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Archive for Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Area briefs

July 31, 2001

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Topekans charged in motel robbery

Four Topekans were charged Monday in Douglas County District Court for the Friday night robbery of the Virginia Inn Motel, 2903 W. Sixth St.

All of the suspects remained Monday in Douglas County Jail on $30,000 bond each. They appeared Monday before Judge Pro Tem Peggy Kittel, who ordered them to appear in court again at 2 p.m. Wednesday so preliminary hearings can be scheduled.

The suspects and the charges against them:

Henry Davis, 28, one count each of aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, both felonies, and misdemeanor theft.

Henry Sirvira, 33, aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

Robert Redmond, 29, aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, both felonies, and misdemeanor theft.

Theodore Redmond Jr., 43, aiding and abetting aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and misdemeanor theft.

The suspects were arrested shortly after the robbery by Douglas County Sheriff's officers on U.S. Highway 40 just west of Lawrence.

Wheat silo catches fire

The Wakarusa Township Fire Department responded about 8:15 p.m. Thursday to a wheat silo fire.

The fire occurred on property at 918 E. 1500 Road belonging to Walter George, a Douglas County Sheriff's report said.

A combination of moisture in the grain and high temperatures caused combustion, the report said.

Total damage and losses was listed at $7,000.

Suspect charged with car burglary

A Lenexa man was arrested Friday afternoon after several witnesses told Lawrence Police they saw him steal items from a car.

Ricky D. Hundley, 37, was charged Monday with auto burglary and obstruction of justice, both felonies, and theft and battery on a law enforcement officer, both misdemeanors.

Police were called to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 138 Ala., about 12:20 p.m. on a report of a car burglary in progress. Officers were given a detailed description of the suspect, and a man matching that description was seen nearby riding a bicycle, a police report said.

An officer stopped and talked to the suspect and then arrested him. The suspect allegedly pushed the officer and resisted arrest, the report said.

Allegedly taken in the theft were a leather wallet containing $20, a cell phone and other items valued at a total of $621, the report said.

Hundley was detained in the Douglas County Jail Monday on $15,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2 p.m. Aug. 13.

Video store robbed Sunday afternoon

An east Lawrence video store was robbed Sunday afternoon, said Sgt. Mack Pryor of the Lawrence Police Department.

The robbery occurred at 1:20 p.m. at Couch Potato Video, 1800 E. 23rd St., Suite H. A man entered the store with a jacket wrapped around his hand and said he had a weapon underneath, Pryor said. No weapon was ever shown.

The manager handed over the money on demand to the suspect, who then left eastbound.

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