Police reports and court proceedings
Tonganoxie Municipal Court
Tonganoxie resident Steve Trieb has been ordered to pay $100 fines on each of three charges that he was violating the city's nuisance ordinances. City officials cited Trieb for these properties: a commercial tract at the southwest corner of Laming Road and Leavenworth County Road 5; a commercial lot in the 300 block of Main Street just north of Glen's Opry; and Trieb's home at 204 Main. Judge William Pray imposed the fines during a hearing Thursday. "The enforcing officer said there were a couple of things he wanted him to get picked up at his home, and the judge gave him until Dec. 6," said Karen Daniels, municipal court clerk. "The judge told him to be assured if it hasn't been done, it will be $100 a day."
Responded at 10:20 a.m. Friday to the 100 block of West Third for a natural gas leak. A gas odor was detected and KPL was notified.
Responded at 11:09 a.m. Friday to the 500 block of East Washington to assist the police department.
Responded at 1:58 p.m. Friday to the 700 block of Pleasant to assist Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service with a medical emergency.
Responded at 7:20 p.m. on Friday to the 22700 block of Hatchell Road to assist EMS with a medical emergency.
A 1993 blue, four-door 1993 Dodge Intrepid was reported stolen between 5 p.m. Monday and 7:45 a.m. Tuesday from the 1200 block of Delaware. It has not been recovered.
A bicycle was reported stolen last Wednesday from the 400 block of East Fourth Street. It has not been recovered.
The theft of $30 was reported last Wednesday from a staff members' purse at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center, 1010 East St.
A cellular telephone was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the parking lot of B&J Country Market, U.S. Highway 24-40 and Ridge Street. The theft occurred last Wednesday.
A trailer was reported stolen on Oct. 30 from Countryside Auto Sales, 240 N. West. It has not been recovered.
Leavenworth County Sheriff
A television, a video camera, tools and nine firearms were stolen during a break-in that occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at a home in the 33600 block of 223rd Street near Easton. The estimated loss was $7,578, reports said.
A vehicle driven south on Leavenworth County Road 1 north of Loring Road by Nancy D. Milleret, 17, 23030 Golden Rd., struck a deer about 6:35 p.m. Oct. 30.
A vehicle was stolen between 10:40 p.m. last Wednesday and 5:10 a.m. Thursday from the 22300 block of 227th Street. The vehicle later was found wrecked, with the in-dash stereo removed.
A vehicle driven by Timothy Miller, 34, Bonner Springs, was traveling east on Kansas Highway 32 near 142nd Street when it struck a deer about 6:20 p.m. Friday.
A rural Tonganoxie resident reported to sheriff's officers that a friend took his 1984 Corvette on Oct. 24 and never returned. The car was valued on reports at $10,000.
A vehicle driven by Jason Holbert, 25, Lawrence, was traveling east on Kansas Highway 32 near 198 Street when it struck a deer. The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Leavenworth County District Court
A rural Tonganoxie couple have entered guilty pleas in connection with a marijuana growing operation at their home in the 18500 block of 246th Street. Jarrod Sommer has pled guilty to a felony charge of cultivation of marijuana, while his wife, Jackie Sommer, has pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. Both originally were charged with three felony drug counts and two misdemeanor drug counts. They were arrested May 18 at their home, after sheriff's officers discovered a marijuana-growing operation in the basement of a building on the couple's property. Officers said the 154 pounds of cultivated marijuana that was discovered, including 757 plants and dried marijuana, would have a street value of more than $385,600. Officers said they also seized about $13,000 in cash, as well as a 9 mm handgun and a .40-caliber handgun. Sentencing for the couple is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 3.
A Kansas City man faces several charges in connection with an Oct. 25 burglary and chase along U.S. Highway 24-40 between Basehor and Tonganoxie. Tommy D. Powell, 30, has been charged with residential burglary, theft, criminal damage to property, felony fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving and possession of stolen property. According to Roger Marrs, deputy county attorney, Powell originally identified himself as Darrell Smith, but a fingerprint analysis conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation revealed that was an alias. Powell allegedly broke into a home on 155th Street and was followed by Basehor Mayor Bill Hooker, who also alerted Basehor police. Officers joined in the chase, which ended when the 1986 Chevy Caprice that Powell was driving ran into a Tonganoxie police car, causing about $3,000 in damage to the cruiser. A preliminary hearing for Powell is scheduled for 10 a.m. today.
A Leavenworth man received 12 months of probation during a sentencing hearing Friday in connection with a drug case and an incident last summer at the county's Justice Center. Mark English was sentenced to 15 months in prison on a possession of cocaine charge, 12 months in jail on a criminal use of a weapon charge and 12 months in jail on a possession of marijuana charge. The two weapon and marijuana sentences were ordered to run concurrent with the cocaine charge. The drug charges stemmed from a 2000 case, and the weapon charge was lodged after he tried to take a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun into the justice center.
A 52-year-old rural McLouth man was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the 1999 shooting death of another McLouth resident. A Jefferson County jury found Ronald Decker guilty in the death of Lloyd Wayne Green, 43, McLouth. Green's body was discovered in July on Decker's property after Decker was jailed on a domestic battery charge. During testimony in the murder trial, Decker maintained that he shot Green because he was concerned his wife was going to leave him for Green. Sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 6.