Barton County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Barton County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1416 Kansas Ave, Great Bend, 67530 KS
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Phone: 620-793-1876
Fax: (620) 793-1885
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Barton County Sheriff's Office is located at 1416 Kansas Ave, Great Bend, 67530 KS. The Barton County Sheriff's Office phone number is 620-793-1876.

Barton County Sheriff's Office News

For Immediate Release Animal Cruelty On May 24, 2018 at about 3:55 PM, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the animal control officer from the Golden Belt Humane Society. He was requesting assistance with some animals that were locked in a motor home. Sheriff’s officers responded to All Seasons Mobile Home Park on Northwest 30 Road and contacted the animal control officer. Deputies were advised the Humane Society had made several attempts to contact the owner of four or five dogs that were locked in a motorhome at that location. Humane Society officials had been unsuccessful in their attempts. The owner of the animals was not being cooperative. The ambient temperature at the time was about 85°F a temperature reading was taken inside of the motor home and found to be approximately 130°F. Officers did not know and were unable to determine when the last time the animals were fed or watered. The dogs were also living in an extreme state of filth. Sheriff’s deputies forced entry into the vehicle and along with the animal control officer captured the dogs. The dogs were taken to the Golden belt Humane Society for necessary treatment and proper housing. The owner of the dogs , identified as David L. Heater was located and arrested for animal cruelty and booked into the Barton County Jail. Hester posted a $2500 bond and was released.

On May 22, 2018 at about 1:30 PM the Barton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1100 block of Pyle Street in the City of Great Bend. Sheriff’s office detectives had obtained a search warrant to look for controlled substances. Once deputies gained entry to the house and it was secured, detectives located a quantity of cocaine, prescription drugs, marijuana as well as various drug paraphernalia. Arrested at the scene was Kashe Roda, age 29 of Great Bend. Roda was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, unauthorized sale of prescription drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Roda is being held in the Barton County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

CARRY CONCEAL CLASS Date: June 23, 2018 Where: Barton County Sheriff’s Office Range and Training Facility 396 NE 30 Rd Great Bend, KS Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00PM The Handgun Safety Training Course is an 8 hour basic firearms safety class that you must first complete as part of the application process for you Carry Concealed handgun License. Although anyone 21 years old or older can take the course not everyone is eligible to obtain a CCH license. Your Instructors are all Kansas Law Enforcement Officers with various backgrounds and years of experience. • Cost of the class is $50 per person; payment is non- refundable and must be paid prior to the day of the class in order to be guaranteed a spot. You may send a check or money order made payable to the Barton County Sheriff’s Dept. or stop in at 1416 Kansas Ave. to pay in person. • Please arrive a few minutes early; class begins promptly at 8 AM. • Have your photo ID (KS Driver’s License) • Have a writing utensil • You will need your own reliable working handgun and be able to field strip the handgun in class. (Refer to your gun’s manual or go on-line for instructions). Bring your unloaded gun into class with you. Leave all ammunition in your vehicle. • You will need a minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition. NO RELOADS (25 rounds for practice, 25 for qualification) • Appropriate eye protection and ear protection • Wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Qualification is outdoors. • A light lunch will be provided, but if you have a special diet, bring your own lunch. • Training and Qualification will be held at the BTSO range: 396 NE 30 Rd. East of the landfill on Juco Road

Type of Incident: Search Warrant – Stolen property and drugs Date of Incident: 05/09/2018 Date of Release: 05/10/2018 For Immediate Release On May 9, 2018 at about 1 PM Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant in the 100 block of North East 30 Road, north of the city of Great Bend. Sheriff’s officers were looking for stolen property. Upon entering the residence, detectives also discovered controlled substances and another search warrant was obtained. Sheriff’s office detectives seized quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and stolen property. A firearm was also located with the drugs. Arrested at the scene was Kyle Dreiling age 33 of Great Bend. Dreiling was charged with burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. He’s being held in the Barton County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond. Also arrested was Ashley Feil age 33 also of Great Bend. Feil was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, criminal use of a weapon and distribution of a controlled substance. Feil is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Type of Incident: Structure Fire Date of Incident: 05/08/2018 Date of Release: 05/08/2018 For Immediate Release On May 8, 2018 at about 3:51 AM the Barton County Sheriff’s office responded to the report of a structure fire northeast of the City of Great Bend. The location of the fire was at 238 N. E. 40th Ave. at the Gerald Wondra residence. Upon arrival it was discovered that a large barn was completely engulfed in flames along with other equipment setting near the structure. The building and its contents as well as a truck, a tractor and a swather were all destroyed. The total amount of the loss has not been determined. The Great Bend Fire Department with assistance from the Ellinwood Fire Department brought the blaze under control. Fire department personnel were on the scene until after 8 AM this morning. There is reason to believe the fire was caused by an electrical issue.

Type of Incident: Child Kidnapping Hoax On May 5, 2018 at about 5:08 PM Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Big Bend Recreational lake located in the 100 block of S. Washington St., just south of the City of Great Bend. The initial call came to 911 Dispatch as a possible drowning. Upon arrival Sheriff’s officers contacted Christina Chapman, age 35 of Great Bend who stated while she was in the water swimming with her daughter, an unknown white male struck her, grabbed her three-year-old child and left in an unknown vehicle. Chapman repeatedly stated she had no idea who had taken her child. Witnesses in the area stated they had not seen any other vehicles in the area nor had they seen a child with Chapman. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was contacted as officers prepared to issue an Amber Alert. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks was also contacted in the event we needed equipment to search for a drowned child. During the course the investigation Sheriff’s detectives contacted other family members to see if they had information as to who may have abducted the child. During the course that investigation it was discovered Chapman had voluntarily given her child to another family member several hours earlier. Evidently the entire incident was a hoax. Christina Chapman was arrested for making a false report. She was transported to the Barton County Jail and booked on charges of interference with a law enforcement officer. Chapman was released on a $2500 bond.

Type of Incident: Attempt to flee and elude deputies For Immediate Release On May 6, 2018 at about 1 AM, Deputy Sheriff Richard Allen attempted to stop a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro in the 100 block of Southeast 20 Road for a speeding violation. When the deputy turned around and attempted to stop the vehicle the suspect continued west at a high rate of speed. Sheriff’s deputies pursued the Camaro for approximately 10 miles before the suspect pulled into a rural residence in the southwestern part of Barton County. The suspect attempted to flee on foot and was captured by Sheriff’s deputies. The driver was identified as James Skinner, age 51 of Great Bend. Skinner was arrested and booked into the Barton County Jail for felony flee and elude, felony obstruction and numerous traffic violations. Skinner was released on $5000 bond.

CRIME STOPPERS Great Bend/ Barton County Release by Sheriff Brian Bellendir Date of Release : 04/30/2018 Subject: Wanted Person Crime Stoppers of Barton County and local law enforcement are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted person. This is Sheriff Brian Bellendir. Law enforcement is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Ricky A. Bell. Bell is an absconded registered sex offender. He is a white male, 53 years of age, 5’11”, 175 pounds, gray hair and hazel eyes. If you have information about this person or any other crime, please call crime stoppers at 620-792-1300 or 888-305-1300, remember we don’t want your name, just your information.

Type of Incident: Change of radio frequencies Date of Incident: N/A Date of Release: 04/25/2018 For Immediate Release The citizens of Barton County who monitor Sheriff’s office radio traffic are going to notice a decrease in the amount of activity on our frequencies. Over the course of the last year the Barton County Sheriff’s office has been purchasing 800 MHz radios to replace the current UHF system we have been using since the late 1980s. After several months of testing the Sheriff’s Office has determined that the 800 system has far superior coverage in Barton County. The Kansas Statewide Interoperable Communication System is owned and operated by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Local agencies are responsible for purchasing their own equipment to be part of the system. With the new system Sheriff’s deputies can actually communicate with most other agencies statewide. During recent testing we have been able to talk to officers in the Topeka and Kansas City areas. This is the same system as used by the Kansas Highway Patrol. In the event of a large natural disaster such as a tornado or flooding, officers from any part of the state can respond and have communications with the incident commander on the system. We have slowly purchased the equipment that we need over the course of the last two years. The changing of the system will not incur any additional expense to taxpayers. Several other local law enforcement agencies are also equipped as well as some fire and EMS units. It is expected most emergency services will be on the 800 system within the next two years. One of the chief concerns expressed by some citizens is that the general public will not be able to monitor Sheriff’s Office traffic during severe weather incidents. The Sheriff’s Office will switch back to the former UHF system during inclement weather. This will allow the general public to monitor our traffic on the older analog scanners. We intend to maintain the UHF system in the vehicles for several years. To be able to monitor the 800 MHz frequencies a digital trunking scanner is required. Most of the Sheriff’s office transmissions will be “transmitted in the clear”, although we do have scrambled frequencies that will be used for tactical and undercover operations. Further information about the Kansas Statewide Interoperable Communication System may be obtained from various ham radio sites and the Kansas Department of Transportation webpages.

Type of Incident: Drug Arrests Date of Incident: 04/23/18 Date of Release: 04/24/18 For Immediate Release Barton County Sheriff’s office detectives made two separate arrests last night for possession of methamphetamine. The two unrelated cases were initiated by traffic stops. On April 23, 2018 at about 11 PM detectives conducted a traffic stop in the 5500 block of 10th St. in the City of Great Bend. The officers made contact with the driver who is identified as Savannah Sullivan, age 22 of Great Bend. The Barton County K9 conducted a “sniff” on the exterior of the suspect vehicle and indicated controlled substances were inside. Detectives located a substantial amount of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. Sullivan was placed under arrest and transported to the Barton County jail without incident and is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Later in the evening at about 2 AM the same detectives observed a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of 11th and Williams in the city of Great Bend. The detectives interviewed the driver and once again K9 Kia was put into action. The dog indicated on the vehicle and methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia was located. The driver was identified as Joel Davis, age 51 of Lyons, Kansas. Davis was also arrested and transported to the Barton County jail. He is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Type of Incident: Drug Take Back Day Date of Incident: April 28, 2018 Date of Release: April 23, 2018 For Immediate Release The Barton County Sheriff’s office in conjunction with the Barton County Health Department and the DEA will be hosting a drug take back day. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 AM until 2 PM. Representatives will be on the east side of the Barton County Courthouse on Kansas Street to accept unused prescription and nonprescription medications. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency permits local law enforcement to accept prescription and nonprescription medications for destruction once a year. This is a public service offered by the Barton County Health Department and the Sheriff’s Office to prevent abuse of prescription drugs and allow for proper disposal. Drugs will be accepted from private citizens as well as institutions such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities that may need to dispose of any controlled substance. There is no fee for the service.

Type of Incident: Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Date of Incident: 04/17/2018 Date of Release: 04/17/2018 For Immediate Release On April 17, 2018 at 12:09 PM the Barton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of N. Washington Ave. and North East 30 Road. Upon arrival Sheriff’s officers discovered a two vehicle accident involving a passenger car and a loaded cement truck. Investigation at the scene indicates that a 2005 International cement truck operated by Billy Love, age 39 of Great Bend was northbound on Washington Avenue. A 2007 Saturn Ion operated by Shealee A. Stover, age 18 of rural Olmitz was westbound on North East 30 Road approaching the stop sign. It appears that the Stover vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign and was struck by the International truck. Both vehicles continued north on Washington. The Stover vehicle came to rest on its roof and the cement truck came to rest on the passenger side. Stover was pronounced deceased at the scene by Barton County coroner Dr. E.L. Jones. Love was not injured in the accident. Investigation indicates both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision. The Sheriff’s office was on the scene until about 3:45 PM investigating the accident. Sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by units from the Great Bend Fire Department and EMS Service.

Type of Incident: Methamphetamine arrest Date of Incident: 04/15/2018 Date of Release: 04/16/2018 For Immediate Release Early on the morning of Sunday, April 15, 2018, at about 12:30 AM Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Katzenmeier stopped a 1998 Jeep Cherokee in the 900 block of North US 281 highway. Deputy Katzenmeier observed a male passenger in the vehicle. The deputy noted the male passenger was Michael Moore of Great Bend. The deputy was aware there was an outstanding warrant for Moore’s arrest from The Kansas Department of Corrections. Moore exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, as he was fleeing Moore was observed to be throwing items to the ground as he ran. The items were found to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Moore was captured and taken into custody. Arrested at the scene was Michael Moore age 27 of Great Bend. Moore was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony obstruction and a no bond warrant from the Kansas Department of Corrections. Also arrested at the scene was the driver, Mark Ray age 30 of Great Bend. Ray was charged with possession of methamphetamine and driving while suspended. Ray posted a $10,000 bond. Moore remains in jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond as well as the no bond warrant from KDOC.

Type of Incident: Marijuana wax/BHO lab explosion Date of Incident: 04/06/2018 Date of Release: 04/08/2018 For Immediate Release On Friday, April 6, 2018 at about 5:11 PM the Barton County Sheriff’s Office responded along with the Great Bend Fire Department to the 70 block of Southeast 20 Road. The fire department was responding to the call of a possible structure fire. The fire was extinguished and during the subsequent investigation it became apparent there had been a butane explosion. The resident had fled from the area. Deputies contacted the Sheriff’s Office detectives who responded to the scene and obtained a search warrant. Upon investigation it became apparent that a clandestine lab was in use for the manufacture of marijuana wax, also called BHO or DAB. This is a fairly recent phenomenon in the drug culture. In this type of operation the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is extracted from the plant in a highly concentrated form. The process uses butane and other flammable substances. This is the first lab of this kind the Sheriff’s Office has located in Barton County. Sheriff’s deputies seized a substantial quantity of marijuana, finished BHO, drug paraphernalia and processing equipment at the scene. Over 100, 10 ounce bottles of butane were also seized. The resident later returned to the scene with severe burns but refused medical treatment. The incident is still under investigation and arrests are expected in the near future.

Type of Incident: Pursuit / Drug Arrest Date of Incident: 04/08/2018 Date of Release: 04/09/2018 For Immediate Release On Sunday, April 8, 2018, at about 4:45 PM Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a complaint about an ATV driving south on North Washington north of the City of Great Bend. The ATV was later located by an off-duty reserve deputy sheriff on Northeast 20 Road. Deputies responded to the area and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect fled south crossing US 56 Highway near Kiowa Road and entered the City of Great Bend. Deputies made several attempts to block the path of the vehicle but the suspect continued to elude them. Near the intersection of 2nd and Pine Street in the City of Great Bend, the suspect vehicle crossed the flood control project into the Arkansas River. Deputies continued to pursue the vehicle until it became stuck approximately three quarters of a mile west of Washington Street, in the riverbed. The subject failed to comply with officers orders and a Taser was used. Suspect was identified as Alex Roth, age 25 of Great Bend. He was arrested and transported to the Barton County Jail without incident. Roth was charged with interference with a law enforcement officer, attempt to flee and elude, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Roth is being held in the Barton County jail in lieu of a $10,000.00 bond.

Type of Incident: High Speed Chase / Wanted Person Date of Incident: 04/04/2018 Date of Release: 04/04/2018 For Immediate Release On April 4, 2018 at about 12:25 AM a Barton County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a defective brake lamp violation. Normally this sort of stop is simply a courtesy to advise the driver of defective equipment. The deputy was in the 100 block of Southeast 1 Avenue, south of the City of Great Bend. When the deputy activated his lights, the green 1997 Cadillac Deville fled from the deputy at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued the vehicle into the southern part of Barton County at which point the suspect lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of 50 Road and Southeast 20 Avenue and struck a stop sign. The vehicle continued to flee and went into Stafford County. The vehicle then came back into Barton County at which time it struck a deer during the course pursuit. Deputies were able get the vehicle stopped in the 800 block of Southeast 50 Road. The driver was identified as Nicholas Curtice, age 35 of rural Hoisington, Kansas. It was discovered Curtice had outstanding arrest warrants through the Barton County District Court. Curtice was arrested on the Barton County warrant and was also charged with felony flee and elude, criminal damage to property, driving while revoked and numerous other traffic violations he is being held in the Barton County Jail with no bond on the warrant.

On April 4, 2018 at about 12:25 AM a Barton County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a defective brake lamp violation. Normally this sort of stop is simply a courtesy to advise the driver of defective equipment. The deputy was in the 100 block of Southeast 1 Avenue, south of the City of Great Bend. When the deputy activated his lights, the green 1997 Cadillac Deville fled from the deputy at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued the vehicle into the southern part of Barton County at which point the suspect lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of 50 Road and Southeast 20 Avenue and struck a stop sign. The vehicle continued to flee and went into Stafford County. The vehicle then came back into Barton County at which time it struck a deer during the course pursuit. Deputies were able get the vehicle stopped in the 800 block of Southeast 50 Road. The driver was identified as Nicholas Curtice, age 35 of rural Hoisington, Kansas. It was discovered Curtice had outstanding arrest warrants through the Barton County District Court. Curtice was arrested on the Barton County warrant and was also charged with felony flee and elude, criminal damage to property, driving while revoked and numerous other traffic violations he is being held in the Barton County Jail with no bond on the warrant.

Type of Incident: Drug Arrests Date of Incident: April 2, 2018 Date of Release: April 3, 2018 For Immediate Release On April 2, 2018 at about 11:00 PM Barton County Sheriff’s Detectives initiated a traffic stop in the 700 block of Southeast 20 Road. Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as Mark Ray, age 30 of Great Bend. It was found Ray had a suspended driver’s license. The Barton County Sheriff’s office K9 was called to the scene and controlled substances were found in the vehicle. The driver was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Marissa Kennedy, age 22 also of Great Bend was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Kennedy was placed under arrest and transported to the Barton County Jail. Both subjects were being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond. Both subjects have posted bond and were released Wednesday, April 3, 2018.

Type of Incident: Drug Arrest Date of Incident: 03/26/2018 Date of Release: 03/27/2018 For Immediate Release On March 26, 2018 at about 7:30 PM, Barton County Sheriff’s Deputy Sierra Thorne stopped a vehicle in the 2200 block of 25th St. in the City of Great Bend. The deputy knew the driver of the vehicle had a revoked driver’s license. When the vehicle stopped the driver attempted to flee and was apprehended by the Deputy Sherriff. The driver was identified as Michael “Spike” Croslin age 47 of Great Bend. A search warrant was obtained by the Sheriff’s Office detectives. 18 g of methamphetamine, 5 g of peyote mushrooms, 3 g of suspected heroin, various pharmaceutical drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered. A passenger in the vehicle was released at the scene. Croslin was arrested at the scene and booked on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of prescription drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution of hallucinogenic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and various traffic charges. Croslin is being held in the Barton County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. This is the third time Mr. Croslin has been arrested since November on serious drug charges.

Mugshot and inmate information for Chaz Zachery Stephens age 25 of Hoisington. Stephens was booked for murder in the Second Degree. His bond has been set at $1000000.

MISSING HOISINGTON GIRL FOUND BARTON COUNTY – The Hoisington Police Department, the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) have found the missing girl, Iviona Lewis, age 2 of Hoisington, Kan. She has been located deceased in rural Barton County. Agents and local law enforcement worked through the night and made an arrest at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Chaz Stephens, age 25, of Hoisington, acquaintance of Lewis, was arrested and booked into Barton County Jail on second degree murder. Once the autopsy is complete formal charges will be filed by the Barton County Attorney’s office. Law enforcement agencies who assisted with the investigation included: the Hoisington Police Department, the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the Hoisington Fire Department, and the Hoisington EMS. The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

Type of Incident: Missing Child Date of Incident: 03/18/2018 Date of Release: 03/20/2018 For Immediate Release The Hoisington Police Department and the Barton County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing 2 year old child. Description of the child is a 2 year old black female, 27 pounds, and black hair . The child was last seen Sunday evening at 22:50 hours in the 400 block of Elm in Hoisington. Last known clothing is only a diaper. Hoisington Police Department, Fire Department, EMS, Kansas Highway Patrol and the Barton County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a door to door search. If the public has any information about this missing child, please contact 911 immediately.

Type of Incident: Drug Arrests Date of Incident: 03/19/2018 Date of Release: 03/20/2018 For Immediate Release On March 19, 2018 at about 2:00 P.M. Detectives with the Barton County Sheriff’s Office noticed two suspicious pick-up trucks driving down a private lease road in the 100 block of North Washington north of Great Bend. Detectives were able to make contact with three occupants in one of the pick-up trucks and observed them to be acting in a suspicious manner. The Barton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit was called to assist. Sheriff’s Deputy K9 “Kia” performed a sniff on the pick-up truck where the suspects had been located. K9 “Kia” indicated on the truck and drugs were seized including, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Krystal Halseth age 21, Alex Delgadillo age 18 and Ismael Dominguez III age 19 all of Great Bend, were arrested at the scene and transported to the Barton County Jail. This marks the seventh arrest made by K9 “Kia” since he transferred from the Great Bend Police Department to the Sheriff’s Office on March 10, 2018. Kia has “made” several cases for the Sheriff’s Office as well as assisted the Great Bend Police Department when their K9 is not available. Kia is a valuable asset to our office and will continue to assist us with campaign against the methamphetamine problem in the county.

CARRY CONCEAL CLASS Date: April 7, 2018 Where: Barton County Sheriff’s Office Range and Training Facility 396 NE 30 Rd Great Bend, KS Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00PM The Handgun Safety Training Course is an 8 hour basic firearms safety class that you must first complete as part of the application process for you Carry Concealed handgun License. Although anyone 21 years old or older can take the course not everyone is eligible to obtain a CCH license. Your Instructors are all Kansas Law Enforcement Officers with various backgrounds and years of experience. • Cost of the class is $50 per person; payment is non- refundable and must be paid prior to the day of the class in order to be guaranteed a spot. You may send a check or money order made payable to the Barton County Sheriff’s Dept. or stop in at 1416 Kansas Ave. to pay in person. • Please arrive a few minutes early; class begins promptly at 8 AM. • Have your photo ID (KS Driver’s License) • Have a writing utensil • You will need your own reliable working handgun and be able to field strip the handgun in class. (Refer to your gun’s manual or go on-line for instructions). Bring your unloaded gun into class with you. Leave all ammunition in your vehicle. • You will need a minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition. NO RELOADS (25 rounds for practice, 25 for qualification) • Appropriate eye protection and ear protection • Wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Qualification is outdoors. • A light lunch will be provided, but if you have a special diet, bring your own lunch. • Training and Qualification will be held at the BTSO range: 396 NE 30 Rd. East of the landfill on Juco Road

Type of Incident: Search Warrant Date of Incident: 02/27/2018 Date of Release: 02/28/2018 For Immediate Release On February 27, 2018 at about 8:30 PM the Barton County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellinwood Police Department conducted a joint operation in the city of Ellinwood. Sheriff’s deputies and Ellinwood police officers executed a search warrant in the 500 block of S. Humbolt St. in the city of Ellinwood. Upon entry into the single residence officers located a substantial quantity of methamphetamine, firearms and drug paraphernalia. Arrested at the scene was Scottie Schmidt, age 40 of Ellinwood. Schmidt was booked on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of a firearm and no drug tax stamp. Schmidt is a registered drug offender. Schmidt is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene several hours last night processing evidence. The investigation is ongoing, further arrests are possible.