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Ready for Spring!

The past couple of months have been busy.

We've managed to have a few winter weather events, but all the motorists have done a really good job of being cautious.  We had some vehicle slide offs in the snow and ice but no injury accidents, which is great.

Hopefully after this weekend’s winter weather threat we can move into spring!

This time of year is always interesting because the State Legislature is in session.

I try to keep a close eye on what’s going on in Topeka, especially on law enforcement related bills, because current laws can be changed or repealed and new laws can be added.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with and speak with our State Representative and Senator several times over the past couple of months regarding legislation that would enhance public safety services as well as other legislation they are working on and I appreciate their accessibility.

As for the Sheriff’s Office, some of you may have noticed that we have added a feature on our website,  On the left side of the page is a Crash Log button.  You can get information related to traffic crashes our agency investigates by clicking on that button. 

While you’re there, don’t forget you can sign up for email alerts.  We will email you press releases, most wanted updates, messages from the sheriff and our daily inmate roster / intake.

I also wanted to let everyone know that our next Drug Take Back Event will be held on April 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  We will be set up again at Apple Market in Columbus, Marvin’s IGA in Baxter Springs and the Galena City Hall. 

This program has proven extremely successful because of your participation.

In the couple of years we have been doing the collection sites, we have collected nearly 700 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications.

It’s important that we get these unneeded prescription medications properly disposed of so they don’t fall into the wrong hands, either intentionally or accidently, and seriously injure or kill someone.

The cities of Columbus, Baxter Springs, Galena, along with Cherokee County CERT, Spring River WRAPS and the Cherokee County Health Department are always a huge help in getting everything in order so that we can operate at all three locations.

Finally, I just want to quickly remind everyone that Election Day is April 2nd.  This election cycle typically has a low voter turnout, but the offices being sought are important and have a very real impact on our towns and schools.  If you have questions about voting or your registration status, please contact the Cherokee County Clerk’s Office at 620-429-2042.

As always, if I or my staff can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sheriff David Groves

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