Feb 13, 2020 5:14 PM

Police investigating theft of guns from home in Salina

Posted Feb 13, 2020 5:14 PM

SALINE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a burglary in Salina.

Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, someone stole guns from a residence in the 1000 block of South Santa Fe Avenue, according toSalina Police Captain Paul Forrester.

The weapons included a black Rock Island Armory 1911 9mm handgun, valued at $700, a black American Tactical GSG 1911 22 caliber handgun, valued at $35 and an American Firearms compact 22, valued at $100

The homeowner told police that when he returned home from work Wednesday, he noticed damage to his front door frame and a broken plexiglass window. He then found three empty gun cases on his bed, according to Forrester.

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Feb 13, 2020 5:14 PM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
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TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.