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Authorities Investigate New Round of Jail Bond Scams

Local authorities are investigating the latest scam involving jail bonds. Sunday afternoon, Cowley County deputies were contacted by the Winfield Police Dept. in regard to potential victims who had been contacted by an unknown caller claiming to be with a

Woman Gets Probation for Role in Bilking Presbyterian Manors

A Butler county woman was sentenced Monday to five years of federal probation for stealing more than $1.2 million from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. The Wichita-based company owns assisted living centers in Miss

Lindsey Abegg Gets Probation on Charges Related to Daughter's Death

Lindsey Abegg has been sentenced to 18 months probation for her role in the death of her 16-month old daughter at an Ark City apartment complex last year. In March, Abegg, 30, pleaded no contest to a count of aggravated child endangerment and guilty to c

Sheriff Warns of Recent Telephone Scam Involving Bogus Warrants

Several Cowley County residents received calls over the weekend from a caller who falsely identified himself as a member of the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, and then told these citizens that there were warrants out for their arrest. He, during s

Former Kay County Jail Employee Accused of Taking $363,000

A former administrative assistant at the Kay County Detention Center is being accused of embezzling more than $360,000 from the jail’s inmate commissary fund. An arrest warrant for 42-year-old Melissa A. Sprueill was issued Monday through Kay Count

Fire This Morning Burns Rural Home West of Strother

A home in rural Cowley County sustained significant damage this morning as a result of a fire. Just after 10:30 a.m., fire crews were called to a home at 23343 31st Rd. for the report of a structure fire. Heavy black smoke was visible from a distance and

Brickey Gets Just Over 7 Years in Death of Astra Abegg Last Summer

Jacob Brickey has been sentenced to just more than seven years in prison for the death last summer of 16-month-old Astra Abegg at an Ark City apartment complex. Judge Jim Pringle Monday afternoon gave the 27-year-old Brickey 83 months on a charge of volu

Local Woman Critical After Weekend Motor Cycle Crash

An Ark City woman remained in critical condition Monday following a motor cycle accident that occurred near McPherson over the weekend, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. 60-year-old Liana J. Ward was injured Saturday morning. She was taken to McPhe

AC Commission Names New Mayor; OKs Waterline Design

Ark City commissioners selected a new mayor, appointed a replacement commissioner and awarded a design contract for three new water lines during its annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, 118 W. Central Ave. Duane Oestmann was named th

Ark City Outdoor Movie Series to Resume on Friday

The 2016 Outdoor Summer Movie Series will kick off Friday night in Arkansas City with a double feature under the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St. A total of 13 movies are planned each Friday night through June 24 (except June 3, due to PrairieFest)

Another Arrest Made as Result of Drug-Related Search at Winfield Home

A fifth person was arrested in connection with the drug-related search of a home in rural Winfield, according to the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office. 28-year-old Christina Marie Jumper, of Winfield, was taken into custody in 100 block of W. 19th. He

May 3 is Deadline to Register to Vote in Ark City Sales Tax Election

Ark City residents have two weeks left to register to vote in the upcoming hospital sales tax election. The deadline to register is Tuesday May 3 and ballots will be put into the mail to voters the following day. For more information on voting or related

Winfield Police Looking For Those Who Stole Truck Tires

Winfield Police are continuing to look for the person or people responsible for taking tires, rims and lug nuts off a truck parked at Winfield Motor Co. early Wednesday morning. Sometime overnight on that day, someone removed six tires and wheels from a

4 Arrested on Drug-Related Charges After Search of Local Home

Four people were arrested on drug-related charges late Thursday following the search of a home in rural Winfield, according to a report from the Cowley County Sheriff. Working on a tip regarding illegal drug activity, authorities went to a home in the 40

Ark City Businessman Found Deceased at Work Site Early Today

An Ark City businessman was found dead early this morning at a work site in a rural portion of Cowley County. Jim Graham - owner of Graham Electric Co. - was found in the 7000 block of 312th Rd. Graham was said to have been working on a water apparatus b

Sheriff's Dept. to Have Drug Take Back Events in Winfield and AC

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Department and the Cowley County Drug Task Force will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day on April 30. Officers will be at the entrances of the Arkansas City and Wi

Weather Officials: 'Microburst' Caused Damage to Cowley Home Sunday

A Cowley County home heavily damaged by storms Sunday night was probably hit by a microburst, an emergency management official said today. The home, located on 272nd Rd. near Dexter, sustained significant damage to its roof. Trees were also damaged and d

Crews Put Out Small Fire in Ag-Shop Building at Ark City High

Area fire crews were called to Ark City High School this morning for the report of a small fire in the ag-shop building. The call came in sometime before 8 a.m., school district officials said. Fire was quickly contained and classes in the main building

Winfield Judge St. Peter to Serve Another Term as Chief Judge

Cowley County Dist. Court Judge Nick St. Peter has been appointed to a new two-year term as chief judge. St. Peter, a judge in Winfield, has served as chief judge since 2010. He has been a judge in the 19th judicial dist. since 2004. For more on this st

Ark City Commission Gets Earful; OKs Treatment Plant

With the fires of discontent still burning at Tuesday evening’s Ark City commission meeting, commissioners voted 3-1 to enter a contract to build a $16.8 million water treatment plant. Dan Jurkovich cast the sole no vote. For more on this story, C