A Kansas man was found guilty of Medicaid fraud. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says 33 year old Jasmon Watson was found guilty this week of one count of Medicaid fraud greater than $1,000 but less than $25,000. An investigation revealed that Watson billed Medicaid for providing home care based services to individuals with traumatic brain injuries during the same hours he was working at another job. Sentencing has been set for May 26th. Restitution will be determined at sentencing. The jury was unable to reach a decision on a theft charge.
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Cowley County commissioners met Thursday morning, and voted to not renew the contract of county appraiser Lance Leis, who will now be placed on administrative leave until the end of his contract, which expires June 30th. For the next three months, Leis will no longer be working in the appraiser’s office. He will however, still get his salary, which will add up to a total of $17,760 for the three month period, based on his annual salary of $76,960. During the next three months, an interim appraiser will cover the workload. Leis was hired in June 2013. He had more than 10 years of appraising experience before he took the Cowley County job.
The Cowley College Board of Trustees recently raised property taxes for building improvements to its Arkansas City campus. The tax increase is 1.25 mills. One mill is $1 per $1,000 dollars of assessed value, which would mean an increase of $14.38 for a home appraised at $100,000. The mill levy increase is expected to raise $316,507 annually, producing $1,582,535 over five years. College president Dr. Dennis Rittle said the college has several critical maintenance projects, which have been deferred because of funding concerns.
Students from Dexter and Central of Burden schools got a lesson in the U.S. court system Thursday from Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall and Cowley County District Court judge Chris Smith at Dexter High School. The visit was part of activities surrounding the Kansas Supreme Court’s visit to Cowley County. Justices teamed up with local judges to visit county schools during the day. A night court session was held Thursday at Southwestern College in Winfield, where justices heard arguments on two cases. Stegall and Smith explained to students what their jobs entail before taking questions.
A Garden City physician assistant has been permanently banned from providing medical services in Kansas, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Under the terms of a consent judgment approved by Judge Michael Quint in Finney County District Court, Joel Erskin, who is part owner and operator of Renovo Medical LLC, and University Medical LLC, is permanently banned from engaging in any medical consumer transactions, providing any medical services or being employed by a provider of medical services. In Schmidt’s lawsuit, he alleged the defendant violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act by failing to tell customers he used Botox purchased from overseas suppliers that was not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States.
Only a month remains to submit stories and photos for the heritage book sponsored by the Cowley County Historical Society. For family stories, note the country or state from which the family came, the approximate date of their arrival and the area of the county in which they settled. Tell about traditions, achievements, events or similar matters that will be meaningful in depicting family heritage. Include such things as education, military service, civic involvement, burial locations and family anecdotes. As little editing as possible will be done, but the historical society reserves the right to correct spelling and grammar and eliminate repetition. Museum administrator Shawn Stover is usually available to answer questions from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the museum on Mansfield St., Winfield.
The most prominent feature of Arkansas City’s Wilson Park received the first part of it’s refurbishment Wednesday, in an effort to make the locomotive safer for area children and return some of its original looks. The overhaul was expedited after city officials discovered that some of the earlier layers of paint on the train contained lead. The discovery was made while considering remodeling the train as part of the Wilson Park master plan, which is being made public this week. City crews began putting up temporary fencing to block public access Wednesday afternoon.
The Wilson Park Master Plan was unveiled Monday night to members of the Arkansas City advisory boards, and will be made public later this week at several events. The first opportunity to view the plan will be offered to members of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce at this week’s chamber coffee, set to be hosted by the City of Arkansas City. Due to the weather forecast for Thursday morning, the event will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the commission room at City Hall, rather than in the park as originally planned. The weather is predicted to stay clear Friday, however, for the scheduled free showing of “The Secret Life of Pets,” cosponsored by the Kiwanis Club and The Stock Exchange Bank. The movie will start promptly at 7 p.m. under the Wilson Park rotunda. Prior to the movie, the plan will be shown to attendees on the big screen on the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Stage. The master plan likely will be shown prior to every additional movie this spring. Eight more movies are planned every other Friday night through July 7, including a special “Star Wars” doubleheader. Additional Master Plan rollout activities planned, include a booth at Cowley’s Outdoor Market, scheduled for April 22 in Wilson Park, and a special Arbor Day “groundbreaking” event April 28. By the way, if you would like information on becoming a sponsor for an upcoming movie, call Andrew Lawson at (620) 441-4415
Public discontent with county appraiser Lance Leis has led Cowley County commissioners to hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday in the courthouse assembly room. The meeting is being held to discuss renewing Leis’s contract, which is up June 30. According to Wayne Wilt, commission chair, the total meeting is about Leis. Usually, contracts of non-elected county personnel are handled by the department supervisor or county manager, according to Wilt. The commissioners decided to hold the special meeting because of the complaints received about Leis. Wilt added that they decided to do it this way because of the public feedback. People have been complaining not only about their appraisals but about how Leis has treated them over the last year.
Law enforcement authorities in Sedgwick County are investigating an armed robbery and asking the public for help to find a suspect. Just after 10a.m., Monday, an employee of a grocery store La Tienda Del Ahorro in the 1700 Block of North Broadway in Wichita went to her car to take a business deposit to the bank, according to Sgt. Nikki Woodrow during Tuesday’s online media briefing. An armed suspect approached the woman and demanded the bank bag. It contained over $20,000 in cash, according to store manager Vicky Guijosa. The suspect got into a 2000 Chevy Impala and left the scene. He is described as a white male in his 30s wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a black bandana.