Crime

Ark City resident Ayala arrested Dec. 8 for aggravated assault with pistol

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man early Dec. 8 after he allegedly threatened a female with a handgun. Jose DeJesus Ayala, 37, was arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated assault, as well as disorderly conduct and violation of a protective order, both of which are misdemeanors. […]

Arkansas City driver cited for inattentive driving Dec. 6 after striking child

The Arkansas City Police Department cited an Arkansas City driver Dec. 6 after she struck a 4-year-old child with her vehicle, causing injury. Ginda Alexander, 28, was cited for inattentive driving. She was driving a black 2004 Ford SUV. The Arkansas City Fire-EMS and Police departments responded at 3:30 p.m. […]

Ark City resident Canas arrested Nov. 19 on suspicion of marijuana sales

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man Nov. 19 in connection with a seizure of marijuana Nov. 17 at an apartment complex. Felix Canas, 28, was arrested on suspicion of no drug tax stamp and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, as well as felony possession with […]

Huff makes first court appearance; unlawful sexual relations case continued

Teacher Ethan Dane Huff made his first appearance in court Nov. 7 following an October arrest for an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. Huff appeared in the Arkansas City courtroom, presided over by Cowley County District Court Judge Christopher Smith. His attorney, who was retained from Wichita, also […]

Police begin ‘No Valuables November’ initiative to reduce car burglaries

The Arkansas City Police Department is planning an initiative for the month of November called “No Valuables November.” The program will focus on reducing motor vehicle burglaries and thefts by raising awareness in the community that thieves target vehicles based on a few factors. Those factors include: keys left in […]

Arkansas City police seek suspect in Oct. 21 robbery at Sonic Drive-In

The Arkansas City Police Department is seeking a young man in connection with a robbery of a local Sonic restaurant that was reported late Oct. 21. The suspect is Austin Ty Brownell. He is described as a white male in his mid-20s, wearing a hooded jacket. Police said Brownell last […]

ACHS teacher Huff arrested for unlawful sexual relations with student

UPDATE (11:15 a.m. Oct. 14): In response to Huff’s arrest, USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call issued the following statement from USD 470 Superintendent Ron Ballard: “Student safety is our top priority. We take these allegations very seriously and are cooperating fully with law enforcement. At this time, we […]

ACPD warns local businesses about fraudulent checks

The Arkansas City Police Department has notified local businesses of a recent rash of fraudulent check writing. A man going by the name of Tim Hartzell has passed numerous fraudulent checks in the Oklahoma cities of Newkirk, Ponca City and Stillwater, as well as in Arkansas City, according to ACPD […]

Porter arrested in connection with aggravated assaults with baseball bat

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man Sept. 12 after he allegedly attempted to hit two people with a baseball bat. Jason Don Porter, 47, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony aggravated assault. He was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail […]

Police plan Neighborhood Watch program reboot during National Night Out

The Arkansas City Police Department has begun efforts to re-establish Neighborhood Watch chapters across the city. There currently are no formal Neighborhood Watch groups in existence in Ark City, although the program was thriving many years ago. ACPD is attempting to jumpstart the program back to life in conjunction with its […]