Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2005

City briefs

July 7, 2005


Woman charged with indecent exposure

Lawrence police officers arrested a 51-year-old woman for allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior in the middle of a city street.

Police responded just after 10 p.m. Tuesday to reports of a naked woman and two partially clothed men near the intersection of 10th and Kentucky streets.

Police said six transients, some only partially dressed, were watching as the naked woman was straddling a man on the north side of 10th Street.

Officers arrested the woman on charges of indecent exposure.

July 4

Man shot by cannon during celebration

Douglas County Sheriff's officers are investigating an unusual shooting after a 51-year-old man was accidentally shot in the torso by a cannon.

The incident happened just before 9 p.m. during Fourth of July celebrations in the 1700 block of East 1000 Road.

The cannon was described as a small heirloom, roughly a foot in size.

Witnesses said the cannon was packed with black powder and newspaper when it accidentally discharged.

The victim was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. His condition was not available Wednesday night.


Trial in shooting case is delayed

Trial was delayed until mid-September for a man accused of opening fire at a West Lawrence apartment complex in December.

Randy Johnson faces four counts of attempted second-degree murder in the shooting at the Boardwalk Apartment complex.

A judge on Wednesday pushed Johnson's trial back to Sept. 19 while the defense works on obtaining expert witnesses.

Two people were injured in the shooting Dec. 21 in what tenants said was a dispute over a loud party.


Aquatic center to close for swim meet

The Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center's competitive lap pool will be closed to the general public this weekend for a regional swim meet.

The competitive lap pool at the center, 4706 Overland Drive, will close at 8 a.m. Friday and reopen at 5:15 a.m. July 11.

The closing will allow the center to host the Roger Hill/Lawrence Aquahawk Swim Meet. The event is expected to bring more than 750 swimmers from the region and more than 2,000 spectators.

The center's leisure pool area will remain open during the meet. That area includes room for lap swimming and also includes the children's play area. Lap swimming will be allowed in the leisure pool from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Other activities will be allowed from 1 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday.


blueblood 12 years, 11 months ago

Wow, I am completely shocked and surprised that there was yet another need for police response to the 10th and Kentucky area, which incidentally is the nexus for the Lawrence Open Shelter and Link Kitchen. But of course, it's not the transients' fault. After all, when you have nothing to do all day but drink, lay in the yard and harass downtown shoppers, the stress of daily life naturally leads to indecent exposure. I only hope our concerned citizens reach out to these people and waste millions to build a permanent housing facility for them, that way we'll get to enjoy their charming antics indefinitely. Long live Lawrence's wonderful sentimentality!

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