Police training site possible at Fort Riley

 

Schoen speaks to Riley County Commissioners
Schoen speaks to Riley County Commissioners

A partnership between Fort Riley and the Riley County Police Department could be on the horizon.

RCPD Director, Brad Schoen discussed the potential partnership with Riley County Commissioners during a Thursday morning meeting.

The partnership would see a police training facility added to an undeveloped range on the military base, pending further research

Schoen says the partnership is the apparent result of federal legislation, that encourages military bases to use their assets in ways that help their communities.

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Child pornography arrest in Junction City

Dale Holvorson
Dale Holvorson

A Junction City man faces a total of 34 counts involving child pornography following his arrest Thursday.  Dale Holvorson, 49, was charged with 14 counts of distribution of child pornography and 20 counts of possession of child porn after the Junction City Police Department, with the assistance of the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Wichita Police Department, served a search warrant in the 14-hundred block of West 11sth Street in Junction City.

Holvorson was confined at the Geary County Detention Center without bond pending his first appearance in Geary County District Court.

The Junction City Police Department seized numerous computers and other electronic evidence during this investigation.

The Junction City Police Department is a member of the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which is administered by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and the Wichita Police Department and is made up of numerous agencies from across the State of Kansas.

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RCPD Report 3/16/16

CaptureA traffic stop on Tuesday evening resulted in a drug arrest for Riley County Police.
Julious Goodridge, 54, of Manhattan, was pulled over in the 700 block of Allen Rd. at 11 p.m.
Upon searching Goodridge’s vehicle, police found various drugs including methamphetamine and marijuana.
Goodridge was taken to the Riley County Jail and given a bond of $15,000 for these offenses.
Goodridge was concurrently arrested on a failure to appear warrant from Ogden City Court with an original offense of driving without a license. Bond for this offense was set at $500.

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Wamego commission looks to solve water issues

The Wamego City Commission addressed issues associated with the Water system. At Tuesday’s meeting, City Manager Merl Page said a recent study by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment found certain chemicals in Wamego’s water supply. All the chemicals were determined to be within safe levels for human consumption, but Page said the City wanted to be proactive. He said the KDHE offered a granulated activated charcoal  filter system to the City, with a caveat that it needed to be entirely enclosed.

According to Page, requests for proposal to build the facility to house the filter system were sent out, with two being received. Construction, Inc.’s bid was lowest at $165,192, while Walters Morgan Construction submitted a bid of $193,362. The construction of the facility is time sensitive and was granted to Construction, Inc.


The Wamego City Commission approved the formation of a committee to study pool facility needs. At Tuesday’s meeting, City Manager Merl Page reviewed the issue from the last meeting to form an ad hoc committee to study the future needs of the pool facility. Page said there has been interest in the committee and named Jan Eichman, Steve Land, Jeff Wicks, Zack Brunner, Jace Ward, Ben Huddelston, with Bill Ditto as Commission representative and Page as the non-voting member.

At the last meeting, Commissioner Bill Ditto suggested looking at the Pool Facility becoming a public/private partnership. Page said the budget will drive the scope of the development of the partnership idea.

In other business, the Commission approved the reappointment of City Manager Merl Page to the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency board for another two-year term. Commissioner Vic Enns is the second Wamego representative to this board.

 

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Manhattan man appears in court after arson charge

Manhattan firefighters attend to a house fire on 615 Yuma St. in Manhattan. (Staff photo by Brady Bauman)
Manhattan firefighters attend to a house fire on 615 Yuma St. in Manhattan. (Staff photo by Brady Bauman)

After being arrested on arson charges, a Manhattan man appeared in Riley County Court Tuesday.

Donnie Hill appeared via webcam for a status hearing, after he was charged with arson and theft of property in February.

Hill’s counsel used the appearance to schedule a second hearing with the court, as they continue to gather facts.

KMAN previously reported that Hill was found near the 615 Yuma St. home he allegedly set a blaze, with lacerations to his arm prior to his arrest.

Hill will return to the courtroom on March 29.

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Man accused of killing K-State student appears in court on gun, drug charges

richard-lee-smith-171x214The man accused of shooting and killing a 21-year-old K-State Student made a court appearance on Tuesday.

Richard Smith made his way into the courtroom for a status hearing pertaining to charges of criminal possession of a firearm and drug possession.

Smith was previously convicted of crimes in Pottawatomie County, carrying a five year ban on firearm arm possession.

It was learned that the case will move forward with a preliminary hearing on April 12th.

Smith is accused of the self-defense killing of Tyler Nelson in December 2015.

Nelson had mistakenly tried to enter Smith’s home, believing it to be his own.

The man shot Nelson as a result, but will not face manslaughter charges in the case.

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Sunset Zoo raising wolf pup/Labrador puppy pair

Fin and Matty at Sunset Zoo
Fin and Matty at Sunset Zoo
The Sunset Zoo is involved in a new project involving a maned wolf pup named Fin and Labrador puppy named Matty and has set up a blog site to keep track of the furry pair. Assistant Zoo Director Ella Casey describes her front row seat the last month and a half as the young animals play and grow up together.
Fin had to be removed from his newbie mother who was having difficulty adjusting to life with a baby–and the zoo searched and found a puppy playmate via social media and a local Chapman family.
The blog site features a variety of pictures of Fin and Matty and shares benchmarks of the two including walking on their own, seeing on their own, eating and bathroom habits, and playing outside.

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Double murder case back in Riley County court

Luis Aguirre
Aguirre

A status hearing was held Tuesday morning in the Riley County District Courthouse for Luis Aguirre as his case prepares to be retried for the 2009 murders of Tanya and Juan Maldonado in Ogden.

During the hearing, Judge Meryl Wilson accepted a wavier signed by Aguirre, giving up his right to a speedy trial.

Aguirre was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, but the conviction was overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court after it was decided that police had violated the his Miranda rights during interrogation.

According to Aguirre’s attorney, Jeffrey Wicks, many things will need to be assessed before the trial begins, including whether or not the state can seek the death penalty a second time.

A second court date of May 26 has been set, but it could be two years before the case sees a new trial.

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Local law enforcement report 3/15/16

Emergency crews respond to accident at Fort Riley Blvd. and S. Manhattan.  (Staff photo by Melanie Fritts)
Emergency crews respond to accident at Fort Riley Blvd. and S. Manhattan. (Staff photo by Melanie Fritts)
Two people received treatment for minor injuries following a car accident Monday afternoon.  Ieasha Wallace-Garvin, 24, was driving west in a 2007 Chevy Cavalier on Fort Riley Boulevard when she rear-ended a 2012 Toyota Prius being driven by Benjamin Shubert, 31, at the intersection of Fort Riley and South Manhattan Avenue. Wallace-Garvin and Shubert received treatment for minor injuries at the scene, but declined transport to Via Christi Hospital. Wallace-Garvin was given a citation for inattentive driving.
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A Council Grove man was arrested yesterday evening for failure to appear. Riley County Police arrested Colby Gant, 27, shortly before 6:30 p.m. Gant’s original offense is listed as driving under the influence. He was given no bond.
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A Ft. Riley man was taken to the hospital following an accident early Tuesday morning. The Geary County Sheriff’s Department reports at 0140 a.m. deputies responded to mile marker 163 on K-18 in reference to an injury accident.

Aaron Merrill of Ft. Riley, was traveling east bound in a 2011 Jeep Patriot when he fell asleep, left the roadway and struck a power pole. Merrill was transported to the Geary Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Riley county farmer defends resolution in Topeka

Mary Mertz testifying 3-16

Mary Mertz was born and raised in Chicago before she married a Kansan and relocated to Riley county. More than 20 years later, Mertz is hard at work in the dirt and advocates for agriculture with Kansas Farm Bureau. Mertz spends her time producing crops and informing the general public on where exactly their food comes from.

Senator Pat Roberts has made national headlines recently with a resolution he has introduced in defense of genetically modified organisms. The resolution would require the USDA to create a GMO food labeling system which would be optional for states and producers to partake in.

After writing an open letter to a House committee, Mertz testified in Topeka earlier in the week. KMAN caught up with Mertz to get the full story on GMOs in agriculture, and her views on the new resolution. The interview can be heard below.

      Mary Mertz on GMOs

 

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