Thunderstorms moving through the Riley County area Monday night knocked out power to hundreds of residents and left behind a wake of damage for emergency personnel to clear. Downed power lines on U.S. Highway 24 required officials to close the roadway Tuesday. As of 11 a.
A lightning strike caused a house fire Monday night, resulting in $122,000 in damages to the home. The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched at 9:35 p.m. to 2720 Stone Valley Drive for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a one-story duplex with fire
A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Junction City man to 63 months, or more than five years, in prison on a charge of accessing child pornography with intent to view. Scott Deppish, 43, had previously pleaded guilty to the charge, according to a press release from
The Kansas Court of Appeals on Thursday announced its affirmation of a September 2013 Riley County District Court ruling that upheld a decision made in 2011 by the Law Enforcement Agency Board to terminate a police officer. According to an unpublished opinion provided to The Mercury, the
Captain Tim Hegarty isn’t afraid to try new methods of fighting crime. For his efforts and success in implementing crime-reducing policing programs, the Riley County Police Department administrative captain recently was inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame. The hall of fame is
Twenty-nine people were arrested while attending the 2014 Country Stampede music festival at Tuttle Creek State Park, according to numbers from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Greg Riat said in a report that seven women and 22 men were arrested while attending the four-day event
A competency hearing for a Leonardville man accused of murdering a pest exterminator in February 2008 was reset for a later date Tuesday after his attorney requested the cancellation and that he be allowed to withdraw. Howard Barrett, 55, is accused of second-degree murder in the stabbing
A Topeka man has been identified by the Kansas Highway Patrol as the driver of a box truck that collided with a tractor mowing a ditch Tuesday morning on Interstate 70. According to a KHP report, Halston Puett, 20, was driving the 2002 Ford box truck west on
The Kansas Court of Appeals last week affirmed a Riley County District Court opinion in a case involving a Manhattan man convicted in 2012 of sexual exploitation of a child. The district court sentenced Michael Combs to 32 months in prison with lifetime post-release supervision, but granted
A Manhattan man died Thursday evening after being hit by a truck three miles south of the city on Kansas Highway 177. Mark M. Jilka, 49, was riding a bicycle in the southbound shoulder of K-177 at around 7:10 p.m. when a 2007 Dodge pickup driven by Derik
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