Winfield Police say the school resource officer was contacted Wednesday evening about an alleged bomb threat at the Winfield High School. Witnesses were interviewed and an alleged suspect was named. The Winfield Police Department assisted by administration of Winfield School district 465 did a search of the school but nothing was found. The alleged suspect, 18 year old Reuben Graber was booked into the Cowley County jail on one count of criminal threat. Police say that their investigation gives them no reason to believe that anyone else is involved and there are no safety issues at the school due to the incident there this week.
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An Arkansas City man was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office. 25 year old Felipe Maldonado Jr. was taken into custody following a police pursuit from Cowley County and Kay County, Okla. It started after a man complained that he was hit in the face with a gun by a Hispanic man after dropping off an Hispanic woman. He told police that he ran from the Hispanic man and was shot at four or five times. He wasn’t hit by any of the bullets, but he did require medical assistance. The Hispanic man, according to the victim, then took his car keys and fled. That man turned out to be Maldonado, and the woman with him was also implicated, although her identity has not been released by law enforcement yet. Maldonado was charged with an aggravated weapons violation by a felon, possession of methamphetamine, fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers, possession of drug use paraphernalia, driving with a canceled or suspended license, possession of stolen property, transporting an open container of alcohol, no insurance, reckless driving and no drug tax stamp. He was also charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated assault. Maldonado was placed in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $63,900 bond. His female accomplice is still being sought for questioning.
The Arkansas City Police Department reports the arrest of an Arkansas City man in connection with alleged juvenile sex crimes that occurred in July. 19 year old Daunte Tipton was arrested on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and electronic solicitation of a child. Tipton was taken into custody during a traffic stop on Summit Street when a routine check of his license turned up the fact that he had an outstanding arrest warrant in District Court on the child sex charges, which involve a 15 year old girl. Tipton was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond .
On Monday, Cowley County Sheriff Don Read announced that he was not planning to run for reelection next year. Not long after that announcement, David Falletti of Winfield filed to run as a Republican in the 2016 primary race for sheriff. Falletti has a pretty impressive law enforcement pedigree. He is a senior special agent with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. After serving in the United States Army, Falletti began his law enforcement career in with the Riley County Police Department in Manhattan back in 1996. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University, and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Wichita State University. In his capacity with the KBI Falletti has worked numerous cases involving homicide, officer-involved shootings, child abuse, public corruption and financial crimes. Falletti is also a firearms instructor for Glock Armorer and an adjunct instructor at Cowley College.
A crash Friday evening near Lover’s Lane just south of Arkansas City, brought out emergency responders including Fire and EMS crews, and Cowley County Sheriff deputies. Not a lot of information has been released, but at this time we do know that it was a one vehicl crash, and apparently the driver, whose name has not been released, lost control on the rain-slick road. No serious injuries were reported. The investigation is continuing today.
The Cowley County Health Department said on Thursday, that it is closely watching a case of pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough, that was reported in Sumner County. The case involves a student in the Wellington schools, according to a press release from the school superintendent there. In that release, the school’s officials say non-immunized students may be excluded from school right now, and district personnel are working closely with the Sumner County Health Department to monitor the situation.
A special meeting was held on Friday in Ark City, in which several items related to the construction of the new water treatment plant were postponed. The project is dependent upon an estimated $22 million loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. That loan is planned to be paid off by increasing water rates in Ark City for both residential and industrial users. However, a cost and revenue analysis presented by Commissioner Every, brings up some questions regarding whether or not the city can afford the new plant. Although Every says his numbers show that the city can most likely pay for it, it would stretch finances to the limit. His study showed that annual savings from a new, more efficient plant, along with savings from better water meters, and money raised from rate increases through 2018 would still fall nearly $600,000 short of paying for the $1.43 million annual debt. Meanwhile, projections by the city show that current and projected revenues would easily cover the loan and leave nearly $900,000 left over. Residential water rates will increase 2 percent each year through 2018 to pay for it. Rates would increase much more for industrial users. For instance, it has been estimated that Creekstone Premium Farms will pay about 50 percent more in water than it currently does. Right now, Creekstone pays about $600,000 a year for water.
The American Red Cross is partnering with 9/11 Day to offer individuals a chance to give blood or volunteer their time. The event kicked off back in 2002 as a way to honor the victims and the heros of September 11th, and since then, it has grown into the largest day of charitable engagement in the country, and has in fact, been designated as a National Day of Service and Rememberance by the US Congress back in 2009. Each year tens of millions of people observe the day by performing acts of service and good deeds. Blood donors of all types — especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed. Locally, you can donate today from noon to 6Pm at First United Methodist Church in Winfield, and from Noon to 6PM this afternoon at the Central Christian Church in Arkansas City. For more information, visit redcross.org.
An Arkansas City man who was arrested back in May, was sentenced in the District Court in Arkansas City on Tuesday morning. Ryan Hobson entered a plea of no contest to one count of possession of marijuana and one count of obstruction in one of the two cases filed against him. He pleaded guilty to the other charge he faced, disorderly conduct. Hobson was sentenced to 90 days for the possession charge and thirty days each for the other two charges. The sentences will run consecutively, that means seperately and following each other. Hobson will also have to serve 1 year of probation, pay nearly $800 in court fees, and re-reimburse the county for his court appointed counsel. One more thing… while he is on probation, Hobson is prohibited from consuming any alcohol or cereal malt beverages.
An Arkansas City man was in court Wednesday morning, where he was sentenced following a plea agreement that was hammered out back in July.
Stevie Barnes who has been in custody under a $53,000 bond since his arrest in March, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal threat and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. According to the plea deal, he was sentenced to 36 months behind bars, and will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years following his eventual release from custody. He will not be eligible for parole, and he will also have to serve another 24 months of supervision after his release from prison. The sentence came down on Barnes after he admitted to having in his possession sexually explicit pictures of a minor child.