Archives for April 2016

Abegg Sentenced In Connection With Child Death

A busy day on Thursday in Arkansas City District Court… A woman who was arrested last year following the death of her 16-month-old daughter was sentenced Thursday, to only probation. Lindsey Abegg was sentenced to 12 months in prison for possession methamphetamine, 7 months for aggravated child endangerment, and 6 months in county jail for marijuana possession. The sentences will run consecutively, with the county jail time suspended. If she violates the conditions of her probation though, she will face serious consequences… and then she could be staring at up 19 months in prison. The case comes following the death of 16-month-old Astra Abegg last August. Abegg’s boyfriend, Jacob Brickey, was sentenced last week to 83 months in prison for voluntary manslaughter and seven months for aggravated child endangerment, after he admitted to causing the child’s death while high on meth at the time.

Donations Sought For Fire Victims

Donations are being sought to help the Williams family who lost their home and all their possessions in a fire Tuesday. A post on Facebook by a relative of the family requested clothing for Debbie Williams and her four children, who lost everything in the fire, including their pets. The post lists needed clothing items and sizes. Angels in the Attic has been designated as a collection point for donations, and a fund has been set up for Williams through CornerBank. You can send donations to the Debbie Williams Benefit Fund, c/o CornerBank, P.O. Box 545, Winfield, KS 67156. The Williams home on 31st Road was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday. Fortunately, no one was home at the time the fire began, and nobody was hurt, but the family’s six dogs all died. So far, there has been no cause listed, although the investigation is still underway. For more information on donating to the family, call 446- 5272.

Saline County authorities investigating a jury duty scam

In Saline County, authorities are investigating a jury duty scam. Salina police Captain Chris Trocheck reports a 72-year-old Salina man was contacted just after 5 p.m. Sunday evening by a man identifying himself as being from the Sheriff’s Office. He told the victim that a warrant had been issued for his arrest for missing jury duty. The caller instructed the man to go put money on Green Dot debit cards and then provde the caller with the codes from the cards in order to pay off the warrant.

Angels in the Attic open for business

Angels in the Attic celebrated its grand opening week yesterday with a formal ribbon cutting on Thursday at 11 a.m. Business Manager Janice Marr said the store, located at 109 S. Summit St., will have special sales each day this coming week. Marr said every customer who makes a purchase in the store Thursday will receive a balloon to burst, containing a gift from one of the local merchants or discounts for items in the store.

Angels In The Attic Celebrating This Week In Ark City

Angels in the Attic will celebrate its grand opening week beginning today, and with a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 11AM Thursday, with cookies and refreshments. The store is at 109 S. Summit St., and they will have special sales each day this week. Every customer who makes a purchase in the store on Thursday will receive a balloon to burst, containing a gift from one of the local merchants or discounts for items in the store. Angels in the Attic purchased the former Bob Foster’s Furniture location on Summit Street. The second-hand store, according to the Ark City Traveler, has filled a void left in the community following the closure of the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Donations are accepted 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bank Snafu Explained

The Cowley County Commission reports that some funds deposited at CornerBank have been under collateralized. The Ark City Traveler reports that CornerBank President Bruce Schwyhart sent a letter to County Administrator Jeremy Willmoth informing him of the problem and asking him to share the information with the commission. Here’s what he says happened… The FDIC only covers enough money, that if the bank were to go under or otherwise become insolvent, to cover the funds. Money above that amount would have to be covered by collateral outside of the bank. The FDIC covers amounts up to $250,000 per institution. The problem arose, when, on some dates… for instance, one was Feb. 25, 2015, the county had around $580,000 in funds that were under collateralized. There have been other instances as well. Although the money represents only a small percentage of funds held by the county in CornerBank on any given day, those funds would have been lost if something were to happen to the bank. Corner Banks said steps were being taken to ensure problems like this wouldn’t happen in the future, and that no county funds were lost as the result of the miscalculation. They also say that they don’t expect the problem to happen again, and they also said that the failure of the bank, is highly unlikely.

Staff and volunteers from South Central Kansas Medical Center will go door-to-door Saturday regarding tax proposal

Staff and volunteers from South Central Kansas Medical Center will go door-to-door Saturday delivering information about the hospital’s one percent sales tax initiative. Registered voters who live within the Arkansas City city limits will receive a mail-in ballot for the tax around May 4. The Traveler is reporting Hospital employees and volunteer supporters plan to distribute yard signs along with flyers that provide answers to what Clayton Pappan, SCKMC’s Chief Operations Officer said are the most common questions concerning the hospital’s current financial situation and the proposed sales tax.

Ceremony held to celebrate 13th graduating class in the past seven years of the 2016 Cowley County Drug Court program

There was celebration in the courtroom Wednesday afternoon as Judge Nick St. Peter recognized the accomplishments of the 13th graduating class in the past seven years of the 2016 Cowley County Drug Court program. The graduates included Katie Gage, Nichole Riojas; Matt Tickel, Carl Butler, Joshua Young, Matt Holloway; and Ansuan Hollingsworth. The graduates received their diploma in a drug prevention program that has several levels and takes about 18 months to complete. Every graduate took the podium to speak to the audience — which packed the room — about their thankfulness for the program, the help of the other grads and the support of their families and friends. This is the 13th graduating class in the past seven years. The program began in 2009.

Get Set For Movie Nights!

The 2016 Outdoor Summer Movie Series will kick off Friday night in Arkansas City with a double feature under the Wilson Park rotunda on N. Summit St. A total of 13 movies are planned each Friday night through June 24… except June 3, due to PrairieFest, including several doubleheaders and a special movie night event at another location. All movie nights will begin promptly at 7 p.m. each Friday. The 2016 series will kick off with “Jurassic World,” sponsored by RCB Bank, and “Jurassic Park,” cosponsored by the City of Arkansas City and the Arkansas City Public Library. The full schedule of movies for this spring will be announced at the kickoff event Friday night. If you would like some information on becoming a sponsor for one of the movies, call (620) 441-4415 or (620) 442-1280.

Autopsy Results Still Pending In Graham Death Case

The autopsy results for Jim Graham could be several weeks away. The Traveler reports today, that Sheriff Don Read and his office are still awaiting results from Graham’s autopsy to determine his exact cause of death. That toxicology report, according to the sheriff, could take six to eight weeks. The 46 year old Graham was found dead last week in a water well house south of Arkansas City. So far, it’s still not known for sure if he was electrocuted or died from other causes, but foul play was said to be unlikely.
Graham was the owner of Graham Electric in Ark City.