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WIBW ND, GSM Testify in Trial of Man Accused of Breaking Into Station and Attacking Employees

The trial of Ray Anthony Miles, a man accused of breaking into WIBW and attacking newsroom employees, began this week in Topeka. News director Jon Janes and general sales manager Roger Brokke both testified Tuesday, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal:

Brokke and several other employees were taking a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class inside WIBW-TV at 631 S.W. Commerce on May 23 when they heard someone had broken through a locked door and was rushing into the station.

News director Jon Janes testified Miles had come to the station to ask him to do a story about a problem he said he was having with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “I told him I didn’t think we could help him,” Janes said of Miles, who was impatient, fidgeting, very angry and agitated. Read more

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Ray Miles, Accused of Breaking Into WIBW and Stabbing Two Employees, to Stand Trial

Ray Miles, the man accused of breaking into WIBW and stabbing two employees, will stand trial on seven charges this fall, the Topeka CBS-affiliate says.

Miles, who was charged with two counts of battery, criminal threat, criminal damage and aggrevated burglary in the May 23 break-in, participated in a preliminary hearing yesterday. WIBW chief engineer Cary Lahnum, general sales manager Roger Brokke and advertising representative Greg Palmer, who all sustained injuries during the incident, testified.

Miles was reportedly disgruntled that news director Jon Janes had declined to do a story about his issues with the VA. Miles was eventually subdued by station employees, who held him until the police arrived and arrested him. His trial is scheduled to start on September 12.

Disgruntled Man Breaks Into WIBW Newsroom, Stabs Two Employees

Two WIBW staffers were stabbed this morning when a disgruntled man wielding a knife broke into the station’s Topeka headquarters.

The man, who police have identified as Ray Miles, arrived in the station’s front lobby at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday and asked for access to the station. According to WIBW’s account of the incident, he was upset by the way the department of Veterans Affairs was handling his case.

The receptionist, Lynda Janes, put Miles on the phone with news director Jon Janes, who told him by phone that the issue needed to be discussed with the VA and that WIBW could not do anything to help him. Janes later recalled a previous conversation with Miles, on March 22, when he visited the station about the same issue.

Miles left the building, only to return 10 minutes later in an “agitated” state.  Read more