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String of Indy Property Damage Cases Could be Related


The Independence Police Department is investigating a string of property damage cases that may be related. The first incident was reported in mid-April and the most recent was reported this Tuesday. At least three juveniles with matching descriptions have been seen at multiple different incidents. The suspects are known to have thrown a rock, brick, or piece of asphalt through residents’ windows in the late evening to early morning hours. Many of the events occurred near the high school with one residence being damaged twice.


Police are trying to determine if there is any connection between the victims and are attempting to locate one identified suspect. Police are asking anyone who lives near the locations listed below to review their surveillance cameras. Police Chief Jerry Harrison says they need the community's help identifying and stopping these suspects as the severity of damage appears to be increasing. If you have any information call IPD (620)332-1700. 


1500 Block of Irving after 9 pm on 4-18-22

900 Block of N Pennsylvania Ave. early morning hours 4-19-22

200 Block of Hackberry within a few days prior to 4-19-22

600 Block of N Park Blvd. before 2 am 4-21-22

600 Block of E Myrtle before 8:30 pm 4-22-22

1600 Block of N 10th 2:24 am 4-23-22

1500 Block of N 10th 1:46 am 2-28-22

1000 Block of N 10th 2:20 am 5-12-22

1500 Block of Irving 8:48 pm 5-17-22

300 Block of S 12th 8:15 pm 5-18-22

Tahlequah Man Pulled Over for Speeding in Caney, Arrested for Possession


A Tahlequah, Oklahoma man is arrested in Caney after being pulled over for speeding.


At around 1:03am this morning, a Caney Police Officer clocked a red truck going 53mph in a 35mph zone. The officer made a traffic stop in the area of McGee and 6th Street. The driver was identified as 22-year-old James Collins. During the stop, the officer located marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.


Collins was arrested and transported to Montgomery County Jail on charges of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle without registration, insurance or valid driver’s license. 

Whitaker Appears in Court on Eight Cases


A Montgomery County man appears in district court today for a review hearing.


22-year-old Benjamin Whitaker appeared in front of Judge Jeffrey Gossard on eight separate cases. Whitaker is facing multiple felony charges including kidnapping, theft, interference with a law enforcement officer and blackmail. Whitaker is represented by his attorney, Gerald Wells, who asked for a preliminary hearing. Whitaker's next court dates will be July 28th and 29th at 9:00am.

Neal to be Evaluated for Competency After Motion in Court


A Montgomery County woman appeared in district court today.


34-year-old Audrey Neal appeared in front of Judge Jeffrey Gossard for a motion hearing. Neal was represented by her attorney Gerald Wells, who said a plea deal had been offered earlier in the day. Wells, after reviewing the evidence against Neal, made a motion to have her evaluated for competency. Judge Gossard accepted the motion.


Four County Mental Health will evaluate Neal over a six to nine week period. Her next court date is scheduled for July 21st at 1:30pm. Neal was appearing on seven different cases with charges of attempted first-degree murder, arson, multiple charges of theft and possession of drugs.  

Edna B.E.A.R.S. Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Edna Bears club is sponsoring the annual kids fishing derby on May 21 at Edna lake. Registration starts at 8, fishing starts at 8:30, and will end at 11 am. It is for kids ages 1 thru 15. The longest fish overall will win the grand prize trophy as well as a new fishing pole. 1st and 2nd place trophies will be given out in each of the 5 age groups and the lucky kid that catches the most fish will get a new fishing pole. Lunch is provided at no cost All children must be accompanied by an adult. Make sure to bring your own tackle, bait and chairs.


Three Ways to Control Pond Moss


Preventing moss growth in farm ponds can often be challenging. In many cases, pond owners find it necessary to remove the algae from their pond. Fisheries and Aquatics Specialist Joe Gerken says the first option is removing the moss yourself.


Gerken says the second option is biological removal.  The last option for removal would be using chemicals. Gerken says if you do use chemicals to treat a fourth of the pond at a time. He says the chemicals kill the plant and then bacteria feed on the plant, which used oxygen and could kill the fish.

Kansas Supreme Court Approves Redistricting Maps


The Kansas Supreme Court has approved the legislative and congressional redistricting maps. Senator Virgil Peck says it is good that they came to a decision before they had to extend the deadline to file again passed the June 10th extension.


Senator Peck says this will be one less thing they have to worry about when they go back in session on Monday. He says they will attempt to overturn Governor Laura Kelly's vetoes on a couple of bills.

Senator Tyson to Run for State Treasurer


Kansas District 12 Senator and the former candidate for U.S. House Kansas District Two has announced her candidacy for State Treasurer. Senator Caryn Tyson says she has a number of goals that motivated her to run for this position.


Senator Tyson, who serves as the Chair of the Assessment and Taxation Committee, says her time spent in the legislature and as the Chair will help her as the State Treasurer.


Senator Tyson has served in the Senate for nine years and works as a software engineer. Current Kansas Treasurer Lynn Rogers was appointed to that position by Governor Laura Kelly after now Congressman Jake LaTurner was elected to the U.S. House Kansas District Two seat.   

Coffeyville Chamber to Celebrate 115 Years


The Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to celebrate 115 years of impact in the community. Chamber Director Candi Westbrook says they are planning a celebration for next week.


Westbrook says as a part of the celebration they are wanting to bury a time capsule that they will open up at the 150-year celebrationWestbrook says they are going to include items from local businesses as well as items that represent the times or things that have happened recently like a Coffeyville mask. The celebration will be next Thursday, May 26th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Perkins Building.


U.S. Dept. of Transportation Grants Kansas Money For Airport Repairs


U.S. Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall announced that they have obtained 23 grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for use in select Kansas airports.  Locally, Chanute's Martin Johnson Airport will get $144,00, Fort Scott Municipal gets $2,070,000 and Liberal's Mid-America Regional Airport will receive $570,000.


Senator Moran says local airports help bring economic opportunities and critical resources to communities across Kansas.  He says these grants are an investment into regional Kansas airports to make certain they are running safely and efficiently to support interstate commerce and travel to and from Kansas

Suvivors of Tulsa Race Massacre Receive Cash From Philanthropic Organization

The three known living survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre are receiving a $1 million donation from a New York philanthropic organization. Business for Good co-founders Ed and Lisa Mitzen say 108-year-old Viola Ford Fletcher, 107-year-old Lessie Benningfield Randle, and 101-year-old Hughes Van Ellis will share the donation. The three previously received $100,000 each from the Tulsa-based non-profit The Justice for Greenwood Foundation. The three and descendants of victims are currently suing the City of Tulsa and other entities for reparations for the destruction and lost wealth as a result of the massacre in which a white mob that killed hundreds of Black residents and destroyed what had been the nation’s most prosperous Black business district.

Oklahoma Budget Is Largest In State History

Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate have announced an agreement on a $9.8 billion state spending plan. The deal announced Tuesday would be the largest budget in state history, an increase of nearly 10% over last year's spending plan. Unlike previous years, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt wasn't a part of Tuesday's announcement. His office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the spending plan. Two years ago, Stitt vetoed key pieces of the budget proposal, prompting lawmakers of his own party to override his vetoes. Among the key provisions of this year's budget is a plan to send cash payments of $75 to each individual taxpayer and $150 to married couples who file jointly.

Riverside Park Lions Color Is Official

After more than 2500 residents voted on the pole, the people have chosen "Nearly Neon" as the official color of the lions at the entrance to Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo in Independence. You can't miss them that's for sure. If you haven't visited the gem of SE Kansas'  Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchel Zoo, then why not? Pack a picnic lunch or there are refreshments on site. Entry is free for the park and zoo, and unlike most things that are free, it's really worth it Or for just a little bit of coin you can take the train ride around the park, ride the old-fashioned carousel or make a splash in the waterpark. The zoo is the former home of "Able", the first bipedal, albeit a monkey, in space. The kiddos and grandkiddos will love the variety of things to see and do, so there is something for everyone and it won't break the bank to get out of the house and get everyone's face out of their phones for a while. Get out there and have some fun.

Shooting Victim Found Dead at Coffeyville Residence


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Coffeyville Police Department, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was shot and killed inside a Coffeyville home. 


Yesterday morning, at around 10:25am, the Kansas City Missouri Police Department contacted CPD after receiving a tip indicating that a dead body could be found at 1301 W. 7th St. in Coffeyville.  CPD Officers responded to the residence and monitored the area until 61-year-old David A. Jackson exited the duplex. The officers briefly questioned Jackson, entered the residence, and located the body of 47-year-old Melvin Simpson Jr, of Coffeyville.  Simpson had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.


Jackson was arrested and detained on unrelated charges.  An autopsy is scheduled.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME, or the Coffeyville Police Department at (620) 252-6160. 


Causes of Pond Moss


Filamentous algae also known as pond moss can appear overnight in farm ponds. K-State Fisheries and Aquatics Specialist Joe Gerken says moss can be detrimental to fish and other aquatic life in that pond.


Gerken says it is important for pond owners to identify the specific cause of moss in order to attempt to prevent itGerken recommends allowing grass growth surrounding the pond to serve as a filter to reduce both nutrient and soil run-off into the pond.

Senator Peck Discusses End of Legislative Session


Kansas Governor Laura Kelly vetoed three bills including Senate Bill 34, which deals with COVID-19 mandates. Senator Virgil Peck says there will be an attempt to override the veto when they go back in session.


Senator Peck says they could also have to deal with the court's ruling on the congressional redistricting maps.  Senator Peck says that could be the end of the session unless they can't get the redistricting maps approved before the June 1st registration deadline to run for office.

Gov. Kelly Signs Bill to Improve State Services


A bipartisan bill making key investments in several areas was signed by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly on Monday.


House Bill 2510 makes investments in areas important to "vulnerable" Kansans, such as education, economic development, mental health, senior services and veterans' services.


HB2510 ensures funding for services such as 9-8-8, the state's new suicide prevention hotline. It also increases funding to community mental health services, and also expands those services in areas such as south-central Kansas.


Furthermore, the bill allows for historic levels of funding to state universities, allowing them to freeze tuition and knock down a significant barrier to higher education.


A full copy of the press release, sent out by the governor's office, can be find here.



Rep. Estes Supports Defunding Biden's Disinformation Governance Board

Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) has cosponsored H.R. 7690, a bill prohibiting taxpayer dollars from funding the Biden administration's Disinformation Governance Board.


"The Biden administration is taking it upon themselves to be the standard-bearer of truth, but this Disinformation Governance Board is more like an Orwellian Ministry of Truth than a legitimate government working group," said Rep. Estes. "This bill prevents taxpayer dollars from funding this un-American and unconstitutional board that is counter to our country's foundational right of free speech."

KDWP Commission to Hold Special Meeting

The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will host a special meeting on Friday, May 27, 2022, via ZOOM for the sole purpose of introducing two items related to recently-passed legislation, as well as voting on three items that are time-sensitive.  Due to the passage of House Bill 2456, KDWP staff are requesting an amendment to KAR 115-2-1 to allow for two new lifetime licenses: one for kids age 5 or younger, with a maximum fee of $300; and one for kids 6 through 7 years of age with a maximum fee of $500. KDWP staff are requesting an amendment to KAR 115-9-3 to include the new kids lifetime combination hunting and fishing license with the other categories of lifetime hunting licenses, which may be purchased prior to obtaining a hunter education certificate. Commissioners will vote on deer, antelope and elk open season dates for the 2022/2023 archery, firearm, and muzzleloader seasons, bag limits and number of permits per unit.

The special meeting will be called to order promptly at 3:30 p.m. For video/audio streaming of the meeting, visit

The next regular Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission meeting will be held Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 1 p.m. at the Flory Meeting Hall West in Lawrence.

Dr. Mona Saleh Retires From ICC

After 18 years of service to the Independence Community College Math and Science Division, Dr. Mona Saleh will retire at the end of the current academic year.

Saleh was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. In 1986, she completed her bachelor's and master's degree in Math and Physics from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. She was then selected and received a Doctoral Scholarship from the University of Kaiserslautern in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she earned her doctorate in Physics. While in Germany, Dr. Saleh met her now-husband, Richard. 

In 2000, Dr. Saleh moved to the United States, where she worked at IVY Tech, Vincennes University, The University of Southern Indiana, and Montana University. She then moved to Independence in 2004 to start her position as Professor of Physical Science at ICC.

Saleh not only taught college courses but she worked with area Science Clubs to help promote the love of science in rural communities. She partnered with the local library giving talks and helping with the NASA exhibit and hosted observing sessions at the observatory for all age groups.

"All in all, I really enjoyed being a part of ICC, and I hope that I was a positive addition to its culture," said Saleh. "The Math and Science Division is my favorite. The faculty's knowledge and professionalism is something to be proud of."

Dr. Saleh was also awarded the 2022 Master Faculty Member of the Year. 

Investigation Ongoing at Ellis St Near FKHS


Multiple law enforcement vehicles are on the scene on Ellis Street between 7th and 8th Streets, which is near Field Kindley High School.


The Coffeyville Police Department did not have a comment at this time, but more information should be made available in the morning.

Fire Alarm Suspect Identified


The suspect who pulled the fire alarm at the Field Kindley High School graduation has been identified.  The name of the suspect has not been released, but the Coffeyville Police Department has identified him and is currently looking to locate him.  


Officials at the graduation on Saturday quickly determined the alarm was a hoax and the ceremony continued on without interruption.  Falsely pulling a fire alarm is a crime and could be punishable by either a fine or even jail time.

Second Annual Great Kansas Fishing Derby


The Great Kansas Fishing Derby returns for the second straight year. Sportsfishing Education Coordinator David Breth says their motivation behind the event was to encourage people to get outside and give them a reason to fish.


This is a state-wide fishing derby, with Montgomery County State Fishing Lake chosen as one of the participating lakes. Others in the area include Santa Fe Lake in Neosho County and Crawford County State Fishing Lake. Breth says there is no need to sign up or register for the event.


For more information on this event, Breth says you can go to or the Kansas Wildlife Department Fisheries Facebook page. The derby started this last weekend and will run until September 15th.

Commissioner Addis Officially Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election


A Labette County Commissioner has officially announced he will not run in the primary election for the district one seat. Commission Chairman Lonie Addis, who has served as a commissioner for forty years, says he has had several people ask him to reconsider and run again.


Addis says he will more than likely endorse a candidate in the future and offered to give advice to anyone running or considering running. Currently, there are two people who have filed to run with multiple others who have attended meetings and expressed some interest in running. Addis did jokingly leave the door open to run as a write-in.

Delaware Tribe of Indians Purchases Substantial Amount of Land In Chautauqua County


According to a source within the Delaware Tribe of Indians, the Tribe has purchased approximately 5200 acres in Chautauqua County. They are working toward raising beef cattle on their newly purchased Ranch. The property was a large portion of the Red Buffalo Ranch, owned by TV personality Bill Kurtis.


The Delaware Tribe, based out of Bartlesville and Caney confirmed the sale, and plans are in motion to build a meat processing plant. The property where they want to build is the old Peru Truck Stop as it is right off the main highway. According to sources within the Tribe, they plan to process the cattle that they raise, and possibly they may look at bringing in outside beef to the facility as well.



KGGF Radio received a call from the Delaware Tribe and they wanted to clarify that they are not specifically looking to buy the Peru Truck Stop property. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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