District court Criminal charges filed
Timothy G. Rowlett, 30, Joplin, Mo., was charged Wednesday with five felony counts of making a false writing, one felony count of obstruction of justice, one misdemeanor count of attempted sexual battery and one count of obstruction of the legal process. Bail was set at $20,000. Rowlett was arrested Tuesday in connection with a sex-scam operation at the Hallmark Inn Best Western, 730 Iowa. Rowlett allegedly placed advertisements in Lawrence and Topeka newspapers offering job opportunities at a bogus home health care company called Regency Health Care Services. A 20-year-old Baldwin woman, who told Lawrence police about Rowlett, told police that Rowlett told her his name was Steve Pilkerson and he was a registered nurse and physician. The woman told police that Rowlett said he would be willing to conduct the company's required physical exam. Police went to Hallmark Inn, where they found Rowlett and medical certificates alleged to be false. A preliminary hearing has been set for Monday.
David L. Wayland, 27, Eudora, was charged in Douglas County District Court on Wednesday with one felony count of aggravated robbery. Bail was set at $50,000. Wayland was arrested late Tuesday after a robbery at the E-Z Shop convenience store, 1900 Haskell. At 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Wayland reportedly walked in to the store, pulled out a knife and demanded that the clerk give him all the money in the cash register. Police caught up with Wayland about an hour later in the 1100 block of Connecticut. A preliminary hearing has been set for Oct. 10.
Criminal case proceedings
A preliminary hearing for Trevor G. Brown, 19, and Barbara A. Evans, 18, both of Topeka, has been rescheduled for Oct. 16. The hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, but the prosecuting attorney asked for more time because there were so many charges involved in the case. Brown and Evans are charged with four misdemeanor theft counts, one felony count of aggravated burglary, one felony count of possessing burglary tools, one misdemeanor count of criminal damage and four misdemeanor counts of auto burglary. The two allegedly were involved in at least eight auto burglaries on Sept. 9 and 10.
Municipal court sentencings
Mora Guadalupe, 45, 1908 E. 19th, OUI, $600 fine; $11 court costs; 365-day jail term, 358 days suspended.
Harry E. Marshall, 28, 813 W. 25th, OUI, $500 fine; $11 court costs; $110 alcohol program fund; 365-day jail term, 357 days suspended.
Gillis Miller, 40, 723 Ark., OUI, $250 fine; $11 court costs; 180-day jail term, 178 days suspended.