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