Topeka man pleads guilty to abetting robber while wearing monitoring device

A man was wearing a monitoring device when he took part in a robbery in Topeka, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Christopher Allen Bush, 26, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty Monday to one count of aiding and abetting a commercial robbery, according to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall.

In his plea, Bush admitted he picked up co-defendant Marsoleno Devon Ryland after Ryland robbed Casey’s General Store at 600 S.E. Rice Road.

At the time of the robbery, Bush was wearing a monitoring device because he was on post-release supervision in a criminal case in state district court, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Data from the GPS device verified that Bush picked up Ryland just south of Casey’s General Store and drove him to the 2300 block S.E. Bellview, where police located the two men shortly after the robbery.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 25. Both parties have agreed to recommend Bush be sentenced to three years in federal prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Co-defendant Ryland is set for sentencing Sept. 18.

Beall commended the FBI, the Topeka Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.


Several injured in Turner Diagonal accident Saturday

A rollover crash on eastbound I-70 at the Turner Diagonal resulted in several injuries on Saturday, June 24.

Five persons were listed as injured after a three-vehicle crash Saturday on the Turner Diagonal, according to a Kansas Turnpike Authority trooper’s crash log report.

According to the trooper’s report, three vehicles were eastbound on I-70 near the Turner Diagonal.

A Dodge Ram was stopping on the inside shoulder to avoid collision, the report stated.

A Ford Escape was slowing because of traffic, when a Ford F-150 struck the Escape in the rear, causing the Escape to strike the Dodge Ram, according to the report.

The Escape overturned and came to rest on its roof, the trooper’s report stated.

The driver of the Escape, a 28-year-old woman from Linwood, Kansas, was injured and taken to a hospital, according to the report. A 21-year-old man from Bonner Springs, Kansas, who was in the Escape also was injured and taken to a hospital, the report stated.

The driver of the Ford F-150, a 19-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, man, was injured and taken to a hospital. A 19-year-old Bonner Springs, Kansas, woman in the Ford F-150 also was injured and taken to the hospital, according to the trooper’s report.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, a 53-year-old man from Duluth, Georgia, was not injured, the report stated. An 8-year-old girl from Georgia in the Dodge Ram had a possible injury, according to the report.


Fire calls

June 25
900 block of South Bethany Street, house fire.

June 24
2700 block of North Early Street, house fire.

700 block of South Coy, house fire.

4800 block of State Avenue, house fire.