A motion filed in Pottawatomie County District Court to determine the competency of Christopher Michael Arand to stand trial for murder has been granted. District Judge Jeff Elder granted the motion filed Nov. 19, by Richard Lake, Arand’s state-appointed defense attorney. “The facts and circumstances
The use of non-government regulated intelligence networks among law enforcement officers has prompted the Riley County Police Department to begin drafting a policy to distinguish legitimate sites from their counterparts. The RCPD is concerned with sites like the Black Asphalt Electronic Networking and Notification System
A former Fort Riley soldier convicted of first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm will appeal Dec. 9 to the Kansas Supreme Court. Daniel Parker, who was 25 at the time of the incident, was convicted for an incident in which a bullet fired from his
Two preliminary hearings were set Tuesday for a man facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in two separate cases. Samuel Dartez, 30, 1508 Jarvis Drive Apt. B., appeared in Riley County District Court with his attorney, Larry McRell, via webcam from Riley County Jail.
A Fort Riley soldier, who was arrested in connection with a rape, was appointed a public defender Tuesday. Sean Wedgwood, 22, will be represented by Britain Stites, who was appointed by Judge William Malcolm in Riley County District Court. Wedgwood was arrested on Nov. 5 in connection
Police believe a woman found dead Monday in her bathtub in Junction City shot herself, but they are waiting on an autopsy to confirm the cause of death. Leigh Castle, 44, was found at 5:08 a.m. Monday unresponsive in her residence. Junction City police and Junction
A Fort Riley soldier is facing a $5 million bond after being arrested by the Junction City Police Department in connection with distributing child pornography. Staff Sgt. James G. Henning, 40, Junction City, faces charges of sexual exploitation of a child, rape and aggravated sodomy. Henning made
A man charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with a stabbing incident earlier this month was ordered by Judge William Malcolm on Tuesday not to contact the victim. Samuel Dartez, 30, 1508 Jarvis Drive Apt. B, was arrested in Morris County Nov. 13 after
A Manhattan man charged with what police believe are connected robberies and kidnappings will appear in Riley County District Court in January. Kenneth Mallett, 22, 516 Thurston St., faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, kidnapping and robbery in connection with two Oct. 8 incidents in the 1300 block of Flint
The man charged with a Nov. 10 murder at Belvue told authorities that voices in his head prompted him to kill his 77-year-old uncle. Christopher Arand, 36, said he used brass knuckles to knock his uncle unconscious, then put a plastic bag over his head to suffocate
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