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Local Inmate Goes Missing From Work Release


Cowley County authorities are looking for a 20-year-old work release inmate who didn't return to jail from his job Thursday evening. Deputies were made aware that Rocky Leroy Brown, of Winfield, had failed to make it back from his job. He had been in

Sugar in The Tank: ACPD Arrests a Local Pair


Two people were arrested early this morning, police say, after they were found attempting pour sugar into the gas tank of a local vehicle. Around 1 a.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of N. 13th for the report of people acting suspiciously near

AC Man Jailed on Kidnapping and Battery Charges


Local authorities Tuesday booked an Ark City man into jail on kidnapping and domestic violence charges in connection with an incident that left a woman injured. Around 7:30 p.m., Cowley County Sheriff deputies were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 166 High

Trustee Recall Petition Likely to Fall Well Short


Organizers of a petition - that would put Cowley College Trustees Dennis Shurtz and Ron Godsey on the ballot for a recall vote in November - have notified the county's top election official that they will fall well short of the signatures needed to ma

Sumner County Man Killed in Crash Near Milton


A Sumner County man died over the weekend in a motorcycle crash that occurred in the far west portion of that county. Roger Watermiller, 54, of Milton was killed in an accident at the intersection of Argonia Road and 90th Ave. about eight miles north of

South Annex Open House is Set for Next Thursday


The remodeled South Annex of the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield will be unveiled to the public during an open house event set for next week. That event is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. next Thursday at the newly-renovated annex, which is located a

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