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Archive for Tuesday, November 10, 1998

S CAR WINDOW PULVERIZED BY PUMPKIN

November 10, 1998

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Lawrence police this week continued to investigate an incident of vandalism during which the rear window of a district judge's car was smashed by a pumpkin.

Sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, an unidentified suspect or suspects threw the pumpkin through the back window of Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin's 1995 Volvo station wagon. The car was parked in the 1500 block of Stratford, west of the Kansas University campus.

The pumpkin caused about $400 in damage. Police spokesman Sgt. George Wheeler said Martin did not think the act was connected to any past or pending court cases.

"It may have been another senseless act of random vandalism," Wheeler said.

Drunken-driving arrests

keep police busy

Lawrence police say they weren't doing anything out of the ordinary, but they had a busy time last weekend with drunken drivers.

Fifteen drivers were nabbed for operating under the influence between midnight Friday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

Sgt. George Wheeler, Lawrence police spokesman, said the high number of arrests was not the result of a roadblock or any other special effort targeting OUI offenders.

Defendant claims

attorney ineffective

A man who wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the shooting death of his ex-wife will have a new hearing later this month to decide whether the public defender who originally represented him was ineffective.

Samuel Mutfwang's new attorney, Harry Warren, told District Court Judge Jack Murphy on Monday that he will file an ineffective counsel charge later this week.

Mutfwang, 46, pleaded guilty to unintentional second-degree murder while represented by Ron Evans of the Northeast Kansas Conflicts Office in Topeka. Evans withdrew from the case after Mutfwang made a series of statements about him to Murphy.

Mutfwang had been scheduled to be sentenced last week for the Jan. 30 murder of Cindy Mutfwang.

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