Archive for Wednesday, March 26, 1997


March 26, 1997


Law enforcement report

Burglaries and thefts reported

  • A Pioneer stereo unit, amplifier, speakers, speaker box, radar detector, compact discs, sunglasses, glasses and an arm rest were taken from a 1988 Suzuki Samurai between 9 p.m. Friday and 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Lawrence police reported Tuesday. The vehicle's owner told police he engaged his car alarm after parking it. A battery cable was reportedly disconnected on the vehicle.

Police reports

  • Police were investigating a window peeping incident that reportedly occurred late Monday night. A neighbor of a 25-year-old female resident of the 3500 block of Clinton Parkway informed her a man was looking through her windows. About 11:10 p.m., police were called to the scene and found fresh footprints on her back patio. The suspect, described as 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with short brown hair, was not located.
  • A 13-year-old Lawrence boy and a 14-year-old Lawrence boy were questioned by police but released to their parents after allegedly lighting 41 leaf- and grass-filled trash bags on fire in the 2400 block of Anderson. Police were called to the neighborhood about 12:40 a.m. Monday when a resident nearby noticed the curbside fire. The boys were found in the area about 10 minutes later. One was holding multiple cigarette lighters.
  • A black 1996 Chevrolet S10 was damaged between March 19 and 9 a.m. Sunday, Lawrence police reported Tuesday. Dent and paint damage were estimated together on a police report at $1,000.
  • Louis Franklin Marshall Jr., 26, Lawrence, was arrested by Lawrence police on a charge of vehicle burglary Tuesday afternoon. Marshall was released Tuesday night after posting $2,500 bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Douglas County District Court on April 8.

Sheriff's reports

  • Michael Alan Johnson, 22, Lawrence, was arrested by officers from the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit on Tuesday on charges of sale of cocaine, sale of marijuana, possession of drugs with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and no tax stamp. Johnson was being held in the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday night without bond. He was arrested on a warrant in the city on Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency calls

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical reported the following responses:

Fire calls

  • Response to a false alarm at 4:25 p.m. Monday at Mt. Oread Medical Arts Center, 3510 Clinton Pkwy.

District court

Criminal case proceedings

  • Preliminary hearings for Jarrod A. Sommer, 24, and Jackie M. Sommer, 22, a married couple suspected of cultivating marijuana, were postponed Tuesday. The husband and wife have each been charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of Kansas tax stamp laws, all felonies; they were also formally charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. The Sommers were arrested by regional drug enforcement officers after more than 50 marijuana plants were confiscated at their North Lawrence mobile home. The two were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, but were not formally charged with that crime. According to the Douglas County district attorney's office, the marijuana was not packaged for sale.

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