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Archive for Saturday, April 8, 1995

DISTRICT COURT

April 8, 1995

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Criminal case proceedings

  • Troy S. Hogue, 26, 719 Mass., recently was sentenced to six months in the Douglas County Jail and assessed an unspecified amount of court costs for misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. Hogue was charged last December with felony driving while suspended and driving without insurance. He pleaded guilty last month to the amended misdemeanor offense. Court records indicate Hogue was to be granted parole after serving five days.
  • William F. Garcia, 17, 504 Locust, has been assigned to the Labette County Conservation Facility as part of a sentence imposed for his conviction on an auto burglary charge. Garcia pleaded guilty to the charge in February. During a hearing last week, the court sentenced Garcia to 12 months in the custody of the secretary of corrections, then assigned him to Douglas County Community Corrections and the Labette County facility in lieu of going to prison.
  • A Lawrence man, Joseph O. Chamberlain, 18, faces an April 27 sentencing after he pleaded guilty to an amended complaint charging him with obstruction of the legal process and seven counts of theft, all misdemeanors. Chamberlain, 1915 Edgelea, originally was charged in mid-February with felony obstruction, one count of misdemeanor battery on a law officer and 16 counts of auto burglary. The charges stemmed from a series of auto burglaries reported in the 2200 block of Harper.
  • Kenneth E. Worrell, 20, Eudora, pleaded no contest earlier this week to an amended complaint charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit forgery and one count of endangering a child. He is to be sentenced May 4 in Douglas County District Court. Worrell was charged in early January with three counts of forgery and one count of endangering a child. The charges stemmed from incidents that occurred on Dec. 23.
  • A May 10 jury trial on a charge of misdemeanor telephone harassment is scheduled for Nathan B. Hollingshead, 33, 520 1/2 Ohio. The charge alleges that in early October he made harassing telephone calls to a telephone number in Eudora. Court records indicate that earlier this week prosecutors dismissed a felony stalking charge that had been filed against him. A Douglas County judge ruled recently that the state's stalking law is unconstitutional.
  • A May 31 jury trial is scheduled for two men who are charged with robbing two Lawrence men on Oct. 8. The trial date for Tyrone Edwards, 19, no address listed, and Robert T. Martin, 19, Lawrence, was set earlier this week after their preliminary hearing in Douglas County District Court. Court records indicate that a wallet was taken from one alleged victim and a driver's license from the other.
  • Peter J. Signor, 25, 1101 Pa., has pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial on charges of criminal damage to property and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. His trial is scheduled for May 7. The charges stem from an incident reported last December when a 1987 Honda was vandalized.
  • A Douglas County jury earlier this week convicted Jacqueline R. Banks, 24, 400 Ala., of sale of cocaine and violation of the Kansas Drug Tax Stamp Act. She is to be sentenced May 4. Banks was charged last August after an investigation by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit.
  • A Baldwin man will be sentenced May 5 after being convicted earlier this week of misdemeanor battery by a Douglas County jury. Timothy A. Lawrence, 24, originally was charged by prosecutors with aggravated battery, a felony. The charge was filed last September after he allegedly backed into a city parking control officer who was writing him a parking ticket in the 900 block of Massachusetts. The jury found him guilty of misdemeanor battery, a lesser included offense of aggravated battery.
  • A rural Douglas County man has waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana. Bernard D. Heeney, 36, 1107 North 1200 Road, is to stand trial in district court on June 26. Heeney was charged in February after investigators from the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit found what they reported were nine growing marijuana plants and two plastic bags of marijuana at his residence.
  • Brian K. Hester, 29, 3323 Iowa, has pleaded not guilty and asked for a jury trial on four drug-related charges. Court records indicate Hester will stand trial Sept. 11 on two counts of sale of cocaine and single counts of violating the Kansas Drug Tax Stamp Act and use of a telephone to facilitate a drug sale. He was arrested on those charges last month after a three-month investigation by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit.
  • Joseph O. Chamberlain, 18, 1915 Edgelea, has waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted theft and criminal damage to property. He is to stand trial on the charges May 8. The charges allege that on March 27 Chamberlain damaged and attempted to steal a money-changer machine owned by Cliff's Vending Service.
  • Steven R. Horn, 29, 133 Perry, has pleaded guilty to an amended criminal complaint charging misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and driving without insurance. Horn was charged originally last October with driving while a habitual violator and driving without insurance. Court records indicate he was fined $100, ordered to pay court costs, and sentenced to one year in the county jail for DWI. He was granted unsupervised probation after serving five days in the jail. He also was fined $100 on the insurance charge.

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