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Woman pleads guilty to sex trafficking in Manhattan, Junction City

A Topeka woman pleaded guilty to the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl in Junction City and Manhattan on Tuesday, according to KMAN.

Tiara Jade Newman, 22, admitted that she and her husband Reginald Newman, 29, took the girl from Topeka with the intent of prostitution in March 2015.

The couple rented two rooms as a Value Place motel in Junction City from March 21-25. During this time, a Fort Riley soldier paid $250 to have sex with both the girl and Tiara.

According to KMAN, Tiara took the girl to the Manhattan Fairfield Inn on March 26 to meet another customer. Reginald kept the money from all of the commercial sex acts.

Tiara’s admission was part of her guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Reginald pleaded guilty as well and is set for sentencing on April 1.

If you ever notice suspicious sex trafficking activity around the area, notify the Riley County Police Department immediately.

Ogden gun range fire causes est. $25,000 damage

Fire fighters from all over Riley County responded to a fire at the Ogden Best Gun Range on Tuesday around 6:18 p.m., according to KMAN.

The fire was reported in a storage room around 6:14 p.m. Ogden fire fighters arrived on the scene at 6:22 p.m. More help arrived soon after from the Tattarax and Keats stations, as well as Manhattan and Fort Riley fire units.

The fire caused an estimated $25,000 damage, according to KMAN. The state fire marshal will assist with the fire’s cause and origin.