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Sumner County District Court docket: June 10, 2020 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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The state of Kansas v. Charles Thomas — Case No: 20 CR 100.

Date of birth: 1972. Address: Wellington.

Date of the alleged crime: April 2, 2020.

Charges:

Count 1: Aggravated domestic battery, level 7 felony.

Count 2: Domestic battery, Class B misdemeanor.

Count 3: Criminal damage to property, Class B misdemeanor.

Case description: Thomas is accused of putting both hands around the neck of a woman he is in a dating relationship with and pushing her down.

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The state of Kansas v. Chrystal Maltbie — Case No: 20 CR 101.

Date of birth: 1995. Address: Peck.

Date of the alleged crime: January 6, 2020.

Charges:

Count 1: Criminal damage to property, Class B misdemeanor.

Count 2: Criminal damage to property, Class B misdemeanor.

Case description: Maltbie is accused of damaging an eagle statue by throwing it and breaking it into many pieces. She is also accused of damaging another person’s Playstation 4 by knocking it to the ground in anger causing the disk to no longer function. 

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The state of Kansas v. Timothy Allen Schmidt — Case No: 20 CR 103.

Date of birth: 2001. Address: Belle Plaine.

Date of the alleged crime: April 16, 2020.

Charges:

Count 1: Failure to signal a turn, a traffic infraction.

Count 2: Transporting an open container of alcoholic beverage, unclassified misdemeanor.

Count 3: Minor in possession in alcoholic beverage, Class C misdemeanor.

Count 4: Driving under the influence with 30-day sentencing enhancement, Class B misdemeanor.

Case description: Schmidt, under the age of 21, is accused of not signaling while turning right from A Street onto Hillside in Wellington while transporting a half-full bottle of Bud Light beer in the center console. At 3:44 a.m., Schmidt allegedly had a blood alcohol content of more than .180, admitting to drinking four beers in the past two hours, and having four passengers in his vehicle, who were under the age of 18.

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The state of Kansas v. Christine Renee Venn — Case No: 20 CR 103.

Date of birth: 1973. Address: Wellington.

Date of the alleged crime: Nov. 23, 2019.

Charges:

Count 1: Forgery, level 8 felony.

Count 2: Theft, Class A misdemeanor.

Count 3: Theft, Class A misdemeanor.

Count 4: Making false information, level 8 felony.

Case description: Venn is accused at the Wellington branch of RCB Bank of knowingly writing a check on the account of another person for $865. Allegedly, the person made the check payable to Pen Place Apartments in Anthony, but Venn inserted her own name on the payee line and cashed the check to use the funds personally rather than for the benefit of her employer.

She allegedly kept the check from the person as a deposit for rent for an apartment and after two months (from Sept. 10 to Nov. 23) she then placed it in her personal account instead of the apartment business account.

Allegedly, during the two-plus months, the person who wrote the check would eventually ask Venn to return he check without it being cashed or deposited because she could not afford the apartment and Venn had promised she would do so. However, instead, according to the complaint, she cashed the check into her personal bank account and immediately withdrew $865 in cash – thus the bank lost $865 because the other person had previously stopped payment on the check.

Venn also deposited a fake money order into her private checking account at RCB Bank and immediately withdrew $990 cash from the account.

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The state of Kansas v. Alisha Rose Hunter — Case No: 20 CR 106.

Date of birth: 1985. Address: Wellington.

Date of the alleged crime: April 14, 2020.

Charges:

Count 1: Battery, Class B misdemeanor.

Count 2: Disorderly conduct, Class C misdemeanor.

Case description: Hunter is accused of physically removing a 14-year-old from her house at 872 E. 10th in Wellington, causing several visible injuries including scratches, bruises and abrasions.

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The state of Kansas v. Travis Brim — Case No: 20 CR 107.

Date of birth: 1997. Address: Wichita.

Date of the alleged crime: April 20, 2020.

Charges:

Count 1: Theft, level 9 felony.

Count 2: Criminal deprivation of motor vehicle, Class A misdemeanor.

Count 3: No insurance, Class B misdemeanor.

Count 4: Interference with law enforcement, level 9 felony.

Case description: Brim is accused of stealing a 2019 Nissan Rogue from another male who was sharing a motel room with him. When the man got up in the morning his rental keys were gone and Brim was allegedly gone as well. Brim was allegedly seen as a passenger in Sumner County at mile marker 20 in the stolen vehicle. He initially allegedly identified himself using a false name. He along with his friend in the vehicle could not provide liability insurance and he was listed on the DOC for absconding while on felony supervision.

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The state of Kansas v. Michael Steele — Case No: 20 CR 108.

Date of birth: 1993. Address: Wellington.

Date of the alleged crime: Dec. 31, 2019

Charges:

Count 1: Burglary of non-dwelling, level 7 felony.

Count 2: Theft, level 9 felony.

Case description: Steele is accused of entering the school bus maintenance building at 15 N. Industrial Ave. in Wellington and stealing a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup, laptop computer, portable welder, and other items belonging to Durham School Services, Chad Whaley and Heather Helpingstine. Allegedly, Mr. and Mrs. Steele not only stole the property but each continued to drive the stolen truck until they abandoned it near South Haven on Jan. 12, 2020.

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The state of Kansas v. Skyler Shaffer — Case No: 20 CR 109.

Date of birth: 1990. Address: Wellington.

Date of the alleged crime: March 19, 2020.

Charges:

Count 1: Battery, Class B misdemeanor. 

Count 2: Criminal deprivation of property, Class A misdemeanor.

Count 3: No driver’s license, Class B misdemeanor.

Case description: Shaffer is accused of driving about three miles into the country, south of Wellington and angrily grabbing a woman and forcing her from the vehicle so she had to walk back to the town with no shoes on. He also allegedly told the woman to strip and get out of the car. She did not do as instructed but forcefully removed her from the car and took her shoes and purse so she would have to walk without shoes.

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The state of Kansas v. Christin Steele — Case No: 20 CR 112.

Date of birth: 1992. Address: Wellington.

Date of the alleged crime: December 31, 2019.

Charges:

Count 1: Burglary of non-dwelling, level 7 felony.

Count 2: Theft, level 9 felony.

Case description: Steele is accused of entering the school bus maintenance building at 15 N. Industrial Ave. in Wellington and stealing a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup, laptop computer, portable welder, and other items belonging to Durham School Services, Chad Whaley and Heather Helpingstine. Allegedly, Mr. and Mrs. Steele not only stole the property but each continued to drive the stolen truck until they abandoned it near South Haven on Jan. 12, 2020.

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The state of Kansas v. Misti Dawn Baker — Case No: 20 CR 116.

Date of birth: 1980. Address: Belle Plaine.

Date of the alleged crime: February 17, 2019.

Charges:

Count 1: Domestic battery, Class B misdemeanor.

Count 2: Disorderly conduct, Class C misdemeanor.

Case description: Baker is accusing of hitting her ex-husband multiple times in a rude and angry manner. She also allegedly yelled a lot of things which the defendant knew or should have known would alarm, anger, and disturb others.

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The state of Kansas v. Justin W.E. Corter — Case No: 20 CR 117.

Date of birth: 1982. Address: Sumner County Jail.

Date of the alleged crime: April 22, 2020.

Charges:

Count 1: Disorderly conduct, Class C misdemeanor.

Count 2: Interference with law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor.

Count 3: Battery of LEO, level 7 felony.

Count 4: Battery of LEO, level 7 felony.

Case description: Corter is accused at 2:30 a.m. of yelling on the street that alarmed another person who called the police. After the police arrived, Carter allegedly threatened, “Just try to take me, m… f…, Dude!” He also allegedly said “Going to kill” but it was difficult to determine whether he or someone else was going to do the killing. He then, allegedly, ran away and was chased and caught by officers. He then allegedly resisted being handcuffed or being placed in a patrol car.

He then allegedly scratched a WPD causing lacerations to the wrist when getting into the patrol car. He then allegedly kicked another officer causing a broken bone and pain and swelling in the officer’s leg.

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