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Archive for Saturday, October 16, 1999

KU POLICE LOOK INTO MORE HARASSING CALLS

October 16, 1999

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Kansas University police have questioned two KU students about a rash of harassing phone calls this week to a residence hall for women.

Sgt. Troy Mailen, the KU police spokesman, said that the department investigated eight reports of harassing calls made to six victims Wednesday night.

"We've been able to identify two male subjects," Mailen said, declining to give any information about them. All information about the calls was forwarded Friday to the district attorney's office.

Mailen said the calls, only about a minute to a minute-and-a-half long on average, were made between 10:06 p.m. and 11:13 p.m. Wednesday to residents in Gertrude Sellards Pearson residence hall, 500 W. 11th.

Mailen said the calls were not linked to calls that several students received earlier in the month, when the caller asked for women by name and threatened to rape and kill them.

"They're just strictly harassing," Mailen said; the callers made no criminal threats.

The earlier calls are still being investigated.

"Our investigative team is actively pursuing several leads in regard to those," Mailen said.

Anyone with information about harassing calls can call the KU police at 864-5900 or KU Crime Stoppers at 864-8888. Mailen reminded students who receive harassing calls not to talk to the caller.

"Simply hang up the phone and call our department," Mailen said.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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