Criminal case proceedings
- Timothy R. Drinnen, 20, 941 R.I., pleaded guilty recently in Douglas County District Court to two counts of auto burglary and one count of residential burglary. The charges alleged that last June, Drinnen burglarized a Ford Explorer, a Honda Accord and a residence in the 4500 block of Wimbledon Drive. In return for the plea, prosecutors dismissed two counts of auto burglary, two counts of residential burglary and three counts of felony theft that had been filed against him. Drinnen is to be sentenced Feb. 9.
- A Lawrence man, Joshua M. Copp, 20, 2000 Ala., has been sentenced to 11 months in the custody of the Kansas Secretary of Corrections and assigned to Douglas County Community Corrections for 24 months for a second conviction for possession of marijuana. A second conviction for that offense makes the charge a felony. Copp originally was charged last May with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also is to pay court costs.
- Carolyn J. Suber, 40, no address listed, pleaded no contest and was convicted recently in Douglas County District Court of a charge of possession of cocaine. Suber was charged originally with two counts of possession of cocaine, one count of possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested after an investigation by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit last summer. Suber is to appear back in court Feb. 9 for sentencing.
- David W. Higgins, 30, 1792 E 1068 Road, recently pleaded no contest to and was convicted of a felony charge of driving while a habitual violator. He was arrested for the offense Sept. 7. Higgins is to be sentenced Feb. 16.
- Jarrod Thacher, 16, Topeka, made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court Friday on a six-count criminal complaint. Thacher is charged with two counts of theft, three counts of auto burglary and one count of aiding and abetting attempted aggravated robbery. The aiding and abetting charge alleges he aided a person who was attempting to steal marijuana while armed with a handgun. All the offenses are alleged to have occurred on Dec. 14. Thacher is to appear back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
- Preliminary hearings are scheduled Thursday in Douglas County District Court for Darrin W. Housworth, 27, 255 N. Mich., who is charged in two separate cases with a total of eight counts of forgery. In the first case, he is charged with forging a $100 check on July 1, 1994. In the second case, he is charged with forging seven checks with a total value of $175 between June 12 and June 16, 1994.
- Clayton A. Ptacek, 29, 1000 Mo., was sentenced recently to one year in the county jail and then placed on one year's probation after pleading guilty to an amended complaint charging him with possession of marijuana. Ptacek originally was charged in mid-August with cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was arrested by members of the drug enforcement unit during a raid at his residence.
- A Junction City woman, Barbara A. Davis, 33, pleaded no contest earlier this week to an amended criminal complaint charging one count of attempted forgery. She originally was charged in November with forging a $675.42 check on the account of a Lawrence woman. Davis is to be sentenced Feb. 24.
- A Douglas County jury convicted Hurbert E. Guliford, 23, 1900 W. 31st, earlier this week of the aggravated assault of a 13-year-old boy in early July. The charge alleged Guliford pointed a pellet pistol at the boy. Guliford is to be sentenced Feb. 24.