COFFEYVILLE — A contractor on Monday inadvertently struck a power line serving Roosevelt Middle School, causing smoke to fill the middle school building.
No injuries were reported, and all RMS teachers and staff were led out of the building to Ise Athletic Field while members of the Coffeyville Fire Department cleared the building of smoke.
Bob Roesky, fire captain, said a contractor with Cox Communication was boring a hole to install fiber optic cable when he hit the power line. That caused the power to go out in the building and the smoke to billow from the hole.
Most of the students were at lunch at the time of the incident.
Because of the damage to the power line, RMS classes were canceled on Tuesday. Students were expected to return to their regular class schedule on Wednesday; however, middle school classes are scheduled to be moved to Field Kindley High School.
WICHITA, KAN. – A former city clerk for the city of Havana, Kan., was sentenced Wednesday to two years supervised release, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. She also was ordered to pay a total of more than $59,000 in restitution to the City of Havana, Cross Point Baptist Church and an insurance company
Diana L. Cox, age 67, of Havana pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud. In her plea, she admitted embezzling $14,658 from the city of Havana while she was working as city clerk. On Aug. 18, 2011, she presented documents to the Arvest Bank in Caney, Kan., falsely stating that the Havana City Council had voted to change its policy to require only one signature on checks written for city business.
The Montgomery County Health Department is reporting a case of pertussis (whooping cough) in the county.
“It is critical that children, as well as their parents, get vaccinated for pertussis to prevent this difficult and highly contagious illness, which can be easily spread to other family members and community members,” said Montgomery County Health Department director Carolyn Muller. “This should help reduce the number of cases in children who are too young to be fully vaccinated.”
WICHITA, KAN. – A Cherryvale has been charged in federal court in Wichita on two charges dealing with child pornography.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today (Friday) that Daniel Hosier, age 34, of Cherryvale is charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in March and July 2013 in Montgomery County.
CANEY — Ralph Anthony and Zoe Wahl were the winners in the contested city council elections in Caney on Tuesday.
Anthony garnered the most votes in the ward 2 council race. Anthony received 15 votes compared to incumbent city councilor Josh Eaton, who had 10 votes. Nick Wood received five votes.
In ward 4, Wahl was the top winner in the two-person race with 24 votes. Dwaine Hodges received 20 votes.
The two other council races were uncontested. In ward 1, incumbent councilor Nathan Byrd was re-elected to a two-year term with 10 votes. Ward 3 incumbent councilor Dan Vernon was re-elected with 11 votes.
Byrd, Anthony, Vernon and Wahl will assume the oath of office at the Caney City Council meeting next Monday, April 7.
March 25, 2014
COFFEYVILLE — Coffeyville and Montgomery County were dealt a major blow with Tuesday’s announcement that Southwire Company will phase out its Coffeyville plant by March 2015.
Some 200 jobs will be impacted at the Coffeyville wire manufacturing center. Southwire is one of the top 20 employers in Montgomery County.
(UPDATED STORY from version that was printed in the March 13th issue)
BY ANDY TAYLOR
Separate city commissions in Montgomery County on Tuesday addressed plans by the Montgomery County Commission to pursue consolidation of 911 dispatching services in the county.
And, each commission sent different messages as to how those plans should continue.
At a meeting of the Independence City Commission, commissioners recommended a pause in the consolidation plans so that an independent study could be created on the costs of consolidation and whether the existing 911 systems in Montgomery County are effective and efficient. Police chief Harry Smith said that he has mentioned a desire at previous 911 consolidation meetings to have an independent study but that he had been met “by a brick wall” each time it was suggested.
(Monday, March 10)
CANEY — A rear-end collision on U.S. 166 highway east of Caney on Monday afternoon injured two Tulsa, Okla., men.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said a car driven by Phillip Todd, age 38, of Tulsa, Okla., was eastbound on U.S. 166 highway on Monday afternoon when it rear ended a 2007 Kenworth semi pulling a trailer that was making a left turn on to county road 1700. The trailer carried a large excavator that was bound for the Enbridge pipeline project north of Caney.
The collision left Todd with serious injuries. He was taken to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance.
A passenger in the Todd vehicle, James Clark, age 29, of Tulsa, was critically injured with major trauma to the head. He was flown by helicopter to a regional medical center for treatment of injuries.
The driver of the semi, Kevin Knaup, age 48, of Clintonville, Wis., was not injured.
All persons in the two vehicles were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.
SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014
CANEY —The Caney community is in shock today (Feb. 15) upon hearing of the murder of former Caney woman and a savage attack on her 8-year-old son.
News outlets in the St. Louis, Mo., area are reporting on the Friday night murder of a 29-year-old woman living in Jonesburg, Mo., just west of St. Louis. Local friends have identified the slain woman as Lexy Vandiver, who was a 2003 graduate of Caney Valley High School.
WICHITA – A former city clerk for the city of Havana pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling funds from the city and from her church, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. She agreed to pay restitution of approximately $14,658 to the city of Havana and $44,568 to Cross Point Baptist Church.
Diana L. Cox, 67, Havana, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud.