Archive for Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Lawrence briefs

August 21, 2001

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Husband's appeal fails in mail-bomb conviction

The Kansas Court of Appeals Friday again upheld attempted murder convictions against a Lawrence man who sent a bomb to his ex-wife in 1996.

Aaron B. Wright's criminal case appeals had been rejected by the Court of Appeals in March 1999. Shortly after that ruling, he filed a civil lawsuit seeking relief, which if confirmed by the Court of Appeals, would have overturned the convictions.

Wright maintained in his civil appeal that an affidavit in support of a search warrant for his residence failed to establish probable cause.

The Appeals Court also declined to consider Wright's complaint about ineffective legal representation.

Wright, then 31, was sentenced in September 1996 to more than 17 years in prison. He was convicted of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and criminal use of weapons.

Ramirez's 5-year-old daughter was home at the time the bomb package was received, leading to the attempted second-degree murder conviction.

ATM withdrawal treated as possible theft

A Lawrence man claims someone managed to steal $200 from his bank account through an automated teller machine, a Lawrence Police report said.

The theft allegedly occurred the afternoon of July 29 at an ATM in Jayhawk Food Mart, 1414 W. Sixth St., the report said.

The man said he used the ATM and an advertisement came up on the screen after he completed his transaction, the report said.

Police are investigating the possibility that after the ad left the screen a message returned asking if the customer wanted another transaction. Police want to know if someone else could have approached the ATM and removed money from the account.

Store reports burglary of three money bags

Lawrence Police are investigating a Sunday night burglary and the theft of three money bags from B.C. Automotive, 510 N. Sixth St.

Police responded to an outside audible alarm about 11 p.m., a report said. They found a metal rear door had been forced open.

An investigation revealed that an office file cabinet had been damaged and the money bags taken from inside it, the report said. The amount of money in the bags was listed as "undetermined."

No arrests have been made.

Police investigate mobile home theft

Lawrence Police are investigating the theft of more than $2,000 from a mobile home park management office.

The theft occurred at Riverview Park mobile homes in the 800 block of Walnut Street between July 6 to Aug. 8, police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. Total losses amounted to $2,236.

A 50-year-old woman and former employee of the mobile home park has been interviewed by police, but no arrest has been made, Pattrick said.

County foundation taking applications for grants

Grant applications are currently being accepted by the Douglas County Community Foundation.

Grant applications have been mailed to nonprofit organizations in the area; additional applications may be requested by contacting the foundation at 843-8727 or e-mailing dccfoundation@aol.com.

Individuals or groups interested in knowing more about the foundation may attend a "get-acquainted" meeting from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 28, and distributions are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31.

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