Sex offense investigation

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, a Liberal High School administrator contacted the Liberal Police Department regarding an allegation of inappropriate touching of students by a faculty member.  Two female student athletes had reported their track coach, Tyson McGuire, had touched them inappropriately at separate times while treating them for sports related injuries.  The school placed Mr. McGuire on leave immediately pending investigation of the allegations.  

Liberal Police Department investigators commenced an investigation.  Following the investigation, an affidavit of probable cause was submitted to the Seward County Attorney’s Office for review of potential criminal charges.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Tyson McGuire was arrested without incident pursuant to an arrest warrant filed in Seward County District Court.  He was booked into the Seward County Jail for rape and sexual battery with a $50,000.00 cash or surety bond.

Non-injury Accident

On Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at about 4:45 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Tucker Road for a reported traffic accident.  Responding officers found two vehicles were involved.

Investigating officers found that a 42 year old female was driving a 2013 Ford Edge.  The vehicle was turning left to go west on Tucker Road from Kansas Avenue.  A 26 year old male was driving a 2016 Cadillac Escalade south on Kansas Avenue when it was struck by the Ford Edge in the intersection.  Both drivers stated a paint striping vehicle obstructed the view of the intersection.

No injuries were reported.  Both vehicles were towed from the scene because of functional damage.


On Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, the Liberal Police Department received a missing person report regarding the disappearance Luis Moreno, 39, of Liberal.  It was reported that Mr. Moreno had been missing for several days.

    On Wednesday, November 15th, Liberal Police Department investigators were notified that Mr. Moreno was found deceased in rural Sherman County, Texas.  Texas authorities suspected foul play.  A subsequent autopsy confirmed Mr. Moreno’s death was a homicide.

    On Wednesday, November 22nd, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Moreno’s estranged wife, Nancy Moreno, 42, of Liberal.  She was taken into custody without incident.  Nancy Moreno is currently being held in the Seward County Jail for first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder with a $250,000.00 bond.

    Investigators from the Sherman County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Seward County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation.  The investigation of this incident is ongoing.   
The body of Luis Eduardo Moreno, 39, was dumped along a fence line in Sherman County, authorities said Wednesday.

His body was found Wednesday half of a mile north of Highway 54 on County Road 15, according to a Sherman County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. Moreno was reported missing from Liberal, Kan., earlier this month.

The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case as a homicide. Moreno’s body was sent to Lubbock for an autopsy Wednesday, and results are expected today, the spokesman said.

Moreno is not believed to have a connection to Sherman County, according to the spokesman.

He said the law enforcement agencies were following up on many tips Friday, including one that there was an attempt to dump the body at a different location but the suspect or suspects were spottedTexas authorities released the identity of a Kansas man whose body was found in Sherman County on Wednesday. The Emergency Management Coordinator in Stratford says the body was identified as 39-year-old Luis Eduardo Moreno from Liberal, Kansas.

Police say Moreno was reported missing on Nov. 2. They found his body along a fence line half a mile of Highway 54 on County Road 15.

The investigation is ongoing but authorities are investigating it as a homicide. They are expecting to see autopsy results Friday afternoon.

In recent days, the Liberal Police Department has taken several reports of counterfeit money from local businesses.  The counterfeit money has been in various denominations with various serial numbers.  Please take note of the following tips to spot counterfeit money.

1. Color shifting inkThe first thing to do is to look at the bottom right corner and check whether the color shifts when you tilt it. By the “20” on a $20 bill, the color is copper, but when you tilt it, the color changes to green(ish). On the new $100 bills, the color change from copper to green happens on the liberty bell symbol.

2. Red and blue threadsOn an authentic bill, there are threads woven in and out of the note. Most counterfeiters try to achieve this look by printing red and blue threads on the surface of the note. If you look closely at their work, you will see that the threads are on the surface.

3. WatermarkThis is usually a copy of the portrait on the note. The watermark can only be seen when you hold the note up against the light. The watermark should be on the right side of the bill and should be an exact replica of the portrait on the note. If there is no watermark when you hold up the note against the light, then it is definitely counterfeited.

4. Security ThreadThe security strip runs vertically on the note and can be seen when held up against a light. You won’t find this feature on a counterfeit bill.

5.  Compare to a valid note

Compare the notes and make sure that everything is the same, such as the font used to write the serial number, the face on the note, the color, paper, etc. Make sure that the money you are comparing it with is of the same denomination.

I’m not an attorney but with three businesses, I am very familiar with contracts and I’ve just reviewed the city manager contract for Mark Hall that has been forced on the taxpayers of Liberal. There are a number of things that I find disturbing about the contract even beyond the commitment to pay his base salary, vehicle allowance, life insurance, health insurance, and KPERS payments (roughly totaling $350,000) for the two years if his employment is terminated by the city commission. The most outrageous point is there is no time limit to the contract – the contract is in effect from Oct. 24, 2017 “until terminated by the city or employee.” It is clear that whoever drew up this contract did everything they could to protect Mark Hall and forgot to protect the city. I’m still in shock with what has happened but will continue to share my thoughts with you on this matter.

This is a repost  from her    Facebook Page.

Seward County emergency personnel responded to a call at the Seward County Detenetion Center at about 5:35 p.m. Tuesday after a report of an unattended death of a 52-year-old male according to a Seward County Sheriff’s office release.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was notified and will be conducting an investigation.

There was no foul play uncovered in the investigation.

At the City   Commission  Meeting Tonight   the commission went into  an executive   session twice  . They  then voted on a  new contract  with City Manager  Mark Hall.   The Vote was 4-1 in favor of Giving   The City Manager a new contract with   an expanded   severance package  worth over  300,000  .  Commissioner   Jack Carlilie  . Voted Against the  New Contract Stating  this will be a new commission in a few   months and this should be   decided    by the   upcoming commission.
Non-injury Accident

On Friday, October 20, 2017 at about 2:45 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of Clay Avenue and Pancake Boulevard for a reported traffic accident.  Responding officers found two vehicles were involved.

Investigating officers found that a 20 year old female was driving a 2010 Chrysler Sebring east on Pancake Boulevard.  A 68 year old male was driving a 2014 E350 Diamond city bus north on Clay Avenue.  The bus failed to yield at the red light and struck the Sebring at the intersection.  No injuries were reported.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene because of functional damage.  The driver of the bus was issued a citation for running a red light.