Burglaries and thefts reported
- A 1986 Toyota Celica reported stolen shortly before 2 a.m. today from the 2500 block of Cimarron Drive was recovered moments later after crashing into a utility pole in the 1000 block of East 25th Terrace. Police reports indicate that a 19-year-old woman had left the vehicle parked in the street, unlocked and running while she went inside a residence on Cimarron for a few minutes. When she returned the vehicle was gone. Police Sgt. Rick Nickell said the driver had fled by the time officers arrived at the accident scene. The car sustained an estimated $1,500 damage.
- A man suspected of leading police on a car chase earlier this week after allegedly stealing a car in the 900 block of East 23rd was arrested Thursday night at a Lawrence apartment. Police went to the apartment in the 2500 block of Redbud after receiving information that the 20-year-old man allegedly had been bragging about the Tuesday-night theft. The vehicle was recovered in the 3200 block of Yellowstone a short time after it was reported stolen. Police booked the man into the Douglas County Jail in connection with felony and misdemeanor theft, burglary, criminal damage to property and illegal possession of a firearm. He also was booked on a parole violation warrant issued by the Kansas Department of Corrections. He is expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon. The misdemeanor theft, burglary and criminal damage charges are related to a burglary Tuesday at a residence in the 1900 block of East 19th and the theft of two handguns.
Criminal case proceedings
- A 40-year-old woman has been bound over for trial on a charge of possession of cocaine. Carolyn J. Suber, no address listed, is to appear back in court Jan. 12 for arraignment and trial setting on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Suber was arrested after an investigation earlier this year by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit.
- A Lawrence man has been given a suspended jail sentence and placed on 60-days probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. Brian K. Steele, 26, 2429 Ousdahl, was charged in August with attempted cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a weapon after police found two marijuana plants, grow lights and an illegal knife in his residence. After Steele entered his plea Thursday prosecutors dismissed the remainder of the charges that had been filed against him.
- A Lawrence man who was arrested in May has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of marijuana. Joshua M. Copp, 20, 2000 Alabama, originally had been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. He entered his plea after prosecutors filed an amended complaint in the case. Copp is to appear back in court Jan. 12 for sentencing.