Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

On February 13, 2018 just before 10 pm, an officer with the Galena Police Department noticed a vehicle with minor traffic violations and conducted a traffic stop on Wood Street. When the officer contacted the driver, he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. After further investigation, officers discovered the driver was in possessions of, marijuana and individual packets of cocaine. Also found in the vehicle were two handguns within the driver compartment.

The driver, 20 year old Casey Wilson of Joplin, Mo. was arrested and transported to the Cherokee County Jail where he posted a $23,000.00 bond for the following charges:

  • Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute,
  • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute,
  • Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,
  • Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,
  • Possession of Cocaine,
  • Criminal Use of Weapons

Seat Belt Enforcement

Beginning February 26 through March 9, the Galena Police Department will join other Law Enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years. In 2015, 40% of the teens that lost their lives while involved in crashes were Not Properly Restrained.

In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across the tristate area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than thirty years, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers regarding the importance of using restraints while in their vehicle.

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

Even one teen death is unacceptable. Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.

Patrol Officer Position

The City of Galena, KS is looking for professional, self-motivated, community oriented, individuals to apply for Police Officer positions. Patrol duties include enforcing laws, investigations of crimes, accidents and providing public assistance.

TYPE:  Full Time

SALARY:  Depending on Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

Applicants must have high school diploma or GED, 21 years of age, valid driver’s license, U.S. citizen and no Felony convictions. Applicants must successfully complete a preliminary background check  KLETC preferred but not required. Have ability to communicate well in person, over the phone and the radio with public and other Law Enforcement employees.  Applicants recommended for hire will be required to successfully complete a post offer drug screen, written, psychological, and physical exams.

OBTAINING AN APPLICATION: 

Apply at the City Clerk’s Office, 210 W 7th Street, Galena, KS or print an Application Form, Addendum to Employment Application, Authorization to Release Information from the City Web Site: www.galenaks.gov and/or mail resume to:  City of Galena, c/o Human Resource Dept., 210 Turner Drive, Galena, KS 66739 or email resume to police@galenaks.gov.  Deadline for applications is February 02, 2018.

The City of Galena is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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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