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Archive for Friday, April 6, 2001

Lawrence briefs

April 6, 2001

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Solicitation charge filed against Lawrence resident

A Lawrence man was released from jail Thursday afternoon after his appearance in Douglas County District Court on a charge of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.

The 38-year-old man was released on a $5,000 own-recognizance bond after his first appearance on the charge, which was filed Wednesday. He was arrested Wednesday evening and booked into the Douglas County Jail.

The alleged incidents occurred during the late spring and early summer of last year, Dist. Atty. Christine Tonkovich said. The alleged victim is a 9-year-old boy, she said.

Reports were forwarded to the district attorney's office in mid-March, Tonkovich said.

The Journal-World generally does not identify suspects in sex crimes unless they have been convicted.

Police seek suspects in downtown robbery

Police had no suspects on Thursday in the robbery of an elderly man in downtown Lawrence.

The robbery occurred at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday when the 78-year-old man was walking down the alley west of the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street. The victim was approached by two men when one pushed him to the ground and both began searching through the victim's pockets, Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said.

The victim suffered a minor head injury from the fall but didn't require hospitalization. An employee at Aladdin Cafe, 1021 Mass., saw the incident and called police, Pattrick said.

The two suspects appeared to be in their late teens, Pattrick said. One was about 6 feet tall and about 150 pounds; the other was about 5-feet-7 and about 140 pounds. They made off with the victim's keys and $293 in cash.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hot line at 843-TIPS.

Football player's diversion allowed to continue

Douglas County prosecutors elected Thursday to dismiss a motion to revoke the diversion of a Kansas University football player charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Prosecutors had issued a motion to revoke the diversion of Algernon "Algie" Atkinson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker for the Jayhawks, but on Thursday they withdrew the motion and allowed Atkinson's diversion process to continue.

The motion was filed because prosecutors thought Atkinson had failed to comply with the terms of his diversion.

Atkinson, who will be a senior on the 2001 squad, also failed to appear at a hearing on Feb. 22, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Atkinson was charged with the misdemeanor, which allegedly occurred March 5, 2000, at the Yacht Club, 530 Wis.

Public school administrator to leave for job at Baylor

A Lawrence public school district administrator who coordinates special-education programs accepted a research and teaching job at Baylor University.

Joe Nyre will become director of Baylor's new center for education evaluation and research in July. He also will teach at the private school in Waco, Tex.

"It's a positive career move for me," said Nyre, Lawrence's assistant director of special services.

Before departing, Nyre expects the district to finish a long-range plan for special education. It will set a baseline for special education services and staffing in district schools, he said.

Nyre said he was gratified the district offered him the top special-education administrative job, part of an ongoing reorganization of central administration staff.

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