County Attorney meeting with Judges and Law Enforcement to improve Domestic Violence Prosecution

Date: 
06/20/2016

Judges and law enforcement will meet Thursday at the Leavenworth County Justice Center to plan implementation of a Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment throughout the county. This assessment is a tool for officers to use in intimate partner domestic calls to assess the level of danger victims face in order to help victims take advantages of services, and to prevent future violence.

“This tool helps victims realize that their situation is not unique and that they are in danger,” said Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County Attorney. “When victims realize they are in danger, they are more likely to access services we have in place within the community.”

Experts from Johnson County will teach judges and law enforcement how the program works in their jurisdiction. In 2011, Johnson County implemented the Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment. Since then, the county has seen a decrease in intimate partner homicides and violence, according to a report from United Community Services of Johnson County published in Jan. 2014.

When an officer is called to a domestic violence disturbance between intimate partners, the officer will ask the victim a series of questions in order to score the assessment. If the victim scores high, he or she will be put in contact with service providers who can help the victim immediately, if necessary. Law enforcement will then follow-up with the victim within several days.

“Implementing the lethality assessment will allow law enforcement to bridge the gap between victims and services available. Domestic violence is preventable and we’re hoping tools like this assessment will help stop future violence in our community,” said Thompson.

The Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment was developed in 2005 by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and is utilized in jurisdictions throughout the United States.

County Attorney Todd Thompson testifies in front of Congress

Date: 
05/13/2016

 

 

Leavenworth County Attorney, Todd Thompson, testified in front of the Homeland Securtiy Subcommittee for Oversight and Management Efficiency in regards to the implications of the Guantanamo Bay detainees were transferred to the United States.   Representative Lynn Jenkins (R, KS) invited Thompson to testify and has been a strong opponent to the detainees coming to the community.  Thompson testified to the lack of communication community officials have had with any government officials about this possibility as well as the economic, social, and psychological effects it would have for the community.

Scott Riker pleas no contest to two counts theft and one count possession of marijuana

Date: 
05/13/2016

Scott Riker, 42 year old Lansing resident, plead no contest to two counts of theft from incidents in 2014 and one count of possession of marijuana on October 1, 2015.   Riker had a preliminary hearing on July 17, 2015 on the thefts.  Those cases involved a theft of property on September 13, 2014 of scrap metal from a residence in the county.  Then a theft on November 10, 2014 in Leavenworth County of a weed eater.   He is to be sentenced June 15 at 10 am

Zane Narramore pleas guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of methamphetamine

Date: 
05/13/2016

Zane Narramore, 30, pleaded no contest in Leavenworth County District Court to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of methamphetamine. 

 

Narramore was charged with the drug crime after police responded to his Leavenworth apartment Feb. 17, 2012. Narramore reportedly ran from the residence before police arrived. Officers found methamphetamine at the residence.Narramore reportedly failed to show up in court for a pretrial conference Oct. 28, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to the news release. An agent for the company that put up Narramore's bond tried to locate the defendant Nov. 11. The bondsman went to where he thought the defendant may be located. The bondsman saw Narramore leave the area in a vehicle and pursued the defendant.  During the pursuit, Narramore reportedly shot at the bondsman three times.

Former LCF employee, Jacqueline Doty, sentenced for bringing methamphetamine into the prison

Date: 
05/13/2016

Jacqueline Doty, 60 years old from Fort Scott, was sentenced, by Judge Gunnar Sundby in Leavenworth District Court to 13 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for possession with intent to distribute greater than 3.5 grams of methamphetamine.  Doty will also serve 36 months of post release supervision upon completion of the prison sentence.

 

The conviction comes from an incident at the Lansing Correctional Facility on June 25, 2014.  Doty was an employee of LCF at the time.  Officers with LCF conducted a targeted search of Doty that day.  During the search they discovered three large packages wrapped in a girdle type undergarment wrapped around Doty’s midsection.  The items were seized.  The packages contained a large amount of methamphetamine, synthetic cannabis, and marijuana.

 

Doty faced a possible sentence of 98 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for the offense, and asked the Court to not follow the defendant’s request for leniency.  The State recommended to the Court that she serve that sentence.  Doty was granted a durational departure by the Court, and her sentence was reduced to 13 months in prison.