Archive for Wednesday, June 16, 1993


June 16, 1993


Burglaries and thefts reported

-- Two shotguns, a .22-caliber rifle, a 9-mm handgun, color television, stereo equipment and other items valued on a police report at $9,503 were taken between 11:45 a.m. and 5:35 p.m. Monday from an apartment at 255 N. Mich., police reported. A woman who lives in the apartment reported that the apartment may have been entered from a window.

Police reports

-- Police today are searching for the driver of a car that struck a motorcycle driven by an off-duty police officer about 9:30 a.m. today near Eighth and Tennessee streets. A police spokesman said Officer Ted Bordman injured his right knee after the motorcycle he was driving south on Tennessee was bumped by a red car and fell over. Bordman was being treated for the injury at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center this morning. He was not taken to the hospital. The spokesman said the driver of the car, believed to be a woman, stopped after the accident and looked at Bordman but then drove away.

-- Two people were arrested and another person was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for minor injuries following a fight about 3:15 a.m. today outside Perkins Restaurant, 1711 W. 23rd. A police spokesman said the fight occurred between an undetermined number of people, some of whom appeared to be intoxicated. A 26-year-old Topeka man was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and possession of illegal drugs after he allegedly produced a knife and threatened another person, a police spokesman said. A 24-year-old Lawrence woman also allegedly involved in the altercation was arrested on misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of a controlled substance, he said. One person was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after his foot was run over by a car during the incident, the spokesman said. The identity of the victim and other information was unavailable this morning because a report on the incident still was being written.

-- Police are searching for three men who allegedly took an item from a local discount store and ran on Monday. The suspects reportedly took a cordless telephone about 5:10 p.m. Monday from Kmart, 3106 Iowa. A store employee reportedly followed them outside the store and was kicked when he tried to apprehend one of the men, the police spokesman said. The alleged theft was recorded by the store's security cameras, and police believe they have identified the suspects, the spokesman said. No arrests had been made this morning.

Injury accidents

-- Deborah Jenkins, 2, 2637 Manor Ter., was listed in good condition today at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after she was struck by a car that was backing out of the driveway of her home at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday. The car, a 1988 Chevrolet, was being driven by Mark E. Jenkins, 17, 2637 Manor Ter. No citations were issued.

Condition reports

-- Frank Schirmer, 70, Lawrence, was treated and released from Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka after being injured in an accident at 7:28 a.m. Tuesday about one-half mile west of the Lecompton roadside park on U.S. Highway 40. Three cars were involved in the accident. A report on the accident had not been completed as of this morning and details were unavailable.

Fire calls

Lawrence firefighters:

-- Investigated a smoke scare in a garbage truck at 10:49 a.m. Tuesday at Pinewood and Michigan.

-- Responded to a possible fire in a propane truck at 3:28 p.m. Tuesday at 2020 Oxford. Firefighters found that it was only engine trouble.

-- Extinguished a dumpster fire at 5:42 p.m. Tuesday at Dillon grocery store, 1740 Mass. There was no damage.

-- Responded to an emergency medical call at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday. The response was canceled en route.

-- Investigated an alarm malfunction at Kansas University's Watson Library at 12:51 this morning.

District court

Criminal charges filed

-- An 18-year-old Lawrence man has been charged and three Lawrence boys have been named on criminal complaints stemming from a break-in late Friday at an apartment in the 1300 block of West 24th. Mardell Trotter, 18, address not available, was charged Monday with a felony count of aggravated burglary. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Thursday. Also Monday, prosecutors filed juvenile complaints naming Anthony Wisdom, 16, address not available, Damien Shields, 16, 2551 Ridge Ct., and John Hawkins, 17, 3302 Glacier, in connection with the incident. The offense of aggravated burglary, which would be a felony in adult court, was included on all of the complaints. In addition, the complaint against Hawkins contained the offenses of obstructing the legal process, which would be a felony in adult court, and assaulting a law enforcement officer, which would be a misdemeanor. A hearing was set for June 25 for Shields and Wisdom. Court records did not indicate when Hawkins' next hearing would be held. Authorities reported that the group broke into the apartment, which was occupied by two 18-year-olds, to find a man who had been in a fight with one of the group members earlier. The man was not at the apartment, Lawrence police said.

-- Leslie F. Riley, 39, Minneapolis, Minn., has been charged with a felony count of aggravated assault alleging he threatened to cut an employee of the Riverfront Plaza, Sixth and New Hampshire, late Saturday with a knife. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Monday. Riley allegedly committed the crime after being told by the employee that he could not fish from the plaza promenade.

Criminal case proceedings

-- Eric E. Stennis, 19, 1722 W. 24th, recently was sentenced to five to 20 years imprisonment on a felony count of aggravated robbery. He originally was charged on Feb. 12, 1992, with that felony and a felony count of robbery alleging he robbed two women on Jan. 29, 1992, and Jan. 31, 1992. Stennis pleaded guilty May 7, 1993, to aggravated robbery.

-- Herman L. Exum, 36, 930 Conn., recently was sentenced to one year in jail on an amended misdemeanor count of attempting to make terroristic threats. Exum originally was charged April 12 with a felony count of making terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened a teen-age Lawrence boy on April 9. He pleaded no contest May 10 and was found guilty of the amended charge.

-- Travis G. Williams, 22, 1350 Maple Ln., recently was sentenced to three to 10 years imprisonment on each of three felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. Williams originally was charged with those felonies and two felony counts of aggravated incest after he molested a Lawrence girl between Sept. 1, 1991, and Jan. 30, 1993. He pleaded guilty May 6 to the indecent liberties charges. A judge ruled that two of the sentences would run consecutively and that the other would run concurrently.

-- A judge suspended imposition of sentence recently in the case of Andrew J. Callewaert, 18, 1004 Prescott, on the condition that Callewaert pay court costs. Callewaert was charged May 14 with a felony count of aggravated assault after he reportedly pointed a BB pistol at a local man in the parking lot of a west Lawrence bar. He pleaded no contest last week and was found guilty of an amended misdemeanor count of attempting to make terroristic threats.

-- Dimitri L. Dixon, 26, 1410 W. Fourth, recently was sentenced to 10 to 25 years imprisonment on a felony count of aggravated robbery. Dixon originally was charged Feb. 16 with that felony and a felony count of obstructing the legal process after he robbed Koleber Retail Liquor, 1805 W. Second, on Feb. 12 while armed with a handgun. He pleaded guilty May 7 to aggravated robbery.

-- A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the trial of Mark Strand, 41, 1030 Jana Dr., who was on trial on a felony count of aggravated battery and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. Strand was accused of beating a 25-year-old Lawrence man after an automobile accident Dec. 17 at Douglas County Roads 438 and 1200E. Trial began Monday morning and ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday when the jury announced it could not reach a verdict. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek a retrial. If the state decides to retry Strand, trial will be set at a hearing scheduled for July 9.

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