Criminal case proceedings
- A 15-year-old Emporia boy has pleaded no contest to the aggravated robbery of a pizza delivery driver Nov. 19 in the 1500 block of New Hampshire. The boy entered the plea during a recent hearing in the juvenile division of Douglas County District Court. Disposition of the case was transferred to Lyon County, according to Assistant Dist. Atty. Shelley Diehl. A charge of attempted aggravated robbery was dismissed by the state.
- An Oklahoma man will be sentenced Feb. 2 in Douglas County District Court after pleading no contest to an amended charge of taking indecent liberties with a child. James A. Darnell, 37, entered the plea and was convicted of the felony charge during a recent court hearing. He originally was charged with committing aggravated criminal sodomy on a girl younger than 14 between September and December 1989.
- Nicholas E. Fulton, 19, 941 R.I., will be sentenced Feb. 9 after pleading guilty to a June residential burglary and the felony theft of property. In return for the plea, prosecutors dismissed two other charges of residential burglary and a second charge of felony theft.
- A Douglas County man has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a charge of aggravated assault. John R. Wigington, 34, is to appear back in court Feb. 7 for arraignment and trial setting. The charge alleges that on Nov. 10, he threatened his wife with a shotgun outside her residence in the 1900 block of West 31st.
- Robert R. Charles, 37, Kansas City, Kan., has been bound over for trial on two charges of aiding and abetting forgery and a charge of conspiracy to commit forgery. The charges allege that in January 1994, he aided, abetted, advised or counseled another person to forge two checks with a total value of $181.81. He is to appear back in court Feb. 2 for arraignment and trial setting.
- Jesus DelCampo Jr., 34, 434 1/2 Locust, has pleaded no contest to and been convicted of an amended complaint charging him with attempted criminal threat. He is to be sentenced Feb. 16. DelCampo originally was charged with aggravated assault after he was arrested for allegedly threatening a Lawrence woman with a handgun on Aug. 15.
- Mikel Wray, 25, no address listed, has waived his preliminary hearing on charges alleging he forged two checks with a total value of $400 last September. Wray is to return to court Feb. 9 for arraignment and trial setting.
- A 17-year-old Lawrence youth will be sentenced Feb. 9 after pleading no contest recently to a felony charge charge of auto burglary and a charge of misdemeanor theft. In return for the plea, prosecutors dismissed two other charges alleging auto burglary and misdemeanor theft. The incidents are alleged to have occurred Sept. 27.
- Prosecutors have dismissed five counts of forgery that were filed in June 1992 against Sarah Ann Saffer, 22, 1701 W. Fourth. Court records indicate Saffer was arrested on the charges in mid-December 1994. The charges were dismissed because prosecutors were unable to find the alleged victim.
- A Topeka woman was sentenced earlier this week to 12 months in the custody of the secretary of corrections and then assigned to the community corrections program on two counts of forgery. Karen A. Portenier, 37, also was ordered to pay court costs and $512.81 restitution. Portenier originally was charged with six counts of forgery. She pleaded no contest to two of the charges last month. The restitution amount covers the total value of all checks that were written.
- Roy D. Barnes, 24, Route 5, Lawrence, pleaded guilty earlier this week to charges alleging that on Nov. 27, he drove with a suspended driver's license, a misdemeanor, and drove while intoxicated. Prosecutors dismissed a speeding charge that had been filed against him. Barnes, who originally was charged with felony driving on a suspended license, is to be sentenced Feb. 23.
- Richard C. Isaacs, 35, DeSoto, has been sentenced to one year in the Douglas County Jail, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs after pleading guilty to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested for the offense in October. A seat belt violation was dismissed by prosecutors.
- Marc S. Whatley, 34, 803 Schwartz, was sentenced recently to 60 days in the Douglas County Jail, then placed on one year of supervised probation and ordered to pay court costs after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Whatley was arrested in mid-October after a Lawrence bike patrol officer spotted him sitting in a car in the 700 block of Rhode Island, using what was believed to have been cocaine. A possession of cocaine charge that had been filed against Whatley was dismissed by the state.
- Doug A. Vinke, 28, 524 Ohio, was sentenced recently to 30 days in the county jail, then placed on one year of supervised probation and ordered to pay court costs after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Vinke was arrested in mid-October after a Lawrence bike patrol officer spotted him sitting in a car in the 700 block of Rhode Island, using what was believed to have been cocaine. A possession of cocaine charge that had been filed against Vinke was dismissed by the state.