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Human Ecology recognizes 10 seniors

John Buckwalter, dean of the College of Human Ecology, will present 10 graduating seniors from the program with awards Friday in the K-State Student Union, according to a K-State press release.

The seniors will be recognized as “Outstanding Seniors” at the ceremony. Each semester, students may be recognized by the college for academic achievements, community service and contributions to the college.

Those being recognized include Cindy Dexter, Jennifer Morris, Rachel Ladenburger, Scott Calovich, Haley Kenig, Katie Benson, Tristen Snelling, Kathleen Adams, Shelby Strickland and Andrea Sweetwood.

Topeka police respond to injury-only accidents

According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka police received so many calls from drivers who had slid off the road or been in accidents that dispatchers were forced to only send police to incidents involving injuries, hit-and-run accidents or instances of disabled vehicles on Wednesday.

This was true from approximately 8-11:15 a.m. The change in operation was caused by mist and freezing temperatures which made many of the roads slick, causing accidents during the morning peak traffic hours.

At one point, three accidents on I-70 alone were reported at one time, a Shawnee County Dispatcher told the Capital-Journal.

Particularly troublesome were bridges in the area.

“At one point every major bridge along the Kansas River and I-70 had an accident on it,” Lt. Chuck Haggard of the Topeka Police Department, said to the Capital-Journal. “Including I-70 and Wittenburg, I-70/470 bypass, I-70 and South 75 highway, two accidents at 75 highway north from I-70 at the Westgate bridge, both the Kansas Avenue and Topeka Avenue bridges across the river, the Sardou Bridge. Most of these wrecks were multi-vehicle.”

KC woman faces felony animal abuse, neglect charges

A Kansas City woman faces felony charges after allegedly choking, kicking and throwing her dog off a third-floor balcony, according to an article by the Kansas City Star.

According to court records obtained by the Star, the injuries from the Nov. 9 incident caused the dog, a Tibetan spaniel, to need both of its eyes removed surgically. Kimberly Anderson, 36 of Kansas City, Missouri is charged with the crime.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office is requesting bond be set at $20,000 for Anderson, with the added stipulation that she not be allowed contact with any animals. It is also possible Anderson could have to surrender any animals she currently owns to the city.

The dog in the case, named Roadrunner, is currently recovering in foster care, according to the article.

Register sex offender will spend 20 years in prison

A Syracuse, Kansas man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for child pornography, according to the Wichita Eagle.

The man, Wade Dewey, 48, plead guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. He was sentenced in a federal court in Wichita. Dewey said in the plea agreement that he possessed photos and videos in 2013.

In 1999, Dewey was convicted in Pueblo, Colorado for attempting to commit sexual assault of a child, according to the article.

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Shelton Burch
Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.