Day: April 26, 2017

Ark City man arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with shotgun

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man April 22 after an incident in which he allegedly pointed a shotgun at another man. Mason William Smith, 20, was arrested on suspicion of a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He also was wanted on an Arkansas City district court warrant for failure to appear. Smith was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $20,500 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. He remained in custody at the time of this release. Police were dispatched at 10:49 p.m. April 22 to the 700 block of North B Street for a report of a disturbance during which a pump-action shotgun allegedly had been pointed at the reporting party. When they arrived, they contacted Smith, who was sitting inside his vehicle. He was identified as the primary suspect. Smith complied with officers’ commands and a shotgun was located inside his vehicle. Further investigation determined the incident had stemmed from an earlier altercation that occurred as Smith and the male victim were traveling to work. Both men work at the same location, police said. Smith allegedly drove through the intersection of Madison Avenue and Summit Street as the victim was preparing to enter the intersection. This led to a later confrontation after they ended...

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Worth checking out: The sweet, sad singing voice of “Sad Clown” Puddles

There seems to be a large section of the population that suffers from coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. I’ll admit that with some of the crazy things out there, such as It‘s Pennywise and the weird clown prank that happened last October, I can’t really blame people for mistrusting clowns. However, there is one clown in particular who I think might not deserve this stigma. Puddles is a 7-foot-tall clown with an incredible voice. He doesn’t look like a typical circus clown — there are no garish clothes or oversized shoes. Puddles is more like a pierrot clown, white faced with loose, monochromatic clothing. He is marketed as the “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice.” Most recently, Puddles released a mashup of “Pinball Wizard” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” The man behind the white face paint, Mike Geier, first saw Gregory Dean Smalley perform the mashup in 1994, according to his website. This is just one in a long line of videos that can be found on Puddles’ website and YouTube channel. Some of the songs he performs are not well known by the general populace, such as “Crying,” which originally was recorded by Roy Orbison. Puddles first appeared in 1998 in Atlanta. Since that time, his dulcet tones have been heard all around the world. Some of my favorite Puddles songs actually were collaborations between the Sad Clown and...

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National Day of Prayer event planned for May 4 at Wilson Park rotunda

A National Day of Prayer service will be held next week under the Wilson Park rotunda. The Arkansas City Ministerial Alliance invites the community to attend the prayer service, which will begin at noon May 4. After the service, lunch will be available. This year will mark the 66th annual National Day of Prayer (NDOP) event. NDOP was established in 1952, when President Harry Truman signed it into law. President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988 to designate the day NDOP is recognized. This amendment states “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer, on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.” For more information about the NDOP event at Wilson Park, call (405) 627-3417. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Drug Take Back Day event will be April 29 at Walmart in Arkansas City

The Arkansas City Police Department and Cowley County Sheriff’s Office both will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day event this year. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29, any unused or expired prescription medications can be taken to Walmart in Arkansas City and dropped off with officers there. Officers will be posted outside the doors of the Walmart Supercenter, located at 2701 N. Summit St. After being collected, the drugs will be turned over to the DEA for proper disposal. National Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Last year, the DEA collected a record-setting amount of medications during the event. More than 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines — about 447 tons — was collected at almost 5,400 sites, spread through all 50 states. In Kansas, 13,894 pounds were collected. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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