An Arkansas City man was attacked by dogs Thursday night. It happened just before 7pm on the 1100 block of North 13th Street, and the 70 year old man’s injuries are being called traumatic. Early reports say the man’s arm was possibly chewed off. The man was rushed to South Central Medical Center in critical condition, and from there, he was flown to Wichita. Ark City police and animal control were called in to locate the dog (or dogs) responsible, and they were advising people to stay inside for their safety. There has been no update on the man’s condition today.
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South Central Kansas Medical Center has more than a few issues… money, or should we say, LACK OF MONEY being a big one. Now, another problem has come to light at the local hospital… computer system failures. A total computer system failure back in July resulted in the complete shut down of the emergency room, and it left some departments at the hospital unable to function for days. A review of the hospital’s computer network by an IT company that specializes in healthcare systems, shows there are some serious problems with the network. One huge issue discovered, was the fact that all 14 servers had never been backed up since the hospital opened. That means, if the system had totally crashed, the hospital would have lost all records since it opened. Another problem with the current system has to do with the phones… when the phones go out, the Internet also goes out. That means radiology and part of the lab is out of service. The current situation is dire. A recent message sent at 3am indicated the system was at 98% capacity, and about to crash. A new system is urgently needed… one that includes backup batteries and a backup at an offsite data center.
A Winfield Police officer was injured last Sunday night after responding to a disturbance in the 400 block of Indiana Street. A Winfield man is behind bars now in connection with that incident. Officers responded to the area around 8pm Sunday after getting a call from a neighbor there, who said he was tired of hearing two people fight. When they arrived to find a woman running down the street screaming… as she was being chased by 27 year old Levander Johnson. During the investigation, police say Johnson turned from the officer and headed for his front door. The officer told Johnson that he was not free to go and followed him. Johnson then tried to slam the door on Master Patrol Officer Phillip Lynch. That caused Lynch’s arm to be pushed through the glass door… leaving the officer bleeding. Cowley deputies were then called in to assist in detaining Johnson, who was then taken into custody. As he was being taken away, police say Johnson shouted at the neighbor, saying “I’m gonna get you,” and he also swore at the officers. Johnson was charged with disorderly conduct, interference with law enforcement officers, and intimidation of a witness. Officer Lynch was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. Johnson was jailed, and he later was released after posting $2,250 bond.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Wednesday, announced that his office has charged 10 different people in seven different counties with Medicaid fraud and related charges as part of an enforcement sweep. The criminal charges against the 10 defendants allege that while working as a nurse, a Certified Nurse Aide, or a Certified Medication Aide, the individuals committed Medicaid fraud, stole narcotics and/or mistreated dependent adults while the defendants were working in health care facilities or board-and-care facilities that receive Medicaid funding. The cases were filed as part of a statewide sweep by the attorney general’s office cracking down on illegal and harmful activity in Kansas facilities that receive Medicaid funding.
Five young ladies were selected after four days of online voting by Cowley College students, faculty, staff, and administration as finalists for Queen Alalah, who will be crowned during the annual Coronation at 7:30pm on October 26th at the Robert Brown Theatre in the Brown Center for Arts, Sciences and Technology on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus. The five are Halle Bucher, Thais Lindemayer Gomes, Morgan Hettenbach, Livian Eaton and Cameryn Campbell Persons. The Coronation is part of the annual local fall celebration Arkalalah… an Indian word meaning “good times.”
Some sad news today… Winfield High School tennis head coach Brian Shaw lost his battle with cancer Tuesday afternoon. Shaw passed away yesterday at his home. Shaw became head coach of the WHS tennis team in 2009 after a stint as assistant coach. Shaw was also a football coach at Winfield High School for 11 years, three of those years as head coach. Shaw was also tight ends coach at Southwestern College for a year, and also was an assistant coach for the baseball and boys basketball teams there. Shaw was an Arkansas City High School graduate, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and tennis. He was an All-State quarterback for the Bulldogs. Shaw is survived by his wife and two daughters. Brian Shaw was 50 years old.
A man has been arrested after a police chase ended with a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 70 in Kansas City. 24 year old Collan Cross faces two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, possession of a controlled substance and criminal damage to property in connection with the crash that killed 29-year-old Chrissy Sale… a passenger in Cross’ car. Cross and the other driver were treated at a hospital for injuries.
An Arkansas City woman has been arrested, after police say she battered an officer and another male victim. 47 year old Theresa Roemmich is now facing charges, including battery, domestic violence, battery of a law enforcement officer, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, and interference with a law enforcement officer. Ark City Police were called out just before 10pm last Thursday, to a home on the 800 block of North C Street for a report of a physical disturbance. The alleged victim, a 52-year-old Ark City man whose name is not being released, told officers that Roemmich, had acted physically aggressive toward him, and slapped him in the face. He also said she broke personal property that belonged to him. The victim had minor injuries to his face, but the did not require medical attention. Roemmich had left prior to officers’ arrival, but she was located a short distance away. When officers approached her, she begin walking away from them… and cursing at them. As she was being taken into custody, Roemmich slapped one officer in the arm. She was subdued, and locked up int he Cowley County Jail, where she was held in lieu of $7,500 bond.
The Spring Hill Golf and Recreation Association has been struggling with what they say is only a temporary cash flow problem. Now, they have turned to Arkansas City for help, and city leaders are stepping up to offer some assistance. Commissioners this week, approved giving Spring Hill $1,000 after getting a report of recent accomplishments and improvements made at the course during the past year… along with a full explanation of the club’s current financial difficulties. They say although the course had a financially successful year in 2017… adding new members, 2018 was not as good. Much of the loss this year is due to the weather… lots of rain this summer they say, caused the cancellation of some large tournaments… causing income to take a big hit. Commissioners approved the latest request by a vote of 4 to 1.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health has received notification of multiple confirmed cases of West Nile virus in horses across the state over the past few weeks. West Nile virus is a preventable disease, with annual vaccinations that have proven highly effective. All of the confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Kansas were in unvaccinated horses or horses with an unknown vaccination history so were assumed to be unvaccinated. All horse owners should consult with their local veterinarians and make a vaccination plan for their horses. West Nile virus can also infect humans, horses, birds and other species. West Nile virus can be fatal in horses. The virus is carried and transmitted by mosquitoes; it is not directly contagious from horse to horse or from horse to human. West Nile virus is a reportable disease in Kansas, which means veterinarians are required by law to report any confirmed cases to the State Veterinarian.