Law enforcement report
Burglaries and thefts reported
Two saddles, two bridles and other pieces of riding gear were taken between Monday and Wednesday from a residence on Douglas County Road 1055, one-tenth of a mile north of County Road 458. The items were valued together at $1,875. The residence is about three miles south of Lawrence.
Jeff E. Pace, 21, 1336 Vt., was listed in good condition today at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after a motorcycle accident about 4:45 a.m. Sunday near Sixth Street and McDonald Drive.
Criminal charges filed
John L. Hamilton, 26, 921 N.Y., Bret Stalcup, 24, 707 W. 12th, and Richard Bathgate, 21, also of 707 W. 12th, were charged this week with drug-related felonies in connection with a one-month investigation by local drug enforcement authorities. Hamilton and Bathgate each were charged with possessing marijuana with the intent to sell, conspiring to sell marijuana and not placing a Kansas drug tax stamp on marijuana. Stalcup was charged with those felonies along with aggravated intimidation of a witness, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of battery. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday for all three men.
Gary P. Douglas, 21, Topeka, was charged Tuesday with a felony count of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. Police reported that Douglas on Monday night allegedly drove past an officer who was driving at high speed on Clinton Parkway to the scene of an accident. Police said the officer, James White, pulled Douglas over. After White walked to the driver's window, police said, Douglas cranked the wheels to the left and began to accelerate. Officers said White reached into Douglas' car and turned the steering wheel back to the shoulder of the road. Police said Douglas continued to accelerate and dragged White a short distance before the car's engine died and White was able to arrest Douglas. A preliminary hearing for Douglas is scheduled for Monday.
Criminal case proceedings
A preliminary hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday for Ryan S. Lueker, 19, 836 Maine, has been continued to April 24. Lueker was charged Friday with two felony counts of selling LSD and two felony counts of not placing a Kansas drug tax stamp on LSD. Lueker allegedly sold the drug on March 13 and last Thursday and was arrested after a two-month investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit.