* A Lawrence woman who was charged in August with cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of the Kansas Drug Tax Stamp Act has pleaded guilty to an amended complaint filed by prosecutors. Kristi L. Akin, 29, 1000 Mo., pleaded guilty earlier this week to charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to one year in the county jail and fined $500 on each count, according to court records. She was then placed on 24-month's probation and ordered to pay court costs and fees. Akin was arrested after marijuana plants and other items were found during a raid on her residence by the county's drug enforcement unit.
- A Kansas City, Mo., man who was arrested Oct. 19 and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened a female bus driver with a knife has pleaded guilty to an amended charge of assault. After pleading guilty to the lesser charge filed by prosecutors, Andre T. Cooper, 34, was sentenced to time served in the Douglas County Jail and released.
- A Lawrence man will be sentenced Dec. 15 after pleading guilty earlier this week to burglary and theft charges stemming from a late 1992 break-in at a residence in the 4000 block of Trail Road. In return for the pleas, prosecutors dismissed an aggravated burglary charge that also had been filed against John R. Kriner, 21, 2500 W. Sixth. That charged stemmed from a late 1992 break-in at a residence in the 400 block of Tall Grass.
- Clemente T. Gonzales, 20, Lawrence, pleaded no contest earlier this week to misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and criminal damage to property. Gonzales originally was charged with auto burglary and criminal damage to property. The misdemeanor charges were contained in an amended complaint filed by prosecutors. Gonzales is to be sentenced Dec. 15.
- Roger D. Helm, 26, 816 Garfield, will be sentenced Dec. 15 after pleading guilty to a charge of attempted aggravated escape from custody. Helm originally was charged with aggravated escape from custody after he failed to return to the Douglas County Jail from a work-release assignment. He was in jail on a felony driving under the influence conviction. The charge was amended by prosecutors.
- A Douglas County jury this week acquitted Richard E. Snell, 30, Tonganoxie, for a felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Snell was arrested and charged in late August after it was reported he was illegally carrying a firearm with a barrel of less than 12 inches.