Court action and police reports
A total of 20 compact discs, valued at a total of $200, were taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 900 block of Shawnee. The theft occurred between 8 p.m. Aug. 21 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 22.
Leavenworth County Sheriff
A resident of the 20000 block of 178th Street reported that someone entered his home between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday and took tools, a television and jewelry, valued at a total of $1,600.
Scott Pendleton, 32, Tonganoxie, was driving west on U.S. Highway 24-40 when he attempted a left turn onto 178th Street. Sheriff's reports said he cut across both lanes of traffic, cutting off a vehicle driven by Lisa Kell, 21, Lansing. The Kell vehicle struck the Pendleton vehicle on the right rear bumper. The accident occurred about 7:15 p.m. Aug. 19.
A resident of the 18600 block of 182nd Street reported that during the past two months several items were taken from his residence, including an extension ladder, a battery charger, T-posts and log chains, valued at a total of $810.
Two brothers from Easton died Sunday evening following a one-vehicle accident at 4:50 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of 147th Street and Cottonwood, south of Lansing. According to Leavenworth County sheriff's reports, Larry E. Culbertson Jr., 22, was driving at a high rate of speed on 147th Street when he missed a curve and struck an embankment. He and his brother, Chadwick Culbertson, 21, were taken by air ambulance to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where they died Sunday night. The investigation into the accident is continuing.
Leavenworth County District Court
A jury trial has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 for Wade E. Bates, Basehor, who faces drug charges stemming from an arrest in February 2000 and another arrest in February 2001.
A rural Tonganoxie couple will stand trial at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31 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.
Motions in the case will be heard at 10 a.m. Oct. 8.
Douglas County District Court
A Topeka man has pled guilty in connection with the shooting a Tonganoxie teen-ager last March outside a downtown Lawrence nightclub. Alfreddie Kelley was sentenced to 27 months in prison, after pleading guilty to attempted aggravated battery. That sentence will run consecutive to his sentences in two other cases pending in Shawnee County District Court in Topeka. Kelley shot Jason Smith, Tonganoxie, in the leg following an altercation on March 16 outside The Granada in downtown Lawrence.
U.S. District Court
Raul Barriga, a 32-year-old Leavenworth man, has been charged with attempting to provide about 12 ounces of marijuana to an inmate of the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth. The alleged incident occurred on May 31. If convicted of the charge, Barriga faces a maximum of five years in federal prison without parole.