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60-Day Jail Term Given for Sex Crime

Updated: 05/01/2009 - 19-year old Lawrence Gritten, Jr. was given a 60-day jail term Friday along with a two-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation. In an agreement with prosecutors, Gritten pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful voluntary sexual relations and one count of sodomy.

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Child Sex Offenses Garner 17+ Years

Updated: 05/01/2009 - A Shawnee County judge sentenced 20-year-old Keith Massey Friday for convictions of rape, criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

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Parking Lot Assault Leaves Man with Traumatic Injuries

Updated: 05/01/2009 - Topeka Police responded to an assault outside of the Ichabod Laundra Bar at 21st and Washburn Friday morning. Police say a fight among acquaintances left one man with life-threatening injuries in the hospital. When they got there, the man was bleeding from his head in the parking lot.

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Manhattan Doctor Found Guilty of Assault

Updated: 05/01/2009 - A Riley County jury found 46-year old Russell Reitz guilty of aggravated battery for an incident at the home of his ex-wife in May 2008. Reitz is a radiation oncologist in Manhattan and son of state senator Roger Reitz.

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Judge Grants Bond for Kansas Genocide Suspect

Updated: 04/30/2009 - U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Bostwick on Wednesday agreed to allow 82-year-old Lazare Kobagaya to be released from jail on a $50,000 unsecured bond that will be co-signed by three of his children. He will be confined to his Topeka home.

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Diversion Entered in Theft, Forgery Case

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Kingfisher placed Jacob Rosen on a diversion program that would see his theft and forgery case dismissed if he has no violations of law.

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Trial Date Set in Wrong-Way Fatality

Updated: 04/29/2009 - A July 15 trial date is set for 38-year old Evelyn Brooks on one count of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol. She's charged for a March 29th accident that killed Cara Jackson.

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Girl Tried as Adult in 2008 Slaying in KCK

Updated: 04/28/2009 - A judge has ruled that a Kansas City, Kan. girl will be tried as an adult in the shooting death of a teenager during a botched carjacking.

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Skeletal Remains Identified as that of Missing Holton Man

Updated: 04/28/2009 - A Holton man who had been missing for about three-and-a-half years is now said to be the person whose skeletal remains were found near Tuttle Creek one year ago. He's identified as Michael Harris, 45.

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Former Kansas Prison Worker Sentenced

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A former prison worker has been ordered to spend a year and a day in prison for accepting a bribe from an inmate.

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Police: Crime is Down in Capital City

Updated: 04/24/2009 - The City of Topeka Police Department has released Crime Statistics for the first quarter of 2009 and it shows reported crime is once again going down.

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Pedestrian Hit by Truck Identified

Updated: 04/24/2009 - Topeka Police say Jerry D. Schweizer, 52, of Topeka, was the person hit by a pickup at 2:04 a.m. Friday. The driver of the truck, Lindsay Constant, 25, of Berryton, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

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Items Link Craigslist Suspect To Victims

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Victims' belongings were found in Philip Markoff's apartment; settlng gambling debts is eyed as a possible motive in the attacks.

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Text Message Scam Targets Topekans

Updated: 04/23/2009 - Several people report receiving a text message that claims to be from Kaw Valley Bank. The message says your debit card is being deactivated unless you call a certain number which then prompts you to enter your card number.

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Kansas Man Faces 9 Counts in Cattle Scam

Updated: 04/22/2009 - Prosecutors say Dennis Stebbins of Overbrook was charged Wednesday with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering and four counts each of bank fraud and money laundering.

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Man Jailed in Connection with High-Speed Chase

Updated: 04/21/2009 - 36-year old Russell Loomis faces 14 charges, including fleeing and assaulting a law enforcement officer, in connection with a high-speed chase in Topeka.

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Appeals Court Allows Home Search in Kansas Case

Updated: 04/21/2009 - A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a decision by federal judge in Kansas to throw out evidence obtained during a search of a suspected drug dealer's home.

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