Archive for Friday, September 21, 2001

Area briefs

September 21, 2001


Police seek suspects in robbery of 10-year-old

A 10-year-old boy apparently selling candy door to door for a fund-raiser had his money and candy stolen Tuesday.

The boy was walking about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 2500 block of Belle Haven Drive when two boys believed to be in junior high school knocked him down, Lawrence Police said. The boys stole $4 and two candy bars from him.

Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel responded to the incident, but the boy was not transported.

Police were looking for the suspects Thursday.

Exhibit director to be honored at KU retirement reception

Tom Swearingen, exhibits director at the Kansas University Natural History Museum, will be honored with a reception today.

Swearingen is retiring after 41 years with the museum.

The reception will be from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the museum.

Medical condition blamed in death at accident

A man involved in a one-vehicle accident Thursday night died from what authorities believe may have been a medical emergency.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office did not release the man's identity late Thursday because his family had not been notified.

The man's vehicle left the road and went into the ditch around 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of North 1700 Road, about a quarter mile west of Kasold Drive, Sheriff's Lt. Kathy Tate said. She was unsure which direction the man was traveling or on which side of the road his vehicle was found.

The accident is under investigation, she said, but the Sheriff's Office has cause to believe it was probably some sort of medical situation.

Tate was unsure whether the man was deceased when emergency personnel arrived.

Eudora resident charged in Lawrence stabbing

A 36-year-old Eudora man was charged with aggravated battery after allegedly stabbing a Lawrence man in a fight early Thursday.

Darrell Hamilton was released Thursday after posting $5,000 bond.

According to Lawrence Police, Hamilton stabbed Donald Boggs, 38, Lawrence, twice in the arm with a kitchen knife during a fight at a residence in the 1900 block of West 31st Street. The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Boggs was transported by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Eudora Police arrested Hamilton about 2 a.m. Thursday in Eudora. Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said a knife was recovered from Hamilton's car.

UMKC forum explores backlash against Muslims

Kansas City, Mo. The University of Missouri-Kansas City will play host today to an event aimed at combating backlash against people with the same cultural and religious background as the suspects in last week's terrorist attacks.

The event, "Teaching Tolerance," will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alumni Room in the University Center, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.

Speakers include representatives from the Islamic community in Kansas City.

'LifePrint' of children to be offered this weekend

DNA identification is the FBI's preferred method for instant help in investigations of missing children, and parents can get free DNA LifePrints of their children this weekend in Lawrence.

The DNA LifePrint Child Safety Program will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Central National Bank, Seventh Street and Wakarusa Drive.

The LifePrint kit is non-invasive and involves a simple swab of the inside of the child's cheek with an applicator, which is then inserted into a solution that will preserve the sample for up to 80 years. There is no data-basing, so parents leave with the only sample of DNA taken.

Police investigate reports of gunshots near school

Lawrence Police are investigating the report of gunshots fired Tuesday afternoon near Kennedy School, 1605 Davis Road.

Parents of students reported they heard gunshots, Supt. Randy Weseman said. The parents thought it was a drive-by shooting, Weseman said.

Regular classes had ended for the day, but children were in the building for an after-school program.

But Lawrence Police Lt. Mike Pattrick said police weren't sure the sounds were gunshots.

"We have no evidence to confirm a gunshot was fired anywhere," he said.

Clerk's action spurs criminal restraint probe

Lawrence Police said a clerk at Zarco 66, 900 Iowa, locked a customer in the station after an argument Tuesday.

James Hardman, 39, Lawrence, walked into the store to make a purchase about 10:35 a.m. Tuesday. According to a police report, he thought the 32-year-old female clerk was rude, so he approached another clerk to make the purchase.

The first clerk was offended, and after an argument she locked Hardman in the store. She later unlocked the door after another customer attempted to enter, and Hardman left.

Police were attempting to contact the clerk Thursday. She is a suspect for criminal restraint.

Veterans groups plan POW-MIA events

Lawrence veterans groups have scheduled an event to honor Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Week.

The event, open to the public, is at 7:15 p.m. today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Alford-Clarke Post 852, 138 Ala. The Lawrence Disabled American Veterans and American Legion posts also will participate.

September deadline extended by Department of Revenue

The Kansas Department of Revenue is providing deadline relief for taxpayers having difficulty meeting their immediate state filing and tax payment requirements.

Because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, the deadline for tax filings and payments due to the Kansas Department of Revenue between Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 has been postponed until Sept. 24.

For taxpayer assistance, individuals and businesses may log on to the department's Web site at or call 877-526-7738 or 785-368-8222.

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