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Stabbing near Galena, Kan.; Two arrested on Attempted Murder

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. — Around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2022, Cherokee County authorities were notified that a woman had arrived at a Joplin, Mo. hospital suffering multiple stab wounds.

Detectives determined the crime had occurred at a property north of Galena, Kan. As a result of the investigation, deputies located and took two suspects into custody:

  • Steven D. Tyner, 49, of Columbus, Kan.
  • Ivy Christine Simpson, 23, of Webb City, Mo.

Tyner, who is a registered violent offender after being convicted of Attempted Voluntary Manslaughter in 2007, was transported to the Cherokee County Jail.

  • Steven D. Tyner
  • Conspiracy to Commit Murder
  • Attempted Murder
  • Rape
  • Possessing Methamphetamine
  • Violating the Kansas Offender Registration Act

Simpson was transported to the Cherokee County Jail.

  • Ivy Christine Simpson
  • Conspiracy to Commit Murder
  • Attempted Murder

The victim has since been released from the hospital.

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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.

| RELATED BREAKING NEWS >> Double Homicide in Baxter Springs, 3rd shooting victim rushed to Joplin hospital

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.

BAXTERSPRINGSDBLHOMICIDE 11-28-22

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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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Inmates build and install Blessing Box for Galena Church

GALENA, Kan. — This week trusted inmates serving time in the county jail assisted the install of a Blessing Box at First Baptist Church, 7th and Euclid.

The Cherokee County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office special program, Inmate Work Detail, allows trusted inmates to work outside the jail under supervision.

Inmates previously had built a Blessing Box and painted it. This week Sheriff David Groves, Chief Deputy Nate Jones and the Inmate Work Detail installed the box.

The blessing box project was coordinated with the Missions Team of First Baptist Church in Galena and was installed in front of the Church at 7th and Euclid.”

— CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

The Blessing Box is there for those in need of items, food, toiletries, books etc. They can be taken by anyone with a need. Every time you look inside there will be something different to bless someone because people from town will stock it.

You do not have to be a church member to participate. You don’t have to ask permission to place items in the box or take items from the box.

“They ask community members to help keep the box stocked with food items for those who may need assistance,” states Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in a release of information.

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Investigation alert: Sheriff seeks identity of person and owner of truck

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Sheriff David Groves of Cherokee County seeks the identification of an individual and owner of a pickup truck recently caught on camera.

“Cherokee County Sheriff’s office Investigation Alert: Seeking identity of the person and owner of truck.” – CCSO

If you have information you can send an anonymous text tip: TEXT ‘tip cherokee’ to 888777 followed by the information you are able to provide. You can also call 620-429-3992.  Click here to their website.

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Help Catch-a-Crook, Residential Burglars caught on camera

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. — Sheriff David Groves releases images and video of two men wanted in relation to Residential Burglaries in the county.

In security video you see two men enter a door in the darkness. One man quickly disables the BLINK! camera and the video clip ends.

Suspects may be in stolen 2021 red Toyota Venza with KS LIC. 725-NPA.

On the Sheriff’s social media post a woman asks where the burglary occurred, “Northern on this particular case, but could very well be committing crimes in other areas of our region, as well.”

Call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office at 620-429-3992.  Text Tips: type ‘tip cherokee‘ to 888777 followed by whatever information you can provide.

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Riverton man pleads guilty, 8 years DOC

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. — A Riverton, Kan. man has plead guilty to various Cherokee County crimes now resulting in a prison term.

Adam C. Evans, age 37, was sentenced to 104 months imprisonment.

“The roughly eight and a half year prison sentence stems from numerous cases investigated by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputies, going back to 2018,” according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Evans pled guilty in the following instances:

  • August 2018 Burglary of a rural Cherokee County home where numerous firearms were stolen.
  • Spring 2021 case where he barricaded himself in a local business when deputies attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant and he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
  • August 2021 incident where Evans fled into a wooded area, striking a Law Enforcement K9 with a branch when Deputies again attempted to arrest him on additional outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The formal charges Evans pled guilty to are:

  • Inflicting Harm to a Law Enforcement K9
  • Burglary
  • Possessing Methamphetamine
  • Interference with Law Enforcement.

Evans has been held in the Cherokee County Jail since his arrest in August 2021.

Groves says Evans caused a lot of issues for area residents for some time. “I’m glad he is now scheduled to be transported to the Kansas Department of Corrections and am also glad to report the Law Enforcement K9 he attacked has recovered from the incident and has since done a great job of locating and removing dangerous drugs from our community.”

The cases were prosecuted by the Cherokee County Attorney’s Office.

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Wanted Missouri Fugitive captured in Kansas

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – A Missouri Fugitive from Justice is arrested after a police pursuit in Kansas.

Saturday Cherokee County Deputies were searching an area for wanted fugitive, Larry Flowers, 39.

Just after noon, a deputy spotted Flowers driving a white Ford truck north of Riverton.  Flowers fled when the deputy attempted to stop him.

Flowers traveled west on Messer Road, where another Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to successfully deploy a tire deflation device east of Columbus.  Flowers however continued to flee northbound from Columbus  eventually going into Crawford County near Cherokee. As the pursuit came to an end he rammed a Crawford County Patrol Unit before veering off the roadway.

Flowers was taken into custody and deputies located and seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Flowers was transported to the Cherokee County Jail on 14 outstanding warrants for his arrest, including felony aggravated crimes in Missouri.  Flowers also now faces additional charges in Cherokee and Crawford Counties in Kansas.

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Do you know the whereabouts of these Fugitives from Justice?

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. — Sheriff David Groves releases information regarding two individuals they are seeking in unrelated cases.

  • Randy Beckett • Felony Forgery
  • Brian Uhl • Felony Theft

There are current warrants for their arrest and they are known as Fugitives from Justice.

You may remain anonymous: 📞 call 620-429-3992 or text 88877 ‘tip cherokee’ with any information.

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All wanted on meth-related charges in Cherokee County, Kan.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. — Occasionally Sheriff David Groves calls it ‘Fugitive Friday’ with a list of those wanted and their outstanding warrants.

Today seven are wanted on Meth-Related charges.

They are seeking the location of individuals listed on the flyer. You may remain anonymous: 📞 call 620-429-3992 or text 88877 ‘tip cherokee’ with any information.

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