You Drink, You Drive, You Lose

Be warned that during the period, August 17 through Labor Day, September 4, The Galena Police Departmenthtt will join 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. Titled, You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., the enforcement campaign is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Kansas averages three 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, over the past eight years the yearly proportion of fatality crashes attributable to alcohol/drug impairment has fluctuated between 22% and 35%.  The agency also reports that crashes involving impaired drivers are likely to be more severe than are other crashes.  For example, drivers and passengers who are involved in such crashes are more than twice as likely to be non-fatally injured, four times as likely to suffer serious injury, and eight times more likely to die from their injuries, than if impairment is not a factor.

  1. We are asking all citizens on the roadways – drivers and passengers – to watch for suspicious driving behaviors. Note the location, a description of the suspect vehicle, along with its direction of travel, and call 911 as soon as it’s safe to do so. You may save a life.
  2. You can count on this department to vigorously enforce impaired driving and other traffic laws, not just during this campaign, but through the year.
  3. Always remember that Restraints save lives and reduce injury severity across a wide range of driving mistakes and mishaps. A person’s best protection while in a vehicle is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints – every trip, every time.

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

 

Congratulations to the 2017 Cal Ripken 12u Regional Champions

Back Row: Coach Chris Dart, Coach Caleb Turner, Coach Brad Price, Middle Row: Daryn Combs, Malachi Wesley, Easton Dart, Tyler Little, Hadley Price, Bottom Row: Zane Turner, KC Hopkins, Randy Cockerel, Evan Turner, Koby Myers, and Mia Sarwinski.

The undefeated Cal Ripken 12u State Champions traveled to Garden City this past week to participate in the Regional tournament. They are now the Undefeated Regional Champions and will travel to Clemmons, North Carolina Aug 3rd – 10th to play in the World Series. During the regional tournament they had several awards given to them as a team and individual players. The team received the Sportsmanship Award, Mia Sarwinski earned the AHHP ( Attitude, Hustle, and Pride) award only given to one player, Tyler Little, Easton Dart, Malachi Wesley, and Zane Turner all received the All Tournament Team Award. Amongst many MVP awards and WOW awards given out each game. The City of Galena is very proud of each and everyone of the coaches, players, families, fans, and supporters. Good Luck at the World Series.

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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Traffic Accident Claims Life of Two Galena Residents

The Galena Police Department is investigating a vehicle – pedestrian accident which occurred early this morning at 18th and Main Street in Galena, KS.

The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 07:05 a.m. a Silver 2001 Mitsubishi Montero driven by 24 year old Shelby L. Colon, of Galena was driving South on Main Street when she struck Charles W. Burkybile Jr., 66 years old, and Glen A. Roosa 86 years old, both of Galena who were walking north on Main.

Charles Burkybile Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, Glen A. Roosa was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin were he later died from his injuries.

The Galena Police Department requested the assistance of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office and the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Reserve Police Officer

The Galena Police Department is seeking highly motivated individuals from the community and beyond to join our ranks as a member of our Reserve Officer Corps. Reserves are fully uniformed and armed officers. They work as a force multiplier to assist full and part time officers with the suppression of criminal activity in our community. Reserve Officers also assist with special events such as parades, ball games, community policing, and the annual Galena Days festival. The Reserve Officer candidate MUST be able to devote no less than 16 hours monthly to the agency. This includes one mandatory training meeting each month and potential court appearances. Candidates will be subjected to a criminal background check as well as an oral board and peer evaluation before taking an oath as a Reserve Officer. No experience is necessary, however the drive to support your community is! You must be 21 years of age and able to legally own and possess a firearm with no felony or domestic violence convictions.

Do you have what it takes to be a member of our team?

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