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Smoke at Statehouse Causes Evacuation

Updated: 08/08/2008 - About 10 Friday morning a smoke alarm from a caged elevator on the fifth floor went off. Topeka Fire crews were quick to respond as Capitol Police escorted people out of the building.

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Comer Program Helps 501 Parents and Students

Posted: 08/07/2008 - Kids aren't the only ones preparing themselves for the end of summer, parents are also getting ready to send their students back to school. To help with the back to school process Whitson Elementary hosted a special Comer parent retreat Thursday night.

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Thursday Races Promote Festival of Speed

Updated: 08/07/2008 - When SCCA decided not to hold the runoffs in Topeka after this year the Festival of Speed was created to attract another large scale racing event that would replace the economic impact of losing the runoffs in Topeka.

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Hearing Set for Off-Duty TPD Officer Involved in Shooting

Posted: 08/07/2008 - Jason Judd is charged with two counts of aggravated battery. At a docket hearing Thursday a motions hearing was scheduled for Monday to modify Judd's bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for five days beginning December 8.

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Highway Study Underway

Posted: 08/07/2008 - A study has been commissioned to determine the future of Highway 24, which connects many communities.

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District Attoney Candidate Says He Won't Hire Kline

Posted: 08/07/2008 - Eric Rucker, a candidate for Shawnee County District Attorney and chief deputy for Phill Kline says Kline will have no role if he is elected. Rucker's tie to Kline was a problem in his successful primary campaign, and his Democratic opponent is already raising it too.

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Sprint Cancels $3B Convertible Stock Sale

Posted: 08/07/2008 - Sprint cancels convertible stock offering announced day before. They were going to put the profits toward debt repayment. Potential buyers wanted higher rates than Sprint anticipated.

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Raven Camp

Posted: 08/07/2008 - New students to Robinson Middle School got together to get a sneak preview of their new surroundings.

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14 Geary County Precincts Add No Votes in Election

Posted: 08/07/2008 - Despite nearly 600 registered voters, no one in the 14 Geary County precincts at Fort Riley cast ballots in Tuesday's primary. A post spokesperson says a voting assistance officer reached out to families there to make sure they knew where and how to vote.

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Kline Case Costs State $475,000

Posted: 08/07/2008 - The state will pay $475,000 in court costs and legal fees to the Center for Reproductive Rights. It challenged then-AG Phill Kline's interpretation that the law required health care providers to report consensual sex by underage youth.

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Bus Inspection at USD 437

Posted: 08/07/2008 - The Kansas Highway Patrol was on hand to check over school buses that will be hitting the road next Wednesday.

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New Phone Book Honors Topeka Library

Updated: 08/07/2008 - AT&T unveiled its new phone book cover Thursday, featuring the Topeka and Shawnee Co. Public Library. The company also reminded people to recycle their old phone books during Project ReDirectory through Sept. 21.

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Man Indicted on Charge of Embezzling $2.6 million

Posted: 08/07/2008 - 61-year old James Foremsky and 56-year old Susan Foremsky are charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors say James Foremsky diverted money while CFO of Vektek, Inc. in Emporia.

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Larned State Hospital Escapee Captured

Updated: 08/07/2008 - Inmate who escaped from the Larned State Hospital Sexual Predator Program Tuesday was found in Colorado. 50-year old Perry Isley, Jr. was convicted in Shawnee County in 1995.

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Chiefs Preseason Debut on My Topeka TV

Updated: 08/07/2008 - Tonight's Kansas City Chiefs pre-season game versus the Chicago Bears will be seen at 7pm on My Topeka TV Digital Channel 13.2 (Cox Cable 676). WIBW-TV will carry the regular CBS lineup: 7pm - Big Brother; 8pm - CSI; 9pm - Flashpoint.

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Police: Thief backs Van Into Gas Meter, Sparks Fire

Updated: 08/07/2008 - Topeka Police say someone stole a van from the Village Cleaners near 21st and Seabrook around 2 am Thursday. then backed it into a gas meter, sparking a fire that sent flames shooting into the sky. Streets in the area have since reopened.

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