Archive for Wednesday, August 15, 2001

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Police report and court news

August 15, 2001

Leavenworth County Sheriff

A vehicle driven by Elizabeth N. Wright, 18, 24029 Golden Rd., collided with a vehicle driven by Eleazar Gonzalez, 26, Kansas City, Mo., about 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday at 230th Street and Golden Road. Wright was cited for running a stop sign.

Floyd E. Nowak, 51, McLouth, was driving east on Kansas Highway 16 about 4:50 a.m. Friday when his vehicle struck a deer.

Guy Paris, 28, Lansing, told sheriff's officers he fell asleep while driving about 2:55 p.m. Friday on Kansas Highway 5, about one-tenth of a mile north of Marxen Road. Paris' vehicle left the road and struck a fence on the east side of the road.

Someone damaged windows at a home in the 14200 block of Kansas Avenue in Bonner Springs, causing about $1,100 in damage. The incident occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

The theft of change and compact discs valued at $403 was reported from a vehicle parked in the 26200 block of 155th Street. The incident occurred between midnight Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

A 1990 Ford F-250 4x4 pickup was reported stolen about 2:30 a.m. Sunday from a garage in the 17000 block of Stillwell Road. The vehicle is valued at $8,000.

Tara E. Gurss, 16, Tonganoxie, missed a turn onto Donahoo Road off 211th Street and hit an embankment about 11:10 p.m. Saturday. Gurss said she was following another vehicle, and dust from the gravel road had obstructed her view.

Tonganoxie police

Vandals struck a Deffenbaugh Industries sanitation truck between 10 p.m. Aug. 7 and 5 a.m. last Wednesday. A fire extinguisher was taken, and the engine compartment and hood of the truck were damaged while it was parked in the 1200 block of Eagle Valley Drive.

No injuries were reported following a two-vehicle accident about 11 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Fifth Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. Richard Saultz, Tonganoxie, was heading south on the highway and beginning to make a left turn, when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle drive by Raymond Johnson, Lawrence, who was pulling onto the highway to travel south. A total of more than $500 damage was reported to the vehicles. No citations were issued at the scene.

Leavenworth County District Court

A rural Tonganoxie couple have been ordered to stand trial in connection with accusations they ran a marijuana growing operation at their home in the 18500 block of 246th Street. Jarrod Sommer, 28, and Jackie Sommer, 26, face identical charges: cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, not having a drug tax stamp, all felonies, and possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

The couple were arrested May 18 at their home, after sheriff's officers discovered an alleged marijuana-growing operation in the basement of a building on the couple's property. Officers said the 154 pounds of cultivated marijuana, including 757 plants and dried marijuana, would have a street value of more than $385,600. Officers also seized about $13,000 in cash, and a 9 mm handgun and a .40-caliber handgun.

The Sommers will be arraigned on Monday.

Jefferson County District Court

Ronald Decker, 52, rural McLouth, jailed in the 1999 shooting death of another man, has been ordered to stand trial on first-degree murder charges. Decker is charged in connection with the death of Lloyd Green, 45. In July, officials dug up Green's body, after receiving a tip that the body was buried on Decker's property north of McLouth. Jefferson County Attorney Jim Vanderbilt said an aggravated robbery charged against Decker was dismissed following a preliminary hearing on Friday. Officials had alleged that Decker stole a wallet containing $400 from Green's body. But Vanderbilt said evidence ultimately did not support that claim. Arraignment is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 10, at which time a trial date will be set. Decker remains in custody in the Jefferson County Jail.

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