Archive for Thursday, March 25, 1993


March 25, 1993


Law enforcement report

District court

Criminal charges filed

James Byron, 23, no address listed, on Tuesday was charged with a felony count of theft alleging that on Monday, he stole a 1990 Chevrolet Pace Arrow recreational vehicle belonging to a Lawrence man. A preliminary hearing for Byron is scheduled for Monday.

Criminal case proceedings

Peter G. Kitos, 36, 1226 N.J., recently was sentenced to one year in jail on an amended misdemeanor count of endangering a child. Kitos originally was charged Dec. 14 with a felony count of abusing a child after he reportedly struck his 9-year-old son in the head on Dec. 11. He pleaded guilty Feb. 17 to the amended charge.

Darlmon Draine, 17, Topeka, and Deondo Russell, age not available, Topeka, recently were each sentenced to three to 10 years imprisonment on felony counts of attempted aggravated robbery. The charges were filed Nov. 20 after Draine and Russell tried to hold up a 25-year-old Lawrence man on Nov. 19 in front of the Town and Country Convenience Store, Ninth and Ohio. Draine and Russell each pleaded no contest and were found guilty of the felony counts in February.

Christopher Turner, 23, 812 Greever Ter., recently was sentenced to one to three years imprisonment on each of 10 felony counts of forgery and, in an unrelated case, was sentenced to one year in jail on a misdemeanor count of theft. Turner originally was charged with 25 forgery counts in November after he allegedly forged 25 $25 checks belonging to a local woman between Sept. 29 and Oct. 2. He also was charged Oct. 6 with a felony count of auto burglary and two misdemeanor theft charges stemming from an automobile break-in last fall. He pleaded guilty Feb. 18 to the misdemeanor theft count in that case. Also on Feb. 18, Turner pleaded guilty to 10 of the forgery charges.

Sarah V. Steele, 20, Wichita, recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing stemming from an abortion protest Nov. 14 at the office of Dale Clinton, 15 E. Seventh. Steele was sentenced to 30 days in jail, given credit for one day spent in custody and then granted a two-year parole.

Sean P. Cantu, 25, recently pleaded guilty to an amended misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. Cantu originally was charged Jan. 29 with a felony count of interfering with the duties of a firefighter after he allegedly grabbed a firefighter who was trying to extinguish a blaze at 1344 Ky., Cantu's residence at the time. After hearing his plea, a judge sentenced Cantu to 30 days in jail, gave him credit for 20 days spent in custody and granted him a one-year parole.

Darren Warner, 30, no address listed, recently was sentenced to one to five years imprisonment on a felony count of theft. The charge was filed Feb. 1 after Warner took 20 rolls of barbed wire on Jan. 13 or Jan. 14 from Farmers Co-op Assn., 1000 E. 23rd. Warner pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 16.

Carol Saulters, 32, Topeka, recently was sentenced to one year in jail on each of three misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a financial card. The charges were filed against Saulters along with two felony counts of auto burglary after she allegedly entered two vehicles on Aug. 29 and Aug. 31, obtained credit cards and used the stolen cards to make purchases. She pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to the misdemeanors.

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