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Authorities file new charges in Yellow House investigation

September 14, 2007

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A federal jury Wednesday found Yellow House Store co-owner Carrie Neighbors guilty on 16 charges. Neighbors and her husband, Guy Neighbors, both face charges in the case.

A federal jury Wednesday found Yellow House Store co-owner Carrie Neighbors guilty on 16 charges. Neighbors and her husband, Guy Neighbors, both face charges in the case.

New indictments for owners of Yellow House store

New federal indictments are announced today by the US attorney's office against the owners of the Yellow House store. Enlarge video

The owners of Yellow House Quality Appliance Inc. face new federal indictments that allege the couple sold stolen goods.

Carrie M. Neighbors, 46, and her husband, Guy Madison Neighbors, 48, are accused of knowingly purchasing stolen goods and reselling them. Some of the transactions were conducted on eBay, federal authorities allege. The crimes allegedly occurred from Jan. 5, 2005, to July 2006 in Lawrence.

The indictments, announced by the U.S. Attorney's office Thursday, include one count of conspiracy, 14 counts of wire fraud and four counts of money laundering.

Federal prosecutors say Yellow House, 1904 Mass., owned by Carrie Neighbors, and Yellow House in Topeka, owned by Guy Neighbors, were used to buy power tools, clothing, appliances, electronics and other items. Some of the items were resold on eBay.

The Neighbors allegedly transferred money and checks drawn on their bank accounts to purchase stolen property. On Nov. 7, 2005, Carrie Neighbors allegedly purchased what she thought were stolen items from a man who was an undercover Lawrence police officer, a news release states.

Carrie Neighbors referred a Journal-World reporter to her husband for comment. Guy Neighbors said he didn't know about the indictments, but he denied the charges. He said that he and his wife have been the subject of a federal investigation for two years and that earlier charges were dropped.

"It's a bunch of crap," Neighbors said of the latest charges. "I'll be interested to see what evidence they have."

In June, the couple were charged with one count of possessing firearms while they "were unlawful users of a controlled substance"; one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana; and two counts of manufacturing marijuana.

The case is pending in federal court.

Comments

Alexander Neighbors 4 years, 8 months ago

did you remind your grandfather to take his meds ...? because that sounds like a dementia rant....

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thebcman 4 years, 8 months ago

it's like my grandfather used to say ... "the moon may be Waning Crescent , but your head is in Uranus."

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couranna1 4 years, 8 months ago

neighbors STFU mommy and daddy are criminals end of story Stop your whining and get ready for visiting day

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Alexander Neighbors 4 years, 8 months ago

beobachter -

I would have responded with the ridicules charges should have been dropped 3 years ago.............. But they were....

Dismissed by a federal judge, but people seemed to have forgotten that. (order by Federal judge to dismiss the charges) http://www.scribd.com/doc/18460058/Case-No-07201240102CM-Federal-Order-to-Dismiss-

So now Guy is in prison for a complaint about the prosecutor he sent to the Fbi and he has been there for the last 5 months. All because the prosecutor claimed he was a danger to the community even though he was not charged with a violent crime.....

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beobachter 4 years, 8 months ago

Alex, they should have been in jail 3 years ago. They would probably be out by now

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rousseau108 4 years, 8 months ago

Let's stop feeding into the Neighbors' delusions and overindulgent posts. Carrie asks why someone in the know hasn't posted actual case facts online yet. Here's a possible reason--maybe because it is inappropriate for the prosecution to use public blogs to trot out their evidence. The Neighbors have already been in trouble with the courts for these postings and violating court orders, yet they haven't learned. Seems the other side has a better grasp on reality and how not to act in public.

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igby 4 years, 8 months ago

You should call your lawyer, because they will get notified with the indictment first. What did you expect? The Feds too come out and arrest you again and serve you with an indictment? Geesse!

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igby 4 years, 8 months ago

They should seriously consider the indictment as a wake-up call for some serious jail time. Wake up Yellowhouse, because the Fed does not indict unless they got a strong case against you. If you take a case to trial and lose, you will be going to jail for a long time. You should seriously consider a plea deal and shut up your postings before you by accident, spill out some incriminating facts on this site that could be used against you in court. It's called "stepping on your d**k".

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couranna1 4 years, 8 months ago

Yellow House Quality Appliance Inc LMAO @ that name I only went in there once and the place is a joke even by pawn shop standards

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couranna1 4 years, 8 months ago

owners of yellowhouse just cop out go to jail now do your time and quit costing taxpayers money you did it got caught quit crying on here and do the right thing losers

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beobachter 4 years, 8 months ago

Alex, you're right. This should have ended 2 years ago with some major jail time for them.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 7 months ago

"I see a yellow door, and I want to paint it black."

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outsiderinfo 6 years, 7 months ago

Guns Missing from Lawrence Police dept. Evidence Room Found in local Pawn Shop!

Dave Bryant was in the hospital following a motorcycle accident. April 10th 2006. He was released from the hospital April 25th and discovered he had been burglarized. A Report was made with Sheriff Deputy Ken McGovern. Regarding 11 stolen guns One stun gun, One Tazer Gun, 2 Laptop computers, Sony Viao computer, Gateway Computer, 20 chainsaws valued at $17,000, 3 600 ft. rolls of climbing rope estimated value is $600 role, $6,000. Mig welder in crate, Little Rascal Scooter. $15,000. in tools. For a total of over $60,000. worth of belongings.

5 Guns were later recovered during a drug bust about July 2006. Shawn Young and Rick Elston were arrested. 5 guns out of the 11 stolen were recovered at that time. The guns were held as evidence pending the trial. Guns were released the 1st part of August. Brian the evidence custodian at Lawrence Police Dept. Called David Bryant to come down and get his guns that were no longer needed as evidence. When he arrived at the Lawrence Kansas Police Department none of the guns could be located. Dave had an attorney by the name of Andrew Pickelcavich call the police dept. and inquires as to the whereabouts of the firearms. He was told the model 4046 had two cases on it; this information was false because David Bryant was the original owner of the gun with the paperwork. From then on they just told David Bryant that the guns could not be located.

On Sept. 17, 2007 David Bryant located his Glock model 22 .40 caliber gun at the 23rd street Pawn in Lawrence Kansas. He was informed by the pawn shop owner that it had been previously pawned, and the person that pawned the gun had failed to make the payments and the gun was now available for purchase priced at $615. The gun included Davidââ /¢s 2 high capacity clips that he had purchased separately for $75. Each. He then entered the Yellow House store in Lawrence Kansas, knowing they also have items missing from the evidence room including 3 Laptop computers and four guns, and are being targeted by a corrupt investigation by the Lawrence Police Department. The Neighbors then contacted FBI Agent Scott at the Topeka FBI center. He and his partner went to the 23rd street Pawn Shop and took the weapon. Wow I wonder why these people's name was not slandered and business not searched.

Could this business be the largest fencing operation ever in Lawrence ? How much property is stolen from the evidence room and sold to the pawn shop, each year ?. Will the FBI really do anything about this gun missing from the evidence room, or will Chief Olin and Mrs. Parker get the FBI to get the heck out of here again?

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outsiderinfo 6 years, 7 months ago

Could Marietta Parker have also posed as FBI in the Yellow House Investigation to help cover up for Lawrence Police officers Jay Bialek and Mickey Rantz who were accused of posing as FBI by at least 10 people while the officers were interviewing yellow house customers. Take a look at the letter dated July 7th. it is NOT from the FBI, it has no SEAL, it is NOT SIGNED, and the FBI has NO Bob Schaefer working for the agency,( I called and asked for him). Read these documents closely, Could Mrs. Marietta Parker and Terra Morehead be involved in a cover up for Chief Ron Olin Jeff Lanza stated "we are attempting to resolve whether or not persons falsely represented them selves as FBI" However now NO record exist of any investigation into this matter at the FBI office, as a matter of fact no record exist of any investigation into the yellow house by the FBI. WOW how strange is this see the Link:

http://picasaweb.google.com/guysmileys/WouldMariettaParkerFromTheDeptOfJusticePoseAsTheFBIInTheYellowHouseInvestigation

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outsiderinfo 6 years, 7 months ago

If you want to see what is really going on take a look at this link: http://yellowhousestore.blogspot.com/ Why would it take almost two years for the government to file these charges ? The way these charges came down it seems clear to me the government was not ready to file these charges because all they have is circumstantial evidence. When the press release came out I went to the justice dept. web site and I could not find anything about the Neighbors indictment. This is the 1st time I have ever seen a indictment handed down and the media informed before the defendants or the defendants attorney knew, in most indictments the release of information is not released to the press until the defendants are in custody as to avoid fleeing and to protect the rights of the person being indicted, also to insure the safety of the arresting officers. This indictment was weird , you all can get hung up on the racial issue and the guns that were legal ( not so much the drugs), but there were no drug charges in the 1st indictment, Why ? Why has it taken so long for the charges to be handed down in such a weird way. I would say the government is coming down on these people because they have exersized their constitutional rights to free speech, and the right to criticize the government for the way they have handled the investigation. The police dept. is less than happy about the formal complaints that have been submitted by the Yellow House owners claiming civil rights violations and dept. procedure violations (like doing surveillance in the fire station with out a court order ect..) When your punished for standing up for your rights It is called Vindictive prosecution. Every one should stand up for your rights and the fact your standing up should not depend on if your guilty or not.

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spywell 6 years, 7 months ago

I gess the reason the Fed is involved is because LPD and Branson did'nt see eye to eye and the case was weak. So, LPD when to the Fed and could of lied a little to get an indictment. Well see, if the Fed kicks this case. Usually the Fed never indicts unless the case is a done deal. They don't usually waste their time trying weak cases, ie. unless the case is hypted by LPD. Their very through in their fact finding and evidence geathering. If this plays out in Federal Court and Hypted police reports are used and lies are discovered we could see several LPD, doing the (Scooter Libby) dance, ie., in federal prison, i.e. if these complaints I've been hearing are true. However, on the other hand, I've heard that the connection with the original controled buy/sell was done by a buddy cop of the owner of Lawrence Pawn on six street, yellowhouses' compitition. So, if this is true then there is some questionability as to motive by the LPD. Now, Lawrence pawn is required to keep records on purchases and through their general guidlines for proper policies for pawn operations and the owner of Lawrence pawn may have been in a position to expose certian know practices of competetors i.e., if he had some prior knowledge that previous stolen items were often sold there to Yellowhouse. Example: Seller A comes in with a big ticket item and wants to sell it at Lawrence Pawn. However Lawrence Pawn wants some prof of ownership or I.D. and seller A leaves and does'nt come back but calls later and says that yellow house offered him, such and such, and tries to bump the value to Lawrence Pawn and never provides any prof that, "seller A", own the items in question. Yellowhouse makes the buy and the items are in their store on display. If this practice happened often, then I'm sure the owner of Lawrence Pawn would have said something to his LPD connection regarding their business practiceses. This would give LPD good probable cause to do such a controlled sell with yellowhouse reguardless of the relationship of known LPD buddies. Form there forward the case mushroomed into the 4 cannibis plants and firearms due to the search warrants. Sometimes you may not like the details or how the act went down but probable cause is probable cause and thats why the case is at the Feds doorstep; weed, firearms and local publiticy from Yellowhouse. When your in the wrong and know it, don't expect the world to come to your rescue. I'm sure the people at Yellowhouse are'nt major criminals or their intent was not to become so. However, they could have benifited from good legal council before this case was mushroomed to where it is today. I'm afraid that their business practices will be their downfall. Its not that their major criminals but the Fed, when it moves its machine into motion theres many ways they can skin a cat. Look at Al Capone's case. He went down for tax reasons.

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janeb 6 years, 7 months ago

Take your trash back to larryville so we can move on with the discussions here.

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cynical 6 years, 7 months ago

thought the nutcases had gone away. however see Kathy is still defending the local crooks and working hard at her stalking skills.

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janeb 6 years, 7 months ago

how you doin there Gern(heehee). You should watch your posting patterns; they blow your cover(heehee). You are very off the mark these days.(heehee)

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TheYetiSpeaks 6 years, 7 months ago

funny, funny stuff...sybil, haha

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soothing_dragoon 6 years, 7 months ago

17 September 2007 at 1:30 p.m.

Suggest removal

Permalink janeb (Anonymous) says:

I agree with Hester ..........

Of course you do, sybil - forget your meds today?

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was_freashpowder 6 years, 7 months ago

ok So Apparently The powers to be Have disabled my Account.... Keep up with the yellow house Case

http://yellowhousestore.blogspot.com/

here you can See the truth

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freashpowder 6 years, 7 months ago

yellowhousestore (dot) blogspot (dot) com replace the dots with periods

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freashpowder 6 years, 7 months ago

Ok some one Removed my Earlier post of the Blog Page that has the entire story !! Go here to watch ans see everything !! http://yellowhousestore.blogspot.com/

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janeb 6 years, 7 months ago

I agree with Hester there seem to be quite a few problems with the case as a whole. Does anyone know if charges were filed on the guns after the dismisal a few months back?

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soothing_dragoon 6 years, 7 months ago

Well, well, dear Hester - you mean like the Court of Appeals case that was laughed out of the courtroom as a waste of time. Didn't even warrant oral argument? You know, the one that finally got the dog killed?

Give it up, and buy your used stuff elsewhere, the Neighbors are toast.

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HesterPrynne 6 years, 7 months ago

somebodynew (Anonymous) says:

HP- Do you not think that IF an undercover cop sold stolen merchandise to them, he/she wouldn't have been smart enough to get the neccessary statements on tape?????? Do you think the feds would not file charges if that didn't exist????

They are screwed. They had their chances several time, but seems like they thought they were smarter than the system and their OWN laywers.

I personally like the couple, and hope they can get along well in jail, because that is where they are going. It is a shame because it probably could have been avoided.

Yes and the same was said about some garden tools,air compressor, vacumn cleaners and the list goes on. None of those charges stuck in that past despite the Police having "everything" they needed to support the allegations levied. Do you ever ponder why if the case has been so strong from the start; why on earth the charges keep getting thrown out of the Court Room? Idiots can file anytthing in Court but, when they are made out to be fools in the end they gain nothing.

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soothing_dragoon 6 years, 7 months ago

another shining example of the likes of Marion and his manly, dog-killing girlfriend thinking they can do whatever they please as long as THEY say it is okay. HP - it is all a conspiracy you know.

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somebodynew 6 years, 7 months ago

HP- Do you not think that IF an undercover cop sold stolen merchandise to them, he/she wouldn't have been smart enough to get the neccessary statements on tape?????? Do you think the feds would not file charges if that didn't exist????

They are screwed. They had their chances several time, but seems like they thought they were smarter than the system and their OWN laywers.

I personally like the couple, and hope they can get along well in jail, because that is where they are going. It is a shame because it probably could have been avoided.

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esl03 6 years, 7 months ago

kneejerkreaction- Marion thinks she smart- she works for ljworld...

But yeah- yellowhouse is a joke! They will sell you a green refridgerator, but dont buy them.

I had a couple of items stolen also and they ended up there too. And I could prove it too! My name was writen on it! In a place nobody would think to look.

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HesterPrynne 6 years, 7 months ago

kneejerkreaction (Anonymous) says:

HesterPrynne (Anonymous) says: It is simply too bad the police and courts are having to grasp at straws in this case. How long will the harrassment of the Neighbors continue? Intent must be proven for any charges to stick.


Illegal drugs and illegal firearms are not straws HesterP. They are facts in this case and these two have gone to jail as a result of possessing both. The rest remains to be seen and will require proving intent, knowledge or willful disregard. Or, circumstantial evidence in the form of an overwhelming amount of stolen goods linked to YH.

The new charges have nothing to do with guns/drugs. "The indictments, announced by the U.S. Attorney's office Thursday, include one count of conspiracy, 14 counts of wire fraud and four counts of money laundering.

Federal prosecutors say Yellow House, 1904 Mass., owned by Carrie Neighbors, and Yellow House in Topeka, owned by Guy Neighbors, were used to buy power tools, clothing, appliances, electronics and other items. Some of the items were resold on eBay.

The Neighbors allegedly transferred money and checks drawn on their bank accounts to purchase stolen property. On Nov. 7, 2005, Carrie Neighbors allegedly purchased what she thought were stolen items from a man who was an undercover Lawrence police officer, a news release states"

I have not heard Carrie or Guy argue about owning the guns or that the non producing plants were seized from their home. The new charge states "Carrie Neighbors allegedly purchased what she thought were stolen items from a man who was an undercover Lawrence police officer, a news release states"

The point is the Prosecuter has the burden to prove Carrie "knowingly purchased" stolen goods with the intent to resell the items. Unless they are mind readers this may be tough to pull off.

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riverrat2 6 years, 7 months ago

Monkey aks: Why would a federal agency get involved with something if the amount was in the hundreds or even low $1000.

  1. Must be more to it than that.
  2. I.R.S., F.B.I., K.B.I., Homeland Security must know something you don't.
  3. They're not a 'pawn' shop.
  4. They have nothing better to do.
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monkeywrench1969 6 years, 7 months ago

Here is another question I have. Why would a federal agency get involved with something if the amount was in the hundreds or even low $1000.

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kneejerkreaction 6 years, 7 months ago

HesterPrynne (Anonymous) says: It is simply too bad the police and courts are having to grasp at straws in this case. How long will the harrassment of the Neighbors continue? Intent must be proven for any charges to stick.


Illegal drugs and illegal firearms are not straws HesterP. They are facts in this case and these two have gone to jail as a result of possessing both. The rest remains to be seen and will require proving intent, knowledge or willful disregard. Or, circumstantial evidence in the form of an overwhelming amount of stolen goods linked to YH.

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kneejerkreaction 6 years, 7 months ago

And, aside from "innocent until proven guilty", common sense tells you where this trial is heading. No thinking person needs "the law" to befuddle the facts here. These people are guilty of one crime for sure (guns/drugs), and perhaps of another one (knowingly recv'ng stolen property).

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kneejerkreaction 6 years, 7 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says: Kneejerk wrote: "Yellow House, if you are as innocent as you say, you'll get a chance to prove it." Marion writes: What did you say? That Yellowhouse will have a chance to prove their innocence? Yellowhouse need prove nothing!


What are you twisting, Marion, my words or your panties? Do you suggest when the time comes in their trial to give their side of the story to prove their innocence, that they say nothing? I didn't say they were guilty, I said they'd have a chance to prove their innocence, like every other innocent person until proven guilty. Where am I from Marion? I'm from left of Shove it and just to the right of a nice hot cup of Shut the **** Up.

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monkeywrench1969 6 years, 7 months ago

Why would the "government" take this kind of attention to a local mom and pop store. I am very excited to see where this goes. When I saw the news on channel 5 and they were saying this is a frame up blah blah blah and the cops walk out with lots of weed. I had to rationalize this. They knew the cops were in their house with their weed, and the media was outside talking to them. They still had the audacity to say they were wrongly accused, knowing the cops could walk out at any time with the weed but they did it anyway.

I am really curious to see what comes out of this.

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HesterPrynne 6 years, 7 months ago

It is simply too bad the police and courts are having to grasp at straws in this case. How long will the harrassment of the Neighbors continue? Intent must be proven for any charges to stick.

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jonas 6 years, 7 months ago

After this, the threads that brought out Bumblebee Braun in his anti-Morrison campaign, and the ones in the old forum that brought out the intern to Weigel that tried to boot Dennis Dailey's human sexuality class at KU, I must confess that, despite the enormous humor value to me and other readers, I can't for the life of me see why Anyone would come on to this forum with the sole point of trying to give their sides of things and toss some blame around. Invariably, they end up coming off worse than they appeared when they started typing.

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TheYetiSpeaks 6 years, 7 months ago

MichaelJ- Yeah, Yellow House doing backtracking?....No way.

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BlackVelvet 6 years, 7 months ago

Yellow House wrote: "The wonderful people at KLWN graciously gave us a copy of our indictment paper:And we are very thankful for everything they have done for us! And for thier support."

That is a quite different statement from: "So when the radio station called and asked us for a statement they told us they had a copy of the charges! But they would only let us see them if we agreed to give them an interview. How messed up is that? the corruption is so bad it smells like a dead skunk!"

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yellowhouse 6 years, 7 months ago

I want to say in case I was misunderstood, We appreciate the opportunity the radio station gave us to come down and give our statement on air.

What we were complaining about is the fact the media was given copies of our indictment and charges before we were even notified. We saw them on the news and in the newspaper and were not even informed we might be getting charged! That is Corrupt and very wrong!!

That is what was messed up. The wonderful people at KLWN graciously gave us a copy of our indictment paper...And we are very thankful for everything they have done for us! And for thier support.

MY POINT WAS THAT GIVING US A COPY OF OUR INDICTMENT PAPER SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THIER RESPONSIBLITY!! It should have been the responsibility of the Government!

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yellowhouse 6 years, 7 months ago

God is in control! He shall provide us with the strength we need to stand up to the most fierce of storms in our life! Lawrence is a wonderful community. We have a lot of respect for a lot of the officers that go out everyday and work to make this place a safe place for us all to live in.

A heartfelt Thank-you to the officers and Detectives who have continued to work with us, help us in times of need, patronize our business, and say nice things about us.

On this belief my soul shall lean, And banish every care For I shall find a strength unseen If God is with me there.

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insiderinfo 6 years, 7 months ago

If you want to see what is really going on take a look at this link: http://yellowhousestore.blogspot.com/ Why would it take almost two years for the government to file these charges ? The way these charges came down it seems clear to me the government was not ready to file these charges because all they have is circumstantial evidence. When the press release came out I went to the justice dept. web site and I could not find anything about the Neighbors indictment. This is the 1st time I have ever seen a indictment handed down and the media informed before the defendants or the defendants attorney knew, in most indictments the release of information is not released to the press until the defendants are in custody as to avoid fleeing and to protect the rights of the person being indicted, also to insure the safety of the arresting officers. This indictment was weird , you all can get hung up on the racial issue and the guns that were legal ( not so much the drugs), but there were no drug charges in the 1st indictment, Why ? Why has it taken so long for the charges to be handed down in such a weird way. I would say the government is coming down on these people because they have exersized their constitutional rights to free speech, and the right to criticize the government for the way they have handled the investigation. The police dept. is less than happy about the formal complaints that have been submitted by the Yellow House owners claiming civil rights violations and dept. procedure violations (like doing surveillance in the fire station with out a court order ect..) When your punished for standing up for your rights It is called Vindictive prosecution. Every one should stand up for your rights and the fact your standing up should not depend on if your guilty or not.

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 7 months ago

Kneejerk wrote:

"Yellow House, if you are as innocent as you say, you'll get a chance to prove it."

Marion writes:

What did you say?

That Yellowhouse will have a chance to prove their innocence?

Yellowhouse need prove NOTHING!

The prosecution or PERSECUTION in this case must prove GUILT!

Jeez, where ARE you from?

One of the LEFT COASTS?

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BlackVelvet 6 years, 7 months ago

wouldn't it be different if those who seem to always claim the Police are racists and harassers, would cite a specific example? a date and time when something happened to them? Instead, we get vague, baseless accusations.

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workinghard 6 years, 7 months ago

hereinnm says,

"just the cops dont like someone who is a inter-racial couple.they dont believe that someone of color can be successful with out resorting to selling drugs or being involved in criminal activity. "

OK, hello, interracial successful couple here. In 20+ years of marriage we have never been accused, singled out, or persecuted by the police ever. We have had to call on them for help a few times and have never felt that we were ever treated differently than any white couple. Of course we have never done anything to give them any reason to think we have done anything illegal. You reap what you sow.

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soiledbrown 6 years, 7 months ago

wonder if the shovel being used to dig their own graves is stolen? guy and carrie are done. see ya!

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TheYetiSpeaks 6 years, 7 months ago

Look, its not too hard to look at this situation and psychologically analyze the blog-happy behavior of the Neighbors. You will see that most people who believe in their own innocence will be mostly quiet, confident that their case will be heard at the appropriate time and the facts will bear out and they will be aquitted. With the Yellowhouse, however, you have this blogosphere propaganda campaign. Much like the kid who's caught with his hand in the cookie jar will immediately give excuses such as his sister/brother got some or the parents never let him have cookies or a myriad of other excuses and claims that take the focus off of the guilty act or acts. You notice they never address the pertinent issues or questions. Their responses are all about the "crooked" police and police chief, the greedy government, or the racists trying to take them down. They never talk about the cookie...or why their hand was in the jar.

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been_there 6 years, 7 months ago

For anyone that's interested, here's my story. About 12 or 13 years ago a friend had his residence burglarized. Along with his possesstions, they also stole the briefcase containing all the information, including the serial numbers of the stolen items. Shortly thereafter he went to the Yellow House to look for a replacement stereo. Quess what? There was his stereo. He immediately told Carrie that it was his stolen stereo and asked if he could use her phone to call the police. She refused to let him use the phone so he had to leave to make the call. Since he did not have the serial number the policeman said there was nothing he could do about it. My friend thought there might be a record elsewhere that he could get. He obtained the serial number from Audio Vidio since they had repaired it a short time earlier. When he returned to Yellow House, it was gone. She had moved it to another location. He called the police again and Carrie was told to return it to him or else. He still thinks that she may have purchased some of the other things that were stolen but weren't there or may have been already sold.

It seems to me (and this is my own personal opinion, I'm not trying to convince anyone it is true) that with the coming of Ebay, Yellow House has found a way to rid themselves of those pesky theft victims coming in and finding their stolen property there and actually wanting it back.

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MrMister 6 years, 7 months ago

They may be "nice people" to some, but I would never do business with them again. I bought a refridgerator from Carie once after she told me she would give me a 1 year warranty. After I paid her, she took out a rubber stamp and marked the receipt "6 months warranty". When Guy delivered it to my house, he just jumped it off the back of his truck (didn't have the truck with the lift yet). Within 3 months the POS quit working. They did have a tech come out to service it , but it only worked for 3 more months. Live and learn

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erod0723 6 years, 7 months ago

I think the Yellowhouse people's attorney forgot to tell them that anything they say on public forums is admissible in court. They might find that they screwed themselves over...

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kneejerkreaction 6 years, 7 months ago

I asked a friend of mine who owns a pawnshop in Missouri about the YH comment of it's easy to take in stolen goods in a buy/sell business. Her comment is quite telling. She said, yes, it's easy, but it's just as easy not to.

She also said that pawnshops are required to report everything to the police, get photo ID's, record all the information on the item they take in plus the seller, and they can't do business unless the person is at least 18 years old. Are businesses like Yellow House under this same scrutiny? Doesn't sound like it, but I don't know what their requirements are.

Yellow House, if you are as innocent as you say, you'll get a chance to prove it. Granted, the government with all their resources is very good at harassing people, but they typically don't unless there is some reason. Drugs & Firearms would be one reason. I mean, that is a fact, no? The stolen stuff would require some prior knowledge that you willfully and knowledgeably accepted stolen items.

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kujeeper 6 years, 7 months ago

As smart person would not go on a newspaper's website and post comments when they are facing federal charges, regardless if the charges are wrong or not. Please take the race card you repeatedly play for no reason and burn it, quit whining, and quit being a crook.

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lounger 6 years, 7 months ago

They are trying to drive all of the fleamarket type buisinesses out of town. None of the corporate stores want them. This is trivial and silly. Look at garage sales-all of the goods sold at a garage sale are on the up and up-I dont think so! Leave them alone I say and get back to work on some serious issues like cleaning up our rivers!

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smitty 6 years, 7 months ago

Is KLWN representative the same person that acts as a spokes person for the lpd?

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BlackVelvet 6 years, 7 months ago

Yellow House said "...So when the radio station called and asked us for a statement they told us they had a copy of the charges! But they would only let us see them if we agreed to give them an interview. How messed up is that? the corruption is so bad it smells like a dead skunk!

We have to give an interview to the press to have a copy of our own indictment! So we went down and did the interview so we could get a copy of our charges! At the end of the interview we told the reporter " Please let us know if there are any more charges we need to know about!""

I was listening to KLWN, the Voice of Merrill, and they basically said Yellow House was full of it in the above post!

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hereinnm 6 years, 7 months ago

i used to live im lawrence and have had many dealings with carrie and guy they are really wonderful people. i sold lots of things to them and they always asked if the stuff was stolen and got a copy if my id. so unless things have really changed they did all they could to prevent buying stolen property. just the cops dont like someone who is a inter-racial couple.they dont believe that someone of color can be successful with out resorting to selling drugs or being involved in criminal activity. i have no use for the poolice. they lie, cheat, and steal worse than the rest of america. they just get away with it cuz they have the federal goverment to back them up and we all know how wrong the feds are.......................................... thank you

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pagan_idolator 6 years, 7 months ago

I haven't heard about the undercover cop selling stolen items to Carrie before. Is this true? I don't know what to believe either but I wish the cops would sh*t or get off the pot. I do find it hard to believe that if a cop sold stolen items to Yellowhouse it wasn't documented somehow. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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nekansan 6 years, 7 months ago

Yellowhouse...... Here's you opportunity.. Publicly state here to all of us in no fewer words that you have never knowingly purchased or sold items that you believed might be stolen. Furthermore were you not fully aware that there would be further federal charges pending? You efforts to obfuscate, avoid or distort the truth do nothing to add to your credibility. Previous news articles sure seem to indicate that you were aware that further charges were coming when they were dropped the first time. If not, maybe you need to evaluate why your attorney is so out of the loop on everything.

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thusspokezarathustra 6 years, 7 months ago

also Yellow house please name just one case this year that supports your statement.

"How many huge lawsuits has Lawrence settled because there is no accountability for the actions of Law enforcement in this community. I would say probably millions of $$ just this year alone!"

You seem to have as little substantiate your claims against the government as you state they have against you.

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thusspokezarathustra 6 years, 7 months ago

Come on Yellow House has very rigorous standards for who they buy from,

"We ask if things are stolen, and if people tell us no, what can we do?" he said.

"I have to trust the people that bring this stuff in that they are getting it legitimately," co-owner Carrie Neighbors said. ljw december, 4th 2005.

They ask if it's stolen, what else are they supposed to do? Keep detailed records & identification from the people they purchase from?

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esl03 6 years, 7 months ago

Yellowhouse- why dont you talk about the other charges brought against you? Or do you have something to hide? Race is not the reason you are in trouble. You should be more careful of what you buy. And the free car didnt help you any. i know it was a nice jesture but it put you in the spotlight. So?

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pylon25 6 years, 7 months ago

Yellowhouse,

Hasn't your attorney informed you that it might not be a good idea to go blabbing about your case in a public forum? I understand you're trying to drum up support, but seriously, perhaps it would be prudent to keep your mouth shut.

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logrithmic 6 years, 7 months ago

I wouldn't view it as racial profiling. I'd view it as harassment. And the government is good at harassing people - from the IRS to the FBI, from sea to shining sea.

I find it interesting with all the previous charges, why no convictions? It seems like they're trying to railroad these guys out of business. I've purchased appliances from them. They're still working today. I appreciate that they sell used appliances for a fair cost.

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Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

TheYetiSpeaks (Anonymous) says:

"Maybe they should write a book called "If We Sold Stolen Goods, This Is How We Would Have Done It.""

**The best post of the day!!!

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Norma Jeane Baker 6 years, 7 months ago

Also, there's a difference between discrimination and racial discrimination.

So, you allege that the coppers have it out for you, that you're being targeted. Maybe you are. Maybe they just plain don't like your business and want to see it gone, so they turn a blind eye toward other pawn shops. Maybe Even so, how is that R A C I A L discrimination? Remember, you're the one who brought race into this.

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jennifermarti 6 years, 7 months ago

What do you keep dodging the question of the drugs and guns on your property? All you want to talk about is discrimination, cover-ups, and scandal. Maybe you should start answering the hard questions or do you not want to get into that? I'm guessing you don't.

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yellowhouse 6 years, 7 months ago

doc1, You are so special to believe its just smoke...But don't you think if I were the one lying Someone would have put some facts on the board before now! You are blessed to be so confident in your Governments actions. I suppose this unofficial Indictment that our attorney or us.. still have not been notified about is part of my smoke screen.

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doc1 6 years, 7 months ago

Yellowhouse. Deflect all you want. You know what you did and the government found out a little of what you did and these poor folks reading this have no idea what the real truth is when you keep blowing up all this smoke to make the truth seem fishy. The plain truth is you have broken the law and are going to prison. I can't immagine the government wasting this much investigative power on what you say is setup. Thats crap, you know it, and soon when all the info comes out in court you would have been compelled to tell the truth from the beginning. You would get alot more sympathy admitting you messed up than trying to claim your being setup and calling the investigating departments incompetent.

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yellowhouse 6 years, 7 months ago

Discrimination does exist whether people are willing to accept it or not. We do not know why we have been targeted in such a malicious way. We see other business's with the same problems of people bringing them items that they probably should not be selling.

These other business's have been caught with everything from burglary items, stolen guns to stolen cars! Yet a tool in the Yellow House makes headline news! (If this is not discrimination then please explain it to us)

We do not see these same businesses being slandered in the news, spending years of being arrested, charged, starved and torchered, charges dropped, re-charged, arrested again, searched, having items repeatedly seized without accountablitily, No police reports filed on incidents, Internal affairs cover-ups, no investigations into repeated complaints, illegally survellianced, stalked, and out of court settlements to keep things hushed.

Ya, you guys are right...there is no discrimination. We are just blowing things out of proportion because someone probably did sell a stolen item to the Yellow House...In fact they were probably paid $50 or maybe $200 by police to bring that item in...Oh but that is another story.

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TheYetiSpeaks 6 years, 7 months ago

Maybe they should write a book called "If We Sold Stolen Goods, This Is How We Would Have Done It."

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x96merrill3 6 years, 7 months ago

Yellowhouse is the crown jewel of illegitimate businesses. They love to use the model of "Do what you want and blame "The Man" when you get caught." Have you ever noticed that every time there is a Yellowhouse story, these criminals come forward to express the oppression they are living under? It's a very aggressive attitude and one that attempts to shift the scrutiny to those trying to clean up the dregs in our society. They play off the stolen goods issue as "Everybody does it" and claim the neighborhood is being harassed nonstop by the police.

""It's a bunch of crap," Neighbors said of the latest charges. "I'll be interested to see what evidence they have."" ----isn't that the standard guilty reply: "You'll never catch me copper...you got nothin' on me!!!!" Funny, if I'm accused of illegal behavior I either own up to my actions, or I go through the proper steps to have myself exonerated. The last thing I would do is blog on stupid local websites. Who has time for that if they have been falsely accused?

Race? Of all the minorities in Lawrence, the police just HAPPENED to target yellowhouse? Funny, they don't seem to target minorities who don't have illegal drugs and firearms in their residence. They also forget to target minorities who aren't running a fencing operation. The race card is a desperate attempt once again to shift the attention away from themselves and make the police out to be monsters. The sad thing is that all the Latte Liberal Lawrons buy into that crap because they are looking for a reason to hate the man and support the criminal. You make me sick.

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jennifermarti 6 years, 7 months ago

I was wondering the same thing-what is your excuse for the illegal drugs found in your home? You don't get to pick and choose when you want to follow the law. Maybe your business wasn't doing anything wrong, but drugs are illegal and you know that!

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Norma Jeane Baker 6 years, 7 months ago

Hey, folks, just remember WHO brought up the race card first...

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mick 6 years, 7 months ago

You lost me when you played the race card.

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coolmom 6 years, 7 months ago

if your business wasnt doing something illegal then were the drugs and guns at your home fake as well? curious. i feel bad that you havent been in your view given your legal rights but fishy smells draw attention.

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yellowhouse 6 years, 7 months ago

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Centrist 6 years, 7 months ago

Racially profiled, eh?

Umm ... isn't Mrs. Neighbors white?

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yellowhouse 6 years, 7 months ago

IF anybody can name one second hand store that can operate for 23 years and never take in a stolen peice of property, Then that business deserves a golden star!

There are no fencing charges because we never fenced stolen property. We buy second hand goods at a fair price and resell them where the market allows. If something turns out to be stolen, we have always taken the needed steps to deal with the situation. It is not a perfect system, and for the business it really sucks to have someone sell you something that is stolen.

We feel like we have been racially profiled and tageted. Have Pawn shops or other second hand stores been notified of charges by the reporters? Have they had their homes invaded and searched several times on search warrants obtained with false information?

How many huge lawsuits has Lawrence settled because there is no accountability for the actions of Law enforcement in this community. I would say probably millions of $$ just this year alone! Why aren't these settlements making the news? Why is the public being denied the right to know what is going on?

Because Government officials do not want to have to answer to a review board?

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cowboy 6 years, 7 months ago

Largest fencing operation ... blah blah blah , it's taken what two years to file charges , good lord , give me a break !

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logrithmic 6 years, 7 months ago

I think the charges are overblown garbage. The feds should be looking at serious crimes. Instead they trump up charges against these people because they may or may not imbibe. It's insane - the war on drugs hits home in Lawrence....

Billions of dollars - our dollars - wasted....

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Joe Hyde 6 years, 7 months ago

A federal jury will now get the chance to consider evidence collected against the Neighbors couple. If that results in a conviction, then the taking down of a locally run high-volume fencing operation would make it a great day for Lawrence.

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yellowhouse 6 years, 7 months ago

COWBOY,

you hit the nail on the head! They are punishing us for exersizing our constitutional right of free-speech. They are mad because we have been able to expose the underbelly of corruption that is flowing through the veins of this Government, that is operating by their own standards and accountablitily....totally out of controll!

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cowboy 6 years, 7 months ago

This seems like a vendetta to me. You would have to assume that in the course of business of this type you are going to buy stolen property just by the nature of the beast. I would be a bit more impressed by the gov't if I saw an accompanying indictment of the sellers.

This really seems a waste of law enforcement resources given the time , money , and the PD driven publicity on the initial arrests.

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yellowhouse 6 years, 7 months ago

This has got to be the saddest ploy that the government has tried yet!

We were notified about the charges by J.W. Reporter Mike Bell! He called for comment and we did not know there were even any charges! We called our attorney who informed us he knew nothing! He checked his E-mails, D.O.J. website and his messages....NOTHING!!

We had no idea what we were even charged for and neither did our attorney!!!

So when the radio station called and asked us for a statement they told us they had a copy of the charges! But they would only let us see them if we agreed to give them an interview. How messed up is that? THE CORRUPTION IS SO BAD IT SMELLS LIKE A DEAD SKUNK!

We have to give an interview to the press to have a copy of our own indictment! So we went down and did the interview so we could get a copy of our charges! At the end of the interview we told the reporter " Please let us know if there are any more charges we need to know about!"

AS OF THIS MORNING WE STILL HAVE NOT BEEN OFFICIALLY NOTIFIED OF ANY CHARGES!!!

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nekansan 6 years, 7 months ago

Sourpuss, I wonder if you might have a different opinion if that drill had been stolen from you and additional property such as a door or window damaged in the process. Stopping the resale of stolen property is not just about the profit from the sale of stolen goods, it is also about the damage to buildings, vehicles, and property that is associated with the theft. I've had vehicles broken in to to steal a $75-$100 car stereo and they did thousands of dollars in damage to the vehicle just getting in. I'm personally glad they are being made an example of and they should be punished if they are guilty of knowingly reselling stolen items. I find it kind of telling however that Guy's response is "I'd like to see what evidence they have", not "There is no way they have evidence of a crime". It's been very public that they have been less than truthful in their public statements in the past, so I'm not surprised in the least by this. When charges were withdrawn previously it was stated by the federal prosecutors it was to allow other charges to be filed at a later date. Looks like that later date has finally come.

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Eric Neuteboom 6 years, 7 months ago

Innocence is one thing, and I honestly have no opinion one way or another as to their guilt, but their complete lack of contrition and humility has to be a factor here. Nobody likes to be made to look the fool, especially the federal government. Had they kept their mouths shut and paid their dues, this would have been done and gone with a long time ago.

On a thoroughly unrelated note, I always found their business quite sketchy too. I remember when I got a new fridge, and was looking to sell my old one. Yellow House was the first place I went. The woman who was working there wouldn't ever give me a straight answer as to an appraisal. I kept asking her what she thought it was worth, and the kept saying "what do you want for it? What do you want for it?" Needless to say, that was the last time I ever set foot in there.

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sourpuss 6 years, 7 months ago

I guess the court will decide, but as a taxpayer, I'm pretty sure there are worse "criminals" to go after than someone who might have made $5 selling a "stolen" drill. Slap a fine on them and have done with it, and meanwhile, go after people who are actually causing a lot of damage to society. I'm going to assume they are innocent until proven guilty.

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