Law enforcement report
Burglaries and thefts reported
Jewelry and a $2 bill, valued together on a police report at $6,852, were taken between 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday from a residence in the 2400 block of Princeton. A mink coat, assorted jewelry and miscellaneous items, valued together on a police report at $13,290, were taken during the same time span from a house in the 2600 block of Princeton. No suspects have been identified in either case, a police spokesman said this morning.
Jewelry, coins and miscellaneous items, valued together on a police report at $1,110, were taken between 6:30 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. Tuesday from a residence in the 2000 block of University Drive.
Eight sets of baseball cards, valued together on a police report at $1,356, were taken between Feb. 10 and Feb. 22 from Looking for Something, 836 Mass. No arrests have been made, but several suspects have been identified, police reported.
A 33-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday night after he allegedly pointed a pistol at a 21-year-old Lawrence man in Veterans Park, 19th and Louisiana. Lawrence police reported the two men had been playing basketball together shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday in the park, when the 33-year-old man became angry and left the area for about 10 minutes. When he returned, he walked up to the 21-year-old man, pointed a semiautomatic pistol at him and reportedly said, "Do you want to get stupid?" The 21-year-old man left the area unharmed and called police. The 33-year-old man, who was in jail this morning without bond, was scheduled to make his first court appearance today.
Extinguished a fire about 4:10 a.m. today in the basement of Kansas University's McCollum Residence Hall. Firefighters reported smoke was coming from trash chutes on various floors of the hall, and they traced the smoke to the main trash area in the basement. Residents were evacuated, but no injuries were reported.
Investigated a report of smoke at 12:50 a.m. today in a residence at 1600 Haskell. Firefighters found no fire.
Responded to a report of smoke at 5:24 p.m. Tuesday in a residence at 610 Country Club Ter. Firefighters reported the smoke was coming from a damaged light ballast.
Criminal charges filed
Justin D. Bogart, 20, Topeka, was charged Tuesday afternoon with felony theft in connection with a Feb. 21 incident when he and another Topeka man, Ronald Charity, 22, allegedly took a 1991 Chevrolet Lumina while it was left running outside Kwik Shop, 845 Miss. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 26 for Bogart, who remains free on $1,000 bond. A preliminary hearing has been set March 19 for Charity, who is free on a recognizance bond.
Criminal case proceedings
Shane Welliver, 21, Lawrence, was sentenced Tuesday to a three- to 10-year prison term, but was granted five years' probation on two felony counts of attempting to take indecent liberties with a child. Welliver pleaded no contest in January to an amended complaint listing the charges, which stem from incidents between June 1990 and February 1991 when he allegedly attempted to molest a Lawrence girl, then 12. Welliver originally had been charged with three felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. The terms of his sentencing include serving 60 days in the Douglas County Jail, not contacting the victim or her family, continuing therapy and undergoing an alcohol evaluation. He now is in custody.
A case set for Tuesday has been continued to April 14 in the case of Mark E. Smith, 23, 721 Conn. Smith was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery in connection with a Jan. 19 incident when he reportedly battered a Kansas University student. Smith was arrested by KU police Jan. 27. During a background check, officers learned Smith had been declared a deserter from the U.S. Army after going AWOL in December from his post in Fort Riley. No information was available this morning about his status with the Army.