Law enforcement report
Burglaries and thefts reported
Stereo equipment, a camera, a video game and several compact discs valued together at $2,748 were taken between 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Wednesday from a vehicle parked in the 2600 block of Moundview, Lawrence police reported today.
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was held for observation at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later released after he was stabbed in the left side about 11 p.m. Wednesday at a mobile home at 1900 W. 31st. Police reported that the man was visiting the home of a 19-year-old Lawrence man when the two began fighting. The 19-year-old stabbed the visitor with a pocket knife, police said. Police said the younger man reported he also had been stabbed during the fight. No arrests have been made.
An injury to a 4-month-old Lawrence boy last week is being investigated as child abuse, police reported today. Chris Mulvenon, police spokesman, said the child suffered a skull fracture Friday at a residence in the 800 block of Tennessee. The child's mother reported that she was away from her son when the incident occurred and that a Lawrence man who was watching the child told her the boy suffered the injury in a fall. Mulvenon said investigators have not determined whether the injury was the result of child abuse, but they believe that the injury "is not consistent" with one a child would suffer in a fall.
Criminal charges filed
Three Topeka men were arrested and charged Wednesday with felony counts stemming from an auto burglary. William A. Zaitz, 18, was charged with auto burglary, theft, obstructing the legal process and criminal damage to property. Ronald C. Dean, 18, was charged with auto burglary and theft. Terry L. Lewis, 20, was charged with auto burglary, theft and obstructing the legal process. Preliminary hearings were scheduled for Monday for the men. A fourth man arrested in the incident was released Wednesday on bond and also is scheduled to appear Monday. The men are charged with burglarizing an automobile near Jonathan Drive and taking more than $2,000 worth of items late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Criminal case proceedings
Scott F. Koons, 27, 1740 Vt., pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended felony count of robbery. Koons was arrested Aug. 13 along with Monte R. Dolan, 27, 1109 Pa., after he allegedly robbed the Sonic Drive Inn, 1015 E. 23rd, while armed with a handgun. Dolan pleaded guilty Dec. 4 to an amended count of aiding and abetting robbery. Both men were originally charged with a felony count of aggravated robbery. Sentencing for Koons is scheduled for Jan. 29. Dolan's sentencing is set for Jan. 15.
Donald J. Coleman, 32, 2515 Belle Haven, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony count of taking indecent liberties with a child. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 23 for Coleman, who originally was charged Sept. 8 with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child after he allegedly molested a 9-year-old girl.
Darrell Bateson, 31, Lawrence, was sentenced Wednesday to one to five years imprisonment, but then was granted a five-year probation term on a felony count of unlawful use of a financial card. Bateson pleaded guilty Nov. 13 to the charge, which was filed after he allegedly took a local resident's purse Aug. 8 and used her credit card.