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National Police Week Starts Sunday


In 1962 President John F. Kennedy declared May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls National Police Week. This is the week that law enforcement honors officers who died protecting the safety of others.


In 2020 there were 135 officers killed in the line of duty. Nationwide, 64 men and women have died in the line of duty so far this year, about a 39 percent increase in line of duty deaths in the first 74 days of 2021 compared to the same time in 2020.


Throughout the pandemic, IPD has sought a balance between public safety and civil rights. IPD is grateful that Independence continues to show its support by providing food, treats, and encouraging words. Chief Jerry Harrison said on behalf of all the officers and dispatchers in the department he would like to sincerely thank the community for showing them your support.

Caney Women Fights with Police and Attempts Escape After Arrest


A Caney woman resists arrest, fights with officers and attempts to escape police custody. Caney Police Officers after responding to a domestic disturbance call attempted to arrest 26-year-old Katy Kelso, who was involved in the domestic disturbance, for a warrant in the city.


Kelso did not comply and became combative, but officers were able to gain control. Kelso was placed in the intox room, where she attempted her escape. Kelso ran into an ambulance bay and attempted to fight off officers with items she had grabbed off the wall. During the altercation, an officer reported Kelso grabbed his gun but it was secured in his holster. Officers were able to subdue Kelso and transported her to the Montgomery County Jail. She is being charged with interference, two counts of battery and assault on a law enforcement officer.

KDOT Begins Bridge Replacement Project on U.S. 160


The Kansas Department of Transportation has started a project to replace the Neosho River drainage bridge on U.S. 160 in Cherokee County.


The bridge is one mile east of the Labette-Cherokee county line. The contractor is building a temporary road around the bridge site, which will be completed in several weeks. Two-way traffic will use the temporary road during the construction of the new bridge. Weather permitting, the new bridge should be open to traffic by the end of 2021.


KDOT awarded the construction contract of $1.9million to B & B Bridge of St. Paul.

Caney Man Arrested on Warrant in CQ County


A Caney man arrested in Caney on a warrant in Chautauqua County. Early yesterday morning around 1:00am during a routine patrol a Caney Police Department officer came in contact with 44-year-old James “Andy” Gruver at the corner of Rose and State Street.


The officer discovered that Chautauqua County had an active warrant for Gruver’s arrest for probation violation. Gruver was arrested without incident and transferred to Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department.

Caney Woman Arrested for Driving Under the Influence


A Caney woman was arrested late Thursday night for driving under the influence of alcohol.


Caney Police Department officers stopped a vehicle at Taylor and McGee Street, which had been reported to be driving erratically. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 54-year-old Dana Barton. Upon speaking with Barton, officers suspected she might be driving under the influence. Officers performed field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested Barton for Driving Under the Influence and driving left of center.


She was transported to the Montgomery County Corrections Center.

One Dead Following Fire in Independence


One person is dead following a structure fire in Independence early Thursday morning.


Independence Fire-EMS responded to a report of a structure fire, with possible entrapment, in the 500 block of North 24th just after 9:00 am. Crews responded, and immediately performed search and rescue. However, the victim was found deceased.


Independence Rural Fire and Cheryvale Fire-EMS assisted in putting out the blaze. The fire is being investigated by the Independence Police Department and the Kansas Fire Marshall Office. No injuries were reported by any personnel fighting the fire.

Shooting Leaves One Victim in the Hospital in Parsons


A Parsons man was sent to the hospital Wednesday after he was shot in the chest.


Parsons Police Department Officers responded to the 2300 block of Crawford after receiving a report of a gunshot. Officers arrived at the location and found 23-year-old Tyler Camper who had been shot once in the chest. Camper was found in the east-west alley between Washington and Crawford Streets. Camper was transported to Labette Health and was later transferred to Freeman Hospital in Joplin.


The suspect fled the scene after firing into a residence striking the victim in the chest. The victim ran out of the residence after being shot before collapsing in the alley. Police believe that this was a targeted assault and was not a random crime of violence. Detectives are continuing to run down potential persons of interest.

K-State Extension Spring Field Day to be Held in Person


After months of hosting educational events virtually because of COVID-19, K-State Research and Extension will host its Spring Crops Field Day in person on Wednesday, May 19 at its Southeast Research and Extension Center in Parsons. Registration is from 8:30am to 9:00am.


Numerous sponsors will have displays and representatives available to answer questions about products and services. A sack lunch will be served after the field tours. In case of rain, the program will be held indoors. More information and advance registration is available by contacting the K-State Wildcat Extension District Altamont office at 620-784-5337 or the Southeast Research and Extension Center at 620-820-6131.

Coach Foster Memorial Saturday


The Dick Foster Memorial is this Saturday at 1:00pm in the Nellis Hall Gymnasium. Coffeyville Community College is honoring the late football coach who passed away last October. Coach Foster amassed 146 wins with just 25 losses in his career as a junior college football coach. He is the only head coach in NJCAA history to win a National Championship with two different schools.


While at CCC, the Ravens ranked in the top 15 every year and won the National Championship in 1983. He had an 8-3 record in bowl games. Coach Foster was inducted into the CCC Letterman’s Hall of Fame in 1998 and was selected to the first class of the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame. He was selected as the Junior College Coach of the Year in 1970 and is a member of the Fort Scott Community College Hall of Fame.

Car Crashes Into Store in Pittsburg


A Casey's in Pittsburg has received significant structural damage after a car crashed into the building.


Pittsburg Police Department Officers were dispatched to South Pittsburg, in reference to a report of an accident involving a motor vehicle colliding with the building. Upon arrival, officers discovered a vehicle, which was driven by a 16-year-old juvenile, had struck and entered the east side of the building. The vehicle had pulled up to the east side of the building, where it then jumped the curb at the walkway and then struck the building.


The two passengers in the vehicle at the time of the collision were 38-year-old Travis Tyler and 32-year-old Veda Tyler, both of Pittsburg. Neither passenger reported any injuries, and there were no occupants in Casey’s who reported any injuries either. The vehicle was able to be removed from the building under its own power, and it was not towed from the scene.


The investigation into this accident is continuing.


UPDATE: Equity Bank in Independence Robbed



A Missouri man has been taken into custody in connection with the robbery of Equity Bank in Independence Wednesday afternoon. 

During the investigation, Independence Police Department put out vehicle and suspect information that was relayed to local law enforcement. 


At approximately 4:00 pm, the suspect and his vehicle were seen by a Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy and a chase ensued through residential streets in Coffeyville. The suspect lost control of his vehicle at County Road 3200 and US 169 and was apprehended after a short foot chase.

35-year old Paul Duane Gordon of Marshfield, Missouri was transported to the Montgomery Department of Corrections where he was booked on the charge of Aggravated Bank Robbery, Fleeing and eluding, and reckless driving.





An investigation is currently underway in Independence after the Equity Bank was robbed around 1:00pm this afternoon.


There have been no arrests made at this time in connection with this incident. Police have no reason to believe there are any related threats to public safety in the vicinity.


Police Chief Jerry Harrison says currently IPD is working with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate this incident. KGGF will provide further details as soon as they are available.

USAco To be Established in Bartlesville


A Bartlesville man is getting set to launch a new manufacturing company called USAco come June 8th.  Founder and Chairman K. Vasudevan (Vasu) says USAco has one specific purpose, to make quality products in Bartlesville.


Vasu is the Chairman and Founder of Service and Technology Corporation and Service and Manufacturing Corporation. USAco and the STC Group of Companies appreciate the opportunity of being in Bartlesville and being part of the community.

Watch Out For Poison Hemlock


As the days get warmer and livestock moves out to the fields to graze, it is important to make sure that your fields do not have poison hemlock. Poison hemlock is invasive, highly toxic, and on the rise in many states including Kansas and Oklahoma.


K-State Livestock Production Agent Wendie Powell says that since poison hemlock is toxic, that we need to know what it looks like.


Powell says that if we find poison hemlock in our pastures, there are ways to treat it.


For more information about poison hemlock, you contact Wendie Powell at the K-State Extension office in Altamont at 620-784-5337.

Cherokee County K9 Unit Receives Equipment Donation


A Cherokee County Sheriff's Office K9 Team was recently awarded an equipment donation, valued at over $1,300, from Spike's K9 Fund based out of Virginia Beach. Deputy Nate Jones and his K9 Partner Bear received an Ace K9 Hot and Pop Pro and Heat Alarm.


Sheriff David Groves said this equipment could potentially be lifesaving. Deputy Jones will be able to remotely and quickly open the back doors of the patrol unit and deploy Bear if he or another officer were involved in an altercation where Bear is needed. Groves said in addition, this device will constantly monitor the temperature inside the patrol unit and automatically take measures, such as activating the air conditioning or rolling down the windows.

LC Theatre Offering Night of Free Performances


If you fancy a night of musical theater, acting scenes, and monologues, you might want to make your way to Parsons this Friday.


The Labette County Theatre Department is hosting "Night Among the Stars," a celebration of the department's 2020-21 year. Performances will start at 7:30 pm at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium. The event is free, but donations are welcome.


In addition, social distance seating and masks will be required.

Members of Sheriff's Office Receive National Recognition


Three members of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office recently received a National Certificate of Recognition for their public safety efforts in sex offender management.


Sergeant Detective Travis Fields, Sergeant Detective Trent Martin, and Administrative Office Manager Janis Echard received the Certificates of Recognition from Mike Cormaci, President of OffenderWatch, which works with over 3,500 agencies across the country. Cormaci said that Sgt. Fields, Sgt. Martin and Mrs. Echard implemented policies and procedures well above the ordinary minimum requirements set forth by state law, to ensure the law enforcement community and citizens are made aware of offender movements, status changes, and risks.


Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said he is proud of the members of his team who have received this deserving recognition because their hard work helps keep families in the community safe.

Over Nine Tons of Medications Turned In


Kansans safely disposed of more than 9 tons of unused and unwanted medicines during National Drug Take-Back Day on April 24th. Kansas law enforcement officers collected 18,880 pounds of medicines at 124 locations throughout the state during the event.


Attorney General Derek Schmidt said this was the largest amount of medications collected in Kansas since the event began in 2010, eclipsing the previous mark of 17,230 pounds collected in April 2018. A total of 221,914 pounds of medications have been destroyed in the 20 collection days that have been held since 2010. Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations including the Coffeyville Police Department.

Indy Fire-EMS Responds to Camper Fire


The Independence Fire-EMS Department responded to a camper fire early Tuesday morning.


Units responded to a call at 310 S. 23rd Street at about 9:10 am. Upon arrival, they found a fully involved camper on fire next to a structure. With assistance from Independence Rural Fire and Cherryvale Fire-EMS, crews were able to bring the fire under control in under 30 minutes.


No injuries were reported.

Caney Woman Arrested on a Pair of Charges


A Caney woman has been arrested on a pair of charges.


While on routine patrol, Caney Police Department officers heard yelling in the 200 block of South Wood Street. Officers made contact with a white male who was walking and advised officers he had been assaulted by his girlfriend. Officers observed physical injuries that backed the man’s allegations.


Officers then made contact with a woman at the residence in the 200 block of South Wood Street. The woman was identified as 40-year-old Kristen Hines. After conducting their investigation, Officers arrested Hines on charges of Domestic Battery and Disorderly Conduct, and was transported to the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Caney City Library Open Once Again


As of this Monday, the Caney City Library is open once again.


The public is now welcome to visit the library during regular operating hours. However, masks will still be required inside the building. Curbside service is still available.


In addition, the library will be offering a "hybrid" summer reading program for all ages. Registration will begin on May 10th.

Summer Camps Being Offered by USD286


USD 286 – Sedan has announced that their Summer Camps program will be offered from June 1st - June 30th. The summer camps program will be offered Monday-Thursday with special field trips on Friday.


Students Pre K-5 can attend a variety of programs such as Math and Reading Enrichment, P.E., Art, Swim Lessons, Social-Emotional Learning, Basketball and Volleyball camp, and cooking class.


Grades 6-12 will also have Summer Camps that include Metals, Hunter Safety, Fur Harvest, Wood Projects, Drones, and Computer Investigations.


Summer Camps will begin at 8:00 and free breakfast and lunch will be served. Bus services will also be provided for those needing transportation. Links to each camp can be found below.


Pre-K - 5th Grade:


Grades 6th - 12th

Enrollment Now Open for Summer and Fall at CCC


The enrollment period at CCC is now open for Summer and Fall Courses at Coffeyville Community College. Senior Director of Student Services Yvonne Hull says that the enrollment process is a little different this year compared to years past.


For more information contact Pam Feerer at 620-252-7135. The first day of Summer classes begins on June 2nd while the Fall session begins on August 9th.

Chautauqua County Meeting for 5-3


The Chautauqua County Commission continued discussions on the purchase of a new ambulance at its most recent meeting on Monday.


Representatives from Sedan EMS stopped by Monday's meeting, wanting to purchase a third ambulance to replace one of their older ones. The EMS, which is a private non-profit, cannot afford to stock four amulances. The oldest was made in 1996.


Greg Hadley, who also visited with the commission on Thursday, said he was expecting or wanting to purchase one as soon as possible.


Commissioner Rodney Shaw said he wished he could give them money right away, but more information was needed. The commission will meet once again next Monday.

Man Arrested for Interference with Law Enforcement, County Warrant


A 49-year-old Chanute man was arrested over the weekend on interfering with law enforcement and a Neosho County warrant.


Chanute PD officers went to the 1600 block of South Highland looking for an individual that had an outstanding warrant for their arrest. Officers noticed an adult male standing in front of a residence next door. Officers recognized the individual having a warrant for his arrest. Officers talked with the man and informed him he was under arrest for the warrant.


The individual failed to comply with the officers and after a short scuffle, officers arrested David Allen Engel for the Neosho County warrant and interference with a law enforcement officer. He was transported to the Neosho County Jail.

Peru Man Arrested in Caney on Number of Violations


Last night at around 8:00pm a Caney Police Officer stopped a 2003 KIA for a vehicle equipment violation. The driver was identified as 29-year-old Josh McKinney from Peru.  McKinney was driving with a suspended license, was in possession of an open title for the vehicle and had no liability insurance on the vehicle.


McKinney was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail and charged with his second offense of driving with a suspended license, no registration, his third violation of no liability insurance and no driver’s side mirror.


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