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

    Man charged with homicide plans to apply for diversion

    A Rossville man accused of causing the death of a Manhattan bicyclist in June plans to apply for a diversion. On Wednesday, Derik Kesler, 33, represented by his counsel Tom Lemon, Topeka, didn’t enter a plea in Riley County District Court on a misdemeanor charge

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

    Student charged in drug bust appears in court

    A K-State student made her first court appearance on Wednesday in connection with a drug bust earlier this month in which police seized more than $170,000 worth of drugs and cash. Katherine Nguyen, a junior in biological systems engineering, 918 Osage St., represented herself in front of

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | February 18, 2015

    Police expect 4 times normal number of arrests for event

    Riley County police expect this year’s Fake Patty’s Day Celebration, which will take place on March 7, to be similar to last year. What does that mean, exactly? For the last three years, during the 35 hours surrounding Fake Patty’s Day, police have reported

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | February 18, 2015

    Fugitive nabbed in JC

    With the help of tips submitted by people in the Junction City area, the Junction City Police Department caught a missing fugitive. Arthur Van Tassel, 29, was arrested at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday on a Kansas Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation, on a

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Fort Riley | February 17, 2015

    Soldier to serve sentence after completing duty

    A Fort Riley soldier who is guilty of aggravated assault will not face jail time until his military duties are complete, a judge ruled Tuesday morning in Riley County District Court. Sgt. Kevin Flynn, who was 26 at the time of the crime, appeared with counsel

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

    Blaine man dies in crash on K-13

    A man died after his car hit a pickup truck head-on 12 1/2 miles north of Manhattan on Kansas Highway 13. Warren H. Berg, 57, Blaine, was driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus north on K-13 when his car drifted across the center lines of the road and struck a 2013 Chevy

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

    Officers recover $25K in stolen goods

    The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office recovered on Wednesday over $25,000 in stolen items during two searches of the same St. George residence.  Sheriffs executed the first warrant on Wednesday at 5375 Hopkins Creek Road and found a John Deere riding mower, an ATV and tools that

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

    Officials seek JC fugitive

    A fugitive of the Kansas Department of Corrections Parole Program is believed to be in the Junction City area. Arthur M. Vantassel is a white male, 29, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Vantassel was convicted in 2011 of distribution of hallucinogens and

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

    Speed a factor in December accident that killed teenager

    It was cold, and a light mist was falling in early December when a “horrible boom” woke Amanda Gocken. But it wasn’t thunder that she heard, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report on an accident that killed a Marshall County teen. According to

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

    Chimney fire causes $10,000 in damage to home

    A chimney fire that spread to a roof caused about $10,000 in structural damage to an area home on Thursday night. Freddie Taylor, the owner of 3212 Shady Valley Drive, was home on Thursday night burning wood in his fireplace. It wasn’t until a neighbor came

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