Archive for Wednesday, October 28, 1992


October 28, 1992


Law enforcement report

Burglaries and thefts reported

Ten plywood sheets and 425 2-by-4 studs valued together on a sheriff's department report at $1,375 were taken between 5 p.m. Monday and daybreak Tuesday from a construction site about three miles east of Lawrence on Douglas County Road 1057, Douglas County sheriff's officers reported today.

Police reports

Officers arrested a 22-year-old Lawrence man for aggravated assault and domestic battery after he reportedly threatened his girlfriend with a knife and then grabbed her Tuesday evening at their mobile home in the 1900 block of East 19th. According to a police report, the man had become upset earlier in the day because the woman and a friend were looking at a pornographic magazine. At 9:55 p.m., the woman reported, the man approached her with a hunting knife and demanded that she leave the trailer. The woman left, police reported, and the man dropped the knife. The woman told police that the man then grabbed her, tearing her blouse. The man was being held without bond early today in the Douglas County Jail.

Injury accidents

Gabe Hoffman, 13, 2819 Harvard, was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later released after a bicycle-car accident at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday at Ninth and Mississippi. Police reported that Gabe was eastbound on Ninth when the bicycle he was riding struck a car driven by Mary Spellman, 46, 933 Christie. Officers reported that Spellman had stopped eastbound at a red light on Ninth and was turning right onto Mississippi when the accident occurred. The boy was cited for improper passing.

District court

Criminal case proceedings

John K. Kiekbusch, 20, 660 Gateway Ct., on Tuesday was sentenced to three to 10 years imprisonment on a felony count of selling LSD. Kiekbusch originally was charged with that felony and a felony count of selling LSD without a Kansas drug tax stamp, but prosecutors dismissed the tax stamp charge on Aug. 31 in return for Kiekbusch's guilty plea on the sales charge. Prosecutors alleged that on April 16, Kiekbusch sold 10 tabs of LSD to a confidential informant for the Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit. Judge James Paddock ruled that Kiekbusch could begin serving his sentence on Dec. 27, after he finishes fall semester classes at Johnson County Community College.

Terry Staab, 18, 1530 Harper, on Monday was sentenced to one to five years imprisonment, but then was granted a five-year probation term to be supervised by Douglas County Community Corrections, on an amended felony count of attempted burglary. Staab originally was charged June 15 with a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of theft alleging he entered the Jet Lag Lounge, 610 Fla., and took a case of beer. He pleaded guilty Sept. 22 to the amended charge.

Diversion agreements were filed recently in the cases of Malini Patel, 21, and Abdul Khan, 22, both of 1530 Eddingham. Patel and Khan each were charged July 9 with a felony count of theft alleging they took cash from a local woman on May 14. Khan also was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a financial card alleging he used a cash card belonging to the woman between April 15 and April 21. Among the terms of the agreements, both must pay $3,000 in restitution and complete 40 hours of community service work.

Prosecutors have dismissed charges filed Sept. 28 against Richard Vandenberg, 23, 1503 W. 22nd Terr. Vandenberg was charged with a felony count of burglary and misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal damage to property. According to court records, prosecutors dropped the case because the alleged victim did not want to proceed.

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