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Archive for Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Lawrence Briefs

September 6, 2000

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Reform candidate cancels appearance

Reform Party presidential candidate John Hagelin won't be in Lawrence tonight after all.

Hagelin, also a physicist and educator, was scheduled to join a panel discussion of genetic engineering but will miss it because he is still campaigning on the East Coast, said Susana Curatolo, panel moderator.

The event is open to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread.

Mistaken identity leads to rape arrest

A Lawrence woman told police she returned the caresses of an alleged rapist because in the darkness she thought he was her boyfriend.

The 26-year-old woman reported the crime Sunday after an early-morning encounter with the man she awoke to in the bed of her home in the 2000 block of Learnard Ave.

Police arrested a 23-year-old Lawrence man for the alleged crime Sunday afternoon and released him within hours. No charges had been filed by Tuesday afternoon.

The woman told officers she and her boyfriend returned from a party to her home. She went to bed and woke about 6:15 a.m. with a man she assumed was her boyfriend beside her. The man fondled her and she reciprocated.

Then daylight came.

"In the morning, when this guy was getting out of bed, there was light coming in the bedroom," Lawrence Police Det. M.T. Brown said. "Then she realized it wasn't her boyfriend."

The man was an acquaintance from the party, Brown said. The woman's boyfriend was sleeping in another room.

Skinny-dipping party takes violent turn

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department is investigating a skinny-dipping birthday party that turned into an armed brawl Sunday at Clinton Lake State Park.

Douglas County Sheriff's Capt. Bill Shepard said a group of people in their late teens went around 1 p.m. Sunday to the Walnut Campground. Some of the women took off their tops to go swimming.

One woman, Shepard said, became jealous accusing a married woman of trying to seduce her boyfriend. The jealous woman grabbed a hatchet and advanced on the married woman.

The two struggled, and the married woman disarmed the jealous woman but not before the jealous woman's boyfriend entered the fray with a machete.

The married woman went to her car and grabbed a stun gun, Shepard said, but lost her weapon when she was knocked in the head possibly by the machete.

No arrests have been made.

Texaco robbed; fourth such heist in three weeks

Police say a Monday night robbery at a Lawrence gasoline station may have been at least the fourth heist by the same armed gunman in three weeks.

Witness descriptions of the robber or robbers in the various heists "are very similar," Lawrence Police Det. M.T. Brown said.

About 10:21 p.m. Monday, a white male in a black ski mask entered the Texaco service station at 1415 W. Sixth St., armed with a black handgun. He warned the owner to get down, jumped over the counter, and took cash from the register.

The same Texaco store was similarly robbed last month. A Conoco convenience store, across the street at 1414 W. Sixth St., was robbed Saturday night by a ski-masked man. And Jensen Retail Liquor, 620 W. Ninth St., had a similar incident Aug. 17.

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