Collins recognized as KEMA Professional of the Year

Riley County Emergency Management Director Pat Collins, right, receives the 2015 KEMA Professional of the Year Award from Geary County Emergency Management Director Garry Berges during Monday morning's Riley County Commission meeting. (Staff photo by Brady Bauman)
Riley County Emergency Management Director Pat Collins, right, receives the 2015 KEMA Professional of the Year Award from Geary County Emergency Management Director Garry Berges during Monday morning’s Riley County Commission meeting. (Staff photo by Brady Bauman)

Riley County Emergency Management Director Pat Collins received applause and congratulatory handshakes from county commissioners and supporters during Monday morning’s meeting in Manhattan.

Collins was recognized as the 2015 Kansas Emergency Management Association Owen U. Turrentine EM Professional of the Year.

“Congratulations, Pat,” commissioner Robert Boyd said. “You have a wonderful reputation.”

Collins was presented with a plaque from Garry Berges, the emergency management director for Geary County.

“I couldn’t do it without the support of the community and the people I work for and the people I work with,” Collins said.

Berges said Collins’ work has been a model across the state.

“Pat Collins has been the emergency management director in Riley County for the past 25 years,” he said. “Over the years Pat has continued to improve the emergency management program in Riley County and that was evident in June of 2008, when Manhattan was struck by a tornado that damaged some of the city and the K-State campus as well as some of the surrounding area.

“Again in 2015, his knowledge and experience aided Riley County during the May and June flooding event that affected much of the state. Pat not only works with Riley County, but also the regional and state level to reach a common goal of preparedness… he’s more than willing to assist other (directors) with all aspects of emergency management.”

In other items, Monty Wedel, the county’s planning/special projects director, updated the commission on issues dealing with Fort Riley explosives noise and potential future impacts with zoning.

Commissioners expressed concern with maps showing a growing range of noise entering Manhattan and agreed more discussion on matter needs to be had with Fort Riley officials.

Finally, the commission approved the hiring of an additional part time staff person for Emergency Management.

Commissioners jokingly noted Collins’ timing for the request, recognizing his award presentation earlier in the meeting.

 

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Junction City drug investigation results in two arrests

GEARY COUNTY, Kan. – A two-month long investigation into Junction City drug distribution, concluded with two arrests.

The Junction City/Geary County Drug Operations Group – along with the Riley County Police Department Special Investigations Unit, executed search warrants that led to the arrests last week.

29-year-old Michael Anthony Washington was was charged with one count of sale of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school, six counts of sale of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, no Kansas drug tax stamp, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

29-year-old Latasha Nicole Clayton was also charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bond was set at $250,000.00 for Washington and $50,000.00 for Clayton.

2.5 ounces of methamphetamine, one ounce of cocaine, one ounce of marijuana, United States currency, and drug paraphernalia were seized during the search.

 

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RCPD Report 2/29/16

Officers with the Riley County Police Department filed a report for the offenses of burglary and criminal damage to property in the 2500 block of Farm Bureau Road in Manhattan on February 26, 2016 at approximately 10:50 PM. These crimes are said to have occurred on the 26th of this month and involved the theft of a bicycle and US currency as well as damage to a window (total estimated loss is approximately $600.00). Police listed Grace Oey, 43, and Alfonso Flores Collesa, 29, both of Manhattan as the victims in this investigation after an unknown subject(s) entered a residence without permission and left with the aforementioned items. Police are currently seeking information on this crime and encourage anyone with information to contact the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers.


 

Kevin Harbaugh, 34, of Manhattan was arrested while in the 500 block of S. Manhattan Ave. on February 27, 2016 at approximately 7:35 PM. Harbaugh was arrested on a warrant for probation violation which originated in Douglas County, Kansas. He was given “no bond” and at the time of this report was confined at the Riley County Jail.


 

Police in the 500 block of Juliette Ave. on February 28, 2016 arrested Quinn Triplett, 33, of Manhattan on a warrant for the offense of failure to appear (original offense listed as possession of certain hallucinogenic drugs). Triplett was arrested at approximately 11:50 PM and given a bond of $5,000.00 for which he was confined at the time of this report.


 

RCPD arrested Sidney Brown Sr., 48, of Manhattan on the offense of domestic battery, intimidation of a witness or victim, and disorderly conduct. He was given a bond of $6,000.00 and at the time of this report was confined at the Riley County Jail. Brown was arrested while in the 400 block of Laramie Street after a verbal argument escalated into a physical altercation with a female victim who is 31 years of age. Due to the nature of this crime further victim information has been withheld.


 

Police were made aware of a person posing as a police officer through text message over the weekend. RCPD would like to remind the community that though officers will use the telephone to make contact, using text messages is uncommon and should raise suspicion. Remember to protect personal and financial information from those you do not know and those you do not trust.

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First-ever Little Apple Comic Con blows away expectations

Costume contest participants pose for a group shot during the first-ever Little Apple Comic Con outside the Manhattan Conference Center Saturday afternoon. (Staff photos by Brady Bauman)
Costume contest participants pose for a group shot during the first-ever Little Apple Comic Con outside the Manhattan Conference Center Saturday afternoon. (Staff photos by Brady Bauman)

For Manhattan’s first-ever large scale comic book convention, event co-organizer and former Fort Riley solider Joshua Smith hoped for somewhere around 500 attendees when he and his wife, Ali, thought it would be a good idea to get one started a couple months ago.

Saturday at the Manhattan Conference Center inside the Hilton Garden Inn, the inaugural Little Apple Comic Con saw anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 people.

In other words, a pretty solid first year for an event that many attendees simply referred to as “the con.”

“Oh man, it has been mind-boggling,” Smith said during a short break outside the main foor. “I knew the area could support this con. I knew it. I’ve felt it for a long time — and honestly the cosplayers…. there’s so many people in costume. A lot of great costumes.”

Note: Clicking any photo will open the entire Little Apple Comic Con picture gallery In a larger format.

As is tradition in many of the larger conventions in San Diego, Cali., and New York City, attendees often show up dressed as one of their favorite comic book, video game, TV or movie characters. Some show up dressed in general genres such as fantasy and horror. Some make up their own characters borrowing ideas across several genres.

Little Apple Comic Con attendees look through comic book bins during Saturday's first large-scale comic book convention in Manhattan.
Little Apple Comic Con attendees look through comic book bins during Saturday’s first large-scale comic book convention in Manhattan.

The convention center was filled with Batmans, Supergirls, Wonder Women, Jokers, characters from Dr. Who, The Walking Dead and almost anything else one can imagine.

The con also featured a costume contest that was packed with observers and contestants.

“Our costume contest was not as well organized as we hoped,” Smith said. “But we didn’t expect 100 entrants.”

Smith said he heard many compliments throughout the day.

“We’ve had a lot of responses telling us, ‘Hey, for a first-year con, this is really top-notch,’” Smith said. “Everyone seems to be having a great time. Next year we will definitely be considerably larger.”

Greg Smallwood, a Lawrence-based comic book artist who has done work for DC and Marvel — including a new upcoming “Moon Knight” series — said he was impressed.

“I’m always up for local, small shows,” he said. “Bigger shows are always so hectic it’s hard to really take a breath… but I was not expecting the turnout that we’ve actually got. It’s really, really good. Huge turnout. Big crowd — I’ve been swamped and busy the whole time. But I’ve still managed to be able to talk to people.”

The Little Apple’s first con also featured panel discussions with professional cosplayers — another term for people who costume — comic writers and artists and professors at Kansas State University who teach classes that explore the literary and historical influences of comic books.

“I’m surprised how people are here for a first-time thing,” said one attendee dressed as Wonder Woman. “Things like this bring people together. It’s great.”

Winners of the Manhattan's first Little Apple Comic Con pose outside the Manhattan Conference Center Saturday afternoon.
Winners of the Manhattan’s first Little Apple Comic Con pose outside the Manhattan Conference Center Saturday afternoon.
Costume costume participants gather for a group photo.
Costume costume participants gather for a group photo.
K-State professor Joe Sutliff Sanders speaks to the audience during a panelist discussion titled, “Keeping It (Mostly) Real: Building a Life of the Mind that Includes Comics.” He was joined by fellow KSU professors Traci Brimhall and Michele Janette.
K-State professor Joe Sutliff Sanders speaks to the audience during a panelist discussion titled, “Keeping It (Mostly) Real: Building a Life of the Mind that Includes Comics.” He was joined by fellow KSU professors Traci Brimhall and Michele Janette.
Novelist and senior writer at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo., Kevin Dilmore, readies a book for a family at the Little Apple Comic Con Saturday.
Novelist and senior writer at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo., Kevin Dilmore, readies a book for a family at the Little Apple Comic Con Saturday.
A attendee of Manhattan's first Little Apple Comic Con gets his face painted at a booth in the Manhattan Conference Center.
A attendee of Manhattan’s first Little Apple Comic Con gets his face painted at a booth in the Manhattan Conference Center.
Costumed friends stop for a photo op on the main floor of the Little Apple Comic Con.
Costumed friends stop for a photo op on the main floor of the Little Apple Comic Con.
A duo of Dr. Who cosplayers pose in front of a "Red Dalek" inside the Manhattan Conference Center during Saturday's Little Apple Comic Con.
A duo of Dr. Who cosplayers pose in front of a “Red Dalek” inside the Manhattan Conference Center during Saturday’s Little Apple Comic Con.

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City Hall open house

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The City of Manhattan will host an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, for the City Hall expansion project. A ribbon cutting with comments from those involved in the project will be at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to tour the new Parks and Recreation offices and see renderings of plans for Peace Memorial Auditorium.

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RCPD Report 2/26/2016

Police arrested Justin Kendrick, 19, of Manhattan on February 25, 2016, at approximately 4:10 p.m. while at the Riley County Police Department. Kendrick was arrested on a warrant for probation violation from Nemaha County, Kansas and was given a bond of $5,000. At the time of this report he was confined at the Riley County Jail.

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Holley sentenced, Duzan pleads no contest

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Duzan

A Wamego man was sentenced to 55 months with the Department of Corrections Thursday.

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Holley

Pottawatomie County Attorney Sherri Schuck told KMAN Gerald Holley, 53, was convicted on five counts that included possession of methamphetamine and marijuana with intentions to distribute.

Also, Schuck said Brian Duzan, 38, of Manhattan, pled no contest to charges that included burglary, forgery and theft.

Duzan will be sentenced on April 21.

 

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Commissioners pleased with court decision on property values

This week was a rare win for counties in the state of Kansas.

Riley County commissioners were informed Thursday morning that the Kansas Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in favor of counties in a case that dealt with appeals on appraised property values.

Assistant County Counselor Craig Cox told commissioners that the court said the state freezing disputed property values for three years was unconstitutional.

Before, recent changes to the appeal process — which were largely championed by commercial tax representatives —  allowed any property owner who won a valuation appeal to have their value frozen for two years after the mandatory freeze on the year in question.

The supreme court case, which was led by Johnson County and joined by Riley County and 20 others, ruled that such a freeze damaged the state’s ability to provide for a “uniform and equal basis of valuation of property.”

Instead, the process resorts to its previous procedure of freezing the value for one year if an appeal is won.

“I think it makes sense,” commissioner Ron Wells reacted.

“I would think that county appraisers across the state were happy when that decision came out,” Cox replied.

 

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Ft. Riley man enters pleas, found guilty in deadly shooting

Tierre Wall
Tierre Wall

A Fort Riley man was found guilty in Riley County Court Thursday, after entering pleas in a murder case.

Tierre Wall pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and attempted aggravated assault.
After entering his plea, Judge David Stutzman found Wall guilty of shooting 27-year-old Casey Lindley in the forehead, during a March 2015 road rage incident.
Wall had previously pleaded not guilty, stating that he acted in self-defense when Lindley, his fiance, and two friends left their vehicle and approached his at the intersection of Skyway Drive and Kansas Highway 114.
During the course of the case, Wall was represented by four different attorneys.
Sentencing has been scheduled for March 28th.

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RCPD Report 2/25/16

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Riley County Emergency crews responded to the intersection of Kimball Avenue and Plymouth Road in Manhattan at approximately 5:15 PM Wednesday for a report of an injury collision. Officers on scene found that 4 vehicles traveling east on Kimball were involved when a 2009 GMC Yukon, driven by Erika Lowery, 42, of Manhattan struck the rear end of a 2014 Ford F-150, driven by Christopher Dierenfeldt, 20, of Manhattan.
Subsequently, the Ford F150 struck the rear end of a 2013 Mazda LL driven by Lindsey Holmstrom, 35, of Manhattan, which then struck the rear end of a 2014 Chevy Cruze driven by Gabrille Hueta, 23, also of Manhattan. Lowery was transported to Via Christi Hospital for complaint of pain and was also issued a citation for inattentive driving. Lowery is not listed as a patient there Thursday.
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Officers with the Riley County Police Department arrested a Westmoreland man on a warrant for probation violation Wednesday. 19-year-old Tieler Reeves  warrant for probation violation included “no bond.” Reeves was taken into custody while in the 100 block of North 4th Street in Manhattan.

The original offense listed on the warrant was conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

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A Newton man was arrested on a probation violation warrant, with the original warrant listed as a third offense DUI.  Kevin Good, 33, was taken into custody while at the Riley County Police Department Wednesday afternoon.

Good’s bond was set at $20,000.

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A 19 year old Manhattan man faces a charge of contributing to a child’s misconduct and a $5,000 bond. Riley County Police arrested Justin Kendrick Wednesday at approximately 2:40 PM while in the 700 block of Poyntz Avenues’s South Alley.

Police made contact with Kendrick after receiving a report that a runaway juvenile, identified as a 16-year-old female from McPherson, be in the Manhattan area and was found to be in his company.

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Detectives with the Riley County Police Department are investigating a rape which was reported Wednesday and is said to have occurred between 2009 and 2011. This investigation involves a female victim under the age of 15 at the time of the crime and an adult suspect who is known to the victim. At the time of this report no further information was readily available and due to the nature of this crime no further information has been released.
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A report for theft was filed in the 1100 block of Westloop from Bellus Academy Wednesday night at about 10:00 for an incident that occurred on the 15th of February. Katherine Hardine, 27, of Fort Riley was listed as the victim after an unknown subject(s) removed contents from a lockbox (as well as the lockbox itself) from a workstation.

The contents of the box included a wedding ring, bracelets, haircutting sheers, and various pieces of makeup. The total estimated amount of loss was listed as being approximately $8,500. Currently suspect(s) are unknown, however, officers continue to investigate the matter.

If you have information about this crime contact RCPD directly or use the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers service.

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