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Group effort behind news and info site

A pair of Cowley County news veterans has launched an online-only news site with content provided free of charge to readers.

New KSOK co-host picks up award from KAB

New morning show co-host and news director, Shawn "Rhino" Wheat, has been honored with an award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Wheat received second place for the 2007 major market television promotions series.

Cowley Co. man dies from combine injuries

A rural Arkansas City farmer ? who was injured in a combine accident one week ago ? has died, according to a friend of the family.

Ark City police for Nov. 9 through Nov. 11

Arkansas City Police Activities Nov. 9, Nov. 10, and Nov. 11, 2007 included:

Local veterinarian closing her Winfield clinic

Winfield veterinarian Tamara Zimmerman has announced the closing of TLC Veterinary Clinic south of Winfield. The decision was made public through an open letter Zimmerman wrote to the community and sent to various news media outlets Monday.

Morning session of Thurber case wraps up

The morning session of pre-trial hearings for Cowley County capital murder suspect Justin Thurber has ended. No major rulings were made, according to a KSOK reporter who attended the proceedings.

Witness: Thurber asked me to lie about alibi

Justin Thurber wrote a jail house letter asking an acquaintance to help him manufacture an alibi that would account for Thurber's whereabouts on certain days, according to testimony given at a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

High speed chase ends at home in Ark City

A police chase that stretched through two states led to the arrest of an Oklahoma woman Saturday in Arkansas City.

Annual KANZA Days festival is this weekend

Dozens of events and activities that will appeal to all ages are planned for Kanza Days this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

KSOK and partners bringing video to Cowley

Country Music Artist Bryan Fontenot ? and future star of the soon-to-be-produced country music video Cowboy Zero ? will be arriving in Cowley County this weekend along with video director Lark Watts, and cinematographer Jason Epperson.

EDITORIAL: NewsCow has its first birthday

NewsCow.net celebrated it's very first birthday this weekend, May 10 to be exact. Hard to believe, we know. At some points it wasn't clear if we'd make it past the first few weeks.

Fire does major damage to chiropractic office

A late-night fire Monday badly damaged the Cellers Chiropractic Clinic in Arkansas City. Fire officials said the building was a total loss.

Sprinkler snuffs small fire at Orscheln in AC

An indoor sprinkler system is credited with putting out a small fire that started inside the Orscheln Farm and Home store in Arkansas City early this morning, Ark City fire officials said.

NewsCow, KSOK to host live sheriff's debate

Cowley County Undersheriff Don Read and Randy Emerson have agreed to participate in a live radio debate being hosted by NewsCow.net and KSOK Radio.

Sheriff's debate set for Tuesday on KSOK

Cowley County Undersheriff Don Read and Randy Emerson will participate in a live radio debate being hosted by NewsCow.net and KSOK Radio Tuesday.

Reports: Candidates for sheriff spent $22K

Don Read outspent opponent Randy Emerson by more than 2-to-1 in the race to see who will become Cowley County's new sheriff, according to campaign finance information released Monday.

Sheriff's candidates face off in a live debate

The candidates for the Cowley County Sheriff's job each favor the conceal-carry law, central dispatching and a drug court program being considered for Cowley County probationers.

BAUMAN: Cales wins soggy Derby (pictures)

There's no weekend like a Cowley County Fair weekend.

ELECTION BLOG: Commentary and results

Hi everybody, this is Shane Farley with NewsCow.net and I'll be filling you on election results throughout the evening here and on KSOK Radio along with news director Shawn Wheat.

Emerson surprised by Read's large victory

Thousands of people told Randy Emerson over the last few years that they would vote for him for sheriff this election year.

UPDATE: Jarvis remains in critical condition

(Reader tip: Refreshing the browser multiple times will give you different pictures from the scene. There are three total.)

Mulvane chosen for new Sumner Co. casino

Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has been selected to manage a state-owned casino in Sumner County. It will be built at near the Mulvane interchange of the Kansas Turnpike. The 4-3 vote was cast Friday morning by the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board.

Listen to our latest audio interview from Fri.

When we can, NewsCow.net will bring you a featured audio clip pertaining to an important area news event. We started earlier this month with the Cowley County Sheriff's debate hosted by NewsCow.net and KSOK Radio.

Local credit union's name used in a new scam

Scammers ? using tactics similar to those used in a scheme earlier this year ? are targeting area residents by claiming to represent Arkansas City-based Ark Valley Credit Union.

Small plane crashes near Douglass Thurs.

A small airplane crashed five miles southeast of Douglass Thursday afternoon, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. No injuries have been reported.

NewsCow, KSOK candidate debate is Tues.

NewsCow.net and KSOK Radio are hosting a Cowley County 2008 Election Debate Tuesday night in Arkansas City. The event is open to the public.

****OFFICIAL ELECTION NIGHT BLOG****

SHANE (10:55 p.m.) - Final results have been tallied. There are still about 400 provisional ballots and write-in ballots to be counted. That will happen at canvassing.

Blast victim and injured local woman named

Smoldering debris and a thick cloud of smoke were nearly all that was left of a rural Winfield farmhouse where a blast Tuesday afternoon ? likely caused by a gas leak ? killed one person and injured another, Sheriff Bob Odell said.

Police up presence after fights, threats in AC

Fights and threats of violence at Arkansas City High School have prompted an increased police presence at the school, a district official said.

****** LOCAL CANCELLATION INFO ******

Our news partners at KSOK Radio are keeping an up-to-the-minute listing of all the area closings caused by the weather.

Small fire halts classes at ACHS on Tuesday

A emptied classrooms at Arkansas City High School Tuesday morning but classes did resume a short time later, school officials told a KSOK Radio reporter.

SOURCES: Thurber found competent for trial

Justin Thurber is competent to stand trial in the death - and possible sexual assault - of Arkansas City\'s Jodi Sanderholm, NewsCow has learned.

****** LOCAL CANCELLATION INFO ******

Our news partners at KSOK Radio are keeping an up-to-the-minute listing of all the area closings caused by the weather.

Authorities confirm fatality in Cowley wreck

A person has died of injuries resulting from an accident just south of the K-15, U.S. 77 junction east of Udall, according to officers at the scene.

Winfield man is shot and killed in Okla. hotel

An assistant coach for the Winfield Wrestling Club was shot and killed at an Oklahoma City Hotel early Sunday morning, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department. A man is in custody in connection with the incident.

Rubbermaid: Slow sales led to layoff of 75

Sales of products manufactured at the Newell Rubbermaid location in Winfield have been significantly affected by the poor economy and prompted a reduction of approximately 75 positions at the facility.

****** LOCAL CANCELLATION INFO ******

Our news partners at KSOK Radio are keeping an up-to-the-minute listing of all the area closings caused by the weather.

****** LIVE AUDIO FROM THE THURBER TRIAL ******

Our news partners at KSOK Radio are streaming live audio from the trial of Justin Thurber.

Wellington cops call in bomb squad Sunday

Police in Wellington called in a bomb squad Sunday night after the owners of a home found an explosive device on a counter in the kitchen, according to Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath.

Fields: \"It\'s not like I took over a dynasty\"

Rob Fields will continue as a teacher at Winfield High School, but he\'s been fired as head coach of the boys basketball team, the school district announced this morning. The team recently completed a 7-14 season.

Truck and train collide north of Newkirk Mon.

A semi truck collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train just north of Newkirk, Okla. early Monday. The truck was destroyed but no injuries were reported, according to information available at the scene.

KSOK, NewsCow to host forum on Saturday

Candidates for city commissions and school boards in Winfield and Arkansas City will be part of a forum Saturday hosted by KSOK Radio and NewsCow. Cowley College trustee candidates will also participate.

****** LOCAL CANCELLATION INFO ******

Our news partners at KSOK Radio are keeping an up-to-the-minute listing of all the area closings caused by the weather.

Winfield and Ark City schools closing at 1

Schools in Winfield and Arkansas City will close at 1 p.m. today due to the bad weather, both districts have announced.

Higgins is new CEO for Winfield's chamber

Winfield native Cheryl Lyn Higgins has been selected as the new Winfield Area of Commerce CEO, chamber officials announced Thursday.

Young Arkansas City police patrolman is fired

An Arkansas City police officer has been fired following an investigation into his misconduct while on duty, NewsCow and KSOK have confirmed.

City replies to Horinek open records requests

City officials in Arkansas City have replied to an open records request seeking additional information about the dismissal of police officer Kevin Horinek.

Mega Movie owner files Chapt. 11 bankruptcy

Bob E. Warner - a well-known Winfield businessman who over the years acquired loads of commercial real estate and operated a number of video-rental stores in the area - has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, according to court records.

Friday BLOG archive: Talking news, questions

Our live blog is back for week two. You can join us at 2:30 p.m. to offer comments on the news and ask questions you have about the news or NewsCow.

UPDATE: Shooting victim is in fair condition

Angela Krepps, the 34-year-old Cambridge woman who was reportedly shot this morning at her home, is in fair condition at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, a hospital spokesperson said.

AC skate park moving toward Sept. opening

Assuming Mother Nature cooperates, skaters in Arkansas City will be zipping around at a new skate park by mid September, organizers of the project said.

Family dog killed in Winfield house fire Wed.

Two family pets bore the brunt of a house fire that gutted a rental home in north Winfield Wednesday evening.

SUV, school bus collide on Ninth in Winfield

Two people were taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after an SUV struck a USD 465 school bus from behind, according to reports from the scene. The bus had no children on it at the time of the crash.

UPDATE: Juden's body arrives in Cowley Co.

The remains of Army Sgt. Tyler Juden - who was killed in Afghanistan just over a week ago - arrived in Cowley County Monday just after noon.

UPDATE: Smith talks of dropped coke charge

UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. - County attorney Chris Smith has acknowledged receiving a letter to dismiss the charge in the case. He said the case was dismissed without prejudice, which means the charge could be refiled.

COWLEY CUP BLOG, 6:45 p.m.: Game, talk

We'll be live at 6:45 tonight for full-game coverage of the Cowley Cup in Arkansas City. The final game at Curry Field.

Winfield police investigating stabbing Sat.

UPDATE: 2:18 p.m. Sunday - Police have issued an update on the investigation into Saturday night's stabbing. A second person, who is 28, was found to have been injured following an investigation into the fight at the trailer park.

BLOG ARCHIVE 12/23: Talk news, comment

We're running a an impromptu live blog this morning while I'm on the air with Shawn "Rhino" Wheat for the KSOK morning show. Feel free to drop in this morning and let us know what's on your mind.

LIVE BLOG 7 a.m.: Talk news and questions

We'll be live at 7 a.m. with the blog to coincide with the morning showing on KSOK radio.

Hatteberg, Mutti, Docking guests at Fri. event

Larry Hatteberg, Bill Docking and Marty Mutti will be special guests at an after-hours event in Ark City that includes a question and answer session.

Rep. Trimmer OK after fall from ladder Sunday

State Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield, was hospitalized Sunday after falling off a ladder while taking down Christmas lights at his Winfield home. He is recovering at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

UPDATE: More than 10 arrested in drug blitz

UPDATE: 1 a.m. - Undersheriff Bill Mueller tells NewsCow that more than 10 arrests were made Wednesday in connection with the drug trafficking investigation.

***WEATHER CLOSINGS & CANCELS***

A few cancellations - in anticipation of winter weather headed for Cowley County - have already been announced.

4 more die on accident on turnpike in Sumner

Four people were killed on the Kansas turnpike in Sumner County early Monday morning.

Public airing of Sanderholm episode is tonight

There will be a public airing of the Jodi Sanderholm episode of Extreme Forensics tonight at Cowley College's Brown Theater.

Estes: Local district facing 'tough budget time'

Winfield's alternative high school and other specialized programs will be the first to suffer if funding for local schools continues to shrink, USD 465 Superintendent Marvin Estes says.

Cowley will host community enrollment event

Cowley College will host a community enrollment day this month that offers a chance for those interested in taking college classes to gather some information.

Train removed from unstable bridge Tuesday

Two train locomotives and two rail cars ? which were stuck on an unstable railroad bridge in Sumner County ? were removed from the tracks safely Tuesday night, according to a report from KAKE News.

Lawyers bail: Judge hopefuls say no to forums

(Editor's note: NewsCow received a letter from the judge candidates on Monday. We initially chose not to report the letter here because we were hopeful arrangements could be made that would allow the candidates to attend the forum.

*****PRIMARY ELECTION LIVE BLOG*****

Don't forget to join us tonight for our Primary Election Live Blog, we'll be teamed with KSOK to bring you the latest results. Blog starts at 8 p.m.

Fire guts garage and camper Mon. in Winfield

Fire officials are working to determine the cause of a fire that caused thousands in damage to a garage and camper trailer in Winfield Monday afternoon.

Oklahoma quake felt in Cowley, parts of Kan.

An earthquake near Norman, Okla Wednesday morning was felt in Cowley County.

Lanning, Krusor will attend debate Thursday

Cowley County District Court Judge candidates LaDonna Lanning, R-Winfield, and Mark Krusor, D-Winfield, have confirmed they will attend a debate Thursday hosted by KSOK Radio and NewsCow.net.

AUDIO: Debate between Krusor and Lanning

We wanted everyone to have a chance to listen to the debate that KSOK and NewsCow hosted Thursday in Ark City.

**** LIVE ELECTION COVERAGE 2010 ****

NewsCow and KSOK Radio will be with you live all night long Tuesday to bring you the most up to date election coverage.

Lanning bests Krusor in race for local judge

Republican LaDonna Lanning is the newest district court judge in Cowley County. She will replace the late J. Michael Smith.

Trimmer downs Alley to return to state House

Winfield Democrat Ed Trimmer held onto his seat in the Kansas House of Representatives Tuesday despite a solid showing from Republican Larry Alley. Trimmer represents the 78th Dist.

3 trailers in rural Winfield burn down on Wed.

Three vacant mobile homes in rural Cowley County burned to the ground as local fire crews looked on late Wednesday night.

Bonus clue for KPM jingle bell rock hunters

The Jingle Bell Rock is still out there somewhere. Its time for another clue from Kevin McClung at KPM Computers in Winfield.

Weather closes schools in Winfield, Ark City

Snowy and icy roads have led to the decision to cancel classes Thursday for public schools in Winfield and Ark City.

***** CLOSINGS AND CANCELS LIST*****

Our news partners at KSOK Radio our compiling a list of closings and cancellations related to the weather.

Authorities name woman killed in 77 crash

UPDATE Sat 4:53 pm - Authorities have identified a woman killed in the accident early Saturday morning. Tionna Rachelle Bruno, 26, of Ark City, was ejected from a 2005 Ford Explorer and died.

AC, Winf. commish hopefuls attending forum

Candidates for city commission positions in Ark City and Winfield will participate in an on-air radio forum tonight hosted by KSOK Radio and NewsCow.net.

**LIVE BLOG 8:15 p.m.: ELECTION NIGHT**

NewsCow.net and KSOK are teaming again to bring you live election coverage Tuesday. Follow our blog which begins at 8:15 p.m. and comes to you from the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield.

Local administrative professionals recognized

Three local business people were recently honored during the 2011 Administrative Professionals Day event, hosted by The Arnold Group.

Man, 19, crashes through window at AC Sonic

UPDATE: 7 p.m. - A man injured in Tuesday's accident has been cited for no proof of insurance, no tag, no motorcycle license and careless driving, according to a report from our news partners at KAKE.

Names released in fatality accident Monday

UPDATE: 8:40 p.m. - Martha Jewell Rabus, 39, of Aurora, Colo., has been identified as the woman killed in Monday’s accident on U.S. 77 north of Ark City.

Teens accused of pointing pellet gun at child

Several teens are said to have pointed pellet guns at a child during a Friday evening incident being investigated by police in Winfield.

Local Wonder Hostess store closing abruptly

The Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet on east Ninth in Winfield is abruptly closing Tuesday after many years in business.

UPDATE: Search for Caseys robbers ongoing

UPDATE: Monday – Police on Sunday released more complete descriptions and security video of two men who are suspects in the armed robbery of the Casey\'s General Store on W. Madison in Ark City.

Davin Manly identified as boy who died Wed.

UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. Wednesday - Preliminary autopsy findings show that Davin Manly died after ingesting a rust removal product containing hydrofluoric acid, authorities said today.

Local bank cards affected by security breach

Some Cowley County residents are amongst the scores of people who have had their debit, or credit-card information compromised after using the cards at Otoe-Missouria Tribe properties along U.S. 77 Highway in Oklahoma.

Opera singer Moralez performing in Ark City

Internationally-known opera tenor Dominique Moralez is set to perform later this week in Ark City.

Fire, smoke damage home in Ark City on Sat.

A home in Ark City was heavily damaged by smoke and fire Saturday evening.

Man recovering from stabbing over weekend

UPDATE: 6 a.m. Wednesday - Juan Martinez, the victim in the weekend stabbing, is in fair condition in a Wichita hospital.

Wellington man, 19, hurt in Tuesday accident

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday - A Wellington man was injured Tuesday when his vehicle left the roadway west of Winfield and rolled multiple times, Cowley County Sheriff Don Read said.

Car in death investigation stopped in Cowley

A 2010 Toyota Corolla - linked to the investigation of a suspicious death in Butler Co. - was stopped north of Winfield Monday evening following a brief chase.

Cops probe break-in at AC convenience store

Authorities early Monday morning were investigating an apparent break-in at the North End Convenience store in Ark City.

Cowley authorities probe report of plane crash

Emergency crews have been called to the report of what appears to be a minor plane crash in a muddy field near Ark City Friday afternoon.

UPDATE: Driver in car crash remains critical

UPDATE: 10:50 p.m. - Shane L. Rhodes, 22, Winfield, has been identified by the Kansas Highway Patrol as the man injured in the crash Wednesday south of Winfield.

Incident in Winfield ends peacefully Tuesday

UPDATE: 8 p.m. - The incident started Tuesday afternoon at a residence in the 1100 block of Hillside.

Discoloration prompts testing at Winfield Lake

A discoloration found at Winfield City Lake Monday has prompted city officials to issue a warning to swimmers, fishermen and others who use the lake for recreation.

Driver accused of crashing into a local house

Winfield Police Saturday arrested a man they said crashed a vehicle into a local home and then fled from the scene.

Authorities investigate bank robbery in Oxford

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. - A lone white male walked into Emerald Bank Thursday morning, brandished a handgun and left with money he demanded from a teller, FBI investigators said.

Wheat leaving KSOK for new job in Topeka

KSOK news director Shawn Wheat is leaving his position with the radio station and taking a job in Topeka.

KSOK, NewsCow election forum set for Sat.

An educated voter. That is the goal of KSOK News and NewsCow.net as they host a debate between the Primary Election Candidates.

AUDIO: County commish, attorney candidates

NewsCow.net and KSOK Saturday held several debate-style question and answer sessions with candidates for office in Cowley and Sumner Counties.

Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Aug 20 - 21, 2012

Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for August 20 – 21, 2012

Man with gun is arrested at local hospital Sat.

A man has been arrested and an investigation is continuing into an incident - involving a gun - that occurred at William Newton Hospital in Winfield Saturday morning.

Cowley Mental Health cuts three dept. heads

Reorganization and cost cutting efforts continued at Cowley County Mental Health and Counseling Center Thursday.

*** CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS ***

Our friends at KSOK Radio are keeping a current list of closings and cancellations for your to reference.

Eight vehicles damaged by gunfire Saturday

Eight vehicles were damaged early Saturday morning in Winfield when gunfire broke out along a seven-block stretch of E. 12th Avenue.

Authorities investigate armed robbery at Rock

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. - Around 4:20 a.m., 911 received a report from a 51-year-old Winfield man who said he had been robbed at gunpoint in the 300 block of Williams in Rock.

Polls open today at 7 a.m. in Sumner, Cowley

Voters will head to the polls today to cast ballots in city and school elections across the state.

****** LIVE ELECTION BLOG 8:30 PM ******

Be sure to join us here tonight for live Election Coverage by NewsCow, Sumner NewsCow and KSOK Radio.

Toni Long chosen as new Register of Deeds

Cowley County Democrats picked longtime local resident Toni Long to replace Nancy Horst as register of deeds.

Cowley College releases contract info for prez

Cowley College has released contract and salary information for new school president N. Clark Williams.

Authorities investigating death of young child

An investigation is underway into the death of a young child in Ark City that occurred over the Labor Day holiday.

UPDATE: Waugh on leave; city investigates

UPDATE: 6 p.m. Monday - Ark City officials said Cindy Waugh has been placed on an administrative leave of absence pending an internal investigation by the City. Her salary is $19.13 per hour.

Young horse carcass dumped outside landfill

It’s prompted a couple calls from concerned citizens, but so far whoever dumped the carcass of a young horse at the Cowley County Landfill, is not in any trouble, authorities said Wednesday.

Winfield native is hurt in weekend ATV crash

A Cowley County native was hospitalized over the weekend as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident in Oklahoma.

Taylor won't take Cowley Mental Health job

UPDATE: 9:15 p.m Wednesday - Just spoke with Mike Taylor and he informed me that he withdrew his name from consideration for the executive director's position with Cowley County Mental Health.

UPDATE: Mental Health fires director, CFO

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. - Cowley County Mental Health Interim Executive Director Brenda Brown and CFO Lacey Pool were fired this afternoon in a meeting of the mental health board.

UPDATE: County ousts mental health board

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m. Tuesday - Cowley County Commission meeting as the Mental Health Board Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the courthouse. Among the agenda items is a revisiting of the decision to fire interim executive director Brenda Brown and CFO Lacey Pool.

Winfield EMS director Waite stepping down

Winfield Area EMS director Justin Waite is stepping down from his leadership post with the organization, multiple sources told NewsCow and KSOK Radio.

AC Paw Shop owner accused of pulling gun

The operator of Sheldon’s Paw Shop in Ark City was arrested Thursday after visitors to the business said he brandished a revolver and threatened to shoot them with it.

Commissioner Wilt helps cops find a suspect

Cowley County commissioner Wayne Wilt doesn’t just cast votes and scrutinize budget reports - when need be he can help chase down a crime suspect.

Three hurt in crash at 33rd and Country Club

Multiple people were injured Friday in a two-vehicle collision that occurred just west of Winfield.

EXCLUSIVE: An interview with Dave Sheets

On Tuesday, Dave Sheets spoke with NewsCow and KSOK News about his arrest on a 35-year-old parole violation in Connecticut.

Absconder Sheets going back to Connecticut

David Sheets is on his way back to Connecticut after being arrested in Winfield last month for a decades-old parole violation.

Cowley College President Williams resigns

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. - Tony Crouch to serve as interim president at Cowley College with the departure of Clark Williams.

Ex Sheriff sgt. sues County in federal court

Former Cowley County Sheriff Sgt. Bruce Hafenstein has filed a lawsuit against the county in federal court claiming he was, for years, not properly paid for all overtime hours he worked.

Sources: No cam in patrol car at shooting

There is no dashcam video recording of the officer-involved shooting Saturday that occurred on U.S. 166 highway, NewsCow and KSOK have confirmed.

Rock shooting: Family wants homicide probe

This is an interview with Darren and Jacqueline Parke recorded on Saturday at Paris Park in Ark City.

Jail employee, linked to Rock case, removed

An investigation into the officer-involved shooting death of 22-year-old Tayler Rock on May 31, has led a Cowley County employee to abruptly leave the Sheriff’s Dept.

Smith: Charges coming in playground case

Formal criminal charges will be filed against the person or people thought to be responsible for setting the Island Park Playground fire in the spring of 2013, Cowley County attorney Chris Smith said Thursday afternoon.

County to settle OT lawsuit with former officer

Former Cowley County Sheriff Sgt. Bruce Hafenstein and his ex-employer have reached an out-of-court settlement that is expected to bring an end to a federal labor dispute regarding overtime pay.

Tayler Rock case: Sgt. remains on paid leave

Cowley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Deill remains on paid leave while an investigation into an officer-involved shooting is conducted.