Archive for Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Lawrence briefs

September 26, 2001

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Child abuse case reported

Lawrence Police are working with the Riley County Police Department in an investigation involving the possible abuse of two children.

The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were discovered to have bruises on them, Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. An agency outside of Douglas County brought the case to the attention of Lawrence Police on Monday.

The abuse incident may have occurred sometime in July in Lawrence at a residence in the 1400 block of Clare Road, Pattrick said. The children, however, are not from Lawrence, Pattrick said, but he declined to say if the children lived in Riley County.

No other information about the case was being released and an investigation is continuing, Pattrick said. No arrest has been made, but police do have a suspect described only as a 47-year-old Lawrence man, Pattrick said.

Overbrook suspect charged in Baldwin dorm incident

An Overbrook man was charged Tuesday with forcing his way into a former girlfriend's room at a Baker University residence hall.

Chance Ellis, 20, was arrested by Baldwin Police about 5 a.m. Monday outside Denious Residential Hall, where he was being detained by a security guard, Police Chief Steve Butell said.

Ellis had knocked on the door of a woman's room and when the door was opened he forced his way in and held the woman against her will, Butell said. Moments later, two male students from a nearby room came to the woman's aid and pulled the suspect away, Butell said.

The woman is a Baker student but no other information about her was available.

Ellis, who is also a University of Texas student, was in the Douglas County Jail Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of battery and criminal trespassing. His bond is $1,000.

Ellis' next appearance in Douglas County District Court will be 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Lawrence teen gets 20-year prison term

A Lawrence man was sentenced to more than 20 years in a state prison for raping and beating a Lawrence woman last March.

Ricky Brooks, 18, was sentenced Monday by Douglas County District Court Judge Jack Murphy to 258 months for rape and 12 months on a second conviction for aggravated battery.

During an August trial, Brooks was found guilty by a jury in the March 2 incident.

On that date, Brooks, a friend of the 18-year-old woman's boyfriend, drove the woman to Prairie Park where the attack took place, the Douglas County District Attorney's Office said.

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