Archive for Friday, January 31, 1992


January 31, 1992


Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported

Jewelry valued on a police report at $3,315 was taken between 4:50 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday from a house in the 900 block of Pamela Lane.

Police reports

Lawrence police arrested a 49-year-old Topeka man Thursday in connection with an aggravated assault and theft shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the man took 10 cartons of cigarettes from the Dillon store at 1015 W. 23rd. After seeing the theft, an employee followed the man to his car. When the employee asked the man to return to the store, the man got in his car and backed out of the stall quickly, nearly hitting the store employee, police reported. The employee called police. The man was arrested about 10 minutes later at Sixth and Wakarusa. The man remained in the Douglas County Jail this morning and was scheduled to make his first court appearance today.

A 21-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and criminal damage to property Thursday after what police called a minor accident at Ninth and Kentucky. According to police, the man was involved in an argument after the accident about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The man then backed his car into the front of the other vehicle, causing $700 damage. The man left, but turned himself into police about 4:30 p.m. His first court appearance was scheduled for today.

Injury accidents

Russell D. Harris, 27, 217 Dakota, was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and released after an accident at 3:23 p.m. Wednesday at Jiffy Lube, 914 W. 23rd. According to police reports, Harris, a Jiffy Lube employee, was standing in front of a parked car and was motioning another employee to drive a second car into the garage. The driver reportedly couldn't stop the car, which pinned Harris.

Christopher Jenson, 21, 345 Mich., was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and released after an accident at 9:35 p.m. Thursday at 21st and Louisiana. Police said Joshua M. Copp, 17, 2000 Ala., was driving north on Louisiana and turned west onto 21st when the vehicle he was driving struck Jenson, who was riding his bicycle in the crosswalk. Jenson was cited for riding a bicycle without a headlight and not exercising due care when entering a crosswalk.

Condition reports

George Musick, 81, 1101 Vt., is listed today in fair condition at the skilled nursing facility at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he is being treated for a broken hip. Musick was trying to cross the street at 11th and Kentucky about 1 p.m. last Friday when he was struck by a car.

Ryan L. Garrison, 19, 1327 Covington Ct., remained in fair condition this morning at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he is being treated for a closed head injury. Garrison, a KU freshman, was injured Jan. 9 in a one-car accident.

District court Criminal charges filed

Wayne E. Brandon, 48, Topeka, has been charged with two felony counts of selling cocaine and two counts of possessing cocaine without a Kansas tax stamp. Officials allege Brandon sold cocaine twice this month to informants working for the Shawnee County Sheriff's Department and the Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit. A second man, Kevin McAfee, 28, 1320 E. 18th Ter., was charged with a felony count of setting up a drug transaction over the telephone, three felony counts of selling cocaine and one felony count of possessing cocaine without a Kansas tax stamp. Officials allege McAfee sold drugs twice this month to DEU informants in Lawrence. Brandon, McAfee and a Kansas City, Kan., man were arrested Wednesday night at a residence in the 1000 block of East 25th Terrace. Assistant Dist. Atty. Rick Trapp said this morning that the Kansas City, Kan., man was released Thursday pending further investigation. Brandon was released from the Douglas County Jail on $10,000 bond Thursday night and McAfee remained in jail this morning in lieu of $10,000 bond. Both men face a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Criminal case proceedings

A diversion agreement was filed Thursday in the case of a 19-year-old Lawrence man who was charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and sexual battery. Among the terms of the agreement, the man must send letters of apology to the victim. He also must obtain an alcohol evaluation and comply with the recommedations contained in the evaluation. The charges stem from an October incident when the man, a Kansas University student, reportedly grabbed a woman's breast and struck her with his fist after an evening concert in the Kansas Union.

A preliminary hearing for David V. Sutterfield, 36, Eudora, has been postponed until Feb. 13. Sutterfield is charged with four felony counts of selling cocaine, three felony counts of possessing cocaine without a Kansas tax stamp and two misdemeanor counts of possessing marijuana. Sutterfield was arrested Oct. 26 after an investigation by the Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit.

A hearing for Ralph E. Spillman, Lawrence, has been continued until Feb. 14. Spillman is charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a weapon and obstruction of the legal process. The charges stem from a Dec. 24 incident when police allegedy confiscated a shotgun and derringer from Spillman after a domestic dispute.

After a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Michael J. Navarro, 24, 1908 E. 19th, was ordered to stand trial on a felony count of robbery. Navarro is charged in connection with the theft of $50 and a wallet from a man who was sitting Jan. 3 in his car in Riverfront Park, which is along the Kansas River in North Lawrence. Navarro was jail this morning in lieu of $10,000 bond. A jury trial is set for 9 a.m. March 16.

Rodney W. Whitebread, 20, Lawrence, was sentenced to a one- to three-year prison term for a felony count of attempted child abuse. Whitebread pleaded guilty in December to the charge, which stems from incidents in October 1990 and January 1991 when he reportedly abused his infant daughter. During the January incident, he reportedly shook the child so hard that she stopped breathing. Assistant Dist. Atty. Peggy Kittel said this morning that the child suffered permanent brain damage from the incident and may be an invalid for the rest of her life.

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