Archive for Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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Horoscopes
May 15, 2001
Daily ticker
May 15, 2001
Friends and neighbors
May 15, 2001
Help on Harvard
May 15, 2001
Issue of speed
May 15, 2001
Not for children
May 15, 2001
Jo Ann Douglas
May 15, 2001
Scraper services
May 15, 2001
Shepherd Collins
May 15, 2001
David L. Dibben
May 15, 2001
On the Record
May 15, 2001
Rules for bikes, too
May 15, 2001
Briefly________________
May 15, 2001
Courts Probation granted in manslaughter case A Shawnee teen originally sentenced to 30 months detention for the death of a Lawrence woman was given probation Monday in Johnson County District Court. A hearing was conducted to review the sentence of Sean Scott, 16, who pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Felecia Bland, 36. Bland and Scott collided Sept. 16 on Kansas Highway 10, about 15 miles east of Lawrence. Bland died at the scene. Scott’s blood-alcohol concentration was measured at .15 percent. Johnson County prosecutors asked for a 24-month sentence their original request when sentencing proceedings began but Judge Janette Sheldon reduced the sentence to probation, according to Richard Ramos, Bland’s brother. The exact length of probation wasn’t available. Prosecutors didn’t return phone calls Monday. A tree and garden dedication ceremony with a butterfly release in Bland’s memory was last week, in the above photo, at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. ________________ Courts Trial end may be near in killing of KU graduate New York The prosecution may finish its presentation today against a man suspected of stabbing to death a Kansas University graduate two years ago. During testimony Monday, a medical examiner testified that the stab wound that killed 26-year-old Amy Watkins in March 1999 couldn’t have been an accident, Watkins’ father, Lawrence Watkins, said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. David Jamison, 28, is charged with first-degree murder in Amy Watkins’ death. Jamison has contended that the stabbing was an accident and that Watkins had backed into his knife. Assistant Dist. Atty. Kyle Reeves was expected to call additional witnesses today before giving the defense its turn, Lawrence Watkins said. “I’m hoping we could have a verdict as soon as Wednesday afternoon,” he said. Lawrence Watkins, who has lived in New York since 1992, said he has been attending the trial since it began Friday in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Amy’s mother, Margaret Tafoya, lives in St. Louis and has not attended the trial, Lawrence Watkins said. After graduating from KU with a bachelor’s degree in social work, Amy Watkins moved to New York. She was stabbed while walking along a Brooklyn Street. ________________ Internet Kansan sentenced to prison on underage-sex charges A Kansas man has been sentenced to federal prison for having sex with a 12-year-old girl he met in an Internet poetry chat room. U.S. District Judge Fremming Nielsen ordered Eugene K. Dickens, 56, to serve 7 1/2 years in prison. The sentence was handed down Friday in Spokane, Wash. Dickens pleaded guilty in November to travel with intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile. The Wenatchee, Wash., girl was with Dickens when FBI agents arrested him July 11 at a bus station in Lawrence. He allegedly used a Kansas University computer to correspond with the girl, who now is 13. She was reported as a runaway June 26. Court documents say the girl’s mother called authorities after finding Internet e-mail on her home computer indicating her daughter planned to travel to Spokane, Wash., to meet with an unknown male. FBI agents tracked the subscriber information to computer owners in Oskaloosa, Kan., who told them that Dickens had used their computer June 23, court documents say.
Ruth Brockelman
May 15, 2001