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Weekend wrap-up: Lawrence woman sentenced for letting child crash car; guilty verdict in New Year’s Day shooting

April 5, 2013

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• A 30-year-old former Wellsville police officer signed a diversion agreement with Douglas County prosecutors Friday after being charged with animal cruelty. In the agreement, Jacob Daniel Stus admitted he killed a feral cat on his property by shooting it with an arrow and crushing its head with a blunt object. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the case if Stus pays $345 in court costs and follows the terms of the diversion for two years.

• A 19-year-old Lawrence man has been sentenced to 12 months of probation in connection with a November incident in which he was confronted by residents while breaking into an apartment. Michael P. Mason was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County District Court after being found guilty of burglary last month. The charge had been reduced from aggravated burglary as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. State sentencing guidelines, which calculate the type of offense and Mason's relative lack of a criminal history, required a sentence of probation, said Douglas County District Court Judge Kay Huff.

Willie D. Fleming

Willie D. Fleming

• A 23-year-old man accused of shooting a firearm into an occupied vehicle early New Year's Day has been found guilty of criminal possession of a firearm by a felon.

Willie D. Fleming pleaded no contest to the charge in Douglas County District Court and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 9. Fleming could face up to 23 months in prison.

• A 49-year-old Lawrence woman who let a 13-year-old drive a car that struck a telephone pole in North Lawrence in July has been found guilty of child endangerment. Lori Jane Huske was sentenced March 29 in Douglas County District Court, after pleading guilty to two counts of child endangerment in February. She also pleaded guilty, in a separate case, to illegal possession of prescription Adderall pills. Huske was sentenced to 12 months of probation, with a 12-month jail sentence and a 13-month prison sentence suspended on the condition that she complete the probation.

• A 26-year-old McLouth man was sentenced to 18 months of probation in connection with his arrest in January after police seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia from his home. Landon Stevenson had been found guilty of possession of methamphetamine in Jefferson County District Court on March 7. Stevenson could face 13 months in prison if the probation is revoked.

Kansas registered offender Farron Larry Tso.

Kansas registered offender Farron Larry Tso.

• A 30-year-old Lawrence man has been found guilty of aggravated endangerment of a child and DUI in connection with a December incident in which he was arrested after striking a utility pole with a vehicle in which an 8-month old child was a passenger.

Farron L. Tso pleaded no contest to the charges Thursday in Douglas County District Court and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 10.

Comments

bearded_gnome 1 year ago

. In the agreement, Jacob Daniel Stus admitted he killed a feral cat on his property by shooting it with an arrow and crushing its head with a blunt object. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the case if Stus pays $345 in court costs and follows the terms of the diversion for two years.

---think that cat must've really annoyed him. I had a run in with a wild cat in east lawrence but only resorted to use of a sprinkler.

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bearded_gnome 1 year ago

• A 49-year-old Lawrence woman who let a 13-year-old drive a car that struck a telephone pole in North Lawrence in July has been found guilty of child endangerment. Lori Jane Huske was sentenced March 29 in Douglas County District Court, after pleading guilty to two counts of child endangerment in February. She also pleaded guilty, in a separate case, to illegal possession of prescription Adderall pills. Huske was sentenced to 12 months of probation, with a 12-month jail sentence and a 13-month prison sentence suspended on the condition that she complete the probation.

---hope the adult here learns to be more responsible about the use of her car!

Adderall is prescribed for the treatment of ADHD. there's an amazing black market out there for it for other uses. seems a little light on her here.

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bearded_gnome 1 year ago

^^somebodynew
somebodynew 23 hours, 57 minutes ago

Wow, a weekend wrap-up that we can comment on !! Ian, I know you don't have the final say in this, but it would be nice to get these stories during the week as they occur. Most times there is a sex crime in the mix and LJW shuts off commenting on the whole works then. And I support not allowing the comments on the sex stories, which is why each story should be separate.

---agree with this 100%.

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thebcman 1 year ago

Why would it be illegal to kill a feral cat on your property?

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somebodynew 1 year ago

Wow, a weekend wrap-up that we can comment on !! Ian, I know you don't have the final say in this, but it would be nice to get these stories during the week as they occur. Most times there is a sex crime in the mix and LJW shuts off commenting on the whole works then. And I support not allowing the comments on the sex stories, which is why each story should be separate.

I certainly hope that Mr. Fleming, with his past, gets to see all of that 23 months he is eligible for. I think he has earned it.

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