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Counterfeit Bills Circulating Coffeyville


The Coffeyville Police Department have been receiving reports about counterfeit bills circulating businesses around town.


The reports started last Wednesday, May 22nd. CPD wants to make the public and businesses aware of the fake bills and provide businesses with what to look for in regards to the recent incidents. CPD asks all businesses and individuals to be observant when accepting money.


If anyone has a doubt about the legitimacy of the money contact CPD and an officer will come out to check the bill. CPD says not to return the bill to the customer until an officer has had a chance to investigate it.


Storm Survey From Claremore/Pryor Tornado


National Weather Service Meteorologists out of Tulsa continue to survey damage from this weekend's tornadoes.


A long-track supercell produced a number of tornadoes, some of which have been confirmed as EF2 and EF3 strength. The tornado that hit Claremore was an EF3, with wind speeds 145 to 155 mph. The path length is currently estimated at 23 miles and at least 1900 yards. The tornado developed northeast of Owasso, moved through Claremore and damaged numerous homes and businesses. The tornado continued to produce EF2 damage as it moved into Mayes county where it destroyed a mobile home where two fatalities and four injuries occurred. The tornado produced EF3 damage to homes about four miles northwest of Pryor and then dissipated about two miles northwest of Pryor. This storm also produced extensive straight-line wind damage.


Other tornado surveys include those near Lake Hudson, Salina and Bull Hollow, which were all rated EF1. An EF3 tornado also hit Decator, Arkansas.


KHP Reports from Memorial Day Weekend


The State of Kansas sees a slight increase in DUI related arrests but a decrease in fatality crashes and deaths.


The Kansas Highway Patrol reports there were 21 DUI arrests during the Memorial Day Weekend, which ran from 6:00pm on Friday through 11:59pm on Monday. This is up from 20 in 2023 and 17 in 2022.


There was one fatality crash during the holiday weekend with three fatalities in that crash. This is down from four crashes with seven fatalities in 2022. The KHP worked no DUI related crashes for the second straight year. The full KHP report for Memorial Day weekend can be found here.

Residency Requirements Waived for Incoming City Manager


The Coffeyville City Commission votes to waive the residency requirements for the incoming city manager. Mayor Alec Hendryx says the current ordinance requires the city manager to reside within the city limits within six months of accepting employment unless there are unique circumstances.


The commission voted unanimously to waive the residency requirements for incoming City Manager Ben Brubaker. Interim City Manager Tim Wilson says they are really pleased to have been able to hire Brubaker.


In other business, the commission approved an ordinance to allow alcohol to be served in Union Pacific Park and the areas around it during Hops Around Town Brewfest in October. They also approved the purchase of a new transformer for Electric Utility and a new truck for the Wastewater Collections Department.

New Program Available to Assist 911 Calls in Cherokee County


The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office announces a partnership with a location technology that will be used to assist 911 calls.


Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Nate Jones says the What3Words program provides a new tool for emergency services throughout Cherokee County by giving 911 dispatchers additional technology to assist anyone who needs emergency assistance, but are unsure of their exact location.


What3words provides users with a simple way to communicate precise locations, having divided the world into a grid of 10ft x 10ft squares and assigning each square a unique combination of three words. Jones says while this tool isn't a replacement for traditional 911 calls it does provide a great option for callers who aren't exactly sure where they are. Jones encourages Cherokee County residents to download the free What3Word app which is available for IOS and Android devices.

Rare Fish Found in Kansas River


 A group of Kansas wildlife biologists have discovered something in a Kansas river that they were not expecting.


 The group from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Aquatic Invasive Species Crew were taking samples from the Kansas River near Kaw Point in April when they discovered an American eel.


The American eel is rarely seen in Kansas waters because the many dams in U.S. streams and rivers make it difficult for them to travel easily. The last time one was spotted in the state was in 2015.


The American eel is the only species of freshwater eel found in North America.

Two Fatal Accidents Over Memorial Day Weekend


 The Kansas Highway Patrol respond to a pair of fatal accidents over the long holiday weekend.


 The first accident occurred on Friday just east of Abilene, when traffic on I-70 back up due to another accident. 67 year old William Anyan of Athens, Georgia, was stopped on his motorcycle when he was truck from behind by another vehicle and killed.


The other fatality accident occurred in the northeast part of the state near Council Grove when a Toyota RAV-4 and Dodge Ram 1500 struck head-on. The occupants of the Ram – Andrew and Lisa Steele, both of White City, KS – each sustained serious injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals. There were five occupants in the RAV 4 and three of them were killed in the accident. Those include 33 year old Troy Sabean of Roseville, MN, 69 year old Ann Porter of Fergus Falls, MN, and 33 year old Emma Porter, also of Roseville, MN. Paul Porter and Kathleen Lebarron were both seriously injured.


KU Researchers Return to Bender Site


 A team of archaeologists are back in southeast Kansas to investigate the former homestead of one of the area's most infamous families.


 The team will once again visit the site between Cherryvale and Parsons where the Bender family cabin once stood. The Benders ran an inn in the 1870s, where they would murder and rob their guests. The archaeology team is led by Kansas Geological Survey forensic investigator and adjunct professor at the University of Kansas Dr. Blair Schneider. Schneider's team made their first visit to the site last summer to use ground-penetrating radar in an attempt to find the location of the original Bender cabin. Landowner Bob Miller says the team did quite a lot of work last summer.


Miller is a life-long resident of southeast Kansas and has been fascinated by the Bender story since he was a boy. He purchased the property in 2020 with the hopes of unraveling some of the mystery surrounding the notorious killers.

Artists Wanted for Exhibit


 Area artists are invited to participate in the Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit coming up at the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center.


 The exhibit will feature artwork by those age 18 and up. Organizer Eenie Fitzpatrick says entries begin next week in a variety of media.


Cash prizes will be given to 1st place and 2nd in each category, plus best in show and a people's choice prize. The exhibit will be on display from June 14th through the 27th.

Summer Meals from Coffeyville Public Schools


 The Coffeyville Public Schools will be offering curb-side meals for infants and toddlers starting Monday.


 Kids birth to 11 months of age will receive breakfast and lunch bagged meals with formula and other age-appropriate food. Curb-side pick up will be available at 606 Cherokee street from 11:30am to 12:30pm.


Children and teens 18 and younger can get free dine-in meals from 7:30am to 8:30am and from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Community Elementary.


The program runs through July 26th

Authorities Searching for Missing Arkansas Kayaker


Authorities in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas are searching for a man who disappeared while kayaking over the Memorial Day weekend.


59-year-old Christopher Jaglin of Bella Vista, Arkansas, was last seen just before noon on Sunday while kayaking in Sugar Creek in northwest Arkansas. He was last seen wearing dark shorts, a green shirt, and a dark hat. His kayak is orange and red. Police are using boats and drones to search for Jaglin. Officials are asking the public to call 9-1-1 if they see something and advise citizens not to enter area waterways due to excessive amounts of debris in the water from the recent heavy rains.

Senator Moran Honors Memorial Day


The ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee speaks on the Senate Floor to honor Memorial Day.


Senator Jerry Moran says on the last Monday in May, our nation sets aside the day to remember, honor and pay respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in our nation’s military.


Moran says how veterans are memorialized when they pass, sends a message to their families and current and future service members about how we value the past, present and future sacrifices made by those in military service.

Coffeyville Commemorates Memorial Day


Many gathered at the Veteran's Memorial Patio at Fairview Cemetery on Memorial Day to take part in this year's Ceremony.


The event included a performance by the Coffeyville Municipal Band, prayers by State Senator Virgil Peck and Representative Ron Bryce, a military flyover by Vance Air Force Base, an Iwo Jima reenactment and honor guard presentation.  Many got up early to help put up flags around the cemetery, and thanks to the effort of many the tradition is continuing.  Committee members for the new Veteran's Court of Valor were selling tickets to a painting which is a fundraiser for the project.  More information on that effort is available here.

Plane Crash Near Butler, MO


Six skydivers and a pilot are safe after parachuting out of a small plane before it crashed near a county airport in western Missouri. Officials say the plane is a total loss. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, preliminary information indicates the plane that crashed early Saturday afternoon was flying a skydiving mission. Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson says all passengers parachuted to safety before the pilot did the same.

Storm Cleanup Efforts Continue in Northeast Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas


Residents in northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas continue to pick up the pieces after weekend tornadoes.


As of yesterday afternoon in Claremore, there were 23 storm-related injuries, 19 people were transported to area hospitals, with three of those having possible life-threatening injuries. At this time, there are no confirmed reports of fatalities in Rogers County. The National Weather Service in Tulsa has seen damage consistent with an EF-3 tornado in parts of the area.


Two are confirmed dead in Mayes County, with the towns of Pryor and Salina hit hard. Crews are working to restore power to the area.


Eight people died statewide in Arkansas. An emergency official said two of the deaths were attributed to the circumstances of the storm but not directly caused by weather, including a person who suffered a heart attack and another who was deprived of oxygen due to a loss of electricity.

Safe Memorial Day Driving


 As the Memorial Day weekend comes to a close, the many people who took a quick trip out of town will be headed back home.


 With more than 38 million travelers on the nation's roads and highways the crowds can sometimes lead to stressful driving. Shawn Steward from Triple-A Kansas reminds drivers to relax and remember some basic travel safety.


Gassing up the car before heading out and taking extra time to complete your trip can help take the stress out of holiday traveling.

New Sports Complex in Indy Opens This Coming Weekend


 Construction crews in Independence have been busy all winter and into the spring working on the baseball fields at the new Central Park Sports Complex.


 This coming Saturday will be the first official test of the new ball parks as the city hosts the official grand opening for the complex. The day will begin with a homerun derby at 9am on Saturday. Boys under 12 and girls under 18 can compete to see who can hit the most dingers. Athletes can register at the Ash Youth Center or at the ball fields the day of the competition. The entry fee is $5. Sports Complex Project Manager Lacey Lies says there will be a whole day of activities.


There will also be a night game, a bike ride sponsored by Eagle Rock Shredders, plus face painting and concessions. The new Central Park Sports Complex is located on Park Street in Independence.


KDHE Issues Boil Water Advisory for Caney

 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water 
advisory for the City of Caney public water supply system. 

 Customers should boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water. Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker. If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.


 The advisory, caused by a line break resulting in pressure loss in the system, will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

 Only the KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

 For questions, contact KDHE at 785-296-5514. Restaurants and other food establishments that have questions about the impact of the boil water advisory 
on their business can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety & lodging program at 785-564-6767.

Tornado Rips Through Claremore


Several deaths are being reported in the region from last night's tornadoes.

A tornado ripped through the Claremore and Pryor area and officials are confirming two deaths in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Details about the dead are not immediately available according to Emergency Management Deputy Director Mike Dunham.  Officials also said at least five people were injured near the west side of Pryor between the county line and city limits.  Search and rescue as well as cleanup efforts continue this morning.  As of this morning, there is no power or fuel available in Claremore and roads remain closed.


At least two people were reported killed in Arkansas, including a 26-year-old woman who was found dead outside a destroyed home in Olvey, a small community in Boone County, according to county Office of Emergency Management employee Daniel Bolen.


Another person died in Benton County, Arkansas. County Communications Director Melody Kwok says multiple other people were injured and that emergency workers were still responding to calls.


Five deaths are also being reported in Texas where another line of storms hit near the Oklahoma border.  Golf ball-sized hail was also reported in Caney and Coffeyville. 


The red cross has opened evacuation centers for those impacted by the storm:


Memorial Heights Baptist Church
1500 W Will Rogers Blvd.
Claremore, OK 74017


Mayes County Fairgrounds
2200 NE First St.
Pryor, OK 74361


House Fire on 9th in Coffeyville


Multiple crews respond to a Saturday morning house fire.


According to the Dearing Fire Department, their crews responded to assist Coffeyville Fire and the Coffeyville Resources Fire Department with a house fire just before 8 a.m. this morning at 813 W. 9th street.  By the time Dearing crews arrived, CFD had the fire out.  No one was injured in the fire.

Practice Food Safety During Memorial Day Weekend


It's Memorial Day Weekend, which means many people will be taking their cooking from the kitchen to outside. Kansas State University Food Scientist Karen Blakeslee says food safety still needs to be a top priority.


Blakeslee says when you are grilling meats there are three temperatures to remember.  Blakeslee says using a food thermometer is the only way to make sure you’ve reached the recommended internal temperature.

Daughter and Son-In-Law of MO State Rep Murdered in Haiti


 Gang violence in Haiti claims the lives of family members of a Missouri state official.


 The daughter and son-in-law of Missouri State Representative Ben Baker were murdered overnight during a bout of gang violence in Haiti. Davy and Natalie Lloyd were in the country as full-time missionaries when violence broke out


Haiti has been in a state of unrest since the 2021 assassination of President Jovenal Moise. The most recent prime minister resigned on March 11.


Ben Baker represents the 160th district in the Missouri State House. He was first elected in 2018 after serving as mayor and a council member in Neosho.

Semi Overturns Along Missouri/Oklahoma State Line


 A tractor-trailer has overturned on I-44 along the Oklahoma/Missouri state line.


 The accident occurred around 12:30am this morning, causing the closure of both lanes of traffic for a time. The wreck has since been moved to the should allowing traffic flow to return to normal. There may be delays later in the day as crews remove the truck and debris.


No one was injured in the accident.

City of Independence Approves Controversial Plan


 The City of Independence approves the final draft of their new comprehensive plan.


 It was another contentious meeting last night in Independence as the city commission heard once again from residents in the rural part of Montgomery County between Independence and Cherryvale. The reason for residents' anger is the planning boundaries for the City of Independence that include areas along US-160 east of town. Though the atmosphere in the Civic Center was cooler than at the May 7th Planning Commission meeting, there were still some angry words exchanged between residents and Independence Mayor Tim Emert.


About 15 residents voiced their opposition to the plan and most did so in a polite, calm way.


Members of the city commission attempted to reassure them that the city has no plans to annex any part of the areas in question. City officials told those in attendance that annexation usually only happens at the request of a property. Emert noted that the city last initiated annexation more than 38 years ago.


Commissioner Scott Smith told the group that the plan is in place to keep the city prepared in the event of more growth.


The commission voted unanimously to approve the final draft of the comprehensive plan, with all three commissioners reaffirming that the city has no plans to annex any properties.

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