Wanted Pittsburg man arrested after 9 hour standoff

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Authorities capture a wanted Pittsburg man after a nine-hour standoff.

According to the Pittsburg Police Department, last month, William Patton removed his ankle monitor while on house arrest. Previous charges filed against him include aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

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Standoff with Wanted Pittsburg Man

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, investigators got information on where Patton was hiding out. They also learned Patton was armed with a handgun.

Tuesday afternoon, investigators confirmed that Patton was at a Pittsburg home, 504 East 9th Street. They set up surveillance while getting a search warrant.

Pittsburg Police requested help from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s High Risk Warrant Team to help execute the search warrant.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m., they started executing the warrant. Several law enforcement agencies surrounded the home. The KBI team breached the front door and called out the occupants. A 20-year-old who lived there came out without incident. They took him to jail for obstructing apprehension.

Officers then started evacuating several nearby homes to assure their safety.

The standoff with Patton lasted nine hours as the KBI team tried to call him out of the home for a peaceful conclusion.

This morning, Sept. 8, around 6:00 a.m., Patton had crawled into the attic of the home and fell through the soffits on the front porch.

According to the Pittsburg Police Department, Patton got up and tried to run southbound. Authorities, with the help of the Kansas Highway Patrol K9 unit, quickly apprehended him.

Authorities arrested Patton on outstanding felony warrants out of Woodson County and Crawford County. Police will also be asking for charges of felony interference with law enforcement and unlawfully tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

They are holding him in the Crawford County Jail without bond.


Body recovered from the Verdigris River

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kan. – The Montgomery County, Kansas Sheriff’s office says deputies found a body in the Verdigris River near Coffeyville around 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office says they do not suspect foul play.

The name of the victim is not being released until next of kin is notified.


Humboldt man killed in a wreck with a semi

NEOSHO COUNTY, Kan. – A man dies following a crash in Neosho County, Kansas.

It happened Monday a little before 1:00 p.m. on K-47 at Elk Road. Kansas Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 71-year-old Carol Hucke of Parsons, Kansas and her passenger 71-year-old Charles Greer of Humboldt, Kansas were traveling east when they turned in front of a semi.

The semi hit the passenger side of the car, killing Greer. Hucke was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.


Missouri murder suspect arrested in Iola

IOLA, Kan. – Police in Iola, Kansas arrest a Missouri murder fugitive and a woman they say attempted to aid him in his flight.

Authorities say 19-year-old Robin Morales-Sanchez is wanted for the July 30 murder of Moises Hernandez-Sanchez in Ashland, Missouri. According to investigators, Morales-Sanchez fled the scene after stabbing Hernandez-Sanchez and another victim multiple times. He’s charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. He also had a warrant out of Cole County, Missouri for domestic assault.

Police received intelligence that Morales-Sanchez was hiding out in Iola. Officers also developed a probable cause to believe Sarah Malki was harboring Morales Sanchez and attempting to help him flee the country. They issued a warrant for her arrest on charges of hindering prosecution of a felony.

On August 4, the Iola Police Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant in the 400 block of S. Colborn Street in Iola. They arrested both Morales-Sanchez and Malki during the search. Both are in custody awaiting extradition to Missouri with no bond.

“I’m tremendously proud of our team and the tireless work they’ve done,” said Ashland Chief of Police Gabe Edwards. “The Hernandez-Sanchez family are an important part of our community and we are confident justice will be served.”



Kansas AG seeks to keep limits on governor’s COVID-19 powers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt is taking his fight to curb the power of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and local officials to impose COVID-19 restrictions in Kansas to the state’s highest court.

Schmidt announced Tuesday that he has asked the Kansas Supreme Court to keep in place a law that limits Kelly’s power and local officials’ authority even though a Johnson County trial-court judge struck it down last month. Schmidt is appealing District Judge David Hauber’s ruling and wants the decision put on hold in the meantime.

The Republican-controlled Legislature enacted the law earlier this year to prevent Kelly from closing businesses or schools, limiting public gatherings or imposing a statewide mask mandate. The law curbed the power of county health officers, leaving decisions about pandemic restrictions to elected county commissions. It allowed people to sue over restrictions and required court decisions within 10 days.

Hauber ruled that the law violated the state constitution by infringing upon the power of the courts and by denying state and local officials due legal process.

Schmidt has defended the law as valid and contends Hauber’s decision has created confusion about what power Kelly and local officials now have. Schmidt is running for governor next year.


Fort Scott National Historic Site plans geophysical survey

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) – Fort Scott National Historic Site will be conducting a geophysical survey to better understand how the fort looked in the 1840s.

A four-person crew from the Nebraska-based Midwest Archeological Center will look into the ground using ground-penetrating radar and other technology to survey the area known as the Quartermaster’s Quandrangle. They will also survey for other features such as latrines, washhouses and other buildings.

The survey work begins Monday and will continue through Aug. 13, Fort Scott said in a news release.

The crew plans to return next spring to survey areas in the restored prairie.

“We will be able to see exactly where fort buildings, patios, and walkways were in the 1840s” said Fort Scott Superintendent Betty Boyko. “Many of these structures have been lost over time, but through technology, we can better understand how the fort originally looked.”


Resurfacing on U.S. 69 in Crawford County to start in August

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Drivers can expect delays in August on U.S. 69 and U.S. 69B in Crawford County.

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a resurfacing project on Monday, August 2, 2021.

Crews will mill and overlay on U.S. 69 between U.S. 400 and K-47, excluding the section within Pittsburg city limits. KDOT will also resurface U.S. 69B through the communities of Franklin and Arma.

According to KDOT, workers will start on U.S. 69B and then proceed south on U.S. 69 from the K-47 junction.

Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone. Drivers can expect delays of 15 minutes or less.

Weather permitting, KDOT expects the project to be finished by early September.

KDOT awarded the construction contract of $2.3 million to Heckert Construction, Pittsburg.


Galena man killed after his motorcycle hit a telephone pole

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – A Galena, Kansas man is dead following a Motorcycle crash. The wreck happened 0.3 miles North of the State Line Road & 21st Street intersection in Galena.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says 20-year-old Theodore Lane III was driving southbound on State Line Road. Lane left the roadway, struck a telephone pole and was ejected from the motorcycle.

Lane was pronounced at the scene


Four-State Staycation: Fort Scott Historic Driving Tour

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – You’ve probably heard the saying “life’s about the journey, not the destination.” The same can be said about travel. Sometimes the drive can be just as rewarding. That’s what Fort Scott, Kansas hopes prove with its self-guided Historic Driving Tour.

The course takes you through 52 beautiful Victorian homes built between 1842 and 1919. For more information on the tour, you can go to visitfortscott.com.



Chanute crews battle fire at Playmakers Sports Bar and Grill

CHANUTE, Kan. – Fire engulfs Playmakers Sports Bar and Grill in Chanute, Kansas Tuesday night.

The Chanute Fire Department responded to a fire at the restaurant around 5:13 p.m. Crews found the building with smoke billowing out of the second story window of the rear of the building. Firefighters from Iola and Parsons provided mutual aid.

The Chanute Fire Department remained on the scene over night to extinguish any hot spots. There’s no word yet on what caused the fire. The investigation has been turned over to the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office.

A GoFundMe has been setup. The funds will be distributed to restaurant staff as they file for unemployment and search for new jobs