Daily Archives: July 28, 2020

Robert ‘Bob’ Lockwood, 65, Wellington: Oct. 6, 1954 – July 23, 2020

Bob Lockwood

Robert (Bob) Lon Lockwood of Wellington was born on October 6, 1954, in Sterling, Colo. and died July 23, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Born in Sterling, Colo. to Victor and Betty Lockwood, Bob graduated from Greeley High School, Greeley, Colo. in 1973.

Bob and wife Karilyn (Jones) met while working at Hewlett Packard in Loveland, Colo.

Bob worked at Big Dog Motorcycles and with security at the Kansas Star Casino for many years.  Bob had just started working at the First Christian Church when he became sick.  He transferred his membership to this church when they moved to Wellington and said many times it was one of the best things he had ever done, he felt at home.

KSHSAA will begin all fall activities as scheduled

Sumner Newscow report – By action of the KSHSAA Executive Board Tuesday, all fall activities will begin as scheduled for the 2020-21 school year. This includes practice and competition.

Local school districts retain the right to modify the start dates for practice or competition based on their local and county health recommendations.

 The KSHSAA considerations for fall activities released on July 22 are still in effect. Those considerations are posted here:

Walter Taylor III is officially charged with second-degree murder, details of the crime released

Walter Edward Taylor

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Walter Taylor III, 21, of Wellington has officially been charged with murder in the second degree stemming from last week’s shooting in east Wellington.

Sumner County District Court released the court complaint today and Taylor faces three felony counts including:

•Murder in the second degree, with firearms involved — a level 1 felony;

•Criminal threat — a level 9 felony;

•Criminal discharge of a firearm into an occupied motor vehicle — a level 3 felony.

Taylor is currently in the Sumner County jail with a $1 million cash or professional surety bond. He is accused of shooting and killing 34-year-old Travis Schneider from Wellington. The shooting occurred July 22 at 1:30 p.m. just east of the Hargis Creek Bridge on U.S. 160 involving two vehicles, both containing a driver and a passenger.

The county attorney office filed the charges late Friday night, but the complaint was not available publicly through district court until today.

According to the complaint: 

Lee Stoner, 87, Oxford: March 3, 1933 – July 26, 2020

Lee Stoner

Lee Stoner, 87, of Oxford, died July 26, 2020 at his home in Oxford with his family by his side.

Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152 and the Wellington Church of Christ 217 W. 13th, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visit

Superintendent outlines school’s next step after board passes the delay start to Sept. 8

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by Wellington Superintending Adam Hatfield after the school board voted at a special meeting Monday night 6-0 to start school on Sept. 8 after Labor Day weekend.


Adam Hatfield

“During the Monday, July 27 USD 353 BOE special meeting, members approved a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school will now be on Sept. 8. Guidance from our local health officials stated that the delayed start would allow enough time for some of the current local virus incubation periods to pass.

This means that starting after Labor Day provides less of a chance that the start of school would be directly connected to a trend upwards in Wellington cases. We have been closely following recommendations and guidelines from the Sumner County Health Department and will continue to do so. We appreciate their guidance and professionalism.

Here are the next steps for USD 353:

Sumner County Court Docket: July 28, 2020 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Wellington Fire/EMS July/August newsletter released

Sumner Newscow report — The July/August Wellington Fire/EMS newsletter written by Fire/EMS Chief Tim Hay can be found here.  

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, June 27, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, July 27, 2020

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