Five people from Independence were killed in a plane crash Saturday morning near Ponca City, Oklahoma. According to The Montgomery County Chronicle, the identities of the five victims are Tim Valentine of Independence, Bill Warner of rural Independence, his son Nick Warner of rural Independence, and two of NIck’s sons. The airplane was registered to an aviation ministry owned and operated by Tim Valentine. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
If you plan to vote tomorrow and you live in or near Humboldt and LaHarpe you will have a new place to vote. The Register reports that Humboldt voters will cast their ballots at the Humboldt United Methodist Church, 806 N. Ninth St. The previous voting place had been set up at Humboldt’s First Baptist Church. Meanwhile, voters who had previously gone to the LaHarpe Senior Center now must cast their votes at the Gas Community Center.
Allen County Commissioner Tom Williams will resign his seat effective in the middle of August. Sources say that Williams will be taking a special investigator position with Derek Schmidt in the Kansas Attorney General’s office. No word yet on when a replacement will be named.
Thrive Allen County is looking for nominations for a Thrive Award for Excellence. Thrive presents awards each year in November to organizations and individuals doing exceptional work in the community. Awards are given for excellence in the areas of Health and Wellness; Recreation; Education; and Economic Development. The Donna Talkington Award is Thrive’s highest award. Make nominations by phone at 365.8128 or email email@example.com.
State Senator Caryn Tyson will be in Iola today for a meet and greet as she as she campaigns to win a seat in Congress. That will be at 430pm at Miller’s on Madison.
Official KBI News Release:
KBI investigating officer involved shooting in Chanute
NEOSHO COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon at the Walmart in Chanute, Kan.
On July 28 shortly before 2:30 p.m., the Chanute Police Department requested KBI assistance to investigate a shooting, and KBI agents responded.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 1:20 p.m. officers from the Chanute Police Department responded to the report of a disturbance in the Walmart parking lot at 2700 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Chanute. They encountered a male subject behaving erratically, and requested EMS respond to evaluate the subject. At approximately, 2 p.m. EMS was communicating with the subject when he jumped inside the ambulance, locked the doors, and stole it. At that time, one officer fired several times toward the subject in the departing ambulance.
Then, officers proceeded to chase the ambulance for approximately 15 minutes until they were able to stop it in the area of 7th St. and S. Allen Ave. Officers detained the subject. EMS treated him for injuries which included a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, and then to a Wichita hospital for further treatment. No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.
The subject was later identified as 38-year-old Trevor L. Jones. He resides in the Chanute area.
The KBI will complete a thorough and independent investigation into this incident. Once completed, the findings will be turned over to the Neosho County Attorney for review.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.
As the Allen County Fair gets set for a big weekend, Riverside Park will also be host to Rotary Day in the Park which has a full schedule of activities on Saturday. The Neil Wetervelt Memorial Car Show goes on from 8am until 3pm as part of Smokin’ Hot Cars and BBQ. The BBQ part is a state BBQ championship being held with teams from around the area. There will be DJ and live musical entertainment from ten until two, and for five dollars you can take part in the Picnic in the Park Community Feed.
Allen County Regional Hospital board members are debating the pros and cons of leasing the facility. The Iola Register reports that a task force is examining whether to continue a management contract with Hospital Corporation of America. That arrangement that has been in place since the new building opened in 2013 but is up for renewal. A lease agreement would require another entity to assume the hospital’s financial risk but would take away local control.
The Allen County Fair gets underway today in Riverside Park with 4-H entries starting to be received this morning. There is a full slate of activities today. KIKS will have fair updates for you during the day today and tomorrow. It’s also been announced that Kansas Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer will be in Iola Friday from 12:15-12:45 at the Fair’s Baby Barnyard at Riverside Park to meet and greet people.