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  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 01, 2015

    Bates gets 13 years for child sex crimes

    A man who raped a 12-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 13 years in prison after reaching a plea agreement to avoid a life sentence. Judge David Stutzman sentenced Christopher Bates to 155 months in prison for raping a child under 14. Bates was also sentenced to 41

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Kansas State University | March 31, 2015

    City: No citation for court rusher

    City prosecutors dropped a citation issued to K-State student who ran into a KU basketball player in February. But the young man will be banned from buying tickets or attending K-State games for the near future. Nathan Power intentionally bumped into University of Kansas forward

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | March 31, 2015

    1 hurt in attempted robbery

    An attempted robbery on Monday in K-State’s West Stadium parking lot left one victim with minor injuries, according to K-State police. A man reported that an unknown Hispanic man, 5-feet-8-inches tall with brown hair and in his late 20s, wearing a gray shirt

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | March 31, 2015

    Man charged with child sex crimes left state

    A heavily-redacted affidavit released to the Mercury indicates a Leonardville man left the state after an interview with Riley County police last month. John Thomas, 48, was arrested on a Riley County warrant in Chino Valley, Ariz. earlier this month and is currently confined at the

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | March 31, 2015

    2 reach plea agreements in kidnapping case

    Two Manhattan men accepted plea agreements on Monday for their roles in kidnapping two K-State students last fall. Ortegas Tune and Rasheem Wilson each pleaded no contest to kidnapping Keli Lee and Haley Hart and no contest to the aggravated robbery of Steven Briggs. Chief

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Kansas State University | March 30, 2015

    Minor injury in fire at KSU’s Willard Hall

    One person received a minor hand injury after a fire broke out at 3:23 p.m. Sunday at K-State’s Willard Hall, 1211 Campus Drive. The fire started after an acetylene torch head malfunctioned. When crews arrived, they found the torch on fire on the floor of

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | March 30, 2015

    Soldier accused of child rape pleads not guilty

    A Fort Riley soldier who is accused of raping a child pleaded not guilty to his charges Monday morning in Riley County District Court. Staff Sgt. Timothy Ayers Jr., 41, pleaded not guilty to rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child, both off-grid

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | March 27, 2015

    Police investigate overnight truck thefts

    Riley County police responded to a series of stolen vehicles on Thursday within a two-block area near the intersection of College Heights Road and Sunset Avenue. Three trucks were stolen, and only two have been recovered, according to a report from the RCPD. Two additional

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | March 25, 2015

    Hearing set for student facing drug charges

    A judge set a preliminary hearing for a K-State student who was allegedly involved in a drug operation. Katherine Nguyen, a junior in biological systems engineering, 918 Osage St., appeared in Riley County Court represented by her attorney, Lora Ingels. Nguyen faces charges of possession of

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | March 25, 2015

    Attempted robbery suspect waives preliminary hearing

    A Manhattan man who was shot in the face during an attempted robbery in November waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Tom Addair, who represents Christopher Hudgins, 19, 3416 Westbaker St., said he is in plea negotiations with the state. Hudgins faces felony charges

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