Law enforcement report
Burglaries and thefts reported
Camera equipment valued at $1,450 was taken between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday from a vehicle parked in the 1000 block of West 23rd, Lawrence police reported today.
Officers released two more reports related to a string of incidents in which the letters "KKK" were spray-painted late last week on local buildings. The new reports were from East Lawrence Recreation Center, 15th and Brook, and East Heights Baptist Church, 1423 Haskell. Friday, police reported similar incidents at residences at 812 Conn. and 847 Conn. and the office of Edgewood Homes, 1600 Haskell. Chris Mulvenon, Lawrence police spokesman, today said officers were not sure whether the incidents were related. He said that although there are similarities between the cases most of the buildings were sprayed with white paint the publicity the Edgewood Homes incident received Friday by local media may have spawned "copycat crimes."
Police reported that officers caught a 19-year-old Lawrence man after he allegedly burglarized Cordley School, 1837 Vt., early Sunday. Police said the man apparently entered the building through the ceiling, causing $1,000 damage to the school. Nothing was taken. Police said an officer caught the man as he was leaving the building.
Tracy A. Zelinski, 27, Lawrence, was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an industrial accident at 7:37 a.m. Friday at E & E Specialties Inc., 910 E. 29th. Lawrence police reported that Zelinski's right foot was run over by a forklift driven by Jennan Schirmer, 26, whose address was not listed on police reports. Police said Schirmer was backing up and was turning a corner when the accident occurred. Officers said the forklift struck Zelinski when Schirmer looked forward to make sure the forks would not strike anything when she made the turn.
James H. Clovis, 59, 2913 Rimrock, was injured at 11 p.m. Friday when a ladder fell from under him at KPL Gas Service's Lawrence Energy Center. Sheriff's officers interviewed Clovis at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency room and learned that he was checking a steam turbine when the accident occurred. A sheriff's report did not indicate how far Clovis fell but said he landed on his chest. Clovis was treated and released from LMH.
Patricia A. Pearce, 16, Eudora, was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an accident at 9:35 p.m. Saturday on Douglas County Road 1061 seven-tenths of a mile south of County Road 458. Sheriff's officers reported that Pearce was traveling north on 1061 when the left rear tire on the station wagon she was driving blew out, causing her to lose control of the car. The car spun into the ditch and then went back onto the road before coming to rest. The accident location is three miles south of Eudora.
Criminal case proceedings
Lyvonne K. Sweeden, 22, 924 N.H., Friday was sentenced to one year in the Douglas County Jail but then was granted a probation term on an amended misdemeanor count of endangering a child. Sweeden was charged March 21 with a felony count of abusing a child after she allegedly beat and injured her 2-year-old son. She pleaded no contest Sept. 6 and was found guilty of the amended charge.
Joseph H. Hibbs, 23, 827 Walnut, Thursday was sentenced to one to three years imprisonment on a felony count of auto burglary that was filed March 22 against him after he entered an automobile belonging to a local couple. Hibbs pleaded no contest Aug. 23 and was found guilty of the charge.
Thomas M. Stribling II, 21, Olathe, Thursday was sentenced to one to five years imprisonment on an amended felony count of attempted aggravated battery. He originally was charged May 7 with a felony count of aggravated battery after he got into a fight in Lawrence with a 19-year-old Prairie Village man and allegedly bit off a piece of the man's ear. Stribling pleaded no contest Aug. 30 and was found guilty of the amended charge.