Archive for Monday, January 6, 1992


January 6, 1992


Law enforcement report

Burglaries and thefts reported

Jewelry and 30 compact discs, valued together on a police report at $1,354, were taken between 3 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Sunday from a residence in the 1900 block of Massachusetts. Lawrence police reported the house was entered by prying open the back door, causing $300 damage. A neighboring house was broken into between 2 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Sunday, but nothing was taken. The back door also was pried open, causing $200 damage.

Police reports

The parents of a 14-year-old Lawrence girl reported that the girl had been sexually battered between August 1987 and December 1991. A 16-year-old Lawrence boy has been identified as a suspect, but no arrests have been made, police reported.

A 41-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Friday morning on two felony counts of selling cocaine and one count of selling cocaine without a tax stamp. Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Rick Trapp said today the woman had been under investigation for several months by the Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit. The woman was contacted by officers at a downtown bar Friday morning and went with the officers to the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th, where she was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Bond was set at $10,000, and the woman remained in jail this morning. The woman's first court appearance was scheduled for today.

Injury accidents

Phil Williams, 53, Ottawa, was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later released after he was struck by a car about 3:40 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Quaker Oats Co., 727 N. Iowa. Williams, a security guard at the plant, told police he had walked out to the lot to examine a grain spill. According to reports, Williams was struck by a car driven by Quaker employee Tom M. Farmer, 32, 2924 Harrison Ave., who had pulled into the lot and didn't see Williams.

Carrie Holz, 10, was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later released after an accident at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The girl was a passenger in a car driven by Krystal T. Holz, Rt. 3, who was heading south on Tennessee, near West 21st Terrace when her car collided with a car driven by John J. Alesch, 34, 1611 W. 21st Ter.

Condition reports

Kimberlee J. Back, 32, Oskaloosa, was upgraded from critical to satisfactory condition this morning at Topeka's St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Back was injured in a car accident about 10:30 p.m. Friday in McLouth.

Dennis Lederer, 24, rural Baldwin, was listed in serious condition this morning at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., a hospital spokesman said. Lederer was pinned under a tractor Saturday afternoon in a field near the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 56, commonly known as Baldwin Junction. He had been cutting trees and was hauling a log behind the tractor, when the log caught on something and caused the tractor to overturn. The Douglas County sheriff's office originally had reported that Lederer was standing on the tractor when the accident occurred. But he was sitting on the vehicle.

Fire calls

Lawrence firefighters:

Responded to the report of a car fire at 5:32 p.m. Sunday at 1619 Harper. The owner of the 1980 Volkswagon Rabbit extinguished the fire, which started when a wire short-circuited in the car's fuse box. The fire was confined to the passenger side of the dashboard causing $50 damage.

Responded to an alarm at 4:37 a.m. Sunday at Colonial Manor of Lawrence, 3015 W. 31st. Firefighters did not locate a fire and were not sure what had activated the alarm.

Extinguished a fire at 4:45 p.m. Sunday in a house at 2136 Owens Ln. Firefighters reported that a burning candle in a bedroom ignited clothing, causing about $3,500 damage.

Extinguished a fire at 11:38 p.m. Sunday in a house at 4707 Muirfield Dr. Firefighters reported that flames from a fireplace had overheated the wall and wood frame near the fireplace, causing $1,500 damage to the wall and insulation.

Responded to the report of smoke at 1:22 a.m. Sunday in a house at 1410 Prairie. Firefighters reported that they could not find any signs of fire in the house.

Extinguished a trash fire at 11:19 p.m. Saturday at Martin Park, one mile west of Lawrence on Peterson Road. Firefighters were called to the scene by Lawrence police and extinguished lumber burning in a 30-gallon barrel. No further information was available.

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