INDEPENDENCE — A rural Liberty man died in a single-vehicle roller accident southeast of Independence on Sunday morning.
Sheriff Robert Dierks said Jonathan Couch of rural Liberty was killed when his 2002 Chevrolet crossed the center of county road 4576 and 4000, slid sideways into a ditch, rolled several times and caught fire. Couch was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Couch was the lone occupant of the vehicle.
The wreckage was discovered by another motorist at about 8:30 a.m., Sunday.
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BY ANDY TAYLOR
The death of music legend Patti Page on Jan. 1 reverberated in Coffeyville where the Oklahoma-born singer was once considered “almost a hometown gal.”
Page, who was born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore, Okla., broke into music stardom after assuming the fictional persona Patti Page, who was a singer on early-day radio programs sponsored by the Page Milk Company. That company had its headquarters in Coffeyville as well as a plant in Tulsa. Little did Jim Page, the Page Milk Company president who lived in Coffeyville, know that Fowler and her crystalline vocals would soon find their way to a music label, where the alliterative “Patti Page” had a better phonetic ring to it than “Clara Fowler.”
“The way the story goes is that Clara was singing as the Patti Page on the radio shows sponsored by the Page Milk Company,” recalls Walter Page, the late Jim Page’s son, who now resides in Springdale, Ark. “So, when Mercury Records signed Clara to a contract, she wanted to continue to use the name Patti Page. She asked my dad for permission to use the name, and he said yes.”
BY ANDY TAYLOR
A Coffeyville native will be taking his recently released film to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival next week in Park City, Utah.
Spencer Gillis, a Field Kindley High School graduate now living in New Jersey, will debut his 17-minute short film “Gun” at the festival in hopes of being declared the overall winner, which the coveted “Grand Jury Prize” will hang on the film as a must-see for cinema watchers.
“Gun” is one of 18 films entered in the short film competition.
We have learned that the Wilson County Classic, a mid-season basketball tournament in Fredonia, has changed the times of two games for Friday’s round. The change was made immediately after this week’s Montgomery County Chronicle was printed. So, use following schedule of games of the Wilson County Classic if making plans to attend.
Here are the first-round results from the Wilson County Classic in Fredonia . . .
INDEPENDENCE — An armed robbery of an Independence coin shop turned violent Wednesday when the robber and the store owner exchanged a volley of gunshots.
Harry Smith, Independence police chief, said the shooting occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m., at Uncle Ken’s Coin Shop, 1819 N. Penn. Upon arriving at the scene, officers learned that a black male subject had entered the shop and robbed the store owner, Kenny Preble, at gunpoint.
COFFEYVILLE — A man wanted for questioning in connection with a quadruple murder in Tulsa, Okla., was arrested north of Coffeyville on Tuesday evening.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department arrested Joseph Tillman, age 33, after a citizen spotted Tillman in a residential area on North Cline Road.
SYCAMORE — A three-vehicle, multiple-injury collision was reported at about 4 p.m., Thursday (Jan. 3) on U.S. 75 highway near the intersection of county road 5400
Sheriff Robert Dierks said a 1998 Nissan Maxima driven by Valerie J. Jones of Independence was struck from behind by a 1996 Mercury Cougar driven by Dalton W. Parks of Neodesha. The Nissan was pushed into oncoming traffic and was struck by a 2008 Dodge Nitro driven by Robin K. Hines of Independence, causing the Nitro to leave the road and roll several times in a west ditch.
CHERRYVALE — A Cherryvale family lost their home and possessions in a fire Sunday afternoon.
Chad Russell, assistant chief of the Cherryvale Fire-Rescue Department, said the house at 414 E. Seventh was fully involved in flames and smoke when local firefighters were summoned to the home shortly before 1:30 p.m., Sunday. The home is registered to Kenneth and Kimberly Schell, according to property records at the Montgomery County Courthouse.