May 20, 2020 9:00 PM

3 men charged with federal hunting violations at Fort Riley

Posted May 20, 2020 9:00 PM

TOPEKA – Three men are charged in federal court on Fort Riley with illegally hunting whitetail deer in off-limit areas located on Fort Riley where explosives are discharged during training exercises, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

The misdemeanor charges allege the men violated the federal Lacey Act while hunting white-tail deer on the grounds of the Army base over the past few years. An investigator’s affidavit alleges the hunters disregarded the posted “off-limits” area, entering before daylight and leaving after dark.

Charged in the case are:

Gregory J. Frikken, 55, Wamego, Kan., one count of criminal trespass, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal trespass, four counts of Lacey Act violations, one count of conspiracy to commit Lacey Act violations.

James C. Nunley, 32, Wamego, Kan., five counts of Lacey Act violations, one count of criminal trespass and one count of conspiracy to commit criminal trespass.

Michael J. Smith, 55, Watertown, N.Y., one count of criminal trespass, one count of conspiracy to commit criminal trespass, three counts of Lacey Act violations, one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act.

Investigators recovered evidence including deer mounts, antlers, phone data and equipment allegedly used to harvest eight whitetail deer, three of which are considered trophy class.

If convicted, the defendants could face up to one year in jail, maximum $10,000 fine and a mandatory $25 special assessment fee for each Lacey Act Violation which also could include, civil forfeiture and a loss of their federal hunting privileges.

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May 20, 2020 9:00 PM
Police: Kan. felon jailed for shooting that left man in critical condition
Dickey photo Shawnee County. He has previous convictions for theft, burglary and criminal threat, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections

SHAWNEE COUNTY  – Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting in Topeka and have made an arrest.

Just after 2:00 am, the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center received a call of a possible shooting in the 100 block of NE Coachlight Drive, according to Lt. Matt Danielson.

Officers arrived on scene and located a victim later identified as 47-year-old Royal T. St. Clair of Topeka  in a home that had been shot. Medical personnel arrived and transported him to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police on the scene of the shooting investigation early Wednesday photo courtesy WIBW TV

On Wednesday afternoon, police took a person of interest in the shooting investigation  into custody in the 400 block of SE Rice Road.

After questioning, police arrested  24 year-old Austin J. Dickey on requested charges of  aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon. St. Clair remains in critical but stable condition at an area hospital, according to police spokesperson Gretchen Koenen.

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SHAWNEE COUNTY  – Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting in Topeka.

Just after 2:00 am, the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center received a call of a possible shooting in the 100 block of NE Coachlight Drive, according to Lt. Matt Danielson.

Officers arrived on scene and located a victim in a home that had been shot. Medical personnel arrived and transported that victim to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police released no additional details including the victim's name.