Burglaries and thefts reported
- Police are investigating a report that a camcorder, a cordless phone, a videocassette recorder and other items valued at $1,255 were taken between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday from an apartment in the 1100 block of Kentucky. Entry was gained by cutting the screen on a bedroom window.
- A videocassette recorder, a compact disc player, a police scanner and other items were reported stolen between 7:15 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Saturday from a residence in the 500 block of Elm. The items were valued on a police report at $1,345. Entry was gained by forcing open a front door.
- A Eudora man has reported the theft of $2,080 in property from a duplex under construction in the 5000 block of Jefferson Way. The property, which included construction tools and lumber, was taken between Nov. 24 and 25.
- A 21-year-old Lawrence man remained in the Douglas County Jail this morning following his arrest early Sunday. The victim told police that about 5 a.m. Sunday, he and the suspect were outside an apartment building in the 1800 block of West 25th when the suspect allegedly sprayed him in the face with a Mace-like substance, knocked him to the ground and kicked him. According to the report, the two men had had problems in the past. The suspect is expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon.
- A 34-year-old Winchester man is free on a $1,000 bond pending a Thursday court appearance. A police report said the suspect was arrested on charges of domestic battery and felony criminal damage to property about 2 a.m. Sunday at a residence in the 1300 block of Prairie. The victims, a 31-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, both of Lawrence, said the suspect came to the residence and began battering the woman, his former girlfriend. After leaving the residence, the suspect allegedly got into his vehicle and rammed a 1987 Chevrolet owned by the male victim. The vehicle sustained an estimated $1,500 damage.
- A 19-year-old Lawrence woman was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a two-vehicle accident shortly before noon Sunday at 31st and Ousdahl. The woman, Latisha T. White, 2200 Harper, was a passenger in a 1976 Ford that had pulled over near the west curb on Ousdahl when it was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Lysandra L. Bridges, 23, 1309 Conn. Bridges was cited for inattentive driving, according to a police report.
Criminal case proceedings
- Prosecutors have dismissed charges of rape and taking indecent liberties with a child that had been filed against Ernest L. Hatch, 34, Lawrence. The charges were dismissed Friday because the alleged victims were unwilling to testify, said Frank Diehl, assistant district attorney. Hatch stood trial on the charges in August, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict. His second trial on the charges, both felonies, had been scheduled to begin this morning. Hatch currently is serving a 95-month prison term for convictions on charges he raped a teen-age girl and committed another felony sex crime involving a child between December 1990 and March 13, 1994.