A man was injured Monday afternoon from a self-inflicted, accidental gun shot wound in the parking lot of an off-campus college dorm in Arkansas City. The man, in his 20s, was was taken to South Central Kansas Medical Center and was then flown to Wichita. Ark City Police say he was wounded in his inner thigh and said that a tourniquet was being applied before EMS arrived. The incident was reported about 4:45 p.m. Police said the incident occurred in the parking lot of The Lodge inside a vehicle. The Lodge serves as an off-site dormitory for Cowley College. Now, anyone with information about it is asked to call police.
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Neives in Winfield… the landmark restaurant in the downtown… served it’s final meal this weekend after 18 years in business. And the business on Saturday before they closed was indeed a landmark. The local paper reports that people even picked up their kids from school to have a chance to enjoy one final meal at their favorite Winfield Mexican restaurant. At one point, there was even a line to the front door, with people waiting to be seated, and there was reportedly a half hour wait for a table. The owners say they plan to take a little vacation for a few weeks, but they are not leaving the area. The restaurant will resurface as a catering service, and will continue to operate a food truck. The restaurant itself though, closed for the final time Saturday night at 9. Owners say they have been planning it for a couple of years, and they are happy to be able to retire while their health is good.
An Arkansas City man has been arrested in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred back in January. 23 year old Trevor Brown is now facing four felony counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, and one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine and having no drug tax stamp. He also is accused of seven counts of possession of stolen property, and one count each of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Brown was locked up behind bars in the Cowley County Jail in Winfield in lieu of $22,250
bond. Police were able to recover several stolen items and return them to their owners.
A man who Arkansas City Police described as homeless is facing drug charges after police say he attempted to conceal evidence. 41 year old Justin Ledbetter is now facing a felony count of burglary of a motor vehicle and two felony counts of interference with the judicial process… plus more charges including suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts each of criminal trespass, and theft of property or services totaling less than $1,000 in value. He was nabbed after police answered a call about a man who was seen walking in and out of garages while carrying a backpack, near the intersection of East Monroe Avenue and South A Street. Police took Ledbetter to South Central Kansas Medical Center for treatment after they say he swallowed an unknown drug substance in order to conceal evidence. He was medically cleared, released from SCKMC and then taken to the county jail in Winfield, where he remains in lieu of $12,000 bond.
An animal rescue group today, is housing 43 dogs that were found in deplorable conditions on three different properties in Kansas. According to KAKE-TV, Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption says the animals were found near Chetopa without drinkable water, without proper medical attention or shelter, and in freezing temperatures. Police there say the owner surrendered the animals after a new ordinance limited the number of domestic animals that anyone can keep to six. Police say when they were found, the dogs were being kept in what they describe as a hoarding situation. All of the dogs were taken to a shelter, where they all tested positive for heartworms. The dogs are being treated, and now the rescue group says it needs more foster homes to help care for them.
Burger lovers in Arkansas City could soon be getting it “their way” if a new Burger King restaurant opens, and rumors abound that it will. Bill Sheldon owns the property where the Burger King would be built. A car wash is there now, near the corner of Kansas Avenue and Summit Street. According to the local paper, Sheldon says after meeting with folks from Burger King, he sold his property behind the car wash to them. If all goes according to the still tentative plans, the car wash location will become a new Burger King. A legal notice concerning the property and two others behind the car wash to be rezoned to a general commercial district, which would allow a restaurant to use those properties, has been published in the CourierTraveler. A public hearing on that proposed rezoning is scheduled for 5:30pm on March 12th at City Hall.
Arkansas City Police arrested three Ark City residents after executing a search warrant issued in response to suspected drug activities. 28 year old Danny Duarte is now facing felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a depressant, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 31 year old Amber McHargue is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. 26 year old Cody Ranger is also facing felony counts of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug-sale paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, no drug tax stamp for a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three are now in the county jail.
A judge here in Kansas blamed two teenage girls for a sexual encounter with a 67-year-old man. Leavenworth County Judge Michael Gibbens spent nearly a decade on the bench, where he oversaw mostly sealed juvenile and child-in-need-of-care cases behind closed doors before taking over the adult criminal cases for a retiring judge last summer. Since then however, Judge Gibbens’ rulings have drawn more than a little criticism. His decision back in December is one of the most glaring. It was in a sex abuse case where he went soft on a man’s sentence after saying the victims, ages 13 and 14, were “more an aggressor than a participant.” In July, he sentenced a man to probation for battery of a law enforcement officer. And back in November, he gave another man probation for bringing contraband into a state prison. Police say they were disappointed with the probationary sentence Gibbens gave 19-year-old De’Aire McNeal in July for pushing Officer Sarah Moreno when she was attempting to arrest him, causing the officer to suffer a concussion after she was knocked down a flight of stairs. Gibbens was up for retention last year and won’t be on the ballot again until 2022. Gibbens also has not faced any disciplinary actions. Gibbens also diverged from sentencing guidelines involving Charles Newsome, who admitted to bringing marijuana, synthetic marijuana and tobacco into the Lansing Correctional Facility. Gibbens gave Newsome probation despite a plea agreement in which the prosecution and defense had agreed to what was already a below-guideline sentence of two years in prison… well below sentencing guidelines which called for about four years behind bars.
Arkansas City has received a $400,000 grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, which will help cover some expenses for the new Compass Point Addition. The moderate income-housing grant will be used to build new streets for the housing development to be built near Skyline Road. According to City Manager Nick Hernandez, the grant will offset most of the $527,000 cost for that project, with the remaining $127,000 being accessed to the properties. The Compass Point Development will have 54 lots, and according to the developer, every effort is being made to keep the cost of the new housing at a level that could be supported by the area demographics. In fact, the builder has cut his profit margin in half in order to keep the cost of each house below $150,000. The homes will also be eligible for Department of Agriculture Housing Development Loans, meaning buyers will not need any down payment whatsoever. In addition to that, several local banks have indicated they would be willing to cut some of their costs to facilitate the construction. According to the builder, the infrastructure is in place, and the first 10 houses could be completed in five months, and they hope to complete construction of 25 homes within the first year.
The Kansas Lottery is warning its retailers to be on alert after a series of burglaries targeting lottery tickets. The burglaries were first reported in early December with the most recent taking place Wednesday morning. A total of six burglaries are under an active investigation by local authorities. Four burglaries took place at convenience stores, while the other two burglaries took place at the same grocery store. In all six incidents, thieves stole lottery ticket dispensers. The Kansas Lottery reminds its retailers to report any suspicious activity to local authorities and to account for all lottery tickets every day to help prevent thieves from cashing stolen tickets. To report ticket thefts contact local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Lottery Security Division as soon as possible at (785) 296-5713 DURING BUSINESS HOURS. 1-800-568-1920 AFTER BUSINESS HOURS.