Archive for Saturday, May 30, 1998


May 30, 1998


A Lawrence teen-ager charged in connection with a fight that led to a triple stabbing last fall was arrested again Friday.

Jason Robert Freeman, 18, turned himself in to the Douglas County Jail Friday morning for failing to comply with conditions of a court release. He has pleaded guilty to three counts of aiding and abetting battery and one count unlawful assembly but had been released on a bond agreement.

It wasn't immediately known what agreement condition Freeman allegedly broke.

A related trial for Alan Rector, 18, is scheduled to begin Monday. Rector has been charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder for the Sept. 7 stabbing. Police said the fight in the 200 block of Glenview and the stabbings were gang-related; a total of nine suspects were arrested in the week following the incident.

Topekan convicted

in two robberies

A jury convicted a Topeka man charged with robbing two Lawrence businesses at knifepoint of two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of kidnapping.

Ibraheem Rasheed Ali, 23, was convicted in the robberies of the Virginia Inn, 2907 W. Sixth, and Beeper Depot, 2540 Iowa, both on March 7. He will be sentenced at 4:30 p.m. June 26.

Jurors spent about an hour deliberating and came back with a decision shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. The trial began Wednesday.

According to court testimony, Ali entered the Virginia Inn just before 8 a.m. March 7, and asked for a room. He then pulled a knife on the 32-year-old cashier, jumped the counter and grabbed money from the cash register.

Later that day, Ali used the same knife and demanded money from an employee at Beeper Depot. Prosecutors charged him with kidnapping for detaining the employee against her will.

Township holding

open house today

The Stranger Township Fire Department is holding an open house to dedicate its new fire station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The station is located about two miles east of Tonganoxie on U.S. Highway 24-40, 19501 State Ave.

In addition to serving as a fire station, the facility houses firefighter and township board meetings, firefighter and first responders training, and will serve as one of the polling locations for Stranger Township residents.

To raise funds needed for safety equipment, the firefighters also are holding a garage sale June 6 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.

State funnels $80,000

in grants to county

The State Conservation Commission has awarded $80,457 in grants to the Douglas County Conservation District.

Douglas County received $44,207 for the Water Resources Cost-Share Program and $36,250 for the Non-Point Pollution Control Program.

The programs are aimed at establishing local programs to provide cost-sharing grants for landowners. Counties will use funds from the first grant for soil conservation, water quality practices, water supply development for livestock and riparian and wetland protection. The grants will provide funds to property owners on a cost-sharing basis upon completion of the projects.

The NPS funds will be used to improve or protect water quality from non-point sources of pollution. The program also provides local technical assistance and educational activities.

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