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Police: Son Threatened His Mother With Knife


Ark City police say they arrested a man late last week who is alleged to have threatened his mother with a knife during an incident at a local residence. On Thursday, officers were sent to 416 South B for the report of a disturbance. They arrived to find

Sergeant in Rock Shooting Receiving Paid Leave


Cowley County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Deill remains on paid leave while an investigation into an officer-involved shooting is conducted. Deill has been on administrative leave since the shooting that fatally wounded Tayler Rock on May 31. For more on t

Man Convicted of Local Murder, Back in Custody


A Cowley County man - convicted in 2006 of murdering his wife - was taken into custody Friday after briefly absconding from post release supervision. Kansas Dept. of Corrections records show that 47-year-old Mark Lewis was back under supervision in Sedgw

Bogus Bill Leads to Ark City Woman's Arrest


Bogus money was recovered, and an Ark City woman was arrested, following an incident Thursday at a local business. Officers were called to JD Liquor at 3400 N. Summit in regard to a person there who had passed counterfeit cash. The woman was said have at

Appraiser First to Move Into Remodeled South Annex


Employees of the Cowley County Appraiser’s office are readying this week for their first day of business in the newly remodeled Courthouse South Annex Building in Winfield. The appraiser's first day of operation in the new offices was scheduled

ACPD: Man in Minor Crash Had Been Drinking


Ark City Police said a Wichita man was under the influence of alcohol Saturday when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident at the U.S. 77 roundabout. John Layfayette Levasseur, 47, was arrested for DUI, careless driving and refusing a breath test.

Ark City Pair Formally Charged After Traffic Stop


An Ark City man and woman have been formally charged in connection with a traffic stop in late June that led to their arrests. 31-year-old David Gregg is facing charges for possession of narcotics, a felony, possession of pot and possession of drug parap

Ark City Commissioners Approve Hospital Tear Down


An old hospital building in Ark City will soon be demolished after city commissioners approved a bid for the work Tuesday. The city will enter into a contract with Gator Industrial, LLC for an amount not to exceed $379,000. Work had been expected to cost

Overtime Issues Cost County Over $43,000


Cowley County will spend just over $43,000 to resolve overtime issues at the Sheriff's Dept. that led an ex-employee to file a lawsuit in federal court. An out-of-court settlement the county has agreed to will pay former Sheriff Sgt. Bruce Hafenstein

Winfield Police Look into Death at a Local Home


Winfield Police are investigating an unattended death that occurred early Monday morning in the southern portion of the city. Some time after 6 a.m., investigators were called to the 600 block of Thistle Rd. for a call that had first been answered by Fir

Former Winfield Chief Dobbs Killed in Accident


Former Winfield Police Chief Larry Dobbs was struck and killed by a truck in an accident that occurred on K-96 Highway in the Wichita area Monday afternoon. The 61-year-old Dobbs, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol, had stepped out of his vehicle to

Ponca Robbery Suspect Arrested in Ark City


An Oklahoma armed-robbery suspect was apprehended in Cowley County Thursday by the Sheriff’s Dept. and Ark City Police. Kansas authorities were notified of the incident, which happened in Ponca City. A vehicle was said to have been stolen at gunpoi

County to Settle OT Lawsuit With Former Officer


Former Cowley County Sheriff Sgt. Bruce Hafenstein and his ex-employer have reached an out-of-court settlement that is expected to bring an end to a federal labor dispute regarding overtime pay. County commissioners will review a settlement agreement at t

Smith: Reports Still Out in Tayler Rock Case


Cowley County prosecutor Christopher Smith said there is no clear time frame for the release of a final report regarding the officer-involved shooting death of Tayler Rock. "We're still waiting for some reports to come in," Smith said Tuesd

Shots Fired: Man is Arrested at AC Apartments


Reports of shots fired in an Ark City neighborhood late Monday led to the arrest of a man accused of trying to enter local apartments without permission. No injuries were reported. For more on this story, CLICK HERE.

Report: Burglar Encountered People at Home


An Ark City man was jailed Friday morning just a few hours after he is said to have attempted to burglarize a rural home that was occupied at the time. Terrell J. Brumley, 27, was booked into the Cowley County Jail on charges of kidnapping, aggravated bu

Strother: Theft, Damage Lead to Loss Nearing $1 Million


Two men were arrested early this morning in connection with a burglary investigation involving a building at Strother Field Industrial Park. Loss due to theft and damage to the property has been estimated at nearly $1 million. Authorities said 51-year-ol

AC Woman Arrested for Misleading Deputies at Crash Scene


Investigators working the scene of a traffic accident in rural Ark City Monday evening arrested a woman said to have misled authorities about details of the single-vehicle crash. 

BUSTED: Deputies Cite Those at a Gathering


Cowley County sheriff’s deputies broke up an underage drinking party located north of Ark City over the weekend. The sheriff’s department reports the gathering was discovered late Friday or early Saturday when authorities investigated a vehic

Winfield Woman is Ordered to Repay Medicaid


A Winfield woman has agreed to repay more than $5,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading no contest for billing hours for care she did not provide.The Kansas Attorney General said the person 41-year-old Sherry Benson claimed to be caring for in