Archive for Monday, January 7, 1991


January 7, 1991


Law enforcement report

Burglaries and thefts reported

Sound equipment and tools valued together at $1,660 was taken between 3 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday from a car parked in the 1600 block of East 23rd.

Police reports

Officers reported that a 36-year-old Lawrence woman was injured when she wrestled a gun away from her husband, who was planning to shoot himself with the weapon. Police said the woman suffered a cut on the hand during the struggle, which occurred at 3:36 a.m. Saturday at the couple's home in the 2900 block of Stratford. Police said the man was despondent about marital problems. The man, 40, was arrested on a count of aggravated assault. However, prosecutors this morning said they do not plan to file formal charges against the man.

District court

Criminal case proceedings

Christopher M. Stapleton, 19, Topeka, Friday pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property. He was sentenced to a year in jail, but then was granted a two-year probation term. Stapleton originally was charged with the criminal damage charge and a felony count of auto burglary alleging he entered and damaged a 1989 Pontiac Firebird Oct. 4 in Lawrence. The auto burglary charge was dismissed. In a related case, charges Friday were dismissed against Gary L. Monreal, 21, Topeka, who was charged along with Stapleton Oct. 4 with auto burglary and criminal damage to property.

Jamie L. Franklin, 32, 2003 W. 25th, recently was sentenced to six months in jail, but then was granted a two-year probation, on an amended misdemeanor count of battery. Franklin originally was charged Aug. 23 with a felony count of aggravated battery alleging she attacked a local woman while armed with a beer bottle. Franklin pleaded no contest Nov. 9 and was found guilty of the amended charge.

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