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Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Area briefs

September 5, 2001

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Juvenile 'assistance' leads to arrest of five

Four adults and a juvenile were arrested by Douglas County Sheriff's officers Saturday after they allegedly assisted another juvenile in leaving a youth home.

The juvenile who received the assistance had been placed by the Douglas County District Court in a Lawrence youth group home operated by Villages.

Sheriff's officers had not completed reports on the incident and released few details about it Tuesday. The suspects were arrested after a Lawrence Police officer stopped a vehicle in the 1100 section of East 1200 Road about 3 p.m. Saturday.

No charges had been filed Tuesday and each of the adult suspects had been released on $1,500 bond. No information was available about the two juveniles.

Checkpoint results in 2 DUI arrests

Two people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol late Friday and early Saturday during a sobriety checkpoint conducted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

A total of 160 vehicles were checked on U.S. Highway 24-40 at Teepee Junction between 11:40 p.m. Friday and 1:40 a.m. Saturday, Lt. Kathy Tate said.

There also were two other arrests. Information on those arrests were unavailable Tuesday but one concerned a possible drug charge, Tate said.

In addition to the checkpoint arrests, area law enforcement officers arrested several other people for driving under the influence. Douglas County Jail logs for the Labor Day weekend showed Lawrence Police arrested eight people; Eudora Police two people and sheriff's officers another three people besides those at the checkpoint.

Preliminary hearing set for former teacher

A former Southwest Junior High School teacher on Friday will be back in Douglas County District Court on a charge of taking indecent liberties with a child.

The 32-year-old man will have a 3 p.m. preliminary hearing before Judge Jack Murphy. The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine whether there is enough evidence to bring a suspect to trial on a charge.

The suspect resigned his position at the school last spring after Lawrence Police began investigating him for allegedly having an inappropriate affair with a ninth-grade student.

Crime Stoppers suspect arrested in Houston

A suspect on the Douglas County Crime Stoppers most-wanted list for a sex crime charge is back in Kansas after being captured in Texas.

The 35-year-old Houston man is charged with aggravated sodomy and is jailed on $60,000 bond in the Douglas County Jail. Douglas County Sheriff's deputies picked up the man Saturday in Houston and transported him to the Douglas County Jail.

An Aug. 8 tip to the Sheriff's Office told authorities where the suspect could be found in Houston, Sheriff's Lt. Ken Massey said. That information was passed on to police in Houston, and they arrested the suspect the next day, Massey said.

No information was available Tuesday from sheriff's officials or officials in the Douglas County District Attorney's Office on whether the suspect waived extradition.

A first court appearance for the suspect has not been set. The alleged crime occurred sometime in 2000, but officials were not releasing any other information until that court appearance.

KBI, sheriff's deputies arrest most-wanted fugitive

A fugitive on the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's most wanted list was arrested Tuesday morning in Lawrence.

A news release from the KBI said the 34-year-old Patrick J. Dubetsky was arrested by KBI agents and Douglas County Sheriff's deputies about 7:20 a.m. at an undisclosed business in northwest Lawrence.

The fugitive was wanted in Sedgwick County on charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a minor, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy.

According to the KBI, information about Dubetsky's whereabouts was received by the bureau's Crime Line after a caller recognized Dubetsky from a picture on the KBI's most wanted Web page.

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