Leavenworth County Sheriff
The Leavenworth County sheriff's office has determined the causes of two fires that occurred in the county last month. A fire that destroyed a century-old house near Leavenworth County Road 5 and Seymour Road on April 19 was arson. No charges have been filed, but the case remains under investigation. Sheriff's officers believe an April 22 fire that claimed the life of Roxana Smith, 22352 211th St., Tonganoxie, was accidental. Officers said the actual cause of the fire is unknown. Smith, 89, who was in the house, died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Items valued at $10,270 were stolen between noon May 28 and 8 a.m. May 29 from a residence in the 18700 block of 150th Street in Basehor. A flatbed trailer with two four wheelers, a chain saw, weed eater and miscellaneous camping equipment were taken.
Timothy Mayse, 16, Tonganoxie, was traveling south on 219th Street about 7:15 p.m. last Wednesday when his vehicle veered left of center after it slid in the mud on a curve. Mayse's vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Gary Grosko, 46, Leavenworth. No injuries were reported.
Margarete Pitts, 62, Leavenworth, was driving west on Kansas Avenue, west of 142nd Street, about 2:45 p.m. Friday when she hit a deer. No injuries were reported and damages were unknown.
Jewelry, coins and a shotgun were taken Thursday morning from a residence in the 13000 block of 166th Street.
Leo Merando, 54, Tonganoxie, was driving east in the 200 block of Washington Street, near Church Street, when he struck a deer Friday evening. Merando was not injured. His vehicle had more than $500 damage.
Trevor Messinger, 18, Leavenworth, made a wide turn onto Green Street about 5 p.m. Saturday and hit a parked car owned by Russell Dent, Tonganoxie. There were no injuries. Damage to the vehicles was more than $500.
Larry Gallagher, 64, Tonganoxie, was driving west on Fourth Street about 2 p.m. Saturday when he stopped for a truck and trailer, which was turning from Fourth Street onto Delaware Street. Cale Calovich, 17, Tonganoxie, did not see Gallagher's vehicle and rear-ended it. No injuries were reported and damage was less than $500.
Lawrence police detained four Tonganoxie residents last week in connection with car burglaries in Lawrence, Eudora and Wyandotte County. About 3 a.m. last Wednesday, Lawrence police investigated a car that was stopped with its light off in North Lawrence. Inside the car, they saw car stereo equipment. Flashlights, two handguns and knives also were discovered in the car, according to Sgt. Mike Pattrick of the police department. Two juveniles ages 14 and 15 were taken to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center. And two men were arrested. James Cody Stambaugh, 18, was arrested on charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Cory Ancil, 20, was arrested on charges of burglary, theft and contributing to a child's misconduct. Both were released from jail on Thursday. Charges have not been filed.
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