Archive for Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Transient man charged with battery

September 2, 2008, 2:10 p.m. Updated September 2, 2008, 5:27 p.m.


A 26-year-old transient man, who was arrested on allegations of inappropriately touching a woman and later pulling a knife on her friend, was charged with battery Tuesday afternoon in Douglas County District Court.

Lawrence police said the man touched the 18-year-old woman about 6 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street. She did not immediately report the incident to police.

About four hours later, the woman saw the man again in the 1000 block of Vermont Street, said Sgt. Bill Cory, Lawrence police spokesman. The woman's 19-year-old friend confronted the suspect, who allegedly pulled a knife on him, Cory said.

Police found the suspect, who Cory said was not known by either victim, at the intersection of Ninth and Massachusetts streets and arrested him on suspicion of sexual battery and aggravated assault, a jail report said.

District Attorney Charles Branson charged the man with one count of misdemeanor battery, for illegal physical contact with a female victim, in a rude, insulting or angry manner, court records indicate.

The man is being held in the Douglas County Jail on a $500 bond. His next hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Branson said.


Tammy Copp-Barta 9 years, 7 months ago

I meant to put the last child murdered by a transient that I remember. There have been other things happen to adults around here over the years too. Just search LJW archives.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 7 months ago

"Transient man charged with battery"Unlike the corded models, low-voltage transients can get by with a just a little battery boost, now and again.

dubstep 9 years, 7 months ago

Anyone seen the South Park about the homeless coming to town? They ship them off in a bus with Cartman singing to the tune of Tupac's "California Love"California is nice to the homeless Californ-ya-ya Super cool to the homeless In the city City of Santa Monica Lots of rich people giving change to the homeless In the city City of brentwood [ Find more Lyrics at ]They take really good care of all their homeless In the city Marina Del Rey They're so nice to the homeless built 'em port a potties California Super cool to the homeless Californ-ya-ya Is known for donor In the city City of Venice Right by Matt's house you can chill if your homelessAnd you can find the clip on YouTube....I smell a touch of not in my backyard...

somebodynew 9 years, 7 months ago

OK, I don't get this update. I am not a basher of Branson, but there has to be less to this story than originally put out. Sexual Battery, Agg Assault (knife pulled on BF) and he charges one count of Misdemeanor Battery !!!!! WTF. There needs to be more explaination on this. If I were an elected official in his position and knowing how much crime can be tracked DIRECTLY to "transient", "homeless" , "shelter" folks in this town, I would want to file the most I could ethically go for. But of course he is un-opposed in this election, isn't he.Now, keep in mind - I know he has to deal with what is handed him and maybe the reports were bad or incomplete, but if that is the case let the LPD answer to that. This just looks bad on somebody. And I don't care which group it looks bad on - - Just Get It Right, so we can get these kind of people OFF our streets.

cowboy 9 years, 7 months ago

give them a one way bus ticket to anywhere but here , it is flat out disgusting to have to deal with the bums all over lawrence.

been_there 9 years, 7 months ago

He had also previously murdered a child in Texas. Should never have been let out in public again.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 7 months ago

But, the story has a happy ending: a homeless man now has a home. He knows exactly where he'll be sleeping for a while.

yellowhouse 9 years, 7 months ago

Yes the Douglas cty Jail is a wonderful place to stay ... three free square meals a day, free medication, hot shower, clean towels and clothes, no responsibility, free bed and blanket, tv, books, no utilities or bills to pay. Who could ask for more?

been_there 9 years, 7 months ago

But in that case the mother had befriended the trasient and had him to family gatherings. No excuse, but she let the fox in the chicken coop.

q_ball2kand1 9 years, 7 months ago

Great idea cowboy. Spend city funds to get them a bus ticket, only to have the next city ship them out yet again. Wonder if they will end up back here? good to the homeless. Spare Change?

Meatwad 9 years, 7 months ago

Something REALLY needs to be done about this problem. Do our local representatives not spend any time downtown? Maybe they should so they can experience what the rest of us are experiencing on a daily basis. Pan handlers are on every block these days and some of them are aggressive and many are intoxicated. I hope this issue comes up in the next election. It's important for our city.

Haiku_Cuckoo 9 years, 7 months ago

...and Loring Henderson wants to relocate his shelter to a residential neighborhood that is surrounded by homes with children. This scares the hell out of me.

Tammy Copp-Barta 9 years, 7 months ago

It was 1988. Just found a short article with the date.

Luxor 9 years, 7 months ago

Are they going to wait until someone is murdered or raped before they do something about all of the "transients" downtown?

Haiku_Cuckoo 9 years, 7 months ago

"...but can anyone cite the last time a transient was convicted of raping or killing some one here in town?"Here are some recent news items for you:Charges of second-degree murder were announced Tuesday against two people suspected of beating to death an east Lawrence man. Douglas County Judge Pro Tem Peggy Kittel set bonds at $500,000 each for Jerod E. Buffalohead, 36, and Shanna R. Friday, 37, during their first court appearances. The suspects are accused of killing Jerry Deshazer, 62, in his mobile home at Brookwood Mobile Home Park, 1908 E. 19th St. His body was discovered about noon Saturday after Lawrence police responded to a report of an unresponsive person. McGowan said that Friday had been staying at Deshazer's home. A neighbor told the Journal-World this week that Deshazer often allowed transients to stay with him.------Lawrence police issued a citation to a 51-year-old transient man who allegedly exposed a part of his body and performed an illegal act on a porch in plain view of a 75-year-old Lawrence woman. The incident occurred between 7:05 a.m. and 7:29 a.m. June 27 at a central Lawrence residence.------Officers were dispatched Thursday to the 1200 block of Massachusetts Street near the small children's pool in South Park. A 25-year-old transient was arrested without incident for attacking a mother with a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old child. The woman, who had been struck in the face, did not require medical treatment.------A 51-year-old transient man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated sexual battery and battery when a Lawrence police officer in the 600 block of Kentucky Street observed two subjects in a physical altercation in the gazebo area of Buford M. Watson Jr. Park. The officer saw the man, who had his pants down around his thighs, restraining a 35-year-old woman. He pushed the woman away when he saw police.------On the afternoon of Nov. 3 Lawrence police were called to the South Park Recreation area where a transient man and woman were seen lying on the floor of the men's public restroom without their clothes. They were found by a 34-year-old Lawrence man who was in the park with his children. The transients were cited for indecent exposure.------Lawrence police arrest a transient accused of robbing a downtown coffee shop overnight.------Lawrence police on Tuesday picked up a 29-year-old Lawrence man who had driven from Franklin County to Lawrence with intent to harm his girlfriend and himself, Sgt. Paul Fellers said. The man, who is transient, drove to the 200 block of Alabama Street where he was picked up.

tellthetruth 9 years, 7 months ago

There is a banishment law on the books for Lawrence but the City Commission doesn't care to enforce it. They should close the Drop-in Shelter as a nuisance business. The police are there on a daily basis. They did it to Last Call because the police were always there.I know for a fact that other cities drop their homeless off here.

stuckinthemiddle 9 years, 7 months ago

well... the majority of sexual assault and rape cases involve people that the victim knows... and are often close friends of the family or family members...and... of course... we've already had murders in this town... some have been committed by acquaintances... at least one, a man murdered his wife...I'm guessing that it's happened... but can anyone cite the last time a transient was convicted of raping or killing some one here in town?

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 9 years, 7 months ago

"Well, well, well:just what are the extent of the little lady's injuries? Hurt real bad, huh?"So if you got felt-up by random vagrants as you walked downtown you wouldn't care?Hmmm...interesting.

Fatty_McButterpants 9 years, 7 months ago

I like how she went to go tell her 19-year-old "friend" - who then "confronted the man" - instead of immediately calling the police. That was stupid.I went to school with a guy whose body was found wrapped in plastic, in the trunk of a car, in downtown KC after he went to go confront the guy that grabbed his girlfriend. This kid is lucky he didn't end up dead.

Tammy Copp-Barta 9 years, 7 months ago

The last one I vividly remember was Richard Settlemeyer. A child, I believe around 11 years old (he may have been younger), that was murdered by a transient. It was a gruesome murder and my parents never left the doors unlocked again. I believe it was in the late 70's.

nuby 9 years, 7 months ago

Somebody started a blog about this problem but no one seems to care until something bad happens. Here were my two cents:I'm all for helping people who are down on their luck and actually want to work. I don't think that's what we're talking about here. These are people who make their living being homeless and using and abusing all the free rousources the good citizens of Lawrence are providing them with. They come to our town because we offer them food and a place to sleep no questions asked. Lawrence is so known within the homeless community that there are an estimated 300 living along the river. Many of them are drunk when they show up the the Link Kitchen and the Drop-in Center. Did you know that one of them stabbed another a couple months ago because he made fun of his shoes? I give the Salvation Army props because they do not allow drunks and convicts to receive services. They actually try to help them get a job. What a concept.I can't even take my kids to the wading pool in South Park w/o being harassed by the homeless drinking and sleeping in the park. The park smells like urine. Guess why? I am so sick of the people in this town complaining about the police department never doing anything and the city saying their going to have to lay city workers off. Maybe if the city did not have to spend the hundreds of thousands of dollars a year taking care of the homeless city workers wouldn't have to clean-up urine and fecies from our parks and they could keep their jobs too and the police could respond to actual emergencies. Wow! Let's take care of our citizens that actually work.Do you know it costs the city $75/day to take someone to jail? Some of these people go to jail on a daily basis. I'm sure I can guess who the person tellthetruth is referring to that has cost the city $27,000 this year. In fact I saw him in the middle of the street covered in fecies just the other day. He wants to go to jail to get a free meal and a clean pair of socks for his hands.get a freakin job instead of sitting on your a** all day long in the park! Give me a break.I want to be able to take my kids to the park w/o having to sanitize the playground equipment because the homeless have urinated on it the night before.

hammer1 9 years, 7 months ago

Please....Among all the chit chat. Give the guy his day in court. I wonder if he has the mental capacity to go to trial. PLEASE do not get me wrong..what he did was very uncivil and deserves a court ordered restraint if this person will live in our community.Evaluation, assessment, and recommendations from both can help the court system.He could be a danger, or may by he is in need of help.If he is a danger, please incarcerate by a judges ruling. If however, he is not and -maybe was off his medication, or never had any for a "problem" please help this person to get on some - and on the right track to healing....What do you think?

Lizzy Jaimes 9 years, 7 months ago

If he'd actually stabbed the kid would you be saying the same thing? Oh, poor transient, maybe he suffers from depression...

Emily Hadley 7 years, 8 months ago

Transients are just people who don't have addresses to give the police or the newspaper. For goodness' sake, this person is no different than the 'Lawrence man' identified in any of these other heinous crimes--brandishing weapon, kidnapping, stabbing, murder.

The only common thread is that they are all men. Figure out how to protect your neighborhood from that.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 8 months ago

Sure Emily, keep telling yourself that, over and over and over. maybe someday it'll actually make sense.

first, the drunken/druggy "open" shelter actually attracts people to lawrence who have chosen to live the bum lifestyle. they have no ties to lawrence and come here for the handouts and the good life.
second, crime is concentated in this population. said shelter would have been closed many years ago if the nuissance house ordinance were applied fairly.

third, the handouts and the "open shelter" actually make these people comfortable in their self-destruction. sometimes their self-destrction touches other lives.
fourth, no! we are not all one paycheck away from living at the drunken/druggy shelter. that is because most of us make responsible choices.
fifth, to summarize: "transients" or lifestyle bums, do pose a threat to us here in lawrence. attitudes like yours just promote this risk, and the self-destruction of the people you think you are helping.

slang4d 7 years, 8 months ago

There are transients all over the country, I don't think they come here for our supposedly spectacular services. I lived in central Denver and the homeless population was huge, on several occasions I found them sleeping or smoking crack (not even kidding) in the lobby of my apartment building. The services there were not impressive at all but the homeless population still flourished.

LadyJ 7 years, 8 months ago

LOL, commented above then realized the story was almost two years old.

beatrice 7 years, 8 months ago

Didn't he know that inappropriate touching was against the rules?

A stranger touches you inappropriately, and you don't report it? I'm sorry, but a stranger comes up and inappropriately touches me in a "rude, insulting or angry manner," and I'm reporting it! I can just imagine that phone call -- "Hello. Police, this stranger came up and touched me inappropriately when I was out shopping with a friend ... you will find him hunched over and bleeding at the corner of ... "

kernal 7 years, 8 months ago

Old article but still current topic about town and nothing has changed except that Loring is getting a bigger facility in another neighborhood and there's still going to be a drop in center downtown.

irvan moore 7 years, 8 months ago

i think having some city commissioners who have a business or office downtown explains the willingness to rubber stamp anything to get the problem away from them. we been had.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 8 months ago

Sorry to disagree with you Slang4, many if not most of the Lawrence Kansas Urban Rangers, sidewalk centurians, apparently do not have ties/history with Lawrence. that is, if you eliminate the actual families with kids who get help from Family Promise for example.
when the homeless camp they squatted and built behind the train station was bulldozed this was the main trash found there, as reported in the Lawrence Journal-World: Cigarettes and smoking materials; booze bottles; and adult magazines.

Kernel, you got it right and I agree I'm afraid the drunk/drug mecca downtown is not going away.

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