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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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