Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Suspect accused of injuring officer in police chase faces 11 charges

27-year-old Topeka woman has lengthy criminal record

Barbara Jo Schnegelsiepen makes an appearance in Douglas County court on Wednesday afternoon. She has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and nine other crimes following a high-speed chase on Tuesday.

December 3, 2008, 12:34 p.m. Updated December 3, 2008, 5:22 p.m.

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Barbara Jo Schnegelsiepen, 27, Topeka, made her first court appearance on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, via video from the Douglas County Jail, where she is being held on $350,000 bail. Schnegelsiepen faces 11 charges in connection with two residential burglaries Tuesday morning in Lawrence that were followed by a lengthy high-speed chase that extended into rural areas west of town. A Lawrence police officer was injured when he was struck by the fleeing vehicle.

Barbara Jo Schnegelsiepen, 27, Topeka, made her first court appearance on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, via video from the Douglas County Jail, where she is being held on $350,000 bail. Schnegelsiepen faces 11 charges in connection with two residential burglaries Tuesday morning in Lawrence that were followed by a lengthy high-speed chase that extended into rural areas west of town. A Lawrence police officer was injured when he was struck by the fleeing vehicle.

Barbara Jo Schnegelsiepen, 27, Topeka, made her first court appearance on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, via video from the Douglas County Jail, where she is being held on $350,000 bail. Schnegelsiepen faces 11 charges in connection with two residential burglaries Tuesday morning in Lawrence that were followed by a lengthy high-speed chase that extended into rural areas west of town. A Lawrence police officer was injured when he was struck by the fleeing vehicle.

Barbara Jo Schnegelsiepen, 27, Topeka, made her first court appearance on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, via video from the Douglas County Jail, where she is being held on $350,000 bail. Schnegelsiepen faces 11 charges in connection with two residential burglaries Tuesday morning in Lawrence that were followed by a lengthy high-speed chase that extended into rural areas west of town. A Lawrence police officer was injured when he was struck by the fleeing vehicle.

Chase suspect captured near Stull

A Tuesday afternoon car chase took officers east on U.S. Highway 40 before heading north into rural areas west of Lecompton. The suspect was ultimately captured a mile north of Stull, after a Lawrence police officer struck the suspect's vehicle, ending the chase. Enlarge video

The Topeka woman accused of injuring a Lawrence police officer Tuesday during a high-speed chase faces two felony counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and nine other charges.

Barbara Jo Schnegelsiepen, 27, made her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

“I didn’t mean to,” the suspect said during her Douglas County District Court hearing, in which she appeared via videoconference from the county jail.

Schnegelsiepen is accused of burglarizing two Lawrence homes and then leading law officers on a chase that extended to rural areas of Douglas County.

Lawrence Police Officer Doug Payne was struck by the fleeing vehicle on U.S. Highway 40 east of Big Springs, shortly before the chase ended. A police spokeswoman said Payne was in good condition Wednesday afternoon at a Kansas City-area hospital.

“She drove directly at him and intentionally struck him,” said David Melton, chief assistant district attorney.

Schnegelsiepen faces one count of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. She’s also accused of aggravated battery against Lawrence Police Officer Hayden Fowler and aggravated assault on Kansas Highway Patrolman Kyle Moomau. The fleeing vehicle allegedly hit Fowler’s police car and forced Moomau’s cruiser off the road.

Melton said the suspect also drove directly at civilian vehicles during the pursuit.

In addition, Schnegelsiepen is charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, both felonies. Those charges, prosecutors said, are in connection with burglaries Tuesday morning at two occupied Lawrence homes. One home was in the 2700 block of Wildflower in southwest Lawrence and the other in the 3100 block Tomahawk Drive in northwest Lawrence.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office claims that after the burglaries, Schnegelsiepen fled when a police officer signaled her to stop. And Branson’s office alleges she stole two vehicles — a 2007 Jeep Wrangler and a Dodge Stratus — and several other items, including a Coach purse, a Sprint Rumor cell phone, a garage door opener, a lighter and perfume bottles. She also faces a reckless driving charge.

Schnegelsiepen is charged with a total of 11 counts, eight of which are felonies. She was booked into jail Tuesday, where she remains on $350,000 bond.

“She is an extreme danger to the public and law enforcement officers,” Melton said.

Tuesday’s chase, which at times exceeded 90 mph, took officers west of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 40 and then headed into rural areas west of Lecompton.

Douglas County Pro Tem Judge Jim George presided over Wednesday’s court appearance, which about a dozen law enforcement officers attended.

Schnegelsiepen will return to court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. George appointed Lawrence attorney John Johnson to represent her.

Comments

freesample 6 years, 3 months ago

"Hey, leave her alone! She was clearly traumatized as a child when she was forced to learn how to spell that crazy last name."All i have to say is hahahahahahahahaha.

classclown 6 years, 3 months ago

Did you all not notice she is from Topeka? Where are all the cracks about Topeka criminals? Wake up people!

bizarre 6 years, 3 months ago

maybe she will get the same prosecutor as the Yellow House!

Avery Pearson 6 years, 3 months ago

It's a better joke if it doesn't involve Topeka, as that's a given.

fabian_zimbabwe 6 years, 3 months ago

Maybe they could put her in the same jail cell as Ramona Morgan, then she could chase Ramona around in circles.

Luxor 6 years, 3 months ago

Why wasn't this skank already in jail????

geniusmannumber1 6 years, 3 months ago

Hey, but at least she's only had two kids.

Topside 6 years, 3 months ago

Actually she is from Jackson Co.....I think not Topeka. And go to KDOC website. her whole family is in jail. sad really. they should have a whole cell block name after them. cell block shcneegel spitzen...or whatever.

geekin_topekan 6 years, 3 months ago

You can rearrange her last name to read,helping essence.

Chris Ogle 6 years, 3 months ago

I bet her middle name is Meth. Her middle name, her teeth (meth rot), and damaged brain tells the story. She has used everyone, including herself to get the drug of her choice the easiest way she knew how. It is disgusting that we even feed the maggots like her. Just let her kill herself, and end the suffering .

bevy 6 years, 3 months ago

I can't believe someone thought of the smart remark about childhood trauma from spelling that last name before I did. Glad the officer wasn't seriously hurt - but this gal sounds like a 27 strikes and oughtta be WAAAY out to me...

Cynthia Schott 6 years, 3 months ago

Ick! We don't need people like her in the Midwest!Throw away the key!

Keith 6 years, 3 months ago

I thought it was John Leguizamo practicing for the sequel to "To Wong Fu, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar."

Lee76 6 years, 3 months ago

THEY WON'T THROW AWAY THE KEY...THEY KEEP LETTING HER OUT

LooPerkinsucks 6 years, 3 months ago

Who the hell would name their son Barbara Jo?! Poor bastard.He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile....

flux 6 years, 3 months ago

They get paid to save lives cheesberger, its their job.

Charles L Bloss Jr 6 years, 3 months ago

Law enforcement in Shawnee County know the family well. Thank you, Lynn

TheGreatOz 6 years, 3 months ago

Ol' Snaggletooth there looks like she was rode hard and put away wet many times. But that's what meth will do to ya.I hope that Coach purse, garage door opener and perfume bottles were worth it to her.

LAWnative 6 years, 3 months ago

FLux-They get paid to save lives cheesberger, its their job.They don't get paid near enough!

ralphralph 6 years, 3 months ago

Re - the cjonline search ...Fernando Schnegelsiepen, Jr.JUNIOR!That's just cruel.

geekin_topekan 6 years, 3 months ago

Multi,google "ANAGRAM" and you'll find several engines.-----Sounds like a Jewish holiday."I can't come in,it's the first day of Schnegelsiepen."boss>"Oh,Ok.I didn't know.See ya tomorrow."

somebodynew 6 years, 3 months ago

OK geekin_topekan - You obviously have way too much time on your hands lately. I have read a lot of you other posts before, but these today are just too much. “I can't come in,it's the first day of Schnegelsiepen.”That (along with the anagram) has to be the funniest s**t I have read in a good long time.I think you are the winner for this story !!!!!(Ok it could be the beer - but I just find this great.)

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

"I wonder if she is liberal or a conservative?"I'm gonna jump out on a limb here. . . and guess that she doesn't give a rat's @$$ about politics. 35.9 percenter, all the way. (2008 results)

somebodynew 6 years, 3 months ago

Py - you may have taken the prize away from geekin.(at least if my interpretation is correct - and I am pretty sure it is.)

somebodynew 6 years, 3 months ago

Py - is that you???? I was one a long, long time ago and lost track of a few folks. Could it be???? Reunited, reunited (cn't remember the rest of the song).

manus_flexibilis 6 years, 3 months ago

Hair blowing in the wind, loogin purdy for some pix...

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

Okay, seriously, can we get that pic off the front page? For everybody's benefit?

XEPCT 6 years, 3 months ago

hopefully her sentencing will include wearing a bag on her head .... for the rest of her life ...................................................... meth around much lady?

bangaranggerg 6 years, 3 months ago

She looks like the love child of Danny Trejo and Kirsten Dunst.

zettapixel 6 years, 3 months ago

Whoa I never noticed the Danny Trejo resemblance until now, but you're absolutely right!

tunahelper 6 years, 3 months ago

too bad the police officers didn't shoot her after she struck the police officer. then there wouldn't be any lengthy trial and waste of good tax dollars.

blue_islet_in_red_ocean 6 years, 3 months ago

Naw, I don't think she's an Obama liberal, Invictus. She's probably one of those anti-Neocon neo-Nazis, you know, using the "Nazi" method of meth-making. Oh but wait, I forgot, Bill O'Reilly and company said that the Nazis were really liberals, so I guess it don't make any difference and you're right after all.

buckethead 6 years, 3 months ago

5 December 2008at 7:30 p.m. Suggest removal Permalink buckethead (Anonymous) says… i agree with the fact that this woman is a waste of society and yes she probably was under the influence of drugs at the time. but i gotta speak up in regards to the “meth mouth” comments. why is it that a person in need of dental work is automatically a meth user? i have never used meth, and it sucks to be me, but i have dental flaws that steam from a childhood illness and find the “meth mouth” assumptions uncalled for

somebodynew 6 years, 3 months ago

Alas Py - I knew it was too good to be true. But, we each have our memories.

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