Jan 13, 2020 6:51 PM

Stolen vehicle located; man arrested allegedly threatens judge

Posted Jan 13, 2020 6:51 PM
<b>John Sturgis, Jr.</b> Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office
John Sturgis, Jr. Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office

A vehicle reported stolen Friday morning was located early Saturday morning at a north Salina motel.

Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester said this morning that police were sent to the 500 block of West Grand for the report of a vehicle stolen at approximately 7 a.m. Susan Galvez-Cooper, 44, of Salina, told police that she was warming up her maroon 2014 Ford Fiesta, valued at $4,000, when it was stolen, Forrester said.

At approximately 1 a.m. Saturday, an officer located the car at the SureStay Hotel, 1846 North Ninth Street, he said. Inside the car was paperwork belonging to John Sturgis, Jr., 54, Forrester explained. The vehicle was returned to its owner, he added.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Sturgis was staying at the SurStay Hotel and that he had two outstanding Salina Municipal Court warrants, Forrester said. A witness later confirmed seeing Sturgis driving a maroon vehicle to the SureStay Hotel, he said. Additionally, Sturgis had in his possession the key to the Ford Fiesta, Forrester said.

When Sturgis was arrested, he asked whether the warrants were issued by Municipal Court Judge Brenda Stoss, Forrester said. When told that they were, Sturgis allegedly threatened to do harm to Stoss, Forrester explained.

Sturgis was arrested on suspicion of the following, Forrester said.

Theft of a motor vehicle

Criminal threat

Driving while suspended

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Icy conditions keep Saline County Sheriff's personnel busy

Icy conditions over the weekend kept Saline County Sheriff's personnel busy.

Sheriff's Captain Jim Hughes said this morning that sheriff's personnel assisted the Kansas Highway Patrol with three accidents and worked numerous slide-offs and six accidents Sunday.

Four of the six accidents included persons with minor, non-life-threatening injuries, he said. Two of the persons injured were transported to Salina Regional Health Center, Hughes added.

Hughes said five of the six accidents occurred between 12:50-1:45 p.m. Sunday on a stretch of westbound Interstate 70 east of Salina that included mile markers 256 and 257.