Jan 19, 2020 12:00 AM

Sheriff: Kansas felon found driving stolen pickup

Posted Jan 19, 2020 12:00 AM
Jerry Lewis photo KDOC
Jerry Lewis photo KDOC

SHAWNEE COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Kansas felon on new charges after an arrest.

Just after 4:30p.m. Thursday, a deputy sheriff observed an individual acting suspiciously after pulling into a driveway in the 5100 block of NW Arroyo Drive, according to Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer.

The deputy, who is familiar with the owner of the residence, made contact with the individual to make sure he belonged.  After speaking with the individual, it was confirmed that he did not belong at the house. 

After investigating, it was determined that Jerry L. Lewis, 35, of Topeka, was driving a stolen Ford F-250 out of the city of Eudora, according to Stallbaumer.

His driver’s license was revoked and drugs were located in the stolen vehicle.

Deputies transported Lewis to the Shawnee County Department of Corrections where he was booked on requested charges that include Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Stolen Property, Driving While Revoked and Tag Not Assigned.  Lewis has two previous convictions for theft, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

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Kansas woman due in court for alleged counterfeiting
Watterson photo KDOC

COWLEY COUNTY— A Kansas felon with previous convictions that include identity theft and forgery is now in jail for alleged counterfeiting.

Just after 3 p.m. January 14, police responded to a restaurant in Arkansas City for a report of a person later identified as 43-year-old Amy Watterson, who had attempted to pass fake money, according to a media release from police.

Although she left before police arrived, officers quickly located and arrested her. Officers found she was in possession of several bills of fake currency.

Further investigation determined she had attempted to pass the fake cash at multiple locations in the Arkansas City area, as well as in other jurisdictions.

“We are asking local businesses to be extra vigilant when accepting larger-denomination bills that potentially could be fake or counterfeit,” warned Police Chief Dan Ward.

 Watterson remains jailed on requested charges that include counterfeiting as well as one misdemeanor count each of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and theft.

Over the past ten years, Watterson has served prison time for arson, theft, burglary and for making false writing, ID theft and and forgery, according the Kansas Department of Corrections.

She is expected in court later this week on the new charges, according to district court officials.