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October 16, 2001

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Topeka

Accomplice in blast gets lighter sentence

A Topeka woman charged with harboring a man wanted in a fatal Emporia apartment explosion will receive a reduced sentence in exchange for her testimony.

Shameika Holmes, 22, is the girlfriend of one of two men charged in the July blast and fire that killed Dana Hudson, 19, and her 13-month-old son, Gabriel.

Holmes originally was charged with two felonies aiding a felon and obstructing official duty. During a hearing Friday, she pleaded guilty to the single reduced misdemeanor charge of obstruction, said Mark Ohlemeier, spokesman for the Kansas Attorney General's office.

Holmes was sentenced Friday to 12 months in jail, which was suspended for 12 months of probation, Ohlemeier said.

In return for the reduced charge, Holmes agreed to testify during the preliminary hearings for Wallace L. Dixon, 31, and Ethan M. Griffin, 26. Holmes is Griffin's girlfriend.

Emporia

Topekan charged in fatal shooting

A Topeka man has been charged with fatally shooting one man and injuring another during an altercation early Thursday in an Emporia parking lot.

Cleodis Robinson, 27, is accused of shooting 20-year-old Marquee Adkins of Emporia multiple times in the chest and neck. Adkins died from his injuries at Newman Regional Health.

Robinson also is accused of shooting Tyjuna Mareese Sharkey, 27, of Emporia in the foot.

He was charged Friday in Lyon County District Court with first-degree murder and aggravated battery. He is being held in the Lyon County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Norton

Reservoir searched for missing boaters

Emergency workers were searching Monday for three Garden City men whose boat capsized this weekend during a fishing trip at Keith Sebelius Reservoir.

Norton County Sheriff Troy Thomson said a 16-foot boat was found capsized Sunday night along the southern edge of the reservoir, which is located about 4 miles southwest of Norton.

The search started after a Norton resident, whose last contact with the men was Saturday morning, called a sheriff's deputy.

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