Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 1997


May 28, 1997


Two men from the Little Apple found themselves in Douglas County's "big house" on Tuesday after their arrests for auto burglary in Lawrence.

Ronald D. Demelio, 19, and Mitchell C. Henry, 20, both of Manhattan, have been charged with auto burglary, a felony, theft and criminal damage. Demelio and Henry were arrested after someone noticed two men breaking into a car parked near an apartment complex in northwest Lawrence.

About 2 a.m. Tuesday, police called to the 4600 block of West Sixth arrested two men matching the descriptions. The suspects reportedly had not tried to break into any other cars.

By Tuesday afternoon, Demelio had been released from Douglas County Jail on $3,000 bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for June 4.

After a first court appearance Tuesday, Henry was out of Douglas County Jail on $2,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Monday.

In an unrelated incident early Tuesday, police arrested an Ottawa man and were searching for a second suspect in two auto burglaries and a residential burglary in Lawrence.

Chad E. Cline, 22, was charged on Tuesday with burglary and theft, both felonies, after police found him allegedly in possession of stolen property.

Shortly after midnight Monday, officer Trent McKinley noticed a man breaking into a car in the parking lot of Colony Woods, 1301 W. 24th. McKinley arrested Cline without incident. While investigating the stolen property, McKinley traced Cline to another car burglary near Sixth and Michigan, and a residential burglary in the 900 block of Emery.

In questioning Cline, McKinley discovered he was not alone during the incidents. The second suspect had not been found Tuesday, Sgt. Jim Miller said.

Cline remained in Douglas County Jail Tuesday on $4,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 3.

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