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Archive for Tuesday, January 29, 2002

State Briefs

January 29, 2002

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Driver killed in one-car wreck

A Topeka women died Monday evening in a one-car accident in Osage County.

Rosanne B. Winter, 55, Topeka, was killed at 6:14 p.m. when she drove off the inside shoulder of Highway 75 about 1 mile south of Carbondale. Her 1993 Ford Escort slid in the median and rolled three times, said a Kansas Highway Patrol press release.

Winter was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident.

Suspects to be tried on kidnapping charges

Four people arrested earlier this month for allegedly kidnapping a police drug informant will be tried on charges this spring.

Douglas County District Court Chief Judge Robert Fairchild ruled Monday there is enough evidence to try all the defendants for aggravated kidnapping.

In addition, Fairchild ruled that Lionell A. Sanders, 22, also will be tried for aggravated assault. But Fairchild said there was not enough evidence to support a third charge of aggravated battery.

The other suspects all related face only aggravated kidnapping charges. They are Kim M. Sanders, 23, Lee S. Sanders Jr., 33, and Quincy M. Sanders, 20.

Last week a confidential informant, who said he made drug buys for Douglas County law enforcement officers, testified he was kidnapped Jan. 3 and kept against his will by the Sanderses in an apartment in the 800 block of New York Street.

Each of the Sanderses will be tried separately, with trials to be in March and April. All of them remain in the Douglas County Jail.

Van leads police on chase

A 23-year-old man was arrested late Friday by Lawrence Police after he allegedly led them on a car chase that began downtown.

A patrol officer saw a Mitsubishi Expo van drive off at high rate of speed east on 11th Street from Massachusetts Street, police reported.

The officer attempted to stop the van but temporarily lost sight of it. The van was found moments later abandoned in the 900 block of Pennsylvania.

Police found the suspect, Andrew X. Weibel, 929 Pa., in a nearby residence with acquaintances. He was arrested for driving under the influence, attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and interference with the duties of a law enforcement officer.

Weibel was taken to the Douglas County Jail and later released on $900 bond. He is to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court on Feb. 13.

Chief information technology officer for state retires

Don Heiman retires Monday after 26 years with the state of Kansas. Heiman served as chief information technology officer for the executive branch and director of the division of information systems and communications in the department of administration.

"Don's contribution to our state government technology infrastructure is immense," Gov. Bill Graves said. "Kansas is recognized as a national leader in information technology, and Don is a big part of our success."

During Heiman's tenure, Kansas has received numerous national awards. On Jan. 2, the Center for Digital Government ranked Kansas No. 1 in the nation for state government information technology.

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