Five students arrested off-campus on various charges

UPDATE; February 20, 2017:

Four of the five students involved in the recent off-campus arrests have had their cases dropped.

Coby Barham, Kaleb Ervin, Brian Kiprotich, and Samuel Denike have all had their cases dropped according to the District Attorney’s Secretary.

Max Lopez is the only student of the five that has not had his case dropped. His scheduled court date is Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Garrett Chapman is a senior majoring in communication. You may email him at garrett.chapman@sckans.edu

 

 

By Tanner Carlson and Garrett Chapman
Staff reporters

Sunday, January 15, 2017 five students were taken into custody for various charges at 12:10 a.m. at 3500 E. 9th Ave. in Winfield, KS. The students were pulled over for having illegal tags on a 2009 black Hyundai Genesis.

Coby Barham was taken into custody for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, transporting an open container, and an illegal tag. Barham was released on bond.

Max Lopez was taken into custody for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, interference with a law enforcement officer, minor in consumption, and transporting an open container. Lopez was released on bond.

Kaleb Ervin was taken into custody for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and transporting an open container. Ervin was released on bond.

Brian Kiprotich was taken into custody for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and transporting an open container. Kiprotich was released on bond.

Samuel Denike was taken into custody for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and transporting an open container. Denike was released on bond.

Being a private institution, Southwestern College will be performing their own investigation on each student’s case.

“We can’t comment on individual student conduct cases.” Sarah Hallinan, assistant dean of students, said, “I can tell you, that students are responsible for their behaviors on and off campus.”

The Southwestern student conduct is completely separate from any city, state, or federal law. The schools investigation will include its own hearing processes due to their student conduct and their own burden of proof.

Hallinan explains burden of proof as, “Preponderance of evidence is 51 percent more than likely this occurred.”

“This county may find all these guys responsible for that, and we may not,” said Dan Falk, dean of students.

After the school gathers required information, evidence, and interviews they will determine with due process if these students are guilty or not.

Hallinan said, “If we think a violation occurred, we will charge the students with an alleged violation.”

 

Tanner Carlson is a junior majoring in communication. You may email him at tanner.carlson@sckans.edu
Garrett Chapman is a senior majoring in communication. You may email him at garrett.chapman@sckans.edu

8 thoughts on “Five students arrested off-campus on various charges

  • February 4, 2017 at 11:48 am
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    Why not do a story about the race issue and not white attacking blacks but blacks attacking whites cause of the fact they got their panties in a bunch over sports. And the other fact that it’s unsafe for a portion of the students.

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    • February 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm
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      Hi Ashley,

      We would be happy to follow up on this if you want us to. If you are on campus, we are located in the basement of Christy and you are welcome to stop by and meet with a staff member at your convenience. If not, feel free to send an email to kylie.stamper@sckans.edu or stacy.sparks@sckans.edu with some more information.

      Thanks!

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  • January 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm
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    My apologies, I thought I was commenting on a website about Southwestern College, not Winfield. Why is this campus news? Besides the fact it deals with SC students how does it even concern campus??? I’ll be looking forward to you reporting on EVERY time a SC student, faculty or staff shows up in the Courier Traveler.

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    • January 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm
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      If you would like to write a letter to the editor with your opinion on the coverage, along with your signature, we would gladly publish it.

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  • January 26, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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    I find it funny that Tanner wrote this article. I’ll be waiting for your follow up article about your roommate and friend that was kicked out of school for trippin on LSD. Not only was he on campus and threatened students with a knife, but he was also a part of the Residence Life Staff. If you’re going to throw these young men under the proverbial bus, I expect an article on Matt Custard as well.

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    • January 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm
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      Hello,

      If you can point us to a public record on this incident, we would be willing to follow up with a story.

      Thank you.

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    • February 5, 2017 at 8:42 pm
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      Guess you not following up that three of the young men had all charges dropped. Interesting

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      • February 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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        The story has been updated with information about the dropped charges. Thank you

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