Traffic Enforcement ” Thanksgiving Safe Arrival”

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will underwrite overtime enforcement efforts through a grant for the Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign.

Starting Monday through Sunday (November 20 – 26, 2017) The Galena Police Department will join the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and many other agencies across the state to help insure the safe arrival of family and friend to their destinations throughout the holiday weekend.

According to KDOT, the Thanksgiving holiday period outranks all other major holidays in the number of crashes that impairment is cited as a factor. Failure of adults to simply buckle up or to insure child passengers are properly restrained is a contributing factor in severe and/or disabling injuries to include death of passengers involved in crashes. Drivers and passengers in Kansas are twice as likely to be seriously injured or killed in crashes from being unrestrained than ones that are properly restrained.  They go on to state that occupants in alcohol-or other drug related crashes are more than 2 ½ times more likely to be injured or killed.

Arrange a ride with a non-drinking acquaintance if you are plaining on drinking any amount of at all. Drivers, always wear your seatbelt and don’t move the vehicle until each person riding with you is buckled in. This is your best defense against death and injury, it’s their best defense, and it’s the law.   You will live with the consequences – good or bad – the rest of your life.  By always following these simple rules, you can preserve life – maybe your life – and certainly your cash.  You can safely arrive.”

Sergeant’s Safety Tip

When you are travelling north bound at 7th and Main, it is the tendency of most east bound turning drivers to courteously pull to the right before executing the turn. Unfortunately the next northbound vehicle will inevitably pull up right to the line, or past it, causing your field of vision to deteriorate. Naturally drivers will creep forward to see better. This has on several occasions caused many accidents in this intersection.

The second circumstance which tends to happen is a north bound driver will pull up to the line correctly to initiate an east bound turn, simultaneously another driver will pull to the right to initiate an east bound turn as well. The first driver will be focused to the west monitoring traffic and execute their turn striking the second vehicle.

Main Street is a two lane roadway with one north and one south bound lane. The widened area is simply an easement for large commercial vehicles to be able to execute the east bound turn without having to encroach on the westbound traffic.

If you have any questions on this, do not hesitate to contact us!

Stay Safe!

Sgt. Blaine Cornelius

Warrant Issued for July Traffic Accident

On October 25, 2017 the Galena Police Department received a warrant from the Cherokee County District Court for Shelby L. Colon of Galena, KS. This warrant is in reference to the traffic accident which occurred the morning of July 6, 2017 that claimed the lives of Charles Burkybile Jr. and Glen A. Roosa. The Cherokee County Attorney has filed two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, a level 4 person felony in this case.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Ms. Colon you are asked to contact the Galena Police Department or your local Law Enforcement Agency

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