Law enforcement report
Burglaries and thefts reported
A compact disc player, CB radio and radar detector were taken from a 1986 Chevrolet between 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Emery Road, Lawrence police reported. Value of the items is $1,190. The car sustained $100 in propery damage when a window was broken to gain access, police reported.
Two Lawrence girls were bitten by a dog about 10 a.m. Tuesday near Woodlawn School in North Lawrence, Lawrence police reported. Jackie Holaday, 9, was bitten three times and Bernica Davis, 8, was bitten once by the dog, police reported. Police Sgt. Kevin Harmon said the two girls saw that the dog had gotten loose from a chain and were trying to return the dog to its yard when it attacked them. The dog was picked up by animal control officers, and its owner was cited for having a dog running at large with no vaccinations. The girls were treated by their family physicians, Harmon said.
Criminal case proceedings
Prosecutors have dropped drug-related felony charges against Kenneth C. Tomlinson, 25, 1810 Ala., and Sean P. McKinney, 24, 2115 R.I. Tomlinson had been charged with one count of delivery of marijuana and McKinney with two counts of the same felony after the two were arrested on warrants in January. Assistant Dist. Atty. Rick Trapp said a motion to drop the charges "without prejudice" was approved after they could not locate a key witness. He said the motion will allow presecutors to refile the charges if the witness is found.
Civil case proceedings
Collette R. Manzanares, 24, Wichita, filed a lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $50,000 against Ford Motor Co., alleging the seatbelt of her Ford Tempo did not function properly in April 1989, when she was involved a local accident. Manzanares alleges the seatbelt failed to restrain her from being thrown face-first into the steering wheel of the vehicle, causing permanent injury. Also pending is a lawsuit Manzanares filed last December seeking damages in excess of $50,000 from the city of Lawrence in connection with the same accident. The woman allegedly was driving behind a recreational vehicle on Wakarusa Drive near 15th Street, when the vehicle swerved suddenly to avoid colliding with a fire truck parked on the east side of Wakarusa. Manzanares alleges she could not avoid hitting the fire truck and that she suffered severe physical and emotional pain and severe disability from the accident. The city filed an $18,000 countersuit agaist Manzanares, alleging that her driving was negligent and that she caused extensive damage to the fire truck. In its answer, the city states that the fire truck did not display any warning devices or flashers, but that firefighters were not negligent in parking the truck at the location. Firefighters had been conducting exercises nearby.