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Meet the Big Brothers Big Sisters Couple of the Year

Updated: 07/30/2008 - John and Barb Fencl prove being a part of a child's life through Big Brothers Big Sisters doesn't have to be a solo act. They've spent the last four months as a Big Couple for nine-year-old Christopher Starr.

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Intruder Kills Ellsworth Man, 72; Arrested

Posted: 07/30/2008 - Suspect allegedly shot his victim in the latter's rural home near Interstate 70 after a struggle, was caught after after a chase when he turned onto a dead end road on a wind farm.

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Three Suspects Wanted in Kwik Shop Robbery

Posted: 07/30/2008 - Topeka police are investigating a convenience store armed robbery. It happened at the Kwik Shop at 21st and Randolph. Authorities say three male suspects entered the store with guns and demanded money.

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Topeka Police Search for Robbery Suspect

Posted: 07/30/2008 - Topeka police are investigating a Tuesday morning armed robbery. It happened at the Kwik Shop at 1114 NW Topeka Blvd. at about 1:15a.m. Authorities report the suspect entered the store, showed a black handgun, demanded money from the clerk and then took the money and ran from the store.

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Budget Hearings: Back off TPAC

Posted: 07/29/2008 - City council members are putting pen to paper and getting ready to crunch some budget numbers for next year. About a dozen people stepped forward Tuesday night to give them some advice before they start.

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Fort Riley to Celebrate National Night Out

Posted: 07/29/2008 - Fort Riley will celebrate National Night Out from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 1 on Cavalry Parade Field. National Night Out is a night for law enforcement and communities to unite and take a stand against crime.

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Volunteers Gear Up to "Light the Night"

Posted: 07/29/2008 - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society held a kickoff for the Topeka "Light the Night" Walk Tuesday night. This year's event is October 18th at Washburn University.

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Father Accused of Beating Two-Month Old Son

Posted: 07/29/2008 - 24-year old Douglas Bibbs of Wheaton, KS is accused of aggravated battery, child abuse and aggravated endangering of a child. Authorities say his two-month old son was beaten so severely, he's hospitalized in critical condition.

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Boyfriend Sentenced to Probation in Toilet Seat Case

Posted: 07/29/2008 - Kory McFarren will spend a year on probation and undergo a mental evaluation. His girlfriend spent two years locked in the bathroom, and a month on the toilet seat, during which time she became physically stuck to it.

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Topeka Business Lends Helping Hand to Competitor

Posted: 07/29/2008 - One downtown business decided watching a competitor going out of business would not be a good thing -- and decided to lend a helping hand. It is a true sign of neighbor helping neighbor in Topeka.

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Two More Plead Guilty in Case of Unrecognized Tribe

Posted: 07/29/2008 - A woman who served as secretary of state for a group claiming to be an American Indian tribe pleaded guilty to harboring illegal immigrants. Prosecutors say the group told immigrants claiming tribal membership would confer U.S. citizenship.

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Kansas Woman Gets 60-year-old Letter in the Mail

Posted: 07/29/2008 - A letter postmarked Nov. 11th, 1948 never reached its destination in Connecticut - but it took until last week before it came back to the return address of the Lawrence woman who mailed it. It was stamped, "Found in supposedly empty equipment."

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Kline Raises $83,000 for DA's Race in 6 Weeks

Posted: 07/29/2008 - Campaign finance reports show Johnson Co. DA Phill Kline raised more more in six weeks than his opponent, Steve Howe, did in an entire year. Kline is running for a four-year term after being appointed in Jan. 2007. Howe is a former assistant DA.

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Judge: 6 Jurors OK in Abortion Provider's Trial

Posted: 07/29/2008 - A Sedgwick County judge Tuesday denied a motion by Dr. George Tiller's defense to have a 12-person jury hear his misdemeanor trial. Tiller faces 19 counts of failing to get an independent second opinion before performing late-term abortions.

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Woodlands Continues Negotiating for Slots

Posted: 07/29/2008 - Despite announcing that it will close its doors, the Woodlands in Kansas City, KS continues negotiating with the state over slot machines. The track's manager is hopeful of reaching a deal for up to 800 slots.

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New Judge Named in Wyandotte County

Posted: 07/29/2008 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) has appointed a Washburn University graduate as the newest district court judge in Wyandotte County. Wes Griffin, 53, is an administrative judge for the Kansas City, Kan. Municipal Court.

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Brownback says China is Spying on Internet Use in Hotels

Posted: 07/29/2008 - Kansas Senator Sam Brownback says hotels in China are being ordered to install software that can spy on internet use by hotel guests during the Olympics. Brownback calls it disappointing.

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Homeland Security to Hold Hearing on Manhattan NBAF Site

Posted: 07/29/2008 - Department of Homeland Security officials will be in Manhattan Thursday to hold hearings on the potential environmental impact of a new bio and agro defense facility. The hearings are at 2:30 pm and 6pm in Forum Hall at the KSU Union.

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Lower Speed Limit Proposed to Help Environment

Posted: 07/29/2008 - A committee of the Kansas Energy Council proposes lowering the state's speed limit to 65 miles per hour. They say it would lower carbon dioxide emissions.

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Let's Help Offers More Fans

Posted: 07/29/2008 - Let's Help in Topeka received 50 more fans from Lowe's to give away to those without air conditioning. People in the community have been donating fans also. The new giveaway does not have the age restriction the city fans did.

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