Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is warning consumers to protect themselves against purchasing counterfeit NFL merchandise or falling victim to phone scams involving fake tickets to Super Bowl LIV. Schmidt says like many others here in Kansas, he is proud of the Chiefs and he is excited to watch them compete for the championship this Sunday. However, if you are also excited about it, make sure to take precautions against scammers looking to make a buck off the team’s success by selling fake merchandise or tickets. Schmidt says first, check the tag: All officially licensed NFL products will bear the league’s shield on the tag. If the tag on the merchandise does not have the shield, it may be counterfeit. Beware of phone scams: Local authorities have reported phone scams regarding game ticket purchases, with scammers using phone numbers that appear local…. offering discounted tickets sold online. Once the scammer receives the online payment for the tickets, they block the consumer’s phone number to prevent a call back when the tickets inevitably do not arrive. Consumers who believe they may have fallen victim to a Super Bowl-related scam should contact their local law enforcement, or call the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 432-2310. Complaints may also be filed online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.
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Arkansas City Police have kicked off a new social media campaign called “Wanted Wednesday.” The program will periodically feature persons who are wanted on active warrants in relation to open investigations at the Arkansas City Police Department. The first two suspects to be featured are 35 year old Zakery Lee Bowyer of Wichita, and 37 year old Andrew Douglas Kelley of Marion, who are wanted on numerous charges relating to a September 2019 burglary involving the theft of three vehicles from an Arkansas City car dealership. It happened at Bulldog Motors, where police say Bowyer and Kelley forced entry into the building and removed numerous items of paperwork and keys to vehicles on the lot . Three vehicles were stolen. Investigators worked for several months to piece together where the vehicles had been taken and who might have been driving them just prior to their recovery. That investigation led them to apply for arrest warrants for Bowyer and Kelley on burglary charges. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of either Bowyer or Kelley is asked to contact the Arkansas City Police Department at (620) 441-4444.
Yesterday morning just after 7:30, Winfield Police and EMS answered a call about a head on injury accident. Two vehicles were involved… a Honda Accord driven by Mi Mai, and a Ford Edge driven by Andrea Beard. From witness accounts, police say the Honda was westbound on K360 and the Ford was eastbound, when the Honda crossed the center line and collided head on with the Ford. Contributing factors for the accident were icy roads and speed according to investigating officers. Mi Mai was taken to Wesley Medical Center. Andrea Beard and two juvenile children who were in the Ford at the time, were also all taken to William Newton Hospital with injuries. All those involved are Winfield residents. There has been no word today on their conditions at the hospital, and no word of what, if any, charges are being filed.
Arkansas City Police arrested an Ark City man on drug charges and theft. 32 YEAR OLD Bryson Rhodes is now facing felony charges, including burglary of a non-dwelling, two counts of theft, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Police say the arrest came thanks to the assistance of some people in the community, who provided investigators a tip on the identity of the masked burglar who turned out to be Rhodes. Police say additional charges may be pending in a second case. They also remind everyone that you can reduce
crime by making sure that garages, sheds, and homes are locked and secured when you are
away and when you are asleep at night. Removing the opportunity to commit a crime goes a long way toward reducing property crime in our entire community according to investigators. Rhodes was taken to and then locked up in the Cowley County Jail. He remains behind bars today, on a $7,000 bond.
A second General Surgeon is now on his way to South Central Kansas Medical Center in Ark City. On Tuesday, the hospital released a statement, saying that Doctor Jason Wiltshire will join its staff early next month. Wiltshire is a general surgeon. He will be relocating from his solo practice clinic in Pratt, Kansas, to Arkansas City. Wiltshire provides skilled care and surgical treatment options. He primarily will be working at the Ark City Clinic and the hospital. More details, along with contact information for Doctor Wiltshire, will be released once he has fully relocated.
If you are missing your Boa Constrictor, call firefighters in Butler County. They say a 6-foot snake was found in a couch at a family’s home in Rose Hill. Crews had to wrestle the giant non-venomous snake out of the couch, where the residents say they have been living for years, and they never had a pet snake. They have no idea how it ended up in their couch cushions.
An Arkansas City business is shutting down… The Credo Coffee and Taco Shack on N. Summit Street, will close at the end of the month. The business owner Toben Yoder, made that announcement earlier this week on social media. He says they have made the decision to change the direction of the business… a change that will mean closing the doors of the Taco Shack to pursue another option. Anyone with unexpired gift certificates needs to stop by the store before Friday in order to receive a refund. Tobin so far, has not revealed what those future plans are, or why the shop is closing.
Winfield Police have released their latest report… Cody Wogomen of Winfield and Elizabeth King of Arkansas City were involved in an injury motor vehicle accident in the 1600 block of Main St. Richard Weller IV of Winfield was the victim of hit and run to motor vehicle in the 1700 block of Broadway St. Andrew Cushenberry of Arkansas City was arrested for driving under the influence, transporting open container, and leaving the scene of an accident. Henry Parker of Wichita was arrested for Driving on a Suspended license, and Christopher Vaden of Winfield was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. Kendall Kirkwood of Winfield was the victim of theft of motor vehicle in the 1100 block of Thompson St. Haley Morgan of Winfield was arrested for Domestic Battery. Helen Sams and Timothy Toon both of Winfield were involved in a non-injury motor vehicle accident in the 1200 block of Loomis St. A vehicle owned by Severo Peralta of Fort Worth, TX was also damaged.
The Arkansas City Area Complete Count Committee will be host to a Chamber of Commerce coffee this week as part of its kickoff to the 2020 Census. The coffee event will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at USD 470’s newly renovated Avery Learning Center. It is free and open to the public and all Chamber of Commerce members. This event is being cosponsored by the City of Arkansas City and USD 470, both of which are members of the Complete Count Committee, as is the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce. For many in the community, this will be their first chance to see the changes the school district has made to the former Jehovah’s Witnesses church, which will be open this spring as a 2020 Census site. Residents with no internet access in their homes will be able to visit either the Avery Learning Center or the Arkansas City Public Library to complete the Census online. More information about this community service will be presented at the Chamber coffee. Contact Andrew Lawson at (620) 441-4415 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Ark City Rec Center Director Joe Krisik came back to work on Monday after a week of vacation. Apparently he enjoyed the time off, because now he says he will retire this coming March. Krisik is retiring March 1st after almost 23 years at the center. He spoke with the local newspaper, and said that he felt some of his biggest accomplishments include the addition of the sports complex across from the high school, and the implementation of a federally-funded food program for the children in the community. He also said that working with the staff, board members and community volunteers has been his favorite part of the job. He blamed back problems as the reason for his decision to call it quits. He also said he has a lot of home repair projects that he has neglected, which should keep him more than a little busy in retirement. He and his wife also plan to spend time at a property they own in Branson, Mo. Krisik has also offered to be available after retirement to assist with any questions that might come up.