Archive for Friday, July 20, 1990


July 20, 1990


Law enforcement report

Burglaries and thefts reported

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken Monday night from the United Parcel Service office, 331 N.E. Industrial Rd., Lawrence police reported today. Police, who said the cash was in a bank bag, have no suspects.

Police reports

A 33-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on battery charges this morning after he allegedly struck a woman and then hit a Lawrence police officer who intervened. Police reported that the incident occurred between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. outside AJ's Eighth Street tavern, 117 E. Eighth. The officer was examined at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a bruise on the left eye but was not treated and returned to work to fill out a report on the incident. The suspect was booked into the Douglas County Jail on charges of battery, battery on a police officer and driving while intoxicated.

Officers this morning discovered property they believe was taken in four recent burglaries and thefts of two Lawrence businesses. Chris Mulvenon, police spokesman, said a Douglas County resident who lives on East 15th Street called police about 5 a.m. today and reported that someone started a fire in a three-gallon metal container in the street. The man extinguished the fire and found partially burned checks and other items. Officers examined the contents of the container and believe they were stolen in four thefts from June 11 through Sunday from Vista Drive In Restaurant, 1527 W. Sixth, and Quality 66 Service station, 1540 W. Sixth. Monetary loss and property damage from those burglaries totals more than $3,000. The man who reported the fire said he saw several people get out of a car and start the blaze. However, police said, the man was unable to provide detailed descriptions of the suspects or the car.

Injury accidents

Mark S. Williams, 35, 255 N. Mich., was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a one-car accident at 11 p.m. Thursday on North Michigan Street and River Ridge Road. Sheriff's officers reported that Williams was a passenger in a car being driven north on North Michigan by Stanley L. Shepard, 36, no address listed. Officers said Shepard lost control on a curve because he was driving too fast. The vehicle overturned. No citations were issued.

Condition reports

Connor J. O'Brien, 19, 2300 W. 26th, remained in critical condition today at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., with severe burns he suffered early Tuesday when he accidentally touched a power line on the roof of Weaver's Inc. Department Store, 901 Mass. Chris Mulvenon, Lawrence police spokesman, today said the case has been turned over to prosecutors to determine whether criminal trespassing charges will be filed against O'Brien and two 18-year-old Lawrence men who accompanied him to the roof. Mulvenon said the owner of the department store told authorities he was willing to file charges against the teen-agers.

Walter "Mike" Jerred, 42, Wellsville, today remained in serious condition at KUMC with a pelvic fracture he suffered Wednesday in a soybean field about 17 miles southwest of Lawrence on Douglas County Road 1900E. Sheriff's officers reported that Jerred was injured when he was pinned between a crop sprayer failed and a trailer.

District court

Juvenile complaints filed

A complaint alleging aggravated battery was filed Thursday against Christopher Adair, 17, 414 Elm. A first appearance was scheduled for Sept. 17 for Adair, who was one of three people who allegedly attacked a 26-year-old Lawrence man Saturday night outside the E-Z Shop convenience store at 19th and Haskell. The victim was stabbed twice during the attack. Lawrence police incorrectly reported Monday that Christian Adair, who is Christopher Adair's brother, was detained after the incident. On Tuesday, police issued the proper name.

Criminal charges filed

Cyrus A. Free, 21, 809 Ohio, was charged Thursday with a felony count of aggravated battery stemming from a June 24 incident in which he allegedly beat a 36-year-old Lawrence man at an apartment building in the 1100 block of Indiana while armed with a baseball bat. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Criminal case proceedings

Leo D. Mitchell, 32, Topeka, was sentenced Thursday to one year in the Douglas County Jail, then was granted probation on an amended misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property. A condition of Mitchell's probation is that he receive psychiatric treatment at the Veteran's Administration hospital in Topeka. He originally was charged with a felony count of criminal damage to property after he damaged the rear door and windows of Lynch Real Estate, 1711 Mass. He pleaded guilty June 21 to the amended charge.

Ronald W. England, 43, Eudora, was sentenced Thursday to one to two years imprisonment on an amended felony count of soliciting a child. Douglas County District Judge Ralph M. King Jr. took the matter of probation under advisement. England originally was charged April 12 with two felony counts of aggravated incest.

Theodore Bratton, 22, 1325 N.Y., was sentenced Thursday to two to six years imprisonment on a felony count of burglary. The charge was filed June 7 after Bratton entered a residence in the 2200 block of Learnard. He pleaded guilty June 21 to the charge. In return for his plea, felony charges contained in two other cases filed against Bratton were dismissed.

George H. Pelletier, 51, Eudora, pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. He originally was charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, but prosecutors dismissed one count Thursday in exchange for Pelletier's guilty plea. Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 30 for Pelletier, who sexually molested two Eudora girls, ages 7 and 12, between December 1988 and March 26 of this year.

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