One in custody after Assault at local residence

 

On July 28th, 2017 at approximately 8:45 in the evening; Officers of the Galena Police Department were alerted to a disturbance in the 900 block of Joplin Street. Two individuals at that location had been assaulted. One of the victims was seriously injured and subsequently transported to the hospital for his injuries. An extensive search was conducted by on duty patrol officers, reserve officers, and citizens.

At 01:10 the morning of the 29th the suspect, identified as Bryan Keith Nelson, Age 40 of Batesville, AR, was apprehended hiding in an alley a few blocks from the incident. He was transported to the Cherokee County Jail where he is being held for Aggravated Battery. His bond has been set at $5000.00. Nelson is also being held for an outstanding warrant through the Galena Municipal Court on a bond for $1500.00, and will further be held pending extradition to Jasper County to appear on two additional warrants there.

Thank you to the citizens of Galena for your vigilance and timely reports of the suspect’s movements through the area. This is a perfect example of the positive effects of citizen and police partnerships.

2 Kids Removed From Home Following Drug Raid

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Just after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 27th, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Galena Police Department executed a narcotics related search warrant at 1004 East 9th, in Galena.

While searching the home, investigators seized suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at the scene were Justin Legg, 31 and 27 year-old Terry Johnson, both of the home. They are currently being held in the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of Possessing Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond has been set at $3,000.00 each.

In addition to the arrests, two children, ages 3 and 6, were taken into protective custody.

According to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, “One of the biggest concerns we’ve had with this case is the presence of young children in the home, and the living conditions they were subjected to.”

Due to the condition of the home, following the search, the Galena Police Department took action to issue an emergency condemnation of the house.

“I’m glad we were able to remove the kids, at least on a temporary basis, so we can collaborate with other family support agencies and assist in making sure they are safe and properly cared for,” concluded Groves.

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One Arrested during Tuesday evening Search Warrant

On Tuesday July 25, 2017 at approximately 6:30 pm, as a result of an ongoing investigation; officers with the Galena Police Department conducted a search warrant on a residence at 1001 Joplin Street in Galena KS.

While searching the residence, officers discovered suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Also found were paraphernalia used to distribute a controlled substance and a hand gun. Steven W. Davis of the home was taken into custody and transported to the Cherokee County Jail.

Davis was arrested and being held at the Cherokee County Jail on charges of Possessing Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal use of a weapon, Possession of drug paraphernalia used to distribute a controlled substance and Possession with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a public school. His bond is currently $25000.00

 

Galena Police Department Explorer Program

Galena Police Departments

INAUGURAL

Explorer Program!

When: Friday July 28th

Time: 08:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Ages:  14 – 17

Both Males & Females are encouraged to attend

Click here for more Information

 

The Galena Police Department would like to thank: Caseys General Store, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, and Beans Towing, for assisting in making this event possible

 

High Visibility Speed Enforcement

Beginning July 21st thru July 23rd, The Galena Police Department will join other Law Enforcement agencies in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to stop what has been an epidemic that often has fatal consequences, “speeding” on our streets and highways.

In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across the six-state area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around city, rural state and federal highways. As speed increases, the severity of crashes increases, leading to a rise in fatalities and/or serious injuries. Officers are educating drivers and passengers regarding the importance of slowing down, using restraints and not driving while impaired.

There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting, driving while impaired or failing to buckle up.

Chief Charles says, “Even one death is unacceptable. Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.”

 

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Search Warrant Lands One in Jail

On Monday June 19, 2017 at approximately 5:30 pm, as a result of an ongoing investigation; officers with the Galena Police Department conducted a search warrant on a residence at 515 Galena Avenue in Galena KS.

While searching the home, officers discovered suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Skyler S. Youngblood of the home was taken into custody and transported to the Cherokee County Jail.

Youngblood was arrested and is being held at the Cherokee County Jail on charges of Possessing Marijuana, Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. His bond is currently $7000.00

 

Click It or Ticket Begins May 22, 2017

Click It or Ticket is on its way

Beginning on Monday, May 22, and continuing through Sunday, June 4, drivers can expect increased police presence on city streets as the Galena Police Department joins almost 160 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2017 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign.  This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).  Enforcement will occur around the clock.  Officers will be especially vigilant at night because the likelihood of seatbelt use at night is much lower than during the day and the percentage of unrestrained crash deaths soars much higher at night.

Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Safety Belt Use Act and the Child Passenger Safety Act. These

acts require that all vehicle occupants must be appropriately restrained. Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, teens in any position, or children under the age of 14, riding without being properly restrained.  Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually.  In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is observed to be unrestrained the driver will be cited.  The fine for an adult violation is $10 (no court cost).  The fine for a youth (14-17) violation is $60 (no court costs), while the driver’s fine for a child (0-13) restraint violation is $60 + a court cost charge of at least $108.

Children under the age of four must be correctly secured in an approved child safety seat. Children, ages four through seven, must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds, in which case, the booster may be removed and the child belted in without it.  Children, ages eight through 13 must be safety-belted.   In addition, the act prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed.

The aim of Click It or Ticket is simple:  to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes.  While seat belts may not always protect from serious or fatal injury, certainly no other piece of equipment within the vehicle provides more protection.

Kansas’ overall adult seat belt compliance rate is 87% and ranges, by county, from 61% to 96%, with occupants in rural counties generally less likely to buckle up than those in urban counties. According to KDOT, this rural-urban difference in seat belt rates is especially problematic because rural roadway conditions are, in general, less forgiving than those in urban areas and the consequences of driver misjudgment – such as unsafe speed and failure to buckle up – are likely to be more severe.  Picture, for example, two lanes, narrow shoulders, ditches on both sides, and random culverts waiting to snag vehicles leaving the roadway.  Or, consider the rollover crash, which is so much more prevalent on rural roadways than city streets.  One of the grimmest duties a police officer is called upon to perform is to work a crash where an unrestrained occupant is partially or completely ejected, and then crushed by the rolling vehicle.  It is easy to see why fully two-thirds of Kansas’ fatality crashes occur on rural roadways even though they see only one-third of all crashes.

Kansans like to see their state as one which protects children, and it does well with its youngest ones, those aged 0-4, who are buckled in to child safety seats at the rate of 97%. However, the percentage of properly restrained 5- to 13-year olds is only 84%.  Moreover, eight out of ten times when drivers, themselves, are unbelted, their child passengers are also unsecured.

According to Chief Charles, “I would like remind the community that when they don’t buckle up themselves, or require their passengers to buckle up, they are, in effect, promising themselves and those passengers, along with family and friends not present, that no circumstance will arise that will trigger seat belt activation. That the drivers they will encounter on the road are not going to be critically affected by drug or medical impairment, sleepiness, cell phone conversations, texting, sloshing coffee, the radio dial or kids fighting in the back seat.  Nor will there be animals in the road or a mechanical or other circumstance that will cause them to suddenly slow or veer out of their lane.”

“I want people to know that, day or night, the Galena Police Department is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of seat belt and child safety laws, as well as other traffic infractions – such as speeding and texting while driving – which make the need for occupant restraint so necessary.”

Officer of the Quarter

Patrol Officer Wayne Nelson was awarded Officer of the Quarter during the Police Department Staff meeting on April 13, 2017.

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On March 11, 2017 Officer Nelson was dispatched to a home for a medical emergency. The home owner subsequently wrote a letter stating this was the second family member they lost within the past 16 days. The letter continued by complimenting Officer Nelson for the professionalism and courtesy he showed toward the family in their time of need and also stated Officer Nelson returned with dinner for the family and “it made things just a little bit better”

Officer Nelson recognizes sometimes small acts of kindness and generosity can mean the world to those in a crisis situation.

I am proud to have officers willing to go above what is expected to serve the community and continue to improve interactions with residents of Galena.

“Service With Honor”