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Wildcat District Foundation Hosts Virtual Fundraiser/Auction

 

The K-State Research and Extension's Wildcat District Education Foundation is hosting an online fundraiser and auction next week.

 

From April 21 through April 24, anyone can bid on over 100 items donated by businesses and individuals throughout the district. This includes Montgomery, Labette, Wilson, and Crawford counties. Money raised will support programming for the district, including the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture, Horticulture, Community Vitality and 4H/Youth Leadership.

 

For more information, contact district director Frances Graves at 620-724-8223.

Minor Construction in Parsons

 

The Water Department of the City of Parsons is doing sewer service work in the 1300 Block of Morgan Avenue.

 

They anticipate the road to be closed from now until 5:00 pm tonight. The city of Parsons apologizes for any inconvenience, and asks that you please use an alternate route.

Two Separate Drug Busts in Montgomery County

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department had a busy day earlier today with two separate drug busts. 

 

In the first incident, deputies made a traffic stop at Main and Wald in Independence and discovered the driver was Peter Eugene Olsen of Coffeyville who had a warrant for his arrest.  Upon further investigation deputies located items associated with illegal substances.  Olsen was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a number of drug charges, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving without a license, registration and no insurance.

 

Meanwhile in Cherryvale, the Sheriff’s Office was conducting a search for a subject wanted in a neighboring county. Deputies stopped a vehicle being driven by Deedra Bright of Cherryvale who had an outstanding warrant.  During the stop deputies saw illegal narcotics in the vehicle in plain view.  While searching the vehicle deputies discovered crystal meth and marijuana.  Bright was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on multiple drug charges.

One New Case at Pitt State

 

Pittsburg State University reported one positive COVID-19 case of the 13 symptomatic students who were tested at Bryant Student Health Center in the week leading up to April 21st. Currently, one student is in isolation and none are in quarantine. In the same period, no faculty or staff members reported an infection, though one is in quarantine due to close contact.

 

The Crawford County Health Department and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas held clinics on the campus of Pitt State, at which about 900 faculty, staff, and students were vaccinated. Additional clinics are planned for next week.

Drug Take Back Day this Weekend

 

National Drug Take-Back Day is coming up this weekend. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

 

Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, more than 101 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone. Kansas law enforcement agencies that are participating in this include Neodesha Police Department, Chanute Police Department, Pittsburg Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriffs Office. In Oklahoma, both the Bartlesville Police Department and Miami Nation Police Department are participating.  

 

Unwanted prescription drugs can also be dropped off at the Coffeyville Police Department any time. There is a green drop off container located just inside the front entrance to the police department. CPD asks for no syringes in the drop box.

Kansas Artist Wins Duck Stamp Art Contest

 

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall congratulated Wichita native, Margaret McMullen, after she was announced as the winner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's 2021 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.  

 

Senator Marshall said McMullen went head to head with some of the greatest artistic talents in the nation and brought the victory back to the great state of Kansas for the first time in 30 years. He said the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is a vital part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s mission to instill principles in the youth that are near and dear to his heart, which is a deep respect and appreciation for America’s wildlife and the conservation of natural lands.

Above-Average High Temps Expected Next Week

 

After a bizarre weather week that included snow yesterday, a return to normalcy will come next week with temperatures above average expected.

 

Coffeyville got two-tenths of an inch of precipitation yesterday which included snow during the early morning hours which turned into a rain/snow mix in the afternoon with a high of just 48 degrees.

 

As for next week, it will start heating up with temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s on Saturday and getting up to the 80s next Monday.

 

Before then, we can expect more rain in the forecast tomorrow and Friday. If there is any severe weather, stay tuned into 690 KGGF-AM.

Roger Marshall Doesn't Want New Hate Crime Act Passed

 

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall said that he doesn't want the recently proposed hate crime act passed.

 

He said that the proposed COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act seems "open-ended" and "overly broad". Marshall said that he obviously is against any hate crime against anyone, but laws against these offenses are already in place.

 

The topic arose after eight Asian-Americans were killed in an Atlanta spa last month. The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act will be voted on by the Senate today in which Sen. Marshall plans to vote against.

Over $7,000 Raised During Indy BBQ Comp

 

The 2nd Annual Independence BBQ Cook-Off was a success as over $7,000 was raised for 5 year old Avery and her family. Organizer Brett Trotter says the expectations he had were greatly exceeded.

 

Trotter says Boom City BBQ, Woodward, OK, was the Grand Champion and Consuming Fire BBQ was the Reserve Champion. Boom City BBQ also placed 1st in Brisket, Full Throttle BBQ 1st in ribs, Two Buds BBQ 1st in anything but and Bigley BBQ 1st in chicken.

 

*Photo courtesy of Magnolia Tree Photography*

Nado Football Jerseys for Sale

 

If you have ever wanted to own a piece of Field Kindley football memorabilia now is your chance. With the announcement of new uniforms for the Nado football team the old jerseys are for sell.

 

Head Coach Deonta Wade said the money will go into their fundraiser account and help go towards other gear, paying for football camps and other football related expenses. There are three styles of jerseys being sold, the purple home Adidas jersey, the white away Adidas jersey and a yellow GT jersey. Both Adidas jerseys are $20 a piece and the yellow GT jerseys are $10. If you are interested in a jersey you can contact Coach Wade.

Roger Marshall Skeptical of Biden Administration's Handling of Border Crisis

 

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall is skeptical with how the current Biden administration is handling the border crisis.

 

He said that the first step to recovery is admitting that there is a crisis. Marshall said that he's concerned about letting illegal immigrants into the country is the health risk it has for Americans. The solution Marshall gave was straight forward, but unlikely.

 

The full interview with Senator Roger Marshall can be found here.

Ten New COVID-19 Cases in Montgomery County Over the Past Week

 

There were ten new positive cases of COVID-19 over the past week in Montgomery County.

 

As of yesterday, there have been a total of 3,426 cases and 103 hospitalizations, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

 

Statewide, there were 429 new cases, two new deaths and 17 hospitalizations from Friday leading up to yesterday. In total, there have been 306,290 cases, 9,961 hospitalizations and 4,955 deaths.

 

President Joe Biden announced yesterday that all adults are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

New Parsons K-9 Dog Makes First Drug Bust

 

The Parsons Police Department's newest K-9 unit Karim made his first drug bust over the weekend. Karim is a 19-month-old Belgian Malinois who is nationally certified in narcotics detection.

 

Sergeant Brice Dickens conducted a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Morton Avenue early Saturday evening. Backup was called and Karim investigated the vehicle and sensed the presence of drugs. Officers were able to locate marijuana and methamphetamines in the vehicle.

 

The driver was identified as 57-year-old Christopher Cuddy. He was arrested on multiple drug charges and three failure to appear warrants.

Local Food Bank Gets Letter of Support for a Grant from Montgomery County Commission

 

A local food bank based in Caney received a letter of support from the Montgomery County commission at their most recent meeting.

 

The food bank started in Caney and has expanded to all of Montgomery and Chautauqua counties as well as parts of Labette, Woodson, Greenwood, Wilson and Elk counties. They have also assisted those in need in South Coffeyville as well.

 

Thousands of people have been served by the food bank's donations of fresh fruits and veggies which has helped improve the health of those in the area. According to Volunteer Dorothy Shaffer, 105 tons of produce have been brought in to Kansas by volunteers.

 

The vote for the letter passed unanimously by the commissioners.

COVID Related Travel Vouchers Could Expire

 

Those who were forced to delay travel plans because of COVID-19 should pay close attention to the expiration dates of their travel vouchers. These will vary depending on the issuing cruise line, airline or travel vendor. Since the beginning of March, there has seen a big increase in travel bookings, due to increasing confidence with the vaccine roll out and easing of CDC travel restrictions.

 

Those who are planning to travel, whether cashing in a voucher or booking new travel, will need to adjust expectations for a new normal. AAA offers some tips for post-pandemic travel. Make sure you understand COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, book accommodations in advance, prepare to pay more for car rentals and consider travel insurance.

Stolen Trailer from City of Caney

 

A trailer was stolen from the city of Caney.

 

The trailer was taken from the city's water treatment facility located on West 6th Street early Saturday evening. The trailer is a black 18-foot dual axle trailer that has a dove tail on the rear with two stand-up loading ramps and a wood-decked floor.

 

It's undetermined how many people were involved in the theft or who was involved in the theft. If you have any information regarding the incident, please contact the Caney Police Department at 620-879-2141.

 

The trailer seen in the picture above is not the actual trailer. It's just a reference for what the trailer looks like.

Welch Cattleman Plead to $1.2 Million Check Scheme

 

A Welch cattleman who defrauded First State Bank of Commerce pleaded guilty in federal court. Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson said 52 year old John Theodore Linthicum, also known as Teddy Linthicum, perpetrated a check kiting scheme for his own gain and cheated the bank out of $1.2 million. The scheme was carried out by Linthicum and another cattle dealer, Douglas Mayfield, from October 2016 to January 2017.

 

In the fall of 2016, Linthicum experienced dwindling cash flow in his cattle business. He proposed that Mayfield write NSF checks to Linthicum that he could deposit into his bank account, thereby enabling Linthicum to avoid overdraft limitations and continue his cattle operation. Linthicum knew that Mayfield did not have sufficient funds to cover the checks he was writing to Linthicum.

 

Mayfield provided approximately 30 insufficiently funded checks from his accounts at Grand Savings Bank, in Grove, to Linthicum for deposit into Linthicum’s account at First State Bank.  Most often, Mayfield would simply sign the checks and Linthicum would fill in the amounts payable to himself. Linthicum frequently wrote in the memo notation that the checks were for the purchase of cattle, which was not true. The checks generally ranged between $100,000 and $375,000. The bank lost approximately $1.2 million as a result of the scheme.  Linthicum’s sentencing is set for August 3rd. Mayfield previously pleaded guilty to the same charge in federal court, and his sentencing is pending.

 

Parsons PD Need Help Identifying Butt Crack Bandit

 

A Parsons fast food chain is the victim of a early morning robbery. At around 8:23am, officers responded to Taco Mayo at 3210 Main. Corporal Garrett Lucas collected evidence and surveillance video of the incident. The suspect, wearing gloves and a mask, entered through the door with a key around 6:00am. The safe was opened and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

 

Police Chief Robert Spinks said he hopes that “See It, Hear It, Report It” can again prevail and they can catch this individual to close yet another case in Parsons. The investigation is ongoing and if anyone has information on this incident you can call (620)421-7060 or the Tip Line at (620)421-7057. Two photos of the suspect can be found in the online version of this story at kggfradio.com.

 

Senator Roger Marshall Opposes Infrastructure Bill and Another Stimulus Package

 

United States Senator Roger Marshall expressed his firm disagreement with President Joe Biden's proposed infrastructure bill as well as another stimulus package.

 

Marshall stated that hardly any of the money from the nearly $2 trillion infrastructure bill will go towards the country's infrastructure.

 

Marshall also believes that the country is rebounding strongly and there is no need for another COVID relief bill. He stated the unemployment rates in the state of Kansas are steadily declining.

 

For those who are skeptical about the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine, Marshall had some encouraging words.

 

The full interview with Senator Roger Marshall can be found here.

Topeka Man Injured in Coffeyville Accident

 

A Topeka man was injured in an early morning crash in Coffeyville.

 

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Cordell Ramsey of Tulsa was driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber northbound on U.S. Highway 169 when he crossed the center line and caused 62-year-old Mark Mikoleit who was driving a 2013 Freightliner to make an avoidance maneuver onto the southbound shoulder. Ramsey's vehicle then struck the Freightliner causing it to overturn in the east ditch.

 

Mikoleit was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin with suspected serious injuries. Ramsey was not injured. Seatbelts were in use in both vehicles.

Coffeyville Releases 2021 Water Consumer Confidence Report

 

The City of Coffeyville has released its 2021 Water Consumer Confidence Report.

 

The report covers the 2020 calendar year, and is a "snapshot" of the quality of water provided by the city. This includes where the water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to state and EPA standards.

 

The city reported that there were no violations of drinking water standards in 2020. That does not guarantee that there are no contaminants in tap or bottled water, but it does guarantee that the water is safe and does not pose a health risk.

 

For the full report, follow this link.

 

Two Arrested After Police Chase in Pittsburg

 

Two Pittsburg residents were arrested earlier this week on an array of charges.

 

A Pittsburg Police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a spray-painted Ford Fusion passenger vehicle in northeast Pittsburg for an observed moving violation. The vehicle failed to yield and then began to flee from the officer. After a short chase that saw the vehicle end up crashing into a fence post, both the driver and passenger fled the vehicle on foot and were apprehended a short time later. The vehicle was reported stolen out of rural Crawford County on April 11th.

 

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 29-year-old John D. Robertson Jr. and the passenger was identified as 22-year-old Kaitlyn M. McMurry. Both were arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and various warrants out of different counties. Robertson also picked up fleeing and eluding and interference with law enforcement charges. Both were transported to the Crawford County Jail.

Drug Bust in Weir Leads to an Arrest

 

Authorities with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office executed a narcotics search warrant at a Weir home Thursday evening which led to an arrest. 

 

As part of an ongoing investigation, detectives served the warrant at 201 North Jefferson around 7 p.m. During the course of the search, suspected narcotics were discovered and seized, leading to the arrest of 28-year-old Cheyenne Jones.

 

Jones was transported to the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of possessing methamphetamine, possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. Criminal charges on additional suspects are anticipated.

Low-Income Residents in Independence Getting Financial Assistance

 

Low-income residents in the city of Indpendence will be getting some financial assitance.

 

The city approved an adjustment to the criteria for assisting low-income residents with their water, sewer and trash service rates at its most recent city commission meeting. Those who qualify must be under the "extremely low-income limits" based on United States Department of Housing and Urban Development criteria.

 

Other criteria include that you must be living in the city limits, you must be a resident for at least 12 months, the water/sewer account must be listed in the name of the hardship subscriber and the hardship subscriber must be recertified on January 1st each year.

 

The previous criteria for income was $11,000 regardless of how many people live in the household.

 

The updated hardship rate application is available for download on the City website. For more information, you can contact the city of Independence at (620) 332-2500.

Tulsa Man Arrested After Accident in Caney

 

A Tulsa man is arrested in Caney after backing into a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Caney Police Officers were dispatched to Casey’s General Store for a report of an accident.

 

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 2015 Ford truck driven by 50 year old Greg Phillips, of Tulsa, backed into a 1994 Dodge pickup driven by 53 year old Brian Helkenburg, of Havana. Upon further investigation officers determined that Phillips was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him for driving while under the influence and an expired registration. Phillips was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held in lieu of bond.

 

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