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Eric Smith


Topeka, KS, United States

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Past articles by Eric:

Car windows being shot out: Topeka police, sheriff's office warn of vandalism, ask for public's assistance

The Topeka Police and Shawnee County Sheriff's Office said they have seen an increase in criminal damage cases across the city over the last few weeks and → Read More

Jackson County authorities seek public's help after SUV keyed, spray painted

Authorities are looking for the people who keyed and spray painted a vehicle recently in Hoyt.Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said the felony vandalism → Read More

Manhattan fire does extensive damage to western apparel store

A fire did extensive damage to a Manhattan western apparel store on Friday morning, Manhattan Fire Department officials said.The fire was reported at 5:53 → Read More

Lawrence police arrest 33-year-old man in string of residential burglaries dating back to March

The Lawrence Police Department on Friday said it has made an arrest in connection with dozens of residential burglaries that occurred as far back as March. → Read More

Lyon County Jail inmate, 43, dies Tuesday in Emporia

An inmate at the Lyon County Jail in Emporia has died, authorities said Wednesday.Jeffrey A. Cope, Lyon County Sheriff, said in a news release that → Read More

Lawrence Police seek person in connection with Monday's armed robbery at Kwik Shop

Lawrence Police are looking for a individual after an armed robbery early Monday at a Lawrence Kwik Shop.Authorities said the robbery occurred around 5:50 → Read More

President Donald Trump to hold 'MAGA' rally October 6 in Topeka for GOP candidates

President Donald Trump will bring his swagger and influence to Topeka next week as part of a national midterm campaign tour in support of Republican candidates for the U.S. House and Senate.The Make America Great Again rally will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Kansas Expocentre, according to a news release sent to The Topeka Capital-Journal. Neither U.S. senator from Kansas is up… → Read More

New faces, categories highlight 28th annual Best of Topeka event

New faces representing companies old and new attended The Topeka Capital-Journal's 28th Best of Topeka event Thursday evening. Among the more than → Read More

22-year-old arrested in west Topeka in connection with car burglary, possession of stolen gun

A 22-year-old was arrested early Friday in connection with car burglary, possession of stolen property and other crimes in west Topeka, Topeka police said. → Read More

1 man shot early Thursday in central Topeka; police looking for suspect

One man was shot in the leg early Thursday in central Topeka, and police are asking for the public's help in locating the shooter.Topeka police said → Read More

70-year-old Valley Falls man injured in crash, taken to Stormont Vail

A 70-year-old Valley Falls man suffered unknown injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Tuesday on a Kansas highway just east of Valley Falls.Lonny R. Busey → Read More

Lawrence asks residents in area of recycling center fire to stay indoors until smoke clears

Lawrence fire crews and first responders were investigating a fire at the 12th and Haskell Recycle Center on Wednesday morning.The center is located at → Read More

Isaiah Flowers, 20-year-old Topeka man, killed in motorcycle crash in North Carolina

A 20 year-old motorcyclist from Topeka was killed on Thursday in a two-vehicle accident in Fayetteville, N.C.Isaiah Flowers, who attended Topeka High → Read More

3 killed in head-on crash on US-56 highway in McPherson County ID'd

The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified three people who died in a two-vehicle, head-on crash Wednesday in western McPherson County.Miguel Casas, 29, of → Read More

3 killed in head-on crash on US-56 highway in McPherson County

Three people have died in a two-vehicle, head-on crash Wednesday in western McPherson County, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper said.The patrol was notified → Read More

Memorial services set for 2 men killed in accident at Westar's Jeffrey Energy Center

Memorial services are set for the two men killed after suffering severe burns in an accident Sunday at Westar Energy's Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys. → Read More

Man sentenced in DUI crash on I-70 that killed Junction City mom, 2 young children

A 45-year-old Texas man was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison on Friday for murder and involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence → Read More

2 semi tractors catch fire in Jackson County in battery charging accident involving jumper cables

Two semi tractors caught fire on Tuesday night after jumper cables were being used to charge one of the trucks, the Jackson County Sheriff said. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a semi-tractor on fire near 190th and US-75 highway around 10:30 pm Tuesday night, Sheriff Tim Morse said. The fire was about halfway between Holton and Mayetta in Jackson County. On arrival,… → Read More

Bill Riphahn, longtime parks planner, announces a run for Shawnee County Commission

Bill Riphahn, longtime director of planning and development for the local parks and recreation department, has announced he is running for Shawnee County → Read More

Topeka man gets 12-plus years prison in McDonald's robbery

A 31-year-old Topeka man was sentenced to more than a dozen years in federal prison on Wednesday for robbing a McDonald's restaurant, said Stephen McAllister, U.S. Attorney based in Kansas.Brendon Randell Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of aiding and abetting another robber who brandished a firearm during the robbery. He received 12 years and 10 months in… → Read More