Chetopa, KS

Baxter Springs drug raid ends in 4 arrests

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kans. — A months-long investigation into a drug distribution and possession operation in Baxter Springs resulted in four arrests Thursday. Early in the afternoon on June 30th, Baxter Springs Police and deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 2400 Lincoln Ave., according to a Facebook post by BSPD.
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Miami Man pleads guilty to multiple drug and firearms violations

A man arrested three times since 2019 for methamphetamine and firearms violations pleaded guilty Monday in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. 50-year-old Richard Alan Stewart of Miami pleaded guilty to three counts of Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition; three counts of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime; Carrying, Using, and Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.
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Rising COVID cases are forcing Kansas to move inmates between prisons

TOPEKA, Kan. — COVID cases are spiking so much in a Kansas prison that inmates are being transferred to other facilities. Corrections records confirmed 55 positive cases at the El Dorado men’s prison as of June 26, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. El Dorado has a minimum and medium unit in Oswego, and the corrections department said people from Oswego were being transferred. There are 14 positive cases among staff.

LCC introduces 2 new scholarships

PARSONS, Kans. — Labette Community College is about to make it easier for some students to attend school. They are implementing two new scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen. The first is called the Cardinal Pathway Scholarship and is for students from the bordering states of Kansas. It’s a renewable scholarship that will pay tuition up […]

Parsons Lake algae bloom warning

PARSONS, Kans. — A warning for swimmers and lake-goers in Southeast Kansas. Stay away from parts of parsons lake, at least for the time being. The lake is under an algae bloom warning. This comes after the beach at Parsons Lake closed last week due to excessive erosion that revealed a hazard beneath the sand.

Smileys have successful day on links

The Smiley Family had a successful day on the links for the Columbus Junior Golf Program, Tuesday in Coffeyville. Fallon, Lyndee and Alaina, daughters of Jerry and Melissa Smiley each earned a topfour medal in the event. Alaina was the first place medalist in the girl’s 7-8 year-old age division while sister Fallon won the 9-11 girl’s division. Sister Lyndee placed fourth behind Fallon in the 9…

Titans sweep summer league finale

The Titan Baseball Team wrapped up their summer schedule at the Field of Dreams Ballpark, Monday, in Baxter Springs. Columbus swept their hosts, 7-3 and 13-5 in seven and five inning games with a three outs or three runs format in the final, five inning game. Senior, Landin Midgett, led off for the Titans and was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt by sophomore, Jack Vilela, moved Midgett to…

Saporito new president of PSU Alumni Association Board

Angie Saporito is the new president of the PSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. She took over that volunteer position as of today. Saporito is the administrator of Mercy Hospital Columbus. She has worked there 16 years, wearing many hats and helping the medical team serve thousands of patients. She...

Lavene Redden, 71, Riverton

Lavene Rayma Redden, 71, of Riverton, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at her home. Born November 14, 1950 in Miami, Oklahoma, Rayma was the daughter of Arthur “Ott” Calvin and Lavene May (Reynolds) Smith. She had lived in Picher, Okla., until 2008 when she moved to Riverton. She graduated from Picher – Cardin High School with the class of 1968 She received an associate degree in Business from N.E.O A. & M. College in Miami, Okla.

Seneca Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant in Nodaway County Tuesday

Tuesday, a Seneca man was arrested in Nodaway County on an outstanding warrant. Just before 9 A.M. the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 23-year-old Johnathan Perez Colchado on an outstanding Polk County misdemeanor warrant for an original charge of failure to display plates. The driver was also cited for speeding...

MISSING IN KANSAS: Allannahha Lornes

A southeast Kansas teenager is celebrating her 18th birthday today, on June 29. There is an attempt to locate Allannahha Lornes, who was last seen on May 31, 2022, in Coffeyville. ALLANNAHHA LORNES. Missing from: Coffeyville, Kan. Missing since: May 31, 2022. Age when reported missing: 17. Height: 5’2’’...