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The recent announcement of a fund bestowed to the Topeka Community Foundation not only reflected a significant gift to benefit organizations but also a method of providing a lasting commitment to the Topeka community. The $4.7 million gift provided from the estate of Phil and Betty Sisk established an ...
An Easter extravaganza with activities for all ages will take place Saturday, March 31, in North Topeka. EasterFest events will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade starting at the Union Pacific railroad tracks in the 700 block of N. Kansas Avenue. The parade will travel north on N. Kansas Avenue and end at Garfield Park, 1601 N.E. ...

An officer spoke with nurses and facility director Michelle Alexander, who said they had checked the building but were unable to locate Cole. A window to the shower room had been open, but no one saw Cole leave, police said. The National Weather Service reported Topeka recorded low temperatures of 7 degrees on Dec ...
Topeka's city government this year will begin a preventive street maintenance practice that public works director Jason Peek compares to changing the oil in a car. Vehicle owners change their oil on a regular basis to help the vehicle perform at its best for as long as possible, Peek said recently. Likewise, he said, the city will ...
Before arriving in Topeka we had put in a few calls to the foundation that Linda Brown and her siblings had started, and tried to schedule an interview with her. We had not gotten a response, so we went to the Topeka public library to dig up some old newspaper clippings about the Brown family's fight to ...
A Shawnee County District Court judge this week removed the Topeka Police Department as a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by Christopher C. Harris, who was shot four times by police while returning fire and wounding a detective in November 2016, but gave him permission to sue Topeka's city government.

Limestone, windows with sweeping views and a glass waterfall are features of the new Federal Home Loan Bank building that greets Interstate 70 drivers at the west edge of Topeka. The $36 million building was designed to complement its natural surroundings, grabbing colors and form from the ...
Saying she wants Topeka's city government to be as accessible to the public as possible, Mayor Michelle De La Isla on Thursday conducted the first of what will be a series of monthly City Hall news conferences. De La Isla and city manager Brent Trout will hold future news conferences, which haven't been ...
Shawnee County District Court Judge Nancy Parrish followed the time laid out in the plea deal and sentenced Pedro D. Enriquez-Corral Sr., pictured right, to life plus more than 17 years on Thursday in Shawnee County District Court. In February Enriquez-Corral, 39, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, ...
Topeka on Wednesday set a record for its highest temperature recorded on Jan. 25 when the mercury rose to 68 degrees at 2:57 p.m., the National Weather Service reported. Topeka's previous record high for the date was 64, set in 1944. Topeka's average high and low for Jan. 25 are 40 and 20, respectively, the weather ...
Payless ShoeSource is realigning its management structure to put more associates serving customers and fewer layers between the retail stores and corporate headquarters, the company said late Friday. In response to questions about whether the company had laid off managers, the Topeka-based company responded ...
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Topeka police officers smashed through the window of a north Topeka home while serving a warrant early Friday afternoon. The Topeka Police Dept. did not say what led them to serve the warrant at the house, at 1906 N. Kansas Ave., shortly after noon. TPD's Response Teams ...
One person was injured when a fire started Friday afternoon inside an East Topeka church. The fire was reported about 4:30 p.m. at Divine Love Outreach Ministries Church, 2714 S.E. Kentucky. Topeka fire crews arriving at the scene found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building, ...
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — BREAKING UPDATE: A 29-year-old Topeka man has been arrested in connection with a central Topeka shooting early Tuesday afternoon. The Topeka Police Dept. says John Towner, Jr., had been interviewed and was booked into the Shawnee Co. Jail for Aggravated Battery ...
Topeka's city government reported it responded to a violation of its property maintenance code this week by removing numerous items of rubbish from a fenced lot Calvin Millard owns at 2201 S.E. 6th Ave. A city spokeswoman described the extent of the issue as “large.” A Shawnee County Jail inmate crew helped by ...
Spring-like temperatures Thursday in Topeka reached 68 degrees, breaking the previous January 25 record of 64 degrees set in 1944. The temperature got up to 68 just before 3 p.m. Thursday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Drake. Topeka's average high and low for Jan. 25 are 40 ...
Eight children and two adults escaped a burning house Thursday evening in west-central Topeka, with one child being dropped by an adult from a second-story window to a neighbor who caught her, authorities said. The Topeka Fire Department reported its firefighters responded about 11:30 p.m. to the ...

A warm January day is on tap for Thursday in Topeka and northeast Kansas, as highs should crack the 60-degree mark today. Slightly cooler weather is in the weekend forecast, though temperatures still should be pleasant, as highs are expected to be in the 50s on Friday and Saturday and upper 40s on Sunday.
They're not all addicts. They're not all poor. They're not all violent. They don't all live in the impoverished areas of Topeka. “They're human beings, just like you and I,” said Matt Baldwin, a homeless outreach case manager for Valeo Behavioral Health advocates said of the capital city's homeless population. “They deserve ...
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Beau Huscher from Topeka has had diabetes for over 40 years. Along with it, he's had multiple bone fractures throughout the course of his lifetime. He fractured his thumb in his 20s, his foot in his 30s, and his most recent fracture is in his hip. “The fractures have definitely slowed ...
Authorities arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with an intentionally set fire Tuesday morning at an apartment building in southwest Topeka. Blake A. Barrow was booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with aggravated arson. Topeka fire crews responded about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to a ...
Interactions that have “been eating up the days″ of Topeka's new city manager must remain a staple on his full plate. Brent Trout made that comment recently when he provided an update on his transition into the city's top administrative post, which began late last year. Meetings with staff, members of the ...
Two people who were critically injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon south of downtown Topeka were expected to survive their injuries, police said Wednesday morning. Names of the two male victims hadn't been released as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Officers were called at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday to the ...
About a dozen police units responded to an “officer in danger” call late Wednesday morning just west of downtown Topeka after a man allegedly led officers on a short foot chase, then scuffled with them before he was taken into custody. A woman who witnessed the incident said police “showed a lot of ...
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — A shooting victim is fighting for their life and another is in critical condition Tuesday afternoon following a central Topeka shooting, according to the Topeka Police Dept. According to Lt. Jennifer Cross, officers found the victims around 12:20 p.m. north of the 21st St. and S. Kansas ...
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — With more ice and snow in the forecast, the Toepka Police Dept. has activated its walk-in accident reporting phase. Also known as Phase 3, police say they will only respond to wrecks that where someone was injured, are a hit-and-run, or are alcohol-related.. All other drivers are ...
Among the closings are Topeka Unified School District 501, Shawnee Heights Unified School District 450, Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 and Seaman Unified School District 345. All Catholic schools in Topeka also will be closed on Thursday, as will Cair-Paravel Latin School, Topeka ...
I headed out from the newsroom just before 10 p.m. to cover a fatal shooting, which was later ruled a justifiable homicide, in southeast Topeka's Hi-Crest community. En route, I learned over my police radio scanner that police had stopped a car driven by the shooter in the 2900 block of S.E. Adams.
Rain was falling in Topeka as of 4:30 a.m., but areas to the north and west of the capital city — where a fast-moving cold front had arrived — were seeing a variety of frozen precipitation including sleet and snow. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory through noon Thursday for ...
Schools throughout Shawnee County were closed, including Topeka Unified School District 501, Shawnee Heights Unified School District 450, Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 and Seaman Unified School District 345. All Catholic schools in Topeka also were canceled on Thursday, as were ...
A Shawnee County judge has temporarily blocked a new Topeka ordinance that banned tobacco sales to people younger than 21, citing potential conflicts ... The Kansas Vapers Association, which supported the lawsuit, said the temporary injunction ensures Topeka businesses that sell tobacco won't lose ...
Schwartz said the state legislature should follow Topeka and other cities that have raised the age to 21. City councilman Tony Emerson, who cited personal liberties in voting against the measure, said he doesn't want to see the lawsuit cost a lot of taxpayer money. “My hope is that it's resolved quickly and ...
During the spring semester of 2017, the 20-somethings, who came from across the country, went to school with students at Highland Park High School in Topeka. They enrolled as real students, went to classes, took tests, and went to sporting events, dances and graduation, all the while living in Topeka ...
Archives of The Topeka Capital-Journal show Lucio was shot by Topeka police in June 2011 after he aimed a firearm at an officer after a car chase. Stormont Vail Health and the city of Topeka fought over the cost of treating Lucio. The hospital filed a claim with the city seeking nearly $200,000.
Unity of the Community Musical Celebrations was the first of many to come during this year's MLK week in Topeka. The evening consisted of several performances form Ballet Folklorikco De Topeka, Sweet Sounds, Faith Ensemble and many more. It was about celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King by ...
The Topeka Police Department is in walk-in accident phase on Monday morning as some area roadways are reported to be slick. The police department announced early this morning that it will investigate only injury, hit-and-run or alcohol-related accidents or those that result in disabled vehicles. Police at ...
After early-morning fog, look for the warmest day so far this new year on Monday, as highs should reach the lower 50s in the Topeka area. More of the same is expected Tuesday, with even warmer weather on Wednesday, as highs should approach 60 degrees. Thursday will be much colder, as highs ...
The fact that St. Francis Foundation chose to put its funds to be used in the Topeka community with TCF also gives them resources, she added. “We have those resources available to us to deploy back into the community to create change,” she said. “This is not the community foundation riding in and saying ...
A new patient appointment to see an endocrinologist can take three to five months, for instance, a situation that was exacerbated when a busy Topeka doctor recently moved out of state. Other specialties are also needed, said Robert S. Kenagy, a physician and Stormont senior vice president and chief ...
Archives of The Topeka Capital-Journal show Lucio was shot by Topeka police in June 2011 after he wielded a firearm at an officer following a car chase. Shortly after 10 p.m. Dec. 5, 2010, Lucio was shot by officer Edward Stanley after exiting a stolen car at S.E. 5th and Locust in East Topeka.
About an hour before the standoff ended, a woman in her 20s was rescued from the town house after waving to law enforcement officers from a second-story window, said Topeka Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Colleen Stuart. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers brought a ladder to the town house and ...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say a man is barricaded in a Topeka apartment after he reportedly shot someone else and fired at officers. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the standoff started after a girl or young woman was wounded about 9:50 p.m. Thursday. Police Lt. Colleen Stuart says the ...
Russell said the three finalists met Thursday with a “community panel” of Topeka residents, took part in a “meet and greet” at Topeka police headquarters, then took part in that evening's gathering at the Ramada. Residents were given access to index cards they could fill out to share their perspectives with ...
Although they landed in Miami, the family quickly found a home in Topeka. “It was open arms — whatever they needed was provided without any questions asked,” said McClenny, Orlando's youngest daughter. The family was adopted by Topeka's Countryside United Methodist Church. The church, which ...
Topeka police Sgt. Jason Junghans said a woman and her children ran out of the house after being confronted by the woman's ex-husband, who was armed with a gun. The man then threatened suicide, however police were able to talk to the man and he was eventually taken into custody. Junghans said ...
The new owners of a business near S.W. 21st and Wanamaker Road don't plan to contest Topeka city attorney Lisa Robertson's recommendation that the city council reject a claim the business filed with the city in September seeking $100,000 in compensation linked to a street project at that intersection.
A car driven by an elderly man on Saturday struck the side of an apartment building at 2027 S.E. Pennsylvania after his foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas, Topeka police said. Police and rescue workers were called to the scene of the wreck at 3:15 p.m., according to a dispatcher for the Shawnee ...
She was a Topeka High School graduate who played basketball for the Trojans, then attended Wichita State University. Leroy Seek, a former Wichita State University football player, was arrested. A jury later found him not guilty. “I don't have no answers, no answers, no answers,” Mayfield said. “It hurts me.”.
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Officers are investigating a crash that sent one man to the hospital in critical condition. First responders were called to the intersection of SW Topeka Blvd. and Croix St. around 11:45 p.m. Friday night. According to Police, a red pickup truck was turning onto Croix from Topeka Blvd.
The Topeka Planning Commission voted 6-0 on Sept. 18 to recommend the governing body approve the proposed plan. Governing body members voted Dec. 5 to send the proposal back to the planning commission, while asking it to further consider the project's potential traffic impact and reconsider a ...


 

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