Jan 13, 2020 7:00 PM

Kan. deputy finds gun, 1.25 pounds of meth in woman's purse

Posted Jan 13, 2020 7:00 PM

SALINE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects on drug charges after a Sunday traffic stop in Saline County.

Sophia Lamas -Saline County Sheriff

Just after 1:30 a.m., a Saline County deputy noticed a 2007 Chevy Cavalier commit a traffic violation in the 200 block of East Elm Street in Salina, according to Undersheriff Brent Melander.

The deputy stopped the car, which was driven by Sophia Lamas, 34, of Salina.

During the course of the investigation, it was found that Lamas was driving on a suspended license and that a purse in the car held 1.25 pounds of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun, Melander said.

Joanna Deniston-photo Saline Co. Sheriff

A woman in the front passenger seat was arrested when the name she gave the deputy turned up with outstanding warrants, however it turned out that the woman had given the deputy the name of someone else who happened to have outstanding warrants, according to Melander. Turns out the passenger really was Joanna Deniston, 29, of Salina.

A second gun allegedly associated with Deniston also was located in the car.

Lamas was arrested on requested charges that include drug and traffic violations along with an outstanding warrant.

Deniston was arrested on similar drug charges and two outstanding warrants.

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Police: 9-month-old Kan. girl remains hospitalized in critical condition
Rader photo Sedgwick County

SEDGWICK COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Kansas man for alleged child abuse.

Just before 11:30 p.m. 10, police and EMS were dispatched to the 3600 block of West 13th street North in Wichita for a child not breathing, according to Captain Brent Allred. At the scene, they discovered a 9-month-old girl with critical injuries.  EMS transported her to a local hospital where she remains hospitalized in very critical condition, according to Allred.

Investigators learned  the child received injuries while in the care of 25-year-old Breitan Radar at the home. That led to his arrest on requested charges of child abuse, child endangerment, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on a $250,000 bond, according to online jail records.

A 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy found at the home were placed in police protective custody.  Radar is the father of 6-year-old and not the father of the victim.

During the investigation officers discovered a marijuana grow operation inside the apartment.   

Radar had called the mother to tell her the baby was not breathing. The mother saw a Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy's vehicle, contacted the deputy who followed her to the home.

The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office