Hearing slated today in kidnapping case
A hearing will be today to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to keep an accused kidnapper in state custody.
Natasha Helm, 17, will appear today at 11:30 a.m. before a Douglas County district judge, who will decide whether to continue to hold Helm in the Northeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center.
Helm was returned on Wednesday to Lawrence after she waived extradition from Kansas City, Mo., where police caught her after a two-day search. She is charged with kidnapping two children from their mother's home on Feb. 20.
At the hearing, which is similar to a bond hearing for adult defendants, prosecutors will announce whether they are seeking to try Helm as an adult, Dist. Atty. Christine Tonkovich said.
Traffic stop precedes deputy's injury
A Douglas County sheriff's deputy took himself to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after he suffered minor wounds early Wednesday while assisting another deputy with a traffic stop.
Sgt. Jeff Nelson, 39, had arrived at the spillway below the Clinton Lake dam when the assault occurred. He was assisting another deputy who had pulled a woman over at 4 a.m. for a traffic violation, sheriff's Lt. Kathy Tate said.
The circumstances of the incident weren't released, but the woman Taleeya Candis Lausche, 21, Lawrence was arrested for battery against a law enforcement officer. She was the only person in her vehicle, Tate said.
The nature of Nelson's injuries wasn't released, but a report indicated that he received minor wounds. He was treated and released later Wednesday morning from LMH.
Workshop to help couples relieve stress
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will offer a workshop this month to help couples relieve stress.
Couples Massage will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 7 and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 17.
The workshop will teach couples massage techniques for the head, back, arms and legs that will reduce tension and enhance relationships with care and support.
Each couple should bring two pillows and a blanket, and should wear loose, comfortable clothing.
The cost is $35 per couple.
For more information or to enroll, call ConnectCare at 749-5800.
Haskell to play host to nursing conference
The fourth annual Nursing Denim Friday Conference will be at 8 a.m. today at Haskell Indian Nations University.
"Deepening Personal and Professional Wellness Practice," will feature Dennis Schafers, advanced registered nurse practitioner at Menninger Clinic, Topeka; Mary Pat Rapp, certified nurse practitioner for Geriatric Associates of America, Baytown, Tex., and assistant professor of clinical nursing at University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston; and Mary Ann Boyd, professor at Southern Illinois University and clinical associate professor at University of Missouri, St. Louis.
To register, contact Carol Crith at (800) 351-9058, ext. 5142.
The cost of the conference, which offers 6 1/2 hours of continuing education, is $65 for members of the Kansas chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Assn. or Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs, and $75 for nonmembers.