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  • Obituaries | January 14, 2014


    James “Jim” Chesney Brant, 81, died Wednesday at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. The family provided some of the following information. He was born May 27, 1932, in rural Pratt County to Charles C. and Zoe D. (Thompson) Brant.  He married Dorris Stapleton on Sept. 1, 1953 in Wichita.&

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | January 14, 2014

    Frankfort woman sentenced in fraud

    TOPEKA — A former Marshall County insurance agent convicted of stealing customers’ premiums was sentenced in federal court Monday. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Monica Smart, 49, of Frankfort, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $160,000 in restitution. Smart pleaded guilty to

  • Obituaries | January 14, 2014


    Gary L. Hankins, 62, of Junction City, died on Friday at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel, 203 N. Washington St. in Junction City. Funeral services

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | January 14, 2014

    Shooting suspect requests continuance

    WESTMORELAND — A Wamego man suspected of shooting at police outside of Manhattan’s Quality Inn and Suites in December requested an extended status hearing today. Dustin Monroe, 33, will appear in Pottawatomie County court Feb. 25 in a continued status hearing from the one that was originally

  • Obituaries | January 14, 2014


    Jonathan Lehmann, 48, of Orchard, Neb., died Thursday in Orchard. Graveside service was held in Claflin. Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater, Neb., is handling arrangements. The family provided some of the following information. Jonathan Carl Lehmann was born on July 9, 1965, to Arlo and Euleen “Joyce” (

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | January 14, 2014

    Parole denied for man convicted in 1974 murder

    TOPEKA — A 66-year-old man convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping almost 40 years ago was denied parole this week. According to information on the Kansas Department of Corrections website, Frank Pencek was not eligible because his next possible release date is not until January of 2017. He

  • Obituaries | January 14, 2014


    LaMoyne Riffel of Manhattan died Monday. A full obituary will be published later.  Services are pending with Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation of Manhattan.

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | January 14, 2014

    Man sentenced in trafficking case

    JUNCTION CITY — A Junction City man was sentenced Monday in a human trafficking and rape case. Paul Goodman III, 43, was sentenced in Geary County court to 57 months in prison on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Goodman will serve the three sentences concurrently.

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | January 14, 2014

    Wamego man held in theft

    Tracy Shane Roberts, 44, Wamego, was arrested Monday evening on felony theft charges. Captain Tim Hegarty of the RCPD said Roberts is accused of writing business checks from the Flint Hills Area Builders Association, 2601 Anderson Ave., for personal use. Loss to the builders group was $25,000. Police

  • Arts & Leisure | January 14, 2014

    Jazz concert to feature quartet

    TOPEKA — For its sixth concert of the 2013-14 season, Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc. will showcase the Joe Cartwright Quartet from Kansas City, consisting of Cartwright on piano, Lester “Duck” Warner on trombone and vocals, Gerald Spaits on bass, and Tommy Ruskin on drums.   The

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