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Archive for Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Police briefs

April 17, 2001

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Suspect released when charges not filed

A man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a Lawrence Police officer, authorities said Monday.

The 37-year-old suspect was arrested shortly before midnight Friday after officers responded to his home in the 1300 block of East 27th Street. An altercation had occurred, during which the suspect had battered others, Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said.

The man was arrested, but while he was in custody he kicked the officer, Pattrick said. The officer wasn't seriously injured.

When officers searched the suspect, they also found unspecified drug paraphernalia, Pattrick said.

Police booked the man in connection with battery, battery against a police officer, obstruction of justice and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released Saturday afternoon because charges hadn't been filed.

Hearing for officer postponed two weeks

A court hearing for a Kansas University Public Safety officer charged with theft was postponed for two weeks pending negotiations with the Douglas County district attorney's office.

Steve Carpenter appeared in court for a scheduled preliminary hearing, but his attorney asked Douglas County District Judge Jack Murphy for a continuance, saying negotiations were ongoing with the D.A.'s office.

Carpenter, charged with one count of felony theft, is accused of stealing a laptop computer from Carruth-O'Leary Hall, the building where KU's Public Safety Office is located.

Murphy set a new preliminary hearing date of April 30.

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