Archive for Wednesday, January 31, 2001

The Record

January 31, 2001

Leavenworth County District Court

A 49-year-old Tonganoxie man has been ordered to stand trial in Leavenworth County District Court on several drug-related charges.

A pretrial conference will be conducted at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 for Roger Maher. At that time, a trial date will be sent for Maher, who faces charges of 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 form 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.

Maher was arrested Dec. 13 when county sheriff's officers and Tonganoxie police officers executed a search warrant at his home.

Officers seized nine pounds of what they believed to be marijuana and 56 grams of what they believe to be opium. In addition, they found weapons, drug paraphernalia and cash, according to Major Dave Zoellner of the Leavenworth County sheriff's office.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled this afternoon for a Tonganoxie couple who are facing numerous drug charges.

The hearing for Julie and David Godfrey, both 38 years old, is set for 2 p.m. in Leavenworth County District Court.

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.

Douglas County District Court

An 18-year-old Linwood man faces 10 criminal charges in Douglas County, alleging he had sex with three teen-age girls.

The man has been charged in Douglas County District Court with two counts of rape, six counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count each of aggravated criminal sodomy and criminal sodomy. The alleged victims are two 14-year-old girls and one 13-year-old girl, according to prosecutors. Lawrence police officials have said that although sex with girls that age may be consensual, it still is illegal.

The man's preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 5.

The Mirror generally does not name people charged with sex crimes unless they have been convicted.

Leavenworth County Sheriff

A vehicle driven by Susan Bichelmeyer, 22, Leavenworth, was traveling north on County Road 1, north of Loring Road, about 12:45 p.m. Monday when her vehicle traveled off the road over a concrete retaining wall and into a ditch. Bichelmeyer suffered minor injuries. Damages were estimated at $26,000. She was driving a 2001 Nissan Xterra 4 x 2.

Nancy Smith, 45, Leavenworth, was driving east on Stranger Road, east of 207th Street, about 7:30 a.m. Monday when she lost control of her vehicle on ice and struck a guard rail and then slid into the ditch on the south side of Stranger Road. There were no injuries.

Joseph Clark, 16, Bonner Springs, was driving north on 158th Street and collided with a vehicle driven by Ryan Holton, 19, DeSoto, just north of Cantrell Road, about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Clark was taken to the University of Kansas Medical Center where he was treated and released Monday. The accident is still under investigation.

Steven Baker, 24, Leavenworth, was driving west on Kansas Highway 92, west of County Road 12, about 6 p.m. Friday when his vehicle hit and killed a deer.

Stephanie Bulman, 29, Linwood, was driving west on Kansas Highway 32, east of 174th Street, when she lost control of her vehicle and slid off the road into a ditch and then into a tree about 2 a.m. Friday. Bulman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident. She was not injured.

Michael Matzeder, 20, Leavenworth, was driving on Kansas Highway 7, just north of Kansas Highway 192, about 3 p.m. Thursday when he fell asleep. The vehicle went off the right side of the road over a sign and into a ditch. Matzeder suffered minor injuries from the driver's side airbag when it deployed.

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