Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2001

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April 18, 2001

Tonganoxie Police

Police have received autopsy results in the death of a 32-year-old Tonganoxie man about a month ago. Joseph Gann Sullivan Jr. was found dead in his apartment, in the 1200 block of Ridge Circle, March 14. Autopsy results indicated his death was accidental was due to alcohol poisoning and other health problems, according to police Sgt. John Putthoff. Sullivan's blood-alcohol level was 0.32 percent, Putthoff said.

A McLouth teen-ager was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital last Friday afternoon after a two-car accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 16. According to Sgt. John Putthoff, Kristan Kelly, 16, McLouth, was driving north in the inside lane, and Matthew Needham, 18, Tonganoxie, was driving north in the outside lane about 2:55 p.m. when the cars collided. Kelly was treated and released at Lawrence Memorial.

Leavenworth County Sheriff

Ricky West, 34, Leavenworth, was driving north on Leavenworth County Road 33, north of Kansas Highway 92, about 11 a.m. Monday when he drove his vehicle into a ditch to avoid a collision with a vehicle traveling south. West said the vehicle was traveling about 90 mph. West was not injured.

Aaron Kolster, 18, Eudora, was driving east on County Road 26, east of 189th Street, about 4:30 a.m. Saturday when a white-tail deer ran out on the road. Kolster said he was unable to avoid hitting the deer.

Joshua Brown, 22, Ozawkie, attempted to turn left into a private drive, off Kansas Highway 32, about 5:15 p.m. Saturday when his car was hit by one driven by James Andersen, 29, Tonganoxie. Andersen was trying to pass Brown and another vehicle. Brown was cited for defective brake and turn signal lights. There were no injuries. Damage to the vehicles was more than $500.

Leavenworth County District Court

Preliminary hearings are set for 2:30 p.m. Monday in Leavenworth County District Court for a 41-year-old rural Basehor man in connection with several drug-related charges. Following a Feb. 6 drug bust, Wade E. Bates was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of an ingredient with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; no drug tax stamp and criminal use of a weapon. He also faces these charges, in connection with a Feb. 17, 2000, arrest: manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, having no drug tax stamp.

Separate trials have been set for a Tonganoxie couple who face charges in connection with an alleged methamphetamine lab at a local motel.

David Godfrey's jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 10 in Leavenworth County District Court. And his wife, Julie, is scheduled for trial at 9 a.m. May 17. The couple face six identical felony charges: manufacture of methamphetamine; unlawful possession of Ephedrine, with intent to manufacture an illegal substance; possession with intent to sell methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school; possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and no drug tax stamp. They also face a misdemeanor charge of endangering a child. And David Godfrey also is charged with possession with intent to distribute Tylenol 4.The Godfreys were arrested Jan. 12 after Leavenworth County sheriff's officers discovered what they believe was a methamphetamine lab in the room the Godfreys lived in at the Sunset Inn, 205 U.S. Highway 24-40.

Pretrial motions will be heard at 4 p.m. Monday for a 49-year-old Tonganoxie man, who faces eight drug-related charges in Leavenworth County District Court. Roger Maher is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; having no tax stamp on marijuana; possession of amphetamines with intent to distribute; having no drug tax stamp on amphetamines; unlawful acts involving proceeds derived from violations of the uniform controlled substances act; felony possession of drug paraphernalia; misdemeanor possession of marijuana; misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; and misdemeanor theft of a handgun.

The charges were lodged after county and city law enforcement officers searched Maher's home on Dec. 13.

Douglas County

District Court

Douglas County authorities are waiting to gain custody of a Topeka man, who has been charged with the shooting of an 18-year-old Tonganoxie youth last month. Alfreddie Kelley, 41, is still in custody in Shawnee County for unrelated charges. When he is released in Shawnee County, Douglas County will take him into custody on charges of aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm. Kelley is accused of shooting Jason K. Smith, 18, Tonganoxie, in the leg with a .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol. The incident occurred March 16 outside the Granada, a downtown Lawrence nightclub.

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