Junction City Police Search For Wanted Fugitive

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The Junction City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a wanted fugitive. Seventeen-year-old Marco Eugen Foreman, described as a black man standing 5’8″, weighing 140 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. Foreman walked away from a Juvenile Placement Facility in Junction City on May 23rd, 2014, and has still not […]

Bass Fishing Tournament Raises Money For Kidney

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A family is having a bass fishing tournament and chili contest to raise money for Tom Thurston, who needs a new kidney. Tom’s suffered from Poly-Cystic Kidney Disease his entire life, but in the past couple years his kidneys have slowly stopped working. Rachelle Thurston, Tom’s wife, says that the money raised from the tournament will […]

Assistant Adjutant General To Retire

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Brigadier General Eric Peck turns over his command as Assistant Adjutant General. Sharon Watson, director of public affairs for the Adjutant General’s office says the posistion changes out every couple years and Peck’s been in his position since February 2011. “He’ll be retiring and leaving the Kansas National Guard and then Col. Windham, once he’s […]

Kick Off National Night Out In Style

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580 WIBW Radio and the Big 94.5 Country are kicking off the National Night Out Against Crime at their studios August 8th, the night before the festivities begin, with a party. Free hotdogs, music and other festivities for the entire family will be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The National Night Out Against […]

Copper Oven Closes Its Doors After 25 Years

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The Copper Oven announced on their Facebook page, Wednesday, that they will be closing their doors after 25 years serving Topeka. The restaurant is located at 5421 SW 21st St in Topeka. Post by Copper Oven Bakery & Cafe. Here’s more about the fire that caused the damage, causing the owners to close the store. www.wibwnewsnow.com/video-topeka-fire-crews-investigate-fire-copper-oven/ photo […]

Church Prepares For 81st Annual Fiesta Mexicana

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Tuesday marks the start of the 81st Annual Fiesta Mexicana in Topeka’s Oakland community. Father Jerry Arano-Ponce says there will be food, mariachi bands playing music, artists displaying their art and much more. “To me la fiesta is like a big, family gathering and it’s an opportunity for all families to come together and have […]

Health Plans Must Cover Help Quitting Tobacco

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Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is urging Kansans who smoke or chew tobacco to check if their insurance plans cover programs to help them quit. The U.S. Department of Labor announced in May that insurance companies and employer group health plans must cover counseling and other programs that help people quit smoking. The companies are not […]

Community Reaches Out Help Franklin’s Fight

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A community is coming together to help a family pay for medical bills. Eleven-year-old Franklin Eason found out he had an inoperable brain tumor in 2013. Since then, he’s undergone chemotherapy treatment but it’s not working as well as his doctors and family hoped. Right now, they are trying to make Franklin as comfortable as […]

Lawrence Police Search For Man Wanted For Rape

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The Lawrence Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted for rape. Sgt. Trent McKinley says they are searching for 52-year-old Carlton Grass, who’s described as a transient, after an incident in downtown Lawrence on June 15th. McKinley says the incident happened in Lawrence but Grass has ties to Topeka. […]

Topeka Man Charged In Stabbing Murder

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A Topeka man was convicted Monday of stabbing Oma “Shannon” Bennett” to death in December 2012. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said Monday, 25-year-old Troy Allen Robinson was charged with 1st degree, premeditated murder after a six-day trial. Robinson’s sentencing is set for July 28th at 9 a.m. Robinson was charges with killing Bennett […]

Former Bank Employee Sentenced For Embezzelment

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A woman’s sentenced to 21 months for stealing from the bank where she worked. Lisa Marie Evans, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement of at least $289,000. Evans admitted in her plea that from 2011 to 2013 she stole the money while working for Southwest National Bank in Wichita. She was responsible for […]

Sex Offender Sentenced For Obscene Video

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A man serving time in Larned State Hospital’s been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for sending obscene materials to a minor while he was a patient at the hospital. Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Case pleaded guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. He admitted to gaining access to a smartphone in […]

Fireworks Allowed Starting July 1st In Topeka

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The discharge of fireworks isn’t legal within Topeka city limits until July 1st at 8 a.m. Fireworks are allowed between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. July 1st through the 3rd. On July 4th fireworks are allowed from 8 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Discharging fireworks any other time is against the law. For more information visit, www.topeka.org/TFD/Fworks.shtml.

Visit Topeka Wants Hospitality Workers to ‘Know Your City’

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Visit Topeka wants hospitality workers in the capital city to “Know Your City”. Visit Topeka in partnership with Topeka Metro will be offering a free training event called “Know Your City”. It aims to educate hotel and restaurant workers about what the city of Topeka has to offer to visitors. “It’s really common for a […]

National Lightning Safety Week Aims To Educate

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This week, June 22rd through 28th, is National Lightning Safety Week. Various organizations are partnering up to get the word out with a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #lightningsafety. “The National Weather Service is going to feature daily social media graphics and information about the dangers of lightning,” said Sharon Watson, director of public affairs […]

Kansas Leader Criticized Over ‘Red Shirts’ Remark

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Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick is drawing criticism from the state’s largest teachers union for saying he was uncomfortable with groups of people in red shirts at the Statehouse. The Kansas National Education Association said Friday that Merrick was clearly referring to protests during the legislative session against a measure ending guaranteed tenure for public […]

Topeka Enters W.A.R.P

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The Topeka Police Department has entered into the Walk In Accident Reporting Phase or WARP. Until further notice officers will only be dispatched to the scene of accidents involving injury, accidents involving disabled vehicles, to hit-and-run accidents and accidents involving intoxicated drivers.  During this time citizens involved in minor accidents will be directed to the […]

Man Sentenced For Selling Meth To An Undercover Buyer

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A Wichita man who sold an undercover buyer a pound of methamphetamine was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison, Thursday. Thirty-nine-year-old Patrick Hains of Wichita pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute meth and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Hains admitted he was arrested […]

Crimestoppers Featured Offender Caught Thanks To Tip

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Crimestoppers shares their Crimestoppers Crime of the Week every Tuesday. This week, the results came quick. Hours after sharing the photo and information about the weekly featured offender, a tip from a citizen helped bring Robert C. Trotter into custody. Trotter was wanted because he’s a registered violent offender who has not properly registered with […]

Sheltered Living Hosts Annual Golf Tournament

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The Sheltered Living Golf Classic returns to the Firekeeper Golf Course. Shannon Warta, special events and marketing manager for Sheltered Living says the golf tournament raises money for their various programs that provide support for over 250 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. “We do that through residential care our community integration program and our […]

NOTO Rallies Motorcycles For Cruise Night

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Ride your motorcycle down to NOTO on the 3rd Friday of June for the Motorcycle Cruise Night to enjoy local music and local art. Jona Rupniki owner of JJ N Ruffnecks in NOTO says it’s a great way for artists in NOTO to share their work and it’s great to get people to come out […]

Motorcycle Crash Kills Tribal Council Member

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A Prairie Band Potawatomi leader has died in a motorcycle accident. The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the incident that happened at 14490 K Road in Mayetta on the Prairie Band Potawatomi reservation, just south of 158th Road, Wednesday night. James Potter, tribal council secretary for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, died from his injuries after […]

Porterfield’s Named 2014 Retail Florist Of The Year

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Porterfield’s Flower and Gifts has been named the National 2014 Retail Florist of the Year by the Wholesale Florists and Florist Suppliers Association of American and Florists’ Review Magazine. “It’s the largest honor I’ve ever received, certainly professionally and it’s wonderful that it recognizes a Topeka business and that hasn’t happened before, so I’m very […]

Featured Artist Announced For Aaron Douglas Art Fair

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This year’s featured artist for the Aaron Douglas Art Fair has been announced. Jamie Colòn, art director of ArtsConnect Topeka and the artist who created three murals for the Topeka Mural Project, will be the 2014 featured artist. Wednesday at the Aaron Douglas Art Park, Staci Dawn Ogle, art director for the Aaron Douglas Art […]

Two Ottawa Youths Killed In Crash

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Two Ottawa youths were killed and another was injured in a three-vehicle crash on I-70 in Trego County, Monday afternoon. Seventeen-year-old John Louis Smith was driving eastbound around 3:30 p.m. near Ogallah, Kansas, when he lost control and crossed the median, entering the westbound lanes and hitting a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was being driven by […]

Metal Spikes Cause Uproar In London

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A recent trend in London is sparking controversy among human rights groups and others. A luxury apartment block in London has installed metal spikes on the ground to deter homeless people from sleeping in certain areas, like near buildings and under bridges. In the past, this practice has been used to keep pigeons and other pests off of […]

Mud Boggers Event Rescheduled

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Make mud fly to help a family. Marc Lee was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and his friend Larry Privat wanted to help by raising money for medical expenses with a Kansas Mud Boggers mudding event call Muddin’ For Marc Lee. “It’s a mud run — for people that don’t understand, it’s trucks going through a […]

Topeka Zoo Hosts Camp Out With Dad

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The Topeka Zoo invites you and your family to Camp Out With Dad next weekend. Shanna Simpson, animal care supervisor for the zoo says the event is exactly what it sounds like, with just one exception. “It doesn’t have to be just dads and kids, moms are invited, too,” said Simpson. “The families can come […]

Two Women In Federal Custody On Prostitution Allegations

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Two women charged with human trafficking with the purpose of prostitution and harboring a person for prostitution at a Topeka massage parlor.   Fifty-five-year-old Yong Jin Zhang and 50-year-old Yu Lan Su allegedly committed the crimes between March 14th and May 21st 2014 at the Life Long Food Massage in Topeka. They were originally charged […]

WU Tech Partners With Local Manufactures To Offer Job Training

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 A program aims to train students for jobs directly with local manufacturing companies. Washburn Institute of Technology’s Manufacturing Technology class partners the Kansas Department of Commerce with WU Tech and area food manufacturers such as Bimbo Bakeries, Del Monte, Frito-Lay, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Mars Chocolate North America to prepare graduates with entry level skills.  […]

Mud Run, Obstacle Course Raises Money For Osage County Community Foundation

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A 5K obstacle course full of mud, hills and country terrain to raise money for Osage County organizations. The Cross Country Chaos is an obstacle course designed by community members with the goal of raising money for the Osage County Community Foundation, which provides grants for non-profit organizations in the county. Perry Thompson, president of […]

Coleman Co. Presents $31,000 For Capital Campout

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The Coleman Company presented the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism a check for $31,000 Friday night at the Capital Campout. The money pays for the equipment used during the Capital Campout. “The Coleman Company donated the equipment, the tents, the stoves, coolers for this event,” said Linda Lanterman, director of the Kansas Department […]

Church Event Celebrates Heritage, Community

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It’s almost time for one of the largest German food festivals in Topeka. “Alles schmeckt gut, in other words, it all tastes good,” said Father Tim Haberkorn. Haberkorn says the event features German food, a carnival, games, bingo, an oral auction and much more. “We have various activities planned, there’s different booths that are open, […]

Program Serves Up Free Meals For Topeka Kids All Summer Long

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The Salvation Army and Topeka Public Schools are partnering up to provide free meals for kids under 18 years old all summer long. Beverly Peterson, development director for the Salvation Army says the meals are high in protein and meet the Kansas State Department of Education meal guidelines. “We go by those guidelines and it’s […]

Pair Sentenced For Robberies At Topeka Businesses

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Two men sentenced for robberies at Topeka businesses. US Attorney Barry Grissom said Tuesday, 32-year-old Quartez Norwood and 41-year-old Henry Davis both plead guilty to two counts of robbery, and Norwood additionally plead guilty to brandishing a firearm during one robbery. Norwood admitted to robbing EZ Payday Advance, Family Dollar and using a handgun and […]

Makin’ Moves WOWs On Wednesdays

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Makin’ Moves has a new program called Workin’ Out on Wednesdays, or WOW. Every Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Chris Omni will be leading a work out on the Kansas Capitol steps on the South side. WOW is a partnership with Kansas African American Affairs Commission and Wellness Information Network, also known as Makin’ Moves. Omni […]

Shriners Offer Family Friendly Rodeo Memorial Day Weekend

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The greatest show on dirt. That’s how Rodeo Ruth, a.k.a Ruth Nicolaus, describes the Shrine Rodeo and Demo Derby that will be at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie this Memorial Day Weekend.  Nicolaus is a publicist for the event and says good, old-fashioned family can be found at anything the Shriners coordinate. “It’s just […]

USPS Raises Awareness For Dog Bite Prevention Week

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In case you don’t have a vigilante cat to protect you, you might wanna pay attention. This week is Dog Bite Prevention Week and the United States Postal Service is raising awareness. Nearly 5,600 postal workers are bit each year, with Wichita ranking 19th with 22 postal workers bit last year. Kelli Cunningham, supervisor of customer […]

First Lady Michelle Obama Gives Heartfelt Speech

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First Lady Michelle Obama gave a progressive, heartfelt speech to Topeka Public School graduates Friday evening. The first lady talked about the past, but more importantly the future. She said that thanks to the Brown v. Board of Education supreme court decision, students today are lucky. “You all take the diversity you’re surrounded by for […]

USSSA Fastpitch Softball 2014 World Series Chooses Topeka

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A softball tournament coming to Topeka will bring an estimated 2,750 visitors to the capitol city. Visit Topeka Inc. and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation announced Thursday Topeka has been named to host the 2014 USSSA Fastpitch Softball World Series. The event is planned by Midwest Sports Productions and the United States Specialty Sports Association  “MSP […]

Vietnam Traveling Wall Plans Stop In Topeka

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The Vietnam Traveling Wall is coming to the Museum of Kansas National Guard in Topeka. The wall is an 80 percent scale of the original version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. The  360-foot traveling wall includes the name of every single name etched on the original wall. It began traveling in 1998 […]

Rodeo Clown Finds Calling In Rodeo, Football

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Shawn Boom Boom Thompson may have started by accident, but now he’s one of the best rodeo clowns around. He will be making people laugh at this year’s Shrine Rodeo in Tonganoxie May 22 and 23. As a high school senior Thompson was asked what he wanted to be when he graduated and he answered […]

Local Book Store Hosts Key Party To Celebrate Anniversary

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Oddfellow’s Fine Books and Collectibles is celebrating their first year in business by having a key party. During the month of May, Oddfellow’s is giving away 24 skeleton keys with only one of them will unlock a prize. “To get a key, people can compete in little, fun contests on our Facebook page,” said Brandon […]

City Officials Break Ground On Kansas Avenue Project

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The Kansas Avenue project kicked off Monday morning with city officials and project administrators breaking ground with golden sledgehammers. Over 120 people gathered, despite the drizzle, while Mayor Larry Wolgast, President of Downtown Topeka Inc, Vince Fry, City Manager Jim Colson and other city officials said a few words before the groundbreaking. Wolgast gave a […]

Councilman Campos Resigns

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Topeka City Councilman John Campos announced Friday afternoon that he is resigning from his seat on the council. This comes after he faces felony charges for allegedly using an insurance card with the wrong date on it. Campos was briefly booked into jail on April 22 on felony charges of making a false writing and […]

Details Released About Kansas Avenue Project

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Some details were released Thursday night about the Kansas Avenue Project at the Downtown Topeka Inc. After Hours Event. The project will reconstruct Kansas Avenue to a three-lane section, with a northbound, southbound, and center turn lane. The concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, and medians will be replaced. The project will be divided into two […]

Walk Aims To End Alzheimer’s

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The 2014 walk is scheduled for June 7th this year. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This walk is held annually in more than 650 communities nationwide. “The Alzheimer’s Association is the host of […]

Walk For Hope Benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Walk to help the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Second Annual 5K Walk For Hope is Saturday, May 17th at the Gage Park Amphitheater, 4100 SW Westlake Ct. in Topeka.  People are welcome to bring their dogs for a $5 donation, which will go directly to St. Jude. The first 100 participants […]

Lawrence PD Connect Recent Robberies

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The Lawrence Police Department has connected two robberies that have happened in the last week. Three black men forced their way into a home near the 100 block of East 19th Street around 12:45 Tuesday Morning. One or more of the men were armed with guns, wearing hooded sweatshirts with their faces covered. The men […]

Kids Jam, Eat Pizza At Local Pizzeria

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Via’s Pizza and More offers family friendly entertainment every Monday night. Kyler Carpenter plays his guitar while the kids make personal pan pizzas at their tables. “They bring out all the stuff to the table, the sauce, the meats, the cheese, the whole thing,” said Carpenter. “While that’s happening I jam and play songs and […]

Rainbow House Changes Colors For Cause

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The Equality House is changing its colors again, only this time for Uganda. Davis Hammet, director of Planting Peace, the organization that owns the house, says they are only painting the front part of the house because the idea is that the colors of the Ugandan flag merge into the rainbow colors of the house. […]

Capitol Insight 5-5-14

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Kansas legislators finish their business for the year early Saturday morning.It was the shortest annual session in 40 years. The House adjourned at 2:06 a.m. Saturday. The Senate followed at 2:13 a.m. The only remaining scheduled business is a brief, formal adjournment ceremony May 30. Lawmakers left the Statehouse after giving final approval to budget […]

Downtown Farmers Market Features Local Produce, Goods

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The Downtown Topeka Farmer’s Market is in full swing. Betty Lane, general manager of the market, says they have some produce available as well as locally made products. “We have some very fine handcraft[ing] people that come with products that they have made,” said Lane. “We do not allow commercial products.” Lane says that although […]

Wolf Demands Roberts Removed From Ballot In Letter To Sec. Of State

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US Senate Candidate Milton Wolf sends a letter to Secretary of State Kris Kobach, demanding that fellow candidate US Senator Pat Roberts be taken off the ballot over residency issues. Kobach says as Secretary of State he doesn’t have the authority to do that. “There’s actually a process laid out in Kansas law, where if […]

Shawnee County Waste Disposal Locations

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This weekend various businesses are offering free disposal of household wastes. Disposal is for Shawnee County residents only Satuday, May 3rd. Landfill: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Rolling Meadows Landfill, 7351 U.S. 75 Yard waste disposal: 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. at Garick Yard Waste Facility, I-70 & MacVicar Hazardous household waste disposal: 9 […]

Downtown Kicks Off Kansas Ave. Construction

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The Kansas Avenue construction project will kick off May 12th with a ceremony in downtown Topeka.  The public is invited to attend the kick off, which will start at 11 a.m. at 7th and Kansas Avenue. Specific details of the construction will be explained by city officials and project leaders. The construction is to take […]

Capitol Insight 5-01-14

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House Minority Leader Paul Davis disagrees with Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan that a 92 million dollar tax deficit in April was expected, due to changes in the federal tax code. “This is shocking news, frankly. The consensus estimating group met and provided new revenue projections just a few weeks ago and this was never mentioned,” […]

Youths Plan Block Party Commemorating Brown v. Board

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A group of local youths plan a block party to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Friday May 2nd there will be food, drinks, games, live music, poetry and much more at the historic site from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stephanie Kyriazis, chief of interpretation, education and cultural resources at […]

Firefighters Pass The Boot For Muscular Dystrophy

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Topeka Firefighters raise money for muscular dystrophy by passing the boot at traffic intersections around Topeka. Fire Marshall Mike Martin says this is the 60th year they’ve partnered with the International Association of Firefighters Local #83 for the boot block. “It’s a great partnership with the International Association of Firefighters, we’re excited to do it […]

Capitol Insight 4-30-14

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The Kansas Legislature is back in session. Members will be working to wrap up their business for the year and could be in session into next week as they finish work on the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st and tackle tax, criminal justice and environmental issues. Wednesday was the 77th day […]

Hard Hats And Salsa First Friday Theme For Downtown

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Hard hats and salsa will be Downtown Topeka’s theme at May’s First Friday Art Walk.  Artists were invited to pick up a hard hat at the beginning of April. The idea is, the artist will return the hat to where they picked it up from, (over 10 locations) so the hats can be auctioned off […]

Manhattan Woman Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy

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A Manhattan woman was sentenced to two years on federal probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully distribute prescription drugs. Thirty-year-old Sarah Harding-Huffine admitted that she conspired with co-defendant Dr. Michael P. Shuster while he was doing business as Manhattan Pain and Spine. She distributed controlled substances including Oxycodone to patients while Schuster was […]

Motorcycle/SUV Accident Leaves One Fighting For Life

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A man on a motorcycle was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by an SUV. Emergency responders were called to 29th and Indian Hills Road around 5:15 Friday evening on the report of an injury accident involving a motorcycle and an SUV. “The SUV was westbound on 29th street and made […]

Motorcyclist Suffers Serious Injuries In Silver Lake

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A motorcyclist suffered critical injuries after being hit by a Jeep in Silver Lake, Friday afternoon. A Shawnee County Sheriff says the cyclist failed to yield to the right of way when pulling out of a driveway on Highway 24. The man, a resident of Silver Lake, wasn’t wearing a helmet and the driver of […]

Man Who Bit Woman’s Hand Back In Jail On Similar Charges

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The man arrested for biting a woman and stealing her car earlier this month has been arrested on similar charges. Forty-three-year-old Adrian Tyrone Watson was booked into the Shawnee County Jail at 3:27 a.m. Thursday on multiple felony theft charges and aggravated battery. Watson was arrested April 6th for allegedly trying to steal clothing from […]

Michelle Obama Changes Plans, Community Reacts

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First lady Michelle Obama has changed her plans for next month’s graduation ceremony for Topeka Public Schools. Originally, the first lady planned to speak at a joint graduation ceremony of all USD 501 schools, but changed her plans after unhappy citizens spoke out with a petition signed by more than 2,000 people. Saturday, May 17th […]

Crime Stoppers Crime Of The Week

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The Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week involves a stolen ATV. The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 2006 Yamaha Rhino ATV with yellow seatbelts. The ATV went missing on April 22nd from 550 NW 35th Street in Shawnee County.  The theft would have occurred between 10:30 p.m. April 21st and 2 a.m. […]

Former Kansas Legislator Dies In Plane Crash

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Former Kansas Legislator Donald Dahl died Friday in a plane crash. Dahl, R-Hillsboro crashed near Hillsboro in Marion County around 1:45 p.m., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Dahl’s ultralight plane was flying at a low altitude and struck a tree branch, flipping the plane upside down, where it came to rest in a pond. […]

Crime Stoppers Crime Of The Week

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Crime Stoppers has released their Crime of the Week. Around 2:30 April 4th, two black men used an illegal credit card at Target at 2120 SW Wanamaker, in Topeka.  If anyone knows who these people are, please call or text Crime Stoppers at 234-0007.  Information leading to the arrest of the subject(s) responsible for this […]

PT’s At College Hill Ranked One Of America’s Best Coffee Shops

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PT’s at College Hill has been named one of the best coffee shops in America.  The Daily Meal ranked the PT’s at College Hill, a.k.a Flying Monkey, at #9 in their America’s Best Coffee Shops slideshow article, published April 15th, 2014. The website based their rankings on the coffee itself, customer service and knowhow, the […]

Large Grant Funds Physical Education, Gardens For Seaman Schools

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USD #345 Seaman and the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka received a grant for $448,801.00 to benefit the health and wellness of North Topeka students. The three-year Healthy Futures grant, funded through the Carol M. Williams Physical Education Program, will go to address gaps in physical education funding, as well as healthy eating and […]

Red Cross Offers Fire Safety And Prevention Tips

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Two apartment fires in Topeka caused by grills in a matter of weeks. Sunday, the South Brook Apartments suffered more than $500,000 because of a charcoal grill and a couple weeks ago, the Pines Apartments caught fire because of a smoker that was too close to combustible materials. Meghan Spreer with the Kansas Area Chapter […]

Former Mayetta Fire Department Treasurer Sentenced For Embezzlement

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A former treasurer of the Mayetta Rural Fire District is sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for embezzlement.  Sixty-eight-year-old Richard Bontrager of Holton pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement, admitting that he issued checks with forged signatures. Bontrager was also ordered to pay $427,000 in restitution. From 2008 to 2012 Bontrager made approximately […]

Lawrence Subway Robbed At Gunpoint

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A Lawrence Subway, 1601 West 23rd Street, was robbed by gunpoint early Monday morning. Sgt. Trent McKinley with the Lawrence Police department says the woman opening the store knew there was a person waiting for her to open the store, but didn’t think much about it. “He immediately entered the store and demanded cash,” said […]

Lifestar Responds To Single-Car Accident

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Lifestar was called to the scene of an injury accident Monday afternoon. A cement truck driver has sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle collision near 6200 Block of Anderson in Manhattan. Lifestar is taking the driver to a Topeka hospital. No more information is available at this time.  

Early Morning Stabbing Sends Man To KU Med By Helicopter

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A stabbing in Osage County sends a 58-year old man to the KU Med Center by helicopter. The Osage County Herald reports the Osage City Police Department responded to the call around 6 am Friday morning in the 300 block of Ninth Street. No information is available on how the man was stabbed or if […]

Equality House Hosts Weekend Of NOH8

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The Equality House has a Day of Action and Education planned for Saturday April, 12th. Starting at noon, the grand opening of The Legacy Project will launch. It will be the first satellite exhibit of the project, which is originally in Chicago as an outdoor, walking exhibit.   “What it’s based on is people who […]

Manhattan Physician Sentenced For Illegally Prescribing Controlled Substances

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Unlawfully prescribing drugs gets a Manhattan physician five years in federal prison. 54-year-old Michael Schuster pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. In his plea, Schuster admitted the crime occurred from April 2007 to August 2012, while he was working at Manhattan Pain and Spine. He admitted to employing 12 employees […]

UPDATE: Man Bit Victim’s Hand, Stole Vehicle

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Nikki Hauser was just minding her own business when her day took a turn for the worse. Hauser was sitting in a friend’s car at Petco in Topeka whenjumped in, demanding Hauser to get out so he could take the car. The car was owned by Jennifer Dach who was inside the Petco buying a […]

Saturation Patrol Results In Several Arrests, Traffic Charges

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The Topeka Police Department made seven arrests in a DUI Saturation Patrol conducted Saturday night. The focus of the saturation patrol was on impaired drivers, Saturday April 5th. Three DUIs, 1 cocaine possession, 1 possession of paraphernalia, 1 count of obstruction and 1 reckless driving ticket were served in addition to several traffic charges.

Serendipity Hosts Comedy Show

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A comedy show featuring local comedians will be in Topeka this Thursday night. Comedians Austin Evan Wright and Tim Gaither invite you to come see them at Serendipity, 820 North Kansas Avenue, for some laughs. Wright is a native of Topeka and hosts comedy shows monthly at Serendipity. He likes to invite comedians from the […]

Capitol Insight 4-4-14

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The Kansas Senate advances response to a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding. The court said lawmakers created inequalities between school districts by cutting certain types of education funds. The bill would shift money into funds aimed at reducing those disparities. Senator Ty Masterson is a Republican from Andover. “That’s what this job is, […]

Man With Bag Makes Threats At Hotel, Guests Evacuated

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Topeka Police say a man with a bag made threats then left his bag at a local hotel, forcing it’s evacuation.  Police were called to the Capitol Plaza Hotel just before 2:00 p.m. Friday when a black man in his 50s went into the lobby and started making threats.  He then left his bag at […]

Capitol Insight 4-3-14

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The Kansas Senate will start debate on an education funding bill late Thursday afternoon, and Senate President Susan Wagle says she believes the debate could last until the early hours of Friday morning. Wagle, a Wichita Republican, says she’s hoping lawmakers will be able to finish work on the issue before legislators leave for a […]

Capitol Insight 4-2-14

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The Kansas Senate has advanced a bill that would make it legal to openly carry a firearm in public across Kansas. Local governments could still regulate open carry of firearms in public buildings. Supporters of the bill say the current law creates a patchwork of rules regarding open carry, and this measure will create consistency. […]

Topeka Mayor Celebrates National Service Volunteers

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Over 200,000 hours of service. That’s how much 300 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers have given to the Topeka and Shawnee County community in the past year. Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast declared Wednesday, April 2nd as National Service Recognition Day in Topeka. “I’m pleased to join with 20 other mayors in Kansas and over 1,700 […]