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Yellow House owners plead not guilty to obstruction charges

Two Lawrence secondhand store owners plead not guilty to an obstruction charge in federal court on Monday.

September 22, 2008


Owners of a Lawrence secondhand store pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon in federal court to obstruction charges.

Guy and Carrie Neighbors, owners of the Yellow House Store, 1904 Mass., waived formal reading of the one count each they face. U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O'Hara scheduled a motion hearing in the case for Nov. 10 in front of U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia.

In August, police arrested the couple on a warrant accusing them of not handing over a document during an investigation into a computer sold on eBay. The computer had been reported stolen from Kansas University. A grand jury later indicted them.

In a separate case, the couple faces 19 charges each related to accusations for selling stolen goods on the Internet and drug charges in a third case. For nearly three years, the store owners have denied wrongdoing and accused prosecutors and police of corruption.

The couple are free on bond in all cases.


Hilary Morton 9 years, 8 months ago sure you don't want to live in Lawrence? You sure spend a lot of time on the local news site.

dweezil222 9 years, 8 months ago

jhawks1234 (Anonymous) says: If they had something on them they would be locked up by now. What a waste of time and taxpayers money.=========================Presuming the delays haven't been primarily the result of defense requests, it is a bit usual for what on its face appears to be a very simple case to be strung out for so long.

Potawatomi 9 years, 8 months ago

I guess madmike got his one sided feelings hurt. Get a real job.

Terri Ferguson 9 years, 8 months ago

Well, i know for a fact that they have posted lies on line about people...why lie if they are not guilty?

Alexander Neighbors 9 years, 8 months ago

Can someone please explain to me why Guy and Carrie Neighbors are listed as fugitives running from the law ?This is the paperwork from the Department of justice that states they are fugitives. is the new charge yes singular 1 charge. Your tax dollars hard at work...............

jhawks1234 9 years, 8 months ago

If they had something on them they would be locked up by now. What a waste of time and taxpayers money.

esl03 9 years, 8 months ago

Soldiers_are_fools and Alex are just plain dumb! I could not stand Alex in school andso couldn't most of the other kids. And for Soldiers_are_fools, why the screen name? Are you mad because they wouldn't take you in the military? Are you over weight or something?

gl0ckUser 9 years, 8 months ago

If any individuals whom of which live in Lawrence wish to know exactly who in the realm of public servants are breaking the law by abusing their powers I would suggest you go here out IRS form 3949-A (political corruption) against that person or persons. The IRS will investigate them and if your assumptions are correct they will be in grave danger of exposure and accountability for the crimes they have committed against the people of Lawrence.,,id=106778,00.html

Alexander Neighbors 9 years, 8 months ago

Why do we value the opinions of others so much? Why can't everyone be content with themselves? Instead, we choose to get personally involved. When people dare to diverge from the normal views of society, we question it, verbally express it and in some cases attempt to change it.In a world that is based on the theory of survival of the fittest, it's only natural for humans to try to show their dominance over one another. This is achieved either through self-sufficiency or creating conflict and establishing superiority through bullying. To prove that we are stronger, we must make the weak look weaker. We distract from our own personal flaws by pointing them out in others. Then there are those who are wanting and/or need to be accepted by their peers. They depend on their approval and will adapt to fit the mold.There are two ways in which this tendency plays out in bullying. One is verbal, the other physical and both can be equally emotionally damaging. Some kids become depressed and have a dramatic decline in their self-esteem, while others become aloof and are afraid. In the most extreme cases, some kids see suicide as the only way out.If you are being teased, do not hesitate to defend yourself. Now, I am not talking about giving the bully a taste of his/her own medicine. Be above that. Simply defend your self worth. Your acceptance of yourself should not depend on that of others. Realize you are a unique, capable individual. If this continues, immediately tell an authority figure. Bullies must realize there are limitations to their behavior and that it is not okay.Some believe that by ignoring the problem, it will go away. That's not true. In some cases, it just makes it worse. The bully preys on vulnerability. Do not be afraid of confrontation. Let him/her know you have no tolerance for their actions. It's better to stop the conflict early then let it continue on.

gl0ckUser 9 years, 8 months ago

smitty here is the document from the lawrence city leader states he has no control over the police dept or anything they do. Very interesting a city leader having no control over a city office.

somebodynew 9 years, 8 months ago

glOck - I hope what you wrote was just poor reading or an error in typing.When I read the letter that you link to it CLEARLY states the City has no control over the OTHER agencies (i.e. Federal) that the Neighbors have complained about. No where does it say the City does not have control over their own Police Dept. It does request that since they have filed numerous complaints they should consolidate so everything can be handled at one time (not unreasonable).And it also states they can't do anything until the court case is over. Again- that is standard in ANY complaint process.

FMT6488 9 years, 8 months ago

My father used to work with Guy about 15 yrs ago. I knew them (Guy and Carrie) from the annual company parties and from the help they gave my parents when we moved. My parents bought appliances from them, giving our old appliances to them for parts (or for sale if they could be repaired. I have always looked at all of these proceedings as a little strange - this has been going on for at least 4YEARS and there is yet to be a decision as to whether or not they have actually done ANYTHING wrong. Either they are very smart, incredibly good criminals, or the Local, State, and Federal authorities can NOT find any evidence to actually prove they did commit an illegal act. The longer this crap goes on the more I'm inclined to believe in the harassment claims. . .

Flap Doodle 8 years, 8 months ago

Waited a good long while to post your comeback, didn't you, keeb?

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

Well Guy and Carrie were sched to have a trial in Oct 2009 (next month)

But instead of a trial Guy and Carrie Get a Second extensive mental evaluation . They had a mental evaluation less than 6 months ago and were deemed competent to stand trial.

BTW the new court date is set for some time in 2012 ................ 7 YEARS ! and that's not a guarantee they will even go to trial.

So why would a prosecutor try so hard to continue to get mental evaluations done on them instead of taking them to trial ?

I thought 4 years ago Marietta Parker (prosecutor) and Terra d morehead(prosecutor) and the lawrence police department had all this evidence and this was going to be a slam dunk case ?

Ohhhh yea.... you need an actual crime to take place and then you need actual evidence. I think someone needs to inform these people about that.

Here is the court Docket each court hearing is listed here. (Its ridiculous)

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

If you wanna have some Fun Google any of the following items and tell me what comes up.

Marietta Parker Lanny D welch Carrie Neighbors Guy Neighbors Kansas Yellow house store kansas

Jeremy Lichtenauer 8 years, 8 months ago

 I thought it has taken so long because Yellowhouse keeps firing their lawyers right before the scheduled court date. Therefore, causing the judge to reschedule the trial at a later date, especially when each new lawyer needs time to prepare for the case.

 How many lawyers have they had and fired?  It's a desperate delay tactic that stinks of desperation...

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

thats right Beo, spoken like a true corrupt official. instead of telling me to shut up can you explain this ?

Jeremy- How could the neighbors stall by firing their attorneys when the prosecutor continues to file charges against them every 3 months. (if you notice its just the same charges filed over and over again .)

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

Jermey- I thought it has taken so long because Yellowhouse keeps firing their lawyers right before the scheduled court date. Therefore, causing the judge to reschedule the trial at a later date, especially when each new lawyer needs time to prepare for the case.

How many lawyers have they had and fired? It's a desperate delay tactic that stinks of desperation…

Look for date 4/27/2009 Page 3 of 10

What really Happened was the neighbors attorneys file a motion to withdraw from the case because the prosecutor threatens the attorneys with criminal action against the attorneys if they don't do what she says.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

Well if your Sick of it. GIVE them a Trial !

Because I am pretty Sure they are sick of it too. 5 YEARS and No trial.
TRIAL TRAIL stop stalling.

LadyJ 8 years, 8 months ago

Why did the links typed in smitty's and Alex's do that weird thing, going into the next column when nobody else's did?

Flap Doodle 8 years, 8 months ago

Don't let girlfriend take the case! We all remember what happened to the subject of the dog crusade.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago


I guess it is hard to convict innocent people especially when they plead not Guilty and demand a trial ! So yes I guess anyone who pleads innocent creates an obstacle for the prosecution .


This story is from a year ago and I think the ljworld updated the user comments part of the site since then

LadyJ 8 years, 8 months ago

beo, That's a little better, still had it a bit on one, thanks

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

I know right ?! there would have been a trial by now because prosecutors like marietta parker And Lanny D welch only want to take people to trial they know have committed a crime. It would look really bad for them if they took innocent people to trial and then lost.........

Because every Federal case in the USA could use this judges ruling in their case...

So you have to remember what is done on a federal level is Nation wide, which is one of the big reasons the prosecutors tried to silence up guy and Carrie because using the internet they can make public things about this case which are severely messed up, corrupt and even illegal activities against them.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

why don't we add+

under age drinking? criminal mischief ? disorderly conduct ? possession of Explosives ? Attempted Murder ? Attempted Assault ? Assault in the first degree ?

see I can accuse you of doing anything illegal.
Then you get to go to trial and have the Facts presents which Shows I actually did something illegal.

Guy and Carrie neighbors are being denied a Trial for the past 5 years and at this rate they will never have a trial. (remember in 2007 the charges were dropped because of a speedy trial issue ).

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

how will you ever know there has been no trial ?

igby 8 years, 8 months ago

It's funny how this photo has the thief backed in so you can't see his tag number on the red car.

Still buying stolen stuff?

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

hahahahaha igby, That was a car Carrie Sold 4 years ago.

who even knows if anything was stolen ? there has been no trial.

pace 8 years, 8 months ago

Our town should have a Citizens Review Board. Our City does not want to investigate complaints until after all trials are over. This was just something said to me by a City person, not an official statement. A citizens review board would be a good way for the community and the police to form a better partnership. Hard times are here, an insulated police force does not inspire trust. We need a citizens review board, for not just the communities sake but for the Lawrence Police Department to be effective.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

Pace Our City does not want to investigate complaints until after all trials are over.

The charges were dismissed and the city did no investigation into that case...

where was the city's investigation ?

Clare Galloway 8 years, 8 months ago

the police need to drop this case and go after a real criminal on the streets you do know that there is rapist around here?

wtchdr46 8 years, 8 months ago

regards there should be an investigation, I think not. I think it is time for all of the investigating to end. Either try the case, or forget it and pay them damages

Maddy Griffin 8 years, 8 months ago

4-5 years without a trial? Give them their day in court and get on with it. As far as the poster who said nobody liked the Neighbors kids in school, my kids did. They were very close with them as were several others! Maybe you were the one not so well liked by that class of kids.They treated my kids like one of their own, even buying my daughter a pair of school shoes when she happened to be with them while shopping for their own. Guy and Carrie, we love youand stand behind you 100%!!!

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

There were some detectives that got demoted to patrol officers 1 year after they started this case against the yellow house owners. So they already knew the case was a witch hunt.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

I believe his name was Mike Mcatee (Lawrence police officer)

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago


what I don't get is why the city is not doing an investigation into the Case that was dismissed against the neighbors. They said they had to wait until the litigation was finished and it was.

This case was completely different charge than the current cases they have pending.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

this case has had over 110 motions, court proceeding , hearings. How can any case have this much crap in it and They Have NOT even been to trial yet 5 years.................

Here is a collection of documents filed in this case over the past 5 years. These documents are from the website they have been made available for free. So the public has easier access to the case since they have tried so hard (the police and the prosecutor ) hide this case from the public after they figured out they had messed up and Guy and Carrie were innocent.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

Guy Neighbors sent an e-mail to several addresses on April 22, including to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Kansas City, Mo., field office, that accused prosecutors and Lawrence police officers to have acted “in a pattern of conspiracy and cover-up.”

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

Guy Neighbors Was not a drug dealer. Smitty is right the whole reason for doing searches and raids was because they claimed the neighbors were fencing stolen goods ( which was completely ridiculous )

Here was the original charge After 2 years of investigating.

Remember the feds had to charge them with something so that they could keep the case open. These charges were later dismissed by a federal judge.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

ironhorse66- drug dealers belong in prison…period.

Funny you should say that because 2 years ago they tried to claim he was a drug dealer but the problem was they could not find/make up any witnesses to claim they bought drugs from him(he wasn't a dealer). Then they tried to Send in to the store under cover cops to attempt to buy drugs from him while 2 years into his previous federal case. They sent these cops into the store and they were captured on the Security camera asking him for drugs, he politely asked the officers to leave the store and never come back.

To this day the prosecutor is still fishing for something to charge them with but until they actually commit a crime the only thing she can do (Marietta Parker ) is continue to file motions to get the case continued and have the defendants undergo mental evaluations. It seems she has really taken a liking to refiling the same charges over and over again so they currently have over 4 or 5 separate cases with over 19 counts on each.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 8 months ago

Here is the original charge filed along time ago which was dismissed.

(1 count ) of using a controlled substance (with no description of that substance ) And no amount of supposed substance seized........

being in possession of ( hunting ) firearms that were at one time over the life-time of the firearms shipped through the mail....

Where is the Fencing charge ? I don't see one all I see here is a sad attempt at saving face.

So I guess this would mean they get 1/2 a count each ? who takes a case to Federal court with only 1/2 a count on 2 people ??? Oh YEA ! "Eric Melgren" .

as thats the name at the bottom of the public filing, I would have been embarrassed to put my name on the bottom of it.

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