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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 15, 2015

    Classmate: Booker spoke about beliefs

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    A Kansas State University student says he remembers John T. Booker Jr. talking about his religious beliefs as early as their sophomore year at Topeka West High School. Booker, who was arrested by the FBI Friday morning after attempting to arm a homemade car bomb

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 15, 2015

    Complaint recounts details of Fort Riley bomb plot

    Editor’s note: Here is the full text of the criminal complaint against John T. Booker. IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS (Topeka Docket)   UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,   JOHN T. BOOKER, JR., a/k/a “Mohammed Abdullah

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 15, 2015

    Man sentenced in death of former MHS student

    TEMPE, Ariz. — A man accused of alcohol-related violations in connection with the fatal fall of an Arizona State University student and Manhattan High graduate in 2014 has been sentenced. Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Matthew Farberov, 21, was sentenced Tuesday to nine months of probation and

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 14, 2015

    Man receives 10 years in October kidnappings

    A Manhattan man involved in an October double kidnapping and robbery was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison. Kenneth Mallett, 22, will serve back-to-back sentences of 88 months on one kidnapping count and 32 months for attempted aggravated robbery. Mallett also received a 59-month sentence for a

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 13, 2015

    1 wounded in shooting on Sunday

    One person received a gunshot wound to the leg after a man allegedly fired multiple shots in Aggieville early Sunday morning near 11th and Fremont streets. Riley County police arrested Dontay Tabron, 21, 2125 Hillview Drive, after he fled from the area on foot through City Park

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 13, 2015

    Firefighter injured in 400-acre blaze

    A firefighter was taken to Mercy Regional Health Center after receiving minor injuries from a fire on Sunday afternoon, said Fire Chief Pat Collins. The Riley County Fire Department (RCFD) fought two fires Sunday afternoon. A 400-acre fire burned in the Swede Creek area, and

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 13, 2015

    Soldier pleads not guilty to child sex crimes

    A Fort Riley soldier pleaded not guilty on Friday to child sex crimes in Geary County District Court. Staff Sgt. James Henning, who was 40 at the time of the alleged incidents in September, faces 11 felony charges related to sex with a child under the age

  • 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.

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