A Neodesha man made a first appearance on Wednesday on charges related to a 23-hour standoff with Parsons police.

Bradley J. Berkstresser, 35, Neodesha, is charged in Labette County District Court with two counts of aggravated endangering a child, both low-level felonies. The complaint alleges he did this by keeping two children in an abandoned home with no heat source when the temperature fell below freezing. He’s also charged with contributing to a child’s misconduct by causing a child to become or remain a child in need of care and criminal trespass at 2904 Crawford, both misdemeanors. 

Berkstresser was arrested Jan. 29 after police served an arrest warrant on him by forcing their way into the back of the house.

Berkstresser made a first appearance on the charges Wednesday in Oswego. 

Judge Fred W. Johnson lowered Berkstresser’s from $25,000 to $10,000. If he makes bond, Berkstresser will be on bond supervision and is to have no contact with witnesses or victims. 

He will return to court on March 8.


In other cases:

— Johnathan S. White, born in 1981, Chetopa, is charged with residential burglary, fleeing and eluding, both felonies, and criminal damage. White is alleged to have broken into a house at 1842 24000 Road on Dec. 11. The sheriff’s office responded to the break-in and gave chase as White drove off. White was arrested in Cherokee County. He will return to court on Feb. 24.

— Wilcher F. Howell, born in 1988, Chetopa, is charged with aggravated domestic battery, a lower-level felony related to a Dec. 20 incident when he allegedly impeded the breathing or circulation of his girlfriend. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday.

— Robert A. Frazier, born in 1973, Elk City, is charged with criminal use of weapons, a low-level felony. A gun was found in his possession on Jan. 11 in Parsons. A domestic battery conviction within five years makes it illegal for him to possess a firearm. He will return to court on Feb. 18.

— Andrew S. Wolken, born in 1999, 610 N. 26th, is charged with robbery, a mid-level felony, intimidation of a witness and domestic battery, both misdemeanors. He will return to court Wednesday. 

— Lester J. Ramsey, born in 1983, Aurora, Colorado, is charged with distribution of a controlled substance (between 100 and 1,000 units of alprazolam), a high level drug felony. He’s also charged with distribution of between 25 and 450 grams of marijuana, a mid-level drug felony. He faces two misdemeanor charges, one alleging possession of MDMA (ecstasy). Ramsey will return to court on Feb. 17. The charges relate to an investigation in Chetopa.

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