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Baldwin City man jailed on aggravated battery charge in connection with neighbor’s shooting

A Baldwin man is in custody after police say he shot his neighbor in the head early Saturday morning.

August 2, 2008, 11:39 a.m. Updated August 2, 2008, 6:13 p.m.

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A Baldwin City police officer and a Douglas County sheriff's deputy stand outside the home of a man suspected of shooting his neighbor Saturday.

A Baldwin City police officer and a Douglas County sheriff's deputy stand outside the home of a man suspected of shooting his neighbor Saturday.

A 35-year-old Baldwin City man is in custody on aggravated battery charges after allegedly shooting his neighbor in the head early Saturday morning.

Baldwin City police arrested the man shortly after responding to a 911 call on the 200 block of Elm Street at 5:50 a.m. The 32-year-old victim, a male, was transported by ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital. He was in fair condition at the time he was transported.

Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna said the shooting stemmed from an argument between the two men, who had been together Friday night. The assailant fired several times, hitting the victim in the head once, McKenna said, and the victim was conscious when police arrived and identified his neighbor as the shooter. The suspect's white minivan was stopped by police several blocks from the crime scene, where police were combing a grassy area adjacent to a creek.

"The indication at this time is it's a handgun," McKenna said.

McKenna said the victim and suspect were friends, and had lived next door to each other since June.

Neighbors were shocked to hear of the incident.

A 23-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man who live in the same duplex as the victim said they never expected such an incident to occur. They declined to give their names.

"Those people at the corner are real good people," said the man, referring to the suspect's family. He lived in a house with his wife and three children, according to other neighbors.

The suspect's bond was set at $500,000. He is in custody at the Douglas County Jail.

Baldwin City police were assisted by Douglas County sheriff's deputies and crime scene investigators from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

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unite2revolt 5 years, 8 months ago

The second hand heresay that I have heard from the "shooter's" perspective is that after a long night of drinking with friends, he found the "victim" making the beast with two backs with his wife. My guess is the charges stem from "trying to scare the guy" not "trying to kill the guy".

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important 5 years, 8 months ago

lets just pray for the families because I'm sure that they're upset and confused and need it

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smitty 5 years, 8 months ago

Don't let the facts get in your way. It's much easier to cop an attitude than do the research, uhh?JW chat with sheriff:Tony, Lawrence: Will the sheriff's department ever merge with the Lawrence police department to create a county police department like in Riley County? Wouldn't it save the county and city money if they did merge? Wouldn't it also create better continuity of law enforcement and better training for all of the officers?Sheriff Ken McGovern: At this time the city and county law enforcement officers work together on many projects. Statutorily the Sheriff's Office has many different duties that must be addressed. A merger would have to be thoroughly researched to determine if it would be the best interest for all the citizens of Douglas County.

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Bladerunner 5 years, 8 months ago

I have to wonder why he is charged with Aggravated Battery and not Attempted Murder?

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Pywacket 5 years, 8 months ago

Ahhh.. LR has a puppy dog rubbing up on him. How cute. Let me guess--you boys still haven't found jobs since McKenna cut you loose?You should be spending your time searching the Help Wanteds before your unemployment runs out and you lose your internet connection.Whatever McKenna's flaws might be, at least his son isn't the biggest thief--and embarrassment--in town, and his officers aren't recklessly pulling guns and shooting domestic animals outside City Hall.

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dweezil222 5 years, 8 months ago

LR, you're right... McKenna will have inevitably found some way to screw this up.

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Pywacket 5 years, 8 months ago

Jonathan~ Thank you!! Very simple and logical answer--that's all I wanted to know. Pro-Counsel~ No worries. I didn't think you were being confrontational--just wasn't sure from your response that my previous comment had been clearly conveyed. And while you weren't suggesting that people drive by, it wouldn't be surprising if a lot of gawkers did. I wanted to be clear that I wouldn't be one of them.Your guess seemed logical--naming the shooter would certainly narrow down the possible suspects, since they were close neighbors. It could certainly alarm any readers who had family living in the vicinity.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 8 months ago

don't know why I didn't post this earlier:friends don't shoot friends in the head!***Smitty-I'm shocked and amazed that you don't know something about LPD! Why on earth would you think that they would travel out of their area to work a casethat has nothing to do with them? DGSO would get involved because it happened in the county. Baldwin does still happen to be in Douglas County last I checked.---ah, Domo, facts don't stop Smitty from a good rant.

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Pro_Counsel 5 years, 8 months ago

Pywacket;Sorry, didn't mean to come across as confrontational, if that's the way you took it. I will point out that houses on a corner (from the story: '"Those people at the corner are real good people," said the man, referring to the suspect's family.') may have two houses next to them, but only one would be on Elm Street. I also wasn't suggesting a parade past their houses ... I was saying that, like you, I can wait for the information, which is why I had no intention of driving by. As far as the newspaper's policy (thanks Mr. Kealing for clarifying), I was, as I clearly stated, just stating what I suspected ... or in other words, guessing.

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Pudgy1 5 years, 8 months ago

Uhhhh, take note that the LPD were not called in to assist in the investigation. Odd? Are they too busy? Like maybe, just a thought, all those LPD that are under going a mass investigation have embarrassed the Dg Co Sheriff's office so that a hands off is now SOP until the city of Lawrence retires(negotiates) a few senior LPD personnel?Ad hominem attacks to follow by guess who, followed by censored posts.Smitty, I'll bet you have brown eyes. And I'll bet it's because you're so full of *&$t!

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domovik 5 years, 8 months ago

Smitty-I'm shocked and amazed that you don't know something about LPD! Why on earth would you think that they would travel out of their area to work a case that has nothing to do with them? DGSO would get involved because it happened in the county. Baldwin does still happen to be in Douglas County last I checked.

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Pudgy1 5 years, 8 months ago

"LawrenceRules (Anonymous) says: McKenna, while heading up the investigation from his Wichita home, and his keystone cops will bungle this slam dunk case and the guy will walk. You watch."Are you a cop? Do you have firsthand knoweldge of the Baldwin PD and/or their Chief? What is the superior knowledge you possess to make you make such a claim?

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 8 months ago

hey thanks Jonathan. nice to see you responding to our questions. I'm glad to have this cleared up.

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Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 8 months ago

Py-No names are included because the suspect has not been formally charged with a crime. The Journal-World has a policy of not identifying those that have been arrested until they've been formally charged. Also, the victim has not been named because the Baldwin City police have declined to officially identify him.Jonathan KealingOnline editor

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Pywacket 5 years, 8 months ago

Pro-Counsel~ I wasn't disputing the policy on sex offenders. The reasoning behind withholding those identities are numerous and understood.Again--this wasn't a sexual offense, so that's a moot point.Your point that identifying the shooter would identify the victim may be valid (although most houses have at least 2 houses next to them. I would count any property that adjoins mine--left, right, or backyard--as next door). What I was getting at is that, if the LJW is going to make such a point of singling out sex crimes for their "non-IDing disclaimer," as if that's the only type of crime for which the perp wouldn't be named, it would be nice if they would give some logical reason when they don't ID the offender in other crimes--particularly serious ones such as this. I am not curious enough to make a point of driving through the neighborhood and gawking at the mailbox to try to learn the names! Those folks (at either house) have no doubt been through enough without people turning their neighborhood into a spectacle. I can wait to read about it in the paper, like everyone else. Just interested to know what the paper's policy is.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 8 months ago

amazing.Smitty puts in her usual rant about lpd. totallyoff topic and off content of the article! let the baldwin pd handle it. geeez.***yeah, just moved in. fleeing what from where? and, PY, not to be a pedant, but with what little we know, maybe there is a sexual element to the crime. they don't have the convenience of just dropping in on the riverfront park/brokeback park here in lawrence.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 8 months ago

Well, the two were fighting over the heat and bemoaning the fact that the trees in Baldwin are under stress. As a result the maple leaf festival might not be what is expected and these two being neighbors(for only a couple of months no less) had gotten into an arugument about the Festival and the festivities of living in Baldwin and how the festival might not be what is expected. They continued to explore the downside of the festival not fully realizing that they could come or in their case, go to Lawrence to experience the ambiance of another college town. The heat got to them! And all they wanted to do, was go together as neighbors to the festival, cook up some hot dogs in the front yard(only in Baldwin). You wouldn't see any of that outdoor grilling in the front yards in upscale Lawrence. Now their friendship(only from a couple of months as neighbors) is ruined. Proves what I have said many times over, a parking lot is your best neighbor!

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Pro_Counsel 5 years, 8 months ago

Pywacket;There are other reasons other than waiting for a conviction to withhold the name of a sexual offender. For example, when the perpetrator is the parent of the victim, keeping the victim's identity anonymous is pretty much a moot point if you print her father's name. As I said above, I suspect the family of the victim in this case had not been notified (if you were one of the family members, would you rather read about it in the paper or be notified face-to-face first?), and identifying the shooter would pretty much tell us who the victim was.Of course, since I believe both of us live in Baldwin, we could probably just drive by and read the name off the mailbox - nah, too frikkin' hot!

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beobachter 5 years, 8 months ago

smutty, why don't you simply STFU. Other than irritating the hell out of people, you contribute nothing useful to forum.

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lostcreek 5 years, 8 months ago

Is there someone from Baldwin that knows what is going on?

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 8 months ago

Neighbor's since June. Gosh, didn't take long to become neighbors, but not friends!

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Pywacket 5 years, 8 months ago

Skinny~ Kindly put up or shut up--a link, that is. If the names of the shooter and/or victim have been printed anywhere, I'm sure we'd all like to read about it. I looked at cjonline and saw nothing (much less any names) about this shooting. Their search feature, like those of most newspapers (what's up with that?) is totally worthless and provided nothing but ancient history. Using keywords "baldwin" "mckenna" and "200 block of Elm" in various combinations failed to produce anything about the incident.As for the KC Star, they do cover the incident but I sure don't see any names listed.It is very odd that the name of the shooter, at least, doesn't appear in any of these articles. The LJW is always talking about how they withhold names in crimes of a sexual nature until there has been a conviction. Fair enough. Since this crime was not sexual, I'm sure we'd all like to hear the reasoning behind the shooter's identity being shielded in this case. If it's a matter of the police not releasing the name, you should say so, if only to keep readers from berating the paper for something that's beyond its control.

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Aisling 5 years, 8 months ago

smitty, smitty, smitty just give it up already. It used to be kind of amusing to read your vendetta....er agenda but now you're just a sad, pathetic person and I feel sorry for those around you. Why not do yourself a favor and take a rest from the LJWorld?

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Pro_Counsel 5 years, 8 months ago

It's customary in many newspapers not to release the name of a crime victim until family can be notified - and if they identified the suspect, in a case like this (e.g. the suspect being the 35 y.o. next-door - on the corner - neighbor of the 32 y.o. victim), I would think it would pretty much identify the victim as well.

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Thats_messed_up 5 years, 8 months ago

this paper is so chickenshlt not naming suspects-pathetic!

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madmike 5 years, 8 months ago

Smitty, when are they going to indict you and get you off the streets?

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smitty 5 years, 8 months ago

Uhhhh, take note that the LPD were not called in to assist in the investigation. Odd? Are they too busy? Like maybe, just a thought, all those LPD that are under going a mass investigation have embarrassed the Dg Co Sheriff's office so that a hands off is now SOP until the city of Lawrence retires(negotiates) a few senior LPD personnel?Ad hominem attacks to follow by guess who, followed by censored posts.

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skinny 5 years, 8 months ago

You'll have to read the Topeka Capital or Kansas City Star to find out what really happened as well as the names. The Urinal World doesn't not print that information.

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devilsrighthandman 5 years, 8 months ago

To tuschkahouma................????????????????????????? what?????????????????????????? huh?

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Daniel Davidson 5 years, 8 months ago

Why do they not name these two. Just like they do with every other issue they write about. The two are not minors so why not tell?

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 8 months ago

what the he|| does this have to do with Indian hiring practices???"Those people at the corner are real good people," said the man, referring to the suspect's family. He lived in a house with his wife and three children,yeah, and you guys just really don't know, he's a great guy... he's my friend...now this malarky is in the articles and not just the comments!the two fighting:"I need these glasses. they're very real!" [note: Macdonalds ad!]

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Mike Ford 5 years, 8 months ago

to the very first poster about hiring practices with Indians:There is the Indian Preference Act of 1968. If this actwould've been instituted a couple of decades prior,then no WHITE people could've given the wetlandsaway to their friends? without the consultation of theNative people they made a practice of bilking from.I think it's racist for the BIA to be ran by non-Indianslike Bruce Cason who reversed tribal recognition forthe Hassaminico-Nipmucs of Mass. and the Schagticokesof Conn. because the Right Wing leaned on him andGale Norton, both Non-Indians overseeing tribal intereststo screw them over.

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madmike 5 years, 8 months ago

Don't worry lawrencerules, in 10 years, Baldwin City will have been absorbed into Lawrence, and another nice little town will have gone to @hit!

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madmike 5 years, 8 months ago

LR, it sounds like some probably got a ticket driving their BMW too fast in little ol' Baldwin City!

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LawrenceRules 5 years, 8 months ago

McKenna, while heading up the investigation from his Wichita home, and his keystone cops will bungle this slam dunk case and the guy will walk. You watch.

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starbucks 5 years, 8 months ago

this little corner of kansas sure is getting to be a dangerous place these days.i am still ghetto!

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thebcman 5 years, 8 months ago

probably playing that damn Hannah Montana music too loud again.

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le 5 years, 8 months ago

Ya stick people in the butt with high gas prices in a small town and what do ya expect...thanx again "Bush"..look 4 more of this type of thang as america slowly deteriorates mentally from seclusion and all the other phsycological effects of the high cost of survival...I hope ..airforce 1..drops from the sky..if we truly have a god that is good ..he will let the bird fall from the sky and burn the satanic F%ck in charge....burn baby burn....c`mon god..step up 2 the plate on this one and get rid of this loose cannon of a prez.....I triple dog dare ya God...hell if ya give the world this..for my daughters future..you can take me as well....I am not a greedy man..(like most G.o.P.)...so i am willing 2 be takin out if ya grant me this one prayer...this way..i can kick his @ss when we cross over...bet I get thru the pearly gates and he is left layin in line 4 his final trip 2 hell.....layin in the fetal position ..cryin for mommy Bush..whom looks like a san fran man/woman!

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Wendy magillicutty 5 years, 8 months ago

5:50 a.m. I'm sure they were arguing about who was going to drive to work.

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