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Murder suspect, officer injured in downtown Topeka shootout

Sep. 29, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man suspected of murder and a police officer were injured during a mid-morning shootout Thursday in downtown Topeka after the suspect led officers on a chase through Kansas' capital city, firing at them as he drove. Topeka police had sought the suspect over...

Prosecutor seeks 3rd trial for Kansas woman in 2 killings

Sep. 27, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor has indicated that he intends to try a woman for the third time in the killings of her ex-husband and his girlfriend two decades ago. Dana Chandler is accused of killing 47-year-old Mike Sisco and his fiancee, 53-year-old Karen Harkness, in...

DA: Topeka officers justified in man's shooting death

Sep. 23, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Three Topeka police officers who shot and killed a man this summer were justified because the man charged at them with a knife, Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said. The officers shot Christopher Kelley, a 38-year-old Black man, on June 24 after...

GOP hits Kansas governor hard on trans athletes, her new ad

Sep. 21, 2022 23:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor launched a new television ad on Wednesday in which she says men don't belong in women's sports. It's a move seeking to blunt Republican attacks on her for vetoing two proposals to ban transgender athletes from girls' and women's school and college...

Officials: Kansas deputy used Taser on child with autism

Sep. 20, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state law enforcement oversight board reprimanded a Kansas sheriff's deputy who used his Taser on a 12-year-old boy with autism while the boy was handcuffed and hogtied in the deputy's vehicle. However, the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and...

Kansas man sentenced for performing illegal autopsies

Sep. 20, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who admitted running an illegal autopsy scheme has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for wire fraud. Shawn Parcells, 42, who lived in Topeka and Leawood, was sentenced Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud, the U.S....

Judge orders ex-Kansas cop released for jail pending trial

Sep. 19, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas police detective accused of preying on Black women and girls for decades will be released from jail pending his trial on charges involving two accusers who say he repeatedly sexually abused them, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S Magistrate...

Ex-Kansas police detective charged with preying on women

Sep. 15, 2022 22:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas City, Kansas, police detective who has long been accused of sexually preying on Black women during criminal investigations was indicted Thursday on charges that he sexually abused two women, the FBI said. Roger Golubski, 69, was arrested at his...

Kansas governor lauds abortion vote but focuses on economy

Sep. 03, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly wasted little time after a decisive victory in Kansas for abortion rights before sending out a national fundraising email warning that access to the procedure would be “on the chopping block” if her party did not win in the November elections. ...

Woman’s trial for 2 Kansas deaths ends with hung jury

Sep. 01, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas jury announced Thursday that it could not reach a verdict in the trial of a woman accused of killing her ex-husband and his girlfriend 20 years ago. Jurors deliberated for about 35 hours over six days in Dana Chandler's trial. Chandler, now 62, was...