Child found safe: Parental Child Abduction in Crawford County, Kan.

UPDATE: 10:16 p.m. Wednesday, “The child was located and is safe.” No further information is provided.
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CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. — Sheriff Danny Smith releases details about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday evening:

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Please be on the look out for a white 2004 Ford F-150 pickup bearing Kansas Tag 897NNP. Truck has silver pickup bed tool box. There is a black bumper sticker on the drivers side tailgate that has the wording “catholic” in orange lettering.

Last seen southbound from Quincy and the bypass at approximately 6:39 pm todays date.
The driver/suspect is a Matt Williams. 5’8 210lbs wearing purple shirt and blue jeans.

Williams was having a supervised visit with 1 year old daughter Autumn Williams, who is in TFI custody.

Williams fled the visitation location with the infant daughter. Autumn has blonde hair and was last seen wearing yellow sun dress with flowers on it. She was also wearing silver sandals. She has a pacifier with pink clip on it.

If located, please call 911 or the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office 620-724-8274.


Homicide investigation, two women shot in Pittsburg, Kan.; Suspect in custody

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Late Friday night just before 11 p.m. Pitt Dispatch were alerted to reports of multiple gunshots in the 100 block of W 23rd.

Officers responded to the area and upon arrival located two female victims. Officers attempted to render medical aid to 40-year-old Stephanie Marie Short, of Pittsburg, who appeared to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.” —Lt. Rebekah Lynch, Pittsburg Police

First responders immediately rendered life-saving measures however Short was pronounced on scene.

A second victim, Velma Marie Cubie, 46, of Kansas City, Mo., also suffering gunshot wound was transported to a local hospital.  Lt. Lynch says the woman is currently stable.

James Cornell Hamilton, 39, of Pittsburg was taken into custody at the scene. He was booked in the Crawford County Jail on the following:

  • Murder 1st
  • Attempted Murder

Hamilton is being held on a $100,000 bond.

There is no further threat to the public.

Pittsburg Police, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Crawford County Sheriff’s office are collaborating on the ongoing investigation. If anyone has information, contact the Pittsburg Police at 620-231-1700, or tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.



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Man faces charges of firing a weapon at fleeing individuals, then arrested for violating parole

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Police officers in Pittsburg arrested a motorcyclist after he allegedly chased a car down and fired multiple gunshots at the occupants.

On Sunday police dispatch sent officers to the area of George Nettles Elementary School to investigate a reported shooting.

While on the scene, police learned that a man driving a motorcycle pursued two victims in a car.

According to the police report, Elijah Andrew Shead, 41, began following the victims in the 300 block of East Centennial Drive. The victims reported that Shead chased them, eventually pulling up to the side of their vehicle at the intersection of Jefferson and Elm.

Police say Shead then got off his motorcycle and fired three rounds at the victims before fleeing the area. The police report says the victims drove away until their car became undrivable near the area of George Nettles Elementary School.

Shead was not located until Tuesday and he was detained by deputies who transported him to the Crawford County Jail and booked him for the following:

  • Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Criminal Discharge of a Firearm
  • Felony Criminal Damage to Property

Records show Shead bonded out of jail on Tuesday evening, however, the Kansas Department of Corrections issued an arrest and detain order for Shead due to his parole violations.

Crawford County deputies later took Shead into custody without incident on Wednesday. Police say Shead is now being held without bond.

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