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Homicide investigation in Allen and Neosho counties

ALLEN COUNTY, Kan – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Neosho County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead Saturday evening, December 3 in Chanute, Kan.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office contacted the KBI for investigative assistance just after 5 p.m. KBI agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded and began investigating.

At around 4:50 p.m., Casey M. Dye, 43, of Petrolia, Kan., arrived at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office and provided a statement to sheriff’s deputies.

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Shortly after, law enforcement officers located a deceased man in a vehicle inside an automotive glass shop at 7545 Kansas Highway 39, in Chanute. The man, who was identified as Ryan M. Holcomb, 45, from Chanute, had suffered fatal gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dye was arrested for first-degree murder and was booked into the Allen County Jail. Formal charges are pending, and additional charges are expected.

Investigators allege Dye killed Holcomb Saturday morning at a rural property in Allen County, and then moved his body to the business in Chanute where he was discovered.

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All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

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Missouri men killed in Kansas Double Homicide; 3rd shooting victim critical

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Monday November 28, Baxter Springs Police responded to a residence, 2400 Lincoln Ave, regarding a shooting.

Three men suffering gunshot wounds. “Two died of injuries on the scene,” Chief Brian Henderson states, the third victim rushed to a Joplin, Mo. hospital.

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Next of kin are now notified as names are released:

  • Jeremy Murphy, 47, of Anderson, Mo.
  • Craig Guinn, 59, of Pineville, Mo.
  • Seth Guinn, 27, of Pineville, Mo.

Jeremy Murphy and Craig Guinn pronounced deceased at the scene.  Their bodies have been turned over to the Cherokee County Coroner pending Autopsy later this week.  

Seth Guinn was transported to Freeman Hospital where he is still listed in critical condition.

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On 11-28-22 at 2:40 pm the Baxter Springs Police Department was dispatched to 2400 Lincoln reference to reported gunshots in the residence.  The reporting party told dispatch that three people had been shot inside the residence.  

Officers arrived on scene and immediately began life saving measures on the three victims that had been shot.  A description of the suspect was immediately put out to responding officers.  As officers were coming into the area, they located the suspect walking in the area.  After a brief struggle the suspect was taken into custody by officers.  

Two of the victims were found to be deceased on scene and the third was transported by Cherokee County EMS to Freeman Hospital with life threatening injuries.  Names are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.  

The suspect in this case has been identified as Kyle Butts age 41 of Independence MO.  He is being held in the Cherokee County Jail pending formal charges of Capital Murder by the Cherokee County Attorney’s Office.  

This incident is being investigated by the Baxter Springs Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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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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KBI investigates homicide in rural Allen County

ALLEN COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after a man was found dead in the shop outside of his home in rural La Harpe, Kansas.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the KBI on Wednesday, May 4.

Authorities say on Tuesday morning, May 3, at around 9:55 a.m., the Allen County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a subject who had located a deceased family member.

When deputies arrived at 1255 2400th St. in La Harpe, they discovered the body of 68-year-old Richard Diehl, of La Harpe. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

An autopsy was performed. The preliminary autopsy results indicated that the manner of Diehl’s death was homicide.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME. Tips can also be submitted online at https://www.kbi.ks.gov/sar.

The investigation is ongoing. Authorities do not believe a threat to the public exists related to this crime.

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$5,000 reward, man missing from Independence, Kan.

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. — This week marks two years since Detreck Foster went missing. Investigators suspect foul play in his disappearance.

KBI agents, and the Independence Kansas Police Department are again seeking information from the public to assist in efforts to find the person(s) responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of Detreck.” — KBI SPOKESPERSON

Detreck Foster was reported missing on May 12, 2020. He was last seen around April 12, 2020 in Independence.

  • DESCRIPTION:
  • black male
  • 5’ 9”
  • 190 lbs.
  • hair black
  • eyes brown

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME, or the Independence Police Department at 620-332-1700.

👉🏽 Tips can also be submitted anonymously to authorities here.

KBI state, “Anyone with information leading to the apprehension of the person(s) responsible for Detreck Foster’s disappearance or murder, are eligible for a $5,000 Governor’s reward.”

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Sheriff says no Law Enforcement injured as barricaded suspect fires numerous rounds at LEO

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — About 7 p.m. Baxter Police were notified of a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Wyandotte in Baxter Springs, Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves tells us on scene.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputies, Baxter Springs Police and Kansas Highway Patrol arrived and firearms were being discharged out of the residence.

The suspect engaged LEO in a barrage of gunfire.

It was about 11 p.m. that it concluded Sheriff Groves tells us the investigation has just begun.

Since we arrived at 7:45 p.m. we have heard active weapon fire. We cannot see the location. As we were being held in a staging area along the south of the perimeter near 5th and Willow.

Joplin Police SWAT arrived about 8:45 p.m.

Sheriff Groves states no law enforcement were injured despite receiving gunfire.

He also declined to comment on the shooter’s condition or anyone else that could have been involved on that property.

They hope to update us on Sunday as all agencies on the scene are assisting with the investigation. KBI, Kansas Highway Patrol, Baxter Springs Police, Cherokee County Sheriff’s office and even Joplin Police.

There is no further threat to the public however investigators will be on the scene most likely into daylight hours processing the crime scene. Many area streets are still marked off.

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FBI joins bank robbery investigation in southeast Kansas

 

UPDATE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kan. – Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriffs’ office have arrested the suspect in the Independence, Kansas Equity Bank robbery.

The suspect is a 35-year-old man from Marshfield, Missouri.

He was spotted by deputies who were dealing with an injury accident at the Oklahoma State line.

After a chase that went through residential streets in Coffeyville, authorities say the suspect lost control of his vehicle. Authorities say at that time he got out and ran, before he was caught by Montgomery County Deputies.

No formal charges have been filed at this time.

 

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – The FBI joins an armed robbery investigation at a bank in Independence, Kansas.

The crime happened at the Equity Bank (112 E. Myrtle Street) this afternoon around 1:00 p.m. (May 5, 2021). Authorities have no suspects in custody at this time. Police do not believe there is an immediate threat to the community.

Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison says the Police Department is working with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities are not releasing any additional details at this time.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information is released.

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At least 9 arrested in SEK drug bust

CHANUTE, Kan. – A joint police investigation into illegal drug distribution in Southeast Kansas leads to the arrest of nine suspects with three others pending arrest. It was part of the eight-month long investigation titled “Operation Spring Cleaning.”

(Related article: 3 suspects still wanted in southeast Kansas drug operation)

With assistance from the Neosho County Attorney’s Office, the Allen County Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office, arrest warrants were issued for individuals related to the distribution of methamphetamine. Officers executed the warrants in Neosho, Allen and Montgomery counties resulting in nine arrests. They were all booked in the Neosho and Allen County Jails.

While executing a warrant at 804 N Garfield in Chanute, Kansas, officers found “suspicious explosive devices.”  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATB) and Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) responded to remove the explosives and provide aid in the investigation.

Authorities arrested the following suspects:

  • Shadow McKinney, 28, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school, and Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Kerry Wilson, 41, Chanute, (6 Counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Anna Stockenbrand, 31, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Dedra Bright, 36, Cherryville, Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Gina Perez, 37, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Michael Naff, 35, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Ellen Fisher, 34, Iola, Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Quintin Obermiller, 30, Iola, Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Markus K. Steeves, 47, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of school property, Criminal use of an explosive

Three suspects are pending arrest in connection to the operation:

  • Kevin Pratt, 45, Iola, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Jessica Rogers, 39, Iola, Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Timothy J. Mishler, 30, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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Ex-Kansas sheriff’s official faces child porn, sex counts

WAKEENY, Kan. (AP) – A former official with a western Kansas sheriff’s office has been arrested on charges of trafficking in child pornography and sex crimes involving children.

Blaine Dryden, 62, of WaKenney, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with aggravated internet trading of child pornography and several counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The alleged crimes occurred between November 2019 and last June, while Dryden was a lieutenant with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, investigators said. Dryden was placed on administrative leave by the Ellis County sheriff when the department learned of the investigation, and his employment with the office ended in July.

Dryden was being held in the Graham County Jail on $750,000 bond.