Law enforcement report
Burglaries and thefts reported
Several compact discs and clothing items valued together at $1,395 were taken between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday from a vehicle parked in the 900 block of Mississippi, Lawrence police reported today.
Police detained two 17-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl after they allegedly helped a boy who had run away from home elude an officer about 3:30 p.m. Thursday at South Junior High School. A police spokesman today said the youths also were charged with resisting detainment. Two of the youths were released to their parents. One of the boys was sent to the Shawnee County Youth Detention Center in Topeka. The officer never found the runaway, who had been reported missing about two hours before the incident.
Officers reported today that they seized a bag of what is believed to be marijuana from a 23-year-old man as he was being booked into the Douglas County Jail on Thursday on two outstanding arrest warrants. A sheriff's spokesman said the marijuana was discovered by a corrections officer while the man was changing from his street clothes to a jail uniform. Information about the warrants and the amount of marijuana was unavailable this morning.
Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson today announced the cause of a fire Tuesday that destroyed a house located about five miles southwest of Lecompton. Anderson said a propane tank was not properly hooked to a device that regulates the pressure of the gas entering the house, causing an accumulation of propane in the house. Sparks from a television set ignited the propane, causing an explosion. The house was destroyed, and damage was estimated at $48,000. James Perron, 38, and his daughter, Carissa Perron, suffered from smoke inhalation. They were treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and released.
Craig Kennedy, 20, Shawnee, was treated and released at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an accident at 11:29 a.m. Thursday at Ninth and Vermont streets. Police reported that Kennedy was westbound on Ninth when he ran a red light. His vehicle collided with a car driven north on Vermont by Jonathan Gillespie, 26, 843 N. Third. Kennedy was cited for running the light.
Anne M. Wolfe, 22, 1510 College Ave., was treated and released at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an accident at 2:53 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 23rd and Ridge Court. Police reported that Wolfe was eastbound on 23rd when the car she was driving collided with the rear end of another eastbound car driven by Jill A. Jones, 24, 3617 Brush Creek. Jones, officers reported, had slowed to make a left turn. Wolfe was cited for inattentive driving.
Criminal charges filed
A misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process was filed Wednesday against Dean C. James, 21, Topeka. James was arrested Wednesday after leading law enforcement officers on a four-mile chase on the banks of the Kansas River. James allegedly ran from an officer who arrested him on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge. At a first appearance Wednesday, a hearing was scheduled for Feb. 6 for James.
Criminal case proceedings
At a hearing Thursday, a trial was scheduled for Feb. 12 for Edwin K. Spencer, 33, 502 W. 14th, who was charged Sept. 21 with a felony count of theft by deception. Spencer allegedly obtained state unemployment benefits by fraud.
Henry Tuttle, 29, Shawnee, Thursday was sentenced to one to five years imprisonment on a felony count of theft stemming from a break-in July 20 at a rural residence. Tuttle originally was charged July 26 with the felony theft count, a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of theft. He pleaded guilty Dec. 4 to the theft count.
A 41-year-old Lawrence man Thursday waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of aggravated sodomy and taking indecent liberties with a child. A trial was scheduled for March 9 for the man, who allegedly molested a 14-year-old local girl in May 1989.
A diversion agreement was announced Thursday in the case of John A. Ortman, 21, 2900 W. 15th, who was charged Aug. 16 with a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of theft. The charges stem from an Aug. 14 incident in which Ortman entered a local resident's car and took a sun visor. Among the terms of the agreement, Ortman must complete 30 hours of community service work, must write a letter of apology to the victim and must pay $50 in restitution.
Edward A. Revey, 53, Baldwin, Wednesday was sentenced to six months in the Douglas County Jail but then was granted a probation term on a misdemeanor count of unlawful restraint. Revey pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to the charge, which stems from a June 2 incident in which he harassed a Baldwin woman. After Revey entered his plea, prosecutors dropped a felony count of aggravated assault stemming from the incident.
Thomas F. King, 37, 821 Conn., was ordered to stand trial Feb. 26 after a preliminary hearing Wednesday on a felony count of aggravated arson. King allegedly set fire to the Western Star Lodge, 19 E. Eighth, on Dec. 9. Another man arrested and charged with aggravated arson in connection with the incident pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge. Curtis G. Gregory, 35, Topeka, pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiring to commit arson. Sentencing for Gregory is scheduled for Feb. 8.
Terry A. Effinger, 19, Santa Ana, Calif., last week entered an Alford plea and was found guilty of a felony count of aggravated battery. Effinger originally was charged Aug. 14 with aggravated battery and a felony count of aggravated assault after he allegedly attacked two men June 9 at a local tavern while armed with a knife. By entering an Alford plea, a defendant basically maintains his innocence of the crime but pleads guilty because of other circumstances, usually in order to not be tried on other charges. Sentencing for Effinger is scheduled for Feb. 7.
Aaron L. Calder, 20, no address listed, was sentenced Wednesday to one to five years imprisonment on an amended felony count of possessing firearms as a convicted felon. Calder originally was charged Aug. 24 with a felony count of aggravated robbery after he allegedly robbed the Rocor Inc. Gibson Gas Station, 2525 Iowa, Aug. 6 while armed with a handgun. He pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to the amended charge.