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A Shawnee County District Court judge has notified attorneys she is considering placing a 25-year-old man on probation rather than sentencing him to more than four years in prison for attempted solicitation via computer of a 13-year-old girl for sex. In reality, the “girl” was a sheriff’s deputy. Patrick Even Johnson, a Topekan arrested during…

The last of seven men charged in an online sex sting operation was placed on three years of intensive supervised probation Thursday rather than being sentenced to almost five years in prison. In sentencing Brandon Ryan Mason, 22, Shawnee County District Court Judge Jan Leuenberger departed downward, listing eight factors to justify the action. Mason…

Many jagged edges can be mapped in the journey from a crime being committed to a felon being sent to prison for a long time, Deputy Salina Police Chief Carson Mansfield said Tuesday. The probe into the April 16 murder of Mark Simpson found its first dead end this past weekend when the focus on…

The day federal investigators descended on Coen Potts’ Topeka apartment was his last as an area elementary school art teacher. Initially, officials in Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 fired Potts after drug paraphernalia was found in his gym bag. But what FBI agents would find acting on a tip as they searched his apartment was…

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…

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