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Police investigate two separate sex crimes

Riley County Police are investigating two different cases of aggravated sodomy that occurred in Manhattan, according to a police report.

The first case is of a rape and aggravated criminal sodomy that occurred within the past week. The victim and suspect knew each other, and the police were made aware of the incident on Tuesday. RCPD is still investigating the incident and no arrests have been made.

Police are also investigating a separate incident of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. According to police, the incident involved a 33-year-old male suspect and a female victim under the age of 18. The incident took place on Monday and was reported to police Tuesday morning, according to a police report. The case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.

Technical College president to retire in July

Rob Edleston has served more than a decade as president of Manhattan Area Technical College. On Tuesday, the administrator announced his plan to retire next July.

MATC is currently in the middle of a long-term plan which calls for $81 million in improvements.

Edleston said he wanted to raise some of the funding through a ballot initiative that would raise taxes by 0.2 percent, according to the Manhattan Mercury. The initiative requires a petition in order for it to appear on ballot in April. Edleston told the Mercury he was not certain if the college could make it happen though.

“The college is OK,” Edelston said to the Mercury. “We can’t expand the way we want to with current funding from state. We don’t have a large alumni base that contributes to the college.”

More same-sex licenses granted in Riley County

The district court in Riley County has granted more marriage licenses to same-sex couples since last week, when the U.S. Supreme Court denied Kansas a delay on same-sex marriage during ongoing litigation.

According to the Little Apple Post, the District Court Clerks Office has approved of two licenses while three more are still pending.