A pickup truck stolen that was taken from the South Haven area, was recovered following a chase by Winfield police and Cowley County deputies. Now, investigators believe that the man from Burden, who was driving the flatbed Ford pickup truck, may possibly be connected to other cases involving stolen vehicles. 21 year old Trey Moore is now charged with possession of stolen property, interference with a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing or eluding, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug use paraphernalia, driving while suspended, probation violations and criminal damage to property. Moore was also charged with running a stop sign and not using his turn signal. He led police on a chase… weaving in and out of several roads north and east of Winfield… that finally came to an end when Moore crashed into a fence. He wasn’t ready to give up then though… Moore ran into a nearby wooded area. He was eventually captured though, and arrested. That’s when the meth was found. The vehicle involved was stolen from the same area another stolen vehicle was found and recovered. Investigators think the two cases may be connected. Moore is being held in the Cowley County jail without bond.
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An Arkansas City woman was arrested after police say she attempted to run over a man. 42 year old Kristy Sodowsky is charged with aggravated assault, battery, criminal damage to property, and disorderly conduct. She allegedly tried to intentionally run over a man with her vehicle at the intersection of Adams Avenue and B Street. It allegedly happened after the 42 year old male victim reported a domestic violence incident that he claims happened at his home. He says he rode his bicycle across the street and onto the sidewalk. That’s when he claims Sodowsky backed her vehicle up and began to accelerate toward him, driving onto the sidewalk. He says he jumped off his bicycle and out of the way, and was narrowly missed. Sodowsky was taken into custody, and locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $14,000 bond.
It’s been no secret that South Central Kansas Medical Center has been facing some very difficult financial issues. Now, it appears that those issues may be deepening. The hospital’s board met yesterday, and they reviewed reports and statistics for the year to date, and they are not very encouraging. The hospital continues to experience massive losses. In fact, the year to date reports show that the hospital has amassed a loss of more than $985,000 so far just this year. The clinic has lost another $205,000 so far in 2116. That puts the combined loss so far this year at more than a million dollars… and more than $100,000 above the losses reported to date just one year ago. That means that the financial condition of the hospital, despite the best efforts of many, is not improving… it’s just getting worse day by day. Gross revenues were up a little, but that increase was more than wiped out by operating expenses that increased dramatically over 2015.
The Arkansas City Beautification and Tree Advisory Board will have a special meeting at noon on Monday in the city manager’s office, at City Hall. The only item on the agenda is consideration of a park naming request for a proposed new recreation area. The meeting is open to the public.
We told you yesterday of a car that was discovered engulfed in smoke and believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday afternoon. Now comes word that the driver of that car was arrested for driving under the influence. 39 year old Deja Hunt of Arkansas City, was arrested for DUI following a call about a vehicle that struck a trailer in Arkansas City and was traveling north in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 77. Hunt noticed smoke coming from underneath the hood of the car and pulled off the road about 100 yards east of U.S. 77. She was arrested for DUI and taken to the county jail. Hunt was not injured and the trailer suffered no apparent damage.
Two Arkansas City men were arrested after allegedly trying to stab another person during an incident that happened early Sunday morning in south Arkansas City. 20 year old Conner Beckner was arrested by Arkansas City Police on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. He was booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond. 45 year old Robert Nicholas was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. He was booked into the county jail in lieu of $31,000 bond. It all went down, according to the police report, early Sunday morning, at 829 S. Summit Street, when police responded to a report of an attempted stabbing there, and found a 54-year- old Arkansas City man with an injury on the left side of his face. That victim was treated by EMS responders, but refused further medical treatment. Now, a third suspect, 37 year old Ryan Hobson, is being sought by police. He is a white male, 6-foot-1 and weighing 165 pounds. Hobson has brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information about Hobson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Arkansas City Police Department at (620) 441-4444.
The recipient of the Yard of the Season Award for this week is a home at 1206 N. Seventh Street… owned by Brigitta Denholm. The weekly award is given by the Arkansas City Beautification and Tree Advisory Board to a yard that, through a combination of landscaping and flowers, presents a pleasant appearance that enhances the home itself. The Beautification Advisory Board will meet at noon Sept. 29 in the city manager’s office at City Hall to determine the Nelson Sensation Award and Yard of the Season winners for October. Citizens may nominate a yard for the board’s consideration for either award by emailing the address — and, if they like, a photo — of the yard to Andrew Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representatives of Cowley County emergency communications will be contacting local businesses, government offices and academic facilities during the next seven to 10 days to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the new emergency notification system known as “Cowley Alerts.” Emergency communications personnel will be contacting facilities with multiple telephone numbers at one address to determine the default number to which emergency messages will be sent. If the system dialed every number at a bank, for example, that would unnecessarily keep the system from rapidly moving on to the next facility during a crisis event.
Due to interest and enrollment, and with a desire to serve as many students as possible Cowley College announced plans to offer criminal justice courses through its Wichita Downtown Center. Cowley College opened a new Wichita location in 2015. The Center is located at 532 S. Market behind the Doo Dah Diner. Courses offered through this location will be offered through a hybrid model which meets the demands of traditional students as well as the flexibility of working professionals. Criminal Justice courses offered at the Wichita location are scheduled to begin in October. Courses are scheduled to be instructed by Eric Smith, a former Wichita Police Department officer. All instructors in Cowley’s Criminal Justice program have over a decade or more of work experience in the criminal justice field.
Representatives of Cowley County Emergency Communications will be contacting local businesses, government offices, and academic facilities over the next seven to 10 days to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the new Emergency Notification System known as Cowley Alerts. Emergency Communications personnel will be contacting facilities with multiple telephone numbers at one address, to determine the default number to which emergency messages will be sent. If the system dialed every number at a bank, for example, that would unnecessarily keep the system from rapidly moving on to the next facility during a crisis. The objective is to notify each facility once, and a contact point at that facility would then notify everyone within the facility to take the appropriate action. At the end of the 10 days, the Cowley Alerts page will be operational so people who want to register their cell phones or e-mail addresses can sign up to receive emergency messages.