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A bill in the Kansas House would require children convicted of sexually violent crimes to register as sex offenders for life. That’s the same penalty adults face.

Under current law, juvenile offenders over 14 can be required to register as a sex offender for serious crimes. However, in many cases, juvenile offenders are not required to register for the public offender list.

The bill was prompted by a double murder in Newton. The victims were 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and her 4-year-old daughter.

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Junkie logic brought an addict to the doorsteps of a Topeka woman once convicted of selling cocaine.

The addict was looking to buy, and Kansas’ online database of criminal offenders has a handy geographic search tool that lets users pull up the names, crimes and addresses of people who live within a few miles of their homes.

It’s meant to boost public safety, but the Kansas Sentencing Commission says other consequences come with publishing the past transgressions of nearly 20,000 Kansans.

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City and county leaders and law enforcement officials on Friday unveiled the new joint Law Enforcement Training Center on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus.

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A proposal to strengthen Kansas’ laws against elder abuse is expected to come before lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session.

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Authorities in Manhattan and Lawrence investigating a possible serial rapist have re-released a composite sketch of a man they want to talk with in connection with the case.

Last July, the Riley County Police Department and Lawrence Police Department announced they were working to solve multiple rapes in Manhattan and Lawrence that began in 2000 and appear to be connected. They released a composite sketch of a man who was seen near the first rape, in Manhattan in 2000, but it did not generate any new leads.

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The Wichita Police Department will be shifting nearly 40 officers to special investigation teams in January to address the increasing number of violent crimes.

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Four people were killed over the weekend in Wichita in three separate incidents. Police have made one arrest and are asking for the public’s help in solving the other crimes.

Wichita Police say someone shot 62-year-old Houng Pham and her 23-year-old son, Cody Ha, inside their home on East Huntington.

Police say Pham’s daughter found the bodies when she came home late Saturday night.

A pizza delivery driver was also found shot to death inside the trunk of his car on Pagent Street Sunday morning.

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Car break-ins tend to be more frequent toward the end of the year in Wichita.

The last two months of 2016 saw an 8 percent increase in the frequency of car break-ins compared to the rest of the year, according to data provided by the Wichita Police Department. Previous years also saw a rise.

Lt. Chris McAuliffe with the Wichita Police Department says car owners can best avoid break-ins by not making their cars a target of opportunity.

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Wichita Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a pickup truck Sunday morning.

Officer Charley Davidson says the discovery happened in the 1400 block of South Topeka in Wichita.

"We’re still determining all the details of what occurred; where she was at prior to being in that truck and things of that nature," Davidson said in a press briefing. "We’re all still currently investigating that and that’s why we are asking if the community has any information, call us."

The longtime business manager for two medical companies in Wichita is accused of embezzling millions of dollars since 2006.

A lawsuit filed in Sedgwick County District Court names Nancy Martin, her husband, Tom, and their 11 companies as defendants.

Nancy Martin is the business administrator for Emergency Services and Mid-Kansas Wound Specialists, two physician-owned companies serving Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

The lawsuit claims Martin wrote checks to herself and others on a regular and systematic basis for 11 years.