Archive for Sunday, March 15, 2009

Police: Arrest made after pit bull threat

March 15, 2009


Police sent a Lawrence man to jail early Saturday morning after he threatened to sic his pit bull on three officers, broke out the rear window of a police car and attempted to flee custody, police said.

Lawrence police Sgt. Michael McLaren said officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Folks Road at 2:28 a.m. Saturday regarding a domestic dispute.

Witnesses nearby could hear a loud verbal argument and things being thrown around inside the residence, he said.

When officers arrived, a 30-year-old Lawrence man who lived at the residence began threatening officers with his dog. McLaren said another resident in the building held the dog back and prevented it from attacking officers.

Officers placed the man under arrest and put him in the back of a squad car. He then attempted to flee by breaking out a rear window but was unable to escape, McLaren said.

The man was booked into jail on three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, criminal damage to property, obstruction of legal process and escape from custody. His bail was set at $90,000.

A 61-year-old Lawrence woman was also arrested at the scene. She grabbed one of the officers and tried to prevent them from investigating the residence.

She was arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and obstruction of legal process. Bond was set at $2,500.


Chris Ogle 6 years, 8 months ago

90,000 bail.... that should do it ....

Paula Kissinger 6 years, 8 months ago more time. Pay attention to the story here. The OWNER of the dog is threatening the police...not the dog. Nowhere in the article does it mention that the dog was a problem...only the owner. The dog, as usual, appears to be smarter than the owner. The dog should be removed from this home as it is not a safe place to be with a moron like this at the helm.

frank mcguinness 6 years, 8 months ago

What really does the "PITBULL" have to do with this situation?? The story would be the same if the dog was a boxer or a lab but I can assure you the dogs breed would not have been in the title of the article. Shame on the writer for trying to pump up his article with propaganda.

Jim Williamson 6 years, 8 months ago

Why are these two losers' names not included in the article?

EarthaKitt 6 years, 8 months ago

What are you talking about? Everybody knows there's no meth west of Massacusetts.

; )

RoeDapple 6 years, 8 months ago

PitBullGrandma, I don't see anything negative in any responses about pit bulls, maybe you are referring to the article casting the dog as the bad boy. I have known pit owners whose dog their small children could roll on the floor with. I've seen chihuahua that would eat your face for sitting in the dogs favorite chair. Most people, I think understand it's the owner that makes bad dogs. Good luck convincing the media. They are in the business of selling news. The more something like this gets responded to, the more they think "sales".

Fatty_McButterpants 6 years, 8 months ago

Roe: if the media were to start hyping all of the people that get bitten by non-bully breeds, that would mean that all the finger pointers might have to start pointing the finger at their own precious labs, boxers, etc.

womanwarrior 6 years, 8 months ago

Phogfan86 (Anonymous) says… Why are these two losers' names not included in the article?

The LJW does not give names until they are formally charged with a crime in court, not just booked into jail for a crime. They won't be formally charged until next week during court business hours.

mablehazel 6 years, 8 months ago

It is sad that a person would use an animal this way. I also think that it is sad that the paper wishes to single out the animal in the article title.

Animals don't necessarily get to choose their owners. I agree with PitBullGrandma and RoeDapple. Animals seem to reflect the personalities of their owners and how their owners train/treat them. I'm sure that animal in a different situation over time the dog would change dispositions. It will have traces of the stupidity of the owner that got arrested but eventually with the right care could be a different dog.

Rabbitgoesthump 6 years, 8 months ago

Its sad that retards get pitbulls and encourage them to be mean....

I have met many many sweet loving pitbulls, I have a 75 pounds akita who is about as mean as a baby bunny...

But this is going to sound really sad, I have been attacked by a dog before and seriously, this vicious mean dog was a dachsund :(

I hope the pitbull is rehomed to a loving family...

Icomiclast 6 years, 8 months ago

Please. please don't use the word "retard" as an insult. I know many fine folks with mental disabilities, and the use of that word hurts many good people's feelings. I understand it's an easy word to use, and it's a part of our culture, but that word has real power to hurt, and it's easily replaced with other words. ("Scumbag" comes to mind.) Please find another word for the nincompoops of the world. Thanks.

Drew_Carey 6 years, 8 months ago

5000 pts to Icomiclast for protecting our readers with mental disabilities while at the same time, hurting the feelings of far more readers who fall under the labels "scumbag and nincompoops" in the same comment. \o/

This could be a Most Points Awarded contender.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 8 months ago

"Nowhere in the article does it mention that the dog was a problem…only the owner."

At the same time, the OWNER of the dog considered the dog dangerous; hence the threat of sicing the dog on the officers. You say the dog is not a problem, yet the owner seems to think that the dog had the potential to do harm. Find me an article where someone did that with any other breed, even a larger breed such as a german sheperd used by law enforcement.

pace 6 years, 8 months ago

where in the world did you think that guns had to be registered? On tv?

REGISTRATION Are all guns registered with law enforcement? No

No state requirement that gun owners register their firearms. Police do not know how many guns are in the state or where they are. The lack of registration data makes it more difficult for police to trace guns used in crime, identify illegal gun traffickers or hold gun owners accountable for their weapons. There is no state system to automatically identify and disarm felons and other prohibited people who bought guns legally in the past, but later committed a crime or otherwise became ineligible to keep possession of their firearms.

Return to the Menu LICENSE OR PERMIT TO PURCHASE Is a license/permit required to buy handguns? No

No state requirement that handgun buyers obtain a handgun license or undergo any type of safety training prior to buying a handgun.

frank mcguinness 6 years, 8 months ago


You are the weakest link.

I guess ignorance is bliss though.

RoeDapple 6 years, 8 months ago

(1.)_owners should be required to register their (2.)__ just like people who purchase (3.)__ should have to. The owners then would have a waiting period of (4.)__ days while a background check is conducted on the owner. Lastly, the (5.)_ would need to be checked for (6.)___ before final approval. Fear not, your government is here to protect you. No need to think for yourself, your government will take care of all your needs.

Fill in all blanks and sign below or form will be rejected.


Forward to nearest appropriate government agency. Please allow 8 to 10 months for response

RoeDapple 6 years, 8 months ago

beo - I would amend that to "owner would be subjected to injuries equivalent to those victim received up to and including death". Our court system would of course need to prove "owner negligence or intent to train said canine for attack purposes."

(I still watch that chihuahua with a wary eye) >;-/

bearded_gnome 6 years, 8 months ago

my God, for a minute there, with obsessive posting, I thought Marion Sydney Lynn was channeling Merrill.

I have suffered one serious dog bite in my life, required several stitches, one helluva lot of pain! no, it wasn't inflicted by a PB. it was one of the ankel-biter varieties. my dog almost killed it though. it never attacked again.

triplegoddess13 6 years, 8 months ago

Pretty much any animal will attack anyone if its owner is in danger or in need of protecting. It has nothing to do with the breed of dog or even the species of the animal. Mothers do much the same thing with their children.

TheOriginalCA 6 years, 8 months ago

Pit Bulls don't attack people.. PEOPLE attack people.. ;-)

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

We just need enforcer here to complete the doggy crusade set.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 8 months ago

Pretty much any animal will attack anyone if its owner is in danger or in need of protecting. It has nothing to do with the breed of dog or even the species of the animal. Mothers do much the same thing with their children.

in my case the little ankel biter left his yard and went out to challenge my [larger] dog.

frank mcguinness 6 years, 8 months ago

Arumer/Vertigo have no idea what they are talking about.

Vertigo, The pit bull is the #1 most popular and overbred dog in the usa. You can't fault the dog for being sought after by americas dumbest dog owners.

Arumer, It is reported on temperament tests conducted by the American Temperament Test Society the American Pit Bull Terrier has a current (December 2004) passing rate of 83.9% -- compared to only 77% of the general dog population. Temperament tests consist of putting a dog through a series of unexpected situations, some involving strangers. Any signs of unprovoked aggression or panic in these situations result in failure of the test. (Please visit

triplegoddess13 6 years, 8 months ago

gnome-I was discussing the article, not your instance.

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