Kenny Ashley Arrested

On October 18, 2016 at approximately 7:00pm Galena Police Officers responded to a report of domestic disturbance at 5th and Main Street. As officers arrived they identified one of the persons involved as Kenny Ashley.  When officers attempted to place Mr. Ashley in custody; he refused to comply with their instructions and fled on foot. He ran South on Main Street turning east on 6th then continuing South through the alley running into traffic as he crossed 7th Street. Officers were able to take him into custody just south of 7th street.

Mr. Ashely was known to have outstanding Warrants out of Washington County, Arkansas and the City of Baxter Springs, KS. Mr. Ashely also has a pending case from the City of Galena were he fled on foot from a traffic stop near the Spring Grove Elementary School the morning of October 7, 2016.

Mr. Ashely was arrested and is being held at the Cherokee County Jail.

Interference with LEO: Obstruct/Resist Felony
Domestic Battery; Knowing/Reckless Bodily Harm
Failure to Appear: Washington County, AR
Failure to Appear; Baxter Springs, KS


IRS Scam

On 09-29-2016, the Galena Police Department received a report from a citizen regarding an IRS phone scam. Cpl. Cornelius contacted the number provided to the citizen and verified this was not a valid IRS call.

This scam is very common. Please understand the IRS does not file arrest warrants with local police departments and would never correspond with you in this manner. Never provide personal information over the phone unless you are able to easily verify the legitimacy of the contact.

If you feel you may have been victimized by one of these scams or one similar, please contact us so we can give you information and advice on how to protect yourself as well as take a report on your behalf.

SPEED ENFORCEMENT: September 23rd -25th.



Beginning September 23rd thru September 25th, 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 for the past several years. That’s increased 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 increase the severity of crashes increase including deaths, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers 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 the 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.”

You Drink. You Drive. You Lose

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August 17, 2016

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Starting August 18 through Labor Day, September 5, The Galena Police Department will join almost 150 other local and state police agencies across the state in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk, drugged, and other dangerous drivers from the roadways. Billed as You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., the enforcement is underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Kansas averages four persons injured every day, and one person killed every three days, in crashes where at least one of the drivers involved is impaired by alcohol and/or another drug.  According to KDOT, crashes involving impaired drivers are likely to be much more severe than other crashes.  This is why persons involved in such a crash – in any capacity – are more than twice as likely to be injured, and 12 times more likely to die from their crash injuries, than if the crash does not involve impairment.  Another way to think of this is to compare ratios of death-to-injury.  There is one death for every 13 injuries among crashes in which a driver is impaired as compared with one death for every 60 injuries among crashes where impairment is not a factor.

According to Chief Billy Charles, “I want the You Drink. You Drive. You Lose campaign to remind drivers of several things:

“First, if you’re going to drink while away from home, do it responsibly. Plan ahead and have someone lined up who is not going to be drinking to get you back. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until it’s time to go home to start asking around.  Chances are, if you do that you will wind up with someone who may be more sober than yourself, but not sober enough.

“Second, picture families you know, and then consider how it would be to wake up every day to the memory of your decision to drive after drinking – a decision which unintentionally brought injury or death to one of them. If you’re driving impaired, you are not only more likely to crash, but you are much more likely to cause serious injury – even death – to yourself and others when you do crash.

“Third, even if you appear to be driving well enough to get by, we may still be able to pull you over for a number of other traffic offences. If we do this and we detect a hint of alcohol you will be tested.  If you fail the test you’re looking at a fine of $500-$2,500; up to one year in jail; the suspension, or even permanent loss, of your driver’s license; increased insurance premiums; and the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device in your car.  Imagine not being able to start your car without blowing into the interlock’s alcohol sensor several times during an afternoon’s errands.  How do you tell your boss why you cannot drive a company car?  Add in an attorney’s fees and you may tie up $13,000 or more before all is said and done, and you still may not be off the hook.  Don’t take the chance; it’s not worth it.

“Fourth, we need everyone to be our eyes on the road. If you see suspicious driving behaviors take note of location, direction and the vehicle’s description, and call 911 as soon as it’s safe to do so.  You may save a life.

“Fifth, you can count on this department to vigorously enforce impaired driving laws – not just during this campaign, but all year long.

“Finally, always remember that the best protection against a drunk driver (even when it’s yourself) is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints – every trip, every time.  They save lives and reduce injury severity across Galena.”


Residential Burglaries and Instances of Vandalism

The Galena Police Department is currently investigating several residential burglaries and instances of vandalism, which have occurred during the overnight hours in the past couple of weeks. Most of the reported incidents have been concentrated to the Mid-Southern quadrants of the city.

“In addition to enhancing our neighborhood patrols, officers have been conducting numerous interviews and following up on several leads. While we have developed potential suspects, our investigation is ongoing and until the suspects are apprehended, we ask residents to make sure their doors and windows are locked, along with making sure their vehicles are secured,” stated Galena Chief of Police Billy Charles.

“We also strongly encourage residents who see or hear anything suspicious to immediately contact us, so we can check it out,” continued Chief Charles.

Not all of the recently reported property crimes have involved theft, as some include vandalism, such as moving items from one yard to another, unscrewing porch lights, etc…

Chief Charles asks anyone who has property stolen or disturbed to notify his department immediately.

Anyone with information as to these recent crimes is asked to contact the Galena Police Department at 620-783-1900. All callers can remain anonymous.


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Neighborhood Watch Program

August 8th, at 630pm in the Galena Community Room will be our next neighborhood watch meeting.

See you all there.

-Information about trying to prevent break-ins and thefts-

If you have motion lights on your home, keep them on. Keep a porch light on! Lit up areas are less inviting to criminals. Also, secure any expensive items.
If you see someone lurking around call law enforcement. That’s what they’re there for. If you have your cell phone, snap a picture of them so it’s easier to identify them. If you seen strange vehicles, get a description, a licence plate number. Get as many details about the suspect and vehicles as you can. What direction are they going? If your neighbors dogs begin to bark and carry on, go investigate.

The neighborhood watch program is not a vigilante group, we are there to help support our police officers and provide information to help apprehend criminals.
If you see something suspicious, you can text what you’re seeing or the photos you’ve taken to 888777 “tipcherokee” and it’s completely anonymous! Call 911 to report any suspicious activity!

It’s much easier to help out our police with eyes and ears out EVERY where. The police are doing the very best that they can! So let’s help out!!