Law enforcement report
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, write a letter of apology to the victim and 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.
Daniel B. Gamez, 42, Tucson, Ariz., Friday was sentenced to three to 10 years imprisonment on a felony count of possessing marijuana with the intent to sell. Gamez was arrested May 2 in a raid by local drug enforcement officers on his Lawrence motel room. Officers allegedly seized 165 pounds of marijuana in the raid. Gamez was charged the next day with the possession charge along with felony counts of delivering marijuana and not affixing a Kansas drug tax stamp to marijuana. He pleaded guilty Dec. 1 to the possession charge.
Russell Baston, 21, 742 Lyons, Friday was ordered to stand trial April 9 on two misdemeanor counts of battery on a law enforcement officer. The charges were filed Thursday against Baston, who allegedly struck a sheriff's officer in the face Tuesday in the Douglas County Jail. Authorities reported that the officer suffered a broken nose.
Steven Werner, 24, 2411 La., was sentenced Thursday to one to five years imprisonment but then was granted a probation term on an amended felony count of attempting to possess cocaine. Werner originally was charged Sept. 19 with misdemeanor counts of speeding and driving with a suspended license along with a felony count of cocaine possession. According to court records, local officers found the drug after stopping Werner for speeding. Werner pleaded guilty Nov. 3 to the amended charge.