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Sylvester Provencio found guilty of aggravated battery

Sylvester Provencio found guilty

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sylvester Provencio was found guilty of aggravated battery, a felony, by a Sumner County jury late this afternoon for his part in a brawl that took place more than 13 months ago in rural Sumner County.

Provencio, 22, of Caldwell was also found guilty of misdemeanor charges of criminal deprivation of a vehicle, battery, and disorderly conduct. He will be sentenced on June 23 at 1:30 p.m. His accomplice Nick Reedy, 33, of Caldwell, pled guilty last week to aggravated battery and criminal deprivation of a vehicle.

“I think the sentencing will be comparable to that of Nick Reedy. We are anticipating Provencio getting anywhere between 32 to 35 months,” said Kerwin Spencer, Sumner County attorney.

The jury deliberated for about three hours before coming back with its verdict. Provencio, dressed in a long sleeved striped tri-colored polo shirt, was ushered back to Sumner County jail where he has been held in custody for an unrelated felony rape charge filed in January. That trial has been set for June 21.

Judge Scott McQuin thanked the jury for their service stating that this trial “took much longer than your usual Sumner County trial.”

Heat begins 4th season in Wellington this Saturday at Sellers

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by James Jordan, Sumner NewscowThe Heat begins its fourth season in Wellington on Saturday, and another campaign to get to the World Series will begin. In their first season in Wellington in 2013, the team made it all the way to the finals. The Heat have done will since, but team owner and manager Rick Twyman said it is a reasonable goal to get there again.

The Heat open the season on May 28 against the Valley Center Diamond Dawgs.

As always, the players are college level players and the Heat are looking for places to stay when they are here. Twyman said the community has been great in hosting them, but he needs more soon.

The new Wellington Heat caps will be donned this Saturday as the 2016 campaign begins.

The new Wellington Heat caps will be donned this Saturday as the 2016 campaign begins.

“We have been extremely happy with the town and the players love it,” Twyman said. “We play well in Wellington. But we are in dire need of host families. Anyone interested n hosting can call Twyman at (928) 208-8380, or his wife, Char at (928) 230-8525.

This year’s team may be more similar to the first team he brought to Wellington in 2013. That year they signed up several young players, and that is what they have done again this year.

“That year we had younger kids coming and didn’t know what to expect. We had 70 percent of that team back the next year, and that is what we have done again this year.” he said.

Jury now in deliberation in Provencio aggravated battery trial

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 12-person jury is now in deliberation in the Sylvester Provencio aggravated battery trial. Provencio, 22, of Caldwell, is accused of assaulting Greg Schneider, 54, and Bryan Nispel, 56, both of Caldwell, in a brawling incident that occurred on April 22, 2015, east of the community.

The jury broke for deliberation at 11:15 a.m. today, and will decide on the level 5 felony aggravated battery charge as well as a couple of misdemeanor charges including criminal deprivation of a vehicle. Nick Reedy, 31, pled guilty to aggravated battery last week and is awaiting sentencing.

Both Provencio and Reedy were accused of feloniously punching and knocking Schneider to the ground and continuing to punch him while he was helpless causing him to have a concussion, ruptured ear drum, severe head and neck trauma, cracked teeth, two broken ribs, bruises over much of his body, cuts, and abrasions which required stitches and staples, according to the complaint. The incident occurred in what originally appeared to be a good Samaritan act that turned ugly after Provencio and Reedy along with a third person had a white Toyota pickup stuck in the mud in a ditch, about five miles east of Caldwell.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer and defense attorney Jess Hoeme presented their closing arguments to the 12 jurors and  two alternates which were announced just before deliberation. 

Oklahoma-based RCB Bank to acquire the nine CornerBanks including Wellington and Oxford

Sumner Newscow Business news

by Shane Farley, Newscow.net — Oklahoma-based RCB Bank has announced it will acquire Winfield-based Cornerbank, according to a jointly written statement from the two banks.

The sale, pending regulatory approval, is expected to be finalized early in the third quarter of this year. All nine CornerBank locations, located in Arkansas City, Douglass, Lawrence, Oxford, Wellington, Wichita and Winfield are included in the transaction.

“Our entrance into the Kansas market in 2010 gave us an opportunity to test the waters and frankly we have enjoyed the experience,” said Roger Mosier, RCB Bank President and CEO. “Our hometown community bank model fits well in the Kansas market place and CornerBank’s similar approach makes this transaction a natural fit.”

“We are excited by the opportunities in Kansas,” said Mosier.

CornerBank has $280 million in assets, nearly 100 employees and serves seven Kansas communities.

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.

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!

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. 

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. 

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

A day in Conway feature
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.

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.

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!

WMS science instructor Cindy Tracy wins 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

Cindy Tracy feature
Cindy Tracy wins 2016 USD 353 Teacher of the Year award.

Cindy Tracy wins 2016 USD 353 Excellence in Teaching award.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Cynthia Tracy believes that every child has a gift, and that if you are patient and work with them, they will be successful.

Tracy was named the Wellington USD 353 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient at a teacher assembly held Tuesday. There were 30 nominees. A committee of peers along with a member of the School Foundation board made the selection.

“I believe every child has a gift that they can offer the world,” Tracy said. “You have to be patient and work with the child, that’s where that gift comes out, they share it. It doesn’t matter if they’re gifted, a regular student or special education student. They have something to offer.”

Tracy said that if you watch and listen and help them realize they have this, even if they believe they don’t, this can make them successful.

“Everyone, no matter their abilities, has something to offer the world,” Tracy said. “Taking everyone’s abilities and using them, I design lessons so that everyone can be successful, no matter their IQ, because that doesn’t really matter.”

Tracy became a teacher in 1999, after obtaining her associates degree from Cowley County Community College and bachelors and masters degrees from Wichita State University. She has been employed with the district for 25 years, having started as a para-educator. After earning her teaching degree, she was employed at Lincoln Elementary as a fourth grade teacher, then a science teacher position opened at Wellington Middle School and she decided to try it. Six years later, she realizes that she made the right decision.

The Angry Birds Movie is playing at Wellington Regent

Angry Birds at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: The Angry Birds Movie (see trailer below).

Schedule: Special showing on Thursday at 2 p.m. today!; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m.

Rated: PG (for rude humor and action). Time: 1 hour 35 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds–or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Wellington softball team off to state for the first time since 1995

On the way to state girls softball
Ryleigh Buck is greeted at home after lifting Crusaders to a 2-1 lead after homer in bottom of sixth.

Ryleigh Buck is greeted at home after lifting Crusaders to a 2-1 lead after homer in bottom of sixth.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was 1995. Bill Clinton was President. The Grunge sound was alive. Wellington was about to embark on a number of public projects like the building of the pool, downtown renovation. The new high school was still almost a decade away.

And the Wellington girls softball team made it to the state tournament.

It would be the last time a softball team would go to the state tournament until 2016, when Wellington will be making its triumphant return.

The 2016 Crusaders are off to Salina after winning the regional championship in Worden Park Wednesday evening with a 3-1 victory over Winfield. Earlier in the day, Wellington would run-rule Mulvane 15-5 in five innings. The state tournament bracket has yet to be set but the Lady Dukes will play Thursday, March 26 in a single-elimination eight-team bracket.

On Wednesday, Wellington had to come-from-behind after Winfield opened the game with a lead-off home run by senior sensation Kelsey Phillips. Winfield led 1-0 and it would loom large for 6 1/2 innings.

Fifth inning dooms Wellington baseball team in regional championship

Sophomore Cade Phelps is at bat in Regional tournament in Winfield.
Cade Phelps waits for a pitch

Cade Phelps is at bat in Class 4A Regional in Winfield.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School baseball team played two great games Wednesday at the regional tournament in Winfield. But a couple of errors late cost the Crusaders in the finals, as they lost to Rose Hill 4-1. Earlier in the day Wellington beat Mulvane 5-2.

The Crusaders had played error free ball for most of the day. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning Wellington was holding onto a 1-0 lead against Rose Hill. But that is when the wheels fell off for a little bit.

Rose Hill’s Griffin McBride walked and then scored on a Brett Bonar double to tie the game. Another walk put two runners on, and then a costly error allowed both of them to score. The ball got through the infield but rolled short of the outfield making it a difficult play to make.

Rose Hill added an insurance run in the sixth on another error that allowed Dylan Sinclair to score from second after he had doubled.

Wellington had made a lot of great defensive plays earlier in the game to get out of jams to that point.

911 tape and Bryan Nispel testimony highlights Day 2 trial of Provencio assault trial

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County jurors heard the 911 tape and the testimony of Bryan Nispel, one of the alleged victims of the April 22, 2015 brawl in Sumner County during day two of the Sylvester Provencio jury trial.

Provencio, 22, of Caldwell is facing charges of aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor. His counterpart Nick Reedy, 33, of Caldwell has already pled guilty.

The second day of the trial was highlighted by a 10-minute audio of the 911 tape of Nispel who called from his Dodge Ram pickup during a melee involving Provencio; Reedy; Nispel, 55; and Gregory Schneider, 53, of Caldwell.

Jurors also heard the testimony of Austin Townsend, who had been with Provencio and Reedy before the brawl, but left and returned four miles to his home in Caldwell on foot once the fight started taking place.

Caldwell physician Jim Blunk and Sumner County 911 Director Marcie Bristor also were called to the witness stand in a full day of testimony at the Sumner County District Court.

Reedy pleads guilty; Provencio takes case to trial jury; opening statements made

Provencio and Reedy feature updated

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nick Reedy, 33, and Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell were both involved in the same April 22, 2015 brawl which took place in southern rural Sumner County. They were also charged with essentially the same felonies and misdemeanors by the Sumner County attorney’s office. But it appears they are taking different paths in the criminal justice system.

Nick Reedy

Nick Reedy

Reedy pled guilty this morning to aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor for the alleged assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell. He made the plea agreement at 8 a.m. before the start of the jury trial held today in Sumner County District Court.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he will be recommending prison time in hopes that Reedy will spend anywhere from 32 to 36 months. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for the early part of July. Reedy is currently out on bond.

Sylvester Provencio

Sylvester Provencio

Provencio, however, has made no plea and his jury trial went forward today. He is also facing a jury trial on felony rape charges in an unrelated incident scheduled for June 21.

Spencer said Reedy will not testify in the Provencio aggravated battery case this week.

“Technically, Reedy is still considered in trial until his sentencing,” Spencer said. “So he has the right to remain silent.”

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