Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 1990


March 7, 1990


Law enforcement report

Burglaries and thefts reported

Baling machinery was taken between 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Tuesday from Deems Farm Equipment Inc, 1110 E. 23rd, Lawrence police reported. The machinery was valued at $2,000.

Police reports

A 36-year-old Lawrence man who is wanted in Michigan on a felony charge of second-degree sexual assualt was arrested Tuesday by Lawrence police. A police spokesman said the man, Lonnie Franklin Long, 1201 Almira, was driving a red Pontiac with Michigan license plates on Kentucky street about noon, when he drove by a Lawrence police officer. The officer called in the license plate number, and Long was stopped and arrested near 10th and Kentucky streets. Long was being held on $50,000 bond today in the Douglas County Jail.

A 36-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, Lawrence police reported. At about 1:45 a.m. the man was driving a pickup truck at a high rate of speed south on 11th street, crossing Kentucky street, where a Lawrence police officer was using speed-monitoring radar, a police spokesman said. The officer turned on his lights and sirens, but the driver would not stop. The driver was pursued and stopped by the officer in an alley in the 1700 block of Tennessee, where the man got out of his vehicle and attacked the officer. The man was being held without bond today in the Douglas County Jail.

District court

Criminal case proceedings

Roy S. Copenhouser, 45, recently pleaded no contest and was found guilty of felony counts of aggravated assault and attempted burglary stemming from an attempted break-in Dec. 10 at Dale Willey Pontiac-Cadillac Inc., 2840 Iowa. Copenhouser allegedly fired a handgun Dec. 10 at a Lawrence Security Patrol officer who was investigating the incident. Sentencing was scheduled for April 5 for Copenhouser, who is listed in court files as an escapee from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft, Okla.

Clark L. Lyles, 30, 255 N. Mich., recently was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but then was granted probation on a misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process. Lyles originally was charged Oct. 16 with that count and a felony count of aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened a local man. Lyles pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to the obstruction charge.

James A. Miller, 19, no address listed, recently was sentenced to six months in jail, but then was granted probation on amended theft-related charges stemming from a June 9 break-in at Gutierrez Restaurant, 2600 Iowa. Miller originally was charged June 12 with a felony count of attempted burglary and criminal damage to property, but pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to the amended charges.

Jeremy A. Olson, 18, 2417 Ousdahl, recently was sentenced to two to 10 years imprisonment on a felony count of aggravated sexual battery. He was found guilty of the charge Dec. 29 in a court trial.

A jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the trial of Thomas F. King, 37, 821 Conn., who was charged Dec. 15 with a felony count of aggravated arson. King was one of three people charged in connection with a Dec. 9 fire at the Western Star Lodge, 19 E. Eighth.

A felony count of aggravated assault was dismissed last week against Lisa L. Isernhagen, 24, 946 Tenn. Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jim Flory said the case was dismissed because the alleged victim no longer wanted to pursue prosecution.

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