Phillips Sentence to Over 3 Years in Meth Case

DeeDee Kay Phillips

DeeDee Kay Phillips

Phillips Sentence to Over 3 Years in Meth Case

During the summer of 2015, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office investigated illegal drug activity involving Dee Dee “Kay” Phillips.  That investigation led members of the Sheriff’s Office and the Galena Police Department to execute a search warrant at her home on July 7, 2015.

During the course of the search, methamphetamine, which had been individually packaged to sell, was located and seized.

Phillips, whose case was prosecuted by the Cherokee County Attorney’s Office, recently pled guilty to Possessing Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and started serving her 37 month prison sentence with the Kansas Department of Corrections earlier this week.

Hensley Sentenced to Over 6 Years in Meth Distribution Case

Earnest Michael Hensley Jr.

Earnest Michael Hensley Jr.

Over 6 Years in Prison for Convicted Meth Dealer

Earnest Michael Hensley Jr., age 39, of Carterville, Missouri, began serving a 74 month prison sentence last week with the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Hensley was the subject of a traffic stop conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in January, 2016, as part of an investigation into methamphetamine distribution.  During the course of the stop, a narcotic detection K-9 Team from the Newton County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Office was utilized and methamphetamine, with a street value of approximately $3,200.00, was located and seized.

Hensley recently pled guilty in Cherokee County District Court to Possessing Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute.

“I appreciate the great work by all those involved in this case,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

“The teamwork between all those involved – our investigators, the Newton County K9 Team and the Cherokee County Attorney’s Office – not only resulted in the removal of this methamphetamine from our community, but the imprisonment of the man trying to sell it,” concluded Sheriff Groves.

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Remembering the Heroes of 9/11

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Sixteen years ago this morning, after tragic and cowardly acts of terrorism were executed on Americans, countless law enforcement officers, firefighters and port authority personnel ran into chaos, working hard to save strangers knowing their next trip into those burning buildings may be the trip they wouldn’t survive.

They ran in to those buildings anyway. They had families – parents, children, spouses, friends – but because of their courage and selflessness, they eagerly raced into danger for the sole purpose of helping others, despite the risks and dangers ahead of them. Those are the men and women we honor today. We honor them and mourn their loss, along with the loss of all the innocent citizens who were merely working and living their lives that day.

In the aftermath of those attacks, Americans put aside their differences and came together because of our collective pride in our nation. Despite our backgrounds, socio- economic status and political ideology, we were first and foremost Americans!

Hopefully, today, in addition to mourning the loss of those killed during the attacks and honoring the heroes that emerged -including the numerous men and women who were moved to enlist in our armed forces – we can decide not to focus so much on what sets us apart, but instead regain that sense of patriotism and togetherness!

Happy Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day

Like many of you, I’ve spent the past several days looking forward to and thinking about the Independence Day Holiday!

But to be honest, I found myself disappointed about how often times there seems to be an energy of divisiveness in our country.  Typically surrounding political issues, people find themselves on one side or the other (or perhaps in the middle – seeing valid points to both views).  Unfortunately those differing opinions aren’t always respected, and anymore seem to be cause for others to launch an attack, even among those who have been life-long friends.

Personally, I don’t believe any one party or political ideology has a monopoly on good ideas or effective public servants.  American’s from each party, and even those not associated with any party, are generally proud and patriotic citizens who love our country and want what’s best for our nation as a whole.

That may be one of the reasons I enjoy Independence Day so much.

It’s a time when a lot of those differences tend to get put on the back-burner and we all come together with pride in our country!

We celebrate our freedom and take time to reflect and thank all those brave men and women who have fought to defend our republic.  Every generation for the past 241 years have had to strongly stand up and defend the principles this country was founded on and despite challenges in the past and the challenges sure to come in the future, if we remain strong and united with patriotic fervor, this will continue to be an incredible nation, worthy of defending and celebrating!

I hope you all enjoy the Independence Day Holiday and to all those of you who have served in our military, or supported military spouses, children or others in our community who have served, thank you so much!

God Bless America!

Sheriff David Groves

Galena Days 2017

Got to take a picture with these Junior Deputy's Thursday night at Galena Days!

Got to take a picture with these Junior Deputy’s Thursday night at Galena Days!

We appreciate being invited to participate in the KODE / KSN - Freeman Safety Tour!

We appreciate being invited to participate in the KODE / KSN – Freeman Safety Tour!

Sheriff’s Office Recognized by Wellness Advocates

Sheriff's Office Receives Wellness Recognition

 

Health and Wellness Advocates of Cherokee County to Recognize April Health Champion

In fiscal year 2011, it was reported that 676,569 children were victims of child abuse or neglect (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012). April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and it is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. Child abuse and neglect are preventable and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is working to reduce the incidence of child abuse with strong leadership, outreach education, and increasing awareness.

On April 18, 2017 the Health and Wellness Advocates of Cherokee County recognized the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for their dedication in reducing the incidence of child abuse. The Sheriff’s Office has developed a variety of strategic outreach initiatives in order to raise awareness and educate the public. Sheriff Groves is on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Kansas, which is a non-profit organization that helps with forensic interviews as well as providing an advocate to the child throughout the court process.  Education is a major component in reducing child abuse and the Sheriff’s Office offers programs utilizing shaken baby simulators that teach participants the life altering consequences of shaking a baby. Child safety is also promoted by offering regular car seat safety checks for local families. Local teens are educated on the importance of personal safety and the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and social media.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is proactive in providing education to improve the future of area children. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, they will be available for questions at the Senior Health and Information Fair at Spring River Wellness on Thursday April 27th from 8-11:30 discussing scams and protection against property theft. The Sheriff’s Office will also be coordinating the Cherokee County Drug Take Back Program on April 29th to collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The Health and Wellness Advocates of Cherokee County would like to thank the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for their dedication to the safety and wellness of area youth.

Numerous companies, social groups, and individuals throughout the county have identified making wellness a priority for their employees, youth, and peers has long-term benefits including improved health, increased productivity, and enhanced quality of life. The Health and Wellness Advocates of Cherokee County need your help in highlighting the organizations throughout the county that are making health and wellness a priority. Please nominate a Cherokee County Health Champion by emailing or calling Christina Holmes at ChristinaHolmes@ksu.edu or 620-429-3849.

Kansas State University is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision, or hearing disability, contact Christina Holmes, Cherokee County Extension, 124 W. Country Rd, Columbus, KS 66725, phone 620-429-3849 or email ChristinaHolmes@ksu.edu.

School Presentation at Columbus High School

County Attorney Jake Conard and I had a great time this morning speaking with the Columbus High School Freshman class about making smart choices with social media, alcohol and drugs. They were a great group and we appreciate the opportunity to visit with them!

County Attorney Jake Conard and I had a great time this morning speaking with the Columbus High School Freshman class about making smart choices with social media, alcohol and drugs. They were a great group and we appreciate the opportunity to visit with them!

Sheriff’s Office Receives 2016 AAA Platinum Award

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Sheriff David Groves and Chief Deputy Shane Gibson received the 2016 Platinum Award for Community Traffic Safety from AAA of Kansas during this mornings County Commissioner Meeting. The Sheriff’s Office received the Gold Level Award in 2011 and 2012 and have received the Platinum Award, the highest level awarded by AAA of Kansas, for the past four consecutive years.

“It’s an honor to receive this award and recognition which is the result of hard work by our dedicated deputy’s, strong support for our traffic safety programs from the Board of Commissioners and partnerships between our agency, area businesses, schools, students and our entire community,” stated Sheriff Groves following the presentation.

Three States Come Together to Keep Kids Safe

This morning, over 100 students, law enforcement, and state traffic safety professionals, all with a combined goal of keeping local students safe, came together! It's exciting to see the sharing of ideas and teamwork among all these groups! We appreciate Downstream Resort for hosting and allowing us to use their conference room as well as local State Farm Insurance Agents Terry Bessman, Rod Burns and Nate Long for helping with funding. State Farm has been a great partner in keeping our kids safe!

This morning, over 100 students, law enforcement, and state traffic safety professionals, all with a combined goal of keeping local students safe, came together!
It’s exciting to see the sharing of ideas and teamwork among all these groups!
We appreciate Downstream Resort for hosting and allowing us to use their conference room as well as local State Farm Insurance Agents Terry Bessman, Rod Burns and Nate Long for helping with funding. State Farm has been a great partner in keeping our kids safe!

Sheriff’s Meet With Legislators in Topeka

While in Topeka earlier this week, I enjoyed visiting with Representative Houser and other legislators, along with fellow Sheriffs and public safety professionals, about issues important to Kansas Law Enforcement and keeping Kansan's safe!

While in Topeka earlier this week, I enjoyed visiting with Representative Houser and other legislators, along with fellow Sheriffs and public safety professionals, about issues important to Kansas Law Enforcement and keeping Kansan’s safe!