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  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 12, 2015

    Bomb suspect appears in court; 2nd man charged

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    TOPEKA — Immediately after FBI agents on Friday arrested John T. Booker Jr., who is accused of plotting to bomb Fort Riley, a second Topeka man who admitted he knew about the bomb scheme was taken into custody. Alexander E. Blair, 28, is charged with failing to

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 12, 2015

    Man charged in bomb plot called strange, troubled

    TOPEKA — John T. Booker Jr. struck others as strange or even troubled but also as a young man not shy about discussing his faith as a Muslim or debating Islamic philosophy at the Topeka mosque he attended. His name tag at his last job identified

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 10, 2015

    2 small dogs rescued from burning house

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    Firefighters rescued at least two small dogs from a two-story house that caught fire Friday morning while the owners were at work. With firefighters on scene, smoke rolled out of windows from the basement, first and second floors shortly before 10 a.m. at 1015 Colorado Street.

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 10, 2015

    Any member can add agenda items

    Any member of the Riley County Law Enforcement Agency can now add items to the board’s monthly agenda. The board voted unanimously to adopt the policy at a special meeting on Thursday. The policy will allow any law board members to add items to

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Fort Riley | April 10, 2015

    Man arrested near Manhattan for attempted Fort Riley bomb plot

    UPDATED AT 4:45 p.m. A Topeka man was arrested and charged in federal court Friday for attempting to detonate a suicide bomb at Fort Riley. John T. Booker Jr., 20, was charged with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 09, 2015

    Jury finds man guilty on 5 drug charges

    A jury found a Manhattan man guilty of five drug-related charges on Wednesday in Riley County District Court. The jury found 44-year-old Eric Lipp guilty of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride with

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 07, 2015

    Daycare owner pleads to child endangerment

    A Manhattan woman was found guilty on Monday of aggravated battery and endangering a child. Former daycare owner Lesa Heiman pleaded no contest to those charges in Riley County District Court as part of a plea agreement. According to the prosecution’s evidence presented by

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 07, 2015

    RCPD reports vehicle theft, rash of weekend burglaries

    Riley County police filed eight reports between Saturday and Sunday for crimes related to motor vehicle theft, vehicle burglary and criminal damage to property. Police responded to seven similar reports a week ago, but are not sure if the cases are connected, according to a

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 05, 2015

    Fire causes $35K in damage to home

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    No one was injured in a house fire Friday afternoon, but the flames caused an estimated $35,000 in damage. At 4:57 p.m. the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 1517 Houston St. for a report of a structure fire. Crews found a one-story residential structure with heavy

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 02, 2015

    Colorado man dies at rest stop on I-70

    JUNCTION CITY — Authorities say a Colorado man who was moving to Florida was found dead at a rest stop near Manhattan on Tuesday. The Geary County Sheriff’s office says 47-year-old Keith Morrison of Aurora, Colorado, was found dead Tuesday in the parking area of

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