The City of Arkansas City will shift to a four-day sanitation schedule next week due to the closure of all City offices Jan. 1, 2020, for New Year’s Day. The Cowley County Landfill and F Street burn pit also will be closed Wednesday for New Year’s Day. All of Monday’s and Tuesday’s routes will be collected normally next week. All of Wednesday’s route and part of Thursday’s route will be collected Thursday. The part of Thursday’s route to be collected that day is from Birch Avenue north to Kansas Avenue and from Sixth Street west to 15 th Street. The remainder of Thursday’s route and all of Friday’s routes will be collected as scheduled. Monday’s and Tuesday’s routes will be unaffected by this holiday disruption. All refuse should be placed at normal pickup locations by 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. There will be no return pickups.
Archives for December 2019
Pretrial motions for a medical malpractice lawsuit involving South Central Kansas Medical Center are due tomorrow in Cowley County District Court. Shirley Fulk sued the hospital in 2015, claiming that she was exposed to HIV through unsterilized surgical tools used during her surgery there in 2013. She is seeking more than $2 million in damages and a jury trial. But according to the hospital, Fulk never contracted or was exposed to HIV, and the hospital says the cleaning process that the instrument was subjected to was sufficient to kill the virus. The trial now is set to start January 28.
This holiday season, the Arkansas City Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. The two agencies will work together to remind everyone of the importance of planning a sober ride home before heading out to enjoy holiday festivities and while en route to seasonal travel destinations.
This holiday season — and every day… remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. In 2017, 37,133 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 29 percent of
those fatalities occurred in crashes in which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration higher than the legal limit. Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road — drug-impaired driving also is an increasing problem. If drivers are impaired by any substance — either alcohol or other drugs — they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. It is illegal in all states to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs. Arkansas City Police urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.
Winfield Police report that Kathleen Ziegler of Winfield was the victim of theft by deception in the 600 block of Cedar Lane Drive. They also say that Mariah Desmond of Winfield was the victim of criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, and violation of a no contact order in the 400 block of Fuller Street. No additional details were released in either case.
The Arkansas City Police Department is turning to the public for tips to help solve a theft of money and a firearm from a local business last month, that was just reported last week. It involves a burglary at Sheldon’s Paw Shop on East Madison Ave, where on or about November 14th, someone forced entry into the business and removed cash, checks, and a firearm. Two suspects are being sought. One is described as approximately 6-foot-2 with a thin build. The second is described as 5-foot-6 with a heavy build. Police say due to the delay in reporting the crime, they are trying now to play catch up. Anyone with information is urged to call the Arkansas City Police Department at (620) 441-4444.
Winfield Police say early Wednesday… just after 1am… they… along with Winfield Fire/EMS… responded to the Honor Apartments at Southwestern College for a report of a gunshot victim. Investigtors say the resident of the apartment was the victim, adn they were taken by ambulance to the emergency room at William Newton Memorial Hospital, then taken by air ambulance to a Wichita Kansas area hospital. As of now, police say they believe it was an isolated incident and that there is no threat to the public. Meanwhile however, Winfield Police are asking for anyone who has knowledge about the shooting or who may have witnessed it, to contact them at (620)221-5555.
The Arkansas City Police Department will conduct a nighttime seat belt enforcement initiative on Monday night to enforce seat belt use and other Kansas laws. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, officers will check vehicles for seat belt compliance. They also will check for child restraint violations. If officers observe other violations involving a certain vehicle, they may stop that vehicle as well. This nighttime seat belt enforcement initiative is designed to encourage the use of seat belts and child restraints. Its goal is to increase motorist safety and overall seat belt usage with the City limits. Almost half of those killed in crashes each year on Kansas roads are not belted in, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. At the same time, 98 percent of crash occupants who suffer no injuries of any kind are belted in safely. Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front-seat occupants or children younger than 14 years old who are riding without proper restraint. Children aged 4 through 7 must be belted securely into an approved booster seat, unless they are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds. Children aged 8 through 13 must be safety-belted. In addition, the Child Passenger Safety Act prohibits children younger than 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup truck bed.
Arkansas City Police arrested two Cowley County women last Wednesday on drug charges after a traffic stop. 26 year old Celina Manivong was charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, plus one count each of driving with a
suspended license…her third offense for that, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Manivong was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $5,500 bond. 39 year old Megan Darlene White-Welty of Winfield, was charged with one felony count each of no drug tax stamp, possession of narcotics, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. White-Welty was also booked into the county jail in lieu of $10,500 bond. The whole thing began when an alert Arkansas City police officer pulled their vehicle over because of an expired tag. Actually, the tag displayed a sticker showing that it was current, but the state computer showed it to be expired.
Southwestern College is now accepting applications for the Pillars Academic and Moundbuilder Spirit competitive scholarships. The college will award four full-tuition scholarships to first-year students enrolling for fall 2020. The Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship that is awarded annually to two student leaders who are well rounded, hardworking, and community-minded. Moundbuilder Scholars are active and service oriented; they volunteer in their community and participate in extra-curricular activities. The Pillars Academic Scholarship is a merit-based award that recognizes two students who show outstanding academic abilities. Pillars scholars are described as intellectually and creatively adventurous. Pillars Scholarship applicants are typically honors students who have taken advanced placement courses in high school. The scholarships each award full undergraduate tuition, and are renewable for four years. The four scholarships are valued at approximately $150,000 each over four years. To be considered for either of the scholarships students must have submitted both their application for admission and scholarship applications by January 14. For more information, visit BeABuilder.com/scholarships or contact the office of admission at Southwestern College by calling 1-800-846-1543 extension 6236.
A judge has ruled that a former Wichita police officer who wounded a 9-year-old girl when he fired at her dog is immune from criminal prosecution and can’t be sued. Now thought, the Sedgwick County district attorney’s office has filed a notice of appeal. Dexter Betts was charged with aggravated battery in connection with the shooting that took place back on December 30, 2017. A bullet fragment ricocheted off the floor and hit the girl. It all began when officers went to the family’s home after the girl’s mother reported her husband was threatening to hurt himself. The family’s attorney claimed that the dog simply went up to the officer and barked, but the officer fired at it. The girl and dog were not seriously injured.