Archive for Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Basehor man’s trial set to begin

April 16, 2003

A motion to suppress evidence found at the home of a Basehor man accused of selling drugs from his home was denied Friday, April 11, in Leavenworth County District Court.

Charles Fowler is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of having no drug tax stamp and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

His attorney, Carl Cornwell of Olathe, asked the court to suppress evidence allegedly found at Fowler's home in February 2002. Cornwell's motion said the police's search of Fowler's home was illegal.

"They felt police did not do a proper knock and announce (search) when they served the search warrant," said Bill Winzenburg, a staff member in the Leavenworth County Victim Witness office.

However, the judge found the search was legal and ruled that Fowler's jury trial should begin June 11. Jury selection will begin at 1 p.m.

Tom Lorance of Tonganoxie, who was also in the Fowler home at the time of the search, pleaded guilty March 24 to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is scheduled for sentencing Monday, April 21.

Lorance was initially charged with possession of methamphetamine, having no drug tax stamp, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Winzenburg said Lorance would most likely be sentenced to a one-year suspended jail sentence and 12 months probation.

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