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Day-care provider pleads to felony charge


A former day-care provider entered a no-contest plea today to felony child endangerment for an April 2005 incident in which a baby suffered suspicious injuries while in her care. Maryanna Rose Rawlings, former operator of a day care at her home at 1824 North 1100 Road, faces probation under state sentencing guidelines and is due to be sentenced Nov. 28. She was charged last month by Dist. Atty. Charles Branson's office with allowing the 8-month old girl to be put in a situation "in which the child's life, body or health could be injured or endangered."Rawlings' state day-care license was suspended when the incident came to light and she voluntarily surrendered it in summer 2005 after an administrative hearing.The baby's mother testified at the administrative hearing last year that when she went to pick up her daughter at Rawlings' house on April 7, 2005, the girl was motionless, pale and barely breathing.Rawlings told her the baby had passed out, and the mother took her to the hospital.The mother testified that after several days of testing at Children's Mercy Hospital, doctors told her and her husband that the baby had been "shaken not once but twice" and that it appeared her skull had struck a flat surface, most likely a wall or floor.See past story [ here.][1]Drug sentencing: A Kansas University student charged with keeping a house full of marijuana plants in an upscale Lawrence neighborhood received a probation sentence this morning in District Court."I am truly apologetic... I was a different person two years ago," Steven A. Soby, 23, told a judge before apologizing publicly to his parents. According to state sentencing guidelines, Soby could have received either prison or probation based on his plea to cultivation of marijuana and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Judge Stephen Six granted him 18 months' probation.Members of the city-county Drug Enforcement Unit said they began investigating Soby and Nolan H. Smith, 24, after informants said they had knowledge of marijuana growth at 3710 Hartford Ave., a home that backs up onto Alvamar Golf Course.Police alleged that no one lived in the home at the time, but that the two men used it exclusively for an indoor growing operation. Evidence in the case included electricity bills that were three times higher than that of a neighboring home. Smith also entered a plea in the case and is due to be sentenced Nov. 9.Other police reports:Window-peeping: A 25-year-old woman reported to police Thursday that for the past three nights, a prowler had been standing near her apartment building and looking in her windows in the 2000 block of Heatherwood Drive. She told police she last saw him about 12:40 a.m. Thursday when she went outside to smoke and saw the man standing on the sidewalk near her balcony. He ran away when the woman yelled at him, she told police. Officers canvassed the area and reported it to the complex's security company.Missing-person report: A 27-year-old Lawrence woman has been reported missing, but police say there's no evidence of foul play and she possibly could be with friends. Christina Dawn Vandegrift's partner reported her missing early this morning after he came home from work and found she wasn't there. The couple live in the 200 block of Illinois Street. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 140 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone with information to call 832-7501. Burglaries and thefts:¢ 2500 block of Redbud Lane: A 23-year-old Lawrence man reported being awakened at 4:30 a.m. this morning by noises coming from the front window of his home. He got up and found the living-room window open and an unidentified man looking through it into the living room. The man told officers the suspect fled when he saw him. Police found the window screen removed but didn't find the screen in the area. ¢ 600 block of Tennessee: A 55-year-old woman reported her 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier stolen between Oct. 18 and Tuesday.¢ 1600 block of West 24th Street: An 18-year-old Kansas University student's Chevrolet Blazer was burglarized and more than $1,100 worth of stereo equipment was stolen from inside between midnight and 3 p.m. Tuesday.¢ 1500 block of Wimbledon Drive: More than $1,000 worth of tools and stereo equipment was stolen from a vehicle between 2 a.m. Oct. 19 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20.-contributed by [Eric Weslander.][2] [1]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/aug..." target="blank [2]: http://www2.ljworld.com/staff/eric_weslander


Katara 11 years, 6 months ago

So, anyone know if they found the missing woman yet?

Michael Birch 11 years, 6 months ago

Hey Soby, the next time you see Warren Hamill ask him if he is wiring a wire!

Dude Knows

Steve Jacob 11 years, 6 months ago

I have to ask this very important question. Why in the world do you need informents for a crime that the guy does not even go to jail for?

What did the police give these informants in return?

This has to be the only place in the state where growing ALOT of pot is not a jail offence (sure first timer but come on).

I just have many more questions for this! You had to know this was for selling. I am just SICK about this. This was not a dime bag smoked in your house. This was a major drug ring, caught red handed, and getting probation! Why not everyone start selling pot, if you get caught you don't go the jail.

Centrist 11 years, 6 months ago

I think he was let off because it happened in West Lawrence (aka affluent neighborhood). I fear that more "pressure" was applied than has been reported.

The last time I recall, having a HOUSE FULL of Mary Jane classifies you as a "major player".

The world has gone mad.

If he was an immigrant, I betcha he'd have been deported by now.

Centrist 11 years, 6 months ago

Oh and ...

"" "I am truly apologetic... I was a different person two years ago," Steven A. Soby, 23, told a judge before apologizing publicly to his parents. ""

Yeah right. You change so VERY much between the ages of 21 and 23 ...

.. this is called getting out of what is normally considered a serious crime (in the eyes of the law).

AmyR 11 years, 6 months ago

I am not as unhappy that a doper got probation. I can't believe a child abuser gets probation.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 6 months ago

My wife drives a '94 Cavalier, and believe me, it's not worth going to jail over.

Sigmund 11 years, 6 months ago

OldEnuf, I hear that! More seriously has there been an increase in home invasion, window peeping and burglary incidents in Lawrence lately? Time to load a couple of clips of hollow point .45 ACP.

Rhoen 11 years, 6 months ago

Who was the judge that let this felon walk on the basis of that sincere apology? From what I've seen, heard, and read (e.g., "Cows Are Freaky When They Look at You"), it seems that in Lawrence, operating a major pot-growing / distribution enterprise provides a viable gateway for an SBA loan application.

Bone777 11 years, 6 months ago

I would like to place two kegs of nails, four spools or barbed wire, and Maryanna Rose Rawlings in an empty cement trunk and put the mixer on high!!

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 6 months ago

So many cryptic posts. Am I just tired, or did some of you throw your grammar books out the window? I almost thought I read a post from a certain 'mafia' plumber that used to post here a few years ago who either had no time for grammatic accuracy or had no knowledge of it. (How you like that run-on?) At any rate, do people who get probation have to do community service? If not, why? Shouldn't part of being punished for breaking the rules be making ammends to the community for what you have done? How does probation (or even jail) do that? Less jail--more service to community. If you don't fulfill your service requirement-then jail. Make jail less of a viable life option. No TV. Bland food. No sport. No weightlifting. You know--none of the stuff in jails on TV. Keep prisoners isolated most of the day-with heavily monitored interaction. Only books are self help or text books.

So far most of the posts are about the pot grower who got the light sentence. Most likely the type of decision you get when you pay $10,000 for a lawyer. Sad to say but it is true that the more you pay for a lawyer, the better off you fare in court. Anyways, despite the fact that almost every other thing listed in the ol' crime blotter is a potentially more serious issue, this one gets the most 'ink'. Seriously, the window peeping story--that sounds like someone who is just a hop-skip-and a jump away from acting on whatever impulses that are the cause of his being outside the same window (at least) 3 times. The leader story is pretty serious. Protecting those who can't protect themselves--that kind of thing, you know. A missing person? What evidence is there for the speculative statement that the person may just be out with friends? And you shouldn't discount property theft. Who's to say that the persons commiting these crimes aren't willing to hurt anyone who tries to stop them? Maybe they are stealing for money for booze? People can get pretty violent when you keep them from their alcohol. Come to think of it, people can get pretty violent when they are on alcohol too. Whoa, that's interesting. Anyways, I've digressed. Property crime has at least as much potential for harm as growing pot @ Alvamar. I think that it is nice that these guys didn't get all 'stereotype' and rent a house over on Redbud or Connecticut. Sorry, time for more coffee. But I do hope that the Bone777 person doesn't use a rental mixer for such nefarious purpose. Can't be good for it.

simplifying 11 years, 5 months ago

The Judge who sentenced the pot grower is the newest district court judge. His name is Stephan Six and is the son of a former Kansas appellate court Judge.

Kelly Powell 11 years, 6 months ago

the pot grower probably caved in and ratted out all his contacts in exchange for a lighter sentance.

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