Archive for Saturday, March 10, 2001

Area Briefs

March 10, 2001

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Drivers face sobriety checkpoint on Mass. St.

Lawrence Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night in the 1200 block of Massachusetts Street.

Sgt. Kirk Fultz said the checkpoint will probably be limited to southbound traffic on the street, from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Officers will hand out pamphlets and keychains to drivers who pass the test, he said. The checkpoint, funded by the federal government, is the first of six police will conduct this year.

"We're pushing for deterrence," he said.




Horse-van accident sends 4 to hospitals

A Kansas City, Kan., man was hospitalized after a Friday morning accident in which his van struck a horse that had wandered onto a Leavenworth County highway.

Oliver Green, 58, was in critical condition Friday at Kansas University Medical Center. He was flown to the hospital from the accident site, where Kansas Highway 7 crosses County Road 8 in eastern Leavenworth County, Sheriff's Sgt. Andy Dedeke said.

Green had been southbound on K-7 shortly after midnight when he collided with the horse, which had gotten loose from a nearby pasture, Dedeke said.

The collision killed the horse, which was dragged by the 1994 Ford nine-passenger van for about 700 feet, Dedeke said.

Three family members in the van Mary Green, 79; Marjorie Green, 50; and Courtney, 23 also were sent to hospitals, Dedeke said. Their conditions were not available Friday.




Franklin County woman sentenced for stabbing

A Franklin County woman was sentenced Friday to more than six years for the stabbing death of a man with whom she lived, authorities said.

Sharon M. Ferrell, 37, was sentenced to six years and five months for stabbing Mike Coulter, 33, at their Pomona home. Coulter was stabbed in the chest with a knife on Aug. 25.

Ferrell was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.




Hearing scheduled for arson suspect

A first appearance hearing was scheduled for the suspect in last month's fire that destroyed a vacant Kansas University fraternity.

The 19-year-old Lawrence man will appear Wednesday in Douglas County District Court in connection with the arson fire that occurred Feb. 28 at Phi Kappa Theta.

Formal charges haven't been filed but were expected by the hearing, Dist. Atty. Christine Tonkovich said.

The teen was arrested as a suspect in the fire, which officials ruled an arson this week. Details about how the fire was started weren't released.




Fatal fire victim identified

Franklin County authorities have identified the victim of a fatal fire who was found inside a camper.

Sylvia Lohman, 59, was found Sunday afternoon inside a camper, which was near a mobile home at 2750 Tennessee Terrace in rural Franklin County.

Authorities on Wednesday awaited the results of Lohman's autopsy. No cause of death had been determined.

Fire investigators hadn't learned whether the fire was the result of an accident or arson, authorities said.




Haskell student hospitalized

A Haskell Indian Nations University student was hospitalized early Friday morning after being beaten and kicked at a Lawrence bar.

The 24-year-old man was initially taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit with facial trauma, but was upgraded to fair condition late Friday.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said the victim and suspect, a 28-year-old man, got into a dispute at Club 508, 508 Locust, and went outside to fight.

By the time police intervened, Pattrick said, the victim "was bleeding severely from the face. The officer observed pools of blood on the sidewalk next to where he was."

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery, but released later Friday without charges being filed.




Grocery robbed at closing

A Lawrence grocery store was robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning, police said. Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said the robbery happened about 1:18 a.m. Friday. The suspect entered the Food4Less as it was closing; three employees were on duty and helping the last customers.

The other customers left, Pattrick said, before the man donned a "face covering" and brandished a handgun, ordering the employees to the floor. He ordered the manager to open a cash register, took an undisclosed amount of money, then left the store after making the manager unlock a door for him.

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