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  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 30, 2014

    Hearing set for man in kidnapping case

    Prosecution and defense attorneys for a Manhattan man accused of robbing one person and stealing from two others in separate incidents are preparing for a two-hour preliminary hearing. Jarred Snyder, 30, appeared via video from the Riley County Jail for status hearings in both cases Tuesday

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 29, 2014

    Woman sentenced for pill mill connection

    TOPEKA — A Manhattan woman has been sentenced to two years of federal probation for her connection to a pill mill that authorities busted in August 2012. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom stated in a news release that Sarah Harding-Huffine, 30, had been sentenced Monday after she pleaded

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 25, 2014

    Monroe’s attorney: Plea bargain imminent

    WESTMORELAND — A plea agreement is likely between prosecutors and Dustin Monroe, the Wamego man involved in a December shooting incident at the Quality Inn and Suites in Manhattan, his lawyer said. On Friday in Pottawatomie County District Court, Monroe, 33, waived his right to a preliminary

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 24, 2014

    Inmates’ mental health a concern

    One specific issue keeps Capt. Hank Nelson up at night. The commander of the Riley County Jail can’t get worries about mental health care for inmates out of his mind. “It bothers me a lot,” Nelson said Wednesday in an interview at the Riley

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 23, 2014

    Soldier faces fines for false statement to Social Security

    KANSAS CITY — A Fort Riley soldier pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to making a false material statement to the Social Security Administration. A press release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office stated that James Scott Nickerson, 37, admitted the Social Security Administration (SSA)

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 22, 2014

    Schoen denies Wilson’s claim that RCPD changed tack

    Rusty.phatch

    Riley County Police Director Brad Schoen isn’t buying Rusty Wilson’s story that something has changed concerning how much attention police place on enforcing alcohol laws at Wilson’s bars. At the last month’s Riley County Law Board meeting (March 22), Wilson — owner of

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 22, 2014

    Mother of suicide victim: Police can do more to train for tough situations

    Melanie.phatch

    Law enforcement officers can find themselves in touchy situations, and sometimes things go wrong. Melodie Pooler and her family have witnessed firsthand one horrible day for the Riley County Police Department — and she believes more training and preparedness might have avoided some of the bitterness

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 22, 2014

    Hearing set in murder case

    JUNCTION CITY — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a man facing murder charges in Riley and Geary counties. Anthony Nichols, 33, of Kansas City, appeared Tuesday morning for a status hearing in Eighth Judicial District Court. Nichols faces first degree murder and robbery charges in

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 17, 2014

    Police searching for armed robber

    Riley County police are searching for a man who robbed a Manhattan Dollar General store Wednesday night. Officers were alerted to an armed robbery at the store, 2321 Tuttle Creek Blvd, at 10:06 p.m. Preliminary information released by police indicated the suspect is a black male

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Government, Politics | April 17, 2014

    Schoen attributes crime drop to economy, patrols

    Riley County Police Department Director Brad Schoen told county commissioners the crime rate continues to drop in the area. “We continue to sit around in our staff meetings and pinch ourselves on a regular basis as a result of the crime rate continuing to drop,”

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