Law enforcement report
A counterfeit $20 bill was discovered Monday by an employee of Columbia Savings Assn., 901 Vt. Police said the phony bill was contained in a deposit a teller received about 4:50 p.m. Monday at a drive-up window. Officers questioned a local man who made the deposit and learned that he received the bill when he cashed his paycheck. Police reports did not indicate where the man cashed the check. Police are investigating the incident.
Officers are investigated the theft of an undisclosed amount of cash and checks from the Barrand Retail Liquor store, 2004 W. 23rd. A police spokesman said the owner of the store reported Monday that someone over the weekend had taken a bank deposit bag containing cash. Police have identified five suspects, all employees of the store.
A 22-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Saturday morning after he set off several fire alarms and discharged fire extinguishers at an apartment complex at 1722 and 1732 W. 24th. Officers reported that the man, Todd F. Cameron, 1722 W. 24th, also threw two fire extinguishers through hallway windows about 4:25 a.m. Damage was estimated at $100. Officers who responded to the alarms found Cameron lying unconscious in a hallway. Officers reported that he was extremely intoxicated. Police said Cameron, who broke the glass cases of several fire extinguishers with his fist, was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for hand injuries before he was arrested. Cameron was given a notice to appear April 25 in Lawrence Municipal Court on charges of criminal damage to property, creating a false alarm and criminal trespassing. Police were unable to release the report until today because of computer problems.
Criminal charges filed
Gene K. Hook Jr., 26, 1900 W. 31st, was charged Monday with a misdemeanor count of battery stemming from an incident Saturday in which he allegedly beat his wife outside their mobile home. Hook is next scheduled to appear in court on May 1.
Christopher Jones, 18, 1603 W. 15th, was charged Monday with a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon. Kansas University police arrested Jones on Sunday for carrying a 12-gauge shotgun. He is scheduled to appear next Tuesday for a trial-setting, plea or diversion hearing.
Criminal case proceedings
Donald E. Rogers, 18, Eudora, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of burglary. Sentencing was scheduled for May 16 for Rogers, who was charged Jan. 22 with two felony counts of burglary, two felony counts of theft and two misdemeanor counts of theft after he allegedly entered three Eudora buildings and took numerous items.
Freddie L. Ishman Jr., 20, Topeka, pleaded no contest Friday and was found guilty of an amended misdemeanor count of assault. Ishman was sentenced to 30 days in the Douglas County Jail, but then was granted a probation term. He originally was charged Jan. 19 with a felony count of attempted aggravated battery after he allegedly pulled a knife on a local man during a fight at the Jayhawk Cafe, 1340 Ohio.
Michael E. Ashcraft, 19, 817 E. 13th, was assigned Monday to a two-year Douglas County Community Corrections term on amended misdmeanor counts of unlawful use of weapons and assault. Ashcraft originally was charged Dec. 27 with a felony count of aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened several people outside the E-Z Shop convenience store at 1414 W. Sixth while armed with a knife. He pleaded no contest Feb. 26 and was found guilty of the amended charges.