Former Safe Homes Director Faces Criminal Charges


A former operations and finance director for Cowley County-based Safe Homes, Inc. has been formally charged with crimes said to be connected to her service with that organization, which provides services to victims of domestic violence. Margaret LeeAnn R

Suspect Leaves Vehicle Behind; Flees Deputies on Foot


Cowley County Sheriff continue to investigate a case involving a suspect who fled following a vehicle pursuit late Tuesday. Around 11 p.m., deputies attempted to pull over a vehicle in the 1400 block of Wheat Road in Winfield. The driver fled from office

Man Still in Jail Following Altercation in Rural Cowley County


A 59-year-old Ark City man remained in Jail Tuesday after an altercation in rural Cowley County last week led to his arrest. Just after midnight on April 26, Cowley County Sheriff deputies were sent to the 8000 block of 326th Road, south of Ark City, for

Driver Arrested for Parole Violation After Crash West of Strother


An Ark City driver was arrested on a parole violation Monday morning following a rollover accident west of Strother Field. Around 9:10 a.m., deputies were sent to the 3000 Block of 202nd Road for a report of a one vehicle non-injury rollover accident. Th

Authorities Investigate New Round of Jail Bond Scams


Local authorities are investigating the latest scam involving jail bonds. Sunday afternoon, Cowley County deputies were contacted by the Winfield Police Dept. in regard to potential victims who had been contacted by an unknown caller claiming to be with a

Woman Gets Probation for Role in Bilking Presbyterian Manors


A Butler county woman was sentenced Monday to five years of federal probation for stealing more than $1.2 million from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. The Wichita-based company owns assisted living centers in Miss

Lindsey Abegg Gets Probation on Charges Related to Daughter's Death


Lindsey Abegg has been sentenced to 18 months probation for her role in the death of her 16-month old daughter at an Ark City apartment complex last year. In March, Abegg, 30, pleaded no contest to a count of aggravated child endangerment and guilty to c

Sheriff Warns of Recent Telephone Scam Involving Bogus Warrants


Several Cowley County residents received calls over the weekend from a caller who falsely identified himself as a member of the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, and then told these citizens that there were warrants out for their arrest. He, during s

Former Kay County Jail Employee Accused of Taking $363,000


A former administrative assistant at the Kay County Detention Center is being accused of embezzling more than $360,000 from the jail’s inmate commissary fund. An arrest warrant for 42-year-old Melissa A. Sprueill was issued Monday through Kay Count

Fire This Morning Burns Rural Home West of Strother


A home in rural Cowley County sustained significant damage this morning as a result of a fire. Just after 10:30 a.m., fire crews were called to a home at 23343 31st Rd. for the report of a structure fire. Heavy black smoke was visible from a distance and