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Archive for Thursday, July 17, 2003

Area briefs

July 17, 2003

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Church reports theft, damages

Someone broke into a donation box at Victory Bible Church, 1942 Mass., according to a police report.

A church official told police that on Saturday night, he discovered the hinges of the wooden box had been broken sometime in the previous week. Inside was a $1 bill and a quarter, according to a police report.

Because the box is for drop-in donations, no one knows how much money, if any, was taken.

Church officials later discovered a television set and a VCR taken from the building, deacon Michael T. Cardona said.

Psychiatrist admits to prescription fraud

Kansas City, Kan. -- A Leawood psychiatrist Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to dispense prescription drugs.

Bruce N. Parsa, 40, admitted that he conspired with others to dispense large quantities of amphetamines.

Parsa also admitted that he issued more than 200 prescriptions outside the scope of his practice and not for medical purposes. And he admitted that he obtained large quantities of the prescriptions for his personal use.

The violations occurred between January 2000 and December 2001 while Parsa was working as a psychiatrist in Leawood and Leavenworth.

Parsa will be sentenced Oct. 6 by U.S. Judge G. Thomas VanBebber.

Loose pit bull attacks Yorkshire terrier

A woman was walking her Yorkshire terrier on Tuesday morning when a loose pit bull attacked and bit it, according to a police report.

The attack happened about 7:45 a.m. in the 700 block of Lyon Street.

The woman told police she and a friend were walking the terrier when a tan pit bull came running from across the street and bit the terrier on the legs. The woman's friend struck the pit bull with a rock and separated it from the smaller dog, which was later treated for injuries, according to the report.

Officers cited the pit bull's 23-year-old owner for having a loose animal and no proof of vaccinations. They did not impound the pit bull, but asked for a hearing to determine whether the animal should be classified a "dangerous dog" under city code.

If a dog is labeled dangerous, it must be kept in a locked enclosure at its residence and muzzled while in public. Also, the dog's owner must pay an annual $50 fee to keep the dog on a city register and must allow the Humane Society to implant an identification microchip in the dog.

Summer Youth Theater to play 'Bye-Bye Birdie'

The Lawrence Arts Center will present the Summer Youth Theater production of "Bye-Bye Birdie" at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the arts center, 940 N.H.

For ticket prices and more information, call 843-ARTS.

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