Archive for Wednesday, March 13, 2002

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March 13, 2002

Tonganoxie Police

A 35-year-old Winchester man was driving west on Fourth Street about 11:20 p.m. Friday when his vehicle left the road, went into a ditch, struck a culvert, ran over a private drive and back into the ditch. Police reports said the vehicle, driven by Charles Karl, continued 90 feet before stopping. Karl apparently backed up and got stuck in the culvert. Shrubs and the lawn at 211 W. Fourth were damaged in the accident, and Karl was ticketed for driving under the influence.

A 15-year-old Tonganoxie Junior High School student reported to police that the driver's side door on his pickup was damaged on Monday when it was in the school parking lot. Damage was estimated on a police report at $100.

Leavenworth County Sheriff

Two trucks owned by an Easton man have been reported stolen from a field in the 20700 block of 235th Street. The trucks, which didn't run, apparently were towed from the field on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of last week. The loss was estimated at $9,000 on sheriff's reports.

A vehicle driven by Charlene A. Zule, 36, Easton, struck a deer about 7 p.m. Thursday on Leavenworth County Road 8, about 0.1 of a mile west of 147th Street.

A vehicle driven by Nathan D. Justice, 20, Tonganoxie, struck a deer about 11:50 p.m. last Wednesday on Kansas Avenue, about 0.4 of a mile west of 142nd Street.

A vehicle driven by James L. Wiles, Linwood, was traveling on Kansas Highway 32, just east of 170th Street, when the vehicle rolled off the shoulder of the road. Wiles was ejected, sustaining internal injuries, according to sheriff's reports. He was taken by air ambulance to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where he was listed in serious condition on Tuesday. The accident occurred about 8:15 p.m. March 5.

Someone damaged the basement door of a mausoleum in a cemetery on 177th Street, one-eighth of a mile west of Mount Olivet Road, according to sheriff's reports.

A vehicle driven by Merl L. Cash, 41, Shawnee, was driving south on 250th Street and missed the curve at Mackey, striking an embankment and traveling 175 feet into a field. Neither Cash nor his passenger, William Michael Cash, 34, also of Shawnee, was injured in the accident, which occurred at 3 a.m. Sunday.

A vehicle driven by Henry A. Koch, 25, Lawrence, was traveling north on Leavenworth County Road 5 and stopped to make a left turn into a driveway east of 189th Street when the rear of his vehicle was hit by a vehicle driven by Robert M. Trieb, 48, Tonganoxie. Trieb told sheriff's officers he couldn't stop because of the snow-packed road. Neither driver was injured in the accident, which occurred at 12:20 p.m. March 2.

A Gardner man reported that a two-axle trailer he had borrowed from his son-in-law was stolen last Wednesday from the 15900 block of Eisenhower Road. The trailer was valued at $905 on a sheriff's report.

Condition reports

Lindsey Collier, Lawrence, whose vehicle ran off Alexander Road and struck a tree on March 1 was listed in fair condition Tuesday at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Miriam Carlson, 57, Leavenworth, who was involved in a two-car accident March 1 on Leavenworth County Road 5, just south of Leavenworth County Road 10, was listed in good condition Tuesday at St. John Hospital in Leavenworth.

Leavenworth County District Court

A Leavenworth man will undergo a mental evaluation concerning his competency and sanity at Larned State Security Hospital. Jerry R. Williams Jr. recently asked a district judge to withdraw a guilty plea he entered last month to 14 charges in connection with vehicle burglaries and vehicle thefts. According to Roger Marrs, deputy county attorney, Williams told the judge he was concerned he may not have been competent when he entered his plea and asked to withdraw it. 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.

A Basehor man's sentencing on eight drug-related charges has been postponed until 10 a.m. March 25. Wade Bates was scheduled for sentencing last Wednesday, but the hearing was rescheduled at his attorney's request. A jury convicted Bates in January on charges of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and having no drug tax stamp. In February, he pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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