Leavenworth County Sheriff
David Gwartney Jr., 17, Easton, Mary Sullivan, 51, Leavenworth, and Janel Borg, 49, Leavenworth, all were driving west on Kansas Highway 92, near County Road 29, about 6 p.m. April 2. Borg slowed to turn off onto County Road 29. Sullivan slowed to allow Borg to turn. Gwartney then collided with the rear of Sullivan's vehicle causing it to hit the rear of Borg's vehicle. All three drivers were taken to Cushing Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released. Damage was
more than $500 to each vehicle.
Mandy Schlageter, 19, Kansas City, Kan., was traveling west on U.S. Highway 24-40 near 174th Street about 8 a.m. April 3. Schlageter encountered heavy hail, lost control of the vehicle and slid off the road and hit a post. Vehicle was towed from the scene. There were no injuries. Damage was about $1,000.
Mary Ussery, 72, Everest, collided with another car about 5 p.m. last Thursday as she tried to turn left off Kansas Highway 92 onto Leavenworth County Road 17. Reports said Ussery pulled in front of a vehicle driven by Pennie Rasch, 32, Leavenworth. Rasch was taken to Cushing Hospital, where she was treated and released. Ussery refused treatment. Damage to each vehicle was more than $500.
Vadim Levitin, 27, Shawnee, was traveling east on Kansas Highway 32, just east of 198th Street, about 1 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of his vehicle and it overturned. Levitin was taken to Providence Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Damage to the vehicle was more than $500.
Ashley Weller, 17, Tonganoxie, lost control of her vehicle on loose gravel at 235th Street and Leavenworth Road about 2 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle hit a ditch and overturned. Weller was not injured. Damage was more than $500.
A car drive by Deanna R. Hobbs-Heuertz, 30, Oskaloosa, hit a deer about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday on 159th Street, just north of McIntyre Road.
An investigation continues into the theft of tools from a McLouth church construction site. A variety of tools were taken in late February from the McLouth Church of the Nazarene's construction site just east of McLouth. A $500 reward has been offered in the case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's office at (785) 863-2765.
Leavenworth County District Court
A Kansas City, Kan., man has pled guilty to three felony charges in connection with a high-speed chase last July.
Daryl Thomas entered the plea last week in Leavenworth County District Court. He pled guilty to fleeing or attempting to elude; possession of stolen property and criminal damage to property.
As part of the plea agreement, the county attorney's office will ask that Thomas be sentenced to 12 months on the charge of fleeing and eluding, and to six months each on the other two charges, according to Roger Marrs, assistant county attorney. Marrs said the recommendation is that the two six-month charges run concurrently. Thomas' sentencing is scheduled for April 25.
Thomas was accused of trying to break into a home northwest of Basehor on July 3. Authorities say he was driving a stolen vehicle when he led police on a high-speed chase from Tonganoxie to Basehor. Sheila Hicks, who was a passenger in the vehicle, pleaded guilty to a charge of felony criminal damage to property. She was sentenced to a 15-month term in prison, and then placed on intensive supervised probation for 12 months.