Cowley County Commissioners met Tuesday morning, and heard more budget proposals from county departments. County Administrator, Jeremy Willmoth, presented the 2016 district court budget for Judge Nicholas St. Peter, because the Judge was unable to attend. The budget remained pretty much the same as it is now, with the exception of the child in need of care funds and juvenile offender attorney fees. In those instances, child in need of care fees were set at $56,000 in 2015, however an increas up to $75,000 was requested and recommended by Willmoth. Juvenile offender fees were set at $32,000 in 2015, but raised to $38,000 in the new budget after the commission learned of the potential for two jury cases coming up in 2016, which could cause an increase in jury fees. The overall budget request from district court totaled $342,950 for 2016. Willmoth recommended that the commission award district court $335,050.
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The Arkansas City Police Department has now released a strategic plan, outlining the steps it plans to take in the next four to five years. The plan was the result of a more than six-month information gathering process, which included meeting with employees, civic groups, participating in town hall meetings and conducting public surveys. In additioin, a full inventory of equipment and facilities was also done. The goal of the plan is to confront the public safety challenges anticipated to occur over the next 5 years.
Governor Sam Brownback has ordered a full review of security measures at all Kansas National Guard facilities and installations across the state. The governor’s order is in response to the shooting deaths of servicemen on July 16 in Tennessee. Governor Brownback asked Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli to identify any other actions that might be necessary to ensure the safety of National Guard members in Kansas. The governor also stressed the importance of the active training that brings together the National Guard and local law enforcement as well as any needed improvements to communications capabilities. Governor Brownback said the actions that he plans to take will balance the importance of security while still providing needed public access to facilities. All Kansas National Guard facilities have been under a heightened force protection level since May.
An Arkansas City man who was arrested in June on six counts of theft and six counts of burglary of a motor vehicle entered into a plea agreement in Ark City court on Monday. Larry Wayne Milton Jr. pleaded no contest to one count of theft and one count of burglary of a motor vehicle. He is reportedly working now in Wichita, and living with a family member. It was requested yesterday in court, that his schedule be altered to allow him to attend any Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings past the 7 p.m. curfew. The judge agreed, and granted Milton permission to attend those meetings after the curfew. Milton’s next appearance is now set for Sept. 3.
Kudos going out to William Newton Hospital, which just learned it has received a national 5 star rating. The recognition was based on results from the nation’s only standardized patient satisfaction survey. The star ratings, introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care it delivers. CMS used patient input from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys. which look at performance standards such as how well nurses and doctors communicate with patients, how responsive hospital staff are to patient needs, how clean and quiet hospital environments are and how well patients are prepared for post-hospital settings.
For more information, visit www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.
The Cowley County Special Services Cooperative has announced early childhood screenings for children ages 3 to 5 to help determine if a child has any type of developmental delays or special needs. The screenings are voluntary and free charge. They include…
• Today — Dexter Elementary School.
To schedule an appointment, call Bonnie Drake at (620) 876-5415.
• Today — Cedar Vale Elementary School.
To schedule an appointment, call Angie at (620) 758-2265.
For more information, contact Cowley County Special Services Cooperative at (620) 221-7021
An Arkansas City man made an appearance in district court last week.
David Dean Ambroz pleaded guilty back in May, and was awaiting sentencing after being arrested on drug charges. He entered into a revised plea agreement, and in exchange for agreeing to file no requests for probation or parole during his sentence, another case filed against Ambroz in June was dropped. Ambroz was then sentenced to 24 months with the department of corrections and a post release supervision term of 12 months. He will receive credit for time served between May 5 and July 23… a total of approximately 68 days. Ambroz was also fined $993.00 and ordered to submit a DNA sample. He is also not allowed to consume alcohol or cereal malt beverages while serving his sentence.
Lots of action on Wednesday in Cowley County Court… A Winfield man who was busted on drug charges in June by the Cowley County Drug Task Force entered into a plea agreement yesterday. Gregory Alan Gentle pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. In exchange for the guilty plea, an additional charge was dropped. A bond reduction request was denied, but the judge said if Gentle is able to re-enter the drug treatment program that was part of a sentencing in another case, he would reconsider the bond reduction.
An Arkansas City man was also in court yesterday. Mitchell Douglas Muninger was arrested July 5 following a physical altercation. His family reportedly said they had arranged for Muninger to enter into an addicitons treatment program in Tennessee, and the facility will soon be able to accept Muninger. His bond was lowered to $2,000, and his next court appearance has been set for Sept. 28.
Rescue crews rushed to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover accident around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. It happened on US-160, and according to sources, the man involved suffered cuts to his arm and face, and was also suffering from arm and back pain. Emergency responders say the man was not ejected from the vehicle, despite earlier reports that he was. His name has not yet been released, and while the investigation continues, no other information is being released either.
The so-called “Dr. Roboto” will be unveiled at South Central Kansas Medical Center by Dr. Brian Hunt with Sunflower Telehospitalists LLC, on Thursday, July 30. Dr. Hunt will be on-hand to demonstrate the capabilities of the hospital’s newest telemedicine program. You have two opportunities to meet and greet Dr. Robato… a morning coffee presentation beginning at 10am next Thursday, and a come and go open house set for later in the day, between 5 and 6:30PM. Both will be held in the hospital’s Outpatient Services Building on Patterson Parkway in Ark City. Dr. Hunt is originally from Ark City, and is a hospital based physician, caring for patients in Lawrence. Dr. Hunt and two other physicians… Dr. Marc Scarbrough and Dr. Jason Kimball, will be providing care through Dr. Roboto beginning next month at the medical center. A new concept, telemedicine has been used in a variety of healthcare applications, using remote systems to interact directly with a physician.