Archive for Sunday, December 5, 2010

Stabbing during fight in downtown Lawrence sends Kansas City man to hospital

December 5, 2010, 2:31 a.m. Updated December 5, 2010, 10:13 a.m.


A Lawrence Police officer checks for evidence of a stabbing incident outside Liberty Hall Sunday morning. One person was reported to have checked themselves into Lawrence Memorial Hospital following the altercation.

A Lawrence Police officer checks for evidence of a stabbing incident outside Liberty Hall Sunday morning. One person was reported to have checked themselves into Lawrence Memorial Hospital following the altercation.

Lawrence police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred in the downtown area early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. outside Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. According to a recent media release, police observed a large fight in progress that had spilled out into the street in front of the building. As additional units were arriving, the crowd dispersed in several directions.

It was determined later that a 20-year-old Kansas City, Kan. man was stabbed multiple times during the altercation and had left the scene. The victim was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by private vehicle. He was later transported by ground ambulance to a Kansas City area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating the incident. No suspects have been identified at this time.

Anyone who has information about the stabbing is asked to call police, 785-832-7650 or Douglas County Crime Stoppers, 785-843-8477. Calls to Crime Stoppers, which does not subscribe to caller ID, remain anonymous. Tips to the Crime Stoppers hotline can lead to an award of up to $1,000.

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Richard Heckler 6 years, 5 months ago

Yes but city hall wants Lawrence to be a big city. Forgetting of course what the cost of becoming a big city might be.

As the growth of Lawrence has progressed so has the level of criminal activity and will continue to do so.

Number of rapes has also increased...

Nikki Kessler Pickens 6 years, 5 months ago

Just sitting in one small area for 4 hours and seeing quite possibly all 10-12 of those officers on duty in that time span is a true testament to how hard they work.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 5 months ago

*Editor: The victim of the stabbing reportedly walked into Lawrence Memorial Hospital under their own power, but with multiple wounds.

---first, pronoun doesn't agree with subject quantity in this. second using "their" when you mean "his or her" is just wrong.

what? Merrill didn't cut-and-paste something again here for the fourteenth billionth time regarding sprawl? he's slipping!

just think, this stabbing could've been avoided if only there were a roundabout installed at 7th and mass!

just hope the victim heals from his or her wounds, physical and psychological.

JustNoticed 6 years, 5 months ago

Give it up. This is how language changes and this is a good change. "Their" is now acceptable for a singular subject and it's a huge improvement over "his or her".

Fixed_Asset 6 years, 5 months ago

Hey! I've got the fix, gnome - why don't you and Ronda the "writer" just blog about every incident that happens in Lville. That way we are certain to get the correct information and in a grammatically correct manner!!! OMG, why didn't someone think about this before?????

yankeevet 6 years, 5 months ago

Seems its getting a bit dangerous out there.............

greenworld 6 years, 5 months ago

Damn- Do we need more police or less criminals?? Sometime drive from South Lawrence to North Lawrence and count the cops you see along the way. If you see 1-5 it would be a miracle. I know they patrol different areas and stay within those areas. I may only see 1-2 In West Lawrence as there could be 5-10 to cover downtown and East Lawrence, or do I have that backwards.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

No doubt, it was librarians from Topeka. It's becoming a real problem.

pizzapete 6 years, 5 months ago

Lawrence needs more police presence Thurs-Sat. downtown an hour before and after the bars close. People who bring a knife with them when they go out drinking are just looking for trouble. I hope the cops get this loser off the streets.

50YearResident 6 years, 5 months ago

Felons bring knives to gun fights. It keeps them out of jail.

Fatty_McButterpants 6 years, 5 months ago

Is LPD looking for information about the stabbing or the shooting? Because the last paragraph states that police are looking for information on the shooting. Is that just a typo or are the two crimes related?

akopf 6 years, 5 months ago

This story is regarding the stabbing. As far as we know the incidents are not related. I just fixed the typo.


bearded_gnome 6 years, 5 months ago

cheeseburger (anonymous) replies …

The 'fix' you speak of is to insist that the people who are educated and employed to do a certain job do the job well and appropriately. If the job is not being done well, and/or people have to be employed to clean up the errors of the first bunch, then perhaps it is time to employ people who will appreciate having a job and will do it well.

December 5, 2010 at 9:38 a.m.

---thanks CB. this is a newspaper in a supposed university town. when language gets obscure or poorly written it often prevents clear communication.

poor writing reflects poor thinking.


and if you are stabbed by a librarian, isn't it usually a stabbing by the index finger?

those derned topekan librarians.

kernal 6 years, 5 months ago

I like the boleadora bola, followed by a stun gun, so you can truss the attacker up with duct tape while waiting for the police taxi.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 5 months ago

I am glad that the "kansas City Kan Man" didn't have serious injuries. that's good news.

the participants in the donnybrook scatterd in diverse directions. sounds like none of them wanted to hang around and have a little chat with the police.

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years, 5 months ago

There is one solution to these problems: monorail.

kernal 6 years, 5 months ago

So it keeps on going through Lawrence without stopping and drops the malevolent doodahs off near a cattle feedlot in the middle of nowhere? Sounds good to me!

greenworld 6 years, 5 months ago

My point is maybe they are patroling West Lawrence to heavily cuz that's where all the money is and we have to keep those people safe. Crime is low there but lets keep it patrolled so we dont run the rich people out of town. Those east and north Lawrence people are use to hearing gunshots and screaming knife fights outside. Let them deal with it, we will get there when we can. IT might take us 15 minutes to drive from deep west lawrence to get to you poor people. Downtown gets patrolled heavily cuz they dont want it to turn into thugtown and run off whats left of the businesses there. LastCall and the Moonbar are gone we should have an extra several units now to put into another place.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Py: Pywacket

JustNoticed~ While it may be "acceptable" in casual conversation or emailing between friends, it is still very much verboten in published writing.

They've apparently revised the story since this was an issue but Gnome's point is valid. Yes, language changes, but there is no style guide or dictionary that currently approves of using third person plural when discussing a single person. I don't see that happening any time soon, either. I work in editorial services and have to keep up with this stuff.

---not often that you support my point these days.

Fixed_@$$, that Ronda peson and I are not the only ones who catch ljworld copy editor errors.

mk9992 6 years, 5 months ago

fourteenth billionth or fourteen billionth?

bearded_gnome 6 years, 5 months ago

fourteenth billionth or fourteen billionth?

---written that way on purpose, whimsical to emphasize the point. thanks for asking.

if you read my posts, I often intentionally play with spelling and grammar for various reasons, but I'm not paid to write newspaper articles and I ain't got no copy editor.

written correctly it would read: "fourteen billionth." point being emphasized was: Merrill does cut-and-paste so often it's like a glandular problem with him. and, lately he's been dropping his sprawl scrawl on articles entirely out of context.

gudpoynt 6 years, 5 months ago

Wow. You're so clever and whimsical. Clearly you are indeed a superior human to Merrill. But lest we forget, please continue to remind us at every turn, in your clever, whimsical, and grammatically impeccable way.

Kontum1972 6 years, 5 months ago

mb that is why the military are looking at larryville for retirement LZ's...take the fight to the enemy.......Hu Wah...!

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