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Past articles by Steve:

Kent Lindemuth’s attorneys: More money, more time needed to adequately defend client

Kent D. Lindemuth first told a federal judge on Tuesday he wanted his 117-count criminal trial in U.S. District Court to start on Sept. 12, which would be in five weeks. → Read More

Topeka lawyer for elderly women takes Fifth, disbarred amid ethics questions

Topeka lawyer Margo E. Burson faced a formal complaint based on the losses of more than $183,000 by two Topeka women. → Read More

Kent Lindemuth, Topeka developer, wants postponement of bankruptcy trustee

Kent Lindemuth and Vikki Lindemuth are clashing on his request to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to postpone the appointment of the Chapter 11 trustee appointed to handle his portion of the couple’s bankruptcy. → Read More

Phill Kline, former Kansas A.G., to appeal loss of law license to U.S. Supreme Court

Folllowing a federal court of appeals decision gainst him in early Julyformer Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to seek to reclaim his indefinitely suspended Kansas law license, Kline’s lawyer said this week. → Read More

Andrew Slack, Topeka motorist, pleads guilty in 2015 death of Washburn Rural student

A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty on Monday to a manslaughter charge in the 2015 traffic death of his 17-year-old half brother. → Read More

18-year-old Topekan ID’d as naked man who was found unresponsive in street

A man who was nude when he was found on Wednesday on a southwest Topeka street has been identified as Joseph Daniel Irwin, 18, of Topeka, city spokeswoman Amy McCarter said Friday. → Read More

Gas leak caused by natural gas line being struck leads to downtown Topeka Ramada evacuation

Scores of people evacuated the Ramada Hotel Inn and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th, on Friday morning after a natural gas line was damaged at S.E. 5th and Jefferson, releasing the odor of gas into several buildings. → Read More

Joseph Irwin, man who was found naked and unresponsive, died Friday from injuries

A Topeka man who was nude and unresponsive when he was found on Wednesday on a southwest Topeka street died Friday afternoon, city spokeswoman Amy McCarter said. → Read More

2nd jury trial in drive-by Topeka killing rescheduled 6 weeks later

A Shawnee County District Court judge instructed the defense attorney of De’Angelo Megle Martinez, who is charged with murder, to narrow the list of witness transcripts he was seeking Thursday from the co-defendant’s earlier jury trial. → Read More

Man wielding knife robs southwest Topeka liquor store late Wednesday

A man armed with a knife robbed a southwest Topeka liquor store on Wednesday night, Topeka police said. → Read More

Robber armed with gun escapes Topeka police dogs’ search

Topeka police dogs and their handlers attempted to track a gunman who robbed a man late on Wednesday in the area of S.W. 18th and Clay. → Read More

Kent Lindemuth’s attorneys want to quit. A judge says they know what they signed up for.

A federal district court judge didn’t deny the request on Monday by Kent D. Lindemuth’s two defense attorneys to withdraw as his attorneys, citing they weren’t getting paid. → Read More

John Booker Jr., a Topeka man, sentenced to 30 years in prison for Fort Riley bomb plot

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — John T. Booker Jr., a Topeka man convicted in a plot to detonate an explosive device at Fort Riley, was sentenced Monday to a life term of 30 years in a federal prison. → Read More

Washburn art professor’s widower wants motorist to serve prison sentence

If a Crawford County District Court judge revokes Todd Kidwell’s probation in the traffic death of Washburn University art professor and administrator Glenda Taylor, Joe Saia hopes Kidwell is imprisoned as a result, Saia said on Wednesday. → Read More

Christopher Pattillo, 18, convicted of first-degree murder in Topeka drive-by killing

Christopher Shawn Pattillo lowered his head and shook it from side to side after jurors convicted him Monday of felony first-degree murder in the drive-by Topeka shooting death of a 20-year-old man in 2016. → Read More

Jurors continue deliberating Monday in Topeka murder trial of Christopher Pattillo

Jurors continued deliberating Monday on the sixth day of the trial Christopher Shawn Pattillo, who is charged with the drive-by killing of a 20-year-old man in 2016 in Topeka. → Read More

Judge denies bifurcated divorce to Vikki Lindemuth, husband Kent

At times, remarks were pointed Monday during the divorce pre-trial hearing of Topeka businessman Kent D. Lindemuth and Vikki Lindemuth in Shawnee County District Court. → Read More

Murder defendant takes witness chair, denies intending participation in slaying

Murder defendant Christopher Shawn Pattillo testified Friday it wasn’t his “intention to help shoot someone” when he drove a van past two brothers, one of whom was fatally wounded when a barrage of shots was fired from the van in a southeast Topeka neighborhood on April 8, 2016. → Read More

Topeka police gang expert: Disrespect may have fueled fatal drive-by shooting

A public act of disrespect to Christopher Shawn Pattillo, a gang member, by the member of a rival gang could motivate the shooting death a day later of Brian Wade Miller, 20, a Topeka police expert on street gangs testified Thursday. → Read More

Witness in Topeka murder trial: Gunman fired 16 shots, two passing through apartment occupied by boy, 7

Jurors saw photographs of a string of shell casings lying in a southeast Topeka street that marked the 14-shot barrage a gunman unleashed as he rode in a slow-moving van, mortally wounding a 20-year-old man. → Read More