Community gearing up for today's Christmas parade
Hundreds of people will gather on Massachusetts Street for today's annual Christmas Parade.
Above, Van Bolinger, Cheney, strung up a top for a covered wagon Friday afternoon at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, where many wagons and horses were being prepared for the parade.
The Eldridge Hotel Old Fashioned Christmas Parade starts at 11 a.m. and follows Massachusetts Street from Sixth Street to 11th Street.
Rob Phillips, founder of the parade and owner of the Eldridge, said there could be as many as 124 entries in the ninth annual parade. He said several of the entries plan to have their vehicles and horses adorned with patriotic colors or carry flags because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard from Fort Riley will lead the parade, and Phillips will be at the end in his white carriage with Santa.
Crime: DeSoto resident threatens woman, children at gunpoint
A DeSoto man was charged Friday with holding a Lawrence woman and her children at gunpoint.
Thomas Claycamp, 36, was arrested by Lawrence Police shortly after 11:30 p.m. Thursday after officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Locust Street.
A 48-year-old woman told officers that Claycamp, an acquaintance of hers, forced open the door to her home and threatened her with a rifle. With the woman were her children, a 9-month-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, police said.
Claycamp then reportedly left but returned while officers were still at the scene, police said. They arrested him.
Claycamp was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of making a criminal threat and criminal damage to property. He also was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. His next court appearance will be 2 p.m. Monday.
In addition, police learned that Claycamp was wanted in Jackson County, Mo., for possession of a controlled substance.
Claycamp was being held in the Douglas County Jail on $50,000 bond Friday night.
Investigation continues into convenience store heist
Lawrence Police continue to seek the man who Thursday night robbed the Zarco 66 gasoline station and convenience store, 1500 E. 23rd St.
About 11:15 p.m. a man with blond hair and a beard walked into the store, pulled a knife and demanded money from an 18-year-old female employee at the cash register, Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. The clerk complied.
The suspect then fled.
Two customers were in the store when the robber came in and another customer was outside pumping gas, Pattrick said. No one was injured in the robbery.
The suspect was described as a white man, 35 to 40 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, and weighing about 200 pounds.
Anyone with information that would help police find the suspect is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline, 843-TIPS (8477), and callers remain anonymous. Calls also can be taken by police directly at 832-7525.
World AIDS Day aims to increase awareness
The 14th World AIDS Day, with the theme "I Care, Do You? Youth and AIDS in the 21st Century" will be observed today.
The purpose of World AIDS Day is to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS globally, in the United States and in Kansas. Half the people newly infected with HIV in the United States are less than 25 years old, and an estimated 250,000 young Americans are unaware that they are infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC estimates that 40,000 new infections are occurring each year in the United States. As of 2000, 36.1 million people worldwide were estimated to be living with HIV or AIDS, and 21.8 million have died from AIDS.
For more information, contact the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at (785) 296-6173 or search local resources at www.kdhe.state.ks.us/hiv-std.