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Kids at center of 2 violent clashes

Staff writer

A question of who was taking care of an infant led to an Aug. 20 domestic dispute in a Marion apartment to become a melee at Casey’s in Marion that resulted in a woman being knocked unconscious and taken to St. Luke Hospital.

The following day, a child custody dispute in an empty lot in Burns resulted in one person going to St. Luke.

The incidents appeared to have begun as a domestic disturbance at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at an apartment at Homestead Affordable Housing and ended up in a fight at Casey’s General Store, both in Marion.

Mischelle S. Sturm of a Wichita mobile home park left an apartment and went to Casey’s after a quarrel with William B. Sturm of the same Wichita address, according to Undersheriff Larry Starkey.

She thought that he would remain with their baby, but a fight ensued when he showed up at Casey’s without the infant.

Eight people were listed as victims on deputy Aaron Slater’s report.

Mischelle Sturm was listed as a victim of aggravated battery and criminal restraint. She was unconscious when deputies arrived and was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke Hospital, possibly with another victim.

William Sturm also was listed as a victim of aggravated battery.

Katie Wilson of Homestead Affordable Housing was listed as a victim of domestic battery and criminal restraint.

Marvin M. Nickles Jr., of the 200 block of S. Main St., Hillsboro, was listed as a victim of battery.

Listed as victims of disorderly conduct were Aaron Holmes of the 500 block of S. 3rd St., Marion; Bobbi L. Barrel of the 600 block of S. Cedar St., Marion; Nicole Pitts-Silhan of the 100 block of S. Freeborn St., Marion; Kaitlin N. Johnson, of the same mobile home park in Wichita; Jade Richardson of the 100 block of N. Roosevelt St. in Marion; and Linda Ramirez of the 600 block of S. Roosevelt St. in Marion.

Slater’s report also listed a potential charge of child endangerment. Sheriff’s deputies responded because no Marion police were on duty.

The following day, a child custody dispute in Burns led to the arrests of two Burns residents for alleged attacks on a pair of Fort Riley residents.

William W. Kurnes of Fort Riley suffered a severe laceration and Destiny L. Kurnes of the same address also was listed as a victim in an altercation at 3:48 p.m. Aug. 21 in a vacant lot in the 100 block of S. Nickerson Ave. in Burns.

According to monitored transmissions, one was punched in the face and the other was bitten during a dispute over child custody. Marion ambulance took one victim to St. Luke Hospital.

Acquaintances DeLane K. Kellogg, 57, and HeavenLee K. Kellogg, 29, both of Burns, were arrested on suspicion of battery. Both were released later that day after posting $2,000 bonds.

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