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Update: Woman Dies Following Bartlesville Officer-Involved Shooting


 
Bartlesville Police and agents of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation worked through the night investigating an officer involved shooting in the 1600 block of SW Maple. The incident began at approximately 9:30 Wednesday evening. 
 
According to Captain Jay Hastings, six Bartlesville Police Officers were at the home in the process of serving a search warrant for the sale of illegal drugs.  Four Officers entered into the home and encountered 50-year-old Mike Anthony Livingston who was the suspect. 
 
While police were taking Livingston into custody Officers heard shots and two Officers were struck with some type of projectile.  The shots came from 72-year-old Geraldine Townsend who is believed to be Livingston’s mother. 
 
Officers saw Geraldine Townsend pointing what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun at them and one officer returned fire striking Townsend once in the upper body.   One of the officers and Townsend were transported to Jane Phillips Medical Center where Townsend later died from her injuries. The Officer transported to the hospital received a facial injury and underwent surgery Thursday morning to remove a projectile.  The weapon Townsend used appeared to be some type of high powered pellet handgun which resembled a real gun.
 
Livingston was arrested and transported to the Washington County Detention facility on drug and weapon related charges.
 
The OSBI is handling the investigation and it will be reviewed by the Washington County District Attorney. 

MG CO Courthouse Reopens With Limited Access


 

The Montgomery County Courthouse reopens after excessive damage resulted from flooding earlier this month. The south and east entrances are open for public access between 8:30 and 5 p.m. The elevator is not available. The only access to the Montgomery County Appraiser's Office and Register of Deeds is by stairs. If you need accessible accommodations you may call 330-1190. The Cofffeyville Auto Tag Office is accepting all tax payments. The County Health Department is operating out of its Coffeyville location.

 

On February 1st, the County Clerk's Office will begin assisting with applications for Homestead Exemptions.


Taste Of Soup At Coffeyville Public Library


 

The Coffeyville Public Library hosts its Taste of Soup Event today. Library Director Katie Hill says it is a chance to have a hot lunch and help the library.  The Library Foundation will be hosting the event in the Children's Section until 1 o'clock this afternoon.

 

The proceeds from the luncheon will help fund a new projection system for the community room.


Bartlesville Police Exchange Shots With Suspect's Mother


 

According to Bartlesville Police Captain Jay Hastings, at approximately 9:30 PM on Wednesday evening there was an officer involved shooting in the 1600 block of S. Maple in Bartlesville.

Police officers were in the middle of executing a search warrant when Hastings says gunfire broke out.

Police returned fire, and a female suspect who was at the home was injured. Two Bartlesville Police Department officers had minor injuries as well. One police officer and the woman were sent by ambulance for treatment at the Jane Phillips Medical Center.

The officers have non-life threatening injuries. The woman is listed in critical condition, according to a release from the BPD. 

The female was the mother of a man who was also being detained at the home during the execution of the search warrant, which was for a drug-related search. Hastings says the Bartlesville drug officers had to have probable cause to obtain the search warrant.

Since the Bartlesville Police Department was involved the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been called to conduct a full investigation of the shooting.

The man was arrested on drug charges. Two officers received non life threading injuries. The condition of the woman appears to be critical.

We’ll have more on this story as it becomes available.

The full press conference with Capt. Hastings can be found here.


Pittsburg PD Prepares For Citizens' Academy


 

Applications are being accepted for the 11th Annual Citizens' Police Academy in Pittsburg. Applicants must live, work or attend college within Crawford County to be considered for the 10-week course. It is designed to help residents better understand police training, procedures and basic philosophies of the Pittsburg Police Department. The academy opens on Febraury 8th. Those attending will get to be a part of a mock crime scene, learn about emergency vehicle operations and firearms.

 

You may apply  online  or in person at the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center at 201 North Pine in Pittsburg.


 


Weather Related Closings


 

 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Coffeyville has canceled their 10 a.m. service for this morning.  Also, the thrift shop will be closed tomorrow due to the weather.   

The Senior Citizens Activity Center in Coffeyville will be closed today.  No activities.

 

The Montgomery County Wellness Collation's Community Wellness Meeting in Coffeyville has been rescheduled for Monday, January 22 due to weather. The meeting will be next Monday at 6:00pm at the Senior Citizens Activity Center, but the location is subject to change.

 


Publishers Clearing House Scam


 

You get a call from someone claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House, but the bad news is they may be looking to scam you. The Chanute Police Department reports that over the past 24-hours, they've had complaints about individuals calling saying they are with Publishers Clearing House. They want people to go get a Western Union check and send it to their location. One of those places is in Jamaica.

If you receive any of those calls, the Chanute PD says you should contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 and make a report with them.  


Caney Man Arrested In Theft From Tulsa


 

A Caney man is arrested after police received a tip that he was trying to sell stolen property on Craig's List. Police Chief Ron Wade says officers set up a controlled buy of the DitchWitch and trailer reported stolen from Tulsa. 23-year-old Zachary Dipman was taken arrested from an address in the 700 block of North Spring and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a complaint of felony possession of stolen property.

 

Chief Wade says the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the theft or any other crimes can remain anonymous by calling the Caney Police Department at 620-879-2141.


Sumner County Deputy Critically Injured


A sheriff's deputy for Sumner County suffers critical injuries in a crash last night near Mulvane. The Sumner County Sheriff's Office says the deputy was working traffic enforcement along K-15 when his vehicle was struck. The deputy was pinned inside his vehicle.

He was transported to a Wichita hospital in critical condition.


 


Deadly Fire In Baxter Springs


 

The Kansas Fire Marshal's Office investigates a deadly fire in Baxter Springs. According to the fire department, fire crews were called around 10 p.m. Monday. When they arrived near 10th and Wyandotte, they found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The fire spread to a nearby vehicle and boat at the location. Fire Chief Gunnar Wixon says 65-year-old Troy Eugene Newman was found deceased inside his home.

 

The fire was fought in a combined effort involving fire crews from Baxter Springs, Galena and Columbus.


Nowata County Accepting Applications For Sheriff


 

The Nowata County Commissioners discuss and approve a resolution to accept applications for a new sheriff at this week's meeting. Those applications will be accepted until January 26 and the top applicants will be interviewed on January 29.

Chairman Doug Sonenberg explains the situation.

The Commissioners hope to have a decision made by February 5. This will leave just a slight gap after current Sheriff Sandy Hadley’s retirement becomes effective on February 1.

Police Chief Mike McElhaney addressed the board concerning a new idea for county dispatching. Chief McElhaney suggested that all the emergency service entities combined to use one dispatch service for the whole county.

This idea was presented in an effort to save money for both the sheriff’s office and the county.Chief McElhaney asked that the commissioners put this idea in front of the interviewees for the sheriff position.

The Nowata County Commissioners will meet next on January 22.


Power Outage Near Hospital


 

Coffeyville Municipal Power & Light reports an outage this morning.  Deputy Director Michael Shook tells KGGF News that the area west and south of 4th and Buckeye, including a portion of Coffeyville Regional Medical Center lost power.  He estimates 150 addresses were affected.  Crews located a downed power line on Englewood south of the Coffeyville Country Club.  

 

Shook believes the outage was likely an isolated issue.  


Area Closings - Coffeyville Public Schools-USD445 - Cancel Classes Tomorrow


Coffeyville Public Schools have canceled classes for Tuesday, 1/16/2018 due to road conditions.  Other area schools canceling classes for tomorrow include: 

 

Schools for Tuesday:

 

Caney Valley USD 436 Caney

Coffeyville Community College all campuses

Independence Public Schools

Bartlesville Public Schools

Caney Valley-Oklahoma

Pawhuska

Neodesha Public Schools

Independence Community College

Nowata

Chelsea

Pitt State University

Sedan Public Schools

Parsons USD 503

USD 506 Labette County Closed

USD 447 Cherryvale- Thayer

Labette Community College 

Fredonia USD 484

Tyro Christian School

USD 387 Altoona Midway

 

 

Other Closings: 

Caney City Hall Closed Tuesday

Montgomery County Offices in Coffeyville & Independence

Coffeyville Meals on Wheels will not deliver

Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Class at CRMC postponed from Thursday to January 25th

 

Tune to KGGF 690am, KGGF 104.1fm, KUSN 98.1fm or KQQF 98.9fm for additional closings and cancellations as they come in.  To Submit a Closing, call 620-251-3800 or email News@kggfradio.com

 

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Weather Will Delay Garbage Collection


 

The weather leads to a delay in trash pick-up. Republic Services has notified the City of Coffeyville that due to the weather, there will be no residential refuse collection today. The Monday route will be picked up tomorrow.

 

Routes for the rest of the week will run a day late.

 


Update: Windchill Advisory Added


 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST
TODAY...
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON
CST TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Snow occurring. Very cold wind chills expected. Plan on
slippery roads, especially during the morning commute. You
should also be alert for black ice! Total snow accumulations of
up to two inches are expected. Expect wind chills to range from
0 to 20 below zero.

* WHERE...Chautauqua, Montgomery and Labette Counties.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until noon CST today.
For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM this evening to noon
CST Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at
times. The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in
as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities and use extra caution while
driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling
from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will
combine to create dangerously low wind chills from 15 below to 25
below. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are
not taken. Dress appropriately! Be sure to wear a hat and gloves
and dress in layers.


ALL USA Academic Team Nominees From ICC


 

Two Independence Community College students, Jackie Zimmerman and Sebastian Henderson are nominated to the All-USA Community College Academic Team as outstanding members of the Beta Omega chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. The All-USA Academic Team is a merit award based on a student’s accomplishments. It recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Zimmerman is a sophomore at ICC from Yates Center, KS. Henderson, also a sophomore, came to ICC from Neosho, MO.

 

Both honorees will have the opportunity to be recognized on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the 22nd annual All-Kansas Academic Team Phi Theta Kappa recognition ceremony and luncheon. 


Winter Weather Advisory Posted


...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT
TONIGHT TO NOON CST MONDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions,
including during the morning commute on Monday. Total snow
accumulations of up to two inches are expected.

* WHERE...Chautauqua, Montgomery and Labette Counties.

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to noon CST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at
times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


Man Rescued From Vehicle In Creek


 

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office responds to a call of an overturned SUV in a creek last night. Sheriff David Groves says a passerby saw the vehicle's tail lights in the area of Southwest 90th and Clem Road and called for help. The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was trapped inside and water was getting in by the time deputies and Lola Township Fire personnel arrived. 35-year-old Wesley Woods of Baxter Springs was eventual removed from the vehicle.

 

Woods was treated for hypothermia and other injuries in Joplin.


 


Dairy Queen Reconstruction Could Begin Soon


 

Spring could bring a return of Dairy Queen treats to Montgomery County. The Independence D-Q has been closed since a February fire, but the store owner, Brent Littleton says demolition and reconstruction should soon be underway. He hopes construction will be completed by April 1st.

 

Littleton says he plans to hold a job fair in March to hire 50 employees for the location.


Job Cuts Planned At CRMC


 

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center looks to cut costs. The hospital will reduce its workforce by 10-percent. The announcement comes on the heels of the departure of CEO Mark Woodring. Interim CEO Lori Rexwinkle cites reduced medicare reimbursements and expenses relating to upgrades to the electronic medical records system as factors in the across-the-board cuts. Rexwinkle says 30 positions will be cut.

 

The hospital plans to absorb as many of those jobs by not filling vacancies.   


Moran Supporting Farm Bill Passage


 

Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas takes to the floor of the U.S. Senate to speak in support of the Farm Bill. The Manhattan Republican says the legislation is important to many people, not just farmers.  Moran says, like many in agriculture, he is concerned about any potential withdrawal from NAFTA.

 

He says we must remember all the jobs and products that result in nearly $6-billion of economic activity.


County Offices Closed


 

The Montgomery County offices will be closed Friday, January 12th due to weather and Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Junior Day.

 

They will reopen Tuesday, January 16th.


Closed Railroad Crossing to Reopen Soon


 

A rail crossing project on South Walnut/Hwy 169 that has detoured vehicles to Willow is nearly complete, and the highway is expected to open by this weekend. The SKOL railroad removed a rail crossing as part of their reconfiguration of tracks. While the crossing was closed, the City completed a concrete project between the tracks. Thomas Osborn, Engineering Superintendent, reported at the commission meeting that once the highway is opened the road will still be rough until the tracks settle and are even with the concrete. He indicated it normally takes about a month for this to occur.


City Hall Ribbon Cutting


 

Snow falls as City Manager Kendall Francis and the city commissioners cut the ribbon for the renovations on city hall. Commissioner Jim Taylor says it's been quite the process since they started.

 

Taylor says he appreciates the patients of the city staff and the support from the citizens.  In preparation for relocating back to City Hall, offices will be closed on Friday, January 12, January 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr Day and will open on January 16 at 102 W. 7th Street.

 


Coffeyville Man Injured in Shooting


 

The Coffeyville Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday evening at approximately 9:00pm. 60 year old Donald Collins of Coffeyville was injured during the shooting that happened around a vehicle parked at 412 E. 4th Street. Collins was transported to CRMC and later transferred to St. John’s in Tulsa for surgery. His condition is unknown.

 

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call CPD at 620-252-6160 or Detective Jason Vargas at 620-252-6010. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to the Crime Tip Hotline at 620-252-6133.


Ribbon Cutting Today At City Hall


 

The City of Coffeyville celebrates renovations today at the municipal building. City Manager Kendal Francis says the renovations are complete. A ribbon cutting will be at 2 p.m. with tours of the building until 6 this evening.  The Customer Service utility office at 1401 W. 8th Street will remain at their current location through January 18th.

 

The renovations were financed with a tax package approved by voters in 2012.


Rental Standards Approved By Commission


 

The Coffeyville City Commission votes last night to approve a second reading of an ordinance to adopt minimum standards for rental properties. A number of landlords addressed the commission with questions and opposition. Mayor Paul Bauer called for the vote despite Commissioner Jim Taylor wanting more time for study.

 

Also last night, oaths of office were given to Commissioners AnnMarie Vannoster, Chris Williams, and Paul Bauer. Bauer was chosen as mayor and Jim Taylor was named vice mayor.


Governor Delivers State Of The State


 

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback addresses a joint session of the Kansas Legislature last night. He delivered his final State of the State address. The governor says school finance will likely be the biggest issue of the year, but he has a plan.  He says the increased spending will bring increased expectations that the Kansas State Board of Education will need to ascertain are met. The governor wants a 95% graduation rate with 75% of graduates continuing their education after high school through the military, a certificate program or college.

 

He also pushed for more development of unmanned aerial vehicles and improved health policies.

 

Read the text of the governor's speech.


Business Burglary Investigated


 

Crime Stoppers needs your help to solve a recent burglary of a local business.  Sometime between 8 o'clock Tuesday morning January 2nd and Thursday morning January 4th someone took a generator and other pieces of equipment from the KWON radio building between Bartlesville and Dewey on State Highway 123. 

According to Washington County Sheriff's Captain Brandon Cranor someone took a Generac Guardian 20 kilowatt, propane fueled, liquid cooled commercial generator.  The unit weighs several hundred pounds and was taken from a steel platform on the back side of the building.

According to the police report, it appears someone used a rope or a similar device attached to the exterior doors of the building and then attached it to a vehicle to rip the doors off the building.  Damage was also done to the side of the building.  It appears to be from where the vehicle the generator was lowered into was backed into the building.  The burglars also took an FM broadcast antenna, 100 feet of one and 5/8th-inch coax cable, and other items.

Crime doesn't pay but Crime Stoppers does.  Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest of the person or persons involve in this robbery.  KWON radio will pay an additional reward of up to $1,000 to the tipster.

If you have information on this robbery or on any serious crime in Washington or Nowata Counties, call Crime Stoppers at 918-336-CLUE.  You can also provide anonymous information by using the P3 TIPS smart phone app or you can use the leave a tip link on the crime stoppers website.  We have a link to the Crime Stoppers website.

Remember all crime stoppers tips are guaranteed anonymous.  Crime Stoppers doesn't want your name, just your information.


UPDATE: Caney Boil Advisory Rescinded


 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded a boil water advisory for the City of Caney. The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure or shutdown. Regardless of whether it’s the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.
Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Caney indicate no evidence of contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

 


Roman's Announces Teachers Of The Month


 

New cars arrive at some southeast Kansas schools. Romans Motor Company of Independence has delivered a Buick Encore to Megan Abbott, who teaches Leadership and Finance Literacy in Coffeyville. Fredonia's elementary school librarian, Sheri Moya, also received a new ride. Both will enjoy the wheels for their recognition as Teachers of the Month.

 

Romans of Independence has been selling Buick and Chevrolet vehicles since 1967.


Drying Out The Courthouse


 

Work continues to dry out the Montgomery County Courthouse. The building remains closed until further notice after a weekend waterline rupture flooded the structure. ServPro of Tulsa's Eddie Green says they are working to dry nearly 300-thousand cubic feet.  A 2-inch long split in a water line dumped 100-thousand gallons of water into the courthouse in less than six hours. Many printers and monitors were damaged, but it appears most of the computer systems were not damaged.   

 

A document recovery firm is working with ServPro in the clean-up.


USD 445 Receives Audit For FY 2017


 

The USD 445 Board of Education receives a clean audit report for the fiscal year 2017 budget. The report provided during last night's meeting by the firm of Jarred Gilmore & Phillips. Coffeyville Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll says he is also pleased with the behavior and attendance updates from the district's assistant principals.

 

Board members last night also approved the 2018-2019 school calendar and approved the hiring of three new employees.


Major Water Damage To MG CO Courthouse


 
An overnight water line rupture inside the Montgomery County Courthouse is Being described as devastating.  Courthouse offices will be closed until further notice.  The Montgomery County Tag Office in Coffeyville and Montgomery County Health Department, also in Coffeyville, will absorb operations for the Independence offices for the foreseeable future.
 
The water line rupture was discovered at 8 a.m., Saturday.  The Chronicle reports a water line on the third floor burst overnight, sending tens of thousands of gallons of water pouring into the courthouse offices below — soaking the public works department, register of deeds office, county treasurer’s office and county clerk’s offices.
 
An early survey of damage on Saturday afternoon determined that most every computer terminal, telephone, adding machine, photocopier, and all office furnishings were damaged or ruined by repair, said Robert Bever, public works director.
 
ServPro out of Tulsa is overseeing the clean-up.  They may also be given the contract to handle repairs.
 
 

Cut the Ribbon for the New Emergency Services Building


 

Several people in attendance for the ribbon cutting for the new Coffeyville Emergency Services Building. Fire Chief Bob Roesky says he is excited about the new advantages the building will bring.

 

Chief Roesky says with size of the new building it will be easier to do maintenance on the trucks inside. The facility will be open for tours until 6:00 tonight so there is still time to go check it out.


CRMC's CEO Resigns Post


 

The CEO of Coffeyville Regional Medical Center resigns. Dr. Mark Woodring's resignation has been accepted by the CRMC Board of Directors. Chief Nursing Officer Lori Rexwinkle has been named interim CEO. She has been at CRMC since 2000. She is also an adjunct instructor for the nursing program at Coffeyville Community College.

 

Rexwinkle holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from Southern Nazarene University.  


Classes Resume Despite Boil Order For Caney


 

Classes will resume for Caney Valley USD 436 today. That despite a boil water advisory. Superintendent Blake Vargas has sent parents a letter detailing today's plan of action. Breakfast and lunch will be prepared using bottled water as necessary. Water fountains have been shut down. He says portable restrooms will be on-site should the community lose water pressure again. Parents may sent water with students this morning, but bottled water should be available by afternoon.

 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the order yesterday following a loss of pressure in the City of Caney water tower. The city has been dealing with a number of water leaks and spent much of yesterday looking for a leak that drained the tower in 90 minutes Wednesday evening.


Boil Water Advisory Issued For Caney


 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the City of Caney in Montgomery County. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals, and bacterial contamination.  The advisory took effect on January 4, 2018 and will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.

 
Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
• Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
• Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
• Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water
that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
• Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while
bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their
physicians.
• If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

No Water Service Today For Caney. School Closed


 

Classes are canceled for USD 436 today. The City of Caney will be without water service. City Crews have been working to repair a number of water leaks throughout the city caused by sub-freezing temperatures. City Administrator Fred Gress.

 

Not only will Caney schools be closed, the lack of water will also likely mean restaurants in Caney may not be able to open.


Open Houses Set For ESB & Renovated City Hall


 

Ribbon cuttings are this week and next for the final two projects of a 2012 voter approved package of improvements. City Manager Kendal Francis says the ribbon cutting at the new Emergency Services Building is tomrrow at 2 p.m. The open house will continue until 6 o'clock.  Next Thursday, January 11th, a ribbon cutting and open house will be held at the Coffeyville Municipal Building. It will also begin at 2 p.m.

 

In preparation for relocating back to City Hall, offices will be closed on Friday, January 12, for moving; January 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr Day and will open on January 16th.  


Caney Water Service Improving After Numerous Leaks


 

Water service should return to normal this morning in Caney. City Crews were slowly refilling the system overnight after dealing with a number of water leaks throughout the city caused by sub-freezing temperatures. Residents of Caney were asked to conserve water until the system refilled. That process is slow and deliberate in an effort to avoid causing additional water leaks as pressure builds throughout the system.


Coffeyville Man Dies From Traffic Accident Two Weeks Ago


 

A Coffeyville man has died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident nearly two weeks ago.  42 year old Richard Freel of Coffeyville died Tuesday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.  Freel was injured in a single vehicle accident December 21st on Highway 169 two miles south of South Coffeyville.  A 12 year old passenger in Freel’s vehicle, also of Coffeyville was also injured in that accident. 

 

Freel’s vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and impacted a construction barrier wall before continuing northbound and striking a barrier end.


Frigid Temps Create Water Woes


 

Many households have been dealing with frozen pipes as temperatures dip to the single digits across Montgomery County. The City of Caney is working to address a number of water leaks throughout town.  Residents are being asked to conserve water.  There was a New Year’s Eve water main break in Coffeyville near First Street and Highland.  That also affected water service for some in the area.  

 

State Farm’s Harold Mann advises folks to let faucets drip and open cabinet doors under sinks to help avoid frozen water lines.  


Fee Added To Credit/Debit Transactions At Coffeyville City Hall


 

Starting January 1st the City of Coffeyville will start charging a 1.75% fee on the total amount of all credit and debit card transactions made at the city.  Coffeyville City Clerk Cindy Price says this is just the price of doing business.

 

Price says there won't be a fee for paying with cash, check or setting up bill pay through your bank.


Independence Drivers License Bureau Closed TFN


 

Renewing your drivers license could be a bit inconvenient. The Independence Driver's License Office is closed until further notice due to heating problems.  If you require full driver's license services from the Kansas Department of Revenue, you're advised to visit Baxter Springs, Chanute or Strother Field, that's located between Arkansas City and Winfield.

If you only require a renewal, you may visit Chautauqua, Elk, Wilson and Cherokee County offices.


Freezing Temperatures Can Cause Frozen Pipes


 

Baby it's cold outside. Temperatures have plummeted. And, as we head into New Year's Eve weekend, we're expecting some overnight lows around zero. Some in Coffeyville have already had plumbers out. And, the forecast looks like there could be more chances for frozen pipes. State Farm Agent Harold Mann offers some advice.  Now, if your pipes do freeze, do not try to thaw them out with a torch or open flame due to creating a fire hazard. If you hear running water under your house, it's time to call a plumber. 

 

Damage is typically covered by homeowner policies.  If your repair estimate exceeds your deductible, you should contact your insurance agent.


Searching For Clues In Woman's Death


 

Many questions remain unanswered in the investigation into the murder of 33-year-old Cindy “Pinky” Easom. Montgomery County Sheriff's Detective Chad Dunham says the body of the Miami woman was found earlier this month near the Card Creek Camping Area.  Easom was last seen alive at 6 a.m. in Baxter Springs. That was on December 7th. A few hours later, hunters spotted her body in Card Creek and contacted authorities.

 

Anyone with any information about the case is urged to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 620-330-1000.


New Marketing Assistant For Crawford County CVB


 

The Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau adds a new Tourism Marketing Assistant. Crawford County CVB Executive Director Devin Gorman says Chris Wilson has joined the team to help promote all that Crawford County has to offer. Wilson has 10-years of news and public relations experience.

In his new role, he will promote the Pittsburg area as a tourism and meeting destination and manage the CVB's website and social media accounts.


Reward Offered In Mayes County Cold Case


It's been 10-years since an Oklahoma couple were found shot to death. Investigators are still trying to solve the case. The bodies of 65-year-old Jack and 66-year-old Elaine Denney were discovered in their Locust Grove home on Christmas Day 2007. In an effort to close the Mayes County case, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering a $10,000 reward.

The OSBI is looking for new, credible information that could help lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murders.


Resolving To Lose Weight In The New Year


 

The new year is just days away. That has many of us making resolutions to eat better and lose weight. Nutrition Specialist Sandy Procter says, on average, people gain one-to-three pounds over the holidays which is why so many resolve to make corrections in the New Year.

 

She says some changes don't have to be major. She says even small things like switching out a side of fries for a side salad can make a big difference when dining out.


 


Remembering Mike Kimmons


 

The KGGF Family is feeling heart-broken. We lost one of our own over the weekend. Account Executive Mike Kimmons died at his home on Saturday. Mike was a friend to all of us and will certainly be missed. He loved his family, fishing and Chiefs Football. He was never shy about sharing his opinions. Our prayers go out to his wife, Brenda, their sons, his father, Hugh, and the rest of the family.

 

His memorial service is set for 10 tomorrow morning at the Central Church of the Nazarene in Coffeyville.

 


Armed Robbery At Coffeyville Store


 
 
Coffeyville Police investigate an armed robbery.  Detective Jason Kastler says it happened just before 10 p.m. Friday at the Family Dollar on 11th Street.  Investigators say the suspect was black and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a stocking cap.  Police say he left the scene of the robbery on foot.  Anyone who has information about the crime should contact the Coffeyville Police Department.  The number for for dispatch is 252-6160 or you may contact Detective Kastler at 252-6145.  
 
Callers may may remain anonymous.  

Winter Weather Advisory Posted


 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Montgomery County.  This advisory  will remain in effect until 6 o’clock Saturday morning. 

 

* HAZARDS...A light wintry mix of light freezing rain, sleet and
snow is expected. Only a few hundredths of an inch of ice is
expected with snowfall amounts less than 1 inch.

* TIMING...until 6 am Saturday morning.

* MAIN IMPACT...The light wintry precipitation may result in
slippery roads, especially bridges and overpasses, as well as
elevated surfaces.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A winter weather advisory means that periods of winter weather
will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads
and limited visibilities. Use caution while driving.


Shop With A Cop This Week


 

Children at the Coffeyville Boys and Girls Club spend time with First Responders during the annual Shop with a Cop event. In Coffeyville, the kids shop with police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and sheriff's deputies. Each boy and girl had a $50 Wal-Mart gift card to find a present. Some children buy for themselves.  Others also want to get gifts for their families and friends.

 

All the gifts are wrapped for the children by volunteers from the Junior Advisory Council, Kiwanis Club, and Salvation Army.


City Commission Discussion Turns To Police Recruitment


 

The Coffeyville City Commission approves a memorandum with the Fraternal Order of Police. However, the process during the commission meeting spurred discussion on why the Coffeyville P-D has struggled to recruit new officers. Commissioner Chris Williams lays a portion of the blame on City Manager Kendal Francis.

 

Francis says changes have been made to enhance the job offers. Police Chief Kwin Bromley says it is a difficult situation now with very few young people interested in police work.  He says it is a national problem.


Store Employee Finds Baggy Of Meth On Floor


 

A store employee sweeping up at the close of business makes an unusual discovery in Sedan. Police Officer Kirk Richardson says they found a small baggy of what later tested positive as methamphetamine. He says whomever is missing the drugs is invited to stop by police headquarters to claim the baggy.  He says the bag was under the edge of a shelf, out of the site line of most adults.

 

Richardson says he is concerned because a small child could have picked it up.


Coffeyville Man & Boy Hurt in Oklahoma Crash


 

A Coffeyville man and his passenger suffer injuries in an Oklahoma car crash. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says speed was a factor in the early morning wreck on U-S 169, just south of the state line. Troopers say 42-year-old Richard Freel was northbound when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve and hit a barrier.  He and a 12-year-boy were injured.  

Firefighters from Coffeyville and South Coffeyville had to free the boy who was pinned in the wreckage.

 

The OHP says both were taken to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition.


Ribbon Cutting Set At New ESB


 

January 5th. That's the date selected for the ribbon cutting and open house at Coffeyville's new Emergency Services Building. The ribbon will be cut at 2 p.m. With public tours until 6 o'clock. City Manager Kendal Francis says people will be able to see all of the building including the jail area, but one room will be off-limits.  The building will be home to the police and fire departments.

 

Voters approved a sales tax to pay for construction of the building and renovations at City Hall.

 


Board Of Ed Approves New Boiler


 

The USD 445 Board of Education holds a special meeting this morning. Members were asked by Coffeyville Public Schools administration to approve the purchase of a new boiler. The district relies on two boilers located at Roosevelt for the middle school and Field Kindley High School. One of those recently failed. After a bid process, board members approved a bid from Boyle Services, Incorporated of Tulsa. They will replace the boiler for $59,418.

 

It will take three weeks for the new parts to be delivered. In the meantime, the old boiler will be taken out.


Effort Underway To Enhance Jail Safety


 

Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks and Jail Administrator Brian Leedy ask the Board of Commissioners to allow an extension to handrails in the county's lock-up. Leedy says it is a matter of life and death.  Leedy says the jail is dealing with a large number of inmates who have some mental health issues, making the project necessary.

 

Commissioners agreed to getting a design and opening a bid process for the re-design.


Flu Bug Invading Kansas


 

Kansas has recorded outbreaks of influenza in Sedgwick and Douglas Counties. There have been positive flu tests here in Montgomery County. Dr. Gangula with the CRMC Medical Group says there are some anti-viral drugs that can help speed your healing, but you need to begin treatment within 48-hours.   He says the cost of the flu medications can be high even with insurance. He says most people will recover on their own in 5-7 days. With medication, you may shave 2 or 3-days off your recovery.

 

Health officials say it is not too late to get a flu shot.


UPDATE: Standoff in Cherryvale


 

A felony traffic stop resulted in a tense situation in Cherryvale this afternoon.  A several block area on Main Street, about 2 blocks west of downtown Cherryvale was blocked off by authorities after witnesses say an individual was stopped by police and threatened suicide if anyone approached the vehicle. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded including the Cherryvale Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff's office.  No one was injured in the incident that witnesses say lasted about 2 hours.

 

UPDATE:

The Police Department was able to make contact with the suspect in the 600 block of East 2nd. The suspect identified as John B. Wright, fled the scene striking a Montgomery County Sherriff Officers Patrol Unit, and then led the officers on a high-speed chase to the 500 block of West Main in Cherryvale, Kansas. The Police Department, along with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol, engaged in a standoff with the suspect. Mr. Wright made several comments of self-harm and during the standoff pointed a gun in the direction of Sheriff Bobby Dierks. After several hours, the standoff ended with Mr. Wright being taken into custody without any injuries. Mr. Wright was taken to Four County Mental Health Center immediately for evaluation and then to the Montgomery County Jail.


First Meeting Held For Potential Poultry Growers


 

Over 100 area residents attend a public meeting to discuss some of the aspects of the poultry growing industry. The meeting was held in the Spencer/Rounds Theater on the Coffeyville Community College campus Thursday afternoon. Coffeyville and Montgomery County are trying to recruit a Tyson processing plant to the area.  Most of the speakers are involved in the business in Arkansas and Missouri.  Indications are Tyson would need 20 houses of breeders, 40 houses of pullets, and 330 houses producing broilers.  A typical house is 54 feet wide by 600 feet long.  Potential producers were told the average start-up costs for eight houses would be roughly $3.5-million. 

 

Prospective growers were told there is a 10 step process to become a producer.  That includes, among other things, selecting an operation, blueprints, financing, construction and a letter of intent with Tyson. Typical contracts run 10-15 years.  Once up and running, the current producers say one person can handle four barns without hiring additional employees.  Tyson will want the farms within 30-75 miles.  The plant would process 1.2 million birds per week.  

 

One concern raised by some attending was the need for a 20 gallons of water per minute rating. Some question if the county's rural water districts can keep up with that demand.  

 

The next poultry grower meeting is set for January 9th at Memorial Hall in Independence.  

 


Car Crashes into Chouteau Restaurant and Bakery


 

The Amish Cheese House in Chouteau will stay open despite having someone drive through one of the entrances of their building. Owner Wes Miller says it was a customer who mistakenly pressed the gas.

 

Miller says he hopes it will only take a couple of weeks to have things fixed. He says he's also thankful no one was hurt.


Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving


 

Debunking the myths about alcohol especially drinking and driving. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison just wants everyone to be informed as the head to their holiday parties.

 

Chief Harrison says the best way to make sure your okay to drive is time. He says to wait around an hour for each drink you've consumed up to three drinks.


Caney Nursing Home Operator Sued By AG


 

The company that operated the Caney Nursing Center, faces a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Derek Schmidt. The lawsuit alleges that the company, Caney Guest Home, Inc. and the owner, James Laidler, failed to secure or properly dispose of patient records. The building has been unoccupied since February and has been burglarized, left unsecured and trespassed on since that time. Despite being made aware of that, the defendants failed to secure those records, containing personal information. Last week, Montgomery County District Judge Jeffrey Gossard issued a temporary order requiring the company to follow Kansas law in the handling of those records.

 

Judge Gossard also ordered the Attorney General to secure all records containing personal information until the owner assumes responsibility to secure the records to prevent further risk of disclosure. The attorney general’s office did so yesterday.

 

A copy of the petition, motion and order are available at http://bit.ly/2nRJVBN.

 


Update: Double Fatality Crash Between Tyro & Caney


 

Two people die in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway166 yesterday. It happened just after 11 a.m. between Caney and Tyro.  The Kansas Highway Patrol reports 29-year-old Terry Reeder, II, was westbound on the roadway when he crossed the center line to the south edge of the eastbound lanes.  That's where he collided with the eastbound car driven by 85-year-old Alvin Gaston of Coffeyville.  Reeder of Marysville, WA, and 25-year-old Kaity Pierce of  Stanwood, WA, died.

 

The other three occupants of Reeder's car, children ages 6,7, and 9 of Coffeyville were taken to the hospital.  Gaston was also hospitalized. 

 

 


ICC Leaders & Faculty Square Off


 

There is strong reaction from the Independence Community College Board of Trustees vice chair and president following a no confidence vote by the ICC Faculty Association regarding President Daniel Barwick.  A faculty spokesman says the vote came during a crisis situation necessitating that ICC go in a different direction with new leadership.  The college under scrutiny by the Higher Learning Commission during its accreditation process.  Last month, HLC  placed ICC on notice.  The College has offered the following two statements in response.  

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From the Board Vice Chair:

 
Our current board chair is abroad, and so I am responding in my capacity as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. I offer my full support of Dr. Barwick and condemn in the strongest possible terms this irresponsible and dishonest act by the Faculty Association. It is worth noting three things about the faculty statement: (1) It addresses issues that most colleges face at one time or another, especially in this time of decreased resources, (2) not a single one of these issues were raised by the Faculty Association to either the president or the Board prior to the action taken by the faculty, and (3) the vote by the Association was conducted in a way that shows clearly that no ordinary deliberative process took place. Faculty were not informed of the true purpose of the meeting beforehand, and entire academic divisions left the meeting in protest. Numerous faculty have expressed that this action seems to be based solely on the personal animosity of a few faculty leaders, and in my opinion those leaders should be ashamed of acting in ways that were deliberately harmful, rather than taking the constructive options open to them. I understand that the Association sent their press release to fifty media organizations in multiple states, which represents our primary recruiting area. The question becomes, why would they do that if not to intentionally hurt the college and the president? It appears the answer is obvious.
 
Norman Chambers
Independence Community College Vice Chair
 
 
From the President:
 
The ICC Faculty Association simply no longer represents their own faculty or the interests of the college. I understand that there are a relatively small number of faculty who don’t like the boss, maybe about twenty percent of the entire workforce, and I expect that’s true of most large organizations. What is noteworthy about the Association’s statement is not what it contains, but what it doesn’t contain. It doesn’t mention that I have offered to meet with the Association over a dozen times, and they have declined every meeting. It doesn’t mention that, despite their concerns about the ICC Foundation, I have raised more money and goods for the college than the last ten presidents combined. It doesn’t mention the vote tally itself, or that entire academic divisions were so disgusted by the obvious vendetta of the Association leadership that they simply walked out of the meeting. I do not deny that our college, like many others, faces challenges; however, the Faculty Association has not been a constructive participant in solving those problems, and by their actions, have deliberately harmed the college.
 
Daniel W. Barwick, PhD
President
Independence Community College
 

UPDATE: MG CO Sheriff Investigates Discovery Of Body


 

The body of the woman who was found in Card Creek area of Elk City Lake yesterday has been identified as Cindy "Pinky" Ann Easom, age 33, of Miami, Okla. Easom's body was found by hunters about one-quarter mile from the Card Creek boat ramp. She was pronounced dead at the Labette Healthcare Center in Independence. Investigators from Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigations are currently investigating the incident as a homicide. Anyone who has any information that could help investigators should call Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 620-330-1000. Sheriff Robert Dierks said that over the last 24 hours, his department has received many calls with information on the identity of Eason. Dierks said he thanks everyone for their tips and information. "It is a tremendous help when the community comes forward with information" Dierks said.

 

 

        


Tyson Plant Update: Sedgwick County Drops Out


 

The race narrows. Sedgwick County and the Greater Wichita Partnership which had been in the running for a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant withdraws its bid. The business group agreeing with a county commissioner there that says there isn't enough support by the Sedgwick County Commission to offer the financial incentives Tyson will require to build the plant. Montgomery County officials are still working to attract Tyson. The county and City of Coffeyville are offering over $500-million in incentives. The facility has a construction budget of $320-million.

 

Cloud County, near the Nebraska border, is also making a bid for the plant.


 


Reorganization At Indy City Hall


 

Independence City Manager Craig Whitehead announced Thursday some minor reorganization of responsibilities within the city’s departments to improve operational efficiencies and service quality.

Specific changes included a restructuring of the Public Safety Department, headed by David Cowan. The department has been renamed Department of Safety and Code Enforcement, and Cowan’s title has therefore been changed from Director of Public Safety to Director of Safety and Code Enforcement. Under this new framework, Cowan will assume responsibility for supervision of the city’s building inspector and his department, which was formerly managed by Assistant City Manager Kelly Passauer.

Additionally, supervision of the Police Department has been reassigned from the Public Safety Department directly to Whitehead, and supervision of Memorial Hall operations was reassigned from the Department of Public Works to Assistant City Manager Passauer.

“After a thorough evaluation of our operations over the past few months, we determined these minor adjustments were needed to help us more equitably balance responsibilities among our leadership team,” Whitehead said. “Of course, like any small town, all our directors and managers wear many hats. So, we want to be sure we are appropriately allocating our human resources in order to operate efficiently and provide the best quality services to our residents.”

 


Armed Man Sought In Sexual Assault


 

Between 9 and 10 a.m. yesterday a sexual assault occurred at a residence in the vicinity of 3rd and Washita. CPD is seeking help in locating the suspect who is described as being 20 to 30 years old, between 5’2” to 5’4” tall, approximately 150 pounds with a light brown complexion. The suspect was wearing dark colored pants and a coat, possibly black in color, and had a ski mask on at the time the crime was committed. He was in possession of a semi-automatic handgun and was last seen walking south on Washita from 3rd Street. Law enforcement is actively investigating this crime and has been conducting a door-to-door investigation in the area. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coffeyville Police Department at 620-252-6160 or Detective Lucas Vargas at 620-252-6010.

 

Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to the Crime Tip Hotline at 620-252-6133.

 


Cherokee Nation Offering IDs In South Coffeyville


 

Citizens of the Cherokee Nation have an opportunity to get their new photo ID citizenship cards today. Cherokee Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin says they're set up in South Coffeyville.  The tribe began issuing the IDs back in October.

 

The ID can be used for flying and is recognized by the federal government as a form of identification.


Volleyball Team Recognized At Raven Basketball Game


 

Coffeyville Community College takes some time last night to recognize the Raven Volleyball Team. The team clinched the NJCAA Division II National Title last month in West Virginia. Each player was escorted onto Jay Herkelman Court by a member of the staff. Coach Delice Downing says the team appreciated all the support this season.

 

In their journey to the title they defeated NEO-Miami, Pasco Hernando State of Florida, Parkland of Illinois, and #1 ranked Owens of Ohio.


ATT Internet Outage


Residents and businesses in Southeast Kansas are experiencing at outage with ATT Business and Residential internet services.  According ATT Outage map, the issue seems to spread down into Texas.  At KGGF KUSN KQQF, our ATT internet line lost connection during the Coffeyville Community College Basketball game just before 8pm but we were able to restore the game over a phone line.  All of our internet streams are currently down due to the internet outage.  Calls to ATT have resulted in no further information on the outage or when it will be restored for our area, just an automated service stating there is an outage.  Cox Cable  internet in the Coffeyville area appears to be working normal.


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