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Friday Crime Log

KSAL StaffSeptember 6, 2013

Police are investigating a theft from a Salina apartment.  Sometime between August 1st and September 3rd two rings were reportedly stolen from apartment #303 at 831 East Wayne. One ring is yellow gold, with a three diamond cathederal setting. The other is yellow gold with a rectangular blue stone surrounded by small diamonds. Total loss is estimated at $1,500. --- Deputies are investigating the...

Police Taking Aim At Unruly Partiers

KSAL StaffSeptember 6, 2013

University of Kansas students say a special Lawrence police detail set up to curb dangerous behavior among partiers downtown is unfairly targeting them as a way to raise revenue for the city. But police say the special patrols that began Aug. 14 are meant to protect students and the rest of the public from problems typically associated with alcohol consumption. The special detail has cited mo...

Ex-Firefighter Pleads Guilty To Arson

KSAL StaffSeptember 6, 2013

A former volunteer firefighter in Reno County pleaded guilty to setting three grass fires after prosecutors agreed to drop 11 other charges. 19-year-old Cody Knox, of Arlington, was a volunteer for Reno County Fire District No. 4, which covers Arlington, Langdon, Plevna and Abbyville. Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder previously said Knox used a cigarette lighter to set the fires, ...

Man Sentenced To Life For Child Abuse

KSAL StaffSeptember 6, 2013

A former Salina man will serve decades in prison after being sentenced for his second conviction of sexually abusing a young girl. Forty-year-old Shawn T. Vogan was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with a minimum of 40 years. He pleaded guilty in July to aggravated indecent liberties with a child after admitting he abused a girl who was 8 years old when the abuse began. The sentence would be...

Suspect In Deputy Shooting Caught

KSAL StaffSeptember 6, 2013

Wichita police say they have captured a man suspected of shooting and wounding a Butler County Sheriff's deputy earlier this week. Wichita Police Lt. Doug Nolte said Friday morning that Jan Kilbourne was arrested without resistance early Friday near an apartment in Wichita. No other details were immediately available. Law enforcement officers have been looking for Kilbourne since Monday, whe...

Kansas Court Of Appeals To Sit In Manhattan

KSAL StaffSeptember 6, 2013

Judges of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear arguments in four cases in Manhattan as part of Kansas State University's observance of Constitution Day. The panel will convene in the Student Union on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1787. On the docket are the denial of tenure for a University of Kansas professor; a prosecutor's appeal of an order granting a new trial in ...

Pollution Trial Set For Ex-Wastewater Manager

KSAL StaffSeptember 6, 2013

A federal judge has set a fall trial date for the former Hays wastewater manager charged with lying about nitrogen levels in the city's discharges. Court records show the case against 57-year-old Charles L. Blair was scheduled Thursday to go before a federal jury on Nov. 5. A four-count indictment charges Blair with making false statements about nitrogen levels in effluent at the city's wastewat...

Soldier Killed In Motorcycle Crash

KSAL StaffSeptember 6, 2013

A Fort Riley soldier is killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday evening. According to the Kansas Highway Patol, 29-year-old Jose Laureano-Mercado was riding a Yamaha motorcycle north on McDowell Creek Road south of Manhattan. He failed to negotiate a curve and drove onto the gravel shoulder. The motorcycle struck a delineator post and Laureano-Mercado was ejected.  Troopers say that Laureano...

KSU Prof Uses ‘The Office’ In Econ Class

KSAL StaffSeptember 5, 2013

The NBC workplace comedy "The Office" is being used as a teaching tool. Kansas State University director of economic undergraduate studies Dan Kuester says fictional manager Michael Scott and employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. provide numerous examples of economics principles. Kuester worked with two other people to create a website called "The Economics of The Office" containing 35 clips from...

Leavenworth VA hospital adding 2 buildings

KSAL StaffSeptember 5, 2013

The Eisenhower VA Medical Center in northeastern Kansas is expanding to meet new needs and standards. The Leavenworth Times reports construction is underway on a $2.75 million women's health clinic. Meanwhile, bidding on a construction contract for a stand-alone, 27,000-square-foot nursing home closed Thursday. Jim Gleisberg, a spokesman for the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, says the med...

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