According to Wilson County Sheriff Pete Figgin, deputies were called Friday morning to a possible on site work related accident.
The location is the new site of the Fredonia Water Treatment Plant that is being constructed. Upon arrival, officers discovered two adult males with injuries. One male died from his injuries, and the other male was treated for minor injuries according to Sherriff Figgin. The cause of accident has not been determined and the OSHA has been contacted for further investigation. The Wilson County Sheriff's Office expresses condolences to the families of those involved.
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The winter weather storm that has been advertised to produce heavy snow and ice has dwindled significantly in recent days. Chief meteorologist Travis Meyer from the News on 6 tells Bartlesville Radio that the weather will be light and mostly south of Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
After having a near 100-percent chance of snow a couple days ago, Meyer says most of southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma should remian dry. The includes Bartlesville, Chanute, Coffeyville and most of the listening area. Tulsa is only expected to get a half inch of snow if any snow at all.
The dry weather conditions in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma will make for near perfect road conditions in the northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas areas, Meyer says.
Meyer would mention that another bad winter storm could develop late next week. He says the News on 6 as well as many other meteorologists will take conservative approaches with the next storm though. They only reason he mentions the possibility of snow next week is to keep people informed that the winter weather doesn’t stop with this weekends snuffed out snow storm.
A woman charged in the shooting death in Cherryvale last week. Julie Ann Fagerstrom has been charged with second-degree intentional murder. If convicted Fagerstrom faces a sentence of between 12 to 55 years in prison and a $300,000 fine. She will return to court on Jan 15 for selection of her preliminary hearing until then she remains free after posting bail.
Fagerstrom is charged in the shooting of Richard Schultheiss on November 26th. Schultheiss died of a single gunshot wound.
There's a long list of things to take part in this holiday season in Coffeyville. Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Sam Kudrick says the Candlelit Tours start this Sunday.
Kudrick says the tours will run from 5:30pm to 8:00pm and they are self guided. She suggests getting there no later than 7:30 to give yourself plenty of time to get through the entire tour.
The Fall Semester at Coffeyville Community College is coming to an end and that means finals for the students. Business Communications students completed their final by mock interviewing Vice President Aron Potter for a Sports Director position. Vice President Potter also gave students examples of what not to do during an interview.
The Spring Semester will start in January and there will be an interim session starting later this month just give CCC a call if you have any question about enrollment.
This time of the year can be hard for those who struggle to put food on the table. Luckily there are food pantries that can help with this. Caney Food Pantries Dorothy Schaffer says their pantry is for more than just their community.
Schaffer says they've been blessed with extra produce and are happy to share that with they other communities.
Fake cash circulating through Cherryvale. The Police Department would like citizens to be aware of a recent influx of counterfeit currency being passed around town. Officers have responded to several reports from businesses in the area about counterfeit bills. When using cash, Cherryvale PD urges you to check your bills.
The following is information from the U.S. Treasury Department to help distinguish between real bills and the fake ones: Hold a bill up to a light and look for a holograph of the face image on the bill. Both images should match. If the $100 bill has been bleached, the hologram will display an image of Abraham Lincoln, who appears on the $5 bills, instead of Benjamin Franklin. Looking at the bill through a light will also reveal a thin vertical strip containing text that spells out the bill's denomination.
Candi Westbrook the Director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce says to save the date, as on Thursday December 13th at 7PM, U.S.D. 445 will be holding a community input night. An opportunity for you to see the issues around the district and can give your input on those issues as well. Westbrook says it’s a great opportunity to visually see the needs that are all around our schools, as well as give your input to the issues. The event is for anyone, especially within the U.S.D. 445 school district as Westbrook encourages your attendance and input to many issues still needing attention around our great schools on Thursday December 13th at 7PM.
In other news out of the Chamber;
Director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Candi Westbrook wanted to clear up any rumors or skeptics that the weather is cancelling the Christmas Parade this Friday. The Parade officially steps off at 6PM and if we don’t see a record storm, Westbrook says the Parade is a go! Again if we do see a significant snowfall forcing the cancellation of the event, many are still concerned about the Christmas Bucks giveaway. Westbrook says if the do cancel the parade there is still a winner for the giveaway they will just annouynce it earlier in the day on Friday. Don’t miss the Parade this Friday in downtown Coffeyville which starts at 6, especially if you are apart of Christmas Bucks. The first winner drawn, if in attendance will receive an additional 1000 dollars.
The Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson wanted to remind all of our listeners that First Friday is coming up at the Civic Center Friday morning. Hearing from a few guest speakers from businesses around Independence about the busy shopping months. The speakers include Brian Hite, Megan Minzer, April Nut and Lisa Hugo all discussing the benefits to shopping local and what your dollar does in the community. As well as previewing what some of the business have on their shelves, Wilson encourages your attendance to save a little this shopping season and more importantly shop local. Wilson urges your attendance as those who do attend will receive a punch card for certain businesses around town creating more savings for the holiday season and more promoting shopping local. First Friday event this Friday at the Civic Center in Independence, starting at 7am.
The Parsons Police and Fire Departments have new radios on the way. The Parsons City Commission approved the purchase of new handled radios for the two departments. Parsons police officers and firefighters currently use a model of radio that's been discontinued and is no longer serviced. Police Chief Robert Spinks says lives depend on the ability to communicate.
The new radios will also be more durable and easier to use. Fire Chief Jay Hawks says they're a rugged built radio. Bigger knob for glove hands such as a firefighter. The waterproof rating is much higher than the had before.
The Independence Police Department announces they are ramping up crosswalk enforcement in December. IPD wants to remind motorists that state law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians that are using crosswalks. Starting next week officers will participate in traffic enforcement operations at crosswalks around town.
Police Chief Jerry Harrison says based on complaints from citizens and members of the Traffic Safety Committee he would guess that the two busiest crosswalks are at Locust and Penn and 11th and Main, because of traffic volume and complaints those are the two locations that will receive the heaviest enforcement.
A great week for Christmas Parades in Montgomery County as the Caney Christmas Parade is this Thursday. The Caney Historical Society's Gina McBride says they've changed the route up a bit this year.
McBride says with extending the parade their hopes is to start including more bands and eventually having a band competition.
The Coffeyville Christmas Parade is this Friday at 6:00pm in downtown Coffeyville. The parade, sponsored by the Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce, begins at 8th & Spruce, east on 8th to Walnut, south on Walnut to 9th and west on 9th to Spruce.
The first Christmas bucks winner will be announced at the end of the parade.
We spoke with Becky Barnhardt from the Coffeyville Friends of Animals on protecting your animals this winter. She explains when it does decide to snow, to double check the paws on your four legged friends. Frequently check underneath their paws as it can potentially build up and become painful. She also urges you if possible to bring them inside during the cold winter months to keep them warm overnight. Barnhardt wanted to tell our listeners that come winter time temperatures will dive below freezing., With those temperatures your animals water will freeze and you need to check it frequently as they must have water. She also says straw is a great insulator for the cold. Again she urges you if possible to bring them inside during the cold winter months to keep them warm overnight.
The annual Chamber awards are approaching fast for the city of Coffeyville. Chamber director Candi Westbrook explains you can nominate anyone in a grouping of 5 categories, whether they are a member of the chamber or not. Recognizing a Business and small business of the year, as well as industry and two individuals awards, awarding the citizen and women of the year. You can nominate anyone around town including yourself and you don't have to be a member. To nominate visit or contact the chamber at 620-251-2550. Westbrook explains these awards are so these businesses and individuals around town, realize they are being noticed for the goods they provide to our community. Again you can nominate anyone around town including yourself, and to do so visit or contact the chamber at 620-251-2550.
Tomorrow The City of Independence will put its disaster skills to the test. The Montgomery County Emergency Management, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Labette Health in Independence, Labette Health Emergency Medical Services, and Cherryvale Fire/EMS will host a mass casualty incident. Director of Safety and Code Enforcement David Cowan designed the event says the goal is test the capacity of all the agencies participating in the drill and to learn how they can better work together to protect the citizens.
In addition the drill will also involve Independence Police and Dispatch services, Independence Fire-EMS, and personnel from city utilities, the park and zoo, and the Independence Housing Authority.
Drivers in this area have to be extra cautious this time of the year to avoid deer especially at night. Montgomery County Sheriff's Detective Chad Dunham says there are some precautions drivers can take to help avoid a crash.
Detective Dunham says there are incidents were the deer can come out of nowhere but a majority of accidents can be avoided.
We spoke with Director of Recreation David Raines of Coffeyville Rec. Commission as he is happy to announce some big plans out of the commission, and it's coming summer of next year. Happy to announce that in the summer of 2019 they will be expanding Sherwin Williams Park. After attending the Recreation Conference in September, Raines is excited about the many options they have to add to the park. The goal in mind is to continue to encourage not only kids but everyone to get outside a little more. Raines says now days there are things like challenge courses, urban sports and even outdoor musical equipment as they aim to add things that will attract the more creative minded individuals. Raines says they will gain more input from the community as they move forward and hope to have the permit modifications sent down by the end of the year, by then they will have a clearer picture of when the project will be finished. If everything goes according to plan, they hope to start the project in the summer of next year.
A long-time Field Kindley High School teacher has resigned. According to the Montgomery County Chronicle science teacher Levi Castello’s resignation was accepted after a brief 5 minute executive session by the USD 445 school board yesterday. Neither board members or superintendent Craig Correll would discuss the situation that led to the resignation as it involves a personnel issue.
As we’ve now passed Thanksgiving, it still remains holiday season around our area. We spoke with the director of the Chamber of commerce here in Coffeyville, Candi Westbrook as they are now focused on the Christmas Parade. The Coffeyville Christmas Parade steps off next Friday December 7th. Chamber of commerce director Candi Westbrook says the night starts with pictures with Santa, then the parade will officially step off at 6PM, and will have plenty to do after as well. Westbrook noted that after the parade they will be drawing the winners of the Christmas Bucks giveaway that's been going on this holiday shopping season. Don’t miss out on your chance to win big as if you have your winning ticket in attendance, you receive an additional thousand dollars. For more information and to volunteer call the chamber at 620-251-2550. To volunteer Westbrook says to contact the chamber at 620-251-2550 as they would appreciate any help. Westbrook also mentioned that their entries cutoff date was last week, though they have extended it, meaning if you’d like to enter into the parade you still have a limited time to do so.
4H enrollment is currently taking all applicants, we spoke with K-State extension agent Cheri Nelson on the benefit of 4H for a wide range of skills and age groups. Though you must fall into a certain age group by January 1st in order to apply. Nelson says your children must be 7 before January 1st and cannot be 19 before January 1st to apply for the next 4H year. She noted the endless possibilities and benefits 4H has on children and encourages you look into it. To apply Nelson says to head online to kansa4h.org and find the enroll tab. The site will take you through and get you registered, though nelson wanted to remind everyone there is a 15 dollar program fee, for supplies and other items.
We spoke with K-state extension office agent James Cooper yesterday as he is happy to announce that the extension offices are bringing back their annual Agronomy night on December 17th. Taking place December 17th at ICC west campus, extension agent Cooper says the event is free of charge and will feature 2 guest speakers, one being Dr. Doug Jardine. Jardine will cover Plant pathology and soybean diseases, and Dr. McEowen will speak as well on Ag Law. The event is Monday December 17th starting with registration at 5:30. Cooper asks you to call 620-331-2690 to register. There will be a complimentary meal, and door prizes.
A second person has died as a result of a house fire early Saturday morning in Coffeyville. A female, Delyn Hoffman died Tuesday at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa where she had been transported from CRMC. A male, 44 year old Terry Park died Saturday . A second female, 49 year old Terri Park, remains at Hillcrest.
The Coffeyville Fire Department responded to the fire early Saturday morning in the 1500 block of South Willow with individuals trapped inside. When firefighters arrived, heavy flames were coming from the second floor northwest corner of the structure, and firefighters used a ladder to rescue the three occupants from a second-story window. All three were unconscious and were transported by EMS to CRMC.
The Kansas State Fire Marshall’s Office and Coffeyville Fire Department have completed their investigation. The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined, however, it is not considered to be suspicious.
A Wann, Oklahoma woman was injured in a traffic accident last night near Altoona. 26 year old Danielle Hamm of Wann was injured after the pick-up truck she was driving collided with a semi at the intersection of Highway 75 and K-47 shortly before 8:00 last night.
Hamm was transported to the Wilson Medical Center. Neither the driver or a passenger in the semi was injured.
We spoke with the director of the Independence Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson on a very eventful weekend up in Independence. As we close in on the start of the month of December, Independence will have Christmas themed activities planned this Saturday. First at Montgomery place for Cookies with Santa from 2 until 4 that afternoon, you and the kids are invited to meet Santa and enjoy cookies. Then head to Riverside park in the 4H building at 4PM for Christmas in the park. Pictures with Santa, cookies, music and so much more to enjoy this Saturday for Christmas in the Park. This weekend you’ll have a few opportunities to catch Santa as well as Mrs. Claus and other picture opportunities. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says they are busy preparing for Christmas with events on Saturday but also have an open house event home tours on Sunday. An event showing off the interior and decor of a few homes around town which you can be apart of as all the events are free of charge and all ages are welcome. For more information check out Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo or the Chamber at Get Independence on Facebook.
The City of Coffeyville recognizes three of its finest during this week’s city commission meeting. The city treasurer and two police officers helped save the life of a firefighter’s 18-month-old son. Young Grady Midget was playing outside the fair office when he stopped breathing. City Treasurer Toby Hunt heard his mother calling to him. The son of Fire Lt Kevin Midget was turning blue and lifeless when she began CPR. Police Chief Kwin Bromley responded and assisted with CPR. The child started breathing, but it was irregular. Police Officer Michael Purvis arrived and turned the baby over, giving him three strikes to the back which normalized his breathing.
The child was transported to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, then to a Tulsa hospital. He is doing fine today thanks to the three heroes.
The names of the victim and suspect in the Cherryvale Homicide have been released by the Cherryvale Police Department. Yesterday evening at around 6:00pm officers were dispatched to W. Whelan Street in Cherryvale for a report of a domestic disturbance with reports of shot fired. Upon arrival officers found 62 year old Richard Schultheiss unresponsive. Shultheiss was transported to Labette ER were he was pronounced dead of a single gun shot wound. Upon initial investigation 50 year old Julie Ann Fagerstrom was placed under arrest and proccessed into the Montgomery County Jail, in connection with the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing and final charges will be determined by the District Attorney’s Office.
Details are being gathered on a homicide in Cherryvale. Police Chief Jimmy Holt says an official press statement will be released sometime this afternoon. Information has been gathered that an adult male was shot and killed in the northern part of Cherryvale. The Montgomery County Jail lists one person has having been arrested late last night and booked on a charge of second-degree murder.
The names of the suspect and the victim have not yet been released.
The Sedan Police Department sounds a warning for those buying and selling in the community. Check your cash. A number of counterfeit bills have recently been passed in Sedan. Investigators ask that you contact the police if you receive one of the fakes.
They also ask that you get a detailed description of the person who passed it and their vehicle, if you can do so safely.
Listening to the voice of the people here in Kansas. Senator Jerry Moran says he just finished up a 105 city listening tour where he visited every county in the state.
Moran says he wants to thank the thousands of Kansans who took the time to attend the Kansas Listening Tours and share their thoughts, concerns and ideas with him.
The Montgomery County Commissioners approve a public hearing for a microbrewery for the December 10th commission meeting. Action Council Executive Director Trisha Purdon says it will have a positive impact on the community.
In other business the commission approved the purchase of a vehicle for the appraisers office and for maintenance to be down on the other vehicles.
We sat down with C.R.M.C’s new physician in Family Medicine Dr. Michael Souter on the upcoming flu season. He says the best time to vaccinate has passed but it's still a good idea to get preventative health care shots. Whether it is the flu shot or pneumonia shot he recommends you get one each year. Souter wanted to clear up the notion that the flu shot gives you the flu, which it does not. Most of the individuals who experience flu like symptoms after receiving the shot have most likely already been exposed to the virus. To schedule yourself for a flu shot or other preventative care methods Souter says call the hospital at 620-251-1200. Souter says C.R.M.C. is happy to administer flu and other preventative care shots to citizens by calling the hospitals line and schedule for a flu shot. Souter is one of the newest Physicians at CRMC as well, and is taking new patients everyday for Family Medicine purposes and can be reached at that same number 620-251-1200
The names of the victims in fatality fire in Coffeyville over the weekend are being withheld pending an investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s Office. Fire Chief Bob Roesky said the fire during the early morning hours on Saturday is suspected to be accidental. Three people were rescued from the fire and taken to Coffeyville Region al Medical Center.
One of those individuals died while the other two were transported by life flight helicopter to Tulsa.
Cracking down on drug crime has been a real focus in Southeastern Kansas. Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says him and Labette County Sheriff Darren Eichinger have teamed up to start a drug task force.
Chief Spinks says they are going to look at their resources and reallocate and look for additional funding to get this task force going.
The Coffeyville Fire Department gets calls to two fires on Saturday. The first occurred around 3:00 Saturday morning and the second around 6:30 that evening. The early morning fire was at 1508 S Willow. Three people were rescued and taken to CRMC, Fire Chief Bob Roesky says one individual died and the other two were sent by helicopter to Tulsa.
The evening fire was at 511 E 5th. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire conditions in approximately 75 percent of the house. With assistance from off duty firefighters and the South Coffeyville Fire Department, the fire was under control in 25 minutes. The owner, Billy Joe Strickland, was transported to CRMC by ambulance for minor injuries. Damage is estimated to be $32,000, and the cause of that fire is currently under investigation.
The Elk County Sheriff’s Office gets a call for a single vehicle crash near Moline. Deputies, EMS and fire & rescue crews responded to the scene north of the Moline Airport on K-99. A tractor-trailer rig had rolled over.
The highway was partially closed while emergency crews worked the wreck. The crash happened while the area was under a wind advisory this afternoon.
Much of Kansas feels a winter blast. Montgomery County is under a wind advisory until this evening. The National Weather Service Office in Wichita advises there will be wind gusts above 50 miles per hour and sustained winds around 35. miles per hour. Additional caution should be used by those driving high-profile vehicles.
Blizzard conditions have been reported west of Wichita. Around Topeka, some spots have seen up to six inches of snow.
The call came in at 3:12 a.m. for a structure fire at 1508 S. Willow, the Coffeyville Fire Department responded to a fire with individuals trapped inside. Upon arrival firefighters reported heavy flames coming from the second floor of the structure. A ladder was used to rescue three people from the second-story window. Fire Chief Bob Roesky has confirmed one of the individuals died as a result of the fire as all three were unconscious and were transported to CRMC. Roesky says, “One individual died at CRMC, and the other two were sent by helicopter to Tulsa.” “We do not know the extent of their injuries at this time.” All Coffeyville fire personnel, the South Coffeyville Fire Department and Dearing Fire Department were called for assistance. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, and there were no other injuries reported. CFD, the Coffeyville Police Department and the Kansas State Fire Marshall are investigating the fire. The house is owned by Gary Close as damages are estimated at $50,000. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
The Caney Christmas Parade steps off on December 6th. But, before then, the Caney Saddle Club is accepting pre-orders on the cinnamon rolls the club will sell as a fundraiser that night. They will feature homemade cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate and coffee. The booth will be located across the street from Caney City Hall.
Pre-orders and special orders are available by calling Carol at 620-252-8174, Mike at 252-5727 or Coetta at 620-879-5194.
If Black Friday is any indication area retailers could see strong sales this holiday shopping season. A check with retailers around Montgomery County shows both heavy store traffic and sales by shoppers today, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. It seems that retailers of all sizes, from the big box stores to local small retailers are reaping the benefits. The big box stores say that they’ve experienced heavy traffic and strong sales in most departments, especially electronics.
Smaller, local retailers say they’re also seeing good sales some saying that business has been much better than expected.
The City Of Cherryvale puts out the help wanted sign. The Cherryvale City Council has announced the resignation of City Administrator Brooke Carroll and the retirement of Public Works Director Wade Webber.
The last day for Carroll and Webber will be December 31, 2018. The city’s website has links on its homepage for interested applicants.
The City of Coffeyville reports the Water Treatment Plant has ramped up water production to fill the reservoirs. Water pressure will be low in some areas, but will be improving throughout the evening. Those in the Buckeye and Stark area where the leak occurred will be without water for a few hours as the water crew makes repairs.
Buckeye will remain closed from Stark to Catalina throughout the weekend due to the street damage caused by the leak.
As residents get ready for a busy Thanksgiving, many are dealing with low water pressure. City of Coffeyville crews are repairing a water leak near Stark and Buckeye Street.
The leak is causing low water pressure at other areas of town.
The State of Oklahoma will close a portion of U.S. Highway 60 in Nowata County beginning next month. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation plans to replace two bridges on US-60 east of the US-169 junction.
Work that will have a significant impact on traffic through early 2020 is scheduled to start Monday, December 3rd. Beginning at 8a on the 3rd crews will begin closing all lanes of east and westbound traffic on US-60 from three miles east of the US-169 junction to about three miles west of the State Highway 28 junction. You will be directed to use US-169 and SH-28 as a detour.
The 8.4 million dollar project will replace the US-60 bridges over the Verdigris River and also at Kentucky Creek. The spans are located approximately four and five miles east of the US-169 junction.
The overall project is expected to complete in early 2020, weather permitting.
The Kansas Attorney General's office has announced plans to expand and renovate the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial. A memorial standing as a permanent reminder to Kansans of the sacrifice that was made by over 280 law enforcement officers. We spoke with The Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on his offices project to renovate and expand the Law enforcement Memorial in Topeka as he says the renovation would include adding a ring of bricks to the names of those fallen as well as a new website to further your experience. The website he mentioned kansaslawenforcementmemorial.com also will have Biographies of the fallen heros and other great facts about the memorial furthering the experience you get when you visit the statehouse grounds. With that expansion comes a price tag, 500,000 dollars is the cost, though thanks to multiple major donors they only need about 75K more to have to funds raised. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt urges your support by donating yourself and you can do so at kansaslawenforcementmemorial.com
The days following Thanksgiving have people looking at all the ways they can save money. Director of the Independence Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says you might want to change the way you look at that.
Wilson says this Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday and it's a great way to support your community.
As Coffeyville Community College continues to grow more and more students are coming from further away. Senior Director of College Relations Yvonne Hull says they do require students who live outside of a 60 mile radius to live in the dorms.
Hull says enrollment number are and very high and she encourages all students to enroll soon as classes will start to fill up.
First impressions are important especially for a city trying to grow. Caney City Administrator Fred Gress says they've joined a program through the Betterment Group called First Impressions.
Gress says they have also joined Kansas Pride which is another program they can use to help grow their city.
With the change of party in the governor's office Representative Jim Kelly says there could be some changes that come with that.
Representative Kelly says it was interesting to see that Kris Kobach won in the more rural areas where Laura Kelly won in the urban areas.
Starting yesterday and going through Sunday, the Coffeyville Police Department will join many other police agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign. This campaign is specifically aimed at removing impaired drivers from Kansas roads and ticketing vehicle occupants who are unrestrained or whose child passengers are unrestrained.
A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation will underwrite the overtime enforcement efforts for this campaign. According to KDOT, which tracks all crashes in the state, the day before Thanksgiving sees more impairment-related crashes than any other day of the year. On average, across Kansas, three persons are injured every day, and one person is killed every four days in alcohol/drug-related crashes.
“If you are going to be drinking, any amount at all, don’t even consider driving home,” said CPD Sergeant Rockie Yell. Make arrangements to have a designated driver, always wear a seat belt and don’t move a vehicle until each person is buckled in. “This is the best defense against death and injury, and it is the law,” stated Yell.
Senator Jerry Moran spends time in southeast Kansas this week. It is part of his listening tour as he focuses on sustainable conservation practices for agriculture. Yesterday, the Kansas Republican was the featured speaker announcing an $800-thousand grant to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing at Pittsburg State University. The money will be used to provide training for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.
Today, Senator Moran is joined by Arkansas Senator John Boozman as they tour the Alan Egbert Farm in McCune. Prior to the tour, they have a lunch stop set for Columbus.
The Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens Volleyball Team does it again. They have garnered the 2018 NJCAA DII Championship. The Ravens defeated #2 Ranked Parkland of Illinois in three sets (25-18; 25-18; 25-16). That allowed the Ravens a sweep.
CCC Volleyball Coach Delice Downing was named the NJCAA DII 2018 Coach of the Tournament.
The team is expected to arrive in Coffeyville at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon. The public is invited to welcome the champs home in the Hall of Champions inside Nellis West. Announcements will follow in the gymnasium.
***Photo by Jeff Leiker
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt thinks the Kansas Legislature should repeal the authority of the secretary of state to prosecute criminal cases of voter fraud.
Schmidt, with the support of Secretary of State-elect Scott Schwab, announced proposed legislation to repeal the secretary of state’s prosecution authority but leave authority with the attorney general and with local county and district attorneys.
“With the change in leadership in the secretary of state’s office, particularly since the new secretary will not be an attorney, it appears the time is right for a more traditional approach to enforcing the state’s criminal laws against voter fraud,” Schmidt said. “The secretary of state would remain responsible for detecting cases of potential fraud and referring them for criminal investigation and, if appropriate, prosecution by the attorney general or local prosecutors.”
The attorney general’s office now has a Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division, created in 2016, that has capacity to handle the relatively small number of voter fraud prosecutions.
Schwab said he supports Schmidt’s recommendation that the authority to prosecute criminal cases be vested with the attorney general, not with the secretary of state.
An investigation continues into an incident at Casey’s on Cline Road. Coffeyville Police Sergeant Randall is needing some assistance in identifying two men who were involved. Police think they may be driving a silver, two-door car with a temporary 60-day tag. The suspect vehicle may also have some front end damage.
If you have any information on these individuals please call 620-252-6160.
Play continues tomorrow (Saturday) for the Coffeyville Community College Red Raven Volleyball Team. After defeating Kirkwood-Iowa 3-0 in the semifinals, the team advances to the NJCAA DII Championship. The #1 Ranked Ravens will meet #2 Ranked Parkland-Illinois at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Parkland defeated Johnson County Community College 3-0 in their match-up today. Last season, the Ravens defeated #1 Ranked Owens-Ohio to bring the title home.
Gametime is 4:30 pm.
An early morning arrest for law enforcement around Cherokee County. Just after 7 o’clock, a suspect was discovered trying to break into a shop just outside of Riverton. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, as the owner chased the suspect into a nearby wooded area. A perimeter was quickly set up by Deputies, Kansas Highway Patrol, Quapaw Tribal Marshal’s Office, Baxter Springs Police Department and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. After a hour-long search, 20-year-old Hunter Green was arrested.
“At this point, the investigation has led us to believe, in addition to the location the suspect was chased from, he was also involved in the burglary of another nearby property earlier this morning,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.
Green is being held in the Cherokee County Jail on $14,500.00 bond on allegations of two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of criminal damage to property.
Independence Police officers were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Oak for a suspicious package. A caller reported to police a package was left on the front porch. As the caller described the contents of the package to the officers they became concerned it could be some sort of improvised explosive. IPD Arson Investigator Derek Bryant arrived and requested the Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Squad. Upon examination it was determined the package contained the contents of several disassembled incendiary and ignition devices contained in what was originally a large fireworks box that had been disassembled, not ignited.
Police are still seeking persons of interest in the case although no charges are expected at this time.
A K9 unit has been added to the Independence Police Department. Chief Jerry Harrison says they are going to help them crack down on drug crime but there are other areas they can help with as well.
Chief Harrison says there were several officers, community members and other area law enforcement offices who wanted IPD to add a K9 unit.
Space heaters are a popular way to provide heat to a home. Coffeyville Fire Chief Bob Roesky says there's a chance they could overload the circuit and blow a fuse.
Chief Roesky says you want to make sure you don't cover those heaters or get any clothing or paper to close because it can catch things on fire.
A fun activity for everyone is coming to the Coffeyville public Library next Monday. Rachel Rose with the library explains that they are having a course on the process of making butter The Coffeyville Public library is teaming up with 4H to put on a butter making course this next Monday November 19th at 4PM. Rachel Rose with the library explains you’ll be learning much more than just the process of making the butter, but also on how and why it is necessary .Rose says the event is free of charge you just need to contact the library to notify how many people will be attending with you. To notify visit their facebook page and message them directly or call the library at 620- 251-1370.
The Coffeyville Community College Volleyball team continues with a strong showing in the NJCAA National Tournament. The Ravens advance to the semifinals today with a 3-0 win over Northeast Nebraska. The tournament is underway in Charleston, West Virginia. The CCC team is defending last year’s championship.
The team is coached by Delice Downing.
As the 2018 Coffeyville Area Community Foundation’s annual Match Day continues it appears the success of the event will continue. By late this afternoon a total of $61,000 had been raised for 22 community organizations. The Foundation, along with the Bernard and Effie Jo Wade Family Fund and Pratt Family Charitable Fund is matching all donations up to $40.000. The Perkins Building on Coffeyville’s Downtown Plaza will remain open until 5:30 this evening for in person giving. If you can’t make it in person you can still donate on-line until midnight tonight at www.givematchgrow.com
The Coffeyville Community College Red Raven Volleyball Team advances to the Quarterfinals this evening. They defeated Mercyhurst, Pennsylvania, to move on to the next round.
Play will begin at 6:30pm.
Tuesday afternoon the Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies went to an apartment in Cedar Vale to serve a felony arrest warrant. The wanted suspect barricaded himself in a room; as deputies made entry into the room the suspect attempted to attack the officers with a large knife. Multiple tasers and one round were fired by deputies. The suspect dropped the knife and after resisting officers was taken into custody. None of the officers involved were injured. The suspect was treated for minor injuries and placed in the Chautauqua County Jail.
The case will be presented to the County Attorney for possible charges.
A blood drive being held in Coffeyville at the beginning of next week. Coffeyville Red Cross's Judy Hiner says the need for donations is very high right now.
Hiner says the drives will take place on Monday from 11:45am to 6:00pm and on Tuesday from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the First Baptist church here in Coffeyville.
One of the most important days of the year in Coffeyville, it's Match Day. There is $40,000 available in Match Funds from The Coffeyville Area Community Foundation along with the Bernard and Ellie Jo Wade Family Foundation and the Pratt Family Charitable Fund. There are 22 different foundations that can be donated to. Match Day started at 7:00 this morning and will go until 5:30 tonight. Donations can be made at the Perkins building or online at givematchgrow.com.
A full list of all foundations that can recieve donations is also on the website.
Even though colder temperatures are here, K- State extension districts Jacob Weber says you may have to worry about the sun damaging your trees more than the cold. Weber says most fruit trees, newly planted or trees with thin bark, you should cover their trunk for the winter to avoid what is known “southwest disease.” Weber explains due to our environment without any other form of shade certain trees in the winter are exposed to heavy sun exposure on the southwest side of the tree. That promotes growth in the bark which usually later that night is frozen over which damages those areas. Weber says that you can purchase a “Tree Wrap” from a local garden store or nursery. He says you can also use thin cardboard or just something to shade the trees trunk from too much sunlight.
He advises to not wrap it around the tree too tight either to avoid damage.
A Joplin man gets booked into the Cherokee County Jail. Sheriff David Groves says 30-year-old Adam Wiles was arrested in Baxter Springs. The investigation into Wiles began in September when deputies responded to a rural address where the owner caught someone burglarizing his barn. He confronted the suspect who brandished a handgun. The homeowner fired his shotgun, hitting the suspect with birdshot as he ran into a wooded area. Sheriff Groves says during a. Search of Wiles’ home stolen property was recovered. He faces charges of aggravated assault and burglary. His bond is set at over $11 ,000.
Wiles also faces arrest warrants from Newton County, Missouri.
A soldier from Sedan returns home for the final time. PFC Jacob Casebolt’s body is expected to arrive in Tulsa just before 4 o’clock tomorrow. The SEK. Blue Star Mothers President Becky Wheatley is coordinating with Oklahoma Patriot Guard to provide an escort. Casebolt had recently returned from a year-long deployment in South Korea. He died at Fort Hood, Texas, where he was involved in a single vehicle roll-over accident last week. He was a passenger in a HUMVEE.
A memorial service is set for 11 am Saturday in the Sedan High School Auditorium. PFC Casebolt will be buried with full military honors at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney.
The Elk County Sheriff’s Office gets an assist from McConnell Air Force Base yesterday. Deputies were called to a rural part of the county to investigate some possible old military shells. Once they confirmed the devices were explosives, they set up a perimeter around the scene and called McConnell Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit that responded to the scene. McConnell Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit was able to remove the ordnances without incident and disposed of them.
The sheriff’s office says there was never any danger to Elk County residents
A chance to win a $1,000 and many more fun activities at Independence's Holiday Open House. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says it's all about the experience.
Wilson says there will also be a parade after the Holiday Open House. The open house is from 1-5 and the parade will start at 5:30 this Sunday November 18th.
As we inch closer to the holidays, Coffeyville City Clerk Cindy Price wanted to remind listeners, with the holidays comes closures around the city. Price reminds everyone that on Thanksgiving and the following Friday the city will be closed. Trash will not run on that Thursday, and city buildings will be closed, but trash will run both Friday and Saturday to catch up. Price encourages any questions, trash disposing, or any city payments be taken care of before the holiday and enjoy Thanksgiving. In other news many properties were reviewed to be demolished on last night commission agenda. City Clerk Cindy Price says many citizens believe that all buildings up for demo. Are owned by the city. When sometimes it is owned by a third party who was given the chance to rehabilitate the property when assessed the court form. If no action is taken, it will be put up for review for demolition. Potentially greatly improving the property, many of the locations in last night’s meeting, where found with asbestos. If those buildings owned by a third party are demolished, they would be billed for the charges.
With the recent temperature drop and snow you need to make sure you have your car ready for the winter. Triple A Kansas's Shawn Steward says there's really two things that stand out as far as maintenance items. He says you should make sure that the battery cables and connections are free of corrosion. Steward adds you need to make sure you have the right type of coolant and wiper fluid.
Steward says preperation goes beyond car maintence as you should have a winter emergency road kit in your car as well.
Grapefruits, oranges and apples being sold for a fundraiser to benefit Fab Lab ICC. Director Jim Correll says this is a fundraiser they took over last year from the Independence Lion Club.
Correll says a case of grapefruits is $24.95, case of oranges $26.95, half oranges and half grapefruits $27.95 and a trio that adds apples $36.95. The deadline to order and prepay is this Friday November 16th and the fruit can be picked up from December 10th until December 22nd.
You may see a familiar face on TV this holiday season. Independence Community College assistant theater professor, Dr. Page Petrucka will appear in the classic holiday romance movie “Jingle Belle”. Petrucka will be playing the role of Sandra in the movie scheduled to air the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 25th on the Lifetime Network.
The public is invited to attend a pre-movie wine and cheese reception, including a meet and greet with Dr. Petrucka at 6pm, followed by the movie at 7 in the William Inge Theater on the ICC campus.