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Police to hold DUI saturation patrol Friday

The Riley County Police Department will be looking for drunken motorists Friday evening. Officers are conducting a DUI saturation patrol at undisclosed locations around Manhattan. This is the fourth patrol, out of a series of five conducted this year, that is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Project.

Proposed bill to have VA workers repay bonuses

On Wednesday, Sen. Jerry Moran, said he plans to introduce a bill that would require some Veterans Affairs workers to repay their bonuses if they had intentionally kept veterans’ names off waiting lists. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Moran’s office said in a news release that many workers maintained “secret wait lists” in order to meet wait-time standards, which are used in calculating raises. The Phoenix VA Health System received around $10 million in bonuses and some of it went to employees who were manipulating the wait lists, according to the Arizona Republic.

The bill would affect employees and their superiors back to 2011 who received bonuses after either manipulating or knowing of the manipulation of the wait list. These people will be identified through reports from the department’s Inspector General.

Moran expects bipartisan support for his proposal.

No parole for man in ’90 murder

According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, the state’s prisoner review board denied parole for three years to Peter Spencer, 42, who is serving life for the rape and murder of elementary schoolteacher, Sherryl Crowder, in 1990. Crowder, who had been a Manhattan resident, was found Sept. 9, 1990, two days after she went missing, in a car near Quinton Heights Hill in Topeka. Fingerprint evidence led to the arrest of 18-year-old Spencer. He pleaded no contest to the murder charges.

The board denied parole on the grounds of the “serious nature and circumstances of crime, history of criminal activities, violent nature of crime and community objections,” said Jeremy Barclay, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections, in the article.

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