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On Friday, after a 3-day trial, a federal jury in Topeka acquitted Louis Chouloute of illegally possessing 2,800 pounds of marijuana. On September 14, 2007, a semi-truck was stopped in Shawnee County by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. A search revealed 2,800 pounds of marijuana in the trailer. Louis Chouloute, 34, from Brooklyn, New York,…

WICHITA — When Air Force veteran Marcos Miranda had his identity stolen, he went from being a valued customer and employee to a government statistic — one of thousands of identity theft victims caught up each year in the crackdown on illegal immigrants. Identity theft has been a growing worry nationwide, but a rise in…

Mother, girlfriend of slain man say they don’t blame jury for verdict Cortez Overstreet was found innocent Thursday in the shooting death of Michael Ridley. The jury of seven women and five men needed only 90 minutes of deliberation to determine which of two conflicting accounts of the incident was more credible. On Tuesday, Overstreet’s…

A 23-year-old bride-to-be who had part of her right ear bitten off during a bar fight early Sunday wasn’t the true victim in the brawl, a Topeka attorney claims. But the upcoming bride, Megan Millard, said Topeka police definitely got the right woman when they arrested Diane Donnelly, 46, of Topeka, after the fight and…

A botched traffic stop by Salina authorities led District Judge Paul Miller yesterday to suppress out all the prosecutor’s evidence in a meth-related case against Jeffrey Roberts, Clay Center. County Attorney Rick James said he will ask for dismissal of all charges against Roberts including manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of precursors and intent to manufacture…

Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht has urged a district judge to refuse to sanction him for an allegation that he gave a copy of a confidential psychological evaluation to his daughter. Monday was the deadline for final arguments on a motion by Stephan William Grimmett, 28, for sanctions against Hecht. Shawnee County District Court…

Former Shawnee County Treasurer Rita Cline is on a honeymoon and unavailable to comment on her response to a $24,456 lawsuit filed against her by the Shawnee County Commission, according to a statement released by her attorney. In her response, filed Thursday morning by Topeka attorney Chris Joseph, Cline denied committing acts of fraud in…

A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of shareholders of Westar Energy seeks compensatory damages for the way the company was operated when David Wittig was in charge. The suing shareholders include two pension funds and any shareholder who purchased the company’s stock between March 29, 2000, and Nov. 8, 2002. They are seeking almost $100…

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