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CPD Receives Grant for Communications Equipment


The Coffeyville Police Department has been awarded a grant to upgrade communications equipment. CPD will receive $82,035 to upgrade systems to better allow the agency to respond locally and assist in crisis situations in the region.


Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says one of the keys to keeping the communities safe is making sure our law enforcement officers have up to date technology. The grant is part of the Federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and was awarded by the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Schmidt serves as the chair of the council.

Gas Holds Steady Nationally and in Kansas


Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by a penny to $2.19, which is one cent more than a week ago and a month ago, but still significantly cheaper than last year. Prices have held steady in Kansas.


According to AAA, Kansas prices currently sit at $1.97, which is one penny less than at the same time last week. Montgomery County sits at $1.96 a gallon while Labette County currently at $1.97 a gallon. Chautauqua County is higher by four cents at $2.01 a gallon.


Across the border in Oklahoma, the state average is $1.90. Washington County came in at $1.82 a gallon while Nowata County checked in at $1.84 a gallon.

Native American Unity Gathering Saturday


Native American Fellowship and USD 445 Indian Education Program are hosting a Native American Unity Gathering tomorrow.


The event will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. at the grounds of the Historic Brown Mansion in Coffeyville.


The event is free and open to the public. There will be dancing, drumming, craft vendors, educational activities for kids and free food while supplies last. Seating is limited so bringing a lawn chair is encouraged.


Those planning to attend are also encouraged to practice social distancing and wear facial coverings.

Chanute Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrants, Drug Possession


A Chanute man was arrested on outstanding warrants and possession of drugs.


Earlier this week, Chanute police responded to the area of the 700 block of South Santa Fe for a report of an individual trying to gain entry into a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers made contact with an adult female and male at the vehicle. During the investigation, officers learned that the male was trying to gain entry into the vehicle for the vehicle owner, but had an active arrest warrant out of Neosho and Woodson counties.


26-year-old Dustin Earl Schaffer was arrested for the outstanding warrants along with the charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.


Homicide Investigation Underway in Longton


Authorities are investigating a homicide that occurred in Longton yesterday. 


According to the Prairie Star, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Elk County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.  The Elk County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene on East 3rd Street in Longton just after 10:00 a.m. Thursday after receiving a 911 call from a family member.  Upon entry, deputies discovered a resident, 34-year-old Amy R. Lammon, deceased inside the home.  Lammon was pronounced dead at the scene. 


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Elk County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.

Bartlesville Woman Arrested in Caney


A Bartlesville woman is arrested in Caney on multiple drug charges. Officers with the Caney Police Department received a report of a black Dodge Challenger in the area of South High Street traveling at accelerated speeds. Officers did not locate the vehicle matching the description at that time. Later on, an officer observed a vehicle matching that description, improperly parked at the Garden Walk Apartments. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver was not present. In plain view, the officer observed two plastic marijuana dispensary bottles on the driver’s seat.


Shortly after 41 year old Maili L. Mello of Bartlesville arrived to the vehicle and was identified as the owner and driver of the vehicle. Upon search of the vehicle, officers located methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Mello is charged with possession of an opiate, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia

Pitt State Reports Decline In Positive Rate


Pittsburg State University reported Wednesday that the number of positive COVID-19 cases involving students continues to decline.


There are currently just 12 students who are in active isolation, down from 24 students in the last week, and the number of those quarantined also fell for the third straight week to about 50 students.


Among faculty and staff, four new cases were reported in the most recent seven-day period. Currently, four faculty/staff are in isolation and five are in quarantine due to possible exposure. Since the university began tracking in March, 14 faculty/staff have reported infections, and 36 have had to quarantine for any reason.

150th Cherryvale Birthday Planning Meeting Tonight


Cherryvale plans to celebrate its 150th birthday next year.


A meeting is scheduled for this evening at 6:30 p.m. where everyone will be able to share their ideas on how this special occasion should be celebrated. The meeting will be at the Cherryvale Community Center and is open to the public.


Voting for the celebration's logo will also take place at this evening's meeting. Safety percautions such as social distancing and face masks are encouraged.

Next Week Will Bring Cooler Temperatures


After higher-than-normal temperatures to end the week, cooler temperatures might prevail starting early next week.


The National Weather Service in Wichita reported that temperatures will likely remain about 5 to 8 degrees higher than usual through the weekend. After that, a cold front moving through the area will drop temperatures into the low 70s throughout the SEK area. Coffeyville will see a high of around 74 by this time.


The NWS reports that temperatures seen next week will be about 5 to 7 degrees below normal.




Two Injured After Wreck at Montgomery-Wilson County Line


Two people were injured following a collision just north of the Montgomery/Wilson County border Wednesday.


Crash logs from the Kansas Highway Patrol report the crash occured shortly before 5:30 pm. A 2011 Ford Focus driven by 65-year-old Daniel K. Wiziarde of Indpendence was westbound on County Road 6600 when it failed to stop at a stop sign. Wiziarde's vehicle was struck by a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by 35-year-old Leland Jackson Burns II. Burns was traveling northbound on U75 at the time of the accident.


Both men were taken to a hospital with suspected serious injuries. Safety restraints were in use by both drivers.



USD 446 Has Another Positive COVID-19 Case


USD 446 in Independence has reported its fourth positive coronavirus case in the last seven days.


The first one appeared last Friday at Eisenhower Elementary, a staff member at Eisenhower and a student at the high school tested positive on Tuesday, and another elementary student has been reported to have tested positive yesterday.


The school district has temporarily closed off areas that the student used over the last several days to thoroughly clean and disinfect the areas. The student and those identified as close contacts will not be allowed to return to school for at least 14 days, but they will have access to remote learning.

Genesis to Distribute Commodities Next Week


Genesis in Coffeyville will be distributing commodities from 9:00am to 11:30am, starting Tuesday and continuing each day until they are gone. Commodities can be picked up at 1312 W. 8th.


Director Linda Follet says you must live in Coffeyville, Dearing or Liberty to pick them up. She says there is also an income limit guideline that they must observe. If you don't know if you qualify, you can call Genesis at 620-251-3004 to find out. They ask that you bring a current piece of mail with you that shows your name and the date.

Eureka Man Charged With Child Sex Crimes


A Eureka man has been charged with three child sex crimes that allegedly happened when the victim was 9 years old.


The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office said 69-year-old Jim Gooch is in custody. He was charged with indecent liberties with a child, aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, and lewd and lascivious behavior. A complaint states that the alleged crimes occurred between May 1st and September 30th of 2018. The victim was 9 years old at the time.


Gooch is scheduled for a court appearance on October 6th.

Independence Man Arrested for Using Counterfeit Money in Caney


An Independence man was arrested in Caney for using counterfeit money multiple times, and owning a total of $46,000 worth of counterfeit bills.


Officers were able to locate the suspect at the Sonic Drive-In. Upon approaching the suspect, and during the arrest, a worker at the Sonic told the officers that the suspect had just used a counterfeit $20 dollar bill to purchase his food.


The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Jareel Dungy. He also confessed to a residential burglary in Altoona. Dungy was transported to the Montgomery County Jail on felony theft by deception and counterfeiting charges.


Officers with the Caney Police Department will be in contact with the U.S. Secret Service today which handles counterfeiting cases at the federal level.

House Fire in Indpendence Put Out


A fire at a home in Independence has been extinguished.


The fire started around 7:30 a.m. this morning at 606 S. 1st Street, and responders from Independence Fire-EMS first shift arrived on the scene.


Upon arrival, the attic of the home was on fire, but it was extinguished within just fifteen minutes.


The house was unoccupied and no one was injured. Independence Fire-EMS and IPD are investigating the cause of the fire.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Awarded $150,000


The United States Department of Justice has awarded the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office nearly $150,000 federal funding.


The funds will be used towards maintaining compliance with the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act through technology, collaboration, enforcement operations and training.


This grant will also cover the costs associated with increased investigative training and offender compliance operations over the next three years.

Final Movie Night at the Park


For those looking to get out this weekend, the Independence Chamber of Commerce is putting on their final Movie Night in the Park of the season this Saturday night.


Executive Director of the Independence Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson talks about the movie that will be showing and the activities and dining options that will be available for the final event of the season.


Wilson also said that the Army Recruiter from Pittsburg will be there with football and baseball games to play as well as giveaways. The movie is free and open to the public and spectators will be invited to bring out their lawn chairs. For more information on this event, contact the chamber at (620) 331-1890.


Death Investigation in Iola


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Iola Police Department, and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a death that has occurred. The Iola Police Department requested KBI assistance on Monday afternoon and the KBI sent agents out to investigate.


At approximately 2:10 pm Monday, the Iola Police Department received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a fight at a residence. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found 34-year-old Jamie D. Martin of Iola lying in the driveway. Officers began life-saving measures as Martin was unresponsive. EMS responded and then transported Martin to the Allen County Regional Hospital. Martin was pronounced deceased at the hospital just before 3 pm. Monday. The investigation is ongoing.


The public is not believed to be at risk related to this incident. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.

Fire at CRMC Under Investigation


Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, KGGF's Jared Sleppy was live on the scene of the fire.


CRMC Director of Communication Melissa Summer says an MRI tech noticed a smell and smoke coming from their MRI suite, so they notified CPD, CFD and hazmat and begin evacuating the area.  Summer says she appreciates the concern of the community and all is well at CRMC. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.


Second Round of SPARK Grants Approved in Chautauqua County


The Chautauqua County commission has approved a second round of SPARK grants funding to begin today.


At the commission's regular meeting on Monday, County Counselor Zoe Newton told commissioners that there had been a "very good" response to the workshop held the previous week. Newton reported that the SPARK board had received applications at least one school, business and city. Commissioner Parker Massey made a motion to open up a second round of applications as suggested by Newton. That motion was unanimously passed.


The second round of SPARK grant applications opened up today, but will close once again on October 2nd. In other business, Kansas Department of Transportation representative Wayne Gudmonson discussed several projects with the commission and answered questions as part of his listening tour.

Two Pittsburg Men Arrested on Drug and Burglary Charges


A pair of men were arrested in Parsons accused of burglarizing a storage unit.


Parsons Police were called to report a burglary in progress at 1425 North 16th Street. Arriving Officers found two males in the process of burglarizing the storage facility. Both subjects were detained by Officers. After an investigation, it was confirmed that the two suspects had burglarized a storage unit and were in the process of stealing property. The victim was contacted by police and confirmed that the suspects had her property from the burglary.


38-year-old Jason Rakestraw and 41-year-old Thomas Houdashelt, both of Pittsburg were arrested and booked into jail. A search warrant was obtained for the suspect's vehicle which resulted in the return of the victim's property. The search also located controlled substances, narcotics paraphernalia, and burglary tools all belonging to the two suspects.


The two suspects are being held for burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft, and criminal damage.

Signups For Spooktacular


Save the date for Spooktacular, scheduled this year for October 26th! The Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce is encouraging a few protocols to help make this a safe event.


If your business would like to participate and set up a table, please call the Chamber at 620-251-2550 or send an email to In addition, the Chamber is searching for donations of candy. Bags of candy or individually wrapped fun items can be dropped off to the Chamber before October 16th, or you can make a donation to help purchase treats.


Contact the Chamber for donation opportunities.

Nowata Man Wanted for Multiple Charges


A man in Nowata County is wanted for committing burglaries all throughout the county.


On September 4th, the Nowata County Sheriff's Office was called to a suspicious vehicle, which was a U-Haul truck being drove on old Highway 169. Chance Thomison was suspected of burglaries and theft of mail and packages in the eastern part of Nowata County. Deputies stopped the vehicle with Thomison driving and a 16-year-old female passenger.


A felony warrant was issued for Thomison with a $350,000.00 bond. Thomison is believed to possibly be in the Bartlesville area at this time.


He could be armed and dangerous, so please be cautious if you come in contact with him and call the Nowata County Sherrif's Office immediately at 918-273-2287.

Caney Man Arrested for Multiple Drug Charges


A Caney man was arrested Saturday for multiple drug offenses. Caney Police Department executed a search warrant for 26-year-old Austin Rees of 201 N. Wood St.


During the search of the home and vehicles on the property officers found drug paraphernalia, a handgun, marijuana, and cocaine.


Rees was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, no drug tax stamp, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, criminal use of a weapon, and possession of opiate. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail.

Off-Duty Officer Responds to a Crash


An off duty Montgomery County Sheriff's Officer discovers a body at the scene of a crash. This weekend a deputy heard what he believed to be a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle. The off-duty deputy responded to the scene of the accident and discovered a man later identified as 52 year old James Donald Bullock Jr of Altamont who had not survived the accident.


The assistant county coroner was called to the scene and asked that Bullock be transported for autopsy. This was a single vehicle accident and Bullock was the only rider on the motorcycle. Sheriff Ron Wade says there are no hours when a deputy is truly off duty, being a deputy is a 24/7 job and this deputy went above the call of duty.

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