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Provencio’s defense calls 1 witness; jury expected to hear closing statements early Tuesday

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It took the State of Kansas five days of testimony to wrap up its case against Sylvester Provencio, charged with aggravated battery, a level 5 felony.

It took the defense less than five minutes.

After Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer closed his case Monday afternoon, Provencio’s defense attorney Jess Hoeme called on Sumner County Detective Keith Bristor to the stand. He asked if there was any blood samples taken at the scene of the alleged crime.

Bristor said there was not.

Bristor said he took over for Jeff Hawkins as the Sumner County Sheriff Detective in 2015. The April 22, 2015 brawl in southern Sumner County was one of the last cases that Hawkins investigated. Bristor said he knew of no blood evidence that was submitted or documented to a state forensic crime lab.

Provencio then declined to testify in his behalf. Hoeme then rested his case.

Jeremy Cabrera is booked after 2 vehicles were reported to be stolen in Wellington

Police Report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jeremy Cabrera, 23, of Wellington is currently in Sumner County jail after being booked by Wellington Police Department on seven counts of theft and five counts of burglary Friday afternoon.

He is currently awaiting whether or not the Sumner County Attorney’s office will file formal charges.

Jeremy Cabrera

Jeremy Cabrera

Cabrera is accused of stealing two vehicles that were parked on A Street between the 600 and 900 block, south of the roundabout in Wellington. He also allegedly broke into two other vehicles and stole property.

Cabrera was arrested Friday afternoon at the 900 block of North B Street when a WPD investigator while canvassing the area, discovered that Cabrera was driving one of the vehicles that was reported to be missing.

He was apprehended at 4 p.m. Cabrera also faces charges on a City of Wellington bench warrant for failing to appear in court.

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly run report: May 16- May 22, 2016

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Fire and EMS weekly run report for May 16 to May 22, 2016 are as follows:

Wellington has .2 inches of rain fell early this morning

Newscow precipitation report smallerSumner Newscow report — Wellington had .2 inches of rain from early this morning. Wellington has had 4.2 inches of rain for the month of May. 

Post your FREE Garage Sale ad for this weekend here

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the comment section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain hunting!

Todd Pray named Ag Rep at Security State Bank

Todd Pray

Todd Pray

Sumner Newscow report — Security State Bank in Wellington has named Todd Pray as the Agricultural Representative and Loan Officer of its facility.

Pray came to Security State from Farmers Bank & Trust, in Kinsley where he has served as branch manager. He has 14 years of rural banking experience.

SSB logo basicA native of Bluff City, Kans., Pray attended Fort Scott Community College where he was on the livestock judging team. He graduated from Friends University.

Pray lives in rural Harper County near Bluff City with his wife Linda where they have a farming and cow-calf operation. They have four children: Caitlyn, 17; Grayson, 16; Emily, 14; and Jessa, 9.

Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society to host ‘Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out’ tonight

The Cowboy at the AlamoSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society will host “Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out,” a presentation and discussion by Jim Gray on May 23rd at 6:30 p.m.  at Good Taste Chinese Buffet, 1311 E. 16th St., Wellington.  Buffet available from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.; business meeting at 6:00 p.m.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact Sherry Kline, Vice President of the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society at 316-833-6161 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Jim Gray is the Trail Boss for the Chisholm Trail ’17 Cattle Drive celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.  Gray is a sixth-generation Kansan, executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame, Board Member of the Smoky Hill Trail Association, co-founder of the COWBOY (Cockeyed Old West Band of Yahoos) Society to promote and preserve Kansas’s cowboy heritage through the bi-monthly newspaper, Kansas Cowboy, and author of the newspaper column “The Way West,” and author of Desperate Seed:  Ellsworth Kansas on the Violent Frontier.

According to Gray, the era of the Chisholm Trail followed the Civil War, and most of the cowboys were teen agers or in their early twenties. 

Chicken Fried Steak special this week at Pig Shack BBQ at 1102 North A

Pigshack Chicken Fried 5-23-16

Flag movers needed for Avenue of Flags; how the tradition started

American flag

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Avenue of Flags committee is looking for a few good volunteers to help put up and remove flags from Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington during Memorial Day Weekend.

Volunteers are asked to come to the cemetery entrance at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. The committee also needs volunteers to take the flags down on Monday, May 30 at 4 p.m. barring wet weather

Andy McIntire, heading the committee, said there are now 1,226 flags that need to be moved in and out of the cemetery. 

Sumner County Sheriff Weekly Jail Bookings: May 16- May 23, 2016

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for May 16 to May 23, 2016 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Second semester honor roll for Wellington High School

Crusader head logoSumner Newscow report — The following is the second semester honor roll for Wellington High School: 

Sylvester Provencio aggravate battery trial to restart at 1 p.m. today

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Sumner County jury has been excused by Judge Scott McQuin for the weekend and reconvenes at 1 p.m. today to hear more testimony in the trial of Sylvester Provencio, accused of aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and a deprivation of motor vehicle misdemeanor. 

Monday will mark Day 5 in a trial that has already pitted significant legal haggling between the state of Kansas and Provencio defense attorney Jess Hoeme of the Wichita firm Joseph Hollander and Craft. Provencio, 22, of Caldwell is accused of assaulting two older Caldwell men on April 22, 2015 in rural Sumner County over an incident that started with a white Toyota pickup that was stuck in the mud during the midnight hour. Nick Reedy, 33, also of Caldwell, who was with Provencio that night, has already pled guilty to aggravated battery charges during a plea bargain agreement earlier in the week. 

Much of Thursday and Friday’s court proceedings dealt with police evidence from the investigation including two key pieces —  a metal pipe which was found on the floorboard of the Mary Kay Pink Cadillac recovered after the melee in Caldwell, and the whereabouts of Greg Schneider’s wallet that was missing and not found until the following fall during football season. 

WPD and Humane Society find 65 animals at S. Jefferson home

Police ReportSumner Newscow report — According to a KWCH Channel 12 story, the Wellington Police Department found 65 animals at a house in the 600 block of S. Jefferson Street, Saturday evening.

Officers said the floors in the home were covered with inches of feces, and the Humane Society called the conditions inside unlivable, the report said.

Police found 22 rabbits, 12 dogs, nine cats, three guinea pigs, three ferrets, two rats, and four mice living in the home, as well as 10 chickens in the backyard.

Police and the Wellington Humane Society removed cage after cage covered in feces and matted fur from a home in 600 block of S. Jefferson Street Saturday night.

“I’ve never had this many in a building, in a house. It’s a classic case of hoarding,” said Phyllis Todd, vice president of the Wellington Humane Society.

Wellington girls softball team to battle Independence in first round of Class 4A Div. I state tournament

KSHSAA post season pairings
WHS girls softball team 2016.

WHS girls softball team 2016.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls softball team will be playing in the Class 4A Division I State Softball Championship tournament to be played in Salina on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. The Crusaders will come into the tournament as the fourth seed and will battle Independence the fifth seed. The winner will advance to the second round on Friday at 11 a.m. The loser will be eliminated in the eight-team single elimination tournament.

Both Wellington and Independence have identical 17-5 records.

The full bracket is as follows:

#1 Kansas City Piper (18-2) vs. #8 Hays (10-10), 5 p.m., Field A.

#4 Wellington (17-5) vs. #5 Independence (17-5), 5 p.m., Field A.

#2 Spring Hill (18-3) vs. #7 Baldwin (14-8), 5 p.m., Field B.

#3 Augusta (18-4) vs. #6 Eudora (16-6), 7 p.m. Field B.

The winner of K.C. Piper/Hays will battle the winner of Wellington/Independence at 11 a.m., Friday. 

Sunday feature: Filming for ‘On a Clear Day you can see Conway’ is hopefully to start in August

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Megan O'Donell and Adam Catlin will star in movie set for film in August.

Crystal Gannon and Adam Catlin will star in movie set for film in August.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  Filming is set to begin in August for Kansas resident Adam Catlin’s movie “On A Clear Day You Can See Conway,” which will feature the local talent of Lindy Fike and Nate Ybarra. See original story here.

“This is a great opportunity to show off the state of Kansas as we rarely get a chance to do it,” Catlin said.

The movie is based on a 2005 novel written by Catlin, a Southwestern College graduate and Sedan native.

The story follows Jack Connor, a fictional character, who has been editor of the Conway Springs Star for the past decade, and will soon be out of a job due to his newspaper’s pending merger. With his life at a crossroads, Connor confronts his past by going home to Sedan, a town he left 25 years earlier when he went to surprise Megan O’Donnell at a football game.

Maintenance Supervisor for apartment building at Wellington Housing Authority

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Maintenance Supervisor needed for a 3-story high rise apartment building. Applications can be obtained at 400 S. C Street, Wellington, KS 67152. Job is open until filled. Wellington Housing Authority is an equal employment opportunity employer. (620) 326-5821.

Sumner County election information released by County Clerk’s office

Sumner County Election

Submitted to Sumner Newscow by the Sumner County Clerk’s Office — The following is information about the upcoming 2016 Sumner County elections concerning voter registration, advanced voting, voting identification, voting machines, and important dates concerning the upcoming election:

VOTER REGISTRATION

Voter registration closes 20 days prior to EVERY election.

Need to re-register for name changes (such as marriage, etc) or address changes.  Address change must be made on voter registration even if voter is located in the same precinct or next door, across the street, etc.

State Representative Ed Trimmer files for re-election of District 79

Ed Trimmer

Ed Trimmer

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On Wednesday, May 18, State Representative Ed Trimmer filed for re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives for District 79.  The district includes Winfield, Udall, Oxford, Belle Plaine and surrounding areas.  Trimmer has served in the House for the past eleven years.

“We should not mortgage our future and the future of our children by borrowing money to pay our current debts,” Trimmer said of one of the reasons he is running for re-election. “We should stop raiding funds earmarked for highways, children, veterans, and senior citizens, just to make our budget balance.  I welcome the opportunity to continue the fight for a tax structure that is fair to all Kansan residents, a state that is out of debt, and one that provides adequate funding for our public schools and colleges.”

In a press release released by the Ed Trimmer campaign, it states:

Garage Sales for this weekend…

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of May 20-22, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!

KanOkla Networks named finalists for Kansas Department of Commerce Governor’s Award

kanokla networks new logo 10-29-14Sumner Newscow report — KanOkla Networks in Caldwell was named one  of the finalists of the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Governor’s Award of Excellence. The winner will be announced on June 22 at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet in Topeka.

KanOkla joins CivicPlus, Cunningham Telephone and Cable, RedGuard and Roto-Mix, LLC as Merit finalists.

KanOkla was also named one of 26 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and part of the 63 Merit Awards winners given by the KDOC.  The Commerce Department uses the month of June for its annual celebration of Kansas businesses and the contributions made to their communities and the state economy. 

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