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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | October 06, 2015

    Riley girl, 6, killed in crash Monday

    A 6-year-old girl died Monday after a two-vehicle wreck on Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan. According to a press release from the Riley County Police Department, Joshua Mall, 39, Riley, was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup north on Tuttle Creek Boulevard near Northfield Road at about 7:20

  • Local |Government & Politics | October 06, 2015

    County to test process to stabilize gravel roads

    Pottawatomie County Commissioners suffered a brief bout of “motion sickness” Monday. After navigating rough procedural waters, however — with several motions and amendments to motions on deck at the same time — the commission agreed to an “experimental” enhancement project on three-quarters of a mile of gravel

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | October 06, 2015

    Is Discovery Center space available to all?

    Q: Is the exhibition space at the Flint Hills Discovery Center available to all regional businesses as a sales gallery for their merchandise? Is that one of the center’s legitimate functions that we’re all subsidizing? A: Assuming the business is in the exhibit

  • Local |Education |Business | October 06, 2015

    Board to consider buying 2 buses at meeting

    The Manhattan-Ogden school board will consider purchasing two new school buses — and selling six old ones — during its next meeting. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Education Center, 2031 Poyntz Ave. According to agenda information, USD 383 transportation director Doug Messer will ask the

  • Local |Government & Politics | October 06, 2015

    County denies, tables subdivision entrance requests

    Two requests for two entrances to residences in two different subdivisions received two different responses from the Pottawatomie County commissioners Monday. The commission denied a request by Doug Kern for a second entrance to a residence in Oak Pointe Estates Subdivision, but tabled for a

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | October 06, 2015

    Pott County hires Peter Clark as new public works director

    Pottawatomie County has a new public works director. Peter Clark, P.E., will take over the position Oct. 12, replacing Leu Lowrey, who retired last month. Since 2009, Clark has managed the traffic division of the Department of Public Works for the city of Manhattan. In that

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | October 06, 2015

    Ex-soldier convicted on 10 counts in child sex case

    A former Fort Riley soldier on Monday was convicted of 10 counts related to sex with a child in Geary County District Court. After a bench trial, Judge Benjamin Sexton found James Henning, 41, Junction City, guilty of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | October 06, 2015

    Former city attorney Bill Raymond indicted on child pornography charges

    Bill Raymond, the former city attorney for Manhattan, has been indicted on federal charges of distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Tuesday. A federal grand jury charged Raymond, 53, Andover, with three counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | October 05, 2015

    Police say vehicle burglaries on rise

    Vehicle burglaries have increased recently in Riley County, though the number of property crimes overall is down, said RCPD Captain Josh Kyle during Monday’s county commission meeting. Kyle said officers have been receiving more reports than usual of vehicle burglaries involving guns being stolen

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | October 05, 2015

    Man gets 44 days in 2014 bicycle death

    A Rossville man on Monday was sentenced to 44 days in jail for killing a Manhattan bicyclist in June 2014. Derik Kesler, 33, struck and killed bicyclist Mark Jilka, 49, Manhattan, with a 2007 Dodge pickup in June 2014. The crash happened on Kansas Highway 177, 3 miles south of Manhattan. Kesler said

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