Plane Struck by Lightning Near Manhattan



WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Delta Airlines flight traveling from Minnesota to Texas has been diverted to Wichita after being struck by lightning.

According to Wichita Airport Authority spokeswoman Valerie Wise, the aircraft operated by ExpressJet, a Delta regional connection carrier, was struck by lightning on its left wing Thursday evening after encountering storms near Manhattan. The flight had left Minneapolis and was headed toward San Antonio.

Wise said passengers reported smelling smoke in the cabin before the flight safely landed at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita just before 7:30 p.m.

None of the 65 people onboard were injured. Wise said she did not have any reports of damage to the plane.

Geary County Accident Sends Four to Hospital


Photos by Nathan Sage

Photos by Nathan Sage

Four people were taken to the hospital following a three vehicle accident on I-70 in Geary County Thursday evening. The accident occurred in front of Marshall Airfield at Fort Riley at 6:19 p.m., when a westbound 2011 Freightliner Diesel  drove on the north shoulder, striking a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan which was parked on the shoulder. The Freightliner then traveled across the median into the eastbound lanes, striking a 2015 Jeep.
Those injured were in the Chrysler, including the driver Jennifer Anderson, 39, of Manhattan, and passengers Braydon Anderson,11. Ashton Dyer, 9, d Kennedy Dyer, 7. all of Manhattan. All four were taken to the Geary Community Hospital

Structure Fire in Manhattan

Manhattan Fire Department

At 11:47 p.m. Thursday the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 949 Village Drive for a report of a structure fire.  Upon arrival, crews found a one-story residential structure with light smoke coming from a door on the side of the structure.  The fire reached a second alarm before it was contained within 40 minutes.  A total of 18 firefighters responded on 6 fire apparatus.


The residence was occupied at the time of the fire.  The occupants were alerted when a smoke alarm sounded and were able to exit the structure without injury prior to the fire departments arrival.   The single family structure received an estimated loss of $60,000 to the structure and $20,000 to contents.  The occupants of the structure are displaced at this time. The owner is listed as Marvin and Betty Hatch of Manhattan, Kansas.  The fire cause was determined to accidental due to electrical wiring.


The Fire Department would like to recognize this as an example of properly installed smoke alarms alerting the occupants allowing them to exit the structure without injury.  The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. The Fire Department will be educating people on the importance of working smoke alarms during the upcoming fire prevention week October 4th through 10th.   MFD invites the public to an open house on October 11th from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Headquarters station at 2000 Denison Avenue.  This year’s fire prevention message is “Hear the Beep where you Sleep”.


Riley County hesitant to sign state contract

Riley County Commissioners Ron Wells, left, Robert Boyd and Ben Wilson.

Riley County Commissioners Ron Wells, left, Robert Boyd and Ben Wilson.

A new contract from the Kansas Department of Revenue has Riley County Treasurer Shilo Heger hesitant to sign.

Heger told county commissioners Thursday morning that the contract — a first issued to her office in this form – is too vague and undefined in its terms.

The contract is more or less a set of rules and guidelines to which motor vehicle registrations are supposed to be conducted, but Heger said she sides with the Kansas County Treasurer’s Association, which wants the state to propose a contract with more specific language when it pertains to conduct.

“It was very one sided,” she told commissioners. “There was a lot of ambiguity in it.”

A letter from county counselor Clancy Holeman on the matter also supports Heger.

In it, he wrote, “In my opinion, it is important for the success of this agreement that both parties deliver the public ‘competent, efficient and responsive service.’ But to do so, the parties must agree on a standard of performance which measures KDOR duties. That standard must be placed in the draft.”

Heger told commissioners the contract needs to be more specific.

“How do they determine ‘courteous customer service’?” Heger asked. “I feel like we do that on a daily basis.”

Commission chairman Ron Wells commented that the contract is another example of the state overstepping its bounds.

“It’s another example of the Department of Revenue thinking they can operate your office better than you can,” he said.

Heger said she hadn’t heard of any county treasurer in the state signing the contract and that she hopes the state will come back with a more clearly worded and outlined agreement.

In other items, commissioners appointed Scott Eilert to the Big Lakes Developmental Center Advisory Board. Eilert replaces Ed Horne, who is retiring from the board.

Later in the meeting, Riley County Health Department Director Brenda Nickel introduced Andrew Adams to commissioners. Adams started his first week as the county’s newest Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator on Tuesday.



Kansas Attorney General Visits KMAN

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt with News Director Cathy Dawes

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt with News Director Cathy Dawes

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt visited the KMAN Studio Thursday morning and visited with News Director Cathy Dawes:


RCPD Report 9/10/15

(A separate release is listed in a different report regarding aggravated robbery arrest)
The Riley County Police Department responded to a report of an aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery which had just occurred early Thursday morning in the 3000 block of Tuttle Creek Boulevard.  Derek Macy, 45, of Manhattan reported that a suspect, who was not known to him, had entered his residence  at about 12:20 a.m. and demanded items.
The suspect was reportedly armed with a knife and  exited the residence a short time later without taking anything. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 20 years old, with a slender build and dark clothing.

The victim was not injured during this incident. This case is still under investigation and police are asking anyone with information on these crimes to contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers.


A Manhattan man faces charges in North Carolina and was taken into custody by Riley County Police Wednesday morning. Steven McDaniel, 23, was arrested on a Cumberland County (North Carolina) warrant for Burglary and Probation Violation.

McDaniel was arrested while in the 3400 block of Treesmill Drive at about 9:50 AM. There was no bond attached to this warrant.


A Wakarusa woman facing burglary, theft, and criminal damage to property charges in Shawnee County was taken into custody in Manhattan Wednesday. Riley County Police indicate Danielle Hutchison, 25, was arrested on while in the 100 block of Courthouse Plaza at approximately 11:37 AM.

Bond was listed as $10,000.


A 31-year-old Manhattan man was arrested on a failure to appear warrant with an $8,000 bond Wednesday afternoon. Jason Harris was taken into custody on the Manhattan Municipal Court warrant while at the Riley County Police Department shortly before 2:30 p.m.

The original offense listed is Driving While Suspended and Driving While a Habitual Violator

Armed Robbery Arrest Connected to Last Friday Cases

Handcuffs and Key
Updated 10:45 a.m.:

A Manhattan man arrested Wednesday night is apparently connected with the series of robberies announced by Riley County Police last Friday.

As KMAN announced earlier Thursday morning,  Sean Johnson, 20, was taken into custody at about seven p.m. Wednesday while at the Riley County Police Department. Johnson’s bond has been set at 150-thousand dollars.

A news release from RCPD from Thursday morning reminds us in the early morning hours Friday, a series of Robberies and a Theft were reported in the central portion of Manhattan. In two of these incidents the suspects were armed with a handgun. Riley County Police Officers set up a perimeter in the area and subsequently became involved in a foot pursuit of a suspect who was last seen running onto the KSU campus, which went into lockdown for several hours.

Detectives with the Riley County Police Department were recently able to identify a suspect and place him under arrest and that individual has been identified as Johnson. Johnson was placed under arrest for two counts of Aggravated Robbery, Robbery, Contributing to a Childs Misconduct and for Theft.

This case continues to be under investigation and additional arrests are expected to be made. Persons with information about this crime are asked to contact RCPD or Manhattan Riley County Crimestoppers.

Earlier report:
A Manhattan man faces a $150,000 bond following his arrest by Riley County Police Wednesday night.  Sean Brock Eugene Johnson, 20, who is listed as homeless, was taken into custody at seven p.m. at the Riley County Law Enforcement Center.
Possible charges are listed as two counts of aggravated robbery, robbery, felony contributing to child misconduct, and possession of stolen property. Information is not yet available about the original case against Johnson but at least three separate incident numbers are listed on the early arrest report from RCPD.

Area Court News

A Manhattan man charged with aggravated battery in a Pottawatomie County case is set for first appearance September 22nd. Russell Mayse was appointed counsel Wednesday in Pottawatomie County District court and will appear with his attorney on the 22nd.
Mayse was arrested last month following an early Sundy morning incident at State Lake Two in rural Manhattan. A female victim was reportedly injured in that area by being struck by a vehicle. Mayse was also charged with DUI.
James Henning

James Henning

In other area court news, a Fort Riley soldier who faces charges of sexual exploitation of a child, rape, and aggravated sodomy faces an October fifth trial following a pre-trial motions hearing in Geary County Court Wednesday.  James Henning waived his jury trial so the trial to the court was affirmed by Judge Benjamin Sexton. Henning was bound over on 11 felonies following a preliminary hearing in March, which included videotapes and photographs. The victim has been identified as an eight year old girl. Henning had been serving as a military police officer at Fort Riley.

MHS Students Named Semifinalists in National Scholarship Program

Four Manhattan High Students were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Officials with the National Merit Scholarship Program made the announcement that Catherine Lei, Nathan McClendon, Thomas Parish and Josh Schwartz were among the 16,000 semifinalists from across the country.

As semifinalists, the students have the chance to continue on in the competition, for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships – worth more than $3 million.