Topeka homicide scene burglarized
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Topeka police have arrested two men suspected of burglarizing a home where three people were found shot to death on Sunday.
WIBW-AM reports that police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the house at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and found two people in the backyard with items taken from inside.
The suspects are 23 and 29 years old and live in Topeka. Police Capt. Scott Conklin could not say if there was any connection to the homicides.
Police are still investigating the deaths of 34-year-old Tamesha Lee, 43-year-old Eric Avery and 56-year-old Marvin Louis Woods. Their bodies were found after Avery's 45-year-old sister, Carla Jean Avery, was found wounded outside a restaurant. She died Tuesday.
Kan. AG mulls seeking death penalty for 4 killings
OSWEGO, Kan. (AP) - An assistant Kansas attorney general says there's no decision yet on whether the state will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a Parsons woman and her three children.
But Assistant Attorney General Amy Hanley declined to comment further Wednesday about the prosecution of 22-year-old David Cornell Bennett Jr., of Cherryvale. The alternative to a death sentence in a capital case is life in prison without parole.
Bennett is charged with capital murder, rape and criminal threats in the deaths of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her children, ages 4, 6 and 9. Their bodies were found Nov. 25 in their southeast Kansas home.
Bennett returned to Labette County District Court on Wednesday and listened quietly a judge read the charges during a 10-minute hearing.
DRESSING ROOM-PEEPING TOM
Topless shopper chases peeper through Kansas store
LENEXA, Kan. (AP) - Police say an accused peeping Tom faces a misdemeanor charge after a topless woman chased him through a northeast Kansas department store.
The Kansas City Star reports that 35-year-old Jeremy F. Bradley, 35, of Raytown, was charged Tuesday in Lenexa Municipal Court with breach of privacy. His home phone number is disconnected.
Police say the woman was trying on bras Monday afternoon in the dressing room of a Kohl's store when she saw a hand holding a cell phone under the partition. Master Police Officer Dan Friesen says the woman "definitely got the attention of other shoppers" when she ran after the man.
Although the man made it out of the store, Lenexa police were able to arrest a suspect several blocks away. Friesen says witnesses later identified him.
Dodge City man to be tried in death of 3-year-old
DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Dodge City man has been bound over for trial in the 2008 death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
KWCH-TV reports that a Ford County judge ordered Brock Cunningham to be tried on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse.
The death of Natalie Pickle was ruled a homicide, but Cunningham was not arrested until earlier this year. An autopsy showed the toddler died of blunt trauma to the head.
Cunningham testified at his preliminary hearing Tuesday that Natalie was jumping on a bed at his home and fell off. And Cunningham's mother testified the girl had fallen down the stairs a day earlier at a motel where she worked.
But doctors testified Natalie had severe brain injuries that were not consistent with a fall or minor trauma.
WICHITA FATAL FIRE
Careless smoking blamed for deadly Wichita blaze
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita fire officials say careless smoking caused a blaze that killed four people last week.
Capt. Stuart Bevis said Wednesday that the Nov. 26 fire started in an upholstered chair in the living room of a double-wide mobile home. Several adults had smoked in that area beforehand. Bevis says a combination of wood paneling and combustible ceiling tiles contributed to the blaze spreading rapidly.
The fire killed 21-year-old Amanda Nichols; her 1-year-old son, Isaaca; 27-year-old Camaron McGowan, and his 2-year-old son, K'dyn McGowan.
The home's smoke alarms apparently weren't working. And Bevis said it was fortunate that three other people in the mobile home managed to escape with their lives. Those three, a firefighter and a neighbor who helped sustained minor injuries.
RILEY COUNTY-LONG SEARCH
Riley County searching for 2 missing since 1981
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - The Riley County police department says it is still looking for two people who have been missing since 1981.
Police say Stevie Hammerle and Joseph Grashner have been missing since they left a party in Manhattan on Aug. 22nd, 1981.
WIBW reports that Hammerle and Grashner were last seen leaving the party with two other people.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call (785) 537-2112, ext. 3077, or may leave anonymous tips with the Manhattan-Riley County Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777 or 1-(800)-222-TIPS. Web tips can be left at www.RileyCountyPolice.org. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers.
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