Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Record: area legal and police action

July 11, 2001

Tonganoxie police
A property owner in the 200 block of East First Street reported that someone spray painted a newly installed fence, causing about $3,000 in damage. The incident occurred on Thursday.

Leavenworth County Sheriff
A vehicle driven by Betty M. Fenton, 55, Lansing, struck and killed a deer about 2:20 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 7-72, about 0.3 of a mile north of McIntyre Road. No injuries were reported, but Fenton's car likely was a total loss.
An 18-year-old Olathe man reported that his pickup truck received about $700 in damage between June 30 and July 1 when it was parked in the driveway of a friend who lives in Linwood. A sheriff's department report said the passenger side of the vehicle was dented and scratched.
A vehicle drive by Jack W. Hutchens, 54, Leavenworth, struck and killed a deer about 9:25 p.m. June 26 on Milwood Road, about 0.2 of a mile east of 219th Street. More than $500 damage was reported to the vehicle.
A vehicle driven by Craig W. Freeman, 46, McLouth, struck and killed a deer about 9:30 p.m. June 25 on Kansas Highway 92, about 0.2 of a mile west of Leavenworth County Road 17. More than $500 damage was reported to the vehicle.
A vehicle driven by Stephen Biggs, 22, Ozawkie, hit the rear of a vehicle driven by Ginger Rush, 41, Linwood, after the two vehicles were stopped on Leavenworth County Road 2 at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The accident occurred about 6:20 p.m. Thursday.
Joseph Diale, 18, Gladstone, Mo., man was driving west in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 24-40 about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when his vehicle went off the road, into the median and struck several large rocks. The impact disabled his vehicle, and Diale left the scene. He was taken by private vehicle to Shawnee Mission North Medical Center.
A 41-year-old Lenexa man reported the theft of a $2,876 newly installed air-conditioning unit from property in the 17000 block of Metro Avenue. The theft occurred between 7 a.m. June 22 and 11 a.m. June 29.
No injuries were reported after a vehicle driven by Robert L. West, 44, 30159 179th St., sideswiped a vehicle driven by Adam E. Berg, 17, 30197 175th St., on a curve along Shawnee Road, about one-half mile east of Leavenworth County Road 33. The accident occurred about 8:50 a.m. Sunday. The Berg vehicle received an estimated $500 damage, while West's vehicle received an estimated $8,000 damage.
A 36-year-old Colony man was injured Monday as he tried to chase down a runaway truck at 14740 Hickory, Bonner Springs. Keith Babcock had removed a backhoe from a trailer, and he apparently did not set the brake on the truck pulling the trailer. It slipped out of gear and rolled down a hill, crashing through a swing set and a deck, before stopping. Babcock chased the truck, but he fell and the rear wheels rolled over his right leg. Babcock was taken by Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where he was in good condition on Tuesday. Damage to the truck was listed at $1,500, and damage to other property was listed at $3,000. The incident occurred about 12:20 p.m. Monday.

Leavenworth County District Court
A Tonganoxie man, who was charged in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered at a local motel, has been sentenced to 142 months in state prison. David Godfrey, who was arrested on Jan. 12 with his wife, Julie, was sentenced Monday morning in Leavenworth County District Court. Earlier, David Godfrey had entered a no-contest plea to two felonies unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell as well as a misdemeanor count of endangering a child.
At the time of their arrest, the Godfreys and their son were living in a room at the Sunset Inn, 205 U.S. Highway 24-40. Julie Godfrey had pled no-contest to possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, a felony, and to endangering a child, a misdemeanor. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and to 12 months in jail for endangering a child, and then given a 24-month probation term. Her probation term was on the condition that she enter and successfully complete an in-patient drug treatment program.
A hearing has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 6 for a rural Tonganoxie couple accused of running 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.

U.S. District Court
A Leavenworth man has pled guilty to passing counterfeit money, in connection with a money-making operation discovered in his northeast Leavenworth home. Dennis J. Brockenshire entered the plea Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. Brokenshire had been charged with one count of making counterfeit 100-, 50- and 20-dollar bills and two counts of passing counterfeit U.S. currency. According to a representative of the U.S. attorney's office, the maximum sentence for the offense is 15 years in federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1. Another person who was charged in the case, Lore D. Ogan, will appear in court on July 23. She is charged with one count of making counterfeit bills.

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