Archive for Friday, January 10, 1992


January 10, 1992


Law enforcement report

Burglaries and thefts reported

A telephone, more than 100 cassette tapes and miscellaneous items valued together on a police report at $2,555 were taken between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 p.m. Thursday from an apartment in the 1500 block of West 25th. Officers found no signs of forced entry.

Injury accidents

Michael J. Sulls, 36, Eudora, was listed in serious condition this morning in the intensive care unit of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. Sulls suffered several fractured bones in an accident at 3:15 p.m. Thursday about three miles south of Lawrence. A passenger in Sulls' car, Paula K. Adams, 27, Eudora, was treated at LMH and later released. Sulls reportedly was driving north on Douglas County Road 1055 when his vehicle collided with a pickup truck driven by William H. Volle, 28, Lecompton, who was driving east on Douglas County Road 458. Douglas County sheriff's officers said the accident occurred after Sulls pulled out after stopping at a stop sign. No citations were issued.

Condition reports

Gwendolyn Kennedy, 49, 3409 W. 25th Ter., remained in serious condition this morning in the intensive care unit of Topeka's Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Kennedy was injured in an accident about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on McDonald Drive near Second Street. She is being treated for fractured ribs.

Kimberlee J. Back, 32, Oskaloosa, remained in satisfactory condition this morning at Topeka's St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Back was injured in a car accident about 10:30 p.m. last Friday in McLouth.

The condition of Dennis Lederer, 24, rural Baldwin, was upgraded from serious to fair at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., a hospital spokeswoman said. Lederer was injured in a tractor accident Saturday afternoon in a field near Baldwin Junction.

The condition of Ryan L. Garrison, 19, 1327 Covington Ct., was upgraded today from critical to serious at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. Garrison, a KU freshman, was injured in an accident at 2 a.m. Thursday on the Kansas University campus. Garrison is being treated for a closed head injury.

Fire calls

Lawrence firefighters:

Responded to a false alarm at 4:08 p.m. Thursday at Riverfront Plaza, Sixth and New Hampshire.

District court

Criminal case proceedings

Travis J. Schuler, 24, 155 Indian Ave., pleaded not guilty Thursday to an amended complaint charging him with misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and obstructing the legal process. The state dropped felony charges of criminal damage to property and misdemeanor counts of obstructing the legal process and driving while intoxicatan Oct. 31 incident when the men took tools, chains and air hoses from a truck in rural Lawrence. Sentencing has been set for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

A preliminary hearing for Robert L. Nelson, 33, 2224 Breckenridge, has been continued until Jan. 23. Nelson was charged with four felony counts of selling cocaine and four felony counts of selling cocaine without a Kansas tax stamp after he allegedly sold drugs last fall to an informant working for the Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit.

Civil case proceedings

A local bank has answered a suit filed by Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells, who is seeking forfeiture of a pickup truck confiscated in the arrest of David Vance Sutterfield, Eudora, on drug charges. The Bank of Kansas-Lawrence asks for a court ruling that the bank holds a "perfected security interest" of $4,541.05 plus interest in the 1989 Nissan pickup truck purchased by Sutterfield and financed through the bank. Sutterfield was arrested Oct. 25, 1991, after allegedly selling one-eighth of an ounce of cocaine to a confidential witness in Eudora. Prosecutors allege the transaction occurred in the pickup truck, and under Kansas law, the state may file forfeiture actions to obtain property used to facilitate drug deals. The bank also is seeking an order that the sale of the truck be held in a "commercially reasonable manner" and that the proceeds of the sale be "first used to pay the full amount of the debt due" the bank.

Judith Foster, Lawrence, has informed the Malls Olde English Village Enterprises, also known as the Malls Olde English Village Apartments, Melvin J. Huxtable Jr., Herbert H. Wiedensaul and Gary Stephenson that she is seeking $75,000 in her personal injury lawsuit. Foster alleges she injured her back and leg after stepping in a hole on the apartment grounds on Dec. 15, 1989.

A Lawrence man has answered the suit of Ronald D. Fleming, Parsons, who is seeking damages from the estate of the man who killed his mother. Michael Wayne Nuffer, Lawrence, replied that he "lacks sufficient personal knowledge" that Hilton W. Nuffer "wrongfully killed" Fleming's mother, Christa Kay Nuffer, on May 5, 1991. Michael Nuffer is the executor of Hilton W. Nuffer's estate. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department determined that Hilton Nuffer killed Christa Nuffer and then committed suicide. Fleming is seeking more than $50,000 from Hilton Nuffer's estate for "mental anguish, suffering or bereavement, loss of society, companionship, comfort or protection, loss of parental care, training, guidance or education and for reasonable funeral expenses" of $3,721.

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