Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2000

County administrator’s son facing charges

August 31, 2000


Police say the son of the Douglas County administrator tried to break into a Lawrence apartment Tuesday night.

Charles R. Weinaug, 18, was charged Wednesday in Douglas County District Court with a felony count of obstructing official duty and misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, criminal damage and attempted criminal trespass.

Lawrence Police Det. M.T. Brown said Weinaug was arrested, along with a 17-year-old boy, just after 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Brown said the two teens broke a window on Kentucky Place and were attempting to enter the apartment when officers arrived. The pair fled, and officers caught them at a nearby grocery store. A marijuana pipe was found on Weinaug during the arrest, Brown said.

Weinaug's father is Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug, who said Wednesday that his son moved out of the family home earlier this year after being unable to comply with family rules on curfews, drug use and school attendance.

"I love him very much," Craig Weinaug said Wednesday. "I also have great confidence in law enforcement and the district courts to treat him fairly in this matter."

Attorney Greg Robinson was appointed to represent Charles Weinaug, and a preliminary hearing set for 2 p.m. Sept. 11. The teen remains in Douglas County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bond.

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