Daily Archives: Aug. 18, 2010

Chief Judge Gary W. Rulon to retire from the Court of Appeals

Rulon TOPEKA – Kansas Court of Appeals Chief Judge Gary W. Rulon announced Wednesday that he would retire in January at the end of his term.

Rulon, 69, joined the Court of Appeals in 1988 and became chief judge in 2001. Prior to that he served seven year as the chief judge for the 5th Judicial District which includes Chase and Lyon counties.

During his time on as a judge in the 5th Judicial District, Rulon helped opened previously closed court records and helped pilot a program that allowed court proceedings to be televised.

“I just believe in open and transparent government if at all possible,” Rulon said.

During his time on the Court of Appeals he has never declined a media request for camera or audio coverage of an appellate proceeding.

Runlon also helped create the Senior Judge Program where some retired judges are allowed to work part time for reduced judicial salary. Some of the judges have helped the appeals court with its caseload while others work in district courts.

For more, read Thursday’s Wichita Eagle.

Law enforcement sting nabs 42 wanted suspects

TOPEKA – A collaborative law enforcement effort last week caught 42 people in Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City, Kan. who had absconded or were violating parole.

Agents from the Kansas Department of Corrections, KBI and the attorney general’s office worked together over the four day project, which ran Aug. 9-12.

“The overall goal of all of us was to work together to make Kansas a safer place,” said state Attorney General Steve Six when announcing the results Wednesday.

Results for the three cites were:

  • Wichita, 21 total arrests including 11 absconders, four parole violators and six other arrests

  • Topeka, 15 total arrest including six absconders, two parole violators and seven other arrests

  • Kansas City, Kan., six total arrests including four absconders, one parole violator and one other arrests.

The sting also resulted in arrests including nine felony charges, two misdemeanors charges and three federal felony charges.

Among those caught in Wichita was Michael Schell who two officers spotted outside his residence Aug. 11. As the officers approached, he ran inside and was found hiding in a crawl space. He will be charged in district court with felony obstruction, the attorney general’s office said.

Six, a Democrat, is running in the November election to retain his position against Senate Republican Leader Derek Schmidt of Independence.

For more, read Thursday’s Wichita Eagle.