On April 22, 2021, Detectives from the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children’s Unit (ICAC), along with Detectives with the El Dorado Police Department, executed a search warrant on a residence in El Dorado, Kansas. The search warrant was done as part of an investigation reported by way of a cyber tip, received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), alleging the sexual exploitation of children through the use of electronic devices. This search warrant led to one arrest and charges have been filed through the Butler County District Court.
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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach launched a campaign for attorney general this week. He lost the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2020.
A note from USD 465-Winfield: Have you ever thought about being on the Board of Education? USD 465 will have four openings during the 2021-2022 school year. If you’re interested in running, you must sign up inthe County Clerk’s office by June 1. For more information, contact Tom Fell at 620-221-5100.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has detected a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 disease in the Cowley County community. This variant, known as the P.1 variant, is known to be more infectious, may cause more severe disease, and may affect children more than common strains of the virus. Because Public Health does not know how widespread this variant may be in the community, KDHE will be at the Cowley County Health and Safety Fair, on Saturday, May 1 between 9 a.m. and noon to offer free COVID-19 testing. The fair is being held at the Arkansas City Agri-Business Center, 712 West Washington Avenue in Arkansas City.
The Cowley College Concert Band and Concert Choir will team up to perform a Spring Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 inside the Robert Brown Theatre. There is no cost to attend the concert.
The Arkansas City Police Department is investigating an accident involving a bicyclist who struck the side of a semi tractor-trailer and later died of his injuries. Officers were dispatched yesterday morning to the 200 block of West Madison Avenue/U.S. 166 for a report of an injury accident involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle. Police arrived at the scene and made contact with the bicycle rider, who was lying in the roadway. He was identified as Kevin Scotty Thompson, 64, of Arkansas City. Thompson was transported by the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department to South Central Kansas Medical Center in serious condition. He was later pronounced deceased at the hospital due to the injuries he sustained in the accident. Witnesses at the scene reported Thompson had struck the side of a westbound semi tractor-trailer.
The Arkansas City Police Department cited the guardian of a juvenile for allowing the minor to drive an ATV after a rollover accident left another woman injured.The Arkansas City Fire-EMS and Police departments were dispatched on April 18 to the Crestwood neighborhood in east Arkansas City for a report of an injury accident. Officers determined a juvenile had been operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) illegally in the roadway when, while turning around in the cul-de-sac, the vehicle rolled over onto its passenger side. This caused injury to the ankle of the passenger, a 43-year-old Winfield woman. The juvenile only sustained minor injuries in the accident. Both the driver and passenger were wearing their seat belts. The juvenile’s guardian, Penny L. Coffelt, 55, of Arkansas City, was cited through Arkansas City Municipal Court for permitting an unauthorized minor to drive a vehicle.
New U.S. Census numbers are out. They show the population of Kansas grew by 3 percent from 2010 to 2020. Kansas will keep its four U.S. House seats. The U.S. Census Bureau says the state’s population was over 2 point 9 million for 2020, which is up by more than 84,000 from the number in 2010.
Winfield Police report, four people were arrested after authorities served a search warrant at a home in the 500 block of E. Fourth Ave. in Winfield. Winfield police along with the Cowley County Drug Task Force, and Cowley County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant. Arrested suspects include 54 year old Kenneth Scott Smith of Winfield, 41 year old Rebekah Suzanne Murphree of Winfield, 38 year old Michelle Ann Thomas of Winfield, and 25 year old Michael Douglas Love of Winfield.