Day: August 22, 2017

Dieker arrested for aggravated assault after pointing rifle at police officer

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man early Aug. 20 after he allegedly pointed a rifle at police during a disturbance. Shane Eugene Dieker, 40, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, battery-domestic violence, criminal damage to property, criminal threat and disorderly conduct. All of the charges are misdemeanors, except aggravated assault and criminal threat, which both are felonies. Dieker was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. He remained in custody at the time of this release. Officers responded at 2:22 a.m. Aug. 20 to a disturbance with a weapon in the 1700 block of North Sixth Street. They began to approach the house when Dieker emerged from it with a rifle in his hands. As officers continued to approach the house in an attempt to get the 42-year-old female victim and her small child to safety, Dieker allegedly lowered the rifle and pointed it directly at a 37-year-old officer. Police instructed Dieker to drop the rifle. He initially refused to cooperate with these commands, but eventually he was convinced to drop the rifle and move away from it so he could be apprehended safely. After further investigation, officers learned from the female victim that Dieker had come home intoxicated and begun to yell at...

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“Obstacle observers,” other volunteers still needed for SCKMC Landrush

The SCKMC Landrush planning committee is looking for volunteers to assist with the Aug. 26 fundraiser. Additional help is needed in the form of “obstacle observers” — teams of two who oversee one of the 12 obstacles to ensure both participant safety and fair play — as well as parking attendants to direct traffic and cleanup crew members. “It takes a lot of manpower to put together an event like the Landrush,” said Clayton Pappan, South Central Kansas Medical Center’s director of marketing. “While we have a lot of volunteers from our hospital staff and their families, we could always use more help.” Final setup for the event will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 26 and will include preparing vendor booths, setting up observer tents and water stations throughout the course, and much more. Obstacle observers are asked to check in at the race registration tent by 8 a.m. for their assignments. Opening ceremonies, courtesy of the American Legion Post 10 Riders from Winfield, will begin at 8:45, with the first race starting at 9 a.m. and the final race beginning at 11 a.m. “This is a great event for everyone involved, whether you are up to the challenge of running or not,” Pappan said. “Our volunteers have a blast.” Those interested in volunteering should contact the event’s volunteer coordinator, Darci Sampson, by calling (620) 441-5744 or emailing her at...

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Big turnout for solar eclipse watch party Aug. 21 at Cowley College

A large crowd gathered for the solar eclipse watch party on Aug. 21 at Cowley College’s Calder Bonfy Amphitheatre. As part of the event, a few hundred free eclipse-watching solar glasses were given out by the college’s Student Life Office. Cowley College’s Math and Science Club provided free pizza prior to the event. “I was very impressed with the turnout and the amount of interest that students showed,” said Mike Hayden, Natural Sciences Department instructor and Math and Science Club co-sponsor. “It was a great opportunity for students, faculty and employees, (as well as) members from the community, to all come together, socialize and learn a little science, as well.” Hayden thought the watch party helped students to realize the grand scale of the solar system and the amount of energy released from the sun. “I am sure that when the next solar eclipse comes around in (2024) that everyone will remember back to where they were today,” Hayden said. Along with Hayden, Director of Student Life Landon West, members of the Math and Science Club, maintenance workers, Cowley engineering students and creative writing students helped to make the event a success. Physics students offered tours of the labs before and after the solar eclipse, while students in Cowley College’s creative writing class presented original works as part of the Lines & Lyrics event at 12:30 p.m. This information was...

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