Wamego commission adopts resolutions, new police vehicle

The Wamego City Commission adopts resolutions and Charter Ordinances.  At Tuesday’s meeting, City Manager Merl Page presented a resolution to update the list of the City’s equipment and the rates charged to other public agencies.  The ordinance also covers the average wages paid for use of the equipment.  The motion passed by a vote of 5 to 0.

 In other business, the Commission passed two Charter Ordinances covering City Elections after the State of Kansas changed the election laws.  Pages said to be in compliance, the City has to change some of the election dates.  According to City Attorney Jake Pugh, the Kansas Legislature moved all the April elections to November to coincide with other State and National elections.  He said the law also changes the terms of the City and County elected officials, which will now coincide with other State and National elected official’s terms.

 The second Charter Ordinance deals with filling commissioner vacancies by reason of resignation, death, or removal from office.   The new Charter Ordinance reinstates the procedures for filling vacancies that were done in 1969, where the Mayor chooses a replacement with the consent of the remaining Commissioners until the next election for that office.  Both Charter Ordinances were voted on separately and passed by a vote of 5 to 0.

City Manager Merl Page asked for a motion to approve the purchase of a new Police vehicle, a 2016 Dodge Durango, from Nemaha Valley Motors for a net cost of $22,250 after trade, plus $400 for an additional set of remote start keys.  Page said they try to do an annual rotation of the Police vehicle fleet, and had budgeted $30,000 for this purchase.  Approval was given by a vote of 5 to 0.

 In other business, the Commission approved the fundraiser, Running for Others, scheduled for April 23rd, to start at 8:30 a.m.  Page said this is the third year for this fundraiser, and the funds are used to assist indigent families pay for medical related and other expenses.  A 5K and Kids run is planned.

 In his City Manager reports,

  • Page announced the new Power Plant is scheduled for certification next week.

  • The Annual Chamber meeting will be January 30th at the Columbian Theatre.

  •  The Annual Leader’s Retreat  is scheduled for January 22nd and 23rd.

  • Page announced the resignation of Building Official Mac Campbell on February 26th after 9 years of service.  Mac is retiring to pursue other interests.

  • Page said Sales Tax finished the year strong, with City-wide up 1 point 8 percent, and County-wide finishing up 1 point 54 percent.

RCPD Report 1/6/2016

RCPDOfficers with the Riley County Police Department arrested Darryl Wheeler Jr., 44, of Manhattan while in the 100 block of Courthouse Plaza for the offense of failure to appear. This arrest took place on January 5, 2016 at approximately 10:15 AM and caused Wheeler to be confined on a bond of $5,000.00. Wheeler was arrested as a result of a warrant from Riley County with an original offense of use or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia. At the time of this report Wheeler was no longer confined at the Riley County Jail.

A report for rape was filed in the city limits of Manhattan on January 5, 2016 at approximately 10:00 AM for an incident that occurred on December 12, 2015 between midnight and 3:30 AM. Officers were told that an 18-year-old female victim was forced to engage in unwanted sexual intercourse with a 19-year-old male who was known to her. Officers continue to investigate this matter and due to the sensitive nature of this case no further information has been released.

Edward Broom, 34, of Manhattan was arrested while at the Riley County Police Department on January 5, 2016 at approximately 12:40 PM. Broom was arrested on an extradition warrant from Leflore County, Mississippi with an attached offense of murder. For more information on this arrest contact the Leflore County District Court. At the time of this report Broom was confined at the Riley County Jail.

Police arrested Margarita Clark, 43, of Manhattan while in the 600 block of Colorado Street on January 5, 2016 at approximately 1:50 PM. Clark was arrested on the offense of probation violation which was listed on a warrant with an original offense of possession of hydrocodone. She was given “no bond” and at the time of this report was confined at the Riley County Jail.

BREAKING: Armed robbery suspect at large



The Wamego Police Department is seeking an individual related to a burglary that occurred at around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The individual is a 38-year-old Brian Duzan. He is approximately 5 foot, 7 inches tall, wearing a black hoodie, with a tan Carhart style coat over top. He was wearing blue jeans and black boots. He has brown hair and a goatee.

Duzan is considered armed and dangerous and possibly still in the area. The WPD urges anyone to not try and apprehend this subject.

Local News – 1350 KMAN 2016-01-05 21:40:06


Staff Photo: Austin Barnes


It was a busy start to 2016 in City Hall Tuesday night, as Manhattan City Commissioner’s gathered for their first commission meeting of the new year.

Mayor Karen McCulloh proclaimed January 16th – 18th Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Community Celebration and Day of Service.

Full audio from the Mayor’s proclamation can be heard below.


The meeting was jam-packed with talking points that included approving plans for an engineering on-call services procedure.

In addition, the commission heard from Public Works Director, Rob Ott during a public hearing for the creation of a benefit district that they had approved in December.

Keeping their momentum, commissioners listened as Assistant Director for Planning, Eric Cattell spoke about the rezoning of two different lots in the city – one on the McCall Pattern Company property and another that would affect the Independence Place planned unit development.

As the meeting drew to a close, commissioners voted to approve both ordinances at the recommendation of the Manhattan Urban Planning Board.

K-18 rollover sends two to hospital, one critical

Emergency crews survey the wreckage after a pick-up rolled off K-18 early Tuesday evening. Two were injured in the accident, with one flown to Topeka by helicopter in critical condition. (Staff photos by Brady Bauman)

Emergency crews survey the wreckage after a pick-up rolled off K-18 early Tuesday evening. Two were injured in the accident, with one flown to Topeka by helicopter in critical condition. (Staff photos by Brady Bauman)

A rollover accident backed up northbound tragic on K-18 just north of the Manhattan Regional Airport early Tuesday evening.

Riley County EMS Director Larry Couchman told KMAN at the scene that one victim was transported via ambulance in stable condition while another was taken in a helicopter to Topeka in critical condition.

Early reports indicated one of the victims may have been ejected from the vehicle.

KMAN will provide more information as soon as it’s available.


Emergency crews divert traffic on northbound K-18.

Emergency crews transport a crash victim to a Life Star helicopter. Riley County EMS Director Larry Couchman said at the scene the victim was in critical condition and was being transported to Topeka.

Emergency crews transport a crash victim to a Life Star helicopter. Riley County EMS Director Larry Couchman said at the scene the victim was in critical condition and was being transported to Topeka.



Self trial readies for jury selection

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Riley County District Courthouse

A Manhattan man who was pursued on foot by Riley County police officers into City Park and apprehended by the use of TASER following a shooting in Aggieville during the early morning hours of May 3 was in the Riley County District Courthouse for pretrial procedures Tuesday afternoon.

Mark Self, 31, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted first degree in September.

Self allegedly shot 26-year-old Kevin Green of Manhattan at 1:20 a.m. in the 600 block of North 12th Street. A second victim, 19-year-old Jeremy Caudill of Fort Riley, sustained minor injury as a result of shrapnel from gunfire and did not require medical attention. Green was released from medical care hours after the incident.

Jury selection will be on Jan. 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Dartez sentencing delayed



A Manhattan man found guilty by jury of attempted first degree murder was granted a delay in his sentencing Tuesday morning in the Riley County District Courthouse.

Samuel Dartez, who was scheduled to be sentenced for the stabbing of a 27-year-old woman multiple times on Nov. 13, 2014, near the intersection of Juliette and Yuma streets, was granted the delay by Judge David Stutzman after Dartez’s defense attorney said he is still awaiting results from a mental evaluation of Dartez.

Dartez, 31, wasn’t in court Tuesday because he refused to be taken from his cell to be transported to the courthouse.

Sentencing has been rescheduled for Jan. 29 at 9 a.m.

RCPD Report – 1/5/2016

blue-light-73088_960_720Officers with the Riley County Police Department arrested Daniel Elmore, 34, of Manhattan on January 4th.

Elmore was arrested for the offenses of failure to appear and giving a worthless check, while at the Riley County Police Department.

These offenses were listed on warrants and carried a total bond of $13,000.00.

Fatal accident in Geary County

Traffic is being rerouted near the entrance to Milford in Geary County, after a fatal accident this morning.

Geary County Emergency Management Coordinator, Garry Berges tells KMAN that the accident occurred around 7:15 a.m.
Berges says that traffic is currently being rerouted from 12th street to Houston street and back out both directions.

The Highway Patrol Accident Reconstruction team is on the scene and Berges says that he expects traffic to resume a normal flow within 3-4 hours.

KMAN will keep you up to date as more information becomes available.

Interim diversity official named

Zelia Wiley

Zelia Wiley

Kansas State University has named Zelia Wiley as interim associate provost for diversity, effective Jan. 3.

Wiley was the assistant dean for diversity and director of the diversity programs office in the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. Wiley has implemented diversity initiatives with regard to teaching, research and extension within the college.

“The position of interim associate provost for diversity is a critical one for Kansas State University,” said Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason. “Dr. Wiley has been essential to the growth of multicultural students in the College of Agriculture. She also brings a wealth of leadership skills to assist Kansas State to be a more inclusive campus to all. Dr. Wiley will work with our faculty, staff and students to help define diversity broadly and raise awareness across our campuses of the importance of respect and inclusiveness.”

The interim associate provost will serve as a university advocate promoting enhanced racial and cultural diversity and an inclusive campus climate that fosters academic excellence and understanding among diverse groups. The interim associate provost also directs the operations of the Office of Diversity and serves as a member of the Provost’s Executive Team and the President’s Advisory Council.

“I am very honored to be selected for this position and serve in the provost’s executive team,” Wiley said. “My goal is to build on the university’s multicultural student recruitment momentum and increase retention and graduation rates while creating a culture for inclusion to promote diversity. My experiences have prepared me and I am excited to be appointed.”

Wiley was responsible for recruitment and retention programs of ethnic minorities within the College of Agriculture and worked to increase the minority ethnicity application pool in K-State Research and Extension. Since assuming her role in 2003, she has seen significant increases in the multicultural student populations within the college.

She is the chair of the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance, a member of the K-State President’s Commission on Multicultural Affairs and local chapter adviser to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She also is the adviser to the K-State student chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, National Resources and Related Sciences and in 2007 she served as president for the national group. In 2011, Wiley received the Commerce Bank Presidential Award for enhancing diversity at Kansas State University.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics with a minor in engineering and a master’s degree in agricultural education and human resources from Prairie View A&M University and a doctorate in agricultural and extension education from Penn State University. Her past educational experiences range from student services to transformational and engaged learning approaches, delivering faculty and departmental diversity through inclusion programming and building intercultural capacity.