Archive for Monday, October 22, 2001

Lawrence briefs

October 22, 2001

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Four robbed at gunpoint in Lawrence apartment

Three men held a group of people at gunpoint and demanded money Tuesday at a south Lawrence apartment.

Three women and a man were sitting in an apartment at Jefferson Commons, 2511 W. 31st St., when they heard a knock at the door, Lawrence Police Sgt. Dave Hubbel said.

When a 19-year-old Lawrence woman opened the door, three men forced their way in and threatened the people inside with handguns, Hubbel said. The suspects herded the victims into a bedroom and demanded money.

The victims gave the men what they had in their pockets maybe $20 or $30, Hubbel said. The men closed them in the room and told them not to leave.

When the victims finally came out of the bedroom, they found that the suspects had stolen all their phones, Hubbel said. They went to a neighbor's apartment to call police.

Although one of the suspects put a gun to a victim's head, Hubbel said, no one was hurt during the robbery, which occurred about 8:15 p.m.

Flu shots available for high-risk residents

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will be offering flu shots this week, but initially only for high-risk people.

The first vaccines will be given to people age 65 and older, younger people with chronic health conditions and health-care workers who provide care to people at high-risk for complications from flu infection.

Shots will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the health department, 200 Maine; from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Pinecrest II Apartments, 924 Walnut, Eudora; from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Senior Center, 1221 Ind., Baldwin; and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Babcock Place, 1700 Mass. The shots are $12 each, but no one will be denied service. There also is no charge for people enrolled in Medicare Part B who bring their Medicare card with them.

Additional clinics and locations will be scheduled and announced later. The public may call the health department at 843-0721 anytime to hear an automated message of the current flu clinic schedule.

Employee closes store after harassing call

A 19-year-old female employee at a tanning salon closed the doors early Saturday after a man called the business and made sexual threats.

Sometime between 2:40 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, a man called the woman at Endless Summer Tan, 2223 La., and threatened to "do things to her of a sexual nature," Lawrence Police Sgt. Dave Hubbel said.

There was one customer in the tanning salon at the time, Hubbel said. When that customer left, the employee locked the doors and left work.

Hubbel said the woman had been working at the tanning salon for eight months and had never had similar trouble before.

She had no idea who might have threatened her, Hubbel said, and she didn't see anyone suspicious in the parking lot when she left work.

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