Day: December 21, 2017

Parents arrested Dec. 20 on court warrants for aggravated battery of child

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested two Arkansas City residents Dec. 20 in connection with a significant injury to their 3-month-old son. Brandon Ray Fuller, 21, and Kadyn Janae Rollins, 18, were arrested on suspicion of one felony count of aggravated battery each. Fuller and Rollins were transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. Both since have posted bond and been released from custody. Officers were dispatched Nov. 20 to South Central Kansas Medical Center for a report of a 3-month-old boy with a spiral fracture to his right femur. Police determined that the child’s parents are Fuller and Rollins. The injury was investigated and a case was sent to the Cowley County Attorney’s Office for review. Cowley County District Court later issued warrants for aggravated battery for both Fuller and Rollins, who were arrested on those warrants 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 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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Public Works Department employee fatally injured in workplace accident

A City of Arkansas City employee was injured fatally Dec. 21 in a workplace accident at the Public Works Department central shop. The employee was transported by ambulance to South Central Kansas Medical Center in critical condition and subsequently transferred by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The employee died about an hour after arriving at Wesley. The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department was dispatched around 1:43 p.m. to the shop, located at 1407 W. Madison Ave., for a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a street sweeper. It was determined that the accident occurred within the shop premises and involved the operator of the street sweeper. No one else was injured. The exact cause of the accident is still being investigated. Paramedics stabilized the employee, who initially was not breathing, at the scene for transport. The Arkansas City Police Department is investigating the accident. Further details will be released as necessary. The employee’s name is not being released at this time, pending notification of family. 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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FOP’s Shop with a Cop brings hope, Christmas cheer to those in crisis

The Arkansas City Police Department has a long history of giving back to the community. One of the ways ACPD officers do so is by providing an annual “Shop with a Cop” program. This program provides underprivileged children with the opportunity to shop for their own Christmas presents. The local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 6 is the organization that makes this event possible every year. Shop with a Cop kicks off Last Saturday, Walmart’s toy section was flooded with families and their uniformed companions. One of the mothers, Mika, was able to bring her two oldest children to the event with the help of her daughter’s stepmother. Jasa, who turned 6 that day, was very sure of what she wanted to bring home, as was Anthony, who turns 4 on Christmas Eve. Both children were quiet, but zeroed in on their wish lists quickly. For Jasa, it was a Doc McStuffins care cart and some Baby Alive dolls. “Doc McStuffins” is a children’s television show in which a little girl pretends to be a doctor for all of the toys she and her brother own. The cart gave Jasa all of the “tools of the trade,” so to speak, to doctor her own toys. Anthony was interested in one thing only — PJ Masks. These characters are from the television show of the same name, in...

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Kiwanis donates $1,000 each to Angels in the Attic, FLS, Manna Ministries

The Kiwanis Club of Arkansas City gave back to the local community in a big way this week. The social club gave $1,000 each to three local nonprofit organizations — Angels in the Attic, Family Life Services (FLS) and Manna Ministries. Club members delivered the checks to each organization on Tuesday. “Our goal is to support the youth of Ark City and we try to give to places that will help the youth out,” said club president Albert Bacastow. This year marked the first time the Kiwanis Club has donated funds to FLS or Manna Ministries. Each of these nonprofits provides valuable services to Arkansas City residents in need of help. The Kiwanis mission is to change the world — one child, one community at a time. Angels in the Attic The first stop Kiwanis made was at Angels in the Attic, where club members were greeted by Angels in the Attic staff and board member Jill Hunter. Angels in the Attic, located at 109 S. Summit St., is a homegrown nonprofit that has been operating in Arkansas City since 2015. Its services include everything from pantry needs to clothing and help with navigating the many tools that can help families during hard times. “You have no idea what this means. This came in, just … perfect timing,” said Angels in the Attic case worker Ivy Beals. “Thank you so...

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KS Open Records Act put to test in Eagle’s body-worn cameras lawsuit

In a case that could have local implications, The Wichita Eagle recently filed a lawsuit against the City of Wichita that claims the city violated the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). The lawsuit contests that the city violated KORA when it denied an open records request in October for access to footage captured by Wichita Police Department (WPD) body-worn cameras. This request was made by Eagle staff as they were in the process of investigating an incident in which Wichita police were accused of racial profiling. Requesting open records from public entities while gathering information to report news is a commonplace practice for journalists. KORA helps to define or outline that process and the rules regarding what records are open in the state of Kansas. Journalists rely heavily on this law to acquire the records that allow them to report news accurately. The law pertains not only to journalists, but to all citizens, too. Anyone may inspect a record. While records requests pertaining to body-worn cameras have not been filed yet in Arkansas City by media, local police do wear body-worn cameras and this type of request could occur in the future, so the results of this lawsuit has potential implications for the Arkansas City Police Department and City of Arkansas City. Body-worn about-face When the Eagle’s news staff requested the video footage, they initially were given approval and...

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