Month: December 2017

Two arrested Dec. 23 in connection with Walmart theft; one resists arrest

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested two people Dec. 23 in connection with a theft at a local store during which one suspect resisted arrest. Kevin Charles Fell, 44, of Wichita, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor counts of battery of a law enforcement officer and interference with a law enforcement officer, as well as an outside warrant. Fell was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $3,500 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. He remained in custody at the time of this release. Kenna Star Rothermel, 31, of Augusta, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor theft of property or services of less than $1,000 in value. Rothermel was transported to and booked into the county jail in lieu of $1,000 bond through Arkansas City district court. She since has posted bond and been released from custody. Officers were dispatched about 3:25 a.m. Dec. 23 for a report of a theft in progress at the local Walmart Supercenter, located at 2701 N. Summit St. The reporting party provided a description of the suspect’s vehicle, which was observed by a responding officer turning in to a private drive. The officer ordered the suspect to exit the vehicle. During the arrest process, the suspect, later identified as Fell, turned on the officer and a physical confrontation ensued. The officer deployed a Taser. Fell...

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City offices closed Dec. 29 for Tapia funeral, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day

The City of Arkansas City will close City Hall and other city offices at 1 p.m. Dec. 29 so that employees may attend the funeral of Marc Tapia in Winfield. City Hall and other city offices will remain closed all day Jan. 1, 2018, in observance of New Year’s Day. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Shelley Family Funeral Home, Winfield. Online condolences may be made at www.meaningfulfunerals.net/obituary/marc-tapia?fh_id=13346. Four-day sanitation next week The City of Arkansas City will remain on a four-day sanitation schedule next week due to the closure of all city offices Jan. 1, 2018, in observance of New Year’s Day. The F Street Limb and Compost Site and the Cowley County Landfill also will be closed Jan. 1. All of Monday’s route and part of Tuesday’s route will be collected Jan. 2, 2018. The part of Tuesday’s route to be collected is from Madison Avenue south to the Mill Canal, and from Summit Street east to E Street and southeast through Sleeth Addition. (Please see accompanying map for full detail of holiday pickup areas.) The remainder of Tuesday’s route and Wednesday’s entire route will be collected Jan. 3, 2018. Thursday’s and Friday’s entire routes will be unaffected by this holiday disruption. All refuse should be placed at normal pickup locations by 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. There will be no return pickups....

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Wellington man cited Dec. 20 by ACPD in non-injury hit-and-run accident

The Arkansas City Police Department cited a 66-year-old Wellington man Dec. 20 in connection with a hit-and-run accident involving two juveniles. The driver of the 2007 Chrysler was cited for failure to report an accident and inattentive driving. The Arkansas City Fire-EMS and Police departments were dispatched about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 for a report of an accident in the 200 block of Linden Avenue. A church bus had stopped in the roadway to pick up passengers. Two of them were children, aged 4 and 7, who stepped out into the street to get on the bus. The 2007 Chrysler started to go around the stopped bus, striking one of the children and pushing the child into the other child. Both children were examined at the scene by EMS and neither reported any injuries. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. 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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ACPD Officer Matt Mayo honored for saving life of Arkansas City resident

Arkansas City Police Department Officer Matt Mayo has been recognized for his service to Arkansas City more than once this year. In addition to being recognized as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1254’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, he was named ACPD’s September Employee of the Month. Mayo was recognized for a call during which he helped to save the life of an Arkansas City resident. On Dec. 19, he was given a special award during a City Commission meeting for his life-saving efforts. ACPD Capt. Mark McCaslin pinned a special “Life Saving Award” bar onto Mayo’s uniform to commemorate this achievement. Code blue compressions On Sept. 25, Mayo and McCaslin were called to the home of Arkansas City resident Kenneth Roberts. The initial call was “code blue,” which signifies the individual in need of help is in cardiac arrest and not breathing. “It was apparent that he was not breathing normally and (was) not doing well at the time,” McCaslin said. Both officers attempted to find a pulse and stimulate Roberts with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), with no success. “Matt began compressions and continued compressions until EMS arrived,” McCaslin said. “After EMS arrived, Officer Mayo stayed at (Roberts’) side and continued life-saving efforts with EMS.” Due to the efforts of the first responders, Roberts’ condition improved from code blue to code red, or critical. EMS indicated that Mayo’s...

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City identifies Tapia as Public Works Department employee killed Dec. 21

The City of Arkansas City has released the name of the Public Works Department employee who died as a result of a workplace accident Dec. 21. Marc A. Tapia, 53, sustained critical injuries about 1:40 p.m. at the Public Works central shop, located at 1407 W. Madison Ave. He died about 5:40 p.m. at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. “I am saddened by this tragic loss,” Mayor Dan Jurkovich said Dec. 22. “I am told Marc was always smiling and gave more than he received. He will be greatly missed. My prayer is that God will provide the comfort his family needs.” Tapia was employed by the city as a public services maintenance worker for nearly 2 1/2 years. He was performing maintenance as the operator of a street sweeper vehicle when the accident occurred. Prior to his transfer to the Public Services Division in August 2015, Tapia worked as a wastewater treatment plant operator in the Environmental Services Division. He was hired Sept. 29, 2014. “Marc was a wonderful asset to the city — a hard-working, cheerful, dedicated employee who always had a smile on his face,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “More important, he was simply a wonderful person. The grief and loss suffered Thursday were not just by his immediate family, but also his extended work family here at the City of Arkansas City.” A little...

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