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Local News Archives for 2023-03

Grass Fires in Oklahoma Visible on Satellite


Numerous grass fires have broken out in Osage County, Oklahoma as high winds and low humidity have fuled fire weather conditions.  Fires throughout the region can actually be seen on NOAA Weather Satellite.  A few other hot spots that may indicate fires have been observed in Montgomery and Chautauqua counties in Kansas and Washington county in Oklahoma.  Earlier today, a large grass fire was reported near El Dorado, KS, which was also visible on satellite.  Numerous high wind gusts have been reported, one of 75 miles per hour in Sedan, and many around 60 mph in southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma.


View from the ground in Osage County from our sister station KWON:



View towards Osage county from Liberty, KS.  Dust in the air masks much of the smoke.


Closeup of satellite image:


IPD Transferring K9 Program to Sheriff's Office


The Independence Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have partnered to transfer the IPD Canine Program to the sheriff’s office.


IPD’s canine officer has taken a position with the MGSO. Chief Jerry Harrison says out of respect to the citizens of Independence that have supported the program they worked with Sheriff Wade to ensure the canine team is still here for their community. Sheriff Ron Wade says they are committed to providing canine team services to the citizens of Independence as well as increasing the canine services available to the entire county.


Anyone who would like to continue supporting the sheriff’s office canine program can contact the Community Foundation for Independence to learn how to donate. IPD will continue to have a donation account at CFFI for special projects.

IPD Investigating Kidnapping


The Independence Police Department is investigating a kidnapping. 


The incident was reported in the 2300 block of North 20th Place. The victim reported an unknown suspect took them by force. The victim was released near the scene.


More information will be made available as we have it.

Circle Mountain in Bartlesville Being Evacuated


As of 3:00 on Friday afternoon all Circle Mountain residents are being evacuated due to multiple structures catching fire after a wildfire off Gap Road off HWY 123 south of Bartlesville.

Multiple agencies are tending to the fire. According to Washington County Emergeny Managemnt, some buildings have been impacted.

The wind is causing problems and crews are fighting any possible spread.

There are reports of down power lines. There are not enough crews to be able to sit all of the downed lines because of the fires. Please stay aware and be cautious of downed powerlines.

Avoid the area as crews are trying to contain the blaze.

Bartlesville Public Schools are dropping children who live in the area at Kane Elementary. All parents are asked to bring photo ID to pick up their children. 

Grass Fires, Power Line and Tree Damage From High Winds


Reports are flooding into the KGGF newsroom of grass fires, downed trees, and leaning power lines.  Part of Elm street in downtown Coffeyville is closed because of a power line that is leaning into the street.  Trees are down throughout the area, and fire departments are scrambling to deal with grass fires and at least one structure fire in Independence.  Stay tuned for the latest.

Tree down at the end of Moon Street:

Altamont Student Wins National Aviation Art Contest


A grade school student from Altamont is moving on to the international Aviation Art Competition.


13-year-old Elly Han is one of the nine winning entries in the Kansas Department of Transportation’s 2023 Aviation Art Contest. Han won at the national level and now moves to the international competition. She placed first in the Intermediate Category of the annual National Association of State Aviation art contest. The international contest will be judged in June by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Han's entry finished second in her age division in the Kansas competition, the first-place state winner was her brother, Daniel Han.


The nine first through third place state winners received $150 to $250 in Science Technology Engineering Art and Math prizes and each of the Kansas first-place winners and the state’s national winner received a drone.  

Rep Bryce Says He's Enjoyed his First Months as a Legislator


The final two months of the Kansas Legislative Session is coming up with the legislature set to adjourn on May 22nd. Representative Ron Bryce says it has been a gratifying experience for him and he is proud to be serving the people in District 11.


Bryce says he has learned a lot in his first few months serving and one of his goals moving forward is to reintroduce his National Motto Bill.  Bryce says he doesn't think he did a good job explaining the bill the first time around so he wants to do a better job of that in the future. He says on a philosophical level the bill is very important to him. You can listen to the full interview with Representative Bryce here.

Cold Weather Rule Ends Today


 The Cold Weather Rule ends today, meaning Kansans who are behind on electric and natural gas utility bills could have their services disconnected unless they contact their utility company to make payment arrangements.

 The Cold Weather Rule, in effect from November 1 through March 31, provides protection from disconnection to residential customers served by utilities regulated by the KCC when temperatures are forecast to drop below 35 degrees within the following 48-hour period. When the rule is in effect, regulated utilities are also required to offer a Cold Weather 12-month payment plan upon request, even if a previous payment plan has been broken.

 Today is also the last day to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program or LIEAP, a federally funded program administered by the Kansas Department of Children and Families. LIEAP applications must be received by the Kansas DCF office by today at 5 p.m. The KCC urges all customers facing financial difficulties to act now to stay connected.

 To find out more about utility assistance programs in your area, please contact your utility or the KCC Consumer Protection Office at 800-662-0027 or 785-271-3140. Utility assistance program information is also posted on the KCC’s website. 

LaTurner Announces April Mobile Office Hours Schedule


 Congressman Jake LaTurner announces his April Mobile Office Hours schedule.

 LaTurner says one of his top priorities is to provide the highest quality constituent services to Kansans across the Second District. He says the mobile office hours are so he and his staff can hear what issues matter most to hard-working families, and so every community across Eastern Kansas has a voice in Washington and is treated fairly by the federal government. Mobile Office Hours are also a way to receive assistance with veterans benefits, social security applications, passport processing, the Internal Revenue Service, Medicare & Medicaid Assistance, the USPS, and Housing and Urban Development.

 The Mobile Office Hours schedule for our listening area is listed below:

April 5, 2023

  • 102 W 7TH Street Coffeyville, KS 67337

  • Coffeyville City Hall

  • 502 Indiana St Neodesha, KS 66757

  • W.A. Rankin Memorial Library

  • 1719 Main Street, Parsons, KS 67357

  • Remnant Coffee Shop


Date: April 6, 2023

  • 231 E Wall Street Fort Scott KS 66701

  • Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce

  • 211 W 7th Street Galena, KS 66739

  • Galena Municipal Court

Date: April 19, 2023

  • 111 N Lincoln Ave Chanute, KS

  • Chanute Public Library

Kelly Calls For Year Round Sale Of E-15


 Governor Laura Kelly requests EPA approval of the sale of E15 products throughout the summer months.

 Kelly sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan requesting the agency allow the sale of E15 products through the use of an emergency waiver. This move, which the EPA granted last summer, would help prevent potential fuel shortages and save Kansas money at the gas pump.

 Allowing the sale of this product during the summer driving season would also support the Kansas ag industry, especially corn growers who contribute to ethanol production.

 During the summer of 2022, the EPA emergency waiver helped prevent potential shortages and saved Americans at least $57 million in fuel costs. U.S. inventories of crude oil and petroleum products recently hit a 19-year low, and nationwide gasoline stocks are 3% lower than a year ago. Those statistics, coupled with continued international tension and refining capacity being offline for maintenance, are predicted to have the same implications as last summer, providing support for another emergency waiver. 

 A copy of the letter can be found here.

Nowata Schools Considering Moving to Four Day Schedule


 Nowata Schools discuss the possibility of moving to a four-day school week. Superintendent Chris Tanner, in a recent town hall meeting, says the idea came from a teacher during their yearly spring meeting, after posting a survey to judge community interest, a decision was made to discuss the topic.


Currently, Nowata Public Schools have 18 emergency-certified teachers who are employed at the school. Emergency certified teachers don't always have an education degree and must re-apply each year. Tanner says he would like to get as many certified teachers as possible, and while he is neutral in making the decision, he believes going to a four-day school week would get more certified teachers.  


The survey will be available on the Nowata Public Schools website through Thursday, April 6th and those results will be shared at the next school board meeting. 

Critical Fire Weather Conditions Today


Today will be a busy weather day with a chance for severe weather for the four states and a much greater risk of fire weather conditions.  A cold front will push into the area this morning and will exit northwest Arkansas by early afternoon.  The greatest severe chances will be to our east in central Arkansas and Missouri.  Very strong west-southwest winds and low afternoon humidity will set the stage for critical fire weather conditions today.  Southeast Kansas is under a wind advisory right now, and that will be upgraded to a high wind warning at 1 p.m.  A red flag warning will start at 11 a.m. and go until 9 p.m.  In Oklahoma, the red flag warning starts at noon and remains in effect until 8 p.m.  For southwest Missouri, the red flag warning starts at 2 p.m. and is in effect until 10 p.m.  The National Weather Service warns that wind speeds will increase throughout the afternoon, which will make fire control efforts increasingly difficult.






Wal Mart Robber Is Caught

The man who robbed Wal Mart this past Sunday evening has been captured. 


 Coffeyville PD responded around 6:40pm for a call of a reported armed robbery. The suspect had fled the scene by the time officers arrived. 


The investigation advanced rapidly in the twenty four hours that followed. The suspect and his vehicle were identified. The next day, officers observed the suspect vehicle in Coffeyville and a felony traffic stop was conducted. 63-year old Leburn Howard Timmerman of Tyro was taken into custody without incident.


 Recommended charges will be aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and theft by threat. 


 Chief Bromley thanks the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the South Coffeyville Police Department  for their assistance.

Coffeyville FFA Places Top 3 During Vet Science Contest


Coffeyville FFA places at the Vet Science competition in Independence. The Vet Science Team for Coffeyville FFA placed third overall as a team. The team members include Morgan Way, Halle Hayes, Deyonna Shelly, Anna Merka, Cheyenne Davis and Anna Powers. Two members of the team placed Top 10 individually with Way finishing 6th and Hayes placing 10th.


The Vet Science contest was held at ICC West and the veterinary nursing program helped facilitate the contest. There were over 150 students who participated in the event making up A, B and Extra teams. The contest consists of 60 identifications of animals, parasites, and veterinary equipment, an anatomy and physiology component, a general knowledge exam and a math test. There are two more competitions this spring the first on April 6th for Allen County Aggie Day and the second one is the State Contest on May 1st

Adopt A Highway Needs New Members


 The Kansas Department of Transportation invites you to be a part of the Adopt-A-Highway program.

 KDOT is requesting the help of new groups to join and make a difference in communities and help the environment at the same time.

 KDOT's highway sections for Adopt-A-Highway is generally two miles long. Any non-profit group that does not discriminate upon the basis of race, religion or gender can join and there is no cost to the group. Members must be at least 11 years old and have adequate adult supervision. Groups have clean ups three times a year and are recognized for their efforts with signs marking their sections of highway.

 Adopt-A-Highway groups are gearing up for the annual Clean Up Kansas Campaign, which takes place during the month of April. All Adopt-A-Highway groups are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the statewide event.

 Groups clean their sections of roadway three times a year at their convenience. For more information or to sign up, contact the Adopt-A-Highway coordinator closest to you. A list of nearby locations can be found below.

Southeast Kansas

Iola, 1720 N. State, (620) 901-6555

Garnett, 507 N. Maple, (785) 433-6100

Independence, 3097 W. Main, (620) 577-7310

Pittsburg, 1813 W. 4th, (620) 308-7610

Grocery Pickup Available Soon In South Coffeyville


 A grocery pickup will soon be available in South Coffeyville.

 City officials say AIM High Food Pantry based in Nowata will soon be offering a grocery pick up in South Coffeyville for the towns of South Coffeyville, Delaware, Lenepah, and Wann. Intake forms and order sheets can be picked up and dropped off at City Hall, 419 Willow in South Coffeyville.

 Only Nowata County residents are eligible, and two forms will need to be filled out, a yearly intake form and a monthly order form.

 New intake and order forms will be collected from the City Hall office on the third Monday of each month. They need to be completed and returned prior to that time. Grocery pick up will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 2:30 until 5:30 pm at Gibbs Hall at 207 Broadway.

 USDA items are only eligible to those who fall within the attached income guidelines. First delivery and intake forms are due April 17th. The first delivery will be April 20th from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.


Information Leads To Baxter Springs Arrest


 New information leads to the capture of a Cherokee County fugitive.

 Just after 3:00 yesterday afternoon, Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies obtained information that 46-year-old James Eric Paul Thompson was hiding in a rural Baxter  Springs  home.

 Thompson pled guilty in May of last year in Cherokee County District Court to Felony Criminal Threat. Thompson, who was not in custody at the time of the hearing, was ordered to surrender himself to the Cherokee County Jail in August, then be transferred to the Kansas Department of Corrections and serve a 16 month sentence. An arrest warrant was sought after Thompson failed to turn himself in.

 When Thompson was detected, he refused to comply. A Sheriff's  K9 was brought in to assist in the apprehension.

Thompson remains in the Cherokee County Jail, on a no bond hold.

 Online records with the Kansas Department of Corrections sow Thompson was previously incarcerated in the Kansas Prison System after being convicted in Cherokee County on charges of Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Burglary and Theft.

Man Arrested In Connection With Joplin Shooting


 A man wanted in connection to a shooting Tuesday in Joplin has been arrested.

 Joplin Police Captain Will Davis says a call came in around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. The caller said her boyfriend who was living at 1808 West 20th Street had been shot.

 30-year-old Aaron Birdsong was arrested on charges of 1st-degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police officials say the owner of the property recently died. Neighbors were unaware of anyone living at the residence.

 The investigation is ongoing.

Red Flag Warning in Effect Tomorrow


A red flag warning goes into effect tomorrow morning for the area.  The fire weather watch in place has been upgraded and now includes Montgomery and Labette counties as well as Nowata county and many other parts of northeast Oklahoma.  The warning will be in place from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. tomorrow.  The National Weather Service says winds will gust around 55 mph while humidity levels will drop into the teens.   Outdoor burning is discouraged and any fires that accidentally start can spread very quickly.  In addition, a high wind watch is in effect all day tomorrow.  Today, a wind advisory is in effect starting at 11 a.m. since the area could see gusts up to 45 mph.


Parsons PD Warns of Scam Letter


The Parsons Police Department is warning citizens of a scam.


Over the past few days, there have been a number of potential scams reported to law enforcement in Parsons and throughout Labette County. This is just the latest form of a scam that they have been notified about. The scam is a letter sent from what appears to be a law office claiming to have an unclaimed life insurance policy to collect.


The name is Edward Woodland from Woodland, Brent & Partners LLP. The letter looks formal but is not a legitimate claim. Anyone who has received or receives this letter should throw it away. Parsons PD says to never give out personal information and to be cautious.

Two Arrested In Cherokee County Following Investigation


 An investigation by the KBI and the Baxter Springs Police Department leads to two arrests.

 Tuesday, March 28, KBI agents and Baxter Springs police served a search warrant at the residence of 400 Washington Avenue. During the search, pills believed to contain fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located.

 26-year-old Braydon Krokroskia of Baxter Springs, was arrested for possession of opiates with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, and possession of use paraphernalia. 22-year-old Brittany St. Clair, of Baxter Springs, was also arrested for possession of marijuana. 

 Formal charges are pending. The investigation is ongoing.

Mecom & Firefighters Union Seeking Answers


 With more questions than answers surrounding the firing of former Fire Chief Kenny Ward, International Association of Firefighters Local 265 President Josh Mecom says they're just wanting answers.

 Mecom, along with other firefighters from Coffeyville and surrounding communities, and concerned residents held a peaceful protest in front of City Hall yesterday, before the city commission meeting. The union believes the former chief was fired for sticking up for them, and they believe residents should know what's going on.

 Mecom says some firefighters feel they aren't getting support from City Hall, and the need for equipment isn't being met.

 There's no word as of yet on the grievance filed by the union. Mecom says he and the union will continue to seek answers from city leaders until an amicable solution is reached.

Man Wanted On A Homicide Charge Found in Joplin


 A man wanted on a homicide charge in Kansas City is captured after a standoff in Joplin.

 Tuesday afternoon, Joplin Police was notified that 30-year-old Jalen McDaniel was located in a residence in the 1800 block of North St Charles.

 JPD's Captain Will Davis says the standoff with McDaniel began around 4:30 PM, and ended around 5:30 PM without incident. No timeline was given for McDaniel's extradition back to Kansas City.

Fire Weather Watch Issued for Parts of KS, OK


A fire weather watch has been issued for parts of south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma.


According to the National Weather Service, extreme fire danger is possible across the area on Friday. Strong winds with gusts to 50 or 60 mph, low humidity and warm temperatures will create an environment where fires can spread quickly. This watch includes Elk and Chautauqua county in the immediate KGGF listening area. The watch area may need to be expanded as we get closer to Friday, so stay tuned for updates.

KS Moving to Raise Tobacco Age


Kansas is moving to increase its legal age for buying cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 from 18.


The state Senate approved a bill to raise the age yesterday on a 28-11 vote, sending it to Governor Laura Kelly. The House had approved it earlier this month on a 68-53 vote. Kelly has not said whether she will sign the bill, but officials with the state Department of Revenue and the Department for Aging and Disability Services supported it. State Representative Doug Blex says some companies have already raised the age as a corporate policy to be in line with the federal government.

Public health officials believe raising the age will reduce the use of tobacco products. Forty-one other states and the federal government already have raised their legal age to 21.

Gunshots & Bombs: A Timeline Of The Standoff In Cherryvale


 More information is known about the overnight standoff in Cherryvale.

 Monday evening, Cherryvale Police attempted to make contact with Aaron Whittley of Cherryvale, concerning an alleged theft at a convenience store. During the theft investigation, several social media posts Whittley made throughout the day were found, threatening multiple people, and making homicidal and suicidal statements. Considering Cherryvale's prior history with Whittley, and the homicidal comments, assistance was requested from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.

 Before the sheriff’s office arrived, Cherryvale police attempted to make contact with Whittley at his home in the 400 block of East 4th. Whittley fired two shots in the air with a handgun then ran into his residence. The Montgomery County Emergency Response Team was activated and responded to the scene. After evaluating the situation, it was determined the MGSO SWAT team would need further assistance.  The Coffeyville Police Department SWAT team was requested to respond to the scene while the Kansas Bureau of Investigations SWAT team was placed on standby. The school district was also made aware of the situation to plan accordingly.

 When Whittley did not comply with repeated requests to exit the residence, SWAT teams used less lethal gas munitions, robots, and drones to assist in receiving a response and locating Whittley’s whereabouts inside the residence.

 Just before 8:00am yesterday morning, KBI SWAT entered and located Whittley inside of a bedroom. Whitley was responsive but appeared to be lethargic. Whittley was transported to Labette Health ER in Independence, then was released and transported to the Montgomery County Department of Corrections. 

 During a search of the residence, Montgomery County Detectives located what appeared to be explosives inside of the room where Whittley was located. The Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted and determined that the explosives were Improvised Explosive Device’s.  KHP Bomb squad took custody of the IED’s and started the procedure to disarm them. 

Whittley was booked on two counts of criminal threat, with additional charges expected.

U.S. 169 Passing Lane Project to Begin North of K-47


The Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin a project on U.S. 169 in Neosho County this week to construct passing lanes on both sides of the highway and extend the Elk Creek bridge.


The project area starts approximately one-half mile north of K-47 and continues north for two miles. Traffic will be carried through the project with lane shifts as needed. The road work should be completed by late 2023, weather permitting. KDOT awarded the construction contract of $6.6 million to Clarkson Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri.

Second Straight Meeting with Support for Former Fire Chief


For the second Coffeyville City Commission meeting in a row, a large number of citizens show up in support of the Coffeyville Fire Department. Mayor Ann Marie Vannoster, who addressed the group before public comments, says they cannot speak on personnel items but the grievance that was filed by the union is in process.


Ten people spoke to the commission during public comments including a 17-year-old, former MCAC Director Trisha Purdon and Former City Code Enforcer Tammy Dixon. Purdon says that communities that love and our proud of themselves are the ones that thrive.


Before adjourning the meeting Commissioner Justin Doane thanked those who attended saying he enjoyed having them there and hopes they continue to come to more meetings in the future. The meeting adjourned with no action being taken on either City Manager Mark Hall or former Fire Chief Kenneth Ward.

Hall Says He Supports CFD


A lot has happened during the month of March involving the City of Coffeyville's Commission, Fire Department, City Manager and the citizens.  A large group showed up to support the former fire chief at a commission meeting, a town hall was held in support of CFD and a picket by the fire union. City Manager Mark Hall, who is at the center of all of this, says all of those are their rights.


Part of this incident stems from a disagreement between Hall and the fire union on Hazmat pay to firefighters. The union filed a grievance with the City. Hall says this is all part of a process.  


He says all of this is negotiated in the contracts with the union each year.  Hall says he understands that the fire department is dear to everybody, that it is a necessary service, it saves lives and they do great work. He says some of the comments that have come out are unfounded but he can't comment on personnel. You can hear the full interview with Hall here.


Montgomery County Meets with KDOT


Montgomery County is working on new renovations to county roads, and organized a meeting with the Kansas Department of Transportation to further elaborate on those discussions.


Public Works Director Jim Wright says that KDOT is currently working on a study to recognize necessary improvements, and hopes to be moving forward in the next few months.


Additional items of discussion at the Montgomery County Commission meeting was an update regarding grants for the County Health Department from Carolyn Muller, as well as further conversations with Matt Debo regarding the Solid Waste Plan for Montgomery County.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.


 The Kansas Department of Transportation and law enforcement agencies across the state are teaming up in support of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign to bring attention to and enforce texting and distracted-driving laws. 

 In conjunction with heightened distracted-driving law enforcement April 3-9, KDOT will roll out statewide marketing around the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign as promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 KDOT stats from 2021 show 534 crashes occurred by mobile phone distractions alone. There were 148 crashes caused by drivers paying attention to electronic devices like DVD players, stereos, and GPS units. Another 1,131 crashes were the result of distractions such as applying makeup, reading, eating, etc.

 NHTSA research shows drivers ages 18-34 represent the most distracted drivers, often because of cell phone use. NHTSA reports more than 32,000 people died in distraction-affected crashes from 2011 to 2020. In 2020, 3,142 deaths were linked to driver distraction, representing 8% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities. 

 KDOT and NHTSA encourage drivers to take away the temptation to be on their phones. Activate the phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature or put the phone in the glove box or back seat.

Autposies Confirm Two People Died Of Gunshots In Joplin


 Autopsies confirm the man and woman found Wednesday morning inside a home in Joplin died of gunshot wounds.

 Captain Will Davis says Joplin PD discovered the bodies Wednesday morning at 1403 E. Langston Hughes-Broadway in response to a request for a well-being check.

 The investigation into the shootings of 24-year-old Savanna Bell and 44-year-old Jason Shofler remains ongoing. No information has been released regarding a possible reason why the two were killed or if any suspects are being sought. Davis says a single weapon was recovered at the scene, but confirmation on whether that weapon was used to shoot both Bell and Shofler has not been received.

Lawsuit Filed Over Toddler's Death


 The family of a two-year-old fatally shot by police during a standoff in Baxter Springs in 2022 files a federal lawsuit.

 According to Kansas authorities, two-year-old Clesslyn Crawford was shot by a Joplin police officer during a confrontation on March 26, 2022, in Baxter Springs. KBI records show Crawford’s 37-year-old father, Eli Crawford, shot and killed the girl’s mother, 27-year-old Taylor Shutte, and fired at officers for more than three hours before fatally shooting himself.

 The Wichita Eagle reports the girl’s family has filed suit against the cities of Baxter Springs and Joplin, along with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and the officer who fired the fatal shot. The lawsuit says the departments were responsible for the girl’s death.

 No comment has been made by any law enforcement agency.

Thirteen Hour Standoff In Cherryvale Ends Peacefully


 A thirteen-hour standoff that began last night has ended in the area of 4th and Carson, near the Lincoln-Central Elementary School in Cherryvale.

 According to the Montgomery County Chronicle, the individual made threatening comments toward school patrons, judges, and city personnel yesterday. There was also concern about the person's mental health. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department says the man was taken into custody around 7:45 this morning.

 USD 447 schools canceled classes for today, with no activities at any campus taking place.

WCSO Staff Member Relieved Of Duty, Faces Charge


 A staff member with the Washington County Sheriff's Office has been relieved of his duties after having an inappropriate conversation with a female inmate.

 Sheriff Scott Owen says they were notified of the alleged lewd solicitation Monday, March 13th. The investigation revealed the incident, which involved no physical contact, took place on March 6th.

 After being placed on administrative leave, Jacob Long was dismissed from duty this past Friday. Owen says his office will take appropriate actions against those that violate department moral standards.

 Long is being charged with a single misdemeanor count of soliciting another person to commit an act of lewdness. He was taken into custody, but posted bond and released.

Rest Area in Montgomery County Closed


The Kansas Department of Transportation has closed the Montgomery County Rest Area facilities at the intersection of U.S. 169 and 400. The rest area will remain closed until water system repairs are completed.

Peaceful Picket Planned at City Hall


The local Coffeyville International Association of Firefighters is holding a peaceful picket.


The picket will take place in front of City Hall from noon until the end of the city commission meeting. The picket is in support of former Fire Chief Kenneth Ward who was terminated earlier this month.


KGGF will have a live update from the picket during the 12:00pm and 5:00pm newscasts.

UPDATE: Standoff In Cherryvale Is Over


 An incident that began last night continues this morning in the area of 4th and Carson, near the Lincoln-Central Elementary School in Cherryvale.

 According to the Montgomery County Chronicle, the individual made threatening comments toward school patrons, judges, and city personnel yesterday. There is also concern about the person's mental health. Cherryvale PD requests that everyone please avoid the area.

 USD 447 schools are canceled for today, with no activities at any campus taking place.

 Stay tuned to the Mighty 690, KGGF. We'll bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

Citizens Support Former Fire Chief at Town Hall


Around 50 people attend a town hall in support of former Fire Chief Kenneth Ward ahead of a peaceful picket planned today.


During the meeting held at the Coffeyville American Legion, Ward outlined what led up to his termination from the fire department and his desire to be rehired and finish his career in Coffeyville. Others spoke during the meeting including Captain Mike O' Connor in his capacity with the local firefighter's union, asking anyone who does show up to picket today to be peaceful, respectful and understand that citizens must respect the legal process the city has in place.   O'Connor says he has been a part of the union for 16 years.


O'Connor says the department is very invested in this community. He says they own houses here, their kids go to school here and they don't plan on going anywhere.  

Town Hall to Support CFD Tonight


A Town Hall will be held tonight to support former Fire Chief Kenneth Ward and the Coffeyville Fire Department.


The town hall starts at 7:00pm at the American Legion in Coffeyville at 811 West 12th Street. This comes one day before the next city commission meeting and the peaceful picket planned for tomorrow from noon until the start of that meeting.

Labette County Signs Contract for Phase One of Zoning


The Labette County Commission signs the contract for phase one of the zoning process for the county.


The Commission voted 2-1 on the agreement with Foster Design Associates out of Wichita. Commissioner Cole Proehl says he voted no because it is too broad.


Proehl says there are a number of things that the zoning will not affect.  Phase one will consist of a planning process to prepare land use maps, an official zoning map, and zoning regulations for the county.


Suspects In Court For Bartlesville Shooting


 Two suspects in the shooting of Codie King had preliminary hearings in Washington County court Friday afternoon. Joshua Brown is facing charges of first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm as a felon.

 Court documents say Brown went to the apartment where Amber and Codie King was living. Upon arriving, the victim Cody King would not let Brown into the apartment which led to a brief scuffle near the door. Brown says after the victim let him in, he tried to walk down the hallway to visit a third-party leasing the apartment, which led to another scuffle.

 The alleged killer, 17-year-old Colton Patch Tallchief, then entered the apartment brandishing a small silver handgun. Brown says he saw Tallchief shoot Codie King. Brown is currently being held on a $100,000 bond; his next court date is set for today.

 Tallchief will be tried in federal court after being arrested by the FBI. Amber King is being held on a $25,000 bond. She is also being held on a drug court warrant.

Winners Announced from KGGF-Bartlett Coop Interstate Farm and Home Show


There are some smiling faces this morning from prize winners at the KGGF-Bartlett Coop Interstate Farm and Home Show in Coffeyville this weekend.  Pam Liddell and Wayne Knipmeyer each won $500 cash as the grand prize winners on Friday and Saturday.

There were a host of other door prize winners as well.  Door prizes were supplied by many of the nearly 100 vendors that participated in the Show.  KGGF, KUSN and KQQF would like to thank all of the vendors and people who attended to make the Show a successful event once again.  Following is a  complete list of prize winners.


Joy West, Pink Clay mask from Mary Kay-Kayu Langley.

Robert Harkins, $100 from Caney Agri-Service.

Steve Ewing, Handcrafted Rocking Chair from Lighthouse Outreach Center.

Jenell Hughes, KC Chiefs Wall g from Lannings Woodworking.

Jackie Hale, Baseball Cap from H&R Block in Coffeyville.

Eric Pani, Baseball Cap from H&R Block in Coffeyville.

Anette Harbaugh, Stainless Steel Tumblers and Goodies from H&R Block in Coffeyville.

Wilbue Schwatkah III, Stainless Steel Tumblers and Goodies from H&R Block in Coffeyville.

Christian Cummings, Stainless Steel Tumblers and Goodies from H&R Block in Coffeyville.

David Williams, Ball Cap from Southern Kansas Woodstoves.

Kylie Davis, Cutting Board from Cask and Grove.

Clyde Kastler, Rock the Crock from Tastefully Simple.

Sue Rutler, Cedar Serving Tray from The FARMaacy Farm to Table Market

Marsha Loveless, Patriotic Horse and Flag Canvas Print from Lori Reynolds Photography.

Samantha Bush, Cleaning Basket from Melissa Kastler Scentsy.

Donretha Penlegton, Cow Print Serving Board from T-Bar Mercantile.

Sadie Clayton, Tumbler from Lewis Cattle Oilers.

Alexis Duncan, Ray Robinson, Eldon McGinnis, Golden Emu Oil from Natural Perfected

JL Yuiniston, Miug and Tape Measure from Southern Kansas Woodstove.

Cecelia Abed Branson Weekend Getaway

 Pat Priddy $50 Gift Certificate from Ashlynn Nicole’s Boutique

John Scammey Baseball Cap from H&R Block of Coffeyville

Traett Froebe Baseball Cap from H&R Block of Coffeyville

Sue Ellen Layton Stainless Steel Tumblers filled with goodies from H&R Block of Coffeyville

Theresa King Stainless Steel Tumblers filled with goodies from H&R Block of Coffeyville

Stainless Steel Tumblers filled with goodies from H&R Block of Coffeyville

Casey Compstock Fragrance Lamp from Cathy Thompson Signature Home Styles

inda Newby Mint Bliss Energizing Lotion and Fuzzy Socks from Mary Kay-Kathy Langley

Patrick Bride Dalton Defender Ball Cap from Coffeyville Historical Society

Joyce Buetow Beaded Earings from Begay’s Navajo Indian Jewelry

Tricia Simmons Vanilla Extract from The FARMacy Farm to Table Market

Melvin Robinson Black Angus Blend Coffee from The FARMacy Farm to Table Market

Frank Brook Ends Pain Plus from Naturally Perfected

Cathy Minniear Stainless Steel Tumbler from The FARMacy Farm to Table Market

James Uncapher Won a 4 Pack to Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford, OK

Mike Cook Won 4 passes to the Amazing Pets at the Grand Country Music Hall in Branson

Tracy Maxon Won 8 passes to Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, AR

Kevan Kinsir Won 8 passes to the Crayola Experience in Plano, TX

Dean Wren Won 4 passes to the National Cowboy & Western Museum in OKC

Betty Gossard Won 4 passes to the Clay Cooper Country Express in Branson

Craig Newby Won 6 passes to Kansas City Zoo

Kelsey Sontag Won 4 passes to Hughes Brothers Country Show in Branson

Melvin Collins Won 4 passes to The World’s Largest Toy Museum

Linda Ludwig Won 4 Passes to Ozark Country at the Grand Country Music Hall in Branson.

Alan Arbeiter Won a Weekend Getaway to Branson including two nights stay at the Comfort Inn from Myer Hotels and tickets to shows and attractions

Webb City Teen Leads Joplin Police On Pursuit


 A Webb City teen will face charges after stealing a family member's vehicle and leading police on a short pursuit.

 Saturday morning around 3:30, Joplin Police officers observed a Nissan Rouge driving without headlights at 7th and Jackson. When an attempt was made to stop the vehicle, the driver fled.

 The pursuit continued west on 7th, then north on Schifferdecker, and ended southwest of Carl Junction. The MSHP crash report says the SUV was traveling westbound on Highway P, failed to negotiate a curve, went off the left side of the road, and struck a tree.

 The 14-year-old male driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Charges at this time, if any, are unknown.

Construction on 160 Starts Next Monday


A resurfacing project on U.S. 160 starts April 3rd.


According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, work will start next Monday at the east city limits of Independence and continue east for 6.3 miles to U.S. 169. Flaggers and a pilot car operation will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone during daylight hours. Expect delays of 15 minutes or less. The road work should be completed by mid-April, weather permitting. KDOT awarded the construction contract of just over $907,000 to Pearson Construction, LLC, of Wichita.

Full House Attends Ghost Town Talk


Around 100 people of all ages attend a presentation on the ghost town of Buffville.


Wilson County Historical Society Board Secretary Leanne Githens gave a presentation yesterday at the Old Iron Club in Fredonia that lasted over an hour, detailing the rise and fall of Buffville, which was located four miles north of Neodesha, west of Highway 75. Southeast Kansas including Coffeyville has a long history of brick manufacturing, and brick from the area have been found in Paris and Tokyo. The Buffville plant was built in 1903 and ran until 1929. The yellow color of the shale and resulting bricks made them popular in the southwestern United States. Some buildings still standing in the area including one in Neodesha were built with Buffville bricks, although little trace of the town is left and the area is now private property. The presentation was even attended by a woman who was born in Buffville in 1936. This was the last of a series of three history presentations at the Old Iron Club, but the Wilson County Historical Museum will host a talk on the Second Trail of Tears coming upon April 16th at 3 p.m. at the Coyville Community Center.





Coffeyville PD Searching For Wal-Mart Robber


 The Coffeyville Police Department is needing your help in identifying a man who robbed Wal-Mart Sunday evening.

 Yesterday around 6:40 PM, officers with Coffeyville PD were dispatched to Walmart for an armed robbery that had just taken place. The suspect brandished a firearm, robbed the store clerk, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

 The suspect appears to be a white or possibly Hispanic male in his 40s. He was last seen leaving the store southbound on County Road 5300 towards east 8th in a dark-colored, possibly black extended cab Ford Ranger pickup.

 If you have any information on this armed robbery please contact Officer Hagebusch at (620) 252-6160 or message the Coffeyville Police Department on Facebook. You can remain anonymous. 


Man Injured in Crash Near Chanute


A man is seriously injured after a crash near Chanute.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Dennis Arterburn of Tulsa was driving south on 169 south of Chanute late last week when he crossed the center line. Driving north was 20-year-old Levi Stainbrook of La Cynge and passenger 23-year-old James Clement who were pulling a trailer. Stainbrook attempted to avoid a collision when Arterburn's car struck the trailer being towed. The truck and trailer continued northbound, crossed the southbound shoulder and came to a stop. Arterburn was taken to the hospital in Chanute while Stainbrook and Clement had no apparent injury.

Inter-State Farm and Home Show: Saturday Prizes Announced


Inter-State Farm and Home Show was a huge success with a great turnout at Nellis Hall on the campus of Coffeyville Community College. KGGF 690 AM and KRIG 104.9 FM and Bartlett Co-op Association partnered with more than 80 vendors from Northeast Oklahoma and Southeast Kansas bringing together both the residential and agricultural world. 

There were many door prizes given out throughout the weekend from the stations along with vendors. Saturday's door prizes included: 

      Door Prize Winners from Saturday’s Drawing Include:

Joy West won Pink Clay Mask in Shower Bag from Mary Kay-Kathy Langley 
Roberta Harkins $100 from Caney Agri-Service
Steve Ewing won Handcrafted Rocking Chair from the Lighthouse Outreach Center
Jenell Hughes won Kansas City Chiefs Wall Hang from Lannings Woodworking 
Jackie Hale won Baseball Cap from H&R Block of Coffeyville
Eric Pani won Baseball Cap from H&R Block of Coffeyville
Annette Harbaugh won Stainless Steel Tumblers filled with goodies from H&R Block of Coffeyville
Wilbur Schwatkah III won Stainless Steel Tumblers filled with goodies from H&R Block of Coffeyville
Christian Cummings won Stainless Steel Tumblers filled with goodies from H&R Block of Coffeyville
David Williams won a ball cap from Southern Kansas Woodstove
Kylie Davis won Cutting Board from Cask & Grove 
Clyde Kastler won Rock the Crock from Tastefully Simple
Sue Rutler won a Cedar Serving Tray from The FARMacy Farm to Table Market 
Marsha Loveless won a Patriotic Horse & Flag Canvas Print from Lora Reynolds Photography 
Samantha Bush won a Cleaning Basket from Melissa Kastler Scentsy
Donaretha Penlegton won a Cow Print Serving Board from T-Bar Mercantile 
Sadie Clayton won a tumbler from Lewis Cattle Oilers 
Alexis Duncan, Ray Robinson, Eldon McGinnis, won Golden Emu Oil from Natural Perfected 
JL Tuniston won mug and tape measure from Southern Kansas Wood Stove 
Cecilia Abed Won  a Weekend Getaway to Branson including two nights stay at the Quality Inn West from Myer Hotels and tickets to shows and attractions
Pam Liddell Won the $500 Cash from KGGF 690 – 

  Door Prize Winners from Friday’s Drawing can be found here.

KGGF and KRIG would like to thank the Coffeyville Community College for their hospitality along with everyone who made the show possible from security, vendors, and the many people who came out to visit the exhibits. 

Chase in Parsons Leads to Double Arrest


A chase in Parsons leads to the arrest of a mother and son after a fight with officers.


According to Parsons PD, officers were dispatched Thursday to the lobby of the police department because of a man yelling at the dispatcher on duty and beating his fists against the lobby window. Officers identified the suspect as 53-year-old Clinton Vance McGinnes of rural Parsons. McGinnes screamed racial slurs at officers before speeding off from the building in his vehicle, running stop signs and narrowly missing another vehicle. McGinnes drove over 100 mph as he fled from officers south on 16th street on the way to his home on 17000 road. McGinnes eventually barricaded himself in his home, forcing officers to kick the door open. Officers chased McGinnes through the house and eventually Tased and handcuffed him. While being apprehended, his mother 72-year-old Frances McGinnes grabbed a stick and started hitting the officers on the back of their heads. Officers restrained her and also took her into custody. Charges for Clinton include battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, fleeing and attempting to elude, interference with law enforcement and several traffic offenses. The charges for Frances are aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Dense Fog Advisory For Area


Parts of the KGGF listening area are in a dense fog advisory this morning.


Elk, Wilson, Neosho, Chautauqua, Montgomery and Labette counties in Kansas and Osage, Washington and Nowata counties and south all the way to the McAlester area are in a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m.  Visibility has decreased throughout the early morning, from 1.5 miles at 5 a.m. to around a quarter of a mile as of 6 a.m.  If driving, the National Weather Service reminds you to slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

Inter-State Farm and Home Show: Friday Prizes Announced

Day one of the Inter-State Farm and Home Show was a big hit with a great turn out at Nellis Hall on the campus of Coffeyville Community College. KGGF 690 AM and KRIG 104.9 FM and Bartlett Co-op Association partnered with more than 95 participating vendors from Northeast Oklahoma and Southeast Kansas bringing together both the residential and agricultural world.

Door Prize Winners from Friday’s Drawing Include:

    Pat Priddy $50 Gift Certificate from Ashlynn Nicole’s Boutique

    John Scammey Baseball Cap from H&R Block of Coffeyville

    Traett Froebe Baseball Cap from H&R Block of Coffeyville

    Sue Ellen Layton Stainless Steel Tumblers filled with goodies from H&R Block of Coffeyville

    Theresa King Stainless Steel Tumblers filled with goodies from H&R Block of Coffeyville

    Stainless Steel Tumblers filled with goodies from H&R Block of Coffeyville

    Casey Compstock Fragrance Lamp from Cathy Thompson Signature Home Styles

    Linda Newby Mint Bliss Energizing Lotion and Fuzzy Socks from Mary Kay-Kathy Langley

    Patrick Bride Dalton Defender Ball Cap from Coffeyville Historical Society

    Joyce Buetow Beaded Earings from Begay’s Navajo Indian Jewelry

    Tricia Simmons Vanilla Extract from The FARMacy Farm to Table Market

    Melvin Robinson Black Angus Blend Coffee from The FARMacy Farm to Table Market

    Frank Brook Ends Pain Plus from Naturally Perfected

    Cathy Minniear Stainless Steel Tumbler from The FARMacy Farm to Table Market

    James Uncapher Won a 4 Pack to Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford, OK

    Mike Cook Won 4 passes to the Amazing Pets at the Grand Country Music Hall in Branson

    Tracy Maxon Won 8 passes to Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, AR

    Kevan Kinsir Won 8 passes to the Crayola Experience in Plano, TX

    Dean Wren Won 4 passes to the National Cowboy & Western Museum in OKC

    Betty Gossard Won 4 passes to the Clay Cooper Country Express in Branson

    Craig Newby Won 6 passes to Kansas City Zoo

    Kelsey Sontag Won 4 passes to Hughes Brothers Country Show in Branson

    Melvin Collins Won 4 passes to The World’s Largest Toy Museum

    Linda Ludwig Won 4 Passes to Ozark Country at the Grand Country Music Hall in Branson.

    Alan Arbeiter Won a Weekend Getaway to Branson including two nights stay at the Comfort Inn from Myer Hotels and tickets to shows and attractions

    Wayne Knipmeyer Won a $500 Cash from KGGF 690

Day two will begin tomorrow morning at 8:30 am at Nellis Hall on the Coffeyville Community College and ending at 4pm. Whether you are looking for the latest agricultural products and equipment, landscaping and general remodeling, or home décor, lifestyle services, or tasty treats this a must visit show. Many vendors will have cash and carry items which can be purchased during the show.  GoBob will be holding a hands on cattle clinic where don't just watch but you'll be able to participate.

Wanted Man Arrested with Drugs Found in Pockets


 A man who wanted an active warrant is found and arrested.

 Wednesday evening around 9:30, two officers on normal patrol spotted a known wanted individual. 22-year-old Lazarus Thomas Hinman of Parsons was spotted near the Parsonian Apartments in the 1700 block of Broadway. Hinman had an active Labette County Warrant. Officers attempted to stop Hinman, but Hinman fled.

 Hinman was subdued by an officer with the use of his Taser, but he refused EMS treatment at the scene.

 Officers located what is suspected to be meth in Hinman's pocket. He was booked in the Parsons Police Department on charges of possession of narcotics, probation violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and interference with law enforcement.

 The investigation is ongoing.

Two Arrested On Drug & Theft Charges


 A St. Louis man and an Overland teen are arrested in Cook Station for burglary.

 Crawford County Sheriff Darin Layman says deputies responded Wednesday to a business in the 200 block of YY in Cook Station for a report of a burglary in progress. Deputies were informed of unauthorized subjects in possession of firearms in a cabin on the property. While attempting to locate the suspects, deputies discovered two firearms on the stairwell to the second-floor room of the cabin. The suspects were found in the upstairs room.

 During questioning, it was learned the suspects had stolen a vehicle, along with the firearms from the St. Louis area, and traveled to the cabin. Items consistent with the meth use and a quantity of meth were located.

 26-year-old Charles Puff of St. Louis and 19-year-old Devan Cooksey of Overland were charged with 2nd-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with a motor vehicle, and unlawful use of a weapon.

 Both suspects were transported to the Crawford County Detention Facility for processing. The investigation is ongoing.

Seneca Woman Charged In 2021 Accident


 A Seneca woman is charged with DWI, involving the death of another, after an accident in 2021.

 31-year-old Jessica Oliver is charged in the August 10, 2021, fatal accident on Highway 43 near Kapok Drive between Seneca and Joplin.

 The Missouri Highway Patrol says Oliver's Chevy truck crossed over the center line and struck a Lincoln-Continental driven by 55-year-old Ilyas Qawishabazz, of Joplin, head-on. Qawishabazz was pronounced dead at the scene.

 Oliver was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin with serious injuries but was not arrested or charged in the case until March 16th.

 No reason has been given on why the case stalled.

Two Arrested In Illegal Marijuana Plant Operation


 Thousands of marijuana plants were seized from three marijuana farms in Craig County Wednesday after Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents receive a tip about illegal marijuana sales.

 OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward says the allegedly illegal operations were located at 21704 South 4440 Road in rural Vinita. Agents posing as out-of-state buyers made multiple purchases, seizing nearly 7,000 plants, 250 pounds of processed marijuana, and four guns.

 53-year-old Thai Anthony Xiong and 36-year-old Kia Lor Xiong were arrested on charges of marijuana trafficking and distribution, as well as endeavors of conspiring to deliver, manufacture, or possess controlled dangerous substances.

 OBN director Donnie Anderson says his agency is committed to aggressively identifying and dismantling organized transnational crime networks that are entrenched within Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program. The investigation is ongoing.

Bartlesville Shooting Victim Identified


 The victim of the shooting at the Brookhaven Apartments in Bartlesville Wednesday morning has been identified.

 The Bartlesville Police Department responded at 3:42 am to the 1400 block of Southwest Santa Fe. When officers arrived, they found the body of 32-year-old Codie Edward King of Bartlesville inside an apartment.

 Bartlesville Police Capt Andrew Ward says Joshua Brown AKA “Breezy,” Amber King, and Colton Patch Tallchief has been taken into custody.

 King was taken into custody later yesterday afternoon. If anyone has information on this case, please contact Bartlesville Dispatch at (918) 338-4001.

Midland Theater Receives Donations


The Midland Theater is receiving checks from two fundraisers. Coffeyville Reawakening's Denise York says one check came from the Coffeyville Fire Department's recent fundraiser.

In addition to the money from the fire department, Coffeyville Coffee Company raised $2,600 from the sale of Wayward Son coffee in February and the money has been presented to the foundation. The hope is to have the front of house at the theater open this spring.

Coffeyville City Attorney Resigns


The Coffeyville city attorney is resigning. 


Paul Kritz confirmed to the Montgomery County Chronicle that he turned in his resignation this morning.  Kritz has offered to continue his duties until a replacement can be found.  According to the Chronicle, he did not indicate why he was resigning.  Kritz will continue to serve as a senior partner with his local practice. 


The resignation comes just two weeks after the fire chief was terminated and just over one week after a large number of citizens showed up in support of that fire chief at the most recent city commission meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30pm.


City Posts Opening for Fire Chief


The City of Coffeyville has posted an opening for a fire chief.


Almost two weeks after removing former Fire Chief Kenneth Ward from his duties the city has posted the opening for his position. This also comes a week after an overflow crowd attended the city commission meeting in support of Ward. Despite Ward asking for his job back and the overwhelming support from the community, it appears that Coffeyville is planning on going in a different direction.


The City Commission met for an hour in executive session to discuss personnel but no decision was made. The next commission meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday.


New Election Poll Books for Wilson County


Wilson County announced that they will move forward with five new Election Poll Books.


The county will receive the new Poll Books courtesy of Election Systems and Software for $11,485. The books are guaranteed 15 years, which is drastically better than the previous two Apple products, which were only guaranteed 3 years.


Additional items of discussion at the Wilson County Commission meeting was the presentation of the monthly budget report from County Coordinator Kris Marple, as well as Cody Seller, Tom Bilyeu, Rodney & Jerry Hare, and Steve Freiss expressing concern over the volume of commercial truck traffic on 410 Road. The Commission agreed to request no commercial truck signage from KDOT at the US-75 and US-169 intersections.


There will be no commissioner meeting next week on March 29th. The next scheduled meeting will be April 5th.

Joplin Police Investigating Two Deaths


 The Joplin Police Department is investigating the deaths of two people found in a midtown Joplin home.

 JPD officials say the bodies of the male and female were discovered after a call was made requesting a well-being check. 24-year-old Savannah Bell and 44-year-old Jason Shoffler were discovered at 1403 East Langston Hughes-Broadway residence. Autopsies are scheduled for today.

 Officers had to force entry into the home. No information was given on the cause or manner of the two deaths, although officials do believe there is no threat to the public.

 The investigation is ongoing.

Congressman Josh Brecheen Announces April In-Person Town Halls


 Congressman Josh Brecheen is holding in-person town hall meetings to hear thoughts and answer questions on policy issues impacting Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma.

 Town halls will be held Tuesday, April 4th from 8:00 am until 9:00 am at Nowata's Hillside Christian Church, and in Vinita from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Clanton's Cafe. The town halls will continue in Miami from noon until 1 pm at NEO A&M, in Jay from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm at Jay Town Hall, and in Grove from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at City Hall.

 Congressman Brecheen has held 18 in-person town halls throughout Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District so far.

Bartlesville Teen Charged with Murder Gets New Court Date


 A Bartlesville teen charged with murder was back in Washington County Court yesterday.

 17-year-old Heidi Dutton is being charged as an adult with the first-degree murder of her grandparents. Court records indicate the murders took place just before Christmas in rural Dewey in northern Washington County.

 Her boyfriend, 20-year-old Lucas Walker of Bartlesville, is named in a federal criminal complaint in connection with the killing of the Duttons. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma says Walker, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, will be prosecuted under the jurisdiction of the federal government. His next court date is set for May 23.

KBI Identifies Remains Of Fredonia Woman


 The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office have identified the woman whose remains were discovered by hunters on March 16, in rural Wilson County.

 The woman has been identified as 43-year-old Stephanie Willard of Fredonia.

 Just before 7:00 p.m. Last Thursday, out-of-state hunters called 911 after encountering human remains in a pasture. Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the location, approximately a mile south of Coyville, Kansas, near Decatur Road. Upon arriving, deputies observed the human skeletal remains.

 Anyone with contact with Willard in the past three weeks is asked to contact the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME, or the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at (620) 378-3622. Tips can also be submitted anonymously here.

 The investigation is ongoing.

KBI Arrests Six On Drug Related Charges


 The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, along with several Sheriff’s Offices, arrested six individuals yesterday in Miami and Linn counties for the distribution of meth and other charges.

 The investigation began in December of 2022 when the Osawatomie Police Department developed information about area drug sales. Yesterday morning, KBI agents and investigators executed search warrants and arrest warrants at a residence in rural Osawatomie, and at two residences in La Cygne. During the searches, law enforcement located meth and over $12,000 in cash. During the joint investigation, over 1.5 pounds of meth was seized, some of which are believed to contain fentanyl.

 Six subjects were arrested, including 49-year-old Charles Eslick Jr., of Osawatomie. Eslick was arrested for the distribution of a controlled substance, conspiracy, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and distribution or possession of a controlled substance using a communication facility. 55-year old Deanne Burkhart, and 50-year-old Julia Spears, both of Osawatomie, were arrested for distribution of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 60-year-old Bernie Stuteville, of La Cygne, was arrested for the distribution of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 58-year-old Danny Harper, of Osawatomie, was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, and 45-year-old Cindy Ballou, of Osawatomie, was arrested during the search warrant for having outstanding warrants for driving while suspended with no proof of insurance.

 All subjects were booked into the Miami County Jail, with formal charges pending. The investigation is ongoing.

Severe Weather Possible For Area Today


Severe weather is possible for the four states today, mainly for central and northeast Oklahoma into northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri.  Southeast Kansas including Coffeyville will see a marginal risk of severe weather.  Strong to severe thunderstorms will move into the area during the afternoon and evening hours and continue overnight.  The main hazards include large hail, damaging wind gusts and flash flooding.




Parsons Police Officers and Staff Honored


A number of Parsons Police officers and staff are recognized at their city commission meeting.


Sargent Brice Dickens received Officer of the Year, which is selected by administrators, and Supervisor of the Year, which is selected by a vote of their peers. K9 Officer Christian Smith received Shift Partner of the Year, which is selected by a vote of their peers. Officer Rory Johnson received New Officer of the Year, which is presented to an officer with less than 2 years of experience and voted for by their peers.


Administrative Assistant Charlotte Lamb received Citizen Staff Member of the Year, which is a vote of all staff members. Sargent Tony Adamson, Officer Devin Wisdom, Officer Joshua Lindsey, Officer Luke Schibi and Officer Mark Raney were presented with their Field Training completion coins.

UPDATE: BPD Looking for Two POIs in Shooting


Bartlesville Police are looking for two potential suspects involved in a shooting.


BPD says the shooting took place at 3:42am this morning at the Brookhaven Apartments. Responding officers found a deceased male subject inside an apartment. A white van with plastic on the windows was seen leaving the area. At 5:29am, officers located the vehicle that was seen leaving the scene. The van was located a few blocks southwest of the apartment complex.


BPD detectives have two people of interest they would like to speak with, Joshua Brown AKA “Breezy” and Amber King. If anyone has information on where they could be located contact Bartlesville Police Department at (918)338-4001.

MCSO Find Over 5,000 Fentanyl Pills


 A pipe on the ground leads to the discovery of over 5,000 fentanyl pills.

 Late last week, detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were contacted by an individual who located a PVC pipe full of blue pills at their place of work in the Coffeyville area. When detectives took custody of the pipe and the blue pills, they determined the pills to be fentanyl. The pills are made to look like oxycodone pills. Detectives and the KBI counted a total of 5,354 fentanyl pills, with an estimated street value of over 320-thousand dollars.

 Sheriff Ron Wade says the individual probably saved multiple lives and hurt someone’s illegal business. Wade reminds residents that drug dealers and cartels are always trying to disguise the looks of these pills to attract youth. If you see any of these pills, please do not touch them and contact your local law enforcement.

 The investigation into the origin of the pills is ongoing.

Two Louisiana Men Wanted For Attempted Murder Found In Joplin


 Two men wanted for attempted murder in Louisiana are found in Joplin.

 Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser says the Jasper County Sheriff's Department received information late last week from the U.S. Marshall’s Office in Louisiana that two suspects they were looking for may be at an address in Jasper County. Deputies located the vehicle at 898 North Sunny Slope Lane in Joplin.

 26-year-old Daulton Andrews of Leesville Louisiana and 18-year-old Miguel Zarate Guajardo Junior of Deridder, Louisiana were taken into custody for felony warrants for attempted first-degree murder and criminal conspiracy from the Vernon Parrish Sheriff’s Office Louisiana.

 Both men were transported to the Jasper County Detention Center in Carthage, awaiting extradition to Louisiana.

Bartlesville Police Investigating Shooting


 The Bartlesville Police Department responds to a shooting.

 Officials say the shooting took place at 3:42 am this morning at Brookhaven Apartments, in the 1400 Block of Southwest Santa Fe. Responding officers found a deceased male subject inside an apartment.

 A white van with plastic on the windows was seen leaving the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Bartlesville Police at (918) 338-4001.

 The investigation is ongoing.

Grove Voters Decide New School Issue April 4th


 Voters in Grove, Oklahoma will vote on April 4th on a bond for a new high school and remodeling of their current high school to house the junior high.

 Superintendent Pat Dodson says the current capacity for all schools is 85%, with the high school currently at 96%. The junior class is the only class not at capacity. The proposed 87.2 million dollar bond would also fund a new gym and practice facilities for 7th through 12th grades.

 Dodson says the new high school would also create space and help the middle and elementary schools. He says the investment in kids would pay dividends because it would create opportunities for all students.

Warm, Windy Today, Storms Possible Tomorrow


Much warmer weather is on the way today, with temperatures nearing 80 degrees in the four states.


Along with the warmth will come the wind, with gusts up to 40 mph, which will bring a brief period of very high to extreme fire danger this afternoon for portions of south-central Kansas. 

Tomorrow, there's a slight risk of severe weather mainly for northeast Oklahoma south of Bartlesville, with 60 to 70 mph winds and up to half-dollar to golf-ball-size hail possible in addition to a very low tornado chance.  By Friday, the four states could see up to three inches of rain.

Construction on 169 to Start Monday


Lanes on U.S. 169 north of Coffeyville will soon be reduced for a roadwork project.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, sections of 169 and 166 at the junction north of Coffeyville and continuing north on 169 to the end of Potato Creek bridge are getting resurfaced. Starting Monday, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on the four-lane highway sections. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct traffic as needed on the two-lane section. Weather permitting, the $3 million project should be finished by May.


Coffeyville Proud Cleanup Planned for April


A volunteer cleanup of Coffeyville is scheduled for April. Organizer Regina Mangan says this was an idea she had to make Coffeyville look like Coffeyville again.


The Coffeyville Proud Cleanup Day is scheduled for April 22nd in the areas from Lewark north around the stadium on Cline and Buckeye and Woodland west to Dearing. Mangan says she is looking for volunteers to help make this cleanup day happen.  Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Mangan on Facebook or they can contact the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce.

Many Factors Involved in Industrial Recruitment


 When it comes to recruiting new businesses and industries to an area, there can be a lot involved. 

 Executive Director of the Montgomery County Action Council Riley Lukomski says there are many aspects involved in industrial recruitment.  He says confidentiality during the location selection process is extremely important.  Lukomski says many times an industry looking to relocate to Montgomery Country has other locations around the country and doesn't want to panic workers in those locations about a possible relocation.

 Lukomski says there are many other important factors such as geographical location, available workforce, topography, and infrastructure.  Lukomski spoke yesterday to the Coffeyville Rotary Club.    

Joplin Council Focuses On Marijuana Use & Growing


 The Joplin City Council passes a motion focusing on marijuana in its city limits.

 The new ordinance would make it illegal to consume or smoke marijuana in any public place. It would also be illegal to be under the influence of the drug while operating any form of motorized transportation.

 The ordinance mentions growing marijuana as well, those 21 and older cannot possess, grow or harvest more than six flowering plants, six non-flowering plants, and six seedlings, or clones, at a time.

 Fines would range from $100 to $1,000. Preliminary approval was given during last night's meeting; second and third readings for the proposed ordinance will take place in two weeks.

Joplin Man Facing Charges For 2021 Fatal Accident


 A Joplin man is facing manslaughter charges from a 2021 fatal crash that killed three people.

 Anthony Hendricks has been charged with three counts of first-degree manslaughter for the crash in Ottawa County that claimed the life of 29-year-old Terry Wilkins, 7-year-old Eden Melton, and 5-year-old Raylan Brown, all of Joplin. The crash happened September 17, 2021, just after 2:00 p.m. on State Highway 10, just east of South 670 Road. Court documents say Hendricks caused their deaths while under the influence of marijuana while driving at a high rate of speed.

 Hendricks first appeared in court Friday with his next court arraignment date set for April 5th. No reason has been given by the prosecutor's office for the time between the accident and formal charges.

Bartlesville Education Buildings Getting Brighter


 Over 13,000 lights will be replaced after the Bartlesville Board of Education votes to approve the purchase and installation of new LED lighting.

 School officials say every light in every classroom, hallway, restroom, parking lot, and sports facility will be changed, totaling 13,016 individual lights. Payment to Entegrity Energy Partners will come from the energy cost savings of the program.

 In other business, the board approved a contract with Metrosign for the purchase and installation of Video Boards for Custer Stadium and Bruin Fieldhouse. The project with be paid for with private funds through advertising on the video boards. So far, a half million dollars have been secured in ads that will be produced by the Bartlesville High School Broadcast Media classes.

Caney's Chief Of Police To Retire


 Caney Police Chief Kevin Kitterman tendered his resignation during last night's city council meeting.

 It's officially a resignation, but Kitterman says it's unofficially a retirement, after forty years as a police officer, the last three years serving as Caney's Chief. Mayor Josh Elliott says Kitterman's impact on the town will be felt for years to come.

 Kitterman says it's time to spend more time with family, especially his grandchildren.

 Elliott says the search for the new chief has begun.

 Elliott says Kitterman will have a huge hand in helping choose the next chief. More information, including hiring requirements, will be on the city of Caney's website,

Independence Discussion on Beautification Tonight


The public is invited to attend a community discussion about blight and beautification in Independence tonight.


The goal of the event is to gather input from residents and property owners from throughout the community to identify concerns and barriers to beautification as well as solution for alleviating blight. Beautification Committee Member Rev. Charles Barker says this is an issue many communities are facing.

The goal of the discussion tonight is not to condemn anyone, rather, it's about finding solutions. Barker says all are welcome at the event.

Free pizza will also be provided at the event, and no registration is required. The discussion starts at 6 p.m. tonight at the Independence Civic Center.

One Dead after Head-On Crash Near Girard


One person is dead and another seriously injured after a head-on collision near Girard.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 43-year-old Kelli Bradshaw of Walnut, Kansas, was driving eastbound on K47 two miles west of Girard yesterday morning when her vehicle went left of center for an unknown reason and struck an SUV driven by 69-year-old Elaine Keener of Arizona. Keener was fatally injured in the crash, while Bradshaw was taken to a Joplin hospital with a suspected serious injury. Keener was wearing a seatbelt, while Bradshaw was not.

USD 446 Introduces Twenty New Employees


A large number of incoming and departing personnel was announced at the USD 446 board meeting.


The district will see 14 employees resign, and 20 new individuals begin working with the schools. Some of the new employees will begin straight away, while others won't start until the start of the 2023-2024 school year.


A few of the notable additions to the district are John Barnes as a middle school science teacher, Turner Campbell as the high school soccer coach, Kendall Fiscus as a high school social studies teacher, Deja Keuhn as a high school math teacher, and Whitney Woodward as a middle school social studies teacher.


Additional items of discussion at the USD 446 March board meeting were finalizing details for the High School Career Fair on Wednesday, as well as additional updates on the Early Learning Center building progress. USD 446 meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Independence High School.

New Health and Wellness Programs for Juvenile Detention Inmates


The Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center is implementing new health and wellness programs, with the intention of creating a more beneficial experience for inmates.


A major goal of the facility is to give inmates the opportunity to grow and reform from previous situations and life events. This has led to collaboration projects with the Mental Health Center, as well as the Community Health Center.


Executive Director Michael Walden says that he is optimistic that these programs will reflect a positive impact on the individuals that embrace them.


Additional items of discussion at the Montgomery County Commission meeting were the approval of a Neighborhood Revitalization Project for the City of Caney, as well as information regarding the Child Care Community Develop Block Grant from the Montgomery County Action Council.

Washington County Talks ID Card Software


 Washington County Commissioners approved an agreement for identification card software.

 Commissioners approved a technical software agreement with Datacard Entrust Adaptive Issuance Identification Card software. The agreement was submitted by Jerry Kelley with Washington County Emergency Management. Commissioner Mitch Antle says it's a standard agreement. 

 Entrust is a cybersecurity company that establishes secure connections with SSL technologies, and safeguards networks and devices with authentication products.

Human Remains Found East Of Humboldt


 The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a death investigation after remains were found Saturday evening near Humboldt.

 Saturday afternoon around 5:30, a man searching for antler sheds called 911 when he discovered what he believed were human remains. Deputies from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area, east of Humboldt, near Arizona Road and 1800th Street. Upon arrival, human skeletal remains were found.

 The remains have yet to be identified. Officials say positive identification may take longer than in typical cases due to the condition of the remains. An autopsy is scheduled.

 If you have any information about this case, please contact the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME or the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at (620) 365-1400. The investigation is ongoing.

Kelly Vetoes Transgender Athlete Bill


 Governor Laura Kelly has vetoed a bill banning transgender athletes from playing on women’s sports teams.

 House Bill 2238 would require state athletic teams to be designated as either “male,” female” or “coed/mixed.” Supporters say the creation of the “Fairness in Women Sports Act” will level the playing field for women’s sports.

 Kelly says the Kansas State High School Activities Association was set up to ensure nobody has an unfair advantage on the playing field, and the Legislature should let KSHSAA do its job. Kelly adds the bill would harm the mental health of students.

 Kansas Senator Virgil Peck says Title Nine provides an avenue for women's sports.

 The bill passed the Senate 28-11 earlier this month, which is veto-proof and passed 82-40 in the House, which is two votes shy of the 2/3rds majority needed to override a veto.

Indy Man Arrested On Neosho County Warrant


 An Independence man is arrested after failing to appear in Neosho County.

 Independence PD was called just after 5:30 Friday afternoon to the 100 block of South Wald Street in reference a past theft. While in the area, 21-year-old Willie Smith was located. Smith had a warrant out of Neosho County for Failure to Appear. Smith was arrested and later released to Neosho County officials.

Kansas Senators Cosponsor E15 Legislation


 U.S. Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall join several colleagues in introducing the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act.

 The legislation allows the year-round, nationwide sale of ethanol blends higher than 10%. Senator Moran says allowing E15 and other higher ethanol blends to be sold year-round will help both farmers and ethanol producers, and consumers with more options at the pump. Senator Marshall says the legislation helps maximize American agriculture’s role as an energy solution, as well as reduce emissions in the transportation sector.
 In total, sixteen senators cosponsored the legislation. Companion legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The full text of the bill can be found here.

Montgomery County Searching For Stolen Truck


 The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is asking for your assistance to find a stolen truck.

 Sheriff's officials say the green late model Ford F-250 truck was stolen in Caney around 2:00 yesterday morning. Pictures of the truck are available below.

 If located, please call the nearest law enforcement agency.


Human Remains Possibly Linked To 2014 Missing Person Case


 Human remains found last week in Crawford County, Missouri, could be connected to a missing persons case from 2014.

 Search operations ended Friday in the 300 block of Mound Ridge Road. Crawford County Chief Deputy Major Adam Carnal says several items were discovered along with human skeletal remains. Several items were located that are consistent with the open missing person case from Crawford County involving Amanda Caudill.

 Caudill was reported missing on December 15, 2014, along with a .270 rifle, a camouflage coat, Muck boots, and her cell phone. The items of clothing recovered during last week's search are consistent with those same items and a .270 rifle was also located. A further search of the clothing resulted in the discovery of a cell phone matching the description of Caudill's phone. A Missouri driver’s license belonging to Caudill was located inside one of the pockets.

 The remains were turned over to the Crawford County Coroner’s Office for identification purposes, although authorities say it may be several months before any confirmation of identity. The Caudill family has been advised of the preliminary findings.

 The investigation is ongoing.

Pembroke Pines, Florida Dies In Two Vehicle Accident


 A Pembroke Pines, Florida man dies after his car strikes a semi Sunday afternoon.

 The Missouri Highway Patrol says the accident happened just after noon on Highway 171, near the Katy Trail entrance, just north of Carl Junction. 30-year-old Dorian Francois' northbound 2022 Honda Civic crossed the center line and hit a southbound 18-wheeler driven by 45-year old Michael Mason of Picayune, Mississippi. Francois was pronounced dead at the scene. Mason was uninjured. Highway 171 was closed for several hours during cleanup and investigation.

Honey Production in KS Up


Honey production in Kansas is up from 2021, despite a decrease in hives.


According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, honey production last year from producers with five or more colonies was up 27%, totaling 372,000 pounds. There were 6,000 honey-producing colonies in Kansas during 2022, down 14% from 2021. Average yield was 62 pounds per colony, up 20 pounds from 2021. Prices for the 2022 crop averaged $3.65 per pound, up from $3.07 per pound in 2021. Prices were based on retail sales by producers and sales to private processors and cooperatives. Total value of honey produced in 2022 was $1.36 million up 50% from 2021.

Man Injured After Fleeing From Police


A man is seriously injured after wrecking his vehicle while fleeing from police.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 33-year-old Bradley Landers of Blanchard, Oklahoma, was speeding westbound on 166 yesterday afternoon, trying to get away from law enforcement. At the intersection of 166 and 75 just north of Caney, Landers' Dodge struck a guardrail, overturned off the roadway and came to rest on its wheels. Landers was taken to a Tulsa hospital with a suspected serious injury.


Worker Dies in Incident at Coffeyville Refinery

An employee at the Coffeyville Resources Refinery has died as the result of an accident.  In a statement released by CVR Energy the employ died at the hospital after what’s being termed as an incident at the refinery yesterday.  The name of the victim has not been released.


The refinery, which is undergoing maintenance has reported the incident to regulators and an investigation is underway. In the statement released today, CVR says their focus is on the family, employees and contractors working at the Coffeyville facility and they ask people to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.

Remains Found in Wilson County


Remains found in Wilson County spark an investigation.


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation after human remains were found in Wilson County yesterday evening. At around 6:50pm, out-of-state hunters called 911 after encountering human remains in a pasture. Deputies responded to the location, approximately a mile south of Coyville near Decatur Road.


An autopsy is scheduled. At this time, the person has not been identified. Due to the condition of the remains, positive identification is expected to take longer than in most cases. Anyone with information about this investigation should contact the Wilson County Sheriff's Office at (620) 378-3622 or the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.

Joplin & Springfield Men Arrested On Child Enticement Charges


 A Joplin man is one of five arrested for various sexual charges of a minor.

 Instead of using electronic devices to chat with and obtain nude photographs of children, the men were talking to investigators with the Child Predator Unit who were posing as children. The Miami Police Department, along with federal, state, and tribal agencies took the five men into custody.

 Taylor Hall, of Joplin, and William Goode, of Springfield, were arrested on charges of online child enticement. The men allegedly sent nude photographs and were seeking similar pictures in return. Goode allegedly planned to drive to Miami from Springfield to have sex with the child.  He was arrested by Joplin police and was extradited to Ottawa County in January.

St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl in Independence


The City of Independence is celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year with a Pub Crawl throughout the downtown area.


Tonight from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. the downtown district will be electric with live music, drinks, and special prizes. Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Wilson says there are seven businesses participating in the pub crawl.


You can pick up a pub pass for the event at either the Chamber office or the Main Street office in Independence. Passes are $10 to participate, and Wilson says that if you fill out your pass, there are exciting prizes up for grabs.


There will also be live music tonight, with Traci and the Time Travelers playing at Uncle Jack's from 8 p.m. until 11. 

Parsons Receives Walking Trail Grant


 The city of Parsons is receiving a grant to make walking their trails easier.

 Parsons is one of twenty-five towns that received $50-thousand from T-Mobile's hometown grants program. The grant will pave a connection between Frisco and Rotary trails and will help with the installation of emergency blue light stations connected to the police department. Officials say the stations will make the trails safer any time of day or night. Officials hope the connecting trail will get more residents outside this summer when the project is expected to be completed.

Twenty One Charges Filed In Pittsburg Standoff


 Twenty-one charges have been filed against a Pittsburg man involved in shootings and a manhunt in Crawford County.

 Aaron Swink has been charged with attempted murder against law enforcement, aggravated assault of law enforcement, criminal threat, and aggravated assault. March 6th and 7th, Pittsburg PD responded to several calls about a man who turned out to be Swink. He is accused of shooting the windows out of a vehicle on the 100 block of West 23rd Street. He is also thought to be the man who shot a gun several times in the area around the 900 to 1100 blocks of West 4th Street. Swink was found a short time later in the Garden of Memories Cemetery at 149 South Highway 69. Pittsburg officials say Swink engaged in gunfire with officers and deputies, but no injuries were reported. After a four-hour standoff, Swink was able to escape, and a pursuit ensued. Law enforcement was able to disable his vehicle, but he fled on foot. Authorities arrested him around 6:30 pm near South 220 Street in Pittsburg.

Skeletal Remains Found In Crawford County


 Suspicious clothing items lead to the discovery of a body in Crawford County.

 Major Adam Carnal of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office says the report came in Tuesday evening; suspicious clothing items were located on private property on Mound Ridge Road in Cook Station.

 Wednesday morning, after a search warrant was obtained to retrieve items and evidence, deputies and investigators located human skeletal remains along with the clothing. The search was halted due to the remoteness, terrain, and scale of the area. Additional assistance was called in yesterday, including the Steelville Fire Department and the Rolla Rural Fire Department.

 Carnal says no positive identification of the remains has been made. This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be given when available.

Legislation Introduced to Deal With Black Vultures


A bill is being introduced on the federal level to deal with the problem of black vultures.


According to the Kansas Livestock Association, the bipartisan bill would allow cattle producers to capture, kill, disperse or transport black vultures that pose a risk to livestock. Additionally, it would reduce permitting burdens by instituting a simple report submitted once per year detailing the number of black vultures removed. Black vultures are a predator of newborn calves and cause losses for cattle producers in many states including Kansas.

Push for Medical Marijuana Appears Over For Now in KS


Kansas legislators aren’t likely to legalize marijuana for medical uses this year.


A Senate committee tabled a bill yesterday that would allow a doctor to sign off on a patient using marijuana products to treat 21 illnesses or conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries or chronic pain, starting in July 2024. Committee Chair and Republican state Senator Mike Thompson of Shawnee said he has no plans to bring the bill back up this year. Thirty-seven states allow the medical use of marijuana, and 21 also allow recreational use. Kansas Senator Virgil Peck says the state can learn from how medical marijuana was implemented in Oklahoma and from the recent attempt to legalize recreational marijuana.

In addition, law enforcement officials continued to oppose legalization in Kansas and that bolstered the skepticism of some Republican senators.


Scammon Man Sentenced for Drugs


A rural Scammon man was sentenced on drug charges.


36-year-old Roy Turner was ordered to serve nearly three years with the Kansas Department of Corrections. The prison sentence comes after Turner failed to comply with the terms of the probation he received when pleading guilty to felony drug charges in 2020. Last week, a Cherokee County District Court Judge ordered Turner to serve his original sentence of 34 months.


Turner, who has been held in the Cherokee County Jail since February 10th has been turned over to Kansas Department of Corrections Officials.

Remains Found in Galena Identified


Remains found in Cherokee County have been identified.


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Galena Police Department have identified the remains found in a field in Galena on February 27th. The man has been identified as 52-year-old Peter C. Wittington, of Carthage. The family last heard from Wittington in late 2022.


The investigation has not indicated any signs of foul play. Authorities are awaiting the final autopsy report. The investigation is ongoing.

Website Looks At Impact Of Kansas Airports


 A new website created by the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation, in collaboration with industry experts, provides a close-up look at all 140 public-use airports across the state and their impact on the communities they serve. Online dashboards provide the conditions of airport runways, economic impact data, future airport needs, and more.

 The Division of Aviation worked with aviation industry leaders to publish key airport performance data online. Two new tools on this website offer precise aviation economic impact data for each community as well as current information on the status of airport pavement health used to program long-term airport investments.

 Locally, the Coffeyville Municipal Airport employs eleven people and has just over $200 thousand in expenses, with just under $875 thousand in total output. On the other hand, the Independence Municipal Airport has 2,142 employees, and over $100 million in expenses, with an output of just over $750 million in total output.

 The KDOT Aviation website includes information on how communities and airport operators can apply for grants, most notably through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program. For 22 years, KAIP grants have enabled communities to partner with KDOT on 820-plus airport improvement projects totaling nearly $200 million in value. In turn, these Kansas public-use airports support nearly 34,000 jobs and roughly $11 billion of on-airport economic impact within the state.

 A link to the website is available here.

Caney Schedules Citywide Garage Sale & Citywide Cleanup


 Two big events for the city of Caney have been scheduled.

 The Caney Citywide Garage sale has been scheduled for Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd. It cost $3.00 to be added to the Garage Sale Map, and payments may be paid at City Hall. You have until Wednesday, April 19th to submit your payment and be added to the map.

 The Caney Citywide Clean Up has been scheduled for April 26th-29th. You will need proof of residency to be able to dump your items. The dump will take almost all items, except for old tires, paint, chemicals, and household waste. Any appliances that use oil or gas will need to have the fluid removed prior to being dumped.

 Contact City Hall for more details at 620-879-2772.

CP & KCS Railroads Merging


 The Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads are merging.

 The U.S. Surface Transportation Board approved the CP and KCS joint merger applications yesterday. The two railways will combine to form Canadian Pacific Kansas City, the first single-line railway connecting the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. 

 CP could exercise control of KCS as early as April 14th. CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel says the merger benefits all involved, stimulating new competition, creating jobs, leading to new investment in rail networks, and driving economic growth.

 Patrick J. Ottensmeyer, KCS President and Chief Executive Officer, says they are very proud of the many contributions and achievements of the people who have made KCS what it is today and are excited for the possibilities moving forward into the next chapter as CPKC."

 The STB has listed CP as the safest railroad in North America for 17 straight years. The new single-line service will shift approximately 64,000 truckloads annually from North America's roads to rail and will support investment in infrastructure, service quality, and safety. Over 800 new union-represented operating positions will be added in the United States as well.

 The new corporation will have headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Kansas City.

Bartlesville Man Pleads Guilty To Multiple Charges


 A Bartlesville man pleads guilty to assault, battery, and conspiracy charges after an incident at a gas station.

 The incident took place in March of 2022. Ace Edmison was charged with assault and battery, and conspiracy after an incident at the QuikTrip. Court records say the victim told officers that Edmison had jumped him. Video footage showed Edmison punching the victim in the face, which was consistent with a red mark on the victim's face. Edmison was driven to the gas station by his father, with Edmison's only alleged intent to attack the victim.

 Edmison pled guilty in Washington County Court yesterday afternoon. His sentencing hearing was set for April 12th at 1:30.

Roads to Close in Parsons for Parade This Weekend


Streets in downtown Parsons will be closed on Saturday for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.


According to Parsons officials, the route will follow Stevens and Central south to Main, East on Main to 17th, south on 17th to Broadway; west on Broadway and across Central to Katy Drive where it will end. The parade starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

School Choice Bill Not Veto-Proof


Some Republican lawmakers in Topeka hoping to earmark state education dollars for helping parents pay for private schooling are struggling to win over enough rural and moderate GOP colleagues to get a law enacted.


The Kansas House on Tuesday approved 64-61 a bill that would give thousands of parents just over $5,000 for each child they want to move into home or private schools, starting in the 2024-25 school year. Coffeyville Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll says this bill concerns him.


In February, the USD 445 Board of Education passed a resolution expressing its opposition to this bill. Also last month, the Kansas Senate voted 22-16 to approve a bill that would expand an existing program providing income tax credits to donors who contribute to private school scholarship funds. Neither proposal had the two-thirds majority necessary to override an expected veto from Governor Laura Kelly.

Dates for ISFR Change


The Inter-State Fair and Rodeo announces a change to the dates of the fair and rodeo. Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook says the new dates are August 13th through the 19th.


The original dates of the rodeo were August 6th through the 12th. The ISFR in a post on Facebook says they understand and apologize for the frustration changing the date might have caused.

South Coffeyville Church Added to Cherokee Nation Historic Registry


Little Flock Baptist Church in South Coffeyville is added to the Cherokee Nation Registry of Historic Places. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says the designation of this church is not only a proud day for the Cherokee Nation but a proud day for him.


After the designation ceremony, new legislation was signed that commits money into a new fund to preserve the tribe’s historic sites and authorize official biographies of past leaders. Hoskins says it is important that they embrace all of their historyThe new Cherokee Nation Historic Places Preservation Fund Act was passed by the Cherokee Nation Council on Monday.  

Northeast Oklahoma Man Indicted On Federal Charges


 A northeast Oklahoma man is facing federal charges after thousands of pornographic images are allegedly found on his cell phone.

 34-year-old Kawliga Neal Kingfisher of Salina is charged with possession of child pornography in U.S. Federal Court in Tulsa. Kingfisher is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Federal court documents say the IP address used to post the alleged pornographic images to the social media site Reddit was traced to Kingfisher's home in Mayes County.

 Homeland Security Investigations Task Force Officers and Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation Special agents received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January from Reddit about a man who made statements in a chat discussing having sex with a 12-year-old and bragging that the girl’s mother and grandmother would watch. Officials say they expect to catalog over 15,000 thousand pornographic images.

 Investigators say Kingfisher admitted to using Reddit and other social media sites and that multiple cell phones are his. Kingfisher's jury trial date is set for May 8th.

Moran Man Facing Multiple Sexual Exploitation Charges


 A Moran man is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a child.

 58-year-old Keith Levesque is facing thirty-one counts of sexual exploitation of a child from an investigation in October 2022. Court records also show that Levesque was charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 Levesque was arrested at his home on March 3rd. He was charged with 95 counts of sexual exploitation of a child in 2018. He plead guilty to three of those counts and received 25 years probation.

 Levesque is being held in the Allen County Jail. His next court appearance was set for March 22nd.

Bartlesville Man Arrested on Multiple Charges Tuesday Morning


 A Bartlesville man is facing theft and drug charges after taking a vehicle without permission Tuesday morning.

 Bartlesville Police were dispatched around 2:30 am to the 400 block of SW 10th Street in reference to a vehicle theft. Arrest records show Ernest Taylor Marshall was in possession of a BMW and a cell phone that were not his. The victim reported they did not give Marshall permission to take the vehicle or the phone. During the stop, police found the victim's cell phone and a backpack belonging to Marshall. Inside the backpack were a white powdery substance, syringes with liquid inside, and a glass pipe.

 Marshall is being charged with vehicle theft, possession of controlled dangerous substances, larceny, and possession of paraphernalia. He is currently being held on a $30,000 bond. His next court date is set for March 24th.

Lawmakers Raise Concern About Pipeline in Southern KS


State lawmakers are concerned that southern Kansas is vulnerable to oil spills from the Keystone pipeline system because earthquakes have become more frequent.


Lawmakers raised the concern yesterday as they questioned an executive for the pipeline’s operator about a spill in northeastern Kansas in December. A vice president of Canada-based TC Energy is briefing three Kansas legislative committees about the Dec. 7 rupture on the Keystone pipeline in Washington County that resulted from a faulty weld. The company expects cleanup efforts to last at least into the summer. GOP lawmakers praised TC Energy for moving quickly to contain the Washington County spill and described the company as open about its activities. No one was evacuated, and state and U.S. government officials have said water from two rivers downstream was not affected. Several lawmakers also said they are nervous about the pipeline in the Wichita area about 160 miles south because of earthquake activity. TC Energy says that seismic activity is considered in pipelines' design and routes, and U.S. government regulators require it to be factored into maintenance plans.

Large Group Attends Meeting in Support of Former Chief Ward


Close to 100 people were in attendance to support former Fire Chief Kenneth Ward at the Coffeyville City Commission meeting.


Several citizens spoke during public comments including Principal Travis Stalford, retired Fire Chief James Grimmett and Boy's and Girl's Club Director Griffin Walker. Ward spoke during the meeting asking for his job back.


Those who spoke weren't just questioning City Manager Mark Hall's decision to terminate former Chief Ward but decisions on what firefighters can respond to and certain fundraiser events that were not allowed. No one spoke in defense of Hall and a number of citizens asked for either his resignation or termination.  The commission met in executive session for over an hour but no action was taken.

Senate Bill 13 Works to Stop Exclusive Broadcast Rights


A bill to stop exclusive broadcast agreements for high school post-season play is working its way through the Kansas House. Senate Bill 13 would put an end to the exclusive agreement that KSHSAA has with the NFHS Network. Kansas Association of Broadcasters Board Member and KGGF General Manager John Leonard says it's already made its way through the Senate.


The NFHS Network, which most recently streamed the state basketball tournaments, charges a fee to view their streams and are the only way to watch these games. Leonard says this bill doesn't just affect local broadcasters.


Leonard joined other members of the KAB, including President Allison Mazzei and Chairman Justin Fluke, in speaking with members of the Legislature in support of this bill. A link to Senate Bill 13 can be seen here.

Program Meets A Variety of Needs in Montgomery County


A program working through the Community Health Center and funded through a grant from the University of Kansas is helping those in need throughout Montgomery County. 


The program, Communities Organizing to Promote Equity or COPE helps anyone who is in need of almost any type of assistance.  The program helps with medical needs, transportation and finding food and supplies.  Community Health Worker Hailey Collins says a variety of needs are met through partners in the community.


Another Community Health Worker, Sara Vargas Chipres says there are a surprising number of homeless in the county as well as many who have a home but do not have utilities that need assistance. The two spoke to the Coffeyville Rotary Club.

Public Comments Expected at Commission Meeting Tonight


The Coffeyville City Commission meeting tonight is expected to draw public comments, but not because of anything on the agenda.


Several groups on Facebook including one called Support Fire Chief Ward are calling for people to attend tonight's meeting and support the former fire chief, who they say was wrongly terminated. While the commission does not hear matters involving city personnel, firefighters and supporters are hoping to make a statement after the firefighter union's vote of no confidence in City Manager Mark Hall.  Ward says Hall did not want to pay firefighters the extra money that comes from the state when they respond to hazmat calls, which led to the complaint filed by the union and Wards eventual termination. Hall says as far as the city is concerned, they've always followed the state agreement.

The meeting starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall and is open to the public.


Zellner Speaks On Caney's Debt Situation


 The City of Caney is close to completing the rehabilitation of its sewer collection system, however, the rehabilitation is coming at a cost.

 City Administrator Kelley Zellner says improving infrastructure in water and sewer creates debt for every city, especially those with older or inadequate systems. New EPA regulations such as lead and copper restrictions and water quality requirements are forcing cities to upgrade as well. Cities like Caney are also having to eliminate as much infiltration water to their system as possible, so sewer water doesn't leak out.

 Zellner says previous city administrations bonded the sewer debt at a low interest rate so that the monies to finish the project were ready to reimburse when submitted to USDA. Caney now has to pay for those bonds.

 Caney's debt is an average yearly cost of $520-thousand, an increase by $320-thousand as of last year because of sewer improvements and the swimming pool. Sales tax monies of $161-thousand are going to the debt service, however with all project totals accounted for, the city will still be short $359,000.00. Because of this looming utility debt, the council must look at raising the utility rates of water and sewer to cover utilities and the utility debt service.


Zellner says the city council will be asked to raise water and sewer rates ten dollars during their April 1st meeting to cover the utility debt service. He adds that a bill that's making its way through the Kansas legislator now would help Caney and other cities in similar situations.

 Zellner says HB 2302 would forgive up to 90% of Caney’s $470-thousand water debt, which would help cover any short falls of the debt payments for the next several years.

Dallas Woman Arrested On Multiple Charges In South Coffeyville


 A Dallas woman is arrested in South Coffeyville on multiple violations.

 44-year-old Jennifer Morris was arrested late last week by the South Coffeyville Police Department, with the assistance of the Nowata County Sheriff's Office. Morris was pulled over for displaying the wrong license plate. After giving the officer a false name and false driver's license, Morris drove away from the stop. The pursuit continued on Highway 169 with speeds reaching 120 MPH. She also forced vehicles from the roadway.

 Nowata County used stop sticks in the area of Highway 169 and County Road 16. It was later determined that Morris' vehicle was stolen in Arlington. Found in the vehicle were items shoplifted from retail stores in Olathe, along with stolen identification cards. Morris said in an interview with the arresting officer that she shoplifts stores and steals wallets and purses to get information to steal identities. She was recently released from a Texas prison for credit card theft.

 Morris is wanted in several counties in the Dallas area for identity theft and shoplifting. She is also wanted by Texas Pardon and Parole Division for parole violations.

 Anticipated charges for Morris include eluding while endangering others, false personation, possession of the stolen vehicle, knowingly concealing stolen property, and bringing stolen property into the Cherokee Nation. Morris is a Cherokee Indian. A Cherokee Nation Judge set her bond at $25,000.

El Dorado Correctional Facility Resident Dies


 A 35-year-old El Dorado Correctional Facility has died.

 Marcos Issac Delarosa was found unresponsive in his housing unit yesterday morning. Staff began life-saving measures immediately and continued after emergency medical services arrived. Delarosa was serving a 116-month sentence, on convictions in Ford County, Kansas of three counts of possession of drugs, two counts of intent to sell drugs, and three counts of felony weapon possession.

 Protocol dictates that when a resident dies in the custody of the KDOC, the death is investigated by the KDOC and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The cause of death is pending the results of an independent autopsy. The investigation is currently ongoing.

 The El Dorado Correctional Facility is an all-male facility housing all custody levels with a current population of 1,738 residents.

A Herrman Officer Dies, Another In Serious Condition After Officer Involved Incident


 An officer has died and another is in serious but stable condition after a shooting in Hermann, Missouri.

 The Missouri State Highway Patrol says police were called to Casey's regarding a disturbance around 9:15 Sunday evening. Two officers were shot by 35-year-old Kenneth Lee Simpson, one in the head and one in the chest. Detective Sergeant Mason Griffith passed away from injuries sustained in the shooting.

 Information was gathered on the whereabouts of Simpson Monday afternoon, and using tactical resources, he exited the home and was taken into custody. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the officer-involved shooting. This is the first officer-involved shooting in town history.

Bartlesville Man Charged with Malicious Injury to Property


 A Bartlesville man is facing charges in Washington County court of malicious injury to property over $1000.

 William Glazier was arrested Friday night after a disturbance at the Social Security office on the 900 block of Leisure Lane. Court documents say Glazier lost control of his vehicle on a curve and drove onto the grass of the Social Security office. Ruts from his tires damaged landscaping; damage estimates were around $200. Glazier then allegedly approached a state worker and struck her vehicle with his fist, causing an estimated $500. After striking the vehicle, Glazier then would strike an electronic lock with a metal bar on the office building. The lock was valued at $1500.

 Glazier is currently being held on a $10,000 bond. His next court date is set for March 24th.

Local Financial Institutions React to California Bank Failures


 Silicon Valley Bank collapsed on Friday after a run on deposits drove the Northern California institution into insolvency, marking the largest bank failure since the financial crisis.

 SVB’s downfall sparks fears that other small and regional banks could face similar pressure amid soaring interest rates and shrinking deposits. President Biden says the nation’s financial systems are safe, seeking to project calm following the collapse of two banks that prompted fears of a broader upheaval.

 The president says he’ll press for better oversight and regulation of larger banks. And he promised no losses would be borne by taxpayers.

 Locally, Coffeyville's Community State Bank's COO and Executive VP Julie Voelker, says financial institutions in this area are strong.

 Other financial institutions and lenders, including Charles Pilkington with Regent Bank, and Kim Moyer, President and CEO of Bartlesville region Arvest Banks, has a strong and diverse deposit base, with funding options available with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, the Federal Reserve, and other private sources.

New Playground Ready in South Coffeyville


Students in South Coffeyville will have a new playground when they return from spring break.


After months of delays, Superintendent Daryl Pruter says the playground is finally ready for use.

The playground was supposed to open in August but was delayed because of contractor issues and concrete work having to be redone several times. The playground will be used by children up to second grade and features one main jungle gym with several slides plus artificial turf and some outdoor musical features. In other business at their meeting last night, the school board hired Jade Dolan to be the Minutes Clerk, renewed their partnership with the South Coffeyville Police Department for a school resource officer and announced two new busses to be delivered to the district in April.

Zellner Updates Caney Residents About Debt

The City of Caney updates its residents on the latest water situation. 

 City Administrator Kelley Zellner, in a letter to residents, talked about the current debt the city has, and what is monies are needed to help the city take care of its debt. 

 A link to the letter from Zellner is here. Chris Freund will chat with Zellner tomorrow on the Mighty 690, KGGF. 

Cherokee Nation Designating a Local Church


The Cherokee Nation is holding an event in South Coffeyville tomorrow.


Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskins and other Cherokee Nation Leaders will be in South Coffeyville tomorrow at 3:30pm for the designation of a church. Little Flock Baptist Church will be on the Cherokee Nation Historic Registry and there will be a signing of the Cherokee Nation Historic Preservation Fund Act.


The Little Flock Church has been a part of the surrounding Cherokee Freedmen community for more than 100 years in religion, education and cultural history. Originally built in the early 1900s, the building is an example of stone masonry in Cherokee Freedmen communities. Tomorrow's dedication adds the property to the tribe’s historic registry for preservation and potential restoration.

NCSO Looking For Two Shooting Suspects


 The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking for two people wanted for assault and armed criminal action.

 Kimber Marie Laquet, also known as Kimber Phillips, is wanted for 1st-degree assault, 2nd-degree assault, and armed criminal action in regard to a recent shooting. Laquet is 37 years old. She is light-complected, 5'6” weighing approximately 170 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes and has tattoos on her wrist, neck, lower back, and calf.

 26-year-old Trevor Joseph Palmer is also wanted in connection with a shooting. Palmer is 5'8”, and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He has brown hair, and blue eyes, sleeve tattoos, and tattoos above his right eyebrow, neck, and the center of his back.

 Sheriff's officials say not to approach either suspect, but to call 911 immediately if you see them. Both Laquet and Palmer should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should call 417-451-8333. You can remain anonymous.

Update: Officer Dies In Hermann, Missouri (Suspect In Custody)


 An officer has died and another is in serious condition after an incident in Hermann, Missouri Sunday night.

 MSHP says Hermann Police were called to Casey’s regarding a disturbance around 9:15 yesterday evening. Two officers were shot by 35-year-old Kenneth Lee Simpson, one in the head and one in the chest. Detective Sergeant Mason Griffith died from injuries in the shooting.

 According to multiple media outlets, Simpson is cornered in a standoff at this time.

 Hermann, Missouri is located about 45 minutes east of Jefferson City in Gastonade County on the Missouri River. This is the first line-of-duty death the city has ever experienced in its history, which was founded in 1895.

 The investigation is ongoing.

OHP Investigating Crash That Kills Both Drivers


 A head-on collision Saturday morning takes the lives of two women.

 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an eastbound vehicle driven by 23-year-old Kimberly Quals, of Baxter Springs, crossed the center line on Highway 69A around 7:00 a.m. and struck a westbound vehicle driven by 26-year-old Kayleigh Vann of Quapaw head-on. Both women were pinned for approximately one hour; they were pronounced dead at the scene by Quapaw Nation EMS.

 The investigation is ongoing.


Scams Continuing Throughout The Area


 The Caney Police Department is warning residents about a scam concerning Amazon.

 Late last week, Caney police were contacted by a resident, saying they were contacted by someone who told them there was an issue with their Amazon account. The individual wanted information so the issue could be cleared up. The resident did not give any information to the caller.

 Caney police remind residents that there are many different scams that happen daily. They remind everyone to never give personal information out over the phone including date of birth, social security number, and even address.

 A link to the Federal Trade Commission’s website is found here, where you can learn more about scams and tips to prevent you from becoming a victim. Scams can also be reported on the link as well.


Jasper County Voters Decide On Medical Marijuana Taxes


 Jasper County voters head to the polls in April to decide what to do with taxes on medical marijuana.

 Jasper County Clerk Charlie Davis says the legalization of recreational marijuana has required Missouri cities to decide how to proceed with its sales tax. Davis says Jasper County has a county-wide marijuana sales tax, with the cities of Joplin, Webb City, Carl Junction, and Carthage placing a measure on the April ballot to put a three percent sales tax for the sale of medical marijuana. If it passes, there could be a six percent increase in the sales tax, only for marijuana. Davis says that could be a big swing on a ballot issue that voters haven’t seen before.

 Davis says the best time to get to know the candidates and issues on the ballots is now. The vote for this issue and others is set for Tuesday, April 4th.

Bartlesville Man Steals Converters


 A Bartlesville man faces charges after catalytic converters are discovered in his jacket.

 Dustin Douglas Rose faces charges of grand larceny and possession of a controlled substance in Washington County Court. Court documents say Rose was stopped by an officer as he was walking East on 13th Street. During a search, two catalytic converters were found in his jacket. A blue Kobalt Sawzall was in his hands. A search of Roses’ bag found another catalytic converter, several Sawzall blades, and a box of granola bars.

 Rose is being held on a $25,000 bond. His next court date is set for March 24th.

St. Patrick's Day - Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving


 With many festivities taking place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Kansas Department of Transportation encourages everyone to remember the dangers of impaired driving and have a sober driver or alternative transportation secured before heading out on the road. 

 In 2021, 143 people were killed in alcohol-suspected crashes in Kansas, 61 people were killed in crashes that involved a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 and greater. The Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving safety campaign reminds drivers that impaired driving is not only illegal but also a matter of life and death.

 If you’re the designated driver, make sure you keep that promise of safety to yourself and your passengers. Take the role of a designated driver seriously. 

 For more information about the Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving campaign, visit the link here.

Indy Parking Lot to Close This Week

A parking lot in downtown Independence will close this week for repairs.


According to the City of Independence, the parking lot just south of Main and Pennsylvania Avenue, just behind Big Cheese Pizza will be closed tomorrow until Friday for sewer work and manhole replacement. There will be no public parking available in the lot during that time. In addition, residents near sewer lines may notice a plastic-like smell this week due to sewer improvements. An ingredient called “styrene” causes the smell, and it is harmless in the small quantities used. If you notice the smell, you may want to check your sewer connections and drain traps to make sure they have water in them in order to block the odor.

LaTurner Disagrees With Biden's Spending


 Congressman Jake LaTurner reacts to President Biden's announcement of his Fiscal Year 2024 Budget.

 LaTurner says President Biden has spent more money in the first two years of his administration than any other president in American history. He adds that has resulted in record inflation, crippling tax hikes, and bloated bureaucracy. LaTurner says Biden's policies are not giving families breathing room as he claims, but is doing the exact opposite. He says House Republicans aim to demand fiscal responsibility in Washington.

9th Annual Formal Consignment Sale in Independence


The 9th Annual Used Formal Consignment Sale is returning to Independence this weekend.


This event, courtesy of Women for Independence, is a great opportunity to shop for dresses for formal, prom, weddings, or another event that may require.


Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Wilson says that there will be two separate time periods to register dresses to sell, as well as shop for dresses to purchase.


Additional resources avaiable will be tux rentals and alterations, as well as jewelry to make sure you are ready for any special event.


The sale will take place tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. from the 4-H Building at Riverside Park.

Estes Votes To Reverse WOTUS

 Representative Ron Estes has voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act to reverse the EPA's Waters of the United States rule implemented by the Biden administration.

 The EPA's WOTUS rule impacts farm ditches, agricultural ponds, and isolated wetlands found in and near farms and ranches across the country. Estes is against what he calls the overreaching WOTUS rule, outlining how its implementation will cause harm to Kansas ag producers.

 Estes says the federal government is overstepping its bounds by implementing a devastating WOTUS rule to manage ponds and puddles a thousand miles from the D.C. Swamp. He says Washington and its desire to micromanage every aspect of life needs to be reined in.

 A CRA resolution allows an expedited process for the House and Senate to review federal regulations and, upon passage, revoke the regulation. In order to overturn a federal regulation, the resolution must pass both chambers of Congress and be signed by the president, or receive a two-thirds majority vote in each chamber to override a president's veto.

K-State Visits Crawford County


 K-State is paying a visit to southeast Kansas.

 The visit to Crawford County will take place Tuesday, March 28. The visit will include a day of activities to engage with, listen to, and learn from Kansans in Pittsburg and Girard. The initiative focuses on the people of Kansas and their communities. Every academic year, K-State visits nine communities throughout the state to listen and learn from the Kansans who live there.
 More than 1,100 community members participated in events connected with the fall 2022 community visits, which helps shape the vision, programmatic priorities, strategies, and outcomes for K-State's new strategic plan to become a 
next-generation land-grant university. These regional community visits play an essential role as K-State engages Kansans through this planning process and listens to communities throughout the state about the future of K-State.

The Voting Deadline For Dewey Schools Is Today


 Today is the last day for residents in the Dewey School District to register to vote in the April 4th election.

 Residents will vote yes or no on an $8.1-million bond proposal to provide funds for district-wide projects.

 The projects the school district would like to accomplish with the funds would install a new roof at Dewey Elementary School, constructing a new parking lot behind the high school gym for student and event parking, and relocating and constructing a new bus yard and garage. Other school construction would see the installation of new interior and exterior classroom doors and new windows at all school sites and the cafeteria.

 For athletics, a new football and track entrance would be constructed on the east side to include concession stands and restrooms. The track would be resurfaced, and the high school gym's interior would be improved.

 If you live in the Dewey School District and are not registered to vote, a link to register is included here.


Update on Nowata Billing Delay


Bills from the City of Nowata should now be in the mail.


Due to the time frame and delay in getting bills out, the city will not be applying penalty fees or performing disconnects this month. Anyone who has their bills paid through electronic funds transfer will have those funds taken out on the 15th of this month instead of the 10th. The city is apologizing for the inconvenience this has caused and is thanking citizens for their patience and understanding during the transition with their new meters.

Okmulgee Man Sentenced For Second Degree Murder


 An Okmulgee, Oklahoma man is sentenced for his role in a Tulsa man's murder.

 22-year-old Marquelon Johnson will serve 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the killing of a Tulsa convenience store clerk. U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson says Johnson chased and shot and killed the victim, who was sweeping trash from a convenience store parking lot. Johnson says he's thankful to everyone in the judicial process for ensuring Johnson is brought to justice for this heinous crime.

 After serving 300 months in federal prison for the second-degree murder charge, Johnson will serve five years on supervised release.

Man Dies In Leavenworth Less Than 24 Hours After Arriving


 A man is dead after spending less than one day at the Leavenworth Penitentiary.

 The Kansas Bureau of Prisons says 39-year-old Nolan Dewall was found unresponsive around noon Wednesday. Life-saving measures were initiated, but Dewall did not recover. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

 Dewall was sentenced to 12 months for bank fraud and arrived from Iowa at the Satellite Camp adjacent to the actual prison Tuesday. The adjacent Satellite Camp at Leavenworth is a minimum security facility that currently houses 342 male offenders.

Independence to Amend Labette Health Agreement


The City of Independence has voted to amend an Incentive Grant Agreement with Labette Health.


The original terms of the agreement was ratified back in March of 2021. A key piece of the partnership was Labette Health deciding to define residency by the City's public utility service area rather than the City Limits, believing for it to be more expansive.


Labette Health President and CEO Brian Williams says that this current method makes it difficult to report results accurately, and is not as expansive as they had hoped.


Other items of business at the Independence City Commission meeting were the donation of surplus beds from Mercy Hospital to a Community Crisis team, the rescinding of condemnation at both 217 N 12th, and 609 W Laurel, and an executive session with an attorney that represents the city regarding matters that would be deemed privileged in an attorney-client relationship.


The next meeting is scheduled for March 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall of the Civic Center.

Severe Weather Week Wraps Up Today


Severe Weather Preparedness Week wraps up today with a focus on flood safety.


While residents of Coffeyville may not need a reminder of the impact and danger of flooding, according to the National Weather Service, floods kill more people each year than any other thunderstorm-related hazard. In addition, many flood deaths are the result of driving into flooded areas. The Turn Around, Don't Drown program reminds everyone that just 12 inches of water can carry away most cars.

Former Fire Chief Speaks on Termination


Multiple disagreements between the Coffeyville fire chief and city manager leads to the termination of the fire chief. Former Fire Chief Kenneth Ward started with the Coffeyville Fire Department in October 2021. Ward says some of the disagreements that occurred since he was hired include changing a lieutenant position to an engineer but not giving engineers a dollar raise and increasing uniform allowance by $50, use of a ladder truck at a golf course and CRMC charity event and then finally a disagreement on overtime pay for response to hazmat events.


CFD is the hazmat response team for a 12-county area in the region. Ward says the contract states firefighters who respond to those events get paid for double time and the state reimburses the city for that pay, so it doesn't cost the city any extra money. According to Ward, City Manager Mark Hall did not want to pay firefighters the extra money, which led to the complaint filed by the union. Ward says he doesn't think Hall likes the fire department.


Ward says he isn't on a campaign to get Hall fired or even to get his job back he just wants the public to know what happened. He says he loves the community and loves working for the fire department and would take his job back if it was offered. Ward is the third fire chief in Hall's tenure as city manager. KGGF reached out to Hall for further comments but have not heard back from his office.

Update: Harkins Has Been Located And Is Safe


 The Newton County Sheriff's Department is searching for a runaway Neosho teen.

 16-year-old Louisa Harkins is 5'7" and approximately 140 pounds. She was last seen yesterday. Louisa left her residence around Jaguar and Beech Roads after an argument with her mother. She left on foot, and was last seen wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and black shoes. Harkins' destination is unknown.

 Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Newton County dispatch center at 417-451-8333.

Governor Kelly Announces Funding For Suicide Prevention Organizations


 Governor Laura Kelly announces $525,000 to address the ongoing crisis of suicide in Kansas.

 The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services through its Kansas Community Suicide Prevention Grant program has awarded fifteen community organizations $35,000 each to develop community-specific strategies to prevent suicide among at-risk Kansans.

 The fifteen organizations, including Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute, will engage in community and evidence-based suicide prevention services and activities that prevent suicidal behavior, reduce suicidal ideation, attempts, and deaths, and address shared risk and protective factors.

 Grantees are required to create a plan that includes conducting a community assessment, building suicide prevention infrastructure, addressing cultural competency, and ensuring suicide prevention efforts are evidence-based. These grants are intended to serve individuals of all ages.

Firefighters Union Issues Vote of No Confidence in Coffeyville City Manager

The local firefighters union has issued a vote of no confidence in Coffeyville City Manager, Mark Hall after yesterday’s termination of the fire chief.  The union has issued a public statement saying there was a unanimous vote of no confidence in Hall and that the union was in total disagreement with the termination of the Chief.  The statement went on to say that Chief Kenneth Ward was a qualified, experienced employee who was invested in the community.    

Ward’s termination yesterday was confirmed by City Manager Mark Hall who’s only comment was that the employment relationship between Ward and the City has ended.

Application Deadline Approaching for Energy and Water Programs


 Qualifying Kansans are encouraged to submit applications to receive assistance paying for water and energy bills this month. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and Emergency Water Assistance Program, both managed by the Kansas Department for Children and Families, will stop accepting applications at 5 p.m. on March 31.

 LIEAP is an annual program that provides financial assistance to families struggling to pay their heating bills during the cold winter months. Information about the program, including how to apply and Frequently Asked Questions, is available here.

 EWAP is funded by the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Funding for LIEAP is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Service through the Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.


Severe Weather Week Continues


Severe Weather Preparedness Week continues today with a focus on hail and wind safety.


According to the National Weather Service, hail often garners less respect than tornadoes, but it can be just as deadly. Until 2003, the world's largest hailstone fell in Coffeyville in 1970 measuring in at 17.5 inches in circumference, and is estimated to have hit the ground at 105 miles per hour. A replica of the hailstone can be seen in the Dalton Defenders Museum.


Moran Looking To Make Broadband Projects More Transparent


 U.S. Senator Jerry Moran joins other members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to introduce new broadband legislation.

 The Network Equipment Transparency Act was introduced yesterday. It's a bipartisan bill to increase broadband supply chain transparency through the Federal Communications Commission in order to ensure an on-time rollout of federal broadband programs. As federal broadband programs increase the need for high-speed, reliable, and accessible networks, the bill would help identify supply chain issues so they can be addressed sooner.

 Specifically, the bill would require the FCC’s Communications Marketplace Report to describe to Congress the impact of supply chain disruptions on the timely completion or deployment of broadband infrastructure projects.
 The full text of the legislation can be found here.

Delaware County Skeletal Remains Identified


 Skeletal remains discovered in February in Delaware County, Oklahoma have been identified.

 The Delaware County Sheriff's Department says the remains discovered northeast of Jay have been identified as Chris Teel. Teel was reported missing in January 2017 and was last seen in Jay.

 Officials say the discovery has created more questions than answers surrounding his disappearance. The most recent lead in the case was investigated a month ago. The remains were discovered on February 12th by a person cutting wood in the area.

 The cause of death is undetermined and is still under investigation. If you have any information involving this case, please contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 253-4531.

More Information Released On The Capture Of Swink


 More information has been released on the manhunt and eventual capture of Aaron Swink.

 Pittsburg Police Officers responded to a call around midnight Monday. 39-year-old Aaron Swink, of Pittsburg, was identified shooting the windows out of a vehicle. Swink was able to flee before the officers arrived. Twenty-five hours later, two more calls came into the Pittsburg dispatch regarding multiple shots fired in the area of the 900 to 1100 blocks of West 4th Street.

 A few minutes later, law enforcement located Swink in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Gunfire was exchanged, and a four-hour standoff took place.

 At around 5:40 A.M., a vehicle pursuit began as Swink left the cemetery, and was able to escape on foot just south of Pittsburg city limits after his vehicle was disabled by law enforcement. Swink was ultimately captured without further incident near South 220 Street in Pittsburg at about 6:30 Tuesday evening.

Dewey Schools Looking To Improve Buildings District Wide


 An $8.1-million bond proposal to provide funds for district-wide projects is now a ballot issue for Dewey Public Schools.

 One of the projects would install a new roof at Dewey Elementary School. A second project would construct a new parking lot behind the high school gym for student and event parking. Other projects would relocate and construct a new bus yard and garage, installing new interior classroom doors and windows, plus exterior doors at all school sites and the cafeteria.

 Sports projects would include constructing a new football and track entrance on the east side to include concession stands and restrooms, plus resurfacing the track, and improving the high school gym's interior.

 The last day to register for the Tuesday, April 4th election is tomorrow. 

 If you live in the Dewey School District and are not registered to vote, click here to register.

Kindergarten Roundup Is Next Month


The date has been announced for this year's Kindergarten Roundup.


The event will be held at Community Elementary School on April 20th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Early Learning Center Principal Amanda Cavaness says this event helps ease the transition from preschool to kindergarten.


Parents are asked to also bring a copy of the student's birth certificate and immunization records to the event. If you have any questions, you can call Community Elementary School at 620-252-6430.

Coffeyville Fire Chief Terminated


The Coffeyville Fire Chief has been terminated. 


Fire Chief Kenneth Ward has been relieved of his duties as fire chief effective immediately.  City Manager Mark Hall says the employment relationship between Ward and the city has ended and no city officials will make any further comments on the situation.  

Fire Fighters Receive Hazardous Materials Training


Multiple fire departments go through a training course thanks to a grant.


This past weekend through a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Grant, a Propane IQ class was brought in for area fire departments. Around 20 students participated in the two-day class that consisted of classroom and hands-on training. The class focused on the physical and chemical properties of propane and how to mitigate the risk of a leaking propane tank through flaring. The Coffeyville Fire Department is the Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team for a 12-county region of Southeast Kansas.


Thompson Brothers and Bartlett Coop donated the propane and propane tanks that were used in the class. Montgomery County Emergency Management assisted in the training.

Wilson County to Move Forward with Revitalization Plan


Wilson County will begin to proceed with a pair of new Neighborhood Revitalization Plan projects.


County Coordinator Kris Marple presented the applications for both Larry Lever Jr, as well as First Step Home Builders. The projects were unanimously decided to carry by the commissioners, and the county will move forward with the plan.


Additional items of discussion at the Wilson County Commission Meeting was the presentation of a right-of-way permit by Road and Bridge Supervisor Kary Tatum, for River Rock to fix a gas line leak. Tatum also reported that Trans Systems had completed the Local Road Safety Plan for the County.


The commissioners also received reports from the Health Department, County Appraiser, GIS department, and the 911 call log.


There will be no meeting next week on March 15th. The next meeting will be March 22nd at 9 a.m. in the Wilson County Courthouse.

City Of Caney Accpeting Bids


 The City of Caney is now accepting bids for the haying and baling of City Properties for the Spring and Summer, and the mowing of the Sunnyside Cemetery for the Spring and Summer.

 Sealed bids will be accepted until Monday, April 3rd at 12:00 p.m. Bid Packets are available in City Hall or on their website at under the "How Do I" Tab. For more information, contact City Hall at 620-879-2772

Update: OSBI Investigating Mayes County Death


 New information is being gathered about an apparent murder/suicide in Oklahoma.

 29-year-old Ashlee Page of Colcord passed away on Monday. Her aunt, 49-year-old Bridget January, also of Colcord, was also wounded in the shooting incident. January was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. Her condition is unknown.

 Delaware County Sheriff James Beck says the shooting suspect, Willis Crawford, was involved in a pursuit with Mayes County Sheriff’s deputies when he stopped, departed his vehicle, and then shot himself. Crawford is believed to be the domestic partner of Page.

 The investigation, which is ongoing, is being handled by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Pittsburg Man Captured After Hours Long Manhunt


 A manhunt in Pittsburg yesterday ends in capture.

 Pittsburg Police and the Crawford County Sheriff's Office captured Aaron Swink near South 220 Street in Pittsburg around 6:30 last night. Swink is the suspect in an incident that involved a car parked at a home being shot up overnight. He also exchanged gunfire with officers. Kansas Department of Corrections records show Swink being on parole from a conviction in 2015 on aggravated battery and kidnapping charges.

 No officers were injured while bringing Swink into custody. The KBI part of this investigation is ongoing, with several new charges expected.

State Question 820 Fails In Oklahoma


 A vote for recreational marijuana use in Oklahoma has failed.

 State Question 820 failed yesterday statewide, with almost 350,000 voters saying no, with almost 217,000 voting "yes".

 Oklahoma would have become the 22nd state to legalize the adult use of cannabis, joining Montana and Missouri in approving similar proposals recently. In Washington County, 69.3% voted no against 30.6% "yes" votes.

 State Question 820 was the result of signature-gathering campaign. Early results showed heavy opposition in rural areas. The proposal would have allowed anyone over the age of 21 to purchase and possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, plus concentrates and marijuana-infused products.

 Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana in 2018, with roughly 10% of Oklahoma's adult population having a medical marijuana license.

Semi Accident North of Cherryvale


A man is seriously injured after a semi accident north of Cherryvale.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 45-year-old Thomas Amaya of Texas was driving a semi-truck north on U.S. 169 north of Cherryvale when he went off the road to the right and struck a guard rail. The semi overturned just south of the creek. Thomas was taken to Labette Health with a suspected serious injury. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Severe Weather Week Continues


Rumbles of thunder yesterday afternoon in Coffeyville were a good reminder that Severe Weather Preparedness Week continues.


Today's theme is lightning safety, and according to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes the U.S. 25 million times each year, and kills 47 people on average. Many of these deaths occur outdoors and are preventable. The best precaution against lightning is to go indoors whenever you hear thunder.

Parsons PD Looking for Suspect in Trailer Theft


Parsons Police are looking to identify a suspect believed to be involved in the theft of a trailer.


The trailer was stolen from Forbe's Construction on February 13th. A photo of the trailer and the suspect can be seen in the online version of this story at The photo of the suspect was taken at the Wal-Mart in Pittsburg. On February 17th, the suspect's truck was identified and located after a traffic stop. The occupants of the truck were arrested for drug and firearm-related charges but neither were the suspect in the theft of the trailer. Both suspects that were arrested would not identify the suspect in the theft of the trailer.


Anyone with information should call (620)421-7060 or email


Recently Completed Neosho Wildlife Area has Doubled Number of Ducks


The recently completed Neosho Wildlife Area near St. Paul has been a resounding success, according to Ducks Unlimited. 


Ducks Unlimited Regional Director Chris Young says the area, which took 9 years to complete now holds 150,000 - 200,000 ducks compared to around 70,000 in years past.


Young, who spoke at the Coffeyville Rotary Club meeting says the purpose of Ducks Unlimited is to raise private funds to match federal grants to restore wildlife areas.  He says the organization does so through a combination of donations and fundraisers.

Two Semi Accident Kills Nixa Missouri Man


 A 35-year-old Nixa, Missouri man has died after a two-semi crash on the Kansas Turnpike south of Emporia.

 The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened after 10 p.m. last night near mile marker 120. A northbound semi crashed into a semi and trailer parked on the right shoulder, knocking it into the ditch. The northbound semi then caught fire. 35-year-old Yuriy Lendel, the driver of the northbound semi, passed away. The 28-year-old Texas man in the semi that was parked was taken to Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Both drivers were not wearing seat belts.

 All lanes of the turnpike were closed for several hours while heavy equipment was called in to move debris off the roadway.

Pittsburg Police Looking For Suspect In Several Shootings


 The Pittsburg Police Department and Crawford County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man they say is a suspect in several shootings that happened overnight.

 Aaron Swink is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Residents are asked to avoid the area of South Rouse and E 520th Street, or near Ascension Via Christi Hospital.

 This is a developing story. More information will be given as it becomes available.

Montgomery County Approves to Rezone Parcel


The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Health and Zoning has decided to reclassify a parcel.


Department Director Matt Debo says that the parcel will no longer be classified as a residential.


Additional items of discussion at the Montgomery County Commission meeting was the discussion of a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for the City of Caney, as well as an update on county receipts, balances from County Clerk Charlotte Scott-Schmidt.


It was also announced that Register of Deeds employee Joyce Smith will be retiring after 18 years of service for the county. There will be a celebration on March 31st at the Register of Deeds Office.





LaTurner Co-Sponsors Parents Bill of Rights Act


 Congressman Jake LaTurner cosponsors legislation to give legal protections to parents.

 H.R.5, also known as the Parents Bill of Rights Act, was introduced by LaTurner and Congresswoman Julia Letlow. This legislation puts in place concrete legal protections they say will ensure parents have a seat at the table when it comes to their child’s education.

 The Parents Bill of Rights Act is built on five principles, ensuring that parents have the right to know what their children are being taught, having the right to be heard, having the right to see the school budget and spending, having the right to protect their child’s privacy, and having the right to keep their children safe.

 LaTurner says examples were given during the COVID-19 pandemic of concerned parents in school districts across the country being kicked out of school board meetings and even labeled as domestic terrorists by the federal government. LaTurner says this legislation guarantees parents will always have a seat at the table.

 A link to the fact sheet can be found here.

Senators Urge Use Of E15 Year Round


 U.S. Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall are joining a bipartisan group of colleagues in urging President Biden to permit the year-round sale of E15 fuel in 2023 in order to reduce the United States’ reliance on foreign sources of energy and utilize American agriculture as an energy solution.
 Seventeen total senators signed a letter sent to the president, saying E15 will ensure affordable, reliable, and cleaner fuel options for American consumers throughout the year, and
will continue to displace Russian oil and finished gasoline products, easing domestic and global supply constraints, and lowering net domestic fuel prices.
 The senators say there are
economic benefits of the E15 waiver saved consumers sixteen cents per gallon on average, and up to nearly $1.00 per gallon in some areas of the country.
 The full letter is available 

Water & Sewer Rate Increases Tabled During Caney City Council Meeting

 A proposed increase to water and sewer rates was tabled during the Caney city council meeting last night.

 City Administrator Kelley Zellner requested the postponement of the rate increases until he can send out letters explaining the current situation of the water and sewer systems and why increases will be needed in the near future. Those letters will be sent to residents in the next month.

 Other business included the approval for repair and replacement of one of three sewer plant drywall pumps for just over $15,000 and the approval of the demolition of a hazardous burned structure at 411 North State Street.

Bartlesville Man Arrested On Alcohol And Assault Charges


 A Bartlesville man was arrested over the weekend on alcohol and battery charges.

 The Nowata County Sheriff's Office says the incident took place around 6:15 Saturday evening when police were called to California Creek on County Road 413 north of County Road 19 for a car stuck in a ditch. The deputy found 48-year-old Monolito Stark in the driver's seat with his head slumped forward. Stark admitted to drinking intoxicating beverages and was arrested and transported to the Nowata County Jail.

 Reports indicate that Stark became belligerent and uncooperative at the jail, including the attempt to stab a deputy with a key that had fallen to the floor. A taser was used to get Stark under control.

 Stark has past prior convictions for assault and battery on a police officer, assault and/or battery with a dangerous weapon, escaping the Nowata County Jail, and other convictions. He posted a $10,000 bond and was released.

Bartlesville Water Supply Examined


 The current state of the water supply was examined last night during the Bartlesville city council meeting.

 City Director of Water Utilities Terry Lauritsen says the projected water supply could fall to below 25% by January of next year, if there was no rain, or dripping, and if consumers reduced their water consumption. The water supply currently sits at 65.1% as of last week.

 Lauritsen says if levels reach a critical point in supply level, regular habits will have to change, or members of the community can pay extra for an extended amount of water supply. Councilman Lauren Roszell says the use of stages concerns him.

 Water usage has four stages, with the city in stage 1 currently. Stages two, three, and four will have restrictions. The main differences are noticed in stages three and four. In stage three, when the supply drops below 59%, restrict all outdoor watering to once per week. Any usage over that amount will be subject to fines. Stage four, which is below 44% total water supply, all outdoor water use is banned, and city pools will be closed.

Independence Man Arrested On Drugs And Weapons Charges


 An Independence man was arrested on drugs and weapons charges after a brief standoff in Indy Friday afternoon.

 The standoff began just before 2:30, when deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office along with Officers from Independence Police Department, arrived at 600 South 15th to serve three felony warrants on 49-year-old Richard Asher. Asher and a weapon were observed inside the residence. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team and the Crisis Negotiators Team were contacted. After Asher was contacted via phone, and after 60 minutes of negotiations, Asher exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident. Asher was transported to the Montgomery County Department of Corrections.

 In a search of the residence, detectives located methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and an illegal firearm. He's been charged with, distributing meth, possession of marijuana, distributing or possessing drug paraphernalia for illegal use, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, possession of a shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches, and possessing a firearm while a fugitive of justice.

Winter Wheat Condition Better in Oklahoma


The latest crop progress reports are out, and winter wheat in Oklahoma is looking better than last year.


Wheat in Kansas, however, is looking worse according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. In Kansas, the latest numbers show winter wheat rated at 28% very poor, 25% poor, 30% fair, 15% good and 2% excellent. In Oklahoma, 22% is rated very poor, 18% poor, 21% fair, 38% good and 1% excellent. In addition, topsoil moisture is listed as 36% very short for Kansas and only 18% very short for Oklahoma.

Statewide Tornado Drill Today


Severe Weather Preparedness Week continues today with a statewide tornado drill.


According to the City of Coffeyville, sirens will sound in town at 10 a.m. The drill will also be broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio as well. Everyone is encouraged to practice seeking shelter in your home or workplace as part of the drill. All week, various aspects of severe weather are being highlighted as storm season approaches.

USD 445 Approves 23-24 School Year Calendar


The USD 445 Board of Education approves the calendar for the 2023-2024 school year.


The board voted unanimously to approve the calendar for the new year. Notable dates include the first day of school on August 17th, winter break starting on December 25th, school resuming on January 10th and the 2024 school year ending on May 24th. Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll says that no student or teacher reports until after the Interstate Fair and Rodeo which is from August 6th to August 12th.


In other business, the board approved the purchase of learning services and interactive boards and stands.

School Zone Violation Leads To High-Speed Pursuit


 A Bartlesville man leads multiple law enforcement agencies on a 20-mile high-speed pursuit.

 Around 7:50 this morning, a Caney Police Officer working school zone traffic at 1st and McGee clocked a black SUV traveling 80 MPH in a 20 MPH School Zone. The 2006 Jeep SUV, driven by Richard Bresson, continued at a high rate of speed northbound out of Caney. The vehicle was observed running the stop signs at the intersection of U.S. 75 and U.S. 166. The chase continued north on 75, reaching speeds of up to 120 M.P.H. Montgomery County deputies joined the pursuit and set up stop sticks in the area of Highway 75 and CR 3800. Stop sticks successfully flattened one of Bresson's tires.

 As the pursuit continued Northbound on 75, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office took over. At the intersection of 75 and U.S. 160, the vehicle failed to negotiate the intersection, and Bresson's vehicle traveled North into a tree thicket, ultimately landing upside down.

 Bresson had to be extricated from the vehicle by Independence Rural Fire. He was life-flighted to a Joplin hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

 The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. Charges expected to be filed include driving 80 in a 20 MPH School Zone, 125 in a 65 MPH Zone, reckless driving, felony attempt to elude a police officer, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, and various other moving violations.

Joplin Police Chief Retiring


 Joplin Police Chief is retiring.

 Chief Sloan Rowland announced his retirement earlier today. Roland has spent 35 years in various public safety positions, and twenty years in the Joplin community. Roland's law enforcement career began in 1987 in Galena. He also served with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, before joining the Joplin Police Department in 2003. He became Assistant Chief in 2016; and eventually Police Chief in 2019.

 Roland's retirement takes effect June 1st. Assistant Chief Brian Lewis will assume the interim Police Chief position until a permanent replacement is found.


Tulsa Man Back In Federal Custody


 A Tulsa man on probation for defrauding millions of dollars from banks, businesses, family, and friends is back in federal custody.

 60-year-old Michael Chase Morris is in federal custody for violating his probation on bank fraud and three counts of making false statements on real estate loan applications. Also known as Michael Jeffrey Morris, the former Grove man’s current probation violations stem from Morris allegedly opening 22 lines of credit. Morris is accused of making false statements to a bank for the purpose of obtaining a loan, submitting six credit card applications with a reported income totaling more than he reported to his probation officer, and for failure to make restitution payments.

 U.S. Attorney Charles McLoughlin, who has prosecuted Morris since 1997, calls Morris a “white-collar sociopath, posing a danger of ongoing financial fraud and an economic danger to the community in the form of obtaining money from the public or banks on false pretenses.”

 Morris was sentenced to a six-and-a-half-year prison term in 2016, and ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution.  He was released from federal custody in January 2022. A revocation hearing was held on Friday and sentencing is set for March 24th.

Bartlesville Man Arrested On Burglary Charges


 A Bartlesville man has been arrested on burglary charges.

 35-year-old Kirby Bailey Jr. was arrested Thursday evening around 7:00 p.m. by Bartlesville PD. Court records say the homeowner's son called police when he saw a person in the kitchen through his security camera. That person was Bailey Jr. When an officer arrived, he saw Bailey Jr walking through the front yard of the residence and was detained. Bradley Thompson, the son of the homeowner and house caretaker after his father's passing, arrived and identified Bailey, Jr.

 Bailey Jr. was sitting on the front lawn next to two Victorian-style lamps taken from the residence. BPD later discovered Bailey Jr. had already been convicted of burglary. He is currently being held on a $20,000 bond. His first court date was last Friday, with his next court date set for March 24th.

House Explosion Kills Two People


 A house explosion leads to the discovery of two people.
 Last week, Osage County Sheriff's Office Dispatch was contacted in reference to a house fire on West Grand Street in Osage, Oklahoma with the report of an explosion. Fire investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office and ATF located two people inside the residence. Town of Osage Mayor Connie Reese and her father-in-law Robert Reese were identified. Initial investigation reports indicate that the explosion may have originated from one of two lithium-ion batteries located inside the residence. 

Joplin Man Convicted Of Sex Crimes


 A Joplin man has been convicted of child sex crimes.

 67-year-old Jack Hooker was found guilty in Jasper County Court on three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, one count of first-degree statutory rape, and one count of second-degree statutory rape. The victim testified that Hooker sexually assaulted her multiple times in Joplin and Webb city between 2011 and 2021. She was under the age of 12 when the abuse started.
 Hooker's sentencing hearing was set for May 1st. The jury recommends sentences ranging anywhere from 100 years to life in prison.

Chautauqua County Child Care Surveys Out Now


 The Chautauqua County Child Care Coalition is looking for information from its residents concerning childcare needs in the county.

 The department says a child may spend as much as ten thousand hours in child care before they reach first grade. For every dollar spent on child care in Kansas, $1.68 is generated in new spending.

 The survey will take five to ten minutes to complete. A link to the QR Code and survey is available here.

Man Injured After Fleeing from Law Enforcement


A man is seriously injured in an accident sustained after a chase through Coffeyville.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 40-year-old Layton Moore of Pryor was riding a motorcycle westbound on 11th, fleeing from law enforcement last night just before 10 p.m. Near where 8th and 11th streets come together on the west side of town, Moore's motorcycle struck a curb and overturned multiple times, coming to rest on the shoulder. Moore was taken to a Tulsa hospital with a suspected serious injury. He was not wearing a helmet.


Severe Weather Week Starts Today


The National Weather Service's Severe Weather Preparedness Week starts today.


As part of the week's events, the statewide tornado drill will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. This test will be broadcast over NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio. Local officials may also sound their warning sirens as well. The National Weather Service suggests you take this time to review your tornado and severe weather safety plan. Monday's theme for Severe Weather Week is having multiple ways to receive alerts, be it a NOAA weather radio, commercial radio and TV or having Wireless Emergency Alerts enabled on your cell phone. KGGF, of course, participates in the national Emergency Alert System program and provides severe weather coverage for the area year round.

Marijuana Vote This Week in Oklahoma


The vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in Oklahoma is coming this week.


Supporters say many in Oklahoma's medical cannabis industry are struggling because of a limited market. Industry proponents hope an influx of Texas consumers will be a boon for a market that’s become saturated. The question on Tuesday's ballot is being opposed by a group of law enforcement officers, clergy and prosecutors. That group is led by former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, an ex-FBI agent. Current Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt also opposes the state question. If approved, Oklahoma will become the 22nd state to legalize cannabis for adults.


Injuries in Crash Near Neodesha


Two people have injuries after an accident near Neodesha.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 22-year-old Nathaniel James Altis of Severy was driving a 2011 GMC Acadia east on 400 Friday and attempted to make a left turn onto Granby Street one mile west of Neodesha. Altis turned into the path of an oncoming 2015 Honda CRV driven by 77-year-old Michael Reed of Parsons. Both vehicles hit head on. Reed and passenger 69-year-old John Davolt of Independence were both taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.  According to Davolt's daughter, John is in stable condition in the ICU in Springfield.  He has several broken ribs, a broken shin and ankle, and two fractures on his back. Altis had no apparent injury.

Moran Introduces Legislation Looking To Help Veterans


 U.S. Senators Jerry Moran is part of a team of legislators introducing bipartisan legislation to expand veterans’ access to assisted living services.
xpanding Veterans’ Options for Long Term Care Act would create a pilot program for eligible veterans to receive assisted living care paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs allowing aging veterans to live more independently while saving taxpayer dollars. The pilot program would be conducted at six Veterans Integrated Services Networks nationwide, with at least two program sites located in rural or highly rural areas and two sites at State Veterans Homes. Senator Moran says with the increase of aging veterans, the VA needs to be prepared to efficiently and sustainably care for this community.

 Currently, VA is not allowed to pay for room and board fees for veterans living at assisted living facilities – preventing many veterans from utilizing this long-term care option. This pilot program will save taxpayer dollars by allowing eligible veterans to access the appropriate level of care for their needs at assisted living facilities, instead of having to seek more costly care at nursing homes.

Two Arrested On Drugs Charges In Parsons


 Two Parsons residents are arrested after drugs are found in their vehicle.

 Parsons police conducted a traffic stop Tuesday night around 10:00 p.m. in the 1300 block of Grand Avenue for a registration violation. When backup arrived, the canine officer alerted on the vehicle. A search located several different controlled substances, including over 6 grams of meth, and items of drug paraphernalia. 23-year-old Rachel Haslett and 36-year-old Travis Hughes were arrested for possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute within 1000 Feet of a School and possession of drug paraphernalia. Haslett was also arrested for vehicle registration violations.

 Hughes has prior multiple convictions for possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, battery, and most recently, two counts of endangering a child. He was released from the Kansas Department of Corrections supervision in April of 2020.

Total Tax Collections Up For Kansas


 Total tax-only collections for February were above monthly estimates and higher than a year ago.

 Total tax collections were $549.8 million, $36.8 million higher than the monthly estimate, and $47.3 million higher than February 2022.

 Individual income tax collections were $211.3 million in February, $6.3 million above the estimate, and $27.9 million more than in February 2022.

Corporate income tax collections were $15.3 million, 2.2% more than the February 2023 estimate.

 Retail sales tax collections were $203.8 million, $13.8 million more than the estimate, and $8.5 million greater than February 2022. Compensating use tax collections were $64.2 million, 1.3%, less than the estimate, but $4.7 million more than in February 2022.

 Governor Laura Kelly says revenues have exceeded estimates for 30 out of the last 31 months, a sign that efforts to make Kansas a place where businesses and families want to call home are paying off.

USD 446 Superintendent to Retire


A leader in both the USD 446 school system and the Independence community has announced his intention to retire.


USD 446 Superintendent Rusty Arnold spoke to the Board of Education this morning and the Board accepted his retirement notice. Arnold has served as the District Superintendent since July of 2015.


Arnold accomplished numerous projects in his time with the district, including finishing the stadium project, building a transportation facility, renovating the historic Riley school, establishing the first early learning center ever in the district, and establishing an alternative learning environment in BRIDGES academy.


The USD Board of Education announced that Assistant Superintendent Jason McAfee has been appointed to serve as the interim. The board commends and thanks Arnold for his service and dedication to the kids and the education in the USD 446 community.

Problem Gambling Month Proclaimed In Kansas


 Governor Laura Kelly designates March Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Kansas.

 Problem gambling is defined as all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits. Approximately 2 million U.S. adults are estimated to meet the criteria for severe problem gambling. Another 4-6 million meet the criteria for mild or moderate problem gambling. Problem gambling affects thousands of Kansans of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds and can have significant societal and economic costs for individuals, families, businesses, and communities.

 Problem Gambling Awareness Month is designed to help raise awareness of the prevention, treatment, recovery services, and harm reduction strategies available to those adversely affected by gambling.

 To receive help for a gambling problem for you or a loved one, call the Kansas Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700 or go online at

Noel Man Arrested For Animal Abuse


 A Noel man has been arrested after a dog was found with an arrow in its head.

 The investigation began on February 23, when a report of the dog with the arrow was taken by the Noel Marshal's Office. Authorities said probable cause was hard to establish then because tips received could not be backed up with evidence. Enough evidence was obtained Wednesday, and 40-year-old Jeffery Howard was arrested on a charge of animal abuse.

 Howard later said he got mad when the dog wouldn't come to him, so he shot her. The dog recently had puppies. Mom and all pups are doing well.

Child Dies in Elk County Accident


A child has died after an accident in rural Elk County.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Ariadna Ascenio of Wichita was driving a Polaris Ranger side-by-side on a wind farm road about 6 miles north of US-160. The side-by-side turned south, overturned and the child passenger was ejected and killed. Due to the nature of the incident and the age of the child, no further information will be released.

Man Dies in Crash South of Pittsburg


An 18-year-old is dead after a crash south of Pittsburgh.


Josiah LeFletcher was driving a 2006 Acura east on K-171 two miles east of US-69 yesterday when he made a U-turn on the highway. His car was struck by a westbound semi-truck driven by 21-year-old Ryder James Schnackenberg of Neosho. LeFletcher was pronounced dead a the scene and taken to a local mortuary by the Crawford County Sheriff's office. Schnackenberg had no apparent injury.

Bills Delayed in Nowata


The City of Nowata is extending the penalty fee due date for bills because of issues getting the bills out.


The city plans to have bills printed and in the mail today, but because of the delay the penalty due date has been extended until March 22nd. If you have any questions, call the city at 918-273-3538.

SEK Man Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud


A Southeast Kansas man pleads guilty to a Medicaid fraud charge.


37-year-old Williams Carl Morris, of Altamont, has been ordered to repay the Kansas Medicaid program more than $1,200 after pleading guilty to fraud charges. Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach says Morris was sentenced in Labette County District Court on one count of submitting a false claim, statement or representation to the Kansas Medicaid program. Labette County District Judge Fred Johnson sentenced Morris to pay $1,276.95 in restitution and to serve 12 months of supervised probation.


Investigators for the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division determined that Morris submitted false claims that he was providing personal care attendant services to his mother, a Medicaid beneficiary. Morris stated dates that he allegedly provided the services, but investigators determined that his mother was in fact in another city during that time.


Law Enforcement Responds to Multiple Fake School Shooting Calls


A number of Kansas schools were the victims of a SWATing hoax.


At least 17 law enforcement jurisdictions received fake calls reporting shootings. These calls were received yesterday between 7:50am and 9:50am. As soon as the first incidents occurred, the federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, the Safe and Secure Schools Unit of the Kansas State Department of Education and school officials across Kansas, began collaborating to safeguard students.


The KBI says these calls are very serious crimes that put innocent people at risk and have potentially dangerous consequences. They are working with their partners in an attempt to identify those responsible. While yesterday’s threats were not credible, the KBI commends Kansas law enforcement on their response to the multiple incidents that occurred. 

Wilson County Sees Large Increase in Change Value Notices


The change value notices were sent out this week in Wilson County, and while a majority of the results are relatively standard, there is a massive outlier.


County Appraiser Jessica Porter says that there was a near 800% increase in the value of Personal Property Semi Trucks. Residential properties increased by an average of approximately 7% this year.


Additional items of discussion at the Wilson County Commission meeting were the approval of the Local Emergency Planning Committee Bylaws, which are amended every five years. The commissioners also approved the lease-purchase of two used 2018 CAT 120M motor graders for $290,000.00


There will be no commissioner meetings on March 15th, March 29th, and April 5th.

Update: Walnut Open Again


 US-169 or South Walnut street at the railroad crossing just south of the intersection with Highway 166 in Coffeyville is shut down completely.

 Coffeyville PD says Watco has contacted them about a track that has broken. The train is stuck blocking Walnut, Elm, Willow, and Spruce Streets. Police officials say the repair may take several hours. Please use the 12th or 14th to the Read street underpass or take Buckeye to State Line Road to get around the closed intersection.

 Stay tuned to the Mighty 690 KGGF for the latest on this situation.

Kansas City Man Sentenced In Joplin Robbery


 A Kansas City man has been sentenced for robbing a Joplin bank.

 59-year-old Leland Scott Graham was sentenced to eight years in federal prison without parole for the July 19th, 2021 robbery of Great Southern Bank in Joplin. Several hours before on the same day, Graham robbed Landmark National Bank in Louisburg. This isn't the first time Graham has been connected to Great Southern Bank in Joplin. He was convicted in 2004 of robbing GSB in Joplin and First State Bank of Joplin and sentenced to 20 years in state prison.

Small Tornado Confirmed In Newton County

 Storm surveys conducted in Newton County confirm a small tornado.


 The National Weather Service in Springfield concluded that an EF-1 tornado, with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph, damaged or destroyed more than 10 outbuildings and overturned two RV's in the overnight hours Monday. Minor roof damage occurred to a few homes. A few trees were uprooted with large branches broken off of numerous trees. The tornado path was 0.7 miles long with a maximum width of 200 yards. The tornado crossed I-49 with visible debris in the median.

Cause of Power Outage in Neodesha Determined


The cause of Tuesday's power outage in Neodesha has been determined.


According to the city, the outage was caused by faulty equipment at the city's substation rather than the Evergy-owned distribution line serving the city as they originally thought. The outage lasted from Tuesday afternoon until 10:30 on Tuesday night as crews repaired a transformer and related infrastructure with parts delivered from Kansas City. City officials are thanking all first responders for their help throughout the day in addition to Evergy for their assistance in isolating the fault and helping with repairs.

Spotter Talk Tonight in Howard


Meteorologists from the Wichita office of the National Weather Service will be in Elk County tonight for a severe weather presentation.


The Storm Fury on the Plains presentation is created each year from scratch and shares the latest storm formation knowledge and recognition tips. The spotter talk starts tonight at 6:30 in the Cox Building in Howard. The event is free and no registration is required. The next presentation in southeast Kansas will be in Fredonia at the Old Iron Club on March 28th.

Kansas Receives Governor's Cup for Second Straight Year


The State of Kansas goes back to back.


For the second year in a row, Kansas is awarded Site Selection's Governor's Cup. This award is given to the state with the most business investment per capita in the country. The last year was a record year for Kansas, with businesses investing nearly $7.4 billion and creating and retaining over 13,000 jobs.


Governor Laura Kelly says this would not be possible without the business and community leaders around the state. She says not long ago, Kansas was making headlines for failure and mismanagement, but now they are establishing Kansas as the premier state in the nation to do business.

Missouri Man Arrested for Theft


A Missouri man is arrested after breaking into multiple vehicles and stealing items from a convenience store.


At around 7:30am this morning, Galena Police Department officers were dispatched in reference to a male subject attempting to get into multiple vehicles. Video footage was collected and the suspect was located at Casey's. During questioning, 19-year-old Hunter Parman, of Carthage, fled on foot. After a brief chase was taken into custody. It was also discovered that the suspect had stolen items from the Casey’s.


At the jail, Parman was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and fentanyl. He is facing charges of two counts of attempted burglary of a vehicle, theft, interference with law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia and trafficking drugs into a correctional facility.


Montgomery County Rural Water District #6 Holding Meetings


 The Montgomery County Rural Water District #6 will be holding a meeting tomorrow evening at 7:30 pm, At the Liberty, Kansas United Methodist Church to discuss water line projects and related topics concerning the water distribution system.  This will be a working session meeting.

 A second meeting will be held on Monday, March 6 at 7:00 PM, At the Liberty, Kansas United Methodist Church to vote on the topics discussed during the March 2 meeting.

Independence Police Arrest Two For Domestic Assault

 Independence Police arrest two Indy men on charges of a domestic disturbance.

Yesterday, police responded to a call in the 700 block of North Pennsylvania Avenue for a report of a domestic disturbance. After the investigation, 28-year-old Joshua Allen was arrested on charges of domestic battery and criminal deprivation of property. 26-year-old Peyton Frank was also arrested for domestic battery. The investigation is ongoing.

Kansas Sees Improved S&P Rating


 S&P Global, a worldwide credit rating agency, announces an improved credit outlook for the State of Kansas.

 S&P says the rating has improved to ‘positive’ from ‘stable,’ citing Governor Laura Kelly’s efforts to close the Bank of KDOT, balance the state budget, pay off KPERS debt, and achieve record-low unemployment rates. S&P also improved its credit outlook to ‘positive’ from ‘stable’ and affirmed its AA credit rating on the Kansas Department of Transportation’s highway revenue bonds outstanding. Governor Laura Kelly says this will be great news for Kansas’ budget and economic outlook. S&P cited Governor Kelly’s recommended budgets for fiscal years 2023 and 2024 as indicators of continued fiscal responsibility that could lead to a credit rating upgrade and warned against irresponsible tax plans that could lead to a credit rating downgrade.

 Previous years saw the State of Kansas’ S&P credit rating and outlook downgraded four times between 2014 and 2017. The state’s credit rating was downgraded from AA+ to AA in August 2014, put on a negative credit watch in 2016, downgraded again to an AA- in the same year, and the outlook downgraded from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’ in 2017. S&P improved the state’s credit outlook from ‘negative’ to ‘stable’ in 2018 after lawmakers rolled back former Governor Brownback's tax experiment.

Joplin Police Release Crime Numbers For 2022


 The Joplin Police Department releases crime numbers for 2022.

 The city of Joplin saw a six percent drop in overall crime in 2022, that's the lowest total in the last four years. However, there was a slight increase in violent crime. That includes assault cases and homicides, which doubled from five to 10 last year. That number does include the deaths of Corporal Ben Cooper and Officer Jake Reed, as well as the shooter in that case last March. Theft cases dropped by more than 200 reports. Burglaries are down, and car theft reports were down significantly in the report.

Two Car Accident Sends Three To Hospital

 A Darby, Kansas man is hospitalized after a two-car accident yesterday afternoon.

 The Missouri Highway Patrol says the accident happened at Highway 171 and Sumac Road, near the Kansas – Missouri state line. 71-year-old Dana Kegley was driving a 2015 Toyota Highlander and failed to stop at a stop sign, pulling into the path of a car driven by 51-year-old Timothy Frazier, of Joplin. Frazier’s vehicle slammed into the Kegley vehicle, causing it to leave the roadway, and overturn into a field. 76-year-old John Kegley was transported by medical helicopter to Freeman Hospital with serious injuries. Mrs. Kegley was transported to Freeman hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries, while Frazier was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Joplin, also with moderate injuries.


Daylight Savings Bill Advances in Oklahoma


A bill to do away with the annual time change is advancing in the Oklahoma legislature.


Senators passed Bill 7 yesterday that would stop Oklahoma from changing the clock twice a year and lock in Daylight Saving Time year round. Senator Blake Stephens says Oklahoma needs to be on the right side of this issue, and that locking the clock in DST has countless benefits, and will result in the state being safer, healthier, more productive and more profitable. This legislation relies on the Sunshine Protection Act to be passed at the federal level before being enacted in the state. The Sunshine Protection Act gives states the rights to choose to permanently adopt Daylight Saving Time or practice standard time. Nearly half of the states have already passed legislation to stop their clock, with 19 choosing DST. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Nine Arrested In Drug Raid By Indy Police & KBI


 The Independence Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrest nine people on drug-related charges.

 Around 9:00 a.m. yesterday morning, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at 413 S. 11th in Indy. Metha and drug paraphernalia were found at the residence. Nine people were present when the search was conducted.

 After the search, 35-year-old Dustin Vaughn, of Independence, was arrested for various possession counts. Vaughn also had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear. 31-year-old Brian Noble, of Independence, was arrested on possession charges. He also had three outstanding arrest warrants for aggravated failure to appear. 44-year-old Stephen Mills, 31-year-old Jonathan Wyatt, 51-year-old Stacie Fine, 56-year-old Tammy Kinney, 41-year-old Marsha Bolin, 27-year-old Tyler Slaton, and 50-year-old Stephen Landsaw, all of Independence, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of sale drug paraphernalia, and possession of use paraphernalia.

 All subjects were booked into the Montgomery County Jail with formal charges pending. The investigation is ongoing.

Playground Updates at Pfister Park


New Equipment will soon be available for children in Pfister Park.  The Coffeyville City Commission and city workers met last night to take a look at progress on the playground by the stone shelter west of the Aquatic Center and to kickoff the start of park improvement projects. The old equipment has been removed and new updated equipment is going in. Some parts like the swing set were able to be reused with the addition of new chains and seats.


Mayor Ann Marie Vannoster says she's excited to see the progress.


City Manager Mark Hall says the plan is to update one park each year, starting with Sycamore Park near Community Elementary School, while paying for each project as funds come in from the new half-cent sales tax approved by voters.  At last night's city commission meeting, Hall said Sycamore Park should be completed by the end of the year, with the majority of work to be done by city workers.


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