An Arkansas City man has been indicted in a federal meth case. 47 year old Keith Goodman is among several people who are now facing federal drug charges in a methamphetamine trafficking case brought about by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas. Goodman faces one count of possession of methamphetamine, which carries a possible sentence of one year in prison and a fine of not less than $1,000. Others named in the indictment include 29 year old Alvaro Dieguez Jr. of Wichita; 26 year old Felipe Luna of Wichita; 38 year old Jeremy Snyder of Dighton; and 23 year old Obed Paz-Moreno of Garden City.
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Arkansas City Police arrested two Wichita men on drug and related charges after a traffic stop. 28 year old Santonio Kahlil Markham is now facing one count each of
possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond, but has since has posted bond and been released. 26 year old Bradlee Ohle is facing one felony count each of no drug tax stamp, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school. Ohle is also facing two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance; and one count each of driving with a suspended driver’s license and
possession of drug paraphernalia. He too was locked up in the county jail in lieu of
$150,000 bond. He so far, has not posted bond and remains behind bars. Seized in the arrest, was drug paraphernalia, marijuana and prescription narcotics, along with more than two and a half pounds of methamphetamine and $14,164 in U.S. currency.
Cowley County Sheriff David Falletti’s Office has released a statement, saying the case involving the death of Jacob Nettrouer continues to be investigated, and the sheriff says it was not an officer involved shooting. According to the sheriff’s information, one Deputy was present outside the residence and one was on their way to do a civil stand-by for a bondsman who was at the house to take Jacob back to jail for a bond revocation. The sheriff says it was not an attempted arrest by law enforcement. When deputes heard gunfire they immediately made contact with the victim and attempted life saving measures. A preliminary autopsy lists the cause of death as a single gunshot wound. The case continues to be investigated and it will be turned over to the Cowley County Attorney for review.
Arkansas City Police arrested a woman on drug charges after a traffic stop near Arkansas City High School. 44 year old Amy Wingert was charged with one felony count each of no drug tax stamp and possession of methamphetamine. She was also charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended driver’s license, no proof of insurance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wingert was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $7,000 bond.
The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Ark City man on a weapon charge after a traffic stop. 36 year old Darin Pinion, is facing a felony charge of criminal possession of a firearm. Pinion was also charged with driving under the influence. He was locked up behind bars in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bond, which he has since posted bond and been released. His arrest came after what started out as a simple traffic stop on North C Street, where Pinion was determined to be under the
influence of alcohol and was found in illegal possession of a handgun. While he is free on bond for now, the case has been forwarded to the Cowley County Attorney’s Office for review of possible additional charges.
A drug sniffing K9 will once again soon be part of the Cowley County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Dave Falletti made the request on Tuesday… and County Commissioners approved it…. The new K9 officer will cost $8,000 plus training… the money to pay for it comes from the sheriff’s Special Equipment Fund. A Dutch German Shepherd named Taz is being trained as what is being described as a single-purpose police narcotics and article search and detection dog. Because the legal status of marijuana remains sort of up in the air so to speak, the dog will not… for now anyway… be trained to sniff out pot. According to the contract that has been approved by the county, the dog will be fully trained when it is delivered to the police. That contract also guarantees the health of the dog, along with its temperament for two years, and states that the handler will be trained by the seller and receive certification, which will then have to be renewed annually. A Dutch Shepherd is closely related to a German or Belgian Shepherd, but it has a brindle coat either short- or wire-haired. They are described as being very versatile and very smart. The dogs were originally used as watchdogs, herders and family pets. The American Kennel Club describes the Dutch Shepherd as a loyal companion and competent working dog. The exact date of Taz’s arrival in Cowley County has not yet been determined.
A Winfield man has been found competent to stand trial in the case in which he is charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child younger than 14. Austin McKinney was previously declared incompetent and ordered to undergo further treatment during a court appearance in January. Now, a preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled to begin at 10am on February 28th. The first time around, McKinney was evaluated at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility last summer, where he was found not to be competent to stand trial. He is charged in connection with an incident that took place back on June 12, 2018. McKinney remains behind bars in the Cowley County Jail, but his bond has been reduced to $10,000, and if he is able to post it, he has been ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family.
A person they are calling a serial arsonist has been taken into custody in Barton County. Authorities say late last Sunday afternoon, 911 calls began coming in there about hay bales on fire… all within 45 minutes of each other. Some witnesses reported seeing a silver Chevrolet four-door at all the locations, and in at least one instance, a suspect was actually seen setting a fire. All of the fires were set East of US 281 Highway between Ellinwood and Great Bend. Police eventually saw a vehicle matching the description on a rural road traveling towards the City of Ellinwood at a high rate of speed. Deputies pulled it over, and inside that vehicle they found accelerants and a fireplace lighter. 18-year-old Gunner Mayhugh of Great Bend was arrested, and is now facing five counts of arson. He is behind bars now, being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond on each count. The investigation meanwhile continues, and authorities say more arrests may be pending, as they believe others may have been involved.
Yesterday just after noon, Winfield Police and Cowley County deputies, were called out to Graves Drug Store on Main Street, for a report of a robbery. Here’s what they tell us so far… An unidentified white male wearing a mask walked into the store and demanded merchandise. Any potential loss is under investigation. No injuries occurred. They say no immediate threat to the community is a concern, but the investigation is ongoing. No other details were released.
Representatives with the College of Education of Newman University will be on campus to answer questions about the opportunity to earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at two of the Cowley campuses – Main Campus in Arkansas City and the Sumner Campus in Wellington. Enrollment will begin soon for the fall semester. This expanded partnership allows Cowley students to earn the Associate of Arts Degree then transfer to Newman to complete the coursework here in the local area. Once an Associate degree is complete, the Newman coursework is schedule at an accelerate pace allowing students to complete classes in 12 months followed by 4 months of student teaching. A Meet and Greet event is scheduled for Wednesday/TOMORROW from 3:30 – 5:00 in the Cowley Education Center. For more information contact Julie Rhoads, Director of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org