The flooding in Texas has prompted Kansas to take action to assist and expedite disaster recovery efforts. On Wednesday, Governor Sam Brownback signed an executive order to lift regulations on motor carriers traveling from and through Kansas en route to aid in recovery from widespread damage left by Hurricane Harvey. The executive order will only apply to motor carriers and persons operating commercial motor vehicles who are directly participating in relief and restoration efforts in Texas. It will temporarily suspend licensing, certification and permitting rules and regulations; registration and fuel tax permits; and will waive fees for over dimension/overweight permits. In addition, height and weight limits for participating motor carriers have been extended to 12 feet in width and 14 feet, six inches in height. The Kansas Department of Agriculture has created a page on the KDA website for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery Resources, which includes the full Executive Order along with contact information for a variety of ways to help with disaster relief. Go to www.agriculture.ks.gov/hurricanerecovery.
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The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health received confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, that two horses were confirmed positive for Equine Infectious Anemia. Both premises are under quarantine, and all other horses in the area are being tested. Earlier this month, six horses in Finney County tested positive for EIA. Since that time, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has conducted detailed surveillance, identifying and testing additional animals connected to the index case. Through this investigation, these two additional horses have been confirmed positive. Surveillance testing continues in the area. EIA is an incurable, infectious disease caused by a virus that can affect horses, donkeys, asses and other equine species. This virus destroys red blood cells and is spread through blood-to-blood contact, not through close proximity or casual contact. Clinical signs of EIA include fever, anemia and edema; however, affected horses may not show symptoms. All infected horses, including those which are asymptomatic, are carriers of the disease. The virus can be transmitted from an infected equine to a “clean” equine by biting flies, the use of unsterilized or contaminated medical instruments, or through a blood transfusion. The disease does not affect humans. Horse owners who have concerns about their animal’s health or questions about possible exposure should contact your local veterinarian.
Arkansas City Police today, are continuing to investigate what appears so far, to have been an accidental shooting that happened on Monday, and left an Arkansas City woman wounded in her upper left leg. The 25-year-old woman was taken to South Central Kansas Medical Center for treatment and later was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita for further treatment. It happened just before 10:30 Monday night on West Cedar Avenue. Police arrived and found the victim sitting on the floor, wounded. An investigation revealed that another person was attempting to clear a .22-caliber rifle when it accidentally discharged. So far, no arrests have been made, but the incident remains under investigation.
Sentencing for an Arkansas City man who pled guilty to sex crimes, was continued on Monday, until October 2nd. 38 year old Darren Williams meanwhile, remains behind bars in the Cowley County Jail until then. His sentencing yesterday, was rescheduled at the request of his defense attorney. Williams was arrested in February 2016 on suspicion of sex crimes involving two victims. Charges involving two more victims were later added. All four are females who were minors at the time of the abuse. Williams could face as much as 653 months in prison on just one of the more than 40 felony counts alone.
Former Kansas Lt. Gov. Tom Docking, a son and grandson of governors, has died. He was 63. Tom Docking lived at one time in Arkansas City and is the brother of Bill Docking, current chairman of Union State Bank. Tom Docking is also listed as senior vice-chairman on the bank’s website. Tom Docking died Thursday night in Wichita after battling cancer. Other details were not made available. Docking served as lieutenant governor from 1983 until 1987, and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1986. Tom’s grandfather, George Docking, held the governor’s office from 1957 until 1961. His father, Robert Docking, was governor from 1967 until 1975. Tom Docking attended Pershing grade school in Ark City .
Veterans Memorial Lake on South Sixth Street in Arkansas City, has been closed temporarily to the public while state authorities investigate the water quality of the lake. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is conducting testing and looking into the matter. While it is possible that an algae bloom has developed, that has not been officially determined at this time. This closure is just a precautionary measure. Ark City Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson tells us that he will provide an update once the state agency has made its determination. Until then, the lake is closed to boating and fishing activities. The walking trail remains open to the public, however.
An Arkansas City man was arrested after police say he pointed a rifle at them. 40 year old Shane Dieker was charged with suspicion of aggravated assault of a law enforcement
officer, battery-domestic violence, criminal damage to property, criminal threat and disorderly conduct. Several of the charges Dieker faces are felonies. The charges come after Ark City Police answered a call about a disturbance with a weapon in the 1700 block of North
Sixth Street. As officers began to approach the house, came out carrying a rifle. Police continued to try to approach the house to get the 42 year old woman and a small child that were inside, out to safety. That’s when they say Dieker lowered the rifle and pointed it directly at an officer. Police instructed Dieker to drop the rifle… and at first he refused, but
eventually he was convinced to drop it and move away. He was taken into custody. Then officers learned the rest of the story… the woman says she was battered and threatened when Dieker came home intoxicated. She said he also damaged the interior of the home. Dieker was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.
Pawpalooza is being held this Friday in Arkansas City. The schedule includes a pep rally assembly at Bulldog Stadium Friday afternoon at 2:30. That will be followed by a Snake Dance starting on Senior Street at 5:30, then the Booster Club Hot Dog Feed at Bulldog Stadium, beginning at 6PM. The cost is just one sports drink or $1. There will be several football scrimmages at the stadium beginning at 6:30, and there will be a back to school dance, also at Bulldog Stadium, from 9 to 11:30 Friday night.
According to a release from the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, three people who they say were connected to a string of residential burglaries in the county, have been arrested. It all began with an investigation back in the spring, after deputies noticed what they call an uptick in residential burglaries. Investigators spent hundreds of hours going through details, abnd have now connected burglaries that happened in Bolton Township, Creswell Township and Vernon Township. As a result of the investigtion, 42 year old Jason Nelson, 44 year old Deanna Nelson, and 47 year old Allen Coffman… all of Ark City… are now behind bars in the Cowley County Jail, and each is facing a string of charges, including felony burglary, felony theft and criminal damage to property. The investigation is ongoing. If you were the victim of a burglary, or if you have any information about a break in, call the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health was notified by the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, that a horse in Reno County has tested positive for West Nile virus. The horse was euthanized due to the severity of the illness. This was the first reported equine case of West Nile Virus in Kansas so far this year. Horse owners are encouraged to vaccinate their horses to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus… the most common mosquito-borne disease in Kansas and in the United States. It causes severe neurological disease in horses. Birds and humans are also susceptible, but other livestock and pets are not susceptible to West Nile Virus. Clinical signs in horses can include fever, incoordination, generalized weakness, drooping lips, teeth grinding and inability to rise. There is no specific treatment for West Nile Virus, but there are several effective vaccines available for use in horses. Horses that have been vaccinated in past years will need an annual booster shot. For more information about West Nile Virus or other animal disease issues in Kansas, go to agriculture.ks.gov/AnimalHealth.