A Prague man charged in the September shooting of his estranged wife appeared in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, where he was bound over for trial on the one count filed, with the judge suggesting two additional counts based on the evidence presented. Phillip Mlynek, 59, was originally charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, a felony, after his wife, Shirley Mlynek, suffered injuries to both legs from a No. 4 buckshot. At the conclusion of Tuesday’s hearing, held for a judge to determine if there’s enough evidence for a case to proceed, Special District Judge David Cawthon bound Mylnek over on the assault count. Because of evidence presented, the judge suggested charges be amended to also include counts of feloniously pointing a firearm and maiming, court documents show.
According to court records, the Mlyneks were married in 1975 and were going through a divorce at the time of the alleged shooting incident, with court records showing Shirley Mylnek filed for divorce in August. Sheriff’s deputies who investigated this case said she was staying at her son’s home, located in the panhandle of rural Pottawatomie County, which is where the alleged shooting occurred.
Reports in the case show Shirley Mylnek told deputies her husband confronted her with a shotgun when she arrived home and asked her to sign some paperwork that would entitle him to land they own. Phillip Mylnek was taken into police custody after taking his wife to the Prague hospital for treatment of her wounds, documents show. First Assistant District Attorney Russ Cochran represented the state; Mylnek was represented by Attorney Cregg Webb. Mylnek’s $55,000 bond remains in effect and he is to have no contact with Shirley Mylnek; his arraignment date to enter a plea is now scheduled February 2nd 2011.
A Tecumseh man arrested at the end of a manhunt May 6 after allegedly surrendering to police wearing his own handcuffs now faces nine charges, seven of them felonies.
Charles Bryan Wilson, 33, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with burglary in the first degree, two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, kidnapping, manufacture of controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm after a former conviction.
He also faces misdemeanor charges of assault and battery and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Multiple law enforcement agencies worked the manhunt east of Tecumseh following a series of events involving Wilson and his reported ex-wife, authorities said.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said it all began with word that Wilson was en route from the Pink area to Shawnee and was allegedly making threats to kill his ex-wife. That woman left her home and went to stay with friends at a residence near SH 9 and South Rock Creek Road, Palmer said.
Palmer said Wilson showed up at that home overnight with a shotgun and allegedly kicked in the front door of that home, then dragged his ex-wife out to his truck. Before they could leave, the ex-wife was able to jump out of the pickup. As law enforcement became involved in searching that area for Wilson overnight, Palmer said authorities went to his home and also found what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab there.
As everything began to unfold by 4 a.m., deputies traced a call that Wilson allegedly made after breaking into Rath’s Auto Salvage east of Tecumseh, where a massive manhunt originated about 7 a.m. A perimeter was set up as officers and deputies from multiple agencies scoured the salvage yard and nearby woods, using several police dogs.
When deputies found Wilson just before noon that day, he apparently had his own set of handcuffs with him, Palmer said, and surrendered to his knees with his wrists cuffed in front of him.
As far as the charges, Wilson is accused of kicking in the front door of the home on May 6. He’s also accused of kidnapping his ex-wife from that same home with intent to cause her to be confined against her will. For the two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm, he is accused of pointing a shotgun at a man there and at his ex-wife.
He’s also accused of manufacturing methamphetamine at his home and for being a felon is possession of a pistol.
Wilson remained jailed on $100,000 bond Wednesday night at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. His next court date is set for June 4.
If convicted of the charges, punishment ranges vary from one to 20 years in prison for each of the nine counts filed, and up to a $50,000 fine for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Law enforcement officers from several agencies have been honored for their work and dedication on cases involving domestic violence. October is domestic violence awareness month.
During the fourth annual Citizen Potawatomi Nation Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign, held Saturday at Shawnee Mall, seven local police officers were recognized with an award by the District Attorney’s office.
Assistant District Attorney Sunne Day said the CPN made the awards possible during its annual event.
The officers were recognized for their outstanding service to victims of domestic violence as well as their attention to detail in their reports to prosecutors on domestic violence cases.
Honored were: Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hawkins; Tecumseh Police Lt. J.R. Kidney; CPN Officer Lee Minnick and four officers from the Shawnee Police Department — Jason Crouch, Darrell Williams, Kim Dibble and Mike Laughlin.
“These officers deal with the worst that humanity does to each other and to people they are supposed to love the most,” Day said while presenting the awards. She told the officers that what they do does save lives. Day said the awards were donated by CPN and Shawnee Trophy and she appreciates CPN for the opportunity to present the awards in conjunction with the event.
The awareness campaign, hosted by the CPN Family Violence Prevention Program, included several booths of information from various organizations and law enforcement agencies, along with a program of keynote speakers and other presentations.