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Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Police Briefs

June 20, 2001

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Apartment intruder held

A Lawrence Police officer responding to a disturbance call early Tuesday at an apartment found a woman screaming and a man on top of her.

Police were called to the 2400 block of West 25th Street when a woman called shortly after 4 a.m. and reported someone pounding on her door, a police report said.

The first officer arriving at the apartment noticed the door open and heard screaming, Sgt. Mark Warren said. The officer found a man on top of the woman in the apartment.

The suspect struck the officer once in the face when he was pulled off and arrested, Warren said. The officer declined medical treatment.

The suspect, a 26-year-old Lawrence man, was being held in the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of battery and battery on a law enforcement officer. Formal charges were pending and no bond had been set.

Victim struck with VCR

A 33-year-old Lawrence man was in serious condition Tuesday at Kansas University Medical Center, after being struck on the head with a VCR during a fight.

Lawrence Police were sorting out the details of the incident, which took place about 11 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Ohio Street.

Police, responding to a disturbance call, found a man unconscious and bleeding in the street. A man who had been with the victim described a disturbance that started inside a home, Sgt. Mark Warren said.

The two men left the residence, and another man waiting outside pulled a handgun. No shots were fired, but a fight occurred, Warren said officers were told. The 33-year-old victim not the gunman was struck on the head with a VCR, Warren said.

The suspect fled the area in an older model, white Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Warren said.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and then transferred to KUMC.

Fire under investigation

The Kansas Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the Monday afternoon fire that destroyed a mobile home south of Lone Star.

No one was hurt in the fire. The home at 849 E. 800 Road belonged to William S. Abraham, 54, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department said.

Losses to the home and its contents were listed at $7,500, the sheriff's report said.

A spokesman in the fire marshal's Topeka office said no report had been completed concerning the fire and a cause was still to be determined.

Several township fire departments from Douglas County responded to the blaze. The Osage County Rural Fire District No. 4 in Overbrook also was notified because the fire occurred in its district.

Shooting probe ongoing

A shooting that left one man dead last week in Leavenworth County is still under investigation.

No charges had been filed late Tuesday in the June 11 death of Michael Roach, 38, Eudora, the Leavenworth County Attorney's office said.

County Atty. Frank Kohl is still waiting for the Sheriff's Department to complete its reports on the incident, a spokesman said.

A 61-year-old man was taken into custody following the incident but was later released pending the outcome of the investigation.

Emergency vehicle struck by deer

A Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical vehicle, responding to a medical call Monday night, was struck broadside by a deer.

The driver, Battalion Chief Pete Houston, was not injured, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office report said.

Houston was on his way to a call in Lecompton when the deer ran into the driver's side of the 2001 Ford Excursion he was driving, the report said. The accident occurred just west of East 1200 Road on County Road 438.

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