Homicide investigation in Pittsburg, Kan. on Cedar Crest Drive

Pittsburg, Kan. — Pittsburg Police officers acting on a tip performed a welfare check on an adult female on Monday, October 10, 2022 just after noon at 1309 Cedar Crest Drive in Pittsburg.

Leut Rebekah Lynch of PPD states in a media release, “The caller had received information the female living at this residence may have been hurt or injured.”

Officers discovered the body of Machelle Lynn Fontenot, 54, of Pittsburg.

The death was determined to be Homicide.

While officers were still at the crime scene information developed in a subject. In an odd twist that male individual was seen driving near Cedar Crest Drive. Officers initiated a traffic stop.

The male suspect was taken into custody.

Formal charges have yet to be filed. Leut Lynch states he is being held in the Crawford County Jail on allegations of, “2nd degree murder, and one count of felony interference with law enforcement.”

The Homicide investigation continues and PPD ask anyone with information to please contact 620-231-1700, or their tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477).

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Pittsburg Kan. Police welcome new K9 Rone

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Sunday, May 15, seems a perfect day to welcome a new K9 to the Pittsburg Kansas Police Dept, Rone.

He is a 2 year old German/Shepherd who was imported from Poland. Rone & his handler, Officer Zachary Dainty, completed a 6 week certification course through Patriot K9 & are certified in narcotics detection, human trafficking & suspect apprehension,” Pittsburg Kansas Police state in a release of information.

Rone is certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association.

“Please help us welcome Rone to our community & team. Happy National Police Dog Day, Rone!” — PPD

According to the Animal Behavior College there are numerous tasks that police dogs are trained for different tasks. Most usually a dog is trained only in one or two areas. Rone is trained in the 1st and 3rd below:

  1. Apprehension and attack — Dogs trained in apprehending and subduing suspects work alongside law enforcement officers in cities around the world. German Shepherds, Belgion Malinois, Belgian Turveren Dutch Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers and Giant Schnauzers are most commonly used for these tasks.
  2. Search and rescue —Dogs trained in search and rescue can locate suspects or search for missing people. They are used in police work to help find escaped prisoners, fugitives and lost or missing at-risk people. Labrador Retrievers are commonly used in search and rescue, along with Golden Retrievers, Bloodhounds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, Giant Schnauzers and German Shepherds.
  3. Detection — Detection dogs specialize in sniffing out drugs and explosives. They do their job at border crossings, airports and shipping facilities. The breeds most often used for this work are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, Basset Hounds, Beagles, Spring Spaniels and Giant Schnauzers. Other dog are sometimes used for detection work, like Border Collies, German Shorthaired Pointers and mixed breeds.

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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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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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Polar Plunge for Kansas Special Olympics

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The water we hear is a chilly 35°. But today there are warm hearts as hundreds raise money for Special Olympics Kansas.

“We have police agencies from all over southeast Kansas participating along with Fire departments and a bunch of other orignazations. Going to be a great day to jump in some freezing cold water and raise a bunch of money and awareness for Special Olympic athletes. Come out and support the plungers. Dress warm it’s chilly out!!” — PITTSBURG KANSAS POLICE DEPT

Shannon Becker of KOAM News Now hopes to bring you live coverage of the event from the Crimson Villas Apartments, 1900 S Rouse, Pittsburg.