Archive for Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Charges lodged in Leavenworth bank robbery

November 21, 2006

Two men who were arrested after a chase with Leavenworth police have been indicted on federal bank robbery charges.

James L. Morrison, 47, Kansas City, Kan., and Kevin Tommie Hall, 46, Topeka, were charged last week with one count of bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on Nov. 7, they robbed Mid-American Bank and Trust Company, 401 Delaware in Leavenworth.

Leavenworth police reported they arrested Morrison and Hall after a chase from the bank in downtown Leavenworth to Kansas City, Kan.

If convicted, Morrison and Hall face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Federal Bureau of Investigation prepared the case.

Agencies that assisted in the arrest include Leavenworth Police Department, the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, and the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

Sheriff Dave Zoellner said he found a white plastic bag containing what officials believed was the bank's money near 147th Street and Fairmount Road.

Other items that the bank robbers apparently threw from their vehicle before it was stopped included a sweatshirt, a firearm and a ski mask, Zoellner said.

In another indictment, federal prosecutors have charged Brocke A. Graham, 20, Leavenworth, with two counts of distributing crack cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm after a felony conviction.

The crimes allegedly occurred Sept. 12, in Leavenworth.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on each count of distributing crack cocaine; between five and 40 years and a fine up to $2 million on the count of possession with intent to distribute; between five and life and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the other firearms charge.

The Leavenworth Police Department investigated.

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