chrisman, of Thayer, had slowed to make a turn. The truck apparently did not have brake lights or turn signals and was rear-ended by 42-year-old Timothy John Holliday of Olathe. He and his passenger, 41-year-old Amber Lynn Holliday were thrown from their motorcycle.
Both were transported to a hospital for treatment of their injuries.
An Owasso man dies in a crash on the Will Rogers Turnpike, just east of Adair. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is still investigating what caused the wreck, just after 6 p.m. OHP says the driver of a passenger car was killed when it collided with a semi. 36-year-old Michael David Williams was pinned in the wreckage for an hour and a half before the Big Cabin Fire Department was able to free him. He died at the scene from massive injuries.
The driver and passenger of the semi were not injured.
It is Labor Day. That means all federal, county and city offices are closed for the day. There will be no mail delivery. And, for the City of Coffeyville no refuse collection.
Those who typically have trash service on Monday will have it on Tuesday this wee with all residents advancing pick-up to the next day.
The Kansas Attorney General’s office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will provide Kansans with consumer protection and public safety information at the Kansas State Fair, which opens next weekend. “Providing Kansans information to help avoid scams and rip-offs and to improve the safety of their families is key to our mission,” Schmidt said. “We will once again share this important information at our fair booth.”
The booth will be in the Meadowlark Building on the fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Staff from the attorney general’s office and the KBI will be available throughout the fair to answer questions. Attorney General Schmidt will be at the fair on Saturday, September 15, and available at the booth from 10 a.m. to noon to answer questions and listen to Kansans’ concerns.
The Kansas State Fair opens Friday, September 7, and runs through Sunday, September 16.
U.S.D 445 has brought forth a bond question to increase a mill levy to make improvements around the school district in and out of the classroom. The bond question has been a polarizing topic for weeks now. Dr. Jerry Hamm sat down with us and says that though the numbers seem intimidating, the increase is something that needs to reviewed. Hamm says not only the improvements to the exterior and safety of the building are what we should be thinking about but the quality of the equipment and courses are young ones are taking. Dr. Hamm has been working in education for decades and says at one time Coffeyville had several mill levy’s in place as well as more schools within city limits. He believes Coffeyville should continue its legacy and believe in education for the youth of our community.
The Nowata Police Department has lost a K-9 Officer. Police Chief Mike McElhaney says an officer stopped two people walking along U-S 169, when the woman disobeyed officer commands not to open the door of his vehicle. K-9 Officer Smokey jumped out, ran across U-S 169, and was struck and killed by a semi when he tried to cross back. Smokey was a CLEET certified drug detection dog.
The woman faces felony charges which could result in prison time.
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A Baxter Springs man pleads guilty to a charge of breach of privacy. 44-year-old Troy Eugene Maxton admitted during arraignment that he put a camera in an inappropriate place. Cherokee County Attorney Jake Conard says Maxton placed a cell phone camera under a bathroom door to take a picture, knowing a juvenile female was preparing to take a shower. Maxton faces up to 23-months in prison.
Sentencing is set for October 24th.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Independence Police Department, and the Coffeyville Police Department made several arrests today following a two-month-long joint investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs. With the assistance of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, arrest warrants were issued and executed Aug. 29 in several locations in Montgomery County. The arrests were made for suspected distribution of drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana, as well as for several additional drug related crimes. The subjects were booked into the Montgomery County Jail.
Arrested during this operation were:
Junior L. Chrisman, 66, Coffeyville, for Distribution of Methamphetamine
Michelle M. Church, 48, Coffeyville, for Distribution of Methamphetamine
Marquis J. Fulcher, 35, Coffeyville, for Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property
Karie E. Wilson, 43, Independence, Distribution of Methamphetamine
Karina V. Wilson, 19, Independence, Distribution of Methamphetamine
Stacy L. Isle, 45, Coffeyville, for Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property
Lacrecia M. Hart, 29, Coffeyville, for Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property
James H. Jones Jr., 46, Coffeyville, for Distribution of Cocaine
Authorities have outstanding arrest warrants for the following subjects related to the operation:
Chris L. Bridgeman, 33, Independence, for Distribution of Marijuana
Grant E. Kinzer, 53, Coffeyville, for Distribution of Methamphetamine
Carrie E. Walker, 32, Coffeyville, for Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school propert
Justin W. Carpenter, 33, Coffeyville, Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property
Rhonda R. Johnson, 52, Coffeyville, Distribution of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of school property
If anyone knows the whereabouts of these individuals, please contact the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.
Fix it or sell it. That becomes part of the discussion for the Coffeyville City Commission after being notified someone is interested in buying the former fire station adjacent to city hall. Fire Chief Bob Roesky says if the building continues to be used for extra equipment, it will need a new roof. The other option would be a supplemental structure at the Emergency Services Building. No action was taken on the matter.
The commission did approve the first reading of an ordinance to vacate a utility easement on Edgevale.
Celebrate Independence themed Ventures & Adventures returns next week. We spoke with the Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson as she says it's an easy and informative way to celebrate what your community has been doing. Speakers from local businesses will be in attendance to inform about their businesses and businesses coming to Independence. You’ll hear from Libby Bouldra, Robert Box from the Indy Brew Works, and Steve Morrison from Morrison Builders.There’s always something fun going on during the first Friday of the month in Independence. Wilson explains, alongside with all the speakers at the celebrate Independence event, will feature some speakers at First Friday as well. The celebrate Independence event Wilson mentioned will be the Thursday before first Friday on September 6th at the Masonic lodge with a cost of ten dollars, tickets are available by calling the Chamber office at (620) – 331 – 1890.
An investigation is underway after human remains are discovered south of Thayer. Neosho County Sheriff James Keath tells KGGF News a farmer found the skeletal remains Sunday evening.
Sheriff Keath says the farmer was cleaning up the area when he made the discovery on the land he is leasing.
A Bartlesville man dies following an Osage County crash, west of Bartlesville. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that 26-year-old Trevor Cochran was eastbound on a county road when he approached a curve to the left and his car went off the roadway on the right. Cochran over-corrected to the left and his car went into a broad slide. The car rolled halfway over to rest on its top. Cochran was pinned for about 5 minutes before a passerby was able to free him from the vehicle.
Cochran died as a result of massive injuries.
The chief judge of the 14th Judicial District is seeking additional office space. Public Works Director Robert Bever says Judge F. William Cullins is seeking more room for court services, because of the growth in juvenile services. The county is required to provide the space.
If an option isn't available to house the employees in existing space. An additional lease or purchase could be needed.
MCAC’s Trisha Purdon spoke upon what she believes to be one of the biggest meetings in our area this year. The Highway Task force will meet in Pittsburg on September 20th to lobby which unfinished roadway projects in the state of Kansas are highest priority. Purdon says they are trying to pack the house, and even encourages a testimony if you have one to give. To further your argument you can provide written or verbal testimonies as well. For more info. head to www.actioncouncil.com. To fully pack the house Purdon says they are providing transportation to Pittsburg for the event. They will meet in the community parking lot behind Lannings the morning before the event.
An opportunity to learn so much about the community where you live. Leadership Coffeyville prepares to welcome its next class. Those selected to take part will spend some time in the classroom, but there are a lot of field trips to various organizations and employers in the area.
Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook says applications are available at her office. They must be turned in by September 7th.
We spoke with representative Rich Proell on recent news coming from the capital as we’ve seen quite a bit of drama based in the race for governor. Starting with an odd canvassing situation between the incumbent Jeff Colyer and secretary of state Kris Kobach in the primary. With Kobach winning that race it arises drama with independent candidate Greg Orman. Representative Rich Proell speaking on the matter says the reasoning behind the group of protesters is because of Orman being on the ballot is believed to greatly increases the chances of Kris Kobach winning the general election in November. In lighter news out of Topeka, Obamacare has overcharged the state of Kansas granting a refund of over 140 million dollars. Proell says we do not have it in the bank as of now, but we will certainly be pursuing it. Also Proell states that the recent expansion of Medicaid proposed by governor Jeff Colyer may be in jeopardy depending on the winner in November. He says he believes Kelly would support the bill, while he isn’t quite sure it will stand with Kobach, either way a list of changes are on the way.
An Independence man will serve time in prison for making on-line death threats against Queen Neelah and members of the Montgomery County judiciary. Dylan Alexander Smith was sentenced to 15-months for making a criminal threat and intimidation of a witness. He also received 12-months for multiple counts of interfering with the judicial process. Smith made threats against Queen Neelah last October. He was also accused of amaking social media death threats against Judge Jeffrey Gettler, County Attorney Larry Markle and Assistant Attorney Lisa Montgomery.
Smith has already spent over 200 days in the county jail. That time will be applied to his prison sentence.
Fall time brings fall sports and many other activities at the Coffeyville Recreation Commission. Special Event coordinator Jaime Grant says this weekend they are starting a new program called touch a truck A great way to spend the day with the kids this Saturday as event coordinator Jaime Grant says area businesses will bring their work vehicles and machinery to display. Grant says it's a fun day with the family and they make it easy to give back to the community. The program is free of charge and will be located over at Walter Johnson Park where the carnival took place. Grant says though the event is free any donations to the CRC scholarship fund or bring non perishable food items is appreciated as they will be donation those to the salvation army.
Some employees at Cessna near Independence have to make other arrangements for the drive home. Montgomery County District Rural Fire Chief Rick Whitson says firefighters were called out just before 6:30. Whitson tells KGGF News that six vehicles were a total loss and two others sustained damage.
Whitson says the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. The investigation continues.
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17-year-old Terry Donaldson Jr. of Nowata was charged with first degree murder with deliberate intent during an arraignment at the Washington County Courthouse. Donaldson was also charged with felony counts of possession of firearm after delinquent adjudication, two counts of burglary in the second degree and a misdemeanor count of knowingly concealing stolen property. Donaldson is being charged as an adult. 18-year-old Tyler Thomison of Delaware was charged with second degree murder, possession of firearm after delinquent adjudication and two counts of second degree burglary. 20-year-old Thomas Alexander of Bartlesville was charged with second degree murder and two counts of second degree burglary. Court affidavits allege the trio was out trying to burglarize unlocked vehicles when 53-year-old Gregory Meidl confronted Donaldson who allegedly fired one shot at Meidl. He was pronounced dead on the scene due to a gunshot wound to the head.
The state of Oklahoma retained bonds for Thomison and Alexander at $250,000. Donaldson’s bond remained at $500,000. The three will next appear in court on September 28 at 9 a.m.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will return to a Tahlequah hospital. CMS has found several items at the Cherokee Nation's W.W. Hastings Hospital that need to be improved. The findings come after sterilization processing created an HIV and Hepatitis C scare at the facility. The Cherokee Nation’s Deputy Attorney General Crissi Nimmo tells The News On 6 they expected there would be areas to improve.
Employees are undergoing training required by the CMS Correction Plan. The feds plan to return for a follow-up at Hastings before the end of October.
Despicable Me 3 will be the featured movie at this Saturday's Free Downtown Movie Night in Independence. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says there will be a couple of special surprises at this movie night.
Wilson says the preshow activies will start at 7:30 with the movie starting at 8:30.
Raising money to help the community, that's just one of the many things the Young Professionals of Independence do. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says they will be hosting a fundraiser event called Night Golf.
Wilson says this event will be Friday, August 24th at 8:00pm. She says there will be cold drinks and a live DJ. You must 21 or older.
A creative way to do a can food drive. Independence Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says the Can Opener will start with a volleyball scrimmage, followed by a soccer scrimmage and finished off a football scrimmage.
Wilson says everything gets kicked off this Friday with volleyball at 4:30, soccer at 6:00 and football at 7:00.
Women in Agriculture is a program put on over at the ICC west campus next Wednesday by the K-State Extension district from 9 till 1. You will be hearing from a wide variety of speakers through the morning and K State extension districts Jeri Geren says its called Women in Ag. but is truly for anyone interested. Geren says the course is open to anyone including guys, though the majority of topics would be more on a womans role. They will have a variety of speakers ranging from NRCS, multiple county conservation districts, district forrester Ashley Stiffarm and Curran Slater will speak as well on focusing wild Hog control. The event takes place next Wednesday August 29th at ICC West, goes from 9am till 1pm that morning. Geren says to register to just call the Independence extension office at (620)-331-4836 ext. 2
Delaware County authorities respond to a domestic dispute and end up in a long stand-off, near Disney. Sheriff Harlan Moore tells The News On 6 that the suspect, Gary Miller got into a disagreement with his fiance. And, she shot at him. Miller left before the Sheriff's Office arrived. However, he returned and fired toward them. A short pursuit entailed with Miller crashing head-on into a deputy's vehicle. That deputy fired at Miller. He rain back to his girlfriend's home where she, three kids and a DHS worker were. Miller held police at bay until 2 a.m. He sustained a gunshot to the hand. It is not clear if it was from his fiance or a deputy.
He's being booked into the Delaware County Jail.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says one man is dead after a two-vehicle crash on US 69, two miles south of Pittsburg. Authorities say 70-year-old Stephen Hite was driving a pickup south on the roadway when he slowed to turn. He was rear-ended by a car . Hite's truck overturned onto its roof. Both vehicles came to rest in the east ditch.
Hite died at the scene.
A Bartlesville native heads to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. William (Bill) Yocum graduated from Bartlesville High
School before attending NEO where he was a member of the 1969 National Championship Team. He was named NJCAA and Gridwire All-American
and named one of the Outstanding College Athletes in America in 1970. After attending NEO, Yocum lettered at Texas A&M. He returned in 1977 as the
head wrestling and assistant football coach for the Miami school. He is among eight who will be honored on September 15th.
Yocum is retired, living in Lewisville, Texas.
Suicide in teens is a number that nationwide as well here statewide continue to grow. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and his office has teamed up with Tower Mental Health on a task force to educate others on the matter. Schmidt says it’s a great way to increase your knowledge or give input on a pressing issue in our state and says the program is open to the public. Schmidt says that task force meets here in our region on August 31st. They will meet in Iola at Allen Community College that Friday from 9am until around noon. He states its open to the public and encourages your attendance to either ad input, or just listen and learn. He also previewed a course set to educate various board members on how the open records act works coming up Friday in Fredonia at the public Library from 1:30 to 4:30.
Coffeyville School District voters are being asked to support a bond issue in a special election on September 6th. District Superintendent, Dr. Craig Correll, speaking to the Coffeyville Rotary Club today explained that the bond would be used to upgrade the district’s facilities. Correll said the high school and Middle School are almost 100 years old and the elementary school is now 15 years old, making maintenance a costly endeavor.
Correll says that if the bond is approved a home valuated at $50,000 would see an increase in taxes of $60 per year.
With all the talks of 2019 budget going around, it buries many other important items put up for the commision. We spoke with the Caney City administrator, Fred Gress, on what he says is a pivotal item for the city of Caney. Gress says the commission was asked last night to approve the movement of lease to own the current Good News building. That building is the proposed location for a grocery store, as Gress says there is a bit of debt involved in the finances, but believes the reward outweighs the risk.It's been an item of discussion for the City of Caney for awhile, if citizens are wanting a grocery store or not wanting one in the area they need to have their voices heard, and heard soon.
As former Coffeyville Public Library Director Katie Hill moves on, the Libraries Rachel Rose says the new director will be Lee Ann Eggers. Rose says Hill has taken the library director job in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, which has a library staff of about 25 people which is the double that of Coffeyville.
With school officially back in session the summer reading program at the Coffeyville Public Library has officially come to an end. The Libraries Rachel Rose says they will still have events going on during the school year, but August is normally their cool down month. Rose another big thing coming up in September is their Banned Books Week which starts the 23rd.
The Coffeyville Public Library hosts an online book club. Rose says they are wanting to start an in person discussion of the book. Rose says right now they are reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”. She says each month members of the Facebook Book Club Page vote on which book to read for the upcoming month.
The race for the republican nomination for governor in the state of Kansas was a close one, but that wasn't the only close race for the state. District 11 Representative Jim Kelly says there were several in the House. Kelly says that the crowded field for the republican nomination for governor played a large part into why that race was so close.
“My vote doesn't count” a popular excuse as to why someone doesn't vote. Kelly says when elections are this close that simply isn't the case. Kelly says if you look at the percentage of the vote for Colyer and Kobach it's a tie, both receiving 41%. When you win that close he says you don't get that mandate that you were swept in based on their message.
A job opening with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. They are accepting applications for position of Deputy. This is a full-time position requiring 86 hours on a bi-weekly basis. The salary for this position is based upon experience. You can submit applications to Kansas Works located 317 N. Pennsylvania in Independence.
The deadline for applications is September 3, 2018.
Oklahoma District 11 Judge Curtis Delapp officially announces his resignation. Delapp was given until the beginning of this week to make a decision about his future after gross neglect of duty charges were filed by the Oklahoma State Supreme Court earlier this month. A document filed with the court on August 1st detailed several events dating back to 2015 alleging that Judge DeLapp failed to follow procedure. DeLapp stated in a press release, “It is with a heavy heart but clear conscience that I announce my resignation and decision to not seek re-election.”
DeLapp served the people of Washington and Nowata County for 27 years. He has served as a district judge since 2007.
Bartlesville police have arrested three people in a man's shooting death. They are 18-year-old Tyler Leo Thomison, 20-year-old Thomas Wayne Alexander, and an unnamed 17-year-old male.
According to Bartlesville police, at around 3:00 AM a 54 year old man was shot and killed while confronting people who were breaking into cars on Tuxedo Boulevard and Martin Lane. There were three suspects that the victim was trying to confront when he was shot. Bartlesville police are now asking any homeowners in town to check their home surveillance systems to see if they have video of the suspects checking car doors before 3:00 AM on Sunday. According to Bartlesville Police Captain Jay Hastings, investigators are continuing to work the case by following leads and reviewing some video that has already been recovered.
No video surveillance evidence will be released to the public at this time, and the identity of the victim is not being released..BPD asks that any information be reported to the police at 918-338-4001 we will have more information as it is available.
A secured way to dispose of your unneeded prescription medicines is at a drug drop off location. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison, says it's important you do so to keep our kids and communities dafer and tells KGGF news where to do so. Harrison says they have found a location to put their drug take back box. It will be located in the temporary city hall building at 811 west Laurel. Harrison says any prescription medication, vitamins or even pet medication are excepted but there is a few items you cannot leave. He says no sharp items, no clinical medications, and no aerosol cans or inhalers.
Some very special people got a special experience in Coffeyville last night. The annual Buddy Barrow Show, part of the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo, took place. Youth from 4-H and FFA programs that had showed their barrow, were paired up with people with special needs, to show the barrow as part of a showmanship contest. About thirty special needs people participated, and a grand champion and reserve champion were determined. Randy Lee won grand champion and Charles Landrum was reserve champion.
Both men live in Independence and both have participated in the Buddy Barrow Show several times.
The county will also ask property owners for more money for Fiscal Year 2019. The Montgomery County Commission approved a budget that calls for the mill levy to move from 49 to 51.7 mills. The vote was 2-1.
In other business, commissioners agreed to move forward with the county's Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, which will provide a tax credit to rural residents making improvements on their property.