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June 21, 2006

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Law enforcement report

¢ A 21-year-old woman told police she may have been raped early Saturday after being out at a club with friends.

She told police she didn't remember the night's events clearly but awoke at a friend's house about 10:30 a.m. missing a Rolex watch and other items. The friend testified the woman was dropped off at the home about 5:30 a.m. by an unknown man.

The woman was examined at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Police are interviewing possible witnesses and trying to determine what happened, including whether the woman could have been drugged.

Police would not identify the bar where the group had been.

¢ A man accused of sexually abusing a young female acquaintance nearly a decade ago failed to show Monday for his trial in Douglas County District Court, prompting Judge Paula Martin to issue an arrest warrant with a $100,000 bond attached.

Previously, the man had been out of jail on a $45,000 signature bond, which means he didn't have to post any money up front to get out of jail pending trial.

The 37-year-old man is charged with seven counts, including aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy.

The alleged crimes happened in 1997, when the victim was 5 years old. He was charged in 2000, but the case was dismissed in November 2002 and not filed again until May 2005.

Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said the delay was related to a family member who had taken custody of the alleged victim and was not cooperative.

The alleged victim, now age 13, was flown in from out of state in anticipation of the trial.

"It's traumatic for the victim to have to yet again postpone this," Branson said.

¢ A Leavenworth man was transported via LifeFlight helicopter to Kansas University Medical Center with burns on his body after his truck caught fire Saturday morning.

According to a Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department report, the man was driving east on Santa Fe Trail toward town when he was seen with smoke pouring out of the "miscellaneous trash" in the bed of his truck. He later was seen driving west on the road.

Soon after, the driver, 51-year-old David Bowman, was sitting on the side of the road with his truck on fire.

The Kickapoo Fire Department was called for the fire. Two of the man's dogs also were injured.

Emergency calls

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following fire calls:

¢ Alarm system sounded, no fire, unintentional, 6:33 a.m. Monday, 3106 Iowa.

¢ Smoke detector activation, no fire, unintentional, 2:12 p.m. Monday, 3111 W. Sixth St.

¢ Smoke or odor removal, 10:12 p.m. Monday, 2218 Yale Road.

Comments

geekin_topekan 9 years, 2 months ago

She told police she didn't remember the night's events clearly... +++++ When she is done making stories and blaming the world for her own insane behaviors there is help available. 311 E 19th may not be your cup of tea.Try the church at 23 and Iowa.Or there's a really good one at 901 Madeline. Either way,the insanity will end.100%guaranteed!!Give them a chance or you can have it all back. Sometimes it has to get worse in order for it to get better.Hopefully it will because that is wjat it is going to take for some to realize there problem. good luck and we will always say a prayer for those who still suffer.

geekin_topekan 9 years, 2 months ago

All I can do is speak from personal experience. We can weave an elaborate web of self pity,loathing and righteousness but the bottom line is if she hadn't been drinking this would not have happened. Does she have a problem?Not for me to say. Are there people who understand and been there/done that?Yes,we are people you'd never suspect. I am offering an alternative,she will make her own decisions. She found herself in a dangerous situation.There are people who have been in similar and worse situations.Thats the only message AA/NA has.This is America,she'll decide for herself. I may be breaking tradition here.AA believes in attraction rather than promotion.So I'll shut up now. I hope you have a nice day.I know that I will as long as I never forget. Peace be with you.

bankboy119 9 years, 2 months ago

It's both of their faults, if she wasn't drinking, it wouldn't have happened. If he wasn't a sleezebag, it wouldn't have happened. Unfortunately, she was drinking and he wanted to get laid so....it happened.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

While I don't think there is any way to argue against the logic that there are behaviors and lifestyle choices that put a person at greater risk of getting in trouble (it seems I remember there was once a bar in Lawrence called "The Meat Market"); we should keep in mind that a date rape drug doesn't require someone to down a six-pack before the drug is administered. Someone could slip your granny a date rape drug at a church social and then "have his way" with her.

afriend 9 years, 2 months ago

No matter what she did she, did not deserve to be taken advantage of! No! means No! I don"t care what the circumstance is she is only human like all of us and so even if there was drugs or alchohol that does Not give him rights to take advantage of someone, We all do things from time to time we shouldn't do but that does give nobody the right to take advantage of us! She doesn't need blame,She needs justice.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

My guess is that she's claiming rape because of memory loss. Sometimes alcoholics will experience memory loss after coming off a bender, but if someone doesn't have a history of that, and suddenly they are missing 12 hours of memory after being with a man that they don't know... that sounds like rape by drugging to me.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

I hope they did a "CSI" rape kit on her. Evidence is key.

Linda Endicott 9 years, 2 months ago

Evidence is key to what? All a rape kit would prove is that she had had sex. Maybe even rough sex. It doesn't prove whether it was rape or consensual.

She may have been given some kind of drug. If that's the case, then it was rape. But if she wasn't, and she was just drunk and doesn't remember what happened, then she'll have a difficult time proving it was rape.

Lots of people (men and women both) have done stupid things while they were drunk, and may not remember it clearly afterward, if at all. People do things all the time while drunk that they wouldn't do while sober.

And yes, it is possible to drink so much that you can't remember what happened later. You don't have to be an alcoholic for this to happen, either.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

DNA is "key".

What I've heard (hearsay) is that those who have blackout experiences are more susceptible to alcohol addictions than those who retain a full memory of events. So I've heard.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

DNA will help get a conviction if it is determined that she was raped. That was all I was saying, but I didn't make it very clear.

afriend 9 years, 2 months ago

Something gave her a reason to feel like she had been given some kind of bodily harm, maybe she will learn from this mistake and be careful next time. She could have been killed thankfully she wasn't. But no matter what a person doesn't deserve to be violated physically in any way.

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