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Archive for Wednesday, August 6, 2003

City briefs

August 6, 2003

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Crime

Motel resident reports robbery, assault

A 59-year-old man said he was robbed early Tuesday at the extended-stay motel room where he lives.

The man told police that around 4 a.m., he heard a knock on his door at Lawrence Suitel, 2907 W. Sixth St. A female acquaintance was at the door, along with a man he doesn't know, he told police.

He said they produced a handgun, struck him, stole his wallet and left.

Police were looking for the suspects Tuesday.

Investigation

Police pursue claim of 5-year-old put in freezer

Police are investigating whether a man put a 5-year-old boy in a freezer sometime last summer at a local mobile-home park.

The boy made a remark to his mother recently that caused her to suspect an acquaintance may have put the child in a freezer sometime in June 2002 at a mobile home in the 3300 block of Iowa Street, said Sgt. Mike Pattrick, a spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department.

Pattrick said it didn't appear the boy was injured, and he said he didn't know what circumstances might have led up to the incident.

"It's being investigated right now," Pattrick said.

Citizens academy

Community can learn how police force works

The Lawrence Police Department soon will be accepting applications for its monthlong "citizens academy," a free opportunity for members of the community to learn more about how the Police Department works.

Classes will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays between Sept. 30 and Oct. 30 at the department's Investigations and Training Center, 4820 W. 15th St.

Applications will be available starting Tuesday at the department's headquarters on the second floor of the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. Applications are due Sept. 12.

For more information, contact Officer Matt Weidl at 830-7412.

Police

Bicyclist reports attempted assault in park

Police are investigating a possible attempted sexual assault Tuesday morning at Naismith Valley Park, 1400 W. 27th St., where there have been at least three prior attempted or completed sexual assaults reported since July 2002.

A woman in her mid-20s was riding her bicycle on a path shortly before 8:30 a.m. when a man approached her and tried to knock her off of her bicycle, she told police.

Sgt. Mike Pattrick, a spokesman for the Lawrence Police department, said the description of the man -- a white male in his late 40s with a long, black pony tail -- is similar to the description in at least one of the other reported assaults at the park.

In June, a man persuaded a 10-year-old girl to follow him into a secluded area of the park and tried to coax the girl into exposing herself, police said. She was able to run away.

In May, a man attempted to molest a 10-year-old boy riding his bike through the park, and last July an 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man who lured her off the trail, police said.

Aid distribution planned at bookstore's opening

A new Lawrence bookstore will mark its grand opening today with an event to aid 400 needy Lawrence families.

A semi-tractor trailer will unload food and personal care boxes at 2 p.m. at Half Price Books, 1519 W. 23rd St. The food will be distributed by the Feed the Children organization in coordination with the Ballard Community Center, 708 Elm St.

Feed the Children is a charitable organization that provides a variety of assistance to children and families in the United States and abroad.

Lied Center awarded grants for education

The Lied Center has received several grants to help artists and educators integrate the arts into first through 12th grades.

The Kansas Arts Commission awarded a $7,500 grant to help finance educator workshops and residencies during the 2003-2004 school year. The three-hour workshops will take place about two weeks before a school performance at the Lied Center and will focus on a specific aspect of drama, dance or music and the ways it could be incorporated into the teaching of history, science, math or social studies.

The Mid-America Arts Alliance also has awarded the Lied Center three grants totaling $9,025 that will help pay for educator workshops staged in conjunction with several performances, including Kevin Locke, Joanne Shenandoah and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Also, the Douglas County Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant for Arts Integration Teacher Training Clinics for first- and second-grade teachers in the Lawrence school district.

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