Day: August 2, 2017

Wichita man arrested after Walmart shoplifting incident July 31

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested a Wichita man July 31 after a shoplifting incident at the local Walmart Supercenter that resulted in an altercation. Marquise Dejour Brown, 19, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of interference with a law enforcement officer, plus one count each of battery and possession of stolen property. Brown was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $3,750 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. He remained in custody at the time of this release. Officers were dispatched at 3:57 p.m. July 31 for a report of shoplifting at Walmart, located at 2701 N. Summit St. The suspect was reported running northbound from the store after being confronted. A short time later, officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 3100 block of North Summit Street. They learned the incident was connected to the shoplifting report at Walmart. During the disturbance, a 29-year-old Arkansas City male was injured in an altercation with the suspect, later identified as Brown, who fled on foot and hid in the 3200 block of North Second Street. Brown subsequently was located in the 3300 block of North Summit Street and taken into custody. A defendant’s guilt or innocence is to be determined by a court of law. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special...

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Cowley CARES Conference aids any working in early childhood education

Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City will be host to the fourth annual Cowley CARES Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5. Registration and vendor booths will open at 7:30 a.m. This local conference helps those within the area of early childhood education to earn the proper professional development needed to keep or maintain their Kansas Department of Health and Environment license. “We have enjoyed creating a working relationship (with) the child care providers, foster parents and many others within the past four years,” said Janet Davidson, Cowley College director of child care and development and early childhood education. “We look forward to this event every year. My goal is to make the providers (and) families feel special and gain quality training.” Davidson said there will be 13 vendor booths and eight presenters at this year’s conference. “We offer options each session so that the attendees can pick according to their needs,” Davidson said. “I want to thank Desaree Groene, Emily Soule, Beth Reeder, Amy Hutto, Deb Herndon, Julie Rhoads, Regina Miller and Jennie Larson for taking the time to present at this year’s event.” This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo. 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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Cowley College trustees hire seven; Sumner County race down to two

The Cowley College Board of Trustees convened a special meeting July 31 to handle a few items prior to the start of the school year. Among them were new hires for the fall semester. Two faculty members, automotive instructor Daniel Brooks and nondestructive testing instructor Garret Vickery, were hired. Several other positions also were filled, but most noteworthy was a brand-new position to be filled by Gary Downs. As “staff accountant,” Downs will back up the two current financial department employees. “Currently, if (the individual) who does payroll were to be in an accident, there would be no one to handle payroll (in her stead),” said Cowley College President Dennis Rittle. “He is an excellent hire,” Rittle said of Downs, whose wife, Kammy, is executive director of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce. The remaining four staff positions all were pre-existing, but were vacant prior to the meeting. Those new hires are Tanner Brock, dorm manager and intramural coordinator; Michael McCune, custodian; Donna Walcher, cashier and accounts receivable generalist; and Valerie White, admissions coordinator. The board voted unanimously to approve all seven hires as presented. In other business, Cowley College trustees: accepted the resignations of Kristina Meseke as accounting specialist, effective July 21, and Jancye Sturd as admissions coordinator, effective Aug. 4. approved Rittle’s decision to cover the cost of registration for Sumner County Economic Development Executive Director Stacy Davis...

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