Man arrested for sex offenses for second time in months

PITTSBURG — On Friday, Nov. 8, Pittsburg police officers received a report of a 13-year-old juvenile victim receiving inappropriate text messages from an adult male suspect, who had allegedly been soliciting the juvenile victim for sexual relations.

Continued investigation into this incident by detectives resulted in 42-year-old Ronald W. McDaniel, of Pittsburg, being positively identified as the suspect. On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20, McDaniel was taken into custody without incident and transported to the jail at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for booking. McDaniel was arrested for felony electronic solicitation of a child, felony stalking and misdemeanor harassment by a telecommunications device. He is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

In July, as a result of a separate investigation, McDaniel was arrested for three counts of felony lewd and lascivious behavior and two counts of misdemeanor stalking for allegedly following and exposing himself to a 10-year-old juvenile victim and an 11-year-old juvenile victim on three separate dates.


Defendant pleads not guilty to battering officer

LEAVENWORTH — A man has pleaded not guilty to battering a police officer in downtown Leavenworth.

A trial for Anthony A. Dunkle has been scheduled for March 2 in Leavenworth County District Court.

Dunkle, 36, appeared in court Friday for an arraignment. He pleaded not guilty to felony counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, making a criminal threat and interference with law enforcement and misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

The charges stem from an April 16 incident in downtown Leavenworth.

Dunkle allegedly walked in front of a patrol officer’s vehicle. Dunkle then allegedly walked up to the officer’s driver-side window, which was rolled down, and began punching the officer, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

During the altercation, Dunkle reportedly made comments about previously being arrested by the same officer.

Dunkle remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail as he awaits trial.