Criminal case proceedings
- James W. Heather, 44, 2006 Quail Creek Drive, pleaded guilty earlier this week to a non-felony charge of driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to one year in the Douglas County Jail and was fined $500. Heather was granted probation after serving five days in jail and ordered to pay court costs and fees. Prosecutors originally charged Heather with felony driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident after an Oct. 17 accident. The leaving the scene charge was dismissed at the time he entered his plea.
- A Topeka man, Danny L. Martinez, 21, has been sentenced to 21 months in the custody of the Kansas Secretary of Corrections and placed on 12 months probation after pleading no contest to a charge of burglary. Martinez was charged originally with burglary and felony theft in connection with an October 1993 break-in at a residence in the 100 block of North Michigan. Prosecutors dismissed the theft charge at the time Martinez entered his plea. Martinez also was ordered to pay an unspecified amount of restitution and court costs.
- Linda D. Ferguson, 42, 800 N.Y., has pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted possession of cocaine. Ferguson was charged in late October with possession of cocaine after police officers who were executing a search warrant at her residence found her in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine. Ferguson is to be sentenced Feb. 10.
- Lorraine Sandburg, 39, 316 Funston, has been sentenced to six months in the custody of the secretary of corrections and assigned to community corrections after pleading guilty to an amended complaint charging her with attempted forgery. Sandburg, who originally was charged with two counts of forgery, also was ordered to pay $166.26 restitution and court costs.
- William F. Garcia, 17, 504 Locust, has waived his preliminary hearing on charges alleging that on Dec. 10 he burglarized a 1986 Honda and stole a purse and its contents. Garcia's next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 9.
- Steven A. Reese Jr., 18, 1900 W. 31st, has entered into a two-year-diversion agreement to avoid prosecution on charges of auto burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. Under terms of the agreement, Reese is to pay $871.50 in restitution, court costs and fees. He also is to complete 40 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to the victim and help recover the stolen car stereo from a pawn shop. If Reese complies with all terms of the agreement, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss the charges at the end of the diversion period.