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Authorities Involved in High Speed Chase Overnight


Winfield Police and Cowley County Sheriff’s officers were involved in a high-speed pursuit that began just after midnight this morning. The incident began near the intersection of 12th and Wheat Rd. in Winfield, according to radio traffic. That pur

Charges Brought in Fall Drug Probe at Okla. Casino


Four people are facing drug-related charges following a joint investigation by the Kay County Sheriff’s Department and the Otoe-Missouria police at First Council Casino. A court document shows that Kay County authorities were contacted on Sept. 27

Gardner Charged With Murder Wednesday; Giles Appointed to Represent Him


Zachary Gardner was formally charged with second-degree murder Wednesday morning during a brief court appearance in a Winfield courtroom. He was arrested Sunday in connection with the death of his wife. Ark City attorney Chad Giles was appointed to serve

Winfield Murder Suspect to Make First Appearance Wednesday


Winfield second-degree murder suspect Zachary Gardner is scheduled to make his first appearance in Cowley County Dist. Court at 10:30 Wednesday morning. The 32-year-old Gardner was arrested Sunday in connection with the death of his wife, 33-year-old Mel

Report: Local Man Threatened to Burn Down House


A 21-year-old local man was arrested Friday after being accused of threatening to burn down a Cowley County home. Alexander Sanchez was booked into the Cowley County Jail on charges of attempted arson and aggravated assault. Bond for Sanchez was set at $

Police Suspect Homicide in Sunday Death at Winfield Home


A woman has died and Winfield Police have a “person of interest” in custody as a homicide investigation gets under way in Winfield. Authorities were called to a residence at 504 E. Fourth around 7:30 Sunday night. The woman was dead at the sc

Outage: Reno County Taking Cowley County 911 Calls, For Now


Emergency calls countywide are being routed through a dispatch center in Reno County as AT&T personnel work to determine the cause of a telephone outage in the local 911 system. Cowley County officials said there has been no indication that any emerg

Kaw and KISS: Rock Band Pair Partners in Area's Latest Casino Project


Kaw Gaming Inc. and KISS frontmen Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons broke ground Thursday afternoon on a 250-room hotel and casino along the I-35 corridor in Oklahoma. The Rock & Brews Casino Resort bears the name of a restaurant chain in which the two l

Theft at Atlanta CO-OP is January Crime of the Month


A theft at the CO-OP in Atlanta has been designated as the Cowley County CrimeStoppers Crime of the month for January. Sometime between Dec. 24 and Dec. 26 an unknown person or people broke into the Atlanta CO-OP and stole more than 50 rolls of barbed wi

Burden Woman, 76, Killed in Afternoon Crash on U.S. 160


A 76-year-old Burden woman died this afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 160 highway east of Winfield. Claudine Lundy was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred near an intersection known locally as the Bolack Corner. The accid

Ark City Man Killed in Rollover Accident Late Monday


A 43-year-old Ark City man was killed Monday night in a single-vehicle rollover accident near Strother Field, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Around 9:50 p.m., emergency crews were called to 222nd Rd. just west of U.S. 77 highway.

Orscheln Burglary Suspects Found Hiding Near Store


The Arkansas City Police Department arrested two men Saturday on multiple charges after they allegedly burglarized a local farm supply store in north Ark City. Joshua Bryant Blackwill, 30, and Christopher Lee McElwain, 26, both of Wichita, were arrested

City of Ark City Approves Emergency Buy of police, fire phone system


The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 4-0 on Tuesday night to authorize City Manager Nick Hernandez to spend up to $20,000 for a new telephone system for the Arkansas City Police Department and the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department. The emergency pu

Lucas Goff is named Cowley County adminstrator


Lucas Goff - currently information systems manager and GIS director for Cowley County - has been named county administrator. He begins the job effective Feb. 1. The 32-year-old Goff replaces Jeremy Willmoth, who announced last month he would leave the po

First Cowley County baby of 2017 born Monday


The first baby to be born in Cowley County for 2017 was delivered at 8:36 a.m. on Monday at William Newton Family Birthing Center in Winfield. Knox Aaron Scott, son of Kayla Tarrant and Casey Scott, weighed seven pounds and 14 ounces and was 20.5 inches

One dead in Late Night House Fire in AC; Arson Probe Under Way


A person has died and an arson investigation is under way following a house fire in Ark City. Around midnight, fire crews were called to a residence in the 400 block of S. 10th for the report of the fire. Firefighters almost immediately came to believe t

Ark City House Damaged by Fire; Two Treated For Smoke


The second story of an Ark City home was heavily damaged by a fire Friday afternoon, fire officials said. Crews were called to 302 N. Sixth around 4 p.m. for the report of a structure fire. Damage was mostly contained to the second floor. For more on th

Another Resident Comes Home to Find Burglar Inside


Another Cowley County resident has reported arriving home to find a burglary in progress at their residence. Around 9:30 Thursday night, Cowley County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of 252nd Rd. for the report of an aggravated battery

Winfield Woman Arrested After Brief Foot Chase This Morning


A Winfield woman was arrested early this morning after briefly fleeing from officers. Just after midnight, 24-year-old Lakisha Marie Kemp, was arrested on a failure to appear warrant and for a probation violation. A charge of interference with a law enfo

Ponca Man Arrested for Attack With Bottle in AC


The Arkansas City Police Department arrested a man on multiple charges after he allegedly struck another man with a glass bottle on Christmas Eve. Austin Christopher Mora, 22, of Ponca City, Okla., was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery, aggrava