Child abuse is one of several September convictions announced in Cherokee County

Child abuse is one of several September convictions announced in Cherokee County
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Cherokee County Attorney Jake Conard releases numbers for September 2019. His office began working 37 new felony cases and 16 new misdemeanor cases last month. Conard also released information on 9 convictions for the month.

Kyle Baker, 27, of Pittsburg, was convicted of five counts of burglary, six counts of felony theft, and four counts of misdemeanor theft. Baker is one of two suspects apprehended by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office – Kansas following a vehicle accident on July 4, 2019. Subsequent investigation linked Baker to a string of vehicle burglaries in Cherokee, Crawford, and Labette County in Kansas, Jasper and Barton County in Missouri, and Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Baker will be sentenced on November 6, 2019.

Shawna Titus, 43, of Galena, was convicted of felony interference with law enforcement. Titus provided a false name to officers with the Galena Police Department after being detained as a suspect in a burglary investigation. Titus will be sentenced October 28, 2019.

William Zimmerman, 32, of Columbus, was convicted of violating the Kansas Offender Registration Act. Zimmerman failed to provide an update address to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office within three days of changing his address. Zimmerman will be sentenced on October 24, 2019.

Mary Owens, 38, of Baxter Springs, was convicted of child abuse. Owens was sentenced to 120 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Owens sentence was suspended by the Court and she was placed on probation for 3 years.

Roy Turner, 33, of Oswego, was convicted of possession of methamphetamine. Turner was stopped for a traffic violation by officers with the Columbus Police Department. During the stop, a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office canine officer alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, leading to the seizure of methamphetamine. Turner will be sentenced on November 6, 2019.

Matthew Bauer, 54, of Columbus, was convicted of aggravated battery and possession of methamphetamine. Bauer, who will be sentenced October 18, 2019, will also be required to register as a violent offender.

William Wilson, 18, of Carthage, Missouri, was convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. Wilson is one of three suspects charged with using social media to lure a 17-year-old male to a rural Cherokee County location in May 2019. At the location, the three suspects beat and robbed the juvenile. Wilson will be sentenced on October 18, 2019.

Ricky Truster, 56, of Galena, was convicted of violating the Kansas Offender Registration Act. Truster failed to register quarterly, as required by law. Truster will be sentenced on October 24, 2019.

Nicholas Wilkins, 33, of Galena, was convicted of felony driving under the influence, interference with law enforcement, criminal threat, and driving while suspended. Wilkins was stopped by officers with the Galena Police Department in January 2019. In the course of the officers’ DUI investigation, Wilkins provided a false name and made threats to the officers and their families. Wilkins will be sentenced October 18, 2019.

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