Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Police Recover Stolen Mail Containing Medications, Checks Worth More Than $90,000

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Police Recover Stolen Mail Containing Medications, Checks Worth More Than $90,000

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Police arrest 1, locate stolen mail

The Topeka Police Department's community policing unit, working with local U.S. postal inspectors, seized checks worth more than $90,000 and lifesaving medical supplies in a search Thursday.

Law enforcement officers and postal inspectors were investigating a large quantity of mail thefts in Topeka last week. Police received possible suspect information from the department's community partner Safe Streets.

A search warrant was served in the 1100 block of S.W. 16th. Officers recovered a U.S. Postal Service bin with more than 150 pieces of stolen mail and packages containing checks totaling more than $90,000 and lifesaving medical supplies for a local resident's young child. Marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a stolen license plate were also found.

An unattended child found in the residence was taken into protective custody.

Nina Ortiz, 35, of Topeka, was arrested in connection with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property. She was released Friday from the Shawnee County Jail after posting bond.

Teen urges seat belt legislation

Wabaunsee High School student Lauren Newell was a passenger in a vehicle that catapulted off the interstate highway and barreled into the ditch.

The car driven by her friend Taylor Benteman had swerved to avoid a collision, but an overcorrection proved catastrophic.

"We went straight into the ditch, flipped up and rolled four or five times," Newell told the House Transportation Committee. "Taylor wasn't wearing a seat belt. I was."

As the vehicle tumbled to a stop, she said, Benteman was thrown to the roadside along Interstate 70. He suffered traumatic injuries, while Newell was able to walk away from the April 2015 crash.

On Wednesday, Newell added her voice to those of law enforcement officials, driver safety advocates and other organizations in support of a bill that would triple the fine for adults who fail to wear a seat belt. The new revenue would be used to expand a program, Seat belts Are For Everyone, or SAFE, to all Kansas high schools. …

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