Firework Safety

Many families enjoy the 4th of July holiday with firework displays at their own home. Although they may be Beautiful, Fun and Exciting; they can also be dangerous, causing serious burns and injuries if handled incorrectly. The Galena Police Department would like to remind those setting off fireworks over the holiday to take the necessary steps and precautions to keep themselves and others safe.  Always be aware of the risks of accidents, personal injury and fires associated with the use of fireworks.

If you would like more information click here: FIREWORK SAFETY

The Kansas Fire Marshall has provided : Fireworks Safety Tips and Fireworks Injury Infographic on fireworks related injuries for Kansas to try and help educate the public prior to the firework season.

Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign Completed

During the Click It or Ticket Campaign just completed, The Galena Police Department conducted overtime saturation patrols to aggressively enforce Kansas occupant restraint, texting, impaired driving, and other traffic laws.  “During the campaign, Officers performed pro-active seatbelt enforcement patrols for a combined 19 hours of extra duty. Officers wrote a total of 43 citations to unrestrained drivers and passengers, 26 additional citations were issued for various infractions and misdemeanor offenses, to include driving without insurance and driving while suspended,” stated Corporal Blaine Cornelius.

According to Chief Billy Charles, “Stops and tickets are primarily meant to teach. If you were stopped, you, hopefully, learned from your experience.  If so, we have made the roads a little safer for you and those you share the road with.  We will continue to do that because, while the Click It or Ticket campaign may be over, traffic enforcement never is.”

Click It or Ticket was supported by a grant to the Galena Police Department from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Formal Charges Filed for Pizza Hut Robbery



Reference: Armed Robbery May 25, 2016

Formal Charges have been filed by the Cherokee County, KS Attorney’s office on Shawn Michael Orr, DOB; 03/25/1986 for the May 25th Robbery of the Pizza Hut in Galena, KS. Mr. Orr has been charged with Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Assault and Theft for the incident. He was arrested by the Joplin Police Department on May 27th where he remains in custody on outstanding Missouri warrants.

Robbery Suspect in Custody

A suspect has been arrested in connection to the armed robbery that occurred on May 25, 2016 at the Pizza Hut in Galena, KS. Following the robbery, the Galena Police Department disseminated surveillance footage of the suspect to traditional and social media outlets. As a result, several tips were received leading the Galena Police Department to contact and coordinating their efforts with investigators from the Joplin, Missouri Police Department.  The suspect had several outstanding warrants for his arrest from the State of Missouri.

On the evening of May 27, 2016 Joplin Polices Officers located and took the suspect into custody. Once in custody, Galena Officers questioned the suspect, who confessed to committing the Pizza Hut robbery. Officers were also able to retrieve the gun used during the crime.

The suspect remains in custody in Missouri and Galena officials anticipate the filing of formal charges early next week in connection to the May 25th robbery case.  Until that time, his name is being withheld.


Armed Robbery Pizza Hut in Galena

On today’s date at approximately 5:35pm a male subject walked into the Pizza Hut on East 7th in Galena. He pointed a hand gun at employees and demanded all money from the Cash Registers. The suspect was wearing a gray hoodie with a white superman emblem on the front, a pair of jeans and a full face black motorcycle helmet. Employee complied with his demands. The subject exited the store with an undisclosed amount of money and head East on 7th Street on a Motorcycle. If anyone has information or can identify the subject or motorcycle in the attached photos, Contact the Galena Police Department at (620) 783-5056 , The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at (620) 848-3000 or your local Law Enforcement Agency.

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