Press Release: Stolen Vehicle, Property and Drugs Seized

At approximately 00:50am on Friday April 15, 2016; The Galena Police Department noticed a car parked with it emergency flashers on parked outside a residence in the 800 block of Dewey Street.

As officers began to check the vehicle, they found it had been reported stolen out of Joplin, MO. Continuing with their investigation they questioned the occupants of 804 Dewey Street. Based on the information obtained, and with the assistance of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office a Search warrant was issued for the residence.

During the execution of the search, officers discovered items believed to be stolen along with firearms, suspected methamphetamine, and marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The suspects taken into custody are Steven Shryock; he is currently being held in the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, and a felon in possession of a firearm. His bond has been set at $40,000. In addition to the above listed charges; James Livingston and Tesia Deffron are also being held on Possession of a stolen vehicle and their bond is $41,500.

Galena Estates accepting applications

Galena Estates is now accepting applications, and plans to open its doors in summer 2016. This beautiful, brand new community of two and three bedroom apartment homes will serve families who desire high-quality, affordable rental housing.

News Release: Galena Police and EMS discover deceased woman inside Galena home

Galena Police Chief Billy J. Charles, Jr. issued a news release earlier this afternoon regarding the discovery of a deceased female inside a Galena home today. Below is the complete text of Chief Charles’ release:

Today, March 31, 2016, at approximately 0830, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a Female that was unresponsive at 1802 Dewey Street in Galena, KS.

Upon the arrival of Galena Police Officers and EMS they discovered a deceased female inside the house. Officers secured the scene and began their investigation.

The identity of the female is being withheld as the investigation is ongoing.


Galena hires new police chief

Billy Charles, Jr.

Billy Charles, Jr.

Billy Charles Jr., will become Galena’s new police chief on March 1, 2016 after being unanimously confirmed this week by the Galena City Council. Mayor Dale Oglesby appointed Charles to the position.

Charles, who has been the administrator at the Cherokee County Jail for 11 years, will succeed Larry Delmont, who is retiring. Delmont became police chief in 2006.

According to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, as administrator Charles helped introduce digital fingerprinting and is currently working on a new records management system.

Billy Charles previously worked at the Labette Correctional Conservation Camp in Oswego, served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and is husband of Galena City Clerk Flora ‘Renee’ Charles.