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

    Man pleads no contest in double kidnapping

    A Manhattan man involved in a double kidnapping and robbery pleaded no contest on Wednesday to two counts of kidnapping. Kaywaun Washington, 25, represented by Britain Stites, pleaded no contest to two counts of kidnapping in an Oct. 8 incident that involved K-State students Haley Hart and

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

    Suspect in vehicle burglaries granted bond reduction

    A judge on Tuesday granted a bond reduction for a Riley County man involved in a series of vehicle burglaries and thefts. Jeremy Spaur, 30, appeared with counsel Larry McRell from the Riley County Jail, and Nicole Holt, 20, appeared in person with counsel Lora Ingels in

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 24, 2015

    Soldier seeking plea in daughter’s death

    A Fort Riley soldier accused of murdering his infant daughter was granted a continuance for his arraignment on Monday. Alexander McConnell, an Army specialist, appeared in the custody of the Riley County Jail and was represented by his attorney Lora Ingels. Ingels requested a continuance

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 24, 2015

    Manhattan man killed in accident

    A Manhattan man died in a farm-related accident on Saturday after a tree fell on top of the tractor he was on. Ted Samuelson, 81, was pushing brush at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday on his family farm, southeast of Frankfort, when the tree fell on him.

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 23, 2015

    Blazes flare up across county

    Fire threatened several houses, devoured two power poles and burned along Top of the World Drive. “We were out fighting fires over the weekend from the viaduct to Randolph,” said Pat Collins, Riley County fire chief. The largest fire burned 140 acres along Top of the

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 20, 2015

    Belvue man refuses to plead at arraignment

    The court entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of a Belvue man facing charges of first-degree murder and felony cruelty to animals. Christopher Michael Arand “stood mute” on the charges during his arraignment in Pottawatomie County District Court Thursday. “Standing mute” means a

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Business | March 20, 2015

    Rooftop parties unsafe but legal in Manhattan

    A Manhattan building official said most residential roofs aren’t designed as party decks, but that didn’t stop people from taking their Fake Patty’s Day celebrations to area rooftops earlier this month. “Most roofs are not built for actual occupancy,” said Brad Claussen,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 20, 2015

    Man who drove through building pleads to DUI

    A Marysville man who drove a car through two Manhattan businesses pleaded guilty on Thursday to driving under the influence of alcohol. Jason Butler, 36, faced seven additional charges, but the Pottawatomie County Attorney dropped those charges as a part of a plea deal. Although Butler’

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 19, 2015

    Man gets 10 years for 2008 murder

    A Leonardville man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia was sentenced on Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison for stabbing a pest exterminator to death seven years ago. Judge David Stutzman sentenced Howard Barrett to 123 months in prison with 36 months of post-release supervision for killing 48-year-old

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 19, 2015

    Fire destroys home in rural Wamego area

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    A fire Wednesday afternoon destroyed a rural Wamego home. About 35 firefighters from Blue Township and St. George fire departments responded to 5280 Jamie Circle. The call came at approximately 3 p.m., said Chris Trudo, Pottawatomie County emergency management director. Firefighters remained on scene until approximately 8:30 p.

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