Archive for Wednesday, April 24, 1991


April 24, 1991


Law enforcement report

Burglaries and thefts reported

A trailer containing items such as fence posts, shovels and a rake was taken between April 13 and last Wednesday from a residence near U.S. Highway 40 and Douglas County Road 1029, sheriff's officers reported today. The items were valued together at $1,270. The residence is located about six and a half miles west of Lawrence.

Police reports

A 32-year-old Lawrence man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his live-in girlfriend with a pair of scissors between 4:30 p.m. and 5:07 p.m. at their home in the 300 block of East 12th. Police reported that the couple had been arguing. Police described the wound as very minor and said it was located in the upper left part of the woman's chest. She was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

District court

Criminal charges filed

Jimmie Joe Spencer, 28, 1520 Lindenwood Ln., Monday made a first appearance on a felony count of possessing methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 6. Court documents indicate Spencer was arrested after a Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit investigation.

Criminal case proceedings

A felony count of aggravated assault was dismissed recently against Roger K. Reno, 41, 3058 W. Seventh. Prosecutors dismissed the charge after Reno's trial ended in a hung jury. The charge was dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

Harry Rayton III, 22, Topeka, Monday was convicted of a felony count of auto burglary and a misdemeanor count of theft after a one-day trial. Sentencing was scheduled for May 31 for Rayton. The charges alleged that on Nov. 18, Rayton entered a car in the 700 block of New Hampshire and took stereo equipment.

Felony counts of aggravated assault and aggravated burglary were dismissed recently against Anne Hollister, 28. Court documents indicate that Hollister currently is in prison on other charges, and the alleged victim of the local charges agreed to drop the case. The charges alleged that on Aug. 22, 1990, Hollister entered a residence in the 1200 block of Prairie and confronted three occupants while armed with a knife.

William Legge, 28, 946 R.I., recently was sentenced to six months in jail on an amended misdemeanor count of attempting to make terroristic threats. Legge originally was charged Jan. 11 with a felony count of aggravated assault alleging he was involved in an altercation Jan. 10 with a local man while armed with a gun. Legge pleaded guilty March 7 to the amended charge.

Civil case proceedings

A hearing on a filed by the mother of a boy who was shot by his older brother in their grandparents' home has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday in Douglas County District Court. Thelma Warner is seeking more than $50,000 in damages from the grandparents, Delbert and Carolyn French, 2706 Rawhide Ln. The suit was filed in connection with a shooting on July 23, 1990, in which her son, Ronnie James Burress, 5, was shot by his older, Randy Lynn, 8, while the two boys were playing with a loaded .243 caliber hunting rifle. Warner claims that the shooting occurred because Randy Lynn was negligent in handling the gun and because Warner's parents failed to supervise or bar the children's access to the firearm. In an answer to the suit, the grandparents contend that Randy Lynn is not capable of negligence because of his age. The answer also denies allegations that the grandparents were negligent.

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