-- A 28-year-old Lawrence man who was beaten and dumped out of a truck late Tuesday at 13th and Haskell was released Wednesday night from Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Authorities continued to investigate the beating today. The victim told police that a 35-year-old Lawrence man who had given him a ride home from a Lawrence bar began striking him for no apparent reason. The older man told police he struck the victim after the victim hit him.
-- Kerry D. Short, 19, Silver Lake, was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later released after an accident at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday about three and one half miles southwest of Lawrence on Douglas County Road 458. Douglas County sheriff's officers reported that Short was riding in a car being driven south on 458 by Allen L. Counts Jr., 18, Topeka, that went out of control, entered a ditch and overturned. No citations were issued.
-- Investigated a system malfunction at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ellsworth Hall, 1530 Engel.
-- Extinguished a fence fire at 2:29 p.m. Wednesday at the Orchards Corners mall, 1400 Kasold. Discarded smoking material had ignited wood shavings on the ground and the fire spread to a fence, causing an estimated $1,000 in damage.
-- Investigated a smoke scare at 12:32 a.m. Thursday at Hallmark Cards, 101 McDonald Dr.
Criminal case proceedings
-- Aaron Holl, 18, no address listed, recently was sentenced to one to five years imprisonment on an amended felony count of conspiring to cultivate marijuana and one year in jail on a misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia, but then was assigned to a five-year probation program to be monitored by Douglas County Community Corrections. Holl originally was charged Oct. 9 with a felony count of cultivating marijuana, a felony count of not affixing a Kansas drug tax stamp to marijuana and the misdemeanor charge after authorities allegedly discovered a marijuana growing operation in his basement on Oct. 2. He pleaded guilty April 20 to the amended charge and the misdemeanor.
-- Michael Murphy, 29, 1200 Almira, recently was sentenced to one year in jail on each of two amended misdemeanor counts of possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia, but then was granted a probation term. Murphy originally was charged Aug. 31 with a felony count of cultivating marijuana after authorities allegedly found a small amount of marijuana being grown in his house on April 20, 1992. He pleaded guilty April 14, 1993, to the amended charges.
-- Tracey L. Hunter, 22, Emporia, recently was sentenced to one to five years imprisonment on each of four felony counts of forgery, but then was assigned to a five-year probation term to be monitored by Douglas County Community Corrections. Hunter originally was charged Dec. 10 with 16 felony counts of forgery alleging she forged $2,342 worth of checks on July 24 and July 25 at a number of Lawrence businesses. She pleaded guilty April 21 to four of the charges.