Archive for Wednesday, March 6, 2002

The Record

March 6, 2002

Tonganoxie Police

A three-vehicle accident occurred about 6:05 p.m. Thursday at First and Main streets. According to police reports, Rebecca Fish, 16, Tonganoxie, was headed east at First and Main, when she pulled out in front of a vehicle driven by Steven Underwood, 21, McLouth. Underwood's vehicle struck the rear of Fish's vehicle, which then struck the front of a vehicle driven by Andrea Sharp, 33, Tonganoxie. Sharp had been sitting a stop sign, heading west on First Street. No injuries were reported in the accident.

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department

A car driven by Lindsey Collier, Lawrence, was traveling on Alexander Road early last Friday when it went off the south edge of the road and struck a tree. Collier was taken by Life Star air ambulance to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where she was listed in critical condition.

A two-vehicle accident at 7:30 a.m. Friday sent a Leavenworth woman to St. John Hospital in Leavenworth. Cars driven by Miriam Carlson, 57, Leavenworth, and Eric Davoren, 23, also of Leavenworth, collided on Leavenworth County Road 5, about 0.1 of a mile south of Leavenworth County Road 10. Carlson was listed in fair condition at St. John Hospital.

A two-vehicle accident at 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 last Wednesday night sent three people to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. According to sheriff's department reports, a vehicle driven by Zera C. Gaines-Bay, 27, Bonner Springs, was traveling west on 24-40 and turned left onto 158th Street in front of a vehicle driven by Caitlin P. McCarty, 15, Tonganoxie. Treated at Overland Park Regional were Gaines-Bay, McCarty and Cera McCarty, 8.

Ryan Gregory, 24, Eudora, told sheriff's officers he swerved his vehicle to avoid a deer at 1:45 a.m. Feb. 26 as he was driving on Kansas Highway 32, about 0.1 of a mile east of 250th Street. Gregory's vehicle slid and rolled over onto its side. Neither Gregory nor a passenger, Andrew S. Cooper, 26, Eudora, was injured in the accident.

David M. Shropshire, 22, Lansing was traveling north on 187th Street, about 0.25 of a mile north of Chmidling Drive, when he swerved to avoid hitting an oncoming car and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle went into the west ditch. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred about 8:45 p.m. Feb. 24.

Dee A. Collins, 33, Tonganoxie, was driving east on U.S. Highway 24-40 at the Stranger Creek bridge east of Tonganoxie when she lost control on the slushy road. Her vehicle struck the north bridge guardrail, spun around and struck the south guard rail. Neither Collins nor her passenger, Jacob Heskett, 12, Tonganoxie, was injured in the accident, which occurred at 1:20 p.m. Saturday.

Kyle A. Spain, 21, Tonganoxie, was driving north on Tonganoxie Road when he lost control of his vehicle at a curve at Hollingsworth Road. His vehicle slid off the road and struck a county road sign. Spain was not injured in the accident, which occurred at 10:45 p.m. Friday.

County employee Gary D. Heim, 39, Leavenworth, was plowing Mount Olivet Road, just east of 199th Street, about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of the truck he was driving. The truck went into the south ditch and rolled over. Heim received minor injuries. County crews pulled the truck from the ditch.

A vehicle driven by Duane A. Guenther, 17, Leavenworth, hit sand on Dakota Street near Parr Street. Guenther lost control of the vehicle, which struck a tree. Neither Guenther, nor his passenger, Tristan T. Hansen, 17, 17632 Springdale Rd., was injured in the accident, which occurred at 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

A resident in the 20000 block of 139th Street reported to sheriff's officers that a kitchen window of his home had been broken out by a rock. The incident occurred between 2 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Monday.

Leavenworth County District Court

A Leavenworth man has asked a district judge to withdraw a guilty plea the man entered last month to 14 charges in connection with vehicle burglaries and vehicle thefts. According to Roger Marrs, deputy county attorney, Jerry R. Williams Jr. was concerned he may not have been competent when he entered his plea and asked to withdraw it. Marrs said Williams' attorney asked to withdraw from the case, which the judge approved. Williams is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Friday with a new attorney. Williams pled guilty to one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count of reckless driving, two counts of felony theft, one count of aggravated residential burglary, five counts of vehicular burglary, three counts of misdemeanor theft and one count of misdemeanor criminal damage to property. Law enforcement officials say Williams was driving a stolen sport utility vehicle on Sept. 17 through Tonganoxie, when he lost control of the SUV and it rolled on its side along U.S. Highway 24-40. Williams fled the scene of the accident. Several days later, Lansing police officers spotted Williams, driving a stolen pickup truck, which was involved in an accident as Williams tried to flee police. He was taken to St. John's Hospital, but walked away from there. He was recaptured several days later. He also broke into numerous vehicles in the county.

U.S. District Court

Two Basehor residents have been charged in U.S. District Court with several drug-related charges. Edward H. Howard, 42, and Teresa A. Bohrn, 38, each is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine on Jan. 4, one count of distributing methamphetamine on Feb. 15, one count of possessing with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine on Feb. 15 and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine from Jan. 4 through Feb. 15. Howard also is charged with one count of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime on Feb. 15. If convicted, Howard and Bohrn each face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison, without parole, for each count of distributing methamphetamine; and a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and for conspiracy. On the firearms charge, Howard faces a minimum of seven years in prison, if convicted. The case was investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Leavenworth Police Department and the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department. Howard appeared in U.S. District Court on Friday and was detained. Bohrn made an appearance in court last week and was freed on $50,000 bond. She will be arraigned on the charges on March 14. Motions hearings for both defendants have been set for March 25.

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